Representative Doris Matsui's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 6, Democratic
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Doris Matsui 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 Project Vote Smart.

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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  • "This legislation would ban abortions after 20 weeks nationwide with no exceptions to protect a woman's health and with the most narrow exceptions for rape or incest. I have always believed that such a deeply personal issue can only be made by the woman herself in consultation with her doctor and her most trusted loved ones." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/793651/pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act#.Vafv4nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/28593/doris-matsui#.Vn9Gw2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I am committed to protecting a woman's right to choose as laid out in the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, and am actively working with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to do so." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/481112/matsui-statement-on-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade#.Vm8Ev2wViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "This week, the Senate will take up legislation to enact the Buffett Rule, which will ensure that people making over $1 million per year do not pay a lower tax rate than middle class Americans. It is my hope that the Buffett Rule passes the Senate, and I will continue advocating for House leadership to bring this legislation to the floor for a vote." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/686731/matsui-statement-on-tax-day#.Vafx63UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "For too long, our tax code has benefitted the wealthiest and special interests while our middle class has suffered. If millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share, not only will we have greater equity in our tax code, we will also be able to invest in our country's economy, pay down our nation's debt, and strengthen our middle class." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/686731/matsui-statement-on-tax-day#.VafyHXUVhHx (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)

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  • "I am pleased with the President's response last night to this crisis. The Administration's proposal lays out an inclusive path forward to expand access to the treatment and services our communities so desperately need." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1071205/congresswoman-matsui-calls-for-comprehensive-approach-to-substance-abuse-crisis (votesmart.org)

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  • "Today I once again voted against a Republican Ryan budget that is nothing more than another attack on seniors, students, workers, and middle class families. It would hinder our country's path to economic recovery in exchange for protecting tax loopholes for the wealthy and special interests." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/863924/congresswoman-matsui-issues-report-on-how-the-ryan-republican-budget-will-affect-californians#.Vafz6nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We must find a balanced approach to debt reduction that decreases spending and raises revenue, that does so within the legislative process, and that does not put American families and seniors at risk." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629225/matsui-votes-against-unbalanced-debt-deal#.Vaf62XUVhHw (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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  • "For too long, our tax code has benefitted the wealthiest and special interests while our middle class has suffered. If millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share, not only will we have greater equity in our tax code, we will also be able to invest in our country's economy, pay down our nation's debt, and strengthen our middle class." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/686731/matsui-statement-on-tax-day#.VafyHXUVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pleased that the House came together this evening to pass The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. While this bill is not perfect, it provides middle class families the certainty they need and deserve, while ensuring our economy continues on the road to recovery and our unemployment rate continues to decline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/758537/rep-matsui-statement-on-house-passage-of-the-american-taxpayer-relief-act-of-2012#.VafwhHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "During the 113th Congress, we will hopefully work to overhaul and improve No Child Left Behind and the Education and Secondary School Act (ESEA) so that the law finally lives up to its promise: to provide an equal and excellent education for every child in America. We need to ensure that every child can be taught by a great teacher and that those teachers are properly supported." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/981624/issue-position-education/?search=no%20child#.Vm8MlGwViko (votesmart.org)

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

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  • "Investing in clean energy technology is essential to creating jobs, strengthening our economy, and addressing both our national security and environmental needs. In order to move our nation towards a clean energy economy we must have a national assistance program that promotes American clean energy technology exports." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953437/congresswoman-matsui-introduces-legislation-to-boost-clean-energy-manufacturing-and-exports#.VagATXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing on behalf of the 80,000 Americans employed by the U.S. wind industry – representing jobs in all fifty states – to ask that you promptly extend the current law Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Wind now provides power to over 15 million American homes, as well as to many thousands of farms and businesses." http://loebsack.house.gov/uploadedfiles/wind_ptc-itc_extension_letter_final_3.21.2014.pdf (loebsack.house.gov)

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  • "These standards set the first national limits on the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be allowed to emit. Power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution, and these commonsense standards are moving us closer to mitigating the devastating effects of climate change." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/811684/climate-change#.VagAzXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pleased that the Administration today took a big step forward in turning the tide of dangerous climate change by placing sensible limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/873689/congresswoman-matsui-applauds-epa-for-first-ever-carbon-pollution-standard-for-existing-sources#.VagBHXUVhHw (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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  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaig.n to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • "While I respect a citizen's right to bear arms, I feel strongly that the government must take some common-sense steps to promote responsible gun ownership and to keep guns out of the hands of criminals." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767828/congresswoman-matsui-statement-on-the-introduction-of-senator-feinsteins-federal-assault-weapons-ban#.Vm8P7WwViko (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#.VagBc3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (votesmart.org)
  • "I rise today in strong opposition to the Rule and the underlying legislation. Here we go again. This bill marks yet another attempt by the Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but the first time after implementation of many provisions that Americans rely on." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953404/congresswoman-matsui-argues-against-affordable-care-act-repeal#.VagClnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "It has been five years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, and American families are reaping the benefits. This law has opened up access to affordable, reliable health coverage, putting it in reach of all Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960384/congresswoman-matsui-celebrates-the-5th-anniversary-of-the-affordable-care-act#.VagCw3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • 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)
  • "As a supporter of the DREAM Act, I am pleased that the President is taking a strong stand toward reforming our immigration policy. It is a sensible policy that is long overdue." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/709813/matsui-statement-on-obama-administrations-immigration-policy-announcement#.VagDKHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955 (votesmart.org)

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  • "The ruling today that the heart of DOMA is unconstitutional reaffirms what many of us already knew -- that the freedom to marry is a fundamental right that should be afforded to all Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/796025/congresswoman-matsui-statement-on-supreme-courts-ruling-in-favor-of-marriage-equality#.VagD1nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/28593/doris-matsui/76 (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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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • "My colleagues and I are committed to improving the health and well-being of seniors, by protecting and strengthening Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/780596/house-democrats-relaunch-seniors-task-force#.VagGqnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/interest-group/959/rating/7965 (votesmart.org)
  • "We remain committed to making the changes that will extend solvency for 75 years, but Social Security has not contributed to our current fiscal problems and it should not be on the bargaining table." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/766686/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-medicare-medicaid-and-social-security#.VagFcnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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