Representative Michael 'Mike' M. Honda's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 17, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 17
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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

  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 25 January 2012. "Mike Honda Supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 25 January 2009. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Naral Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings.25 January 2012. "Mike Honda supported the Naral Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Letter to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 14 December 2011. "Emergency contraception is a safe and effective medication that prevents pregnancy if taken soon after sexual intercourse. As you know, emergency contraception does not cause an abortion, but prevents pregnancy. Emergency contraception has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1999. In 2006, the FDA approved emergency contraception for over the counter sales for individuals ages 18 and older, and it has been available over the counter for women age 17 and older since 2009. [¦] As you look ahead to future decisions affecting the health of millions of women, including those relating to birth control access, we urge you to put science first." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Letter to President of the United States of America George W. Bush. 16 May 2006. "Around the country, state legislators are introducing bills that would restrict a woman's access to birth control. We are concerned that those who seek to restrict or eliminate safe, legal abortions are expanding their goals and now also seek to restrict access to emergency contraception and other forms of prescription birth control. There are 42 million women in America who must use some method of birth control in order to avoid unintended pregnancies- many of them married. These women would like you to be clear that you support their right to contraception." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Issue Position: Women. 25 January 2012. "Women have made tremendous economic, political, and social advances during the 20th century, but are far from enjoying gender equality. Women continue to face many obstacles in our society, and I am committed to working towards policy changes that support and encourage gender equality. [¦] I am committed to ensuring access to comprehensive sex education, birth control, and safe and legal abortion. [¦] In July of 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services proposed new rules that would have blurred the line between birth control and abortion. The proposed rules also expanded the so-called "conscience" exemption to allow health care professionals to refuse to provide contraception to women who ask for it. In the face of growing public and Congressional outrage, the regulations were issued by the Bush administration. Fortunately, President Obama took swift action in the early days of his Presidency to issue new rules, protecting the original intent of the conscience clause while preserving womens' access to contraception and other family planning services." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Issue Position: Women. 25 January 2012. "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. This is why I am a proud cosponsor of the Prevention First Act, which would provide comprehensive family planning services, expand teenage pregnancy prevention services, and provide equity in insurance coverage of prescription contraception drugs, devices, and outpatient services." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. 27 April 2005. "Over 20 years after Roe v. Wade, a woman's right to an abortion continues to be challenged and undermined. Amendments to appropriations bills have been added to restrict abortion coverage. A nationwide campaign of violence, vandalism, and blockades continues to curtail the availability of abortion services and endangers providers and patients. Anti-choice lawmakers continue to push for legislation that attempts to ban ``partial-birth'' abortions, reinstate ``global gag rule'' policies, restrict access to mifepristone and contraceptives, and protect those who participate in violence against abortion clinics through bankruptcy laws. Now, Congress is considering H.R. 748, legislation that would make it a Federal crime for doctors or family members to help young adults obtain an abortion. [¦] [W]e must protect the rights of young women to access safe, affordable and appropriate health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Mike Honda in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Honda voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Mike Honda in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Honda voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Mike Honda voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (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 Mike Honda a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Mike Honda voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Mike Honda voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Mike Honda voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Mike Honda voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "Abortions should always be legal"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "Abortions should always be legal"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Honda. Rep Honda's Statement on the Death of Osama bin Laden 2 May 2011. "'The death of Osama Bin Laden is a pivotal moment in our nation's history and in Barack Obama's legacy as president, one that carries with it the opportunity to bring much-needed closure to the thousands of families who lost loved ones on 9/11, as well as the opportunity to bring much-needed closure to the war in Afghanistan. President Obama, his national security team, and the military and intelligence personnel involved showed incredible perseverance and dedication to their mission. As a nation, we must seize this moment to heal from the past harm done to our homeland and ensure that no further harm is done to our troops by bringing them home.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. House Debate On Afghanistan Missing Bigger Picture. 10 March 2010. "'As Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus's Afghanistan Taskforce, I want to offer my thoughts on the war in Afghanistan in light of Rep. Kucinich's resolution, H.Con.Res. 248, considered today on the House floor. I firmly believe our current strategy falls far short of bringing stability to Afghanistan or security to America. My serious concerns about U.S. strategy have led me to oppose the war funding supplemental bill in 2009, oppose increased funding for the 30,000 troop surge, support a war tax, and call for an about-face in funding priorities.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Rep Honda Co-Hosts Briefing on Afghanistan. 15 March 2011. "'Today, March 15, 2011, we will spend roughly $325 million fighting in Afghanistan, $20 million of which was spent during the time the Congressional Progressive Caucus's Peace and Security Taskforce hosted this panel. In this month, we will have spent over $10 billion in Afghanistan. In this year, we will spend $120 billion fighting the war in Afghanistan. [¦] We are making the same mistake in Afghanistan, at a price tag that makes Republican CR cuts pale in comparison. When will we learn? After we've completely broken the bank, spent trillions of deficit-funded dollars, and drilled deeper into debt?'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. "We urge a significant and sizable reduction of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan beginning July 2011," the bipartisan group of Members of Congress wrote. "With Osama bin Laden killed and Al Qaeda largely driven from Afghanistan, it is time to accelerate the transfer of security responsibilities to the Government of Afghanistan and to reduce the U.S. military footprint there." Complete text of the letter and current signatories are below. "Congress must send a strong message that a token withdrawal is unacceptable," Congressman John Garamendi said. "Maintaining anywhere near 100,000 troops in Afghanistan, at a cost of $10 billion per month, is an ineffective strategy for fighting terrorism and an unjustified drain on our budget. Our brave troops have largely succeeded in driving out Al Qaeda from Afghanistan. Our troops in Afghanistan continue to fight valiantly, but they are now on the wrong mission." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy. Other or expanded principles: "It should be the policy of the United States to accept the Iraqi Government's stated goal of setting a deadline or timetable for withdrawal of forces from Iraq. We should transition the mission of our forces in Iraq from primarily combat to force protection and diplomatic protection and targeted counterterrorism operations. We must provide funding to meet the immediate needs of the troops in Iraq while redeploying them, and ensure that our troops are fully equipped and trained before being deployed."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Trade agreements should include provisions to address environmental concerns and protect workers' rights, if protected. "
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Trade agreements should include provisions to address environmental concerns and protect workers' rights, if protected. "
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy. Other or expanded principles: "On an Indian civilian nuclear cooperation agreemtment, I reserve judgement until the final version of an agreement is reached so I can see what safeguards it contains. With regard to Pakistan, I believe our financial and military support for Pakistan should be contingent on Pakistan's assistance in dealing with terrorists who use the country as a base for training and attacks on Afghanistan. Given the recent movement to impeach President Musharraf, Pakistan's willingness to assist is uncertain, and so I reserve my judgment until we know more about what the Pakistani leadership will look like"
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Mike Honda voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Out of Afghanistan Caucus: United States' Fiscal and Security Needs Demand a Swift Withdrawal Beginning in July. 16 March 2011. "'We are at a moment where the needs of the American people and the needs on the ground in Afghanistan have clearly converged. A swift withdrawal of troops beginning no later than July will stabilize Afghanistan by ending an unpopular occupation, allow us to focus on political reconciliation with local and regional stakeholders, improve our country's flexibility to respond to more immediate and pressing national security challenges, and improve our fiscal and economic situation at home.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Letter to President Obama. 4 May 2011. "In the wake of Osama Bin Laden's death, now is the time to shift toward the swift, safe, and responsible withdrawal of U.S. troops and military contractors from Afghanistan. We, the undersigned Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), strongly urge you to announce plans for a near-term and significant drawdown of U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan beginning no later than July of this year." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 18 November 2010. "'We write to you, Mr. President, because we have grave concerns that the current course in Afghanistan is compromising our national security interests and is unsustainable even in the short term. [¦] Mr. President, these costs are unsustainable and unacceptable. Spending on the war in Afghanistan represents a significant drag on our economy, slowing our recovery, undermining our ability to invest and create new jobs, and diverting resources that would be better used here at home.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Huffington Post- America's Longest War Leaves Little Legacy in Afghanistan. 6 June 2010. "That June 7, 2010 marks the 104th month of US military engagement in Afghanistan and, consequently, America's longest war in history (Vietnam lasted 103 months), would be less significant if we were not fumbling on all fronts in Afghanistan, from security to development to governance. The disconcerting indication of this mile-marker is not simply that Afghanistan trumps Vietnam as the "longest war in history," but that there is no guarantee that by the 116th month, in July 2011, the bulk of US presence will leave as promised. [¦] The US presence is in serious need of legitimacy in Afghanistan and, short of an effective and independent monitoring and evaluation program that would improve our credibility and undermine contractor profiteering, the least we can do is support the jirga-led peace process. It will make us squirm, as some of the recommendations include the reintegration of Afghanistan's disarmed and demobilized opposition. At this point, however, given that we are 104 months into this war, better us squirming at a reconciliation process led by more legitimate locals, than continuing to cushion US and foreign contractor pockets and failing to adequately prop up Afghanistan's leadership. It is time we radically rethink the American approach to Afghanistan, before America's longest war becomes America's everlasting war." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Huffington Post - War Power Lessons From the 93rd Congress and Why Libya and Afghan Wars Must Be Unwaged. 16 June 2011. "On Afghanistan, there is no longer a case for a continued and costly war. [¦] As July undoubtedly brings an unbearable heat to Washington, cooler heads must prevail in determining the next steps in America's foreign policy priorities." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Honda. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Mike Honda voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Mike Honda voted Did Not Vote on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mike Honda voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Mike Honda voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Mike Honda voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Mike Honda voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Mike Honda voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Mike Honda voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Mike Honda voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Mike Honda voted Nay on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Low Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "c) Defense"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Mike Honda. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "You have a unique opportunity to bring our defense spending in line with our legitimate national defense needs while getting our nation on the path to a balanced budget free of deficit. As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates noted last year, paraphrasing President Dwight D. Eisenhower, "The United States should spend as much as necessary on national defense, but not one penny more. [...] The June 2010 report of the Sustainable Defense Task Force detailed proposals to reduce our nuclear stockpile substantially, realizing savings of over $100 billion without compromising our national security.[1] The report proposed over $960 billion in defense department savings over the next decade. [...] Bringing our defense spending in line with our legitimate security needs must be considered along with other measures to regain our economic footing." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Roll Call - Americans Disagree With GOP on Deficit. 14 February 2011. "Nondefense discretionary spending makes up less than half of discretionary spending. More meaningful cuts should come from bloated defense spending, for example, a cut supported by 50 percent of the voters." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. "Given the size of our deficit and debt problems as well as the political challenges and policy controversies involved in implementing any solutions to them, it is clear to us that cutting the military budget must be a part of any visible proposal. The Department of Defense currently takes up almost 56% of all discretionary federal spending, and accounts for nearly 65% of the increase in annual discretionary spending levels since 2001. Much of this increase, of course, is attributable to direct war costs, but nearly 37% of discretionary spending growth falls under the "base" or "peacetime" military budget. Applying the adage that is necessary to "go where the money is" requires that rigorous scrutiny be applied to military spending. We believe that such an analysis will show that substantial spending cuts can be made without threatening our national security, without cutting essential funds for fighting terrorism, and without shirking our obligations as a nation to our brave troops currently in the field, our veterans, and our military retirees." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Rep Honda on Defense Cuts at the Pentagon. 16 August 2011. "'We can afford to cut. We could easily cut $1 trillion over the next 10 to 12 years without compromising national security. That's without touching the wars, which if we ended them now would save taxpayers $1.4 trillion. In the last decade, we've witnessed a 70 percent increase in defense spending, leaving taxpayers with an annual defense budget that doubles the rest of the world's combined defense budgets.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. The Hill - The Only Real Democratic Budget. 11 April 2011. "The CPC budget offers a real solution to these fiscal, diplomatic and energy crises -- leaving America more secure, both here and abroad. The CPC budget also ensures that our country's defense spending does not continue to contribute significantly to our current fiscal burden -- a trend we reverse by ending the wars and realigning conventional and strategic forces, resulting in $2.3 trillion worth of savings." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. The Hill - The Only Real Democratic Budget. 11 April 2011. "Our Budget's Fair Tax System: The CPC budget implements a fair tax system, based on the American notion that fairness and equality are integral to our society. Our budget restores fairness to a system that unfairly benefitted the richest few while hurting the majority of America. Our budget heeds America's call to end the Bush Tax Cuts and the estate tax and create fair tax brackets for millionaires and billionaires --while maintaining credits for the middle class and for students. It ensures that the banks which wrecked our economy pay a modest financial responsibility fee and that exotic trading, by Wall Street traders who gambled away America's savings, is levied a tax." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "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. e) $180,001-$350,000"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "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. f) $350,001 and above"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "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. h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. d) Over $150,000"
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Mike Honda voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Honda. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Mike Honda voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. 18 November 2011. "I rise in opposition to House Joint Resolution 2, the 'Balanced Budget' Constitutional Amendment. This misguided proposal would harm our economic recovery by destroying jobs, cutting Medicare and Social Security, and increasing the likelihood that the United States will default on its debt. [¦] Our nation needs real legislation that will create jobs and stimulate growth, not a Constitutional Amendment that will cut jobs, kill growth, all in the name of balancing the budget. Our budget problems can instead be resolved in a responsible manner, but this amendment is not it. I urge my colleagues to reject H.J. Res. 2." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "'We have a moral and an economic obligation to care for our nation's most vulnerable, those facing or living in poverty,' said Congresswoman Lee. 'For the last 25 years, there is a reason that when we have come to deficit reduction agreements, we protect low-income programs. These programs both support and create consumers, which result in increased demand and job creation. In the end, this reduces our deficit by enabling people to participate in our economy.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 15 April 2011. "We did not set these goals arbitrarily. Our budget was crafted by listening to the American people. In poll after poll, they are telling us that they want us to preserve Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid; to make higher education more affordable; to expand job training programs; to invest in roads, research and, above all, in great schools for our children." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. CNN - A 'People's Budget' that Invests in Jobs. 14 April 2011. "[J]ob creation and strengthening the economic recovery must be our priority. It is our obligation to the American people to address our long-term fiscal challenges without sinking the economy back into recession, further undermining the struggling middle class, or stripping investments that pave the way for long-term growth and American competitiveness in the global economy. [¦] The "People's Budget" would create jobs and invest in long-term growth, investing $1.7 trillion in job creation, infrastructure, education and scientific research and development over a decade. The most effective path for deficit reduction is to dramatically reduce unemployment and get Americans working in good jobs, earning more and paying taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 1 November 2011. "The American people expect Congress to take the necessary steps to create jobs for the middle class, spur the growth of our economy, and lower our deficits, and it is our hope that Republicans will work with Democrats on a bipartisan path forward that will meet these expectations as well as the obligations set forth in the Budget Control Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?" Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues Other or expanded principles: "I would not eliminate the estate tax, but limit those estates to which it applies. I would not require a balanced budget because it does not account for unforeseen circumstances but I support pay as you go budget. "
  • 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 Mike Honda a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Mike Honda voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Mike Honda. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility. 30 January 2012. "The Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget is a reflection of the values and priorities of working families in this country. [¦] In poll after poll, they are telling us, their representatives in the American government, that they want to preserve Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, to make higher education more affordable, to expand job-training programs, to cut taxes burdening the middle class, to subsidize affordable housing, and to provide financial assistance for those struggling to prevent foreclosures. [¦] The CPC budget rebuilds America and makes it competitive again. We put America back to work. We rebuild our roads and bridges, ensuring that those who use it help pay for it. We rebuild our dams and waterways with seed money for shipping systems that can compete with the rest of the world. We rebuild our education system by training more and better teachers, restoring schools, helping each student graduate, and supporting community colleges." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. CNN - A 'People's Budget' that Invests in Jobs. 14 April 2011. "The "People's Budget" would create jobs and invest in long-term growth, investing $1.7 trillion in job creation, infrastructure, education and scientific research and development over a decade. The most effective path for deficit reduction is to dramatically reduce unemployment and get Americans working in good jobs, earning more and paying taxes. [¦] The budget restores fairness to the tax code by asking more from those who can afford to pay more. Instead of cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans, the budget raises taxes on those who have seen most of the income gains over the last decade by adding new tax rates for millionaires and billionaires. The budget taxes investment income as wage income, ending an unfair tax system that taxes income from wealth at lower rates than the wages of teachers and nurses." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Mike Honda voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Mike Honda. Issue Position: Education - No Child Left Behind. 30 January 2012. "The greatest barrier to improving education is insufficient funding. Unfortunately, President Bush's proposed Fiscal Year 2009 budget has again failed to provide adequate funding to pay for the full implementation of Administration's banner program No Child Left Behind (NCLB) thus denying schools support for critical support services. [¦] If we are going to demand accountability from schools, teachers and students, we must also hold the government accountable to provide the resources and assistance that will actually contribute to success. In addition, we need to hold states accountable for their inequitable funding practices that leave too many schools under-funded. We cannot expect our students to achieve world-class standards and remain competitive in the global marketplace without providing world-class funding for education." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Issue Position: Education - Educational Equality. 30 January 2012. "To this day, many schools are segregated by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Many of our students that face the greatest adversity are being served by schools that are poorly funded and may offer the fewest opportunities for them to succeed. It is the right of every child to receive a quality education. Therefore, we must address our separate and unequal schools and the funding mechanisms of states that allow educational inequalities to exist. The vast majority of students of color are being served by poor schools - under-funded schools with outdated, dilapidated facilities, crowded classrooms, and insufficient textbooks. Poor schools in America are unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Issue Position: Education - Competitiveness: Improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Instruction. 30 January 2012. "Providing a quality education for every child is vital to maintaining the competitiveness of America's workforce in a growing global economy. To prepare our youth for the jobs of tomorrow we need strong science and engineering education that doesn't begin at the university level, but instead spans across all grades. Good education policy is good for schools, good for teachers, good for students and good for the nation. [¦] I support additional initiatives to improve STEM Education and increase research and education funding such as the Democrats' Innovation Agenda. I also introduced the Innovations for our Nation's Vital Educational Needs for Technology (INVENT) Act, which would establish competitive programs within the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and make available curriculum tools for the use at the elementary, secondary, and undergraduate levels to help foster inventiveness and innovation." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Congress should meet its commitment to fully fund No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Special Ed, which also passing legislation to make much needed reform to NCLB "
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Congress should meet its commitment to fully fund No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Special Ed, which also passing legislation to make much needed reform to NCLB "
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "CONGRESS SHOULD MEET ITS COMMITMENT TO FULLY FUND NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND (NCLB) AND SPECIAL EDUCATION."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Congress should meet its commitment to fully fund No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Special Ed, which also passing legislation to make much needed reform to NCLB "
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Congress should meet its commitment to fully fund No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Special Ed, which also passing legislation to make much needed reform to NCLB "
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "Congress should meet its commitment to fully fund No Child Left Behind and Special Education, while also passing legislation to make much needed reforms to No Child Left Behind such as those I have suggested to the House Education and Labor Committee"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "Congress should meet its commitment to fully fund special education. "
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "Congress should meet its commitment to fully fund no child left behind and special education"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "Congress should meet its commitment to fully fund No Child Left Behind and Special Education, while also passing legislation to make much needed reforms to No Child Left Behind such as those I have suggested to the House Education and Labor Committee"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Honda. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Mike Honda voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Mike Honda voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Until the problem of nuclear waste is addressed, I cannot support the development of more nuclear reactors. "
  • Mike Honda. Letter to The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of Interior. 15 November 2011. "The Coastal Plain is the biological heart of the Refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls the coastal plain the "center for wildlife activity" in the Refuge. Allowing drilling the Arctic Refuge would irreparably disrupt this important ecosystem and forever destroy one of our last great wild places." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Issue Position: Environment - Defending Sensitive Areas from Oil and Gas Drilling. 30 January 2012. "A key element of California's diverse economy is its unparalleled stretch of coastline. Indeed, it has been the economic value of the coast that has in great part spurred the efforts to end offshore oil and gas drilling in California. The Bush Administration has signaled its intent to reverse this trend by expressing support for drilling. In response to this, I have consistently joined many of my California colleagues in Congress in opposing efforts to conduct offshore oil and gas inventories and to open these areas to drilling." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Issue Position: Energy. 30 January 2012. "With only 3% of the known oil reserves in the world, the United States cannot become energy independent or measurably affect the world price of oil simply by drilling more within our borders. We can do so, however, by calling upon the same sense of destiny and confidence in our technological talent upon which President Kennedy relied upon to take us to the Moon and develop alternative energy sources and energy conservation measures." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 30 January 2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 30 January 2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 98 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 30 January 2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Politico- Gulf Oil Spill: Taking Environmental Responsibility. 12 June 2010. "Why continue an environmentally unsustainable practice when there are cleaner and greener options? [¦] The water, the air and the land won't repair themselves anytime soon. We must foster advocacy, conservation and restoration of our natural world in every decision going forward. What is needed immediately, however -- before another 20-plus million gallons spill into the Gulf -- is a radical rethinking of our energy supply." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Mike Honda voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Honda in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Rep. Michael Honda Introduces Global Warming Education Act To Provide Americans With the Tools Needed To Fight Threats To The Environment. 2 April 2009. "Today, Representative Michael Honda (CA-15) re-introduced the Global Warming Education Act to create a global warming education program within the National Science Foundation (NSF) to broaden America's understanding of human-induced global warming, short- and-long-term consequences, and potential solutions. Given that Congress is getting serious about tackling climate change, Rep. Honda is hopeful this legislation will pass this year, as an integral component of a comprehensive climate agenda." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Honda in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Mike Honda voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Honda in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Mike Honda voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Honda in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Honda in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "K: depends on type of pollution"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "K: depends on type of pollution"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Until the problem of nuclear waste is addressed, I cannot support the development of more nuclear reactors. "
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "I support the use of ethanol but am concerned that overreliance on corn-based ethanol can have a detrimental impact on the cost and availability of food. I support the development of other sources of ethanol, such as cellulosic biofuels, to reduce the reliance on corn as a source of ethanol."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "I support the use of ethanol but am concerned that overreliance on corn-based ethanol can have a detrimental impact on the cost and availability of food. I support the development of other sources of ethanol, such as cellulosic biofuels, to reduce the reliance on corn as a source of ethanol."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Until the problem of nuclear waste is addressed, I cannot support the development of more nuclear reactors. "
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Until the problem of nuclear waste is addressed, I cannot support the development of more nuclear reactors. "
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "L) Depends on the pollutant"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "L) Depends on the pollutant"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "L) Depends on the pollutant"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Until the problem of nuclear waste is addressed, I cannot support the development of more nuclear reactors. "
  • Mike Honda. Honda Introduces Global Warming Education Act. 28 March 2007. "Today, Representative Michael M. Honda (CA-15) introduced the Global Warming Education Act (H.R. 1728). [¦] The bill also includes a "Findings of Congress" section, which states the following: Congress finds that: (1) the evidence for human-induced global warming is overwhelming and undeniable; (2) the United States emits more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases than any other country; (3) atmospheric carbon can be significantly reduced through conservation, by shifting to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, tidal, and geothermal, and by increasing the efficiency of buildings, including domiciles, and transportation; (4) providing clear information about global warming, in a variety of forms, can remove the fear and the sense of helplessness, and encourage individuals and communities to take action; (5) implementation of measures that promote energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy will greatly reduce human impact on the environment; and (6) informing people of new technologies and programs as they become available will ensure maximum understanding and maximum impact of those measures." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Issue Position: Environment - Global Warming. 30 January 2012. "I am a cosponsor of Congressman Henry Waxman's Safe Climate Act, which will reduce national CO2 emissions by roughly 2% each year from 2010 to 2050. The reduction will result from improved auto emissions standards for the entire nation, a cap and trade system for greenhouse gas credits for industry, and by requiring 20% of electricity production to come from renewable sources. Mr. Waxman plans to reintroduce this legislation soon, and it is my hope that it quickly makes its way through Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Issue Position: Environment - Protecting Air Quality. 30 January 2012. "While the Administration would prefer to do nothing about the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the global climate, I believe that action must be taken to limit both greenhouse gas emissions and traditional pollutants. I have cosponsored several bills to clean up the air we breathe, such as the National Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Act, which would establish a comprehensive mandatory greenhouse gas inventory, registry, and information system that will encourage emission reductions; and the Clean Smokestacks Act, which calls for reduced emissions from electric power plants." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Issue Position: Environment. 30 January 2012. "Bad air quality affects everyone, especially children. Mike has cosponsored several bills that help clean the air that we breathe--H.R. 4611, the National Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Act, H.R. 1256, the Clean Smokestacks Act, and H.Res. 117, which calls for the development and promotion of programs to reduce emissions of fossil fuel generated carbon dioxide. Vehicle emissions are another threat to air quality. Mike firmly believes that to achieve the goal of reducing emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels, it will be necessary to switch from fossil fuel to other energy sources." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Issue Position: Preserving our Environment. 30 January 2012. "The most significant threat to our global environment is climate change. The overwhelming scientific evidence makes clear that climate change is a real phenomenon, and that human activities play a significant role. [¦] Meanwhile, human output of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases has reached an unprecedented level. These gases trap excess heat within the atmosphere, increasing the greenhouse effect. A tremendous amount of carbon dioxide comes from our cars, factories, and power plants. To fight climate change, dramatic changes will be needed in transportation, energy production, and public policy, and human behavior, and education will be essential to allowing those changes to happen. [¦] Greenhouse gas emissions and traditional pollutants threaten the quality of life for all Americans. I have cosponsored several bills to clean up the air we breathe, and I steadfastly support the Environmental Protection Agency's authority provided under the Clean Air Act to regulate the emission of pollutants including carbon dioxide from power plants and mercury emissions from cement kilns." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Mike Honda in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Mike Honda in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Mike Honda voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Mike Honda voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Mike Honda a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Mike Honda voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "I acknowledge the 2nd amendment, but I also know the importance of making sure there are appropriate safeguards against firearms ending up in the wrong hands, be they the hands of an untrained child or a criminal. "
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "I acknowledge the 2nd amendment, but I also know the importance of making sure there are appropriate safeguards against firearms ending up in the wrong hands, be they the hands of an untrained child or a criminal. "
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "I acknowledge the 2nd amendment, but I also know the importance of making sure there are appropriate safeguards against firearms ending up in the wrong hands, be they the hands of an untrained child or a criminal. "
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "I acknowledge the 2nd amendment, but I also know the importance of making sure there are appropriate safeguards against firearms ending up in the wrong hands, be they the hands of an untrained child or a criminal. "
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Honda. Rep Honda Responds to Violence in Arizona. 10 January 2011. "Today, Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) issued the following statement in response to the violence in Arizona. 'This inexplicable violence is a sad reminder of the culture of violence that prevails in this country and propagates such actions, the lack of gun control that makes such weapons so easily accessible, and the lack of sufficient available mental health services. As this country heals from this most recent violation of our public safety and security, I hope that we take this opportunity to look closely at the systemic issues at play here and address them collectively and quickly.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Reuters - New Index Finds Heavy Economic Toll of US Violence. 6 April 2011. "U.S. state economies, but the burden varies widely, with the most violent states losing tens billions of dollars compared with hundreds of millions in the most peaceful ones, according to a study released on Wednesday. Populous and violent states, including California, Texas and Florida, suffer the greatest costs. [¦] 'Reducing violence could save hundreds of millions to billions of dollars in government spending each year “ critical at a time when many state governments are coping with budget crises,' said Steve Killelea." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 25 January 2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the Gun Owners of America 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Honda Opposes Repeal of DC Gun Control. 29 September 2004. "Today, the Republican House leadership has brought up H.R. 3193, the District of Columbia Personal Protection Act - a bill more aptly described as the District of Columbia Gun Law Repeal Act. 'I oppose this bill, which would roll back laws established by the Washington D.C. city council and mayor that restrict the possession of firearms within the nation's capital. Among the laws repealed are the ban on semiautomatic assault weapons, the ban on armor-piercing ("cop-killer") ammunition, and the gun registration requirements.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. 20 October 2005. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my concern over S. 397, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. The safe and lawful use of firearms is very important to me. When I was in the California State Assembly, I chaired the Public Safety Committee where I worked to pass sensible gun safety legislation and I have voted to ban assault weapons. I firmly believe we must pass sensible gun laws for the safety of all. [¦] If immunity for the gun industry is enacted, police officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect the public would have no legal recourse when they are harmed due to another's negligence. Mr. Speaker, we should not be providing this blanket immunity to the gun industry and I therefore oppose this measure." (votesmart.org)

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  • Mike Honda. Issue Position: Health Care. 30 January 2012. "Maintaining and improving the health of individuals is key to a healthy society. Health is connected to every aspect of our lives, and affects our capacity to work, live, and play. The health of Americans is intrinsically tied to our health care system and is influenced by the way we have chosen to organize our social and economic resources. As the divide between the haves and the have-nots grows wider in our society, we all suffer. The United States currently spends $2.5 trillion a year, 17.6% of our GDP, on healthcare, yet 45 million Americans are uninsured. Our nation cannot prosper without addressing health disparities and assuring that everyone has access to high quality, affordable health care. In 2010, Democrats passed the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act to stop the rising tide of health costs, make the insurance industry accountable to its consumers and provide the chance of coverage to all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Mike Honda voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "Appropriate safeguards to protect human health should be employed when drugs are imported"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health. Other or expanded principles: "Appropriate safeguards to protect human health should be employed when drugs are imported."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "Appropriate safeguards to protect human health should be employed when drugs are imported"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues. Other or expanded principles: "(e) not in place of right to sue"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Honda. Healthcare Update. 5 April 2010. "On Tuesday, March 23, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. One week later, he signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, bringing to a close the decades-long struggle for healthcare reform in the United States. I am pleased to have supported this bill, and look forward to seeing the many positive changes it will bring to our community, and to all Americans." (votesmart.org)

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  • Mike Honda. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Mike Honda voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 25 January 2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 25 January 2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the American Immigration Lawyers Association100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Mike Honda voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda 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. "Mike Honda supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "Same-sex couples should be treated equally under immigration laws. "
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "Same-sex couples should be treated equally under immigration laws. "
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Mike Honda. Blog: Reuniting Families Act. 9 May 2011. "Last week, I reintroduced the Reuniting Families Act (RFA), a bill aimed at fixing the problems in our family-based immigration system that separate spouses, children and their parents, who have played by the rules for years. Studies have shown that lengthy waits waste precious government resources and can discourage potential applicants from using legal channels to join their families in the United States. Our family-based immigration system has not been updated in 20 years, leaving nearly 6 million people stuck in perpetual waiting, which is both unproductive and inexcusable. Five-year separations are quite common; so are 20-year estrangements from siblings and elderly parents. Waits are so long that families receiving visas often find that their children have to reapply as adults and go to the back of the line. The Reuniting Families Act reduces the backlog for families trying to reunite with their loved ones by classifying lawful permanent resident spouses and children as "immediate relatives" and exempting them from numerical caps on family immigration." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Grijalva Joined By Broad Cross-Section of Members of Congress In Praising Yesterday's First Ever Senate Hearing on The DREAM Act. 29 June 2011. "'I commend Senator Durbin for being a champion of the DREAM Act and holding this important hearing. I continue to be an ardent supporter of the DREAM Act and urge my colleagues to finally pass this bill. We should not continue to punish these students who were brought to this country at a young age. The fact that these students cannot work, receive federal funding or loans or obtain scholarships is unfair. We need to honor the work they have done in school. America has educated these youth and we need to ensure that they have the opportunity to achieve higher education or serve in the military in order to use their talent to give back to our nation. The fact that these students cannot pursue their full educational and professional potential is detrimental to America's competitiveness.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Issue Position: Immigration. 25 January 2011. "The current immigration system is broken. Because of backlogs and bureaucratic delays, some must wait years, sometimes decades, to reunite with their family members who are eligible to legally immigrate to the United States. Immigrants are often deprived of due process rights that are fundamental to America's notion of liberty. [¦] 'I have introduced legislation to provide opportunities for immigrants to gain the vital English skills needed to succeed, contribute to our economy, and pursue the American Dream. This bill will help our economy remain competitive, protect our workers, and incentivize immigrant integration through English and civics education.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Homeland Security and Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General. 27 Spetember 2011. "We applaud the August 18, 2011 announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to close many low-priority immigration deportation proceedings. [¦] The announcement on August 18 constitutes a major step forward in ensuring that immigration enforcement resources prioritize enhancing border security, national security, and public safety as well as in exercising discretion when warranted." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Rep Honda Introduces Bill to End Discrimination in Immigration Law. 5 May 2011. "'We are a nation of immigrants, and our country deserves an immigration system that honors that legacy and supports key family values, like keeping families intact,' continued Honda. 'The Reuniting Families Act represents a giant step forward in that commitment and provides a blueprint that respects families, strengthens our economy and fixes a badly broken system. I urge Congress to take action now. For every day Congress delays, more families face separation.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Rep. Honda Meets with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. 20 October 2011. "Congressman Honda, CAPAC Chair Emeritus and Immigration Taskforce Chair, discussed a number of issues with the Secretary, including comprehensive immigration reform, protecting DREAM students after President Obama's recent announcement regarding high-priority versus low-priority deportation cases, and Rep. Honda's sponsored legislation, the Reuniting Families Act (H.R. 1796). [¦] Rep. Honda stated, 'This week's meeting with Secretary Napolitano was a critical step in highlighting that comprehensive immigration reform is a top priority for CAPAC and the millions of AAPIs that we represent. Since nearly half of the 4.7 million individuals waiting to reunite with their loved ones are AAPI, we urged the Secretary that such reform needs to include reuniting families. As CAPAC's Immigration Taskforce Chair, I look forward to partnering with the Secretary and all offices within the Department of Homeland Security to protect DREAM students, to implement the Morton memo, and to continue advocating for comprehensive immigration reform that includes family reunification.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Reps. Honda and Chu Pass Integration and Citizenship Amendment. 2 June 2011. "'Integrating immigrants into our society makes us a stronger and more united nation -- and that is why we must have federal policies in place to quickly integrate new citizens. Republicans and Democrats agree that legal immigrants that want to become part of society and learn our laws and our language should be able to become citizens. And that's exactly what these funds help to do,' said Chu. 'These immigrant integration grants will greatly benefit Asian Pacific Americans -- the fastest growing minority group in the United States. Immigrants who integrate into U.S. society go on to become informed voters, active community members, innovators, entrepreneurs and future job-creators -- and this amendment will make sure that those who arrive on our shores legally have the means to make the most out of the opportunities in this great country.' Immigration integration grants help prepare legal permanent residents for citizenship by helping residents navigate through the naturalization process, teach them about our nation's history and government and learn English." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Honda. 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)
  • Mike Honda. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 30 January 2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Statement in Support of Gay Marriage. 22 March 2004. "I believe in extending legal and human rights to people in long-term, committed relationships, and support the right of same-sex couples to marry and enjoy the full protection of the law." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Mike Honda voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Mike Honda voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 16 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Mike Honda voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues. Other or expanded principles: "I believe the federal government should exercise responsible oversight and regulation of internet gambling, but do not think this needs to extend to an outright ban on internet gambling."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues. Other or expanded principles: "I believe the federal government should exercise responsible oversight and regulation of internet gambling, but do not think this needs to extend to an outright ban on internet gambling."

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  • 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."

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Mike Honda supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Mike Honda. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Mike Honda. Issue Position: Protecting Social Security. 30 January 2012. "Privatization proposals would expose Americans' retirement security to the volatility of the stock market. I feel strongly that privatization would endanger the benefits of current retirees and directly cut benefits by almost 50 percent for future generations of retirees. Democrats want to save, strengthen, and secure Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Honda. Issue Position: Protecting Social Security. 30 January 2012. "Many Americans are worried about retirement security - specifically, whether the combination of Social Security, their 401 (k) plan or pension, and their savings will be enough to live on. 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. I want to save, strengthen, and secure Social Security for generations to come. I stand with the majority of the American public that believes that Social Security needs a solid source of funding, not a plan that makes the problem worse by draining trillions of dollars from the Trust Fund and endangering the retirement benefits of millions of deserving Americans." (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."
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.