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Mike Honda's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 17, Democratic
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Mike Honda has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Mike Honda 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 issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am committed to ensuring access to comprehensive sex education, birth control, and safe and legal abortion. I believe that women, families, and the country would be better off if we could reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and the need for abortion." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629485/issue-position-women#.Va1KenUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9674/mike-honda#.Va1Kq3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I have worked tirelessly throughout my career to safeguard women's rights, including their reproductive justice, by supporting policies and programs that educate women on safe and effective health practices and expand responsible sex education in schools." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/945494/statement-on-the-42nd-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade#.VnHrlGwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This, of course, leaves tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent on the table. I believe that at a time when our country is facing trillion dollar deficits, we cannot afford to effectively add $700 billion to the deficit to provide tax breaks to a group that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office notes has historically saved a larger fraction of their increase in after-tax income than any other." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/559211/bush-tax-cuts-where-do-we-go-from-here#.Va1LD3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053 (votesmart.org)
  • "Our budget heeds America's call to end the Bush Tax Cuts including the estate tax and create fair tax brackets for millionaires and billionaires while maintaining credits for the middle class and students." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/685450/issue-position-our-budget-creates-a-fair-tax-system#.Va1L6nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "First and foremost, we focused our attention where it is needed the most: job creation. This proposal is estimated to create 3.3 million jobs over the next 2 years because it uses every single tool in the Federal Government's arsenal: One, direct and local hire programs; two, targeted tax incentives; and, three, widespread domestic investments." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/681396/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2013#.Va1OonUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Silicon Valley understands the value of investments – private and public. They serve as the foundation for a regional economic renewal and should serve as a template for long-term national economic growth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/346044/issue-position-economic-growth#.Va1MEnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3630 "Extends Payroll Tax Cut" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38274 (votesmart.org)
  • "This is why I support President Obama's proposal for $1.7 trillion in tax relief -- extending the 2001, 2003 tax cuts for middle-class families, including the child tax credit, reductions in rates, and marriage penalty relief for middle class Americans, while allowing tax cuts that affect families earning more than $250,000 a year to expire." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/559211/bush-tax-cuts-where-do-we-go-from-here#.Va1Lu3UVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "The American Recovery an Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), signed into law by President Obama in February 2009, provided more than a dozen tax cuts that working families can take advantage of this tax season." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/497497/tax-season#.Va1M7XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The STEM Education Innovation Act builds up the platform of local educational communities all throughout the United States to collaborate and consolidate a solid educational platform holding up the pillars of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/651680/introduction-of-the-stem-education-innovation-act/?search=local#.VnHzU2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • "On another financing note, let me add that Mr. Kirkland also got it right when he observed that our state and local governments are spending an average of over $9,000 per pupil, more than is spent by any other nation. Given the poor return we are seeing on our investment, what we are doing is clearly not working." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566659/op-ed-a-different-take-on-fixing-us-education#.Va1RbnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VablTHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating " In keeping with that commitment, we respectfully request that your administration hold off on any final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline permit application until and independent Inspector General investigation is completed, made public and fully evaluated." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/649258/letter-to-president-obama/?search=xl#.Va1SiHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I have consistently opposed the Keystone XL pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/982096/issue-position-environment/?search=keystone#.VcDOEnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Embracing my role as Silicon Valley's representative, I believe that new technologies are the key to our energy future. I am an outspoken advocate for clean, efficient, and sustainable energy solutions in Congress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/896313/blog-epa-carbon-pollution-standard#.Va1S1nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As Silicon Valley's representative in Congress, I believe that big questions deserve bold answers. President Obama has channeled the imagination and industry of Silicon Valley and boldly proclaimed that America must lead in the solar energy field. He rightly believes that federal support is crucial to making this happen." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/744991/the-huffington-post-why-republicans-are-wrong-in-wanting-no-more-solyndras#.Va1TYnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Thank you for your leadership in responding to the serious challenge of climate change. We applaud and support your Climate Action Plan, the joint announcement with China establishing ambitious carbon pollution reduction targets, and the national commitment to the Green Climate Fund. These actions are critical to protect Americans from the most dangerous effects of climate change." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/966103/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-bicameral-task-force-on-climate-change#.Va1Ty3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In California, climate change is already threating our communities. The risks will only get worse if we don't take action. We simply can't afford to sit by and watch as drought, and rising sea levels, take their toll on our economy, environment, and health. It is our responsibility to do all we can to protect this, and future, generations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/896313/blog-epa-carbon-pollution-standard#.Va1S1nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.Va1UR3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Our system of background checks and registrations are in place to ensure public safety. There's absolutely no reason these checks and registrations should apply to guns made by a licensed manufacturer, but not apply to other, equally dangerous, weapons." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922085/congressman-hondas-homemade-firearms-accountability-act-closes-gun-loophole#.VnH1nWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9674/mike-honda/37#.Va1UvXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Affordable Care Act is an important piece of legislation that helps address the lack of affordable, high quality health care for all Americans." https://honda.house.gov/priorities/issues/health-care (honda.house.gov)
  • "As CAPAC Chair Emeritus, I will continue to address the drastic ethnic health disparities facing our nation, work to ensure that any attempt to repeal PPACA is unsuccessful, and that the health equity of all AANHPIs is an utmost priority in Congress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/678105/capac-members-applaud-the-affordable-care-act-on-its-second-anniversary#.Va1Vd3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor for H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We hope that your actions will prevent the separation of undocumented family members of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and DACA beneficiaries and offer protection to others who have long worked in the United States and have established strong ties with our communities." http://gutierrez.house.gov/sites/gutierrez.house.gov/files/documents/11.13.14%20Gutierrez-Lofgren%20Letter%20to%20POTUS%20on%20Exec%20Action%20Post%20Election%20%28FINAL%29.pdf (gutierrez.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating "We believe it is undeniable that detention in a secure facility is detrimental to mothers and children and is not reflective of our values as a Nation. Children require special protections and should not be laced in jail-like settings." http://grijalva.house.gov/uploads/2015_5_27Family_Detention_Letter.pdf (grijalva.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "As federal legislators who represent families across this nation, we believe that—like DOMA—state marriage bans deny our citizens the equal protection that the Constitution guarantees." http://www.democraticleader.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/258055-Brief-Appx.pdf (www.democraticleader.gov)
  • "I support the right of committed gay and lesbian couples to marry. Only full marriage rights will guarantee same-sex couples equal protection under the law and provide them access to the same rights and benefits enjoyed by all other families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/39828/statement-in-support-of-gay-marriage#.VnH2WmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Equality and freedom are what the United States was founded on, and today's decision confirms what we know to be true: that the right to marry is a fundamental right that belongs to all." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1010637/statement-on-supreme-court-decision-legalizing-marriage-nationwide#.VnH3cWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9674/mike-honda/76#.Va1XgXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Those 8 weeks that we went through, we have conducted nearly 800 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria and killed nearly 1,000 soldiers, terrorists, and civilians. We are quickly sliding back into combat in the Middle East. It may be necessary to send soldiers to the region to help repel the very real threats posed by ISIL and extremists. But this is not something we should do and go into blindly. It is time for a robust debate." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939263/time-for-a-robust-debate-on-the-middle-east#.Va1YKHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Mike voted against the 2003 War in Iraq. He supports President Obama's plan to degrade the capabilities of ISIL forces in Iraq and Syria. But he strongly opposes boots on the ground in Iraq or Syria and voted against arming Syrian rebel groups. He believes that the long-term solution to this problem will require increased diplomacy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1063439/issue-position-civil-liberties-and-national-security/?search=Syria (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "As employers continue moving from a defined benefit model to a defined contribution model of retirement savings, it is critical that we fight to protect and expand Social Security – the only guaranteed source of income in retirement." http://www.budget.senate.gov/democratic/public/_cache/files/52b0f60f-d996-47d3-89a4-f186bc32545c/ssletter-edited-7-12-15.pdf (www.budget.senate.gov)
  • "Although the President's Social Security privatization plan was firmly rebuffed by the American public, he continues to advocate for it, albeit more quietly. I, and other members of Congress, will continue to oppose efforts to endanger this important entitlement." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/687517/issue-position-protecting-social-security#.Va1cBHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 98% by the Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/9674/mike-honda/53 (votesmart.org)

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California Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage 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.

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

I do not support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year because it does not account for unforeseen circumstances, but I do support the principle of pay as you go budgeting, in which new expenditures or tax changes should not add to the federal deficit. I currently support a just tax increase upon the wealthiest of individuals.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
NoDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

I support the expansion of offshore renewable energy production and the establishment or adjustment of rules (if necessary) to enable that, but I oppose any weakening of environmental and consumer protections intended to expand offshore oil and gas production. With our current protections in place, US oil production is at its highest level in years, and the BP Horizon oil spill demonstrates the need for keeping restrictions in place to ensure drilling remains safe and does not damage sensitive coastal ecosystems.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
NoDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations
  • Mike Honda. Issues: Middle East. "The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological weapons, in states that sponsor terrorism heightens security risks in the U.S. and abroad. Honda continues to support Israel in its fight to protect itself and to assist the United States in its continuing war on terrorism. In addition, Mike will supports continued sanctions against Iraq, Iran, and other countries as long as they continue to be responsible for terror on domestic and foreign soil. However, these sanctions should only continue if they demonstrate the intended effect and do not harm to populous of a nation." (www.mikehonda.org)
  • Mike Honda. 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)
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
  • Mike Honda. Letter to President Obama. 12 June 2012. "We are concerned that the use of such "signature" strikes could raise the risk of killing innocent civilians or individuals who may have no relationship to attacks on the United States. Our drone campaign already have virtually no transparency, accountability or oversight. We are further concerned about the legal grounds for such strikes under the 2011 Authorization for the Use of Military Force.The implications of the use of drones for our national security are profound. They are faceless ambassadors that cause civilian deaths, and are frequently the only direct contact with Americans that the targeted communities have. They can generate powerful and enduring anti-American sentiment. As members of Congress, we are deeply concerned about the full impact of drone strikes. Please explain the process by which "signature" strikes are authorized and executed; mechanisms used by the CIA and JSOC to ensure that such killings are legal; the nature of the follow-up that is conducted when civilians are killed or injured; and the mechanisms that ensure civilian casualty numbers are collected, tracked and analyzed." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Issues: Homeland Security. "As a nation, it is vital to protect America's from threats at home and abroad. Democrats are working to make sure that the federal government does more to support our police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel, by providing training and equipment needed to keep America safe and secure. We must also work to improve security at airports, seaports, rail tunnels, terminals, transit facilities, and other vulnerable targets by taking a comprehensive, unified approach in protecting our nation." (honda.house.gov)
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2012 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "NO ANSWER" for: "Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?" National Security other or expanded principles: "In regards to the first question, I believe it depends on what the definitions of "targeting suspected terrorists," "official theaters," and "conflict" are and how they are determined, and whether they comply with the laws in place."
  • “The use of chemical weapons by President Assad against his own people is a heinous act and an intolerable violation of the Geneva Protocol, but it is only the latest chapter in a long-running civil war that has no simple resolution. There are many problems that could be exacerbated by U.S. intervention, including the al Qaeda presence in Syria, the spread of violence to neighboring states, and the overwhelming impact that refugees are having on other neighbors.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/811853/rep-honda-releases-statement-on-syria#.Va1Y-3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Those 8 weeks that we went through, we have conducted nearly 800 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria and killed nearly 1,000 soldiers, terrorists, and civilians. We are quickly sliding back into combat in the Middle East. It may be necessary to send soldiers to the region to help repel the very real threats posed by ISIL and extremists. But this is not something we should do and go into blindly. It is time for a robust debate.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939263/time-for-a-robust-debate-on-the-middle-east#.Va1YKHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
NoShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

In regards to the first question, I believe it depends on what the definitions of "targeting suspected terrorists," "official theaters," and "conflict" are and how they are determined, and whether they comply with the laws in place.

In regards to the second question, I believe it would be irresponsible to make a definitive statement on the use of military force based on hypotheticals. I am supportive of exhausting all diplomatic options before using force.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Greatly Increaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Slightly Increasek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Decreasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

Regarding corporate taxes, I believe that we need comprehensive tax reform. I support a lowering of the general corporate tax rate accompanied with a decrease in the number of loopholes that corporations use to avoid paying taxes they should be paying.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

My Market Based Manufacturing Act will identify the next generation of game-changing technologies and provide innovative tax credits to guarantee that those technologies are built in America, creating jobs. I am determined to correct the inequities in our public education system, including with my STEM Education Innovation Act that will equip each student with the math and science skills needed to win the future. My Reuniting Families Act (RFA) will reduce the visa backlog for legal immigrants and promote humane and timely reunification of immigrant families.

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