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Loretta Sanchez's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Loretta Sanchez 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, Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "HB2 has jeopardized Texas women's health by drastically limiting their access to safe and legal abortions. Thankfully in today's decision in firmly reversing the 5th Circuit's previous ruling, the Justices saw through Texas' insidious smoke and mirrors attempt to take away a woman's right to make her own health care decisions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1099510/rep-loretta-sanchez-applauds-supreme-court-decision-on-whole-womans-health-v-hellerstedt (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, Congresswoman Sanchez has consistently worked to protect a woman's right to choose." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/373266/issue-position-womens-issues#.VbLAgnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/203/loretta-sanchez#.VbLAxHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "My fellow Democrats and I want to keep money in the hands of hardworking Americans by supporting the extension of the payroll tax holiday." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/666802/payroll-tax-cut#.VbLBh3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We cannot afford to take more risks with the income of 160 million working Americans. In fact, the no-jobs agenda of the Republican Conference has pushed to continue tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans while not giving breaks to working Americans and the middle class." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/666802/payroll-tax-cut#.VbLBh3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Congresswoman is a member of the Methamphetamine Caucus, a coalition dedicated to stopping the production and abuse of methamphetamine. She is a strong supporter of the Orange County Drug Court, which helps minor drug offenders turn their lives around and become productive members of society." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/570982/issue-position-crime-and-law-enforcement (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congresswoman Sanchez has been a longtime advocate for small business interests, fighting for small business loans and against tax increases that hamper economic growth. She strongly supported the economic stimulus package that continues to encourage investment and boost consumer confidence, all while maintaining the fiscal discipline that will keep long-term interest rates in check." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/630018/issue-position-economy-and-jobs#.VbLB8nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "And the infrastructure plans included in the budget are middle-class job creators, economic drivers and investments that pay dividends into our future." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852486/rep-loretta-sanchez-on-presidents-fy15-budget-proposal#.VbLBAXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am particularly encouraged to see the clear effort to increase opportunity for the middle class and those working to join it. Cutting taxes for working Americans through the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and the American Opportunity Tax Credit - all proven tools that reduce poverty and help get people back to work – will be a boon to our economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852486/rep-loretta-sanchez-on-presidents-fy15-budget-proposal#.VbLBAXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Right before the holidays, my Republican colleagues threatened to raise taxes on the middle class because a small but very loud minority in their conference wanted to prove a point. Now we're back at it again. They want to prevent $1,500 from being in the hands of the middle class.My fellow Democrats and I want to keep money in the hands of hardworking Americans by supporting the extension of the payroll tax holiday." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/666802/payroll-tax-cut#.VbLBh3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3630 "Extends Payroll Tax Cut" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38274 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mr. Speaker, I am proud to say that this week marks the 50-year anniversary of the Head Start program, a momentous achievement in our Nation's fight to break the cycle of poverty and open the windows of opportunity for low-income families and children." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/983240/celebrating-the-50th-anniversary-of-head-start#.VbY6MXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • " Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez also believes it is imperative that Congress continue to invest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and federal research in the physical sciences and engineering." http://lorettasanchez.house.gov/issues/education (lorettasanchez.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R. 5682 "To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50584 (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/203/loretta-sanchez/ (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In his State of the Union address tonight, President Obama outlined a broad plan for creating jobs and strengthening our economy. I am pleased that his strategy included smart investments in education and clean energy: two sectors with the potential to create good-paying jobs right here in California." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/481968/rep-loretta-sanchez-issues-statement-on-presidents-state-of-the-union-address#.VbY9yHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. Sanchez has been and continues to be a strong supporter of conservation efforts both in California and across America. In the last year, the Congresswoman voted for the historic American Clean Energy & Security Act of 2009 that would reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, invest in new clean energy and efficient technologies, and combat the carbon pollution causing climate change." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/502124/rep-loretta-sanchez-issues-statement-on-earth-day#.VbY9FXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congresswoman Sanchez will continue to build on her environmental record in the 112th Congress by supporting legislation that will improve emission standards, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, improve water quality, and clean up toxic waste sites." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/983940/issue-position-energy-and-the-environment#.VbY-H3UVhHw (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)
  • "Rep. Sanchez has been and continues to be a strong supporter of conservation efforts both in California and across America. In the last year, the Congresswoman voted for the historic American Clean Energy & Security Act of 2009 that would reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, invest in new clean energy and efficient technologies, and combat the carbon pollution causing climate change." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/502124/rep-loretta-sanchez-issues-statement-on-earth-day#.VbY9FXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/203/loretta-sanchez/37#.VbY-vnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I applaud President Obama's executive actions to strengthen federal enforcement of gun laws and to address the crisis of gun violence across America. I believe these measures are consistent with existing law and essential to effective enforcement, which is the President's responsibility." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1044240/rep-loretta-sanchez-applauds-president-obama-taking-action-to-curb-gun-violence (votesmart.org)
  • 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#.Va_llXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "With today's Supreme Court decision behind us, it's time for Congress to get back to work. The Affordable Care Act is settled law, and this ruling reaffirms that families are in control of their own health care." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/986858/rep-loretta-sanchez-applauds-supreme-court-ruling-on-the-affordable-care-act#.VbY_FHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor for H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (votesmart.org)
  • "Two years ago this week, I voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act. Since the healthcare law took effect, people across the country have started to see its benefits in their own lives." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/682040/sanchez-statement-on-the-second-anniversary-of-the-affordable-care-act#.VbY_YXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We believe it is undeniable that detention in a secure facility is detrimental to mothers and children and is not reflective of our values as a Nation. Children require special protections and should not be laced in jail-like settings." http://grijalva.house.gov/uploads/2015_5_27Family_Detention_Letter.pdf (grijalva.house.gov)
  • "In response to the obstruction of Republicans in the House of Representatives, President Obama issued executive actions that would have allowed many families to come out of the shadows. For many, this signaled a first step in ensuring families would not be separated." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/986886/rep-loretta-sanchezs-statement-on-the-fifth-circuits-ruling-on-the-presidents-deferred-action-programs#.VbY_xXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/203/loretta-sanchez/76#.VbZA8XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Across the country and in Congress, we're still seeing discriminatory attacks on crucial LGBT protections. And under our current laws, LGBT Americans aren't guaranteed nearly enough vital protections against discrimination.It's time for Congress to pass the Equality Act. Regardless of sexual orientation, all Americans deserve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1099468/rep-loretta-sanchez-statement-on-lgbt-pride-month (votesmart.org)
  • "The Supreme Court ruling today, guaranteeing an individual's right to marry who they love, regardless of sex, is an important step forward for our country and a victory for American families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/986854/rep-loretta-sanchez-applauds-supreme-court-ruling-on-same-sex-marriage#.VbZAF3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, today questioned General Martin Dempsey and Secretary Chuck Hagel about the U.S. strategy to degrade and defeat the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). […] Rep. Sanchez's questions were not answered directly and she remains skeptical of the current vague strategy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/937678/rep-sanchez-questions-military-leaders-on-strategy#.VbZB-nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove), chairwoman of the terrorism, unconventional threats and capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, said she is 'in the comfort zone, considering who we've been able to take out' in drone strikes. 'We have a mandate to eliminate these people who are trying to hurt us,' Sanchez said." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/203/loretta-sanchez/ (votesmart.org)
  • "We know that our military intervention will not alone solve the long sectarian and religious conflicts in Iraq. It is essential we avoid mission creep because our men and women in uniform cannot endure another war in Iraq and nor can the American people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/912320/rep-loretta-sanchez-releases-statement-on-iraq#.VbZBV3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 94% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/203/loretta-sanchez/53 (votesmart.org)
  • "After a lifetime of work, our seniors deserve economic security, which is why Loretta opposes plans to privatize Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/882246/issue-position-seniors#.VbZCo3UVhHw (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

As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have long believed that our current efforts in Afghanistan are ineffective, and that our troops and resources could be more effectively deployed elsewhere. It is time for us to redirect our focus back home, where numerous economic challenges continue to burden families in my district and across the country.

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?
Is balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

As a member of the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Coalition, I have long fought for responsible spending, and I will continue to do so. However, while I believe spending must be curtailed, these cuts must be smart and targeted. We have to cut unnecessary and wasteful funding, not important investments that are helping to grow our economy and helping the private sector innovate and create jobs. And our budget must not be balanced on the backs of our seniors and most vulnerable citizens.

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

I am a strong supporter of the Disclose Act, because it would have dramatically increased transparency and accountability in political spending. Corporations and foreign governments should not be allowed to issue a blank check to influence the outcome of our elections. It is completely inconsistent with our democratic 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?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

I believe that unemployment insurance has proven itself to be one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to stimulate the economy and ensure those who are looking for work are able to provide for their families during difficult times. Congress worked effectively to reduce unemployment, currently at its lowest rate in two years. I am committed to continuing this trend, ensuring that our economy is strengthened and that all American?s have the opportunity to succeed.

YesInferred Answer Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2012 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did not select YES or NO for: "Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?" Education: Other or expanded principles: "Education is the cornerstone to America's future, and in Congress, I will continue to work to direct federal dollars toward supporting quality teaching in our classrooms, cutting federal education regulations, and providing more flexibility to states and local school districts. Efforts are still needed to ensure that every child is afforded an education that will give them the tools to be a competitor in today's world."
  • “Mr. Speaker, I am proud to say that this week marks the 50-year anniversary of the Head Start program, a momentous achievement in our Nation's fight to break the cycle of poverty and open the windows of opportunity for low-income families and children.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/983240/celebrating-the-50th-anniversary-of-head-start#.VbY6MXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “ Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez also believes it is imperative that Congress continue to invest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and federal research in the physical sciences and engineering.” http://lorettasanchez.house.gov/issues/education (lorettasanchez.house.gov)
  • Loretta Sanchez. U.S. and the World Education Act. 28 July 2009. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to urge my colleagues to support the U.S. and World Education Act which I will be introducing today. My bill addresses the critical need to raise student achievement levels in the national education arena which is vital in order to compete in a world that is rapidly changing. My bill will raise the international education competence and literacy levels of elementary and secondary students. My bill will also create an international education research repository which will greatly enhance the international education curriculum taught in our schools as well as teaching methods. I firmly believe that our schools today do not focus enough on preparing our youth to interact and to communicate with other countries and cultures. And given the current economic crisis, future generations must be equipped with a skill set that will help them to excel academically and contribute to our Nation's economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. The Increased Student Achievement Through Increased Student Support Act. 6 March 2009. "To help improve student performance and increase graduation rates, this bill would authorize funding to form partnerships between under-served school districts and higher education institutions that train school counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists. By increasing school support staff, we can address children's out-of-the-classroom needs so that when they're in the classroom, they can be safe, engaged, and achieving their full potential. The students of low-income neighborhoods deserve the same opportunities as others for a productive learning environment." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. School Readiness Act of 2005. 22 September 2005. "Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of the Head Start program and the great opportunities that it provides to children, parents, and families in America. I am a Head Start kid. I experienced firsthand the valuable and comprehensive education program that Head Start provides for low-income families. Head Start opened up a new world, not only for me, but also for the rest of my family. As I received an education and health services, my mother learned valuable lessons on how to become a more active and involved parent in America's public school system. I am glad to see that H.R. 2123 preserves the valuable Federal-to-local design that gives parents and local communities the right and the responsibility to be active in their Head Start program. For this is really the key to the Head Start program, the fact that parents and families are also involved with their children." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Sanchez Introduces "Expand and Rebuild America's Schools Act" to Alleviate School Overcrowding. 15 March 2006. "H.R. 4945 would allow the Department of Education to bypass state agencies to offer federal interest subsidies directly to local school districts, many of which have had difficulty securing financing for facility construction and renovation, particularly in states that require a 2/3 majority approval for the passage of local bond initiatives. At the same time, this bill would create business incentives to support local school infrastructure improvement efforts [¦] 'Mr. Speaker, today I rise today to reintroduce the 'Expand and Rebuild America's School Act.' This important piece of legislation would create a class of bonds that would provide for much-needed construction of new schools. The bonds would be targeted to help overcrowded, high-growth rate schools that are struggling to provide a learning space for students.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Issue Position: Education. 6 February 2012. "Education is the foundation of opportunity. A strong education system provides Americans from across the country the knowledge and training they need to be the successful leaders and innovators of tomorrow. When Congresswoman Sanchez is at home in Orange County, the most important work she does is visit local schools and neighborhoods. As she promised during her first weeks in office, Congresswoman Sanchez has visited each and every public school in the 47th Congressional District. She has learned first hand what the schools in Orange County really need--more teachers, classrooms, and resources. To address the need for new schools and classrooms, Congresswoman Sanchez has introduced H.R. 740, 'The Expand and Rebuild America's Schools Act.' The bill would provide a federal incentive for localities to pass local bond initiatives by offering a new class of interest-free bonds. The federal government would provide a tax credit to investors in lieu of the interest payments that would otherwise be made by the school districts." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Loretta Sanchez. 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)."
  • Loretta Sanchez. 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: "Loretta believes a good education is the key to America's prosperity. She is the only member of Congress who graduated from Head Start. Loretta Sanchez is pushing to preserve Head Start, GEAR-UP and other programs that give all of our students a chance to succeed. She's fighting to make college more affordable with Pell Grants and other programs that will ensure our college and university graduates are prepared to compete in the increasingly competitive world economy. "
  • Loretta Sanchez. 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: "Rep. Sanchez believes a good education is key to America's prosperity and economic recovery. She believes that investing in education is necessary to build a strong workforce that will help move our economy forward. She's the only member of Congress who graduated from the Head Start program. Loretta Sanchez is pushing to preserve Head Start, GEAR-UP and other programs that give all of our students a chance to succeed. She's fighting to make college more affordable with Pell Grants and other programs that will ensure our college and university graduates are prepared to compete in the increasingly competitive world economy."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Loretta Sanchez. 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" 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. Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Congresswoman Sanchez is a fiscal conservative who has worked relentlessly to balance the budget."
  • Loretta Sanchez. 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"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education" 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. Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Congresswoman Sanchez is a fiscal conservative who has worked relentlessly to balance the budget."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Loretta Sanchez. 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: "Rep. Sanchez believes a good education is key to America's prosperity and economic recovery. She believes that investing in education is necessary to build a strong workforce that will help move our economy forward. She's the only member of Congress who graduated from the Head Start program. Loretta Sanchez is pushing to preserve Head Start, GEAR-UP and other programs that give all of our students a chance to succeed. She's fighting to make college more affordable with Pell Grants and other programs that will ensure our college and university graduates are prepared to compete in the increasingly competitive world economy."
  • Loretta Sanchez. 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."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Loretta Sanchez. 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: "Rep. Sanchez believes a good education is key to America's prosperity and economic recovery. She believes that investing in education is necessary to build a strong workforce that will help move our economy forward. She's the only member of Congress who graduated from the Head Start program. Loretta Sanchez is pushing to preserve Head Start, GEAR-UP and other programs that give all of our students a chance to succeed. She's fighting to make college more affordable with Pell Grants and other programs that will ensure our college and university graduates are prepared to compete in the increasingly competitive world economy."
  • Loretta Sanchez. 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" 1) Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Congresswoman Sanchez is a fiscal conservative who has worked relentlessly to balance the budget. "
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Loretta Sanchez. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Loretta Sanchez voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles

Education is the cornerstone to America's future, and in Congress, I will continue to work to direct federal dollars toward supporting quality teaching in our classrooms, cutting federal education regulations, and providing more flexibility to states and local school districts. Efforts are still needed to ensure that every child is afforded an education that will give them the tools to be a competitor in today's world.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

I am proud of my environmental record will continue to work to protect the environment and push for sensible energy alternatives that will allow America to reduce our dependence on oil. I have supported efforts to limit offshore drilling, specifically off the coast of California.

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

California has been blessed with incredible natural resources, and it is our responsibility to preserve our beaches, bays, and national parks for future generations. The long-term health of our country and our planet depends on the investments we make today, and I am proud to support efforts that will help create a cleaner, greener tomorrow.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

I support responsible gun ownership and believe background checks and other security measures must be in place, in particular at gun shows.

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

I am a supporter of the Affordable Care Act. Though far from perfect, it is a significant step in the right direction and will bring down the costs of health care for millions of families and small businesses, expand coverage to millions of Americans, and end the worst practices of insurance companies.

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?
Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

I remain firmly committed to the full and effective enforcement of our nation?s immigration laws. As a senior member of the Homeland Security Committee, I am working to triple the number of border control agents, and to increase the technology available to law enforcement officers. However, I believe that border enforcement alone is not enough to address the complexity of this issue. I am a strong proponent of comprehensive immigration reform. In addition to securing our borders, we must recognize the vital economic role immigrants play in our country, and create efficient and cost-effective measures to permit appropriate legal immigration.

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
  • “We know that our military intervention will not alone solve the long sectarian and religious conflicts in Iraq. It is essential we avoid mission creep because our men and women in uniform cannot endure another war in Iraq and nor can the American people.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/912320/rep-loretta-sanchez-releases-statement-on-iraq#.VbZBV3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, today questioned General Martin Dempsey and Secretary Chuck Hagel about the U.S. strategy to degrade and defeat the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). […] Rep. Sanchez's questions were not answered directly and she remains skeptical of the current vague strategy.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/937678/rep-sanchez-questions-military-leaders-on-strategy#.VbZB-nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove), chairwoman of the terrorism, unconventional threats and capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, said she is 'in the comfort zone, considering who we've been able to take out' in drone strikes. 'We have a mandate to eliminate these people who are trying to hurt us,' Sanchez said.” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/203/loretta-sanchez/ (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. National Security. 25 May 2010. "Mr. Speaker, Democrats have stepped up the fight against terrorists and are getting real results that make Americans safe. Democrats are strengthening our security by restoring America's global leadership. We have ended torture. We are working with our allies and are getting countries like Pakistan to cooperate in the fight against terrorism. We have increased funding for counterintelligence activities and human intelligence collection. We have enhanced cybersecurity efforts and bolstered aviation, ports, and border security." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Congresswoman Sanchez' Reaction to the President's Plan for Withdrawal in Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "I believe it is imperative that the President quicken the pace of America's withdrawal from Afghanistan and get our troops out even faster than he has proposed [¦] At the cost of more than 1,500 American lives, this war is incredibly costly. At the cost of $113 billion a year, it's expensive, dangerous, and unproductive. It is time to refocus America's intelligence and defense resources on more imminent threats from terrorists not just in Afghanistan but in other regions of the world such as Yemen or Pakistan. I urge the President to move immediately to end this unnecessary war." (votesmart.org)
  • Loretta Sanchez. Addressing All Terrorist Threats. 21 April 2010. "I would like to especially recognize our U.S. Special Operations Forces, who have been an integral part of our counterterrorism strategy. The U.S. Special Operation Forces have been successful in developing valuable relationships with the governments in Pakistan and Afghanistan, ultimately leading to the capture of hundreds of al Qaeda fighters and affiliates. However, terrorism is not limited to Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, our forces are also in regions such as Yemen to root out terrorists and send a loud message to those who seek to do us harm that we will not let them operate freely like that. Congress must be proactive about addressing all terrorist threats to our country through intelligence, diplomacy and with our Armed Forces." (votesmart.org)
  • Alex Rodriguez and David Zucchino. Los Angeles Times: U.S. Drone attacks in Pakistan get mixed response. 2 May 2010. "Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove), chairwoman of the terrorism, unconventional threats and capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, said she is 'in the comfort zone, considering who we've been able to take out' in drone strikes. 'We have a mandate to eliminate these people who are trying to hurt us,' Sanchez said. Even if political conditions allowed for U.S. ground troops in Pakistan, she said, that would almost certainly increase both civilian and U.S. military casualties." (articles.latimes.com)
  • Loretta Sanchez. 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?"
  • Loretta Sanchez. Project Vote Smart: 2010 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?"
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

I am working hard with the President and my colleagues in Congress to support our nation?s seniors whose economic stability depends on Social Security. While some changes must be made, I oppose privatizing Social Security because it would expose the program to the insecurities of the stock market. I also oppose raising the retirement age for those who are eligible under Title II of the Social Security Act.

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.
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
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.
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
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 top priority is rebuilding Orange County?s economy and creating more jobs so that people can get back to work. Through tax breaks for small businesses and improvements to our roads and highways, we?re getting our economy back on track while bettering our community. For the unemployed, I'm working to ensure unemployment benefits are extended, and health care is accessible. For seniors and veterans, I've made sure Social Security and Medicare are well-funded. And I believe keeping our schools open and putting more police on the street are vital to preserving and maintaining our community's quality of life.

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