Representative Alan Lowenthal's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 47, Democratic
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Alan Lowenthal 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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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.

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  • "[…] instead of talking about jobs, or the economy, or the unemployed who have lost their benefits because of our inaction, we are here talking about legislation that strips women of their fundamental right to make their own medical decisions." (
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (

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  • "I support real tax reform and fairness. I will fight the Republicans' plans to both raise taxes on the middle class and slash taxes for millionaires and billionaires." (

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

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (
  • "[…] to build a vibrant economy, we must invest in building our nation's infrastructure in a strategic and cost-effective way." (
  • "Restoring economic growth in a fair and equitable way will be the tide that raises all boats. As your Representative, I will continue to support common sense pieces of legislation that ensure job growth for all Americans and keep our country competitive." (

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  • "This new tax credit is an investment in our small businesses and an investment in millions of unemployed Americans. The more Congress is able to focus on empowering small businesses to hire, the more we will able to transition Americans off unemployment benefits, while creating thousands of jobs and saving millions of tax payer dollars." (
  • I am supportive of a pro-jobs and pro-Middle Class agenda, such as President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act. This piece of legislation – which has yet to be passed by Congress – gives tax cuts to small businesses, funding for more cops, firefighters, schools, and provides billions for infrastructure improvements." (

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  • Long Beach Business Journal "They have been setting standards and tying grant monies, additional resources, to meeting No Child Left Behind or Race To The Top. But they are not the major funder, and I don’t think we should be waiting for the federal government to come in and rescue us. […] I am a big advocate of state and local funding." (
  • "What is critical about this is not only are we going to raise the standards and have national standards coming from the bottom up – not being imposed by the national government, only on those states that volunteer – we will have an assessment system that will be online. We will not have the old way in which we do state standardized testing. Students will be tracked throughout their careers using national test scores, national standards. It can be modified a little per state, but we think that it’s going to radically change testing." (

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  • Fox News "Lowenthal has been less outspoken then Kaine on Keystone, but he voted against legislation last year that would have approved the pipeline without sign-off from the administration, which has repeatedly put off a decision on the project." (

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  • "Effectively leveraging America's natural resources creates high-paying jobs and sets us on a course to a cleaner and greener future. We, as a nation, must focus on the creation and cultivation of those jobs that capitalize on the power of American clean energy resources." (
  • "[…] I am here today to support wind power and for extending the renewable electricity production tax credit." (
  • Signed a letter stating "My colleagues and I made this request because such a hearing would be critical to highlighting successes and identifying opportunities for improvement which could encourage greater investment in renewable technologies and ensure that existing policies are on the right track." (

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  • "We must act to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and put an end to unneeded suffering because of climate change before it gets any worse." (
  • "The clean power plan and the authority granted by the Clean Air Act is the vehicle we have right now to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to clean up polluted air." (
  • "It is our responsibility to take action now to help cut greenhouse emissions so that we can start to curb some of the deepest harm caused by rising sea levels." (

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  • "I stand here today in total support of a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, similar to the gun laws that we have in California." (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (
  • "If we can all agree that gun violence is a public health issue and if we can commit to common sense steps to curb gun violence without infringing on Second Amendment rights, then hopefully we can prevent another Newtown, Aurora, university, or mall shooting." (

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  • "While I recognize there are challenges to be addressed in the implementation of the ACA, I strongly support its goals and I will continue to work in Congress to ensure that all Americans have affordable access to quality healthcare." (
  • "3.8 mil #Californians who were uninsured before #AffordableCareAct have health coverage today b/c of #ACA. #ACAWorks" (
  • "I hope the court will rule on the side of the millions of Americans across our nation who now have access to quality, reliable health coverage because of the subsidies secured through the Affordable Care Act." (
  • "I will continue to defend the Affordable Care Act in Congress and hope that the success of exchanges like Covered California will continue for Americans in every state of our nation." (

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  • Voted in favor of A.B.1081 "Prohibits Excessive Detention of Undocumented Immigrants" (
  • "During my time in Congress, I have strongly supported comprehensive immigration reform that would provide a pathway to citizenship while securing our borders and fixing our broken immigration system." (
  • "As a country of immigrants, it is in our best interest to ensure a legal path to citizenship to welcome in new contributing members of our society, while at the same time making our country more secure." (

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  • "Most importantly, the court has made clear that not only is marriage a "fundamental right" that must be extended to LGBT people, but to deny it would be a violation of equal protection. […] LGBT families are equal in every way with other families." (
  • Voted in favor of S.B.54 "Recognizing Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages" (
  • "The unconstitutionality of DOMA and Prop 8 further proves the shifting mindsets of the American people. I applaud the Supreme Court for their decisions, and I wish to congratulate all of our LGBT citizens and equal rights advocates for showing no fear in the face of discrimination." (

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  • "I think the president's speech was appropriate to let everyone know how we are going to root out and destroy ISIS, which is what I believe the American people both wanted and needed to hear." (
  • "I firmly believe that peace should always remain our primary goal, but we cannot back down to terrorism or human rights abuses abroad." (

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  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans (
  • "While I agree that Congress must address the long-term funding challenges to Social Security, I believe that any reforms must not be accomplished by reducing benefits; therefore, I did not support the President's proposal on Chained CPI." (


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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
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
Do 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,

Unknown PositionInferred Answer do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations
Unknown PositionInferred Answer do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
Do 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?
Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
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
YesInferred Answer Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
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
YesInferred Answer Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
Do 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
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles


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.

a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Detailed spending and revenue issues at the federal level require serious deliberation and discussion that does not lend well to multiple choice answers.


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.

a) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

Detailed spending and revenue issues at the federal level require serious deliberation and discussion that does not lend well to multiple choice answers.

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 priorities would be creating jobs with a focus on innovative public-private partnerships, incentivizing the creation of small businesses, improving education quality and affordability, and protecting the environment. Reinvesting in America to stimulate job creation and provide funding for education and environmental protection would be accomplished through reasonable and responsible tax policy reform centered on closing corporate tax loopholes and implementing tax fairness. Austerity, especially that borne on the backs of middle- and low-income Americans, is not the solution.

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