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John Garamendi's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 3, Democratic
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John Garamendi 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 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 http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/29664/john-garamendi#.Vn9FdGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "For 30 years I have fought for and support the rights of women. I am a strong pro-choice feminist and a proud father of 5 daughters and 3 granddaughters!" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/445986/issue-position-social-justice#.Vabqu3UVhHw (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

  • "Instead of asking more from middle class families, who are struggling to make ends meet, we need everyone to pay their fair share. By lowering rates for billionaire hedge fund managers, the Republican Tax Bill will add $50 billion to the deficit, raise taxes on the middle class, and slash crucial investments in our economic prosperity, such as teachers in the classroom, preventative health care, and ground breaking energy research." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/730600/garamendi-votes-for-fair-and-fiscally-responsible-middle-class-tax-cuts#.VabrZHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama's tax policy is something I can generally get behind. The American Opportunity Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit are all smart tax rebates designed specifically to help working and middle class families, and I certainly support preserving them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/777349/congressman-garamendi-on-president-obamas-budget-proposal#.VabrHHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.786 "Amending the Estate Tax" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32978 (votesmart.org)
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, Project 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

  • "This is an important bill. When we couple this with the Buy American/Make It In America, we have an opportunity to really move forward the American economy, not only with the infrastructure jobs, but also with the manufacturing that could follow along." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/873452/water-resources-reform-and-development-act-of-2014#.Vab04XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "If enacted into law, this extreme Tea Party-inspired budget would wreck havoc on my district and communities across America. Construction on levees in flood prone Sacramento Valley communities would be delayed. College students would shoulder even more debt. Agricultural researchers at UC Davis would see their groundbreaking work halted." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/863869/congressman-garamendi-votes-against-ryan-tea-party-budget#.Vab0PHUVhHw (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

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297 (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama's tax policy is something I can generally get behind. The American Opportunity Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit are all smart tax rebates designed specifically to help working and middle class families, and I certainly support preserving them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/777349/congressman-garamendi-on-president-obamas-budget-proposal#.VabrHHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "To repair our economy and create jobs, we need to put money in the hands of the people most likely to spend it. This package of tax cuts gives everyone a helping hand but wisely focuses on the needs of small businesses and working and middle class consumers: those most likely to purchase goods, drive consumer spending, and stimulate demand for new hiring." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/573392/congressman-garamendi-proudly-votes-with-democrats-for-permanent-tax-cuts-for-middle-class-and-small-businesses#.Vab1lnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a member of Congress, I’m going to fight for the federal government to rewrite the No Child Left Behind legislation in such a way as to encourage education, not hold it at risk. And most important of all, provide the funding that’s needed." http://www.garamendi.org/node/238 (www.garamendi.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We just heard a presentation on the Keystone Pipeline, which will add a few jobs, some 6,000 jobs, temporary, building the pipeline, and that's good. The rush to judgment on it, however, should be very cautiously approached. Pipelines can be dangerous." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/663252/make-it-in-america/?search=keystone#.VmteBWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead of getting a $24 million-a-year tax break not afforded to other pipeline companies, TransCanada should be held responsible if they put America's environment and the health of American citizens at risk […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951938/keystone-pipeline-oil-spill-demands-accountability-says-congressman-garamendi-in-house-floor-amendment/?search=keystone#.Vmteo2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VablTHUVhHw (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

  • 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)
  • "Yesterday, Congressman Tim Ryan joined Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), in reintroducing the Make It In America: Create Clean Energy Manufacturing Jobs in America Act, H.R. 1524." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/778193/rep-tim-ryan-joins-rep-john-garamendi-on-clean-energy-make-it-in-america-legislation#.Vab9t3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Make it in America Act (H.R. 487) would create American jobs by ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent on American-made renewable energy systems, including solar, wind, geothermal, and biofuels." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826459/issue-position-make-it-in-america/?search=renewable#.Vmthp2wViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "You can debate whether this drought is or is not the result of climate change, but you cannot debate the fact that CO2 in our atmosphere is approaching 400 parts per million […] This is a real problem. We need to address it with very strong, powerful legislation here in Congress, most of which has not been done." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/976073/garamendi-calls-for-congress-to-address-climate-change#.Vab-anUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "[…] go after the carbon emissions, reduce those carbon emissions. Take whatever action we need to do and much of that is already under way certainly here in California with the cap and trade program." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/911469/msnbc-the-ed-show-transcript-wildfire-spending/?search=cap%20and%20trade#.VmtiD2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Thank you for your leadership in responding to the serious challenge of climate change. We applaud and support your Climate Action Plan, the joint announcement with China establishing ambitious carbon pollution reduction targets, and the national commitment to the Green Climate Fund. These actions are critical to protect Americans from the most dangerous effects of climate change." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/966103/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-bicameral-task-force-on-climate-change#.Vab-QnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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#.Vab-43UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Supreme Court did the commonsense thing in upholding Affordable Care Act subsidies for people insured through the federal exchange. Today's decision is a relief: If the Court had ruled the other way, nearly 10 million hardworking Americans might have lost their health insurance." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991566/statement-by-congressman-john-garamendi-on-king-v-burwell-supreme-court-case-on-affordable-care-act-subsidies#.VacBq3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 53 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181#.VacBF3UVhHw (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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955 (votesmart.org)
  • "It's time for Congress to act on a comprehensive immigration reform bill that brings our country's 11 million undocumented people out of the shadows and creates a pathway to earned citizenship." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/980787/issue-position-comprehensive-immigration-reform#.VaezLHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • 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 placed in jail-like settings." http://grijalva.house.gov/uploads/2015_5_27Family_Detention_Letter.pdf (grijalva.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As federal legislators who represent families across this nation, we believe that—like DOMA—state marriage bans deny our citizens the equal protection that the Constitution guarantees." http://www.democraticleader.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/258055-Brief-Appx.pdf (www.democraticleader.gov)
  • "I support marriage equality for all Californians. We all deserve the freedom to marry." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/445986/issue-position-social-justice#.Vmtca2wVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, the arc of history bent further toward justice. We are a country that embraces the ideal of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for everyone. With today's Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing the right to marry for LGBT couples, we came even closer to making that ideal a reality." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991600/congressman-garamendi-celebrates-marriage-equality-decision-says-march-toward-justice-for-all-continues#.Vae0LXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our current limited air strikes and special operations missions against the Islamic State have a clear purpose and are narrow and targeted in scope. We also continue to build regional support and our actions are being accompanied by the establishment of a more inclusive Iraqi government. There is no military solution to the ISIS threat, but I think a comprehensive plan to isolate and marginalize them will be effective." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922061/congressman-garamendi-on-isis-congress-should-vote-on-military-action/?search=Iraq (votesmart.org)
  • "I am troubled by the inclusion of a clause authorizing force against 'associated persons or forces.' There are many organizations that have complicated and conflicting allegiances and relationships, and associated forces language can be broadly interpreted to provide a legal foundation for military campaigns far beyond Congress' original intent." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951964/congressman-garamendi-welcomes-authorization-to-use-military-force-introduction-concerned-about-overly-broad-associated-forces-language#.Vae4UXUVhHw (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

  • "The average Social Security recipient receives about $14,800 a year, and the program lifts 14 million seniors out of poverty. We must not harm our vulnerable elderly. Social Security works; now is not the time to change it." http://garamendi.house.gov/press-release/congressman-garamendi-opposes-cuts-benefits-social-security-medicare-and-medicaid (garamendi.house.gov)
  • "We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/739243/progressive-change-campaign-committee-social-security-protectors#.Vae5xnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by the Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/29664/john-garamendi/53 (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

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

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

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

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