Representative Ami Bera's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 7, Democratic
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Ami Bera has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Vote Smart.

Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, 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.

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  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120030/ami-bera#.Vn9HSGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Women should be free to make the health care decisions that are best for them, and doctors should not be threatened with jail time for doing what's in the best interest of their patients." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/979752/bera-fights-attack-on-womens-access-to-care#.VagJLHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Women should be free to make the health care decisions that work best for them and respect their own faith and personal circumstances. […] It is about the individual freedom to choose and make your own health care decisions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/857866/freedom-of-the-individual#.Vm8XMmwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Financial security can only be achieved by allowing Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money, so they can provide for their healthcare, higher education, retirement savings, or local business." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880435/issue-position-reducing-the-tax-burden#.VagPO3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "For years, our federal tax policy has been laden with loopholes that allow the rich to get richer, while siphoning off billions of dollars that could be helping middle class American families and small businesses. We need to expose corporate loopholes and close down offshore tax havens, so that corporations and their executives pay their fair share." http://www.beraforcongress.com/ideas/job-creation-and-economic-recovery (www.beraforcongress.com)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • "I will continue to fight for pragmatic, responsible solutions that strengthen Medicare, make investments to grow our economy, and address our debt. That's what Sacramento County families want and deserve." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/863939/bera-comments-on-budget-votes#.VagQdXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead, we need to work together and find common ground to strengthen and protect Medicare and Social Security, and invest in innovation, education, and manufacturing to create new American jobs. We also need to address our debt and deficit so that our children aren't buried under a mountain of debt." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/863947/bera-comments-on-ryan-budget#.VagPp3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)

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  • "Financial security can only be achieved by allowing Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money, so they can provide for their healthcare, higher education, retirement savings, or local business." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880435/issue-position-reducing-the-tax-burden#.VagLdnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As a businessman, I know the importance of supporting tax credits that allow businesses to invest in new hiring, as well as new equipment tools, technology, and alternative energy. I've used my position on key committees to reduce the regulatory burden on employers and taxpayers caused by bureaucratic government agencies, such as the IRS." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880435/issue-position-reducing-the-tax-burden#.VagLdnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As a former Representative, I consistently led the fight to reduce the tax burden on America's working families, small business owners, local farmers, and ranchers. […] These tax cuts helped jumpstart economic growth by incentivizing job creation, business investment and consumer spending." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880435/issue-position-reducing-the-tax-burden#.Vm8sb2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297 (votesmart.org)

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  • "Every school must be a place where every student can learn. And without world-class standards in school, America's future is threatened. That is why education decisions must be made by parents and local school boards, not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880445/issue-position-our-schools-local-control-world-class-standards#.VagRWXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VagSsHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Transitioning to renewable energy will both create jobs and enhance our national security, and I will ensure that Sacramento County is a leader in this essential industry." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849407/issue-position-national-security/?search=renewable#.Vm8xwGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The path to a new clean energy economy requires notable increases in energy efficiency and greater access to renewable energy sources. To achieve this we will need to invest in multiple sectors of our economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849399/issue-position-energy#.VagTsHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "A 'Smart' and 'Green' relationship with the earth and to the natural resources that power our communities; that is both environmentally and economically wise and sustainable; and that recognizes the crucial intersection of environmental reform, job creation, and national security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/513004/issue-position-energy-and-environment#.Vb-CB3UVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "Absolutely climate change is important […] I think that the Department of Defense has for a long time acknowledged that climate and, you know, having renewable and alternative fuel sources is going to be incredibly important to them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880427/capital-public-radio-congressional-lawmakers-weigh-in-on-epa-move-to-cut-carbon-emissions/?search=cap%20and%20trade#.Vm8zkWwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Absolutely climate change is important. It's a national security threat. I think that the Department of Defense has for a long time acknowledged that climate and, you know, having renewable and alternative fuel sources is going to be incredibly important to them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880427/capital-public-radio-congressional-lawmakers-weigh-in-on-epa-move-to-cut-carbon-emissions#.VagWKXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "This development means we can now harness market forces to confront the dual threat of climate change and energy dependence. In Congress, I will support strategic policies and investments to promote this crucial transition from a carbon-based and energy dependent economy to one that is clean, self-sufficient, and can generate millions of good-paying jobs across every skill and education level." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/675834/issue-position-creating-a-new-energy-economy#.VagW0XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VagXPXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120030/ami-bera/37#.VagXp3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • " 'I've been a strong supporter of preventing suspects on the FBI's terror watch list from buying guns, and I've co-sponsored legislation in Congress to do just that,' said Representative Ami Bera. 'I'm proud to co-sponsor the bipartisan bill to close the "no fly, no buy' loophole, and it's a common-sense step forward in keeping our families safe that is long overdue.' " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1092852/bera-campaign-calls-on-scott-jones-to-reverse-his-position-allowing-those-on-terror-watch-list-to-purchase-guns (votesmart.org)

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  • "Americans want Congress to focus on jobs, not waste time and taxpayer money voting 37 times to take away patient protections from middle class families. The Supreme Court has ruled, and ACA is now law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/785828/rep-bera-comments-on-aca-repeal-vote#.VagYonUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "While I believe this delay is the right thing to do now, and ACA is far from perfect, we cannot go back to the broken healthcare system that allowed insurance companies to reject people due to pre-existing conditions and when they get sick, to charge women higher premiums than men for the same coverage, and to jack rates whenever they want, without cause." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/858961/bera-comments-on-health-care-vote#.VagYP3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "As the son of parents who immigrated to America in the 1950s, Rep. Bera grew up knowing the value of hard work and that America was a land of opportunity." http://bera.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/bera-comments-on-president-s-administrative-actions-on-immigration (bera.house.gov)
  • "I will, however, continue to fight the appalling King Amendment and will urge the conference committee to remove it. Ignoring the contributions made by the thousands of young people who have graduated from our schools and are contributing to our society makes no sense. It's bad for our economy, bad for our nation's security, and simply wrong." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/790011/rep-bera-comments-on-homeland-security-appropriations/?search=dream#.Vm84VmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Now more than ever, Democrats and Republicans have to come together to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that secures our borders, allows our economy to grow, and ensures accountability for new American immigrants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940211/bera-comments-on-presidents-administrative-actions-on-immigration#.VagZK3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120030/ami-bera/76#.VagcdXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As federal legislators who represent families acrossthis nation, we believe that—like DOMA—state marriagebans deny our citizens the equal protection that theConstitution guarantees." http://www.democraticleader.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/258055-Brief-Appx.pdf (www.democraticleader.gov)

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  • "The greatest single security threat to the United States is nuclear terrorism. The United States needs to use its intelligence and military capabilities to make sure al Qaeda does not get its hands on nuclear weapons." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/675837/issue-position-national-security#.VagdlHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I swore an oath to protect Americans here at home and our interests abroad and, as a member Foreign Affairs Committee, I take that oath especially seriously. It is clear that ISIL poses a potentially dangerous national security threat and today I voted to give the President limited authority to train and equip Syria's moderate forces to combat ISIL." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/928912/rep-bera-statement-on-isil/?search=Syria (votesmart.org)
  • "Among Congress' responsibilities, there is none more important than protecting the American people and our interests both here and abroad. ISIL is made up of dangerous terrorists who have committed terrible atrocities, and any action we take must keep Americans safe." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/957910/bera-comments-after-foreign-affairs-hearing-on-growing-threat-of-isil#.VagdFXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "I've pledged to not take a Congressional pension until Medicare and Social Security are secure because Sacramento County families shouldn't be forced to pay for my retirement when many of theirs are still vulnerable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960396/bera-honors-pledge-to-refuse-pension-until-medicare-social-security-are-secure#.VaghEXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We must do more to protect this vital program – which is why I've signed a pledge to protect Social Security, and fight all efforts to privatize this program and gamble with our future in the stock market." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/737610/issue-position-social-security#.VagfO3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 66% by the Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120030/ami-bera/53 (votesmart.org)

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