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Gil Cisneros' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: Elected to U.S. House (CA) - District 39, Democratic
Gil Cisneros has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2018 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

California Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I believe that decisions about a woman's health are between her and her doctor.

YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Unknown PositionInferred Answer In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Other or expanded principles

I believe that the wealthy need to pay their fair share in taxes and should not be seeing their taxes decrease at the expense of the middle class. I believe our defense spending should be used more wisely and waste reduced.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

I will co-sponsor legislation for a Constitutional amendment that overturns the disastrous Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. I am proudly endorsed by End Citizens United. I also support increasing financial disclosure requirements for political spending.

Corporate money has dominated our politics for too long, and in Congress I will work to enact real campaign finance reform. In my campaign I have refused contributions from corporations and unions.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Other or expanded principles

We need real tax breaks for the middle class, not corporations.

YesInferred Answer Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
  • "I will fight to increase per pupil spending in our k-12 education system, fight to ensure that all students have access to affordable higher education, and fight to revamp our student loan system to bring down costs. I will fight for our kids in Congress. 90% of children in America attend a public school. We need a strong public education system that gives every student the opportunities they deserve. Unfortunately, many of our schools struggle to get by financially under the current financial plans. Now, Republicans in Congress, President Trump, and Betsy Devos only want to slash education funding further. President Trump’s dangerously unqualified Education Secretary Betsy Devos even supports eliminating the Department of Education. Instead of cutting education, we should be investing in education in order to transform and modernize our educational system for the 21st century economy." https://cisnerosforcongress.com/gilsplan/invest-childrens-future-make-higher-education-affordable/ (cisnerosforcongress.com)
  • "I will fight to increase per pupil spending in our k-12 education system, fight to ensure that all students have access to affordable higher education, and fight to revamp our student loan system to bring down costs. I will fight for our kids in Congress. 90% of children in America attend a public school. We need a strong public education system that gives every student the opportunities they deserve. Unfortunately, many of our schools struggle to get by financially under the current financial plans. Now, Republicans in Congress, President Trump, and Betsy Devos only want to slash education funding further. President Trump’s dangerously unqualified Education Secretary Betsy Devos even supports eliminating the Department of Education. Instead of cutting education, we should be investing in education in order to transform and modernize our educational system for the 21st century economy." https://cisnerosforcongress.com/gilsplan/invest-childrens-future-make-higher-education-affordable/ (cisnerosforcongress.com)
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

As Congressman for CA-39, I will support legislation to increase investment in clean energy infrastructure and incentivize the purchase of products from wind, solar, and other renewable energy businesses. I believe these efforts will create millions of new jobs and save families and businesses money on their monthly energy bills. I will support legislation to ensure federal actions do not "significantly exacerbate" global warming and contribute to solving climate change. I support codifying the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which was designed to limit pollution from power plants and encourage a shift towards renewable fuel.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles

My family has been affected by gun violence. I believe it's not enough to simply embrace gun violence prevention, I will fight to expand background check requirements, ban assault weapons, oppose Concealed Carry Reciprocity, repeal the Dickey Amendment, and take other measures to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals, domestic terrorists, and those with mental challenges.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles

Health care is a right, not a privilege. I will defend the ACA from their attacks and fight for increased access and more affordable care for everyone. We need to work to fix and improve the ACA, not repeal it. I will fight for the public option that was originally intended to be part of the ACA, and give people the option to buy into Medicare. We need to work to stabilize insurance markets and have the government directly negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies to bring costs down.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Other or expanded principles
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.

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