Representative Karen 'Jackie' Lorraine Jacqueline Speier's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 14, Democratic
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Jackie Speier has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Jackie Speier is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jackie Speier. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Jackie Speier. Issue Position: Women's Issues. 1 January 2011. "Congresswoman Speier believes that every woman in this country must have access to reproductive health care services and is committed to protecting the right to choose. Unfortunately, since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives, that guarantee has been under an unprecedented and radical attack. The Republican majority has crafted measures to redefine rape, leave women to die rather than access abortions and cut off support to women's health care clinics. In February 2011 Speier took the floor in opposition to a Republican amendment that would have withheld Title X funding for clinics, like Planned Parenthood, that provide abortion coverage. She was outraged that those in favor of the measure were insisting that it was necessary to ensure that federal funds were not used to pay for abortions even though the Hyde Amendment already requires this. Further, Planned Parenthood uses over 90% of their funding for essential preventive screenings women in this country depend on- like pap smears, STD tests and annual examinations. But when she reached the House floor she felt compelled to share her own story in response to the lies that were being perpetrated by one of her colleagues. On that day, Speier shared the fact that she had an abortion procedure when she was 17 weeks pregnant and there was nothing welcoming or cavalier about her experience. Rather, she and her husband wanted the child and lost it." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "Specifically, we urge you to not adopt Section 810 of the House bill, which prohibits local tax dollars from being used for abortions for women whose insurance is provided by the District government. By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "I rise in strong opposition to this legislation. Gas prices are approaching $5 a gallon, millions of Americans are looking for work, and we're busy turning the Tax Code into a moral club. Forget that abortion is a legal procedure. Forget the Republicans want limited government when it comes to protecting you in the workplace but Big Government when it comes to regulating your bedroom. This isn't about anyone's position on abortion. Roe v. Wade was decided 38 years ago. It's the law of the land. This is about whether we should use the Tax Code as a moral club to impose the religious beliefs of a few Members of Congress on the entire Nation. What's next? Some find it immoral to drink alcohol or gamble. Should we outlaw business deductions for meals that include wine? How about business conventions in Las Vegas? Many people are morally opposed to profanity. Maybe we should make it against the law to swear when filling out your taxes. Now, how about more serious issues? Many of my constituents think the war in Iraq is immoral. The same goes for subsidies for Big Oil and tax breaks that reward corporations for shipping our jobs overseas. Singling out abortion is wrong. Even worse, it's a distraction from the serious challenges our Nation faces. If Republicans want to overturn Roe v. Wade, they should draft a bill and give it their best shot; but don't use the Tax Code as a bludgeon because you don't have the votes." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Statement on Latest Republican Attempt to Restrict a Woman's Right to Choose. 7 April 2011. "House Republicans seem willing to risk a government shutdown in order to shut down a woman's right to choose. This extremist legislation is yet another attempt to appease anti-choice activists who wish to turn back the clock on women's health and reproductive rights. Today's bill would restrict access to legal abortion in DC, but it won't stop there. House Republicans are committed to pushing our nation down a slippery slope with the ultimate goal of undermining the right to choose from coast to coast. This bill would be devastating for low-income women and families in DC who may have to postpone paying for basic needs in order to save for an abortion. Telling DC how to spend its money is also quite the exercise in hypocrisy from a party that worships at the altar of local control. The place for a discussion on abortion is in family rooms and doctor's offices, not the federal budget. It's time to stop playing politics with women's lives. We should reject this bill and get back to the important job of funding the government for the rest of the year." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Statement On Anti-Choice Stupak Amendment. 7 November 2009. "Tonight as we prepare to pass a historic health care bill that provides expanded health care coverage to Americans and is more than sixty years in the making, I am concerned that we must first fight to block a direct assault on a woman's right to choose. America's Affordable Health Choices Act is fair and equitable in its approach to abortion and respects the rights of those who want to purchase a plan that provides abortion coverage and those who do not. It guarantees that no public funds are used to pay for abortion services - codifying the long standing Hyde amendment. The anti-choice Stupak Amendment seeks to take away a woman's right to pay for her own abortion services, forcing millions of women to retreat to the shadows and an era in which back alley abortions were too often the norm. That is why I will stand up this evening and vote against the Stupak Amendment -- ensuring that every woman in this country has the reproductive freedom that she desires and that her mother and mother's mother fought so hard for." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Jackie Speier voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jackie Speier voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Jackie Speier a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jackie Speier voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jackie Speier. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Jackie Speier. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 17 February 2011. "I had really planned to speak about something else, but the gentleman from New Jersey has just put my stomach in knots, because I'm one of those women he spoke about just now. I had a procedure at 17 weeks, pregnant with a child that had moved from the vagina into the cervix, and that procedure that you just talked about was a procedure that I endured. I lost the baby. But for you to stand on this floor and to suggest as you have that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought is preposterous. To think that we are here tonight debating this issue, when the American people if they are listening are scratching their heads and wondering: What does this have to do with me getting a job? What does this have to do with reducing the deficit? And the answer is: Nothing at all. There is a vendetta against Planned Parenthood and it was played out in this room tonight. Planned Parenthood has a right to operate. Planned Parenthood has a right to provide services for family planning. Planned Parenthood has a right to offer abortions. The last time I checked, abortions were legal in this country. Now, you may not like Planned Parenthood. So be it. There are many on our side of the aisle that don't like Halliburton, and Halliburton is responsible for extortion, for bribery, for 10 cases of misconduct in the Federal database for a $7 billion sole source contract. But do you see us over here filing amendments to wipe out funding for Halliburton? No. Because, frankly, that would be irresponsible. I would suggest to you that it would serve us all very well if we moved on with this process and started focusing on creating jobs for the Americans who desperately want them." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier was rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (Positions (June 27, 2014)) (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Issue Position: Women's Issues. 1 January 2011. "Congresswoman Speier believes that every woman in this country must have access to reproductive health care services and is committed to protecting the right to choose. Unfortunately, since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives, that guarantee has been under an unprecedented and radical attack. The Republican majority has crafted measures to redefine rape, leave women to die rather than access abortions and cut off support to women's health care clinics. In February 2011 Speier took the floor in opposition to a Republican amendment that would have withheld Title X funding for clinics, like Planned Parenthood, that provide abortion coverage. She was outraged that those in favor of the measure were insisting that it was necessary to ensure that federal funds were not used to pay for abortions even though the Hyde Amendment already requires this. Further, Planned Parenthood uses over 90% of their funding for essential preventive screenings women in this country depend on- like pap smears, STD tests and annual examinations. But when she reached the House floor she felt compelled to share her own story in response to the lies that were being perpetrated by one of her colleagues. On that day, Speier shared the fact that she had an abortion procedure when she was 17 weeks pregnant and there was nothing welcoming or cavalier about her experience. Rather, she and her husband wanted the child and lost it." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "Specifically, we urge you to not adopt Section 810 of the House bill, which prohibits local tax dollars from being used for abortions for women whose insurance is provided by the District government. By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "I rise in strong opposition to this legislation. Gas prices are approaching $5 a gallon, millions of Americans are looking for work, and we're busy turning the Tax Code into a moral club. Forget that abortion is a legal procedure. Forget the Republicans want limited government when it comes to protecting you in the workplace but Big Government when it comes to regulating your bedroom. This isn't about anyone's position on abortion. Roe v. Wade was decided 38 years ago. It's the law of the land. This is about whether we should use the Tax Code as a moral club to impose the religious beliefs of a few Members of Congress on the entire Nation. What's next? Some find it immoral to drink alcohol or gamble. Should we outlaw business deductions for meals that include wine? How about business conventions in Las Vegas? Many people are morally opposed to profanity. Maybe we should make it against the law to swear when filling out your taxes. Now, how about more serious issues? Many of my constituents think the war in Iraq is immoral. The same goes for subsidies for Big Oil and tax breaks that reward corporations for shipping our jobs overseas. Singling out abortion is wrong. Even worse, it's a distraction from the serious challenges our Nation faces. If Republicans want to overturn Roe v. Wade, they should draft a bill and give it their best shot; but don't use the Tax Code as a bludgeon because you don't have the votes." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Statement on Latest Republican Attempt to Restrict a Woman's Right to Choose. 7 April 2011. "House Republicans seem willing to risk a government shutdown in order to shut down a woman's right to choose. This extremist legislation is yet another attempt to appease anti-choice activists who wish to turn back the clock on women's health and reproductive rights. Today's bill would restrict access to legal abortion in DC, but it won't stop there. House Republicans are committed to pushing our nation down a slippery slope with the ultimate goal of undermining the right to choose from coast to coast. This bill would be devastating for low-income women and families in DC who may have to postpone paying for basic needs in order to save for an abortion. Telling DC how to spend its money is also quite the exercise in hypocrisy from a party that worships at the altar of local control. The place for a discussion on abortion is in family rooms and doctor's offices, not the federal budget. It's time to stop playing politics with women's lives. We should reject this bill and get back to the important job of funding the government for the rest of the year." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Statement On Anti-Choice Stupak Amendment. 7 November 2009. "Tonight as we prepare to pass a historic health care bill that provides expanded health care coverage to Americans and is more than sixty years in the making, I am concerned that we must first fight to block a direct assault on a woman's right to choose. America's Affordable Health Choices Act is fair and equitable in its approach to abortion and respects the rights of those who want to purchase a plan that provides abortion coverage and those who do not. It guarantees that no public funds are used to pay for abortion services - codifying the long standing Hyde amendment. The anti-choice Stupak Amendment seeks to take away a woman's right to pay for her own abortion services, forcing millions of women to retreat to the shadows and an era in which back alley abortions were too often the norm. That is why I will stand up this evening and vote against the Stupak Amendment -- ensuring that every woman in this country has the reproductive freedom that she desires and that her mother and mother's mother fought so hard for." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Jackie Speier voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jackie Speier voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Jackie Speier a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jackie Speier voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jackie Speier. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Jackie Speier. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Jackie Speier. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 17 February 2011. "I had really planned to speak about something else, but the gentleman from New Jersey has just put my stomach in knots, because I'm one of those women he spoke about just now. I had a procedure at 17 weeks, pregnant with a child that had moved from the vagina into the cervix, and that procedure that you just talked about was a procedure that I endured. I lost the baby. But for you to stand on this floor and to suggest as you have that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought is preposterous. To think that we are here tonight debating this issue, when the American people if they are listening are scratching their heads and wondering: What does this have to do with me getting a job? What does this have to do with reducing the deficit? And the answer is: Nothing at all. There is a vendetta against Planned Parenthood and it was played out in this room tonight. Planned Parenthood has a right to operate. Planned Parenthood has a right to provide services for family planning. Planned Parenthood has a right to offer abortions. The last time I checked, abortions were legal in this country. Now, you may not like Planned Parenthood. So be it. There are many on our side of the aisle that don't like Halliburton, and Halliburton is responsible for extortion, for bribery, for 10 cases of misconduct in the Federal database for a $7 billion sole source contract. But do you see us over here filing amendments to wipe out funding for Halliburton? No. Because, frankly, that would be irresponsible. I would suggest to you that it would serve us all very well if we moved on with this process and started focusing on creating jobs for the Americans who desperately want them." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier was rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (Positions (June 27, 2014)) (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jackie Speier. Tax Day, April 15th. 15 April 2008. "I have long known that the war in Iraq was costing our Nation far too much. But after less than a week here in Washington, I'm sad to say, it is even worse than I thought. Today, on the day millions of Americans pay their Federal income taxes, it is disheartening to point out that the average American's total tax bill pays for less than one half of one second of this unnecessary war. At a time when hard-working, two-income families struggle to pay their mortgages, when gas prices force small businesses to raise prices on basic services and necessities, when support for college students continues to decline and CEO salaries rise faster than a carnival balloon, it is time to bring a dose of sanity to our tax laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Twitter: RepSpeier. 17 April 2012. "#Taxreform must be a priority inCongress.Get rid of loopholes.tax breaks for wealthiestLOWEST RATE SINCE TRUMAN." (twitter.com)
  • Jackie Speier. Video: Congresswoman Speier discusses the House tax cut fight with Tamron Hall on MSNBC. 10 July 2012. "Every American is going to get a tax cut up to $250,000, and for those who make more than $250,000, they lose the benefit of that tax cut at that point [¦] No one's hurting in corporate America, and that's the 2% we're talking about." (www.youtube.com)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Silverfarb. San Matteo Daily Journal: Speier Irked By Debate On Debt Ceiling. 14 July 2011. "The debt ballooned in part, Speier said, because of tax cuts extended to the wealthiest Americans under the Bush administration. 'We spend money on giveaways for the wealthiest and we can't afford it,' Speier said." (speier.house.gov)
  • Jackie Speier. Tax Day, April 15th. 15 April 2008. "I have long known that the war in Iraq was costing our Nation far too much. But after less than a week here in Washington, I'm sad to say, it is even worse than I thought. Today, on the day millions of Americans pay their Federal income taxes, it is disheartening to point out that the average American's total tax bill pays for less than one half of one second of this unnecessary war. At a time when hard-working, two-income families struggle to pay their mortgages, when gas prices force small businesses to raise prices on basic services and necessities, when support for college students continues to decline and CEO salaries rise faster than a carnival balloon, it is time to bring a dose of sanity to our tax laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Twitter: RepSpeier. 17 April 2012. "#Taxreform must be a priority inCongress.Get rid of loopholes.tax breaks for wealthiestLOWEST RATE SINCE TRUMAN." (twitter.com)
  • Jackie Speier. Video: Congresswoman Speier discusses the House tax cut fight with Tamron Hall on MSNBC. 10 July 2012. "Every American is going to get a tax cut up to $250,000, and for those who make more than $250,000, they lose the benefit of that tax cut at that point [¦] No one's hurting in corporate America, and that's the 2% we're talking about." (www.youtube.com)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Silverfarb. San Matteo Daily Journal: Speier Irked By Debate On Debt Ceiling. 14 July 2011. "The debt ballooned in part, Speier said, because of tax cuts extended to the wealthiest Americans under the Bush administration. 'We spend money on giveaways for the wealthiest and we can't afford it,' Speier said." (speier.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jackie Speier. Letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi. 10 May 2012. "'If a bipartisan Senate can agree on a transportation/jobs bill why can't the House Republicans sign off on it? There's no excuse for putting America's future on hold. We need to act now,' said Rep. Jackie Speier (CA-12) [¦] Our top priority, and the top priority of the American public, is job creation. It is therefore incomprehensible to us that the House leadership has not even brought up a long-term transportation bill up for a vote, when this indecision has unnecessarily put so many Americans out work; 17,000 people last month alone. With Federal funding for transportation projects set to run out on June 30, 2012, we urge that the House either immediately consider the long term transportation bill that was overwhelmingly agreed to in the Senate, or instruct House Conferees to cede to the Senate language in its entirety so that a transportation jobs bill can be signed into law as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Jackie Speier voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Statement on President's Jobs Address. 8 September 2011. "The President is right. The American people need jobs and they need them now. His address was fiery, firm, and laid out a sensible bipartisan plan to put people back to work. That plan included many things I support like investments in infrastructure, tax cuts for workers, and aid to small businesses. For too long, Congress has narrowly focused on the fiscal deficit and ignored the jobs deficit. If any issue deserves a singular focus, it is jobs. American families are sick and tired of the rhetoric, hyperbole, and partisanship. Congress is not a debate club--we are duly elected representatives of the people who have a responsibility to take action in times of crisis. There is no excuse not to create jobs in this country. It is time to act." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Statement on the President's Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction Speech. 19 August 2011. "In his speech today, the President made it crystal clear that Medicare is not going to be cut on his watch. He is bullish on cutting the deficit, and he is committed to getting Americans back to work. Congress owes it to the American people to come up with solutions, not sideshows." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Jackie Speier a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Jackie Speier voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Facebook: Wall. 9 September 2011. "The President's speech was fiery, firm, and laid out a sensible bipartisan plan to put people back to work. For too long, Congress has narrowly focused on the fiscal deficit and ignored the jobs deficit. If any issue deserves a singular focus, it is jobs. There is no excuse not to create jobs in this country. It is time to act." (www.facebook.com)
  • Jackie Speier. Video: Congresswoman Jackie Speier talks about stimulus package. 4 February 2009. "What is going through congress right now is a bill to try and stimulate jobs in this country, and this package is an attempt to create ,over the next two years, betweens 1.4 million and 4 million jobs [¦] Unlike previous government spending programs, every nickel [¦] will be completely trackable, transparent and accountable, and I applaud president Obama for recognizing the importance of embarking on this kind of reform." (www.youtube.com)
  • Jackie Speier. Letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi. 10 May 2012. "'If a bipartisan Senate can agree on a transportation/jobs bill why can't the House Republicans sign off on it? There's no excuse for putting America's future on hold. We need to act now,' said Rep. Jackie Speier (CA-12) [¦] Our top priority, and the top priority of the American public, is job creation. It is therefore incomprehensible to us that the House leadership has not even brought up a long-term transportation bill up for a vote, when this indecision has unnecessarily put so many Americans out work; 17,000 people last month alone. With Federal funding for transportation projects set to run out on June 30, 2012, we urge that the House either immediately consider the long term transportation bill that was overwhelmingly agreed to in the Senate, or instruct House Conferees to cede to the Senate language in its entirety so that a transportation jobs bill can be signed into law as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Jackie Speier voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Statement on President's Jobs Address. 8 September 2011. "The President is right. The American people need jobs and they need them now. His address was fiery, firm, and laid out a sensible bipartisan plan to put people back to work. That plan included many things I support like investments in infrastructure, tax cuts for workers, and aid to small businesses. For too long, Congress has narrowly focused on the fiscal deficit and ignored the jobs deficit. If any issue deserves a singular focus, it is jobs. American families are sick and tired of the rhetoric, hyperbole, and partisanship. Congress is not a debate club--we are duly elected representatives of the people who have a responsibility to take action in times of crisis. There is no excuse not to create jobs in this country. It is time to act." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Statement on the President's Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction Speech. 19 August 2011. "In his speech today, the President made it crystal clear that Medicare is not going to be cut on his watch. He is bullish on cutting the deficit, and he is committed to getting Americans back to work. Congress owes it to the American people to come up with solutions, not sideshows." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Jackie Speier a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Jackie Speier voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Video: Congresswoman Jackie Speier talks about stimulus package. 4 February 2009. "What is going through congress right now is a bill to try and stimulate jobs in this country, and this package is an attempt to create ,over the next two years, betweens 1.4 million and 4 million jobs [¦] Unlike previous government spending programs, every nickel [¦] will be completely trackable, transparent and accountable, and I applaud president Obama for recognizing the importance of embarking on this kind of reform." (www.youtube.com)
  • Jackie Speier. Facebook: Wall. 9 September 2011. "The President's speech was fiery, firm, and laid out a sensible bipartisan plan to put people back to work. For too long, Congress has narrowly focused on the fiscal deficit and ignored the jobs deficit. If any issue deserves a singular focus, it is jobs. There is no excuse not to create jobs in this country. It is time to act." (www.facebook.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jackie Speier. Video: Congresswoman Jackie Speier talks about stimulus package. 4 February 2009. "And we're also here to put a face on the absolute lack of funding that has been available to schools in California and across this country for very simple and very serious maintenance, rehabilitation, and modernization needs [¦] In California in particular the needs are great [¦] Having this additional money, billions of dollars coming to California will be huge in an effort to stave off more cuts, more jobs lost." (www.youtube.com)
  • Maureen Budetti. NAICU: Painful Gainful Employment Hearing. 12 July 2012. "Members of two House subcommittees joined forces in the most recent debate over the merits of the Department of Education's recent gainful employment regulations on July 8. The regulations are the most controversial of the 14 regulations being implemented by the Department of Education to gain greater control of for-profit colleges [¦] Near the end of the hearing, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) attacked the regulations as too weak, and described the gainful employment rules as 'embarrassingly small.'  She spiritedly pointed out that, since for-profits receive up to 90 percent of their funding from federal student aid, they were in fact 'government institutions.'  Speier also warned that she would be watching student outcomes at schools that enroll a high number of veterans." (www.naicu.edu)
  • Jackie Speier. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Jackie Speier. Issue Position: Education. 16 November 2011. "Speier believes the long term prosperity of our nation depends on ensuring every American receives a quality education. However, severe cuts to education funding are undermining California “ and the nation's “ system of learning; teachers are being laid off, class sizes are increasing, tuitions are going up at both public and private colleges and universities, and the number of classes available to students is decreasing. California's state colleges and universities, once the model for the nation and the world, are now struggling to survive and compete in the face of drastic budget cuts and increasing tuition. Tough decisions will have to be made about our commitment to providing the kind of education that will help us compete in the 21st century marketplace. States are responsible for the majority of educational funding but the federal government plays an important role, especially when states like California are facing severe budget shortfalls. We have taken several significant steps to address the growing challenges children, college students and adults face trying to get an education or obtain job retraining." (speier.house.gov)
  • Jackie Speier. Video: Congresswoman Jackie Speier talks about stimulus package. 4 February 2009. "And we're also here to put a face on the absolute lack of funding that has been available to schools in California and across this country for very simple and very serious maintenance, rehabilitation, and modernization needs [¦] In California in particular the needs are great [¦] Having this additional money, billions of dollars coming to California will be huge in an effort to stave off more cuts, more jobs lost." (www.youtube.com)
  • Maureen Budetti. NAICU: Painful Gainful Employment Hearing. 12 July 2012. "Members of two House subcommittees joined forces in the most recent debate over the merits of the Department of Education's recent gainful employment regulations on July 8. The regulations are the most controversial of the 14 regulations being implemented by the Department of Education to gain greater control of for-profit colleges [¦] Near the end of the hearing, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) attacked the regulations as too weak, and described the gainful employment rules as 'embarrassingly small.'  She spiritedly pointed out that, since for-profits receive up to 90 percent of their funding from federal student aid, they were in fact 'government institutions.'  Speier also warned that she would be watching student outcomes at schools that enroll a high number of veterans." (www.naicu.edu)
  • Jackie Speier. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Jackie Speier. Issue Position: Education. 16 November 2011. "Speier believes the long term prosperity of our nation depends on ensuring every American receives a quality education. However, severe cuts to education funding are undermining California “ and the nation's “ system of learning; teachers are being laid off, class sizes are increasing, tuitions are going up at both public and private colleges and universities, and the number of classes available to students is decreasing. California's state colleges and universities, once the model for the nation and the world, are now struggling to survive and compete in the face of drastic budget cuts and increasing tuition. Tough decisions will have to be made about our commitment to providing the kind of education that will help us compete in the 21st century marketplace. States are responsible for the majority of educational funding but the federal government plays an important role, especially when states like California are facing severe budget shortfalls. We have taken several significant steps to address the growing challenges children, college students and adults face trying to get an education or obtain job retraining." (speier.house.gov)

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Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Statement on Passage of Waxman-Markey Clean Energy Act. 26 June 2009. "The consequences of global warming are real and imminent. The 12th Congressional District of California, where I have lived my entire life, will lose entire neighborhoods, business districts and even the San Francisco International Airport to rising sea levels unless we act now. The truth is Congress should have answered this call a decade ago. The world scientific community has been warning us for years about the dangers of unchecked carbon emissions and the evidence is indisputable. The time to act is now. The argument that addressing the challenge of global warming is detrimental to the economy would be laughable were it not so dangerous. The only businesses hurt by clean energy legislation are those that refuse to adapt. Whole new industries will be created from our investment in clean energy, many of them right here in the Bay Area. Much like the leading tech companies of today were born from the broadband and internet revolution of previous decades, I expect exciting new green companies to spring up in San Francisco and along the peninsula. Already, thousands of new jobs are being created in the region by innovators and entrepreneurs creating new energy systems, bio-fuels, and more efficient electrical systems. To paraphrase the President: Clean energy is profitable energy." . (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Letter to The Honorable Nancy Pelosi and The Honorable Steny Hoyer. 14 December 2010. "Eliminate the wasteful and environmentally-damaging 'coal to liquids' tax subsidy. Over its lifecycle, liquid is responsible for nearly twice the greenhouse gas pollution as conventional fuels. Liquid coal production requires four gallons of water for every gallon of fuel produced. Furthermore, encouraging this fuel would only worsen the damage that coal mining wreaks upon ecosystems and communities. Earlier this year the House passed legislation that had removed this credit from Senate legislation, demonstrating the House's opposition to the extension of this wasteful subsidy." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Issue Position: Transportation & Infrastructure. 1 January 2011. "But the rationale for better transportation and infrastructure is not limited to ease of use or to economic productivity. We need to control greenhouse gas emissions or risk paying a price in terms so dear as to be incalculable. According to a Bay Area Air Quality Board 2007 study of sources of greenhouse gases in the San Francisco Bay Area, carbon dioxide is 91% of all greenhouse gas emissions produced in a year. Transportation (passenger and commercial) represents the largest source of those emissions -- 41%. Clearly, improved transportation is an essential component to successfully addressing the challenges of climate change in the years ahead." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Issue Position: Environment. 16 November 2011. "I support legislation that will cut carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and reject the federal government's policy of preventing states like California from enacting more stringent caps on greenhouse gas emissions." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Issue Position: Energy & Environment. 1 January 2011. "I am committed to taking action on the most critical challenge of our time: protecting the planet from the impacts of global climate change. Using my position on the Select Committee on Energy Independence & Global Warming, I am confronting the challenges global warming poses to the environment and public health, including threats the Bay Area is facing and will continue to face in the years ahead. I have voted for legislation to rein in polluting sources of energy and cut U.S. carbon pollution 80% by 2050. The consequences of global warming are real and imminent. The 12th Congressional District of California, where I have lived my entire life, will lose entire neighborhoods, business districts and even the San Francisco International Airport to rising sea levels unless we act today. Congress should have answered this call a decade ago. The world scientific community has been warning us for years about the dangers of unchecked carbon emissions and the evidence is indisputable. The time to act is now." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Issue Position: Energy & Environment. 1 January 2011. "Congresswoman Speier has been a champion for protecting our environment and moving America toward a clean energy economy throughout her career in California and Washington. She continues to lead efforts to fight global warming, preserve clean air and water, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, create millions of jobs in clean energy manufacturing and innovation, and put public health above the interests of big polluters every step of the way in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Global Warming Is A Clear and Present Danger. 13 May 2009. "Two-thirds of the American people believe that global warming is a clear and present danger, yet there are still Members in this House that deny it even exists. Fortunately, many here are working diligently to craft a bipartisan and commonsense energy plan that makes polluters pay, provides for middle class energy tax credits, and creates a new industry and lots of good, clean, green jobs. In the process, we will reduce our reliance on foreign oil from nations that mean to do us harm and put us on a path towards being faithful stewards of this beautiful planet that God has loaned us. But the science deniers don't care about any of that. They choose, instead, to twist the simple idea that polluters should pay for what they pollute into the same tired argument that it is somehow a tax. The American people are speaking loud and clear. They want Congress to do something about global warming. At least some of us are listening." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Domestic Oil. 16 May 2012. "So, what do we do about that gas guzzling that's going on? Well, the thing we do about that is to look at how we can change how many miles to the gallon we get. To the President's credit, his administration has put in place these new corporate average fuel economy standards--known to all of us as CAFE standards--that will nearly double the efficiency of the U.S. fleet of automobiles, achieving a fleet-wide average of 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025. So what does that do once we get there at 2025? Well, it means that we, as consumers, will save $1.7 trillion at the pump over the life of the program. A family that purchases a new vehicle in 2025 will save $8,200 in fuel costs when compared with a similar vehicle in 2010. So over the life of the program, the standard will save 12 billion barrels of oil and eliminate 6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution. So the solutions are really there for us. The solutions are that we move to these CAFE standards, that we address the issues around speculation, and that we keep the robust drilling that is going on in this country right now so that we can continue to reduce our dependence on foreign oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jackie Speier voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Jackie Speier voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011. 22 June 2011. "Section 2 of this bill would amend the Clean Air Act to force emissions from any offshore source to be measured only at the corresponding onshore location. Yes, you heard me correctly, the bill demonstrates willful ignorance of the fact that pollution is also harmful over water, not just on land. This dirty air loophole is so big you can float a Deepwater Horizon-sized oil rig through it. I know our philosophies differ here, but the fact is that even if we produced every drop of recoverable oil offshore today, it would only last us for 3 years at our current consumption rate. Then we would be right back where we started from without having reduced our demand on oil, except we would be about billions of dollars poorer after subsidizing the oil companies to turn the rest of offshore USA into the Gulf of Mexico. That does not sound like a deficit-cutting, jobs-creating proposal to me. H.R. 2021 purports to simply reduce the amount of time it takes to get a permit to drill, but it also gives Big Oil a free pass on having to properly account for the toxic pollution it releases on the Outer Continental Shelf. It moves the geographic point where emissions are measured from offshore, near the drilling location, to an onshore point many miles away. This change would clearly weaken public health protection for oil workers--are we interested in them?--fishermen--are we interested in them?--recreational boaters, not to mention all those who do business or make a living in our coastal communities. Apparently, it's the old out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach; what you can't see won't hurt you. After the BP oil spill just last year, such an approach should be dismissed as reckless. One year ago today, oil was gushing into the gulf and toxic emissions were streaming into the air. But if this bill passes, the same level of Clean Air Act protections that gulf oil workers, fishermen, and coastal residents relied on to fight BP for damages would no longer apply in the gulf or anywhere else." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Statement on Passage of Waxman-Markey Clean Energy Act. 26 June 2009. "The consequences of global warming are real and imminent. The 12th Congressional District of California, where I have lived my entire life, will lose entire neighborhoods, business districts and even the San Francisco International Airport to rising sea levels unless we act now. The truth is Congress should have answered this call a decade ago. The world scientific community has been warning us for years about the dangers of unchecked carbon emissions and the evidence is indisputable. The time to act is now. The argument that addressing the challenge of global warming is detrimental to the economy would be laughable were it not so dangerous. The only businesses hurt by clean energy legislation are those that refuse to adapt. Whole new industries will be created from our investment in clean energy, many of them right here in the Bay Area. Much like the leading tech companies of today were born from the broadband and internet revolution of previous decades, I expect exciting new green companies to spring up in San Francisco and along the peninsula. Already, thousands of new jobs are being created in the region by innovators and entrepreneurs creating new energy systems, bio-fuels, and more efficient electrical systems. To paraphrase the President: Clean energy is profitable energy." . (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Letter to The Honorable Nancy Pelosi and The Honorable Steny Hoyer. 14 December 2010. "Eliminate the wasteful and environmentally-damaging 'coal to liquids' tax subsidy. Over its lifecycle, liquid is responsible for nearly twice the greenhouse gas pollution as conventional fuels. Liquid coal production requires four gallons of water for every gallon of fuel produced. Furthermore, encouraging this fuel would only worsen the damage that coal mining wreaks upon ecosystems and communities. Earlier this year the House passed legislation that had removed this credit from Senate legislation, demonstrating the House's opposition to the extension of this wasteful subsidy." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Issue Position: Transportation & Infrastructure. 1 January 2011. "But the rationale for better transportation and infrastructure is not limited to ease of use or to economic productivity. We need to control greenhouse gas emissions or risk paying a price in terms so dear as to be incalculable. According to a Bay Area Air Quality Board 2007 study of sources of greenhouse gases in the San Francisco Bay Area, carbon dioxide is 91% of all greenhouse gas emissions produced in a year. Transportation (passenger and commercial) represents the largest source of those emissions -- 41%. Clearly, improved transportation is an essential component to successfully addressing the challenges of climate change in the years ahead." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Issue Position: Environment. 16 November 2011. "I support legislation that will cut carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and reject the federal government's policy of preventing states like California from enacting more stringent caps on greenhouse gas emissions." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Issue Position: Energy & Environment. 1 January 2011. "I am committed to taking action on the most critical challenge of our time: protecting the planet from the impacts of global climate change. Using my position on the Select Committee on Energy Independence & Global Warming, I am confronting the challenges global warming poses to the environment and public health, including threats the Bay Area is facing and will continue to face in the years ahead. I have voted for legislation to rein in polluting sources of energy and cut U.S. carbon pollution 80% by 2050. The consequences of global warming are real and imminent. The 12th Congressional District of California, where I have lived my entire life, will lose entire neighborhoods, business districts and even the San Francisco International Airport to rising sea levels unless we act today. Congress should have answered this call a decade ago. The world scientific community has been warning us for years about the dangers of unchecked carbon emissions and the evidence is indisputable. The time to act is now." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Issue Position: Energy & Environment. 1 January 2011. "Congresswoman Speier has been a champion for protecting our environment and moving America toward a clean energy economy throughout her career in California and Washington. She continues to lead efforts to fight global warming, preserve clean air and water, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, create millions of jobs in clean energy manufacturing and innovation, and put public health above the interests of big polluters every step of the way in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Global Warming Is A Clear and Present Danger. 13 May 2009. "Two-thirds of the American people believe that global warming is a clear and present danger, yet there are still Members in this House that deny it even exists. Fortunately, many here are working diligently to craft a bipartisan and commonsense energy plan that makes polluters pay, provides for middle class energy tax credits, and creates a new industry and lots of good, clean, green jobs. In the process, we will reduce our reliance on foreign oil from nations that mean to do us harm and put us on a path towards being faithful stewards of this beautiful planet that God has loaned us. But the science deniers don't care about any of that. They choose, instead, to twist the simple idea that polluters should pay for what they pollute into the same tired argument that it is somehow a tax. The American people are speaking loud and clear. They want Congress to do something about global warming. At least some of us are listening." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Domestic Oil. 16 May 2012. "So, what do we do about that gas guzzling that's going on? Well, the thing we do about that is to look at how we can change how many miles to the gallon we get. To the President's credit, his administration has put in place these new corporate average fuel economy standards--known to all of us as CAFE standards--that will nearly double the efficiency of the U.S. fleet of automobiles, achieving a fleet-wide average of 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025. So what does that do once we get there at 2025? Well, it means that we, as consumers, will save $1.7 trillion at the pump over the life of the program. A family that purchases a new vehicle in 2025 will save $8,200 in fuel costs when compared with a similar vehicle in 2010. So over the life of the program, the standard will save 12 billion barrels of oil and eliminate 6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution. So the solutions are really there for us. The solutions are that we move to these CAFE standards, that we address the issues around speculation, and that we keep the robust drilling that is going on in this country right now so that we can continue to reduce our dependence on foreign oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jackie Speier voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Jackie Speier voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011. 22 June 2011. "Section 2 of this bill would amend the Clean Air Act to force emissions from any offshore source to be measured only at the corresponding onshore location. Yes, you heard me correctly, the bill demonstrates willful ignorance of the fact that pollution is also harmful over water, not just on land. This dirty air loophole is so big you can float a Deepwater Horizon-sized oil rig through it. I know our philosophies differ here, but the fact is that even if we produced every drop of recoverable oil offshore today, it would only last us for 3 years at our current consumption rate. Then we would be right back where we started from without having reduced our demand on oil, except we would be about billions of dollars poorer after subsidizing the oil companies to turn the rest of offshore USA into the Gulf of Mexico. That does not sound like a deficit-cutting, jobs-creating proposal to me. H.R. 2021 purports to simply reduce the amount of time it takes to get a permit to drill, but it also gives Big Oil a free pass on having to properly account for the toxic pollution it releases on the Outer Continental Shelf. It moves the geographic point where emissions are measured from offshore, near the drilling location, to an onshore point many miles away. This change would clearly weaken public health protection for oil workers--are we interested in them?--fishermen--are we interested in them?--recreational boaters, not to mention all those who do business or make a living in our coastal communities. Apparently, it's the old out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach; what you can't see won't hurt you. After the BP oil spill just last year, such an approach should be dismissed as reckless. One year ago today, oil was gushing into the gulf and toxic emissions were streaming into the air. But if this bill passes, the same level of Clean Air Act protections that gulf oil workers, fishermen, and coastal residents relied on to fight BP for damages would no longer apply in the gulf or anywhere else." (votesmart.org)

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  • "Well, in my district, they want us to get a steel backbone. They want us to speak on behalf of the people and not the NRA. I did a gun buyback in my district just a few weeks ago. It`s the second lowest crime rate in the state. And we collected 685 guns, 24 assault weapons, magazines and silencers and one street sweeper.And if that`s the kind of guns that are in our communities, it as time to rethink whether or no we need them in our homes. And Jan Schakowsky had said, there`s a higher incidence of gun violence in homes when you have a gun. You`re more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than you are by a stranger.And I have a number of people who said to me, I asked them why are you coming here and why are you giving up your gun? He said, you know I`ve got small kids. This is something that came to may from my grandfather or uncle. I don`t need it anymore.And I think we`re all rethinking whether or not we need guns in our homes." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Jackie Speier a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Jackie Speier voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Jackie Speier. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Jackie Speier. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Jackie Speier. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Jackie Speier. Facebook: Wall. 20 June 2012. "Every day, guns are crossing our border and arming drug cartels because of loopholes in our already weak gun control laws. No one needs an AK-47 or other assault weapon for hunting or sport, and yet in Arizona they can be purchased in unlimited quantity. Chairman Issa and his Republican colleagues have been uninterested and unwilling to address the ease with which criminals obtain such weapons. The contempt of Congress vote today had nothing to do with justice, accountability or process." (www.facebook.com)
  • Jackie Speier. The Hill - Practicing Guilt by Association. "The response to the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and 18 other people has prompted even more gun purchases there, possibly by people like Loughner. In fact, a recent undercover sting by the New York City Police Department of a gun show in Arizona revealed how easy it is for people who are on the prohibited list to obtain guns and ammunition. In my state of California, the Department of Justice estimates that the over 18,000 names on its prohibited list--which includes those who have committed felonies, domestic violence misdemeanors, and are mentally unstable-- possess over 34,000 guns. Yet where is the push for stronger gun safety laws? Why do we refuse to limit the availability of weapons of mass destruction in these cases, but are all too willing and eager to target law-abiding Muslim communities as potential terrorists?" (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. The Sacramento Bee - What We Can Learn from Another Tragedy. 21 January 2011. "In short, we are in a dangerous situation. The public doesn't trust the government to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't own them, and the clear shortcomings of the current system partially supports that mistrust. Both the law and its administration seem designed to allow the killing rather than the saving of lives. Ideally, we need leaders to say 'no' to semiautomatic weapon sales to the general public and 'yes' to stronger enforcement of laws to prevent the mentally ill from owning guns." (votesmart.org)
  • "Well, in my district, they want us to get a steel backbone. They want us to speak on behalf of the people and not the NRA. I did a gun buyback in my district just a few weeks ago. It`s the second lowest crime rate in the state. And we collected 685 guns, 24 assault weapons, magazines and silencers and one street sweeper.And if that`s the kind of guns that are in our communities, it as time to rethink whether or no we need them in our homes. And Jan Schakowsky had said, there`s a higher incidence of gun violence in homes when you have a gun. You`re more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than you are by a stranger.And I have a number of people who said to me, I asked them why are you coming here and why are you giving up your gun? He said, you know I`ve got small kids. This is something that came to may from my grandfather or uncle. I don`t need it anymore.And I think we`re all rethinking whether or not we need guns in our homes." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Jackie Speier in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Jackie Speier a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Jackie Speier voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Jackie Speier. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Jackie Speier. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Jackie Speier. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Jackie Speier. Facebook: Wall. 20 June 2012. "Every day, guns are crossing our border and arming drug cartels because of loopholes in our already weak gun control laws. No one needs an AK-47 or other assault weapon for hunting or sport, and yet in Arizona they can be purchased in unlimited quantity. Chairman Issa and his Republican colleagues have been uninterested and unwilling to address the ease with which criminals obtain such weapons. The contempt of Congress vote today had nothing to do with justice, accountability or process." (www.facebook.com)
  • Jackie Speier. The Hill - Practicing Guilt by Association. "The response to the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and 18 other people has prompted even more gun purchases there, possibly by people like Loughner. In fact, a recent undercover sting by the New York City Police Department of a gun show in Arizona revealed how easy it is for people who are on the prohibited list to obtain guns and ammunition. In my state of California, the Department of Justice estimates that the over 18,000 names on its prohibited list--which includes those who have committed felonies, domestic violence misdemeanors, and are mentally unstable-- possess over 34,000 guns. Yet where is the push for stronger gun safety laws? Why do we refuse to limit the availability of weapons of mass destruction in these cases, but are all too willing and eager to target law-abiding Muslim communities as potential terrorists?" (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. The Sacramento Bee - What We Can Learn from Another Tragedy. 21 January 2011. "In short, we are in a dangerous situation. The public doesn't trust the government to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't own them, and the clear shortcomings of the current system partially supports that mistrust. Both the law and its administration seem designed to allow the killing rather than the saving of lives. Ideally, we need leaders to say 'no' to semiautomatic weapon sales to the general public and 'yes' to stronger enforcement of laws to prevent the mentally ill from owning guns." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jackie Speier. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2011. "As older Americans rely on Social Security, they also rely on Medicare and Medicaid for their health and long-term care needs. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we took measures to lower health care costs without cutting benefits or increasing cost-sharing requirement. While we can make more improvements, we must not abandon that commitment. Proposals to raise out-of-pocket costs, cut benefits, or reduce federal Medicaid spending would have a negative impact on current enrollees, their families, and our economy as a whole." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Applauds New Tax Credits For Small Businesses in the 12th District. "'This is great news not just for small businesses, but to 96% of American workers. That's how many jobs small businesses provide. They are the true engine of our economy. Because of the rising health care insurance cost, fewer than half of America's small businesses have been able to afford health care benefits for their employees. In fact, 60% of America's uninsured -- or 28 million - are small business owners, workers and their families. This is absolutely unacceptable and one of the reasons I voted for health care reform.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jackie Speier voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Health Care. 16 November 2011. "In March 2009, Speier proudly cast her vote in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a historic measure that was nearly 60 years in the making. [¦] Given the numerous positive changes Americans are already experiencing as a result of the bill, Speier has forcefully opposed efforts to dismantle the law entirely. She cast her vote in opposition to the repeal measure that was brought to the House floor in January 2011 and will continue to should the challenges continue." (speier.house.gov)
  • Jackie Speier. Issue Position: Healthcare. 16 November 2011. "This past March, Congress and President Obama stood up to months of fear-mongering and misinformation and passed a historic healthcare reform bill that has been 60 years in the making. The official name is H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148). This issue is a big part of why my constituents sent me to Washington and I am proud to have been able to cast a vote to address our nation's health care disparities and expand access for all Americans. Soon, 32 million uninsured Americans will have access to health coverage, and we will all have the security of knowing insurance companies will be barred from denying coverage when we need it most." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2011. "As older Americans rely on Social Security, they also rely on Medicare and Medicaid for their health and long-term care needs. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we took measures to lower health care costs without cutting benefits or increasing cost-sharing requirement. While we can make more improvements, we must not abandon that commitment. Proposals to raise out-of-pocket costs, cut benefits, or reduce federal Medicaid spending would have a negative impact on current enrollees, their families, and our economy as a whole." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. "Who supports a repeal of health care reform? The National Chamber of Commerce, period. So what do our constituents really want? They want the costs to be brought down. There is not one of us who hasn't heard a complaint from a constituent saying, I can't afford it anymore. Well, health care reform requires that 80 percent of the premium go to providing health care. It is starting to put a governor on the costs of health insurance." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Applauds New Tax Credits For Small Businesses in the 12th District. "'This is great news not just for small businesses, but to 96% of American workers. That's how many jobs small businesses provide. They are the true engine of our economy. Because of the rising health care insurance cost, fewer than half of America's small businesses have been able to afford health care benefits for their employees. In fact, 60% of America's uninsured -- or 28 million - are small business owners, workers and their families. This is absolutely unacceptable and one of the reasons I voted for health care reform.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jackie Speier voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Health Care. 16 November 2011. "In March 2009, Speier proudly cast her vote in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a historic measure that was nearly 60 years in the making. [¦] Given the numerous positive changes Americans are already experiencing as a result of the bill, Speier has forcefully opposed efforts to dismantle the law entirely. She cast her vote in opposition to the repeal measure that was brought to the House floor in January 2011 and will continue to should the challenges continue." (speier.house.gov)
  • Jackie Speier. Issue Position: Healthcare. 16 November 2011. "This past March, Congress and President Obama stood up to months of fear-mongering and misinformation and passed a historic healthcare reform bill that has been 60 years in the making. The official name is H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148). This issue is a big part of why my constituents sent me to Washington and I am proud to have been able to cast a vote to address our nation's health care disparities and expand access for all Americans. Soon, 32 million uninsured Americans will have access to health coverage, and we will all have the security of knowing insurance companies will be barred from denying coverage when we need it most." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. "Who supports a repeal of health care reform? The National Chamber of Commerce, period. So what do our constituents really want? They want the costs to be brought down. There is not one of us who hasn't heard a complaint from a constituent saying, I can't afford it anymore. Well, health care reform requires that 80 percent of the premium go to providing health care. It is starting to put a governor on the costs of health insurance." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jackie Speier. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Jackie Speier voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Jackie Speier voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Statement on House Passage of DREAM Act. 9 December 2010. "The DREAM Act provides young people who were brought to the United States as children an opportunity to earn a path to citizenship. They grew up as Americans and had no say in the decision to come to this country. To be eligible to begin the 13-year process, they must pass a strict set of requirements, including background checks, demonstrating a strong proficiency in English, and enrolling in the military or attending college. Let me be clear, this is not amnesty for illegal immigrants, and it does not replace or lessen our country's fundamental need for comprehensive immigration reform. It is also not an incentive for others to come to this country illegally, as it only applies to those who have lived in the country for five years prior to the bill taking effect. The DREAM Act is a bipartisan, common-sense approach strongly supported by our military leaders, the business community, and our educational institutions. I urge the Senate to follow our leadership in the House and pass the DREAM Act immediately." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Statement: Congresswoman Jackie Speier Encouraged By Administrative Relief for Undocumented Immigrant Youth. 15 June 2012. "The Administration's decision means that eligible young people will be allowed to apply for basic relief from removal from the country and also for work permits. This is a good start. In Congress, we must still act to pass the DREAM Act that will provide these deserving individuals with the status to live and thrive in the country legally." . (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. KTVU.com - Bay Area Officials Hail Move by Obama to Allow Deferred Deportation. 15 June 2012. "Bay Area officials Friday hailed a move by President Barack Obama to provide temporary relief from deportation to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Among those voicing their support for the new policy today were elected officials from San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon to U.S. Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo and Barbara Lee, D-Oakland. 'Brought to the U.S. as young children by their parents who came from their home countries without legal documentation, the people helped by this new policy call America their home,' Speier said. 'They have grown up here, yet they are not citizens like their college roommates, basketball teammates or next door neighbors and they could be deported at any time to a country whose language they may not even know.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Twitter: RepSpeier. 15 June 2012. "800K DREAMers faced threat of deportation until today thanks to relief from the administration. #immigration #equality." (twitter.com)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Statement on House Passage of DREAM Act. 9 December 2010. "The DREAM Act provides young people who were brought to the United States as children an opportunity to earn a path to citizenship. They grew up as Americans and had no say in the decision to come to this country. To be eligible to begin the 13-year process, they must pass a strict set of requirements, including background checks, demonstrating a strong proficiency in English, and enrolling in the military or attending college. Let me be clear, this is not amnesty for illegal immigrants, and it does not replace or lessen our country's fundamental need for comprehensive immigration reform. It is also not an incentive for others to come to this country illegally, as it only applies to those who have lived in the country for five years prior to the bill taking effect. The DREAM Act is a bipartisan, common-sense approach strongly supported by our military leaders, the business community, and our educational institutions. I urge the Senate to follow our leadership in the House and pass the DREAM Act immediately." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Statement: Congresswoman Jackie Speier Encouraged By Administrative Relief for Undocumented Immigrant Youth. 15 June 2012. "The Administration's decision means that eligible young people will be allowed to apply for basic relief from removal from the country and also for work permits. This is a good start. In Congress, we must still act to pass the DREAM Act that will provide these deserving individuals with the status to live and thrive in the country legally." . (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. KTVU.com - Bay Area Officials Hail Move by Obama to Allow Deferred Deportation. 15 June 2012. "Bay Area officials Friday hailed a move by President Barack Obama to provide temporary relief from deportation to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Among those voicing their support for the new policy today were elected officials from San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon to U.S. Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo and Barbara Lee, D-Oakland. 'Brought to the U.S. as young children by their parents who came from their home countries without legal documentation, the people helped by this new policy call America their home,' Speier said. 'They have grown up here, yet they are not citizens like their college roommates, basketball teammates or next door neighbors and they could be deported at any time to a country whose language they may not even know.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Twitter: RepSpeier. 15 June 2012. "800K DREAMers faced threat of deportation until today thanks to relief from the administration. #immigration #equality." (twitter.com)

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  • Jackie Speier. Rep. Speier on California Supreme Court's Ruling on Marriage Equality. 15 May 2008. "I applaud the California Supreme Court's decision today to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. This is the defining civil rights issue of the decade and the justices appropriately recognized the importance of not discriminating against those wishing to commit to a familial relationship. As a State Senator, I was honored to officiate at over twenty weddings for gay and lesbian constituents. It is encouraging that the four-judge majority included three Republican jurists, perhaps signaling the end of marriage equality being used as a partisan political wedge." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Pelosi, 132 House Members File Amicus Brief in Landmark Court Challenge to DOMA. 2 November 2011. "Section 3 cannot be viewed as a benign exercise of Congressional authority as the clear aim and effect of this law was to disapprove and disadvantage lesbians and gay men. As a result, and unlike most Acts of Congress, DOMA cannot be viewed as the rational result of impartial lawmaking.The brief makes it clear that the House is not united on this issue, that the BLAG lawyers do not speak for the entire institution, and that there is no legitimate federal interest in denying married gay and lesbian couples the legal security, rights and responsibilities that federal law provides to couples who are married under state law. Section 3 does not affect married heterosexual couples and their children, who are recognized regardless of DOMA. And this law affirmatively harms married gay and lesbian couples and their children." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Rep. Speier Introduces Shirley Tan To Senate Judiciary Committee. 3 June 2009. "Shirley Tan is the mother of twin sons, products of a 23 year same-sex relationship with partner Jay Lynn Mercado. She emigrated from the Philippines after a horrific attack in which a relative killed her mother and sister and seriously wounded Ms. Tan. Had she been in a heterosexual marriage, her spouse could have sponsored her for a green card, but that right is denied to same-sex couples. The UAFA seeks to redress that inequity." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Rep. Speier on California Supreme Court's Ruling on Marriage Equality. 15 May 2008. "I applaud the California Supreme Court's decision today to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. This is the defining civil rights issue of the decade and the justices appropriately recognized the importance of not discriminating against those wishing to commit to a familial relationship. As a State Senator, I was honored to officiate at over twenty weddings for gay and lesbian constituents. It is encouraging that the four-judge majority included three Republican jurists, perhaps signaling the end of marriage equality being used as a partisan political wedge." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Applauds Judge's Ruling Declaring Proposition 8 Unconstitutional. "'Proposition 8 wrote discrimination into our state's Constitution. I am pleased Judge Walker overturned it,' said Congresswoman Speier. 'The freedom to marry is a fundamental right that every American deserves. Historically, our country has struck down discriminatory efforts to divide the public into first- and second-class citizens, and it should continue that tradition with marriage equality as well. That this stain will one day be removed from California's body of laws is a when, not if, proposition. I have married gay and lesbian couples when it was legal, and I look forward to the day when they are given back the right to marry in California." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Praises Judge's Decision to Lift Stay On Same-Sex Marriages. 12 August 2010. "Judge Walker was right to lift the stay on gay marriages and I hope that couples can get married as of next Wednesday. The right to marry belongs to every American and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is unconstitutional. Today's historic decision represents the values our country stands for: freedom, equality and justice." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Statement on Supreme Court's UC Hastings Decision. "I am pleased the Supreme Court today decided that the First Amendment does not require a public university to validate discrimination. This decision is especially fitting on the day after Gay Pride Day when we celebrate equality and inclusion. The court rejected an appeal by a Christian group, the Christian Legal Society, which sued to get funding and recognition from my alma mater, UC Hastings. Voting members of the group are required to sign a statement of faith that labels homosexuality as immoral. I believe that religious and sexual discrimination is always wrong. While the members of the CLS have the right to believe what they want, they have no right to ask a public school to subsidize or validate those beliefs. The ruling today is welcome step towards equality and fairness." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. The Advocate - Reps Speak Out on Gay Immigration. 1 April 2011. "USCIS had it right the first time. We should put a halt on the deportation cases of all married, LGBT binational couples who are currently being discriminated under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This unfortunate backtrack means more LGBT families will be ripped apart because our immigration laws only give protections to heterosexual couples." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Jackie Speier voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • "June 26, 2013 marked a historic day for same sex marriage. The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and denied an appeal by Prop 8 backers, clearing the way for marriages to resume in California...Congresswoman Speier couldn't be prouder to be a part of the majority of Americans who support marriage equality for our lesbian and gay citizens. She is thankful that, as of spring 2013, same-sex couples can marry in 12 states and the District of Columbia, and is waiting in suspense for the Supreme Court's June decision on the challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8, which hurt LGBT couples and families." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Jackie Speier voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. The Advocate - Reps Speak Out on Gay Immigration. 1 April 2011. "USCIS had it right the first time. We should put a halt on the deportation cases of all married, LGBT binational couples who are currently being discriminated under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This unfortunate backtrack means more LGBT families will be ripped apart because our immigration laws only give protections to heterosexual couples." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Statement on Supreme Court's UC Hastings Decision. "I am pleased the Supreme Court today decided that the First Amendment does not require a public university to validate discrimination. This decision is especially fitting on the day after Gay Pride Day when we celebrate equality and inclusion. The court rejected an appeal by a Christian group, the Christian Legal Society, which sued to get funding and recognition from my alma mater, UC Hastings. Voting members of the group are required to sign a statement of faith that labels homosexuality as immoral. I believe that religious and sexual discrimination is always wrong. While the members of the CLS have the right to believe what they want, they have no right to ask a public school to subsidize or validate those beliefs. The ruling today is welcome step towards equality and fairness." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Praises Judge's Decision to Lift Stay On Same-Sex Marriages. 12 August 2010. "Judge Walker was right to lift the stay on gay marriages and I hope that couples can get married as of next Wednesday. The right to marry belongs to every American and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is unconstitutional. Today's historic decision represents the values our country stands for: freedom, equality and justice." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Applauds Judge's Ruling Declaring Proposition 8 Unconstitutional. "'Proposition 8 wrote discrimination into our state's Constitution. I am pleased Judge Walker overturned it,' said Congresswoman Speier. 'The freedom to marry is a fundamental right that every American deserves. Historically, our country has struck down discriminatory efforts to divide the public into first- and second-class citizens, and it should continue that tradition with marriage equality as well. That this stain will one day be removed from California's body of laws is a when, not if, proposition. I have married gay and lesbian couples when it was legal, and I look forward to the day when they are given back the right to marry in California." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • "June 26, 2013 marked a historic day for same sex marriage. The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and denied an appeal by Prop 8 backers, clearing the way for marriages to resume in California...Congresswoman Speier couldn't be prouder to be a part of the majority of Americans who support marriage equality for our lesbian and gay citizens. She is thankful that, as of spring 2013, same-sex couples can marry in 12 states and the District of Columbia, and is waiting in suspense for the Supreme Court's June decision on the challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8, which hurt LGBT couples and families." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Pelosi, 132 House Members File Amicus Brief in Landmark Court Challenge to DOMA. 2 November 2011. "Section 3 cannot be viewed as a benign exercise of Congressional authority as the clear aim and effect of this law was to disapprove and disadvantage lesbians and gay men. As a result, and unlike most Acts of Congress, DOMA cannot be viewed as the rational result of impartial lawmaking.The brief makes it clear that the House is not united on this issue, that the BLAG lawyers do not speak for the entire institution, and that there is no legitimate federal interest in denying married gay and lesbian couples the legal security, rights and responsibilities that federal law provides to couples who are married under state law. Section 3 does not affect married heterosexual couples and their children, who are recognized regardless of DOMA. And this law affirmatively harms married gay and lesbian couples and their children." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Rep. Speier Introduces Shirley Tan To Senate Judiciary Committee. 3 June 2009. "Shirley Tan is the mother of twin sons, products of a 23 year same-sex relationship with partner Jay Lynn Mercado. She emigrated from the Philippines after a horrific attack in which a relative killed her mother and sister and seriously wounded Ms. Tan. Had she been in a heterosexual marriage, her spouse could have sponsored her for a green card, but that right is denied to same-sex couples. The UAFA seeks to redress that inequity." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jackie Speier. Jackie Speier Says No to Wiretapping. 20 June 2007. "Madam Speaker, America isn't simply guided' by our Constitution, it isn't a set of 'suggestions' but rather, the law of the land. It is the existence of this great document and our unswerving loyalty to it that makes America the greatest nation in the history of our planet. We can't be sacrificing basic constitutional principles like the fourth amendment simply because it's an election year and we want to make it look like we're fighting terrorism." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Statement on the Killing of Al Qaeda Operative Anwar al-Awlaki. 30 September 2011. "The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki is the latest victory in the United States and our allies' war on terrorism. Al-Awlaki was a key operative for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Al Qaeda's most dangerous affiliate, and his hateful rhetoric inspired countless attacks on innocent civilians worldwide. Al-Awlaki has been tied to the Fort Hood massacre, the Christmas Day attempted airplane bombing, and the October 2010 cargo plot, and his death makes the world a safer place and deals a major blow to Al Qaeda and the violent ideology that fuels acts of terrorism. His death is a tribute to the hard work of the men and women of the United States Intelligence Community and our allies, including the Yemeni government, and sends a signal to Al Qaeda and its affiliates that there are no safe havens to plot attacks against the U.S. with impunity." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Jackie Speier Says No to Wiretapping. 20 June 2007. "Madam Speaker, America isn't simply guided' by our Constitution, it isn't a set of 'suggestions' but rather, the law of the land. It is the existence of this great document and our unswerving loyalty to it that makes America the greatest nation in the history of our planet. We can't be sacrificing basic constitutional principles like the fourth amendment simply because it's an election year and we want to make it look like we're fighting terrorism." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Letter to Chairman McKeon. 10 May 2011 "Among the many troubling aspects of the Detainee Security Act are provisions that expand the war against terrorist organizations on a global basis. The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) of 2001 was widely thought to provide authorization for the war in Afghanistan to root out al Qaeda, the Taliban, and others responsible for the 9/11 attacks. That war has dragged on for almost ten years, and after the demise of Osama Bin Laden, as the United States prepares for withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Detainee Security Act purports to expand the 'armed conflict' against the Taliban, al Qaeda, and "associated forces" without limit. By declaring a global war against nameless individuals, organizations, and nations "associated" with the Taliban and al Qaeda, as well as those playing a supporting role in their efforts, the Detainee Security Act would appear to grant the President near unfettered authority to initiate military action around the world without further congressional approval. Such authority must not be ceded to the President without careful deliberation from Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Speier Statement on the Killing of Al Qaeda Operative Anwar al-Awlaki. 30 September 2011. "The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki is the latest victory in the United States and our allies' war on terrorism. Al-Awlaki was a key operative for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Al Qaeda's most dangerous affiliate, and his hateful rhetoric inspired countless attacks on innocent civilians worldwide. Al-Awlaki has been tied to the Fort Hood massacre, the Christmas Day attempted airplane bombing, and the October 2010 cargo plot, and his death makes the world a safer place and deals a major blow to Al Qaeda and the violent ideology that fuels acts of terrorism. His death is a tribute to the hard work of the men and women of the United States Intelligence Community and our allies, including the Yemeni government, and sends a signal to Al Qaeda and its affiliates that there are no safe havens to plot attacks against the U.S. with impunity." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Letter to Chairman McKeon. 10 May 2011 "Among the many troubling aspects of the Detainee Security Act are provisions that expand the war against terrorist organizations on a global basis. The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) of 2001 was widely thought to provide authorization for the war in Afghanistan to root out al Qaeda, the Taliban, and others responsible for the 9/11 attacks. That war has dragged on for almost ten years, and after the demise of Osama Bin Laden, as the United States prepares for withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Detainee Security Act purports to expand the 'armed conflict' against the Taliban, al Qaeda, and "associated forces" without limit. By declaring a global war against nameless individuals, organizations, and nations "associated" with the Taliban and al Qaeda, as well as those playing a supporting role in their efforts, the Detainee Security Act would appear to grant the President near unfettered authority to initiate military action around the world without further congressional approval. Such authority must not be ceded to the President without careful deliberation from Congress." (votesmart.org)

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  • Amity Shales. Bloomberg: Democrats Are Right to Attack Obama Tax-Cut Deal: Amity Shlaes. 13 December 2010. ''This is a grand plan of starving Social Security so you can then privatize Social Security,' Representative Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, said Dec. 10. 'I'm very disappointed. He's out-Bushed Bush.'" (www.bloomberg.com)
  • Jackie Speier signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors Pledge. 24 July 2012. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Jackie Speier. Bloomberg News - Cut in Payroll Tax is Bad Policy. 18 December 2010. "This is a grand plan of starving Social Security so you can then privatize Social Security. I'm very disappointed. He's out-Bushed Bush." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Amity Shales. Bloomberg: Democrats Are Right to Attack Obama Tax-Cut Deal: Amity Shlaes. 13 December 2010. ''This is a grand plan of starving Social Security so you can then privatize Social Security,' Representative Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, said Dec. 10. 'I'm very disappointed. He's out-Bushed Bush.'" (www.bloomberg.com)
  • Jackie Speier signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors Pledge. 24 July 2012. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Jackie Speier. Bloomberg News - Cut in Payroll Tax is Bad Policy. 18 December 2010. "This is a grand plan of starving Social Security so you can then privatize Social Security. I'm very disappointed. He's out-Bushed Bush." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Jackie Speier supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2011. "America's seniors are facing increasing financial hardships, exacerbated by the loss of defined benefit pensions, the erosion of retirement savings, and two years without any cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits. The average senior citizen in America lives on a fixed income of slightly more than $19,000 a year. Two-thirds of retirees rely on Social Security for more than half of their income, one-third for 90 percent or more -- yet Social Security retiree benefits average $14,000 a year, $2,000 less for women." (votesmart.org)
  • Jackie Speier. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2011. "America's seniors are facing increasing financial hardships, exacerbated by the loss of defined benefit pensions, the erosion of retirement savings, and two years without any cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits. The average senior citizen in America lives on a fixed income of slightly more than $19,000 a year. Two-thirds of retirees rely on Social Security for more than half of their income, one-third for 90 percent or more -- yet Social Security retiree benefits average $14,000 a year, $2,000 less for women." (votesmart.org)

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California State Legislative Election 2002 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as partial birth abortion.
h) Support amending the California Civil Code to state that human life begins at conception.
i) Other or expanded principles

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.

Maintain Funding Statusa) Education (Higher)
Maintain Funding Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusc) Environment
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Maintain Funding Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusg) Welfare
Slightly Decrease Fundingh) Other or expanded categories

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain StatusF) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusi) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Slightly Increasek) Vehicle taxes
Slightly Increasel) Other or expanded categories

Bridge tolls should increase to pay for mass transit

Nom) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Yesn) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
Noo) Should California legalize gambling in specific cities in order to generate tax revenue?
p) Other or expanded principles

Retail sold over the Internet are already subject to California sales tax and should remain so.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and governmental reform.

Noa) Do you support the current two term, eight year limit for California governors?
Nob) Do you support the current two term, eight year limit for California state senators?
Noc) Do you support the current three term, six year limit for California assembly members?
Yesd) Do you support amending the term limit law to allow voters to place a current legislator on the ballot who would otherwise be ineligible to run for re-election?

e) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesf) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesg) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noh) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesi) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesj) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Nok) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in California are closed?
l) Do you support allowing voter registration on Election day?
Yesm) Should California recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Non) Should California restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?
Xo) Other or expanded principles

I support a 12 year term limit for all these offices and have consistentlysince 1980 on the San Mateo Board of Supervisors.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Increase state funds for the construction, renovation, and expansion of local jails and juvenile detention centers.
c) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xd) Support the use of the death penalty in California.
e) Support placing a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in California.
Xf) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xg) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xh) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
i) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xj) Support .08 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
k) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
Xl) Support funding for alternative sentencing programs for juvenile offenders.
Xm) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xn) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
o) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xp) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
Xq) Amend the "three-strikes" law so that it is applied only when the third offense is a serious or violent felony.
r) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xc) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xd) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
e) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
f) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Support public schools administering high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xj) Increase state funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xl) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Increase the length of the public school year to provide additional hours of classroom instruction.
Xo) Other or expanded principles

I strongly support education funding and will try to maintain funding despite the state budget deficit.

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.

Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xf) Include sexual orientation in California's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Create a state "living wage" standard.
Xh) Other or expanded principles

I have supported a minimum wage that is adequate to live on, and indexing the minimum wage.

Affirmative Action: Should the following state agencies take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?

Yesa) College and university admissions
Yesb) Public employment
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xc) Support a bond for clean air, parks, and water conservation programs.
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Nof) Should California purchase the utility lines of power companies?
Nog) Should California sell state bonds to create an emergency fund for the purchase of energy?
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in California.
Xh) Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
Xi) Require labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered products.
j) Eliminate the requirement that health care facilities must provide non-emergency medical assistance to illegal immigrants.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

Xa) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xe) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
g) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
Xi) Support tax credits to developers for the construction of low income housing.
j) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, in a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.