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Juan Vargas' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 51, Democratic
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Juan Vargas 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

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • "#HR7 puts restrictions on how women w/private insurance make their health choices. Proud to vote against it on 42nd anniversary of #RoevWade" (
  • KGTV "Vargas […] is personally opposed to abortion but has supported women’s reproductive rights in the past. Planned Parenthood has given him favorable ratings." (
  • Spero News "Among those targeted by the ads is Sen. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, a former Jesuit seminarian who has said he personally opposes abortion but has consistently supported it in his long political career." (
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Star-News "Vargas previously opposed Social Security and Medicare cuts and fought to eliminate tax breaks for large corporations and multi-millionaires." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Star-News "We’ve got to have more jobs […] I think the (San Diego Unified) port can be a good engine for that. They are very good jobs because they are very high paying." (
  • "I have tirelessly fought against sequestration and cuts to programs such as Medicare and Social Security, supported legislation that promotes job growth, and successfully petitioned the President to include funding for infrastructure at our ports of entry in his budget." (
  • "The omnibus spending bill includes significant funding for programs that benefit our District." (
  • "The San Ysidro Port of Entry is an undeniable economic engine for the San Diego border region and the nation. The funding in the President's budget will allow for the construction of an efficient border, which will stimulate commerce, create jobs, and increase productivity." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating, "We are writing to urge the Internal Revenue Service to resolve an important tax matter relating to water conservation and stormwater management. Many water utilities have programs to encourage private property owners to make water efficiency and stormwater-related improvements and are providing rebates to defray the property owner's cost. The IRS should issue a revenue ruling clarifying that these rebates are not taxable both because they are fundamentally a reduction in purchase price and because they are not intended to confer a net benefit on the private property owner." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Star-News "We’re doing too much testing and not enough teaching […] We have to prepare them for the future not just a test, such as vocational training." (
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted Against H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" (
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

  • "My public policy priorities are: - Good paying jobs for trained workers - Solar and green power economic growth […]" (
  • Star-News "Vargas said the most impactful bill he co-founded was AB32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act, setting in place infrastructure for renewable energy in the state." (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" (
  • Star-News "We said that global warming is real and that California needs to do something about it […] I think it set a tone for the nation that green energy is important." (
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 (
  • "We must act to #EndGunViolence" (
  • Signed a letter stating "We write to urge you to renew enforcement of the ban on imported military-style firearms […] Enforcing this ban would serve the dual purpose of improving public safety in the United States and reducing drug-related violence in Mexico where there have been approximately 70,000 organized-crime related deaths since December 2006." (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor for S.B.51 "Compliance with Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (
  • "The law is clear; #SCOTUS made a good decision today. The #ACA will continue to guarantee life-saving medical care to millions of Americans." (
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

  • " We must restore judicial discretion and expand deferred action guidelines to provide deportation relief to immigrants who have done nothing wrong but seek a better life for their children, their families, and themselves." (
  • "If President Obama’s actions had not been delayed, DAPA would have taken effect today nationwide. […] The Executive Action would have offered relief to immigrants who currently live in the shadows, in constant fear of being separated from their families." (
  • Voted in favor of A.B.1081 "Prohibits Excessive Detention of Undocumented Immigrants" (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Welcome to the United States of #MarriageEquality! #SCOTUS rules #SSM bans unconstitutional; Equality in all 50 states! #Obergefell #LGBT" (
  • "#MarriageEquaility is a tremendous strp forward for #LGBTRights. Onward to ending housing & workplace discrimination! #LGBTPrideMonth" (
  • "This is a historic year for #LGBT rights. Looking forward to marching in #SDPride. I would love to see you there! " (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While I applaud the various actions and commitments the Obama administration has made to alleviate the suffering of thousands of victims of ISIS, I strongly and firmly believe we can, we should, and we must do more." (
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

  • " I am committed to ensuring quality public education, preserving equality, and protecting vital services for children, the poor, and the elderly, such as Medicare and Social Security. " (
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans (
  • "To date, I have cosponsored a number of important bills, including the Protecting and Preserving Social Security Act […]" (
  • Signed a letter stating "We write to affirm our vigorous opposition to cutting Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits in any final bill to replace sequestration. Earned Social Security and Medicare benefits provide the financial and health protections necessary to keep individuals and families out of poverty." (


Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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