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Linda Sánchez's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 38, Democratic
On The Ballot: Won, Democratic for U.S. House - District 38
Linda Sánchez has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This misguided bill not only infringes on a woman's right to choose, but it increases the health disparities that already exist among minority women, erodes the trust that exists between a woman and her doctor, and denies women quality access to healthcare. This bill does nothing to curb discrimination based on race and gender, but rather, imposes additional barriers for women who seek to make informed decisions about their health and criminalizes the doctors who provide care to them." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/698938/capac-members-denounce-attack-on-reproductive-rights#.W23kgWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Choice" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/29674/linda-sanchez/#.Wvw0ea3SQfI (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

  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/29674/linda-sanchez/#.Wvw0ea3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats have a clear vision of what real middle class focused tax reform looks like. We believe that tax reform should go towards helping grow America's middle class -- not stuffing the pockets of the wealthiest Americans and corporations. A meaningful and lasting update to our tax code should accomplish a few things: 1) it should create a simpler and fairer tax code for working Americans and small businesses; 2) it should level the playing field so that American businesses can complete globally; and 3), it should prioritize fairness for all families across all income brackets. The principles for tax reform that Democrats have laid out would help to achieve all those goals." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1203472/linda-sanchez-statement-on-democratic-tax-principles#.W23k0GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The truth about the Republican tax plan is billionaires get massive tax cuts while working families are left to pick up the $1.5 trillion tab. " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206612/linda-sanchez-statement-on-ryan-mcconnell-tax-fiasco#.W23lE2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Finally, the proposed budget increases defense spending by billions, but offers no similar increases to non-defense related programs. These cuts are being made on the backs of students, our environment, and middle class families. This is a disproportionate approach that will translate into fewer investments in our schools, infrastructure, and economic recovery." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/961012/rep-linda-sanchez-republicans-not-serious-about-helping-hard-working-americans/?search=defense%20spending#.W23lY2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA) announced a constitutional amendment today aimed at ensuring that courts do not place corporate interests ahead of those of average Americans. Sánchez' amendment, which comes in the wake of the January Supreme Court ruling that corporations can use company dollars to influence the democratic process, would ensure that "we the people" can choose to impose limits on political spending by corporations. "The Supreme Court's decision opened up the floodgates for corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections," said Rep. Linda Sánchez. 'This amendment would protect our elections from corporate influence that can drown out the voices of average Americans.'" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/489305/rep-sanchez-announces-bill-to-limit-special-interests-in-elections/?search=campaign%20finance#.W23loWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/29674/linda-sanchez/#.Wvw0ea3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Alternatively, Democrats have laid out a clear alternative in our budget helps grow our economy from the middle. Our vision for the future of this country is one where everyone has the opportunity to succeed through hard work. We want to move our country forward through investments in education, infrastructure, medical research, and workforce training. House Democrats will continue to work to keep the promises of our Better Deal for America." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1200430/linda-sanchez-statement-on-republican-budget/?search=infrastructure#.W23mFWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Just as expected, it is another fiscally irresponsible tax giveaway to wealthy Americans and corporations. But massive corporate tax cuts does not guarantee job growth or increased wages for working families. It only guarantees adding at least $1.5 trillion to the deficit." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206612/linda-sanchez-statement-on-ryan-mcconnell-tax-fiasco#.W23lE2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The education bill brought forward by Senators Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander is a good first step towards reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The Latino community has a big stake in this conversation given that more than one in five students enrolled in our nation's classrooms are Latino. As this legislation advances, we must ensure that Latino, English-language learners, and migrant students are not cheated out of a quality education and that educators are well supported. From accountability to data collection and resource equity, ESEA should be reauthorized in the strongest and most comprehensive way possible." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/976076/ranking-member-scott-tri-caucus-chairs-push-for-stronger-esea-bill/?search=education#.W23mi2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I was a proud co-sponsor of the Clean Energy Act, which dramatically increased funding for renewable energy programs, required an increase in the production of renewable fuels from 4 billion gallons to 36 billion gallons by 2022, and increased fuel economy standards. The President signed this bill into law. I am also an original co-sponsor of the Responsible Renewable Energy Tax Credit Act. This legislation would promote the use of cleaner and renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1067269/issue-position-energy/?search=renewable#.W23muWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/29674/linda-sanchez/#.Wvw0ea3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I applaud President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency for establishing the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants. Power plants are the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions and they produce over one-third of all domestic greenhouse emissions. If fully enacted, the Clean Power Plan will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent -- bringing carbon emissions below 2005 levels by the year 2030." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1011331/potus-clean-power-plan/?search=carbon#.W23m9GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/29674/linda-sanchez/#.Wvw0ea3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/29674/linda-sanchez/#.Wvw0ea3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Within a few hours the Republican majority is preparing to adjourn for a six week recess without taking any action on gun safety legislation. When we return to session on November 14th, we will likely be faced with the sad reality that thousands of Americans will have lost their lives to gun violence while members of this body were campaigning for re-election. We strongly urge you to cancel the upcoming recess to debate and vote on responsible gun safety legislation to help save American lives." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1136556/letter-to-paul-ryan-and-kevin-mccarthy-speaker-of-the-house-and-house-majority-leader-demanding-a-vote-on-gun-legislation/?search=gun#.W23nI2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Quality, accessible, affordable healthcare should be a right, not a privilege to be reserved for the wealthy few. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we've made incredible strides in making this a reality. I will continue working to make this law more effective." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1112566/issue-position-health-care/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.W23nWmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/29674/linda-sanchez/#.Wvw0ea3SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This plan to deploy the National Guard is not about border security. It is about making the president appear tough on immigration after he scuttled a bi-partisan deal on DACA and failed to secure taxpayer funding for his medieval wall. Clearly, the President's priority is not hard-working Americans." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1238676/linda-sanchez-statement-on-donald-trumps-decision-to-send-troops-to-the-us-mexico-border/?search=wall#.W23njmdyIfI (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

  • "Our immigration system is broken. We need comprehensive immigration reform that fixes our immigration system, deals humanely with the undocumented immigrants already in America, and increases the security of our borders. I am working hard to develop legislation that will truly reform this country's broken immigration system and give deserving people a chance to become equal members of society. In the meantime, I support targeted legislation like the DREAM Act, which would help hard-working children of undocumented immigrants attend college and earn legal status. Additionally, I applaud President Obama for using prosecutorial discretion to allow "DREAMers" to remain in the country they call home. America has never before required children to pay the price for their parents' violations of the law." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/983381/issue-position-immigration/?search=immigration#.W23n5WdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/29674/linda-sanchez/#.Wvw0ea3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "Absent credible and accurate information confirming a material breach, we are concerned that withholding certification of Iran's compliance or walking away from the JCPOA would harm our alliances, embolden Iran, and threaten U.S. national security. We are further concerned that non-certification based on justificiations beyond the scope of the nuclear agreement would threaten global non-proliferation efforts and send exactly the wrong message to North Korea at the moment we are trying to diplomatically defuse that crisis." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1204432/letter-to-president-donald-j-trump-iran-nuclear-agreement/?search=nuclear#.W2Cv6GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am very concerned by President Donald Trump's military attack against Syria without congressional approval. President Trump must come to Congress to seek an Authorization of Use of Military Force and lay out to the nation a clearly defined strategy to keep our country from becoming entangled in another open-ended military conflict in the Middle East." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1238680/linda-sanchez-statement-on-us-military-strikes-in-syria/?search=middle%20east#.W23oXWdyIfI (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2004 National Political Awareness 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.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
h) Other or expanded principles
Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Budget Priorities
Greatly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Increaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasei) Medical research
Slightly Increasej) National parks
Slightly Increasek) Public health services
Slightly Increasel) Scientific research
Maintain Statusm) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseo) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
Slightly Increasea) Armed Forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Maintain Statusd) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Eliminatee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Statush) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
Maintain Statusa) Less than $25,000
Maintain Statusb) $25,000-$75,000
Maintain Statusc) $75,000-$150,000
Maintain Statusd) Over $150,000
Greatly Increasee) Other or expanded categories

1,000,000

Retiree Income
Slightly Decreasef) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
Slightly Increasea) Charitable contributions
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No5) Do you support eliminating taxes on dividends paid to individual investors?
Yes6) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Allow ads paid for by soft money that support or attack a candidate for federal office.
f) Allow issue advocacy commercials by corporations, labor unions, and non-profit groups which appear within 60 days of a general election and within 30 days of a primary election.
g) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Undecidedh) Do you support instant run-off voting (IRV)?
Yesi) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Yesj) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) Other or expanded principles

I would oppose a constitutional amendment restricting marriage to a man and a woman.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
f) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
g) Support additional criminal penalties if a fetus is killed in the commission of a federal crime against a pregnant woman.
Xh) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xi) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xj) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.
Xk) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
l) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
a) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xd) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
g) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
h) Support granting states limited control over Head Start programs.
i) Support changing the mission of Head Start to emphasize improving the math and reading skills of disadvantaged children.
j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xk) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xl) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xm) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
n) Other or expanded principles
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Allow workers to sell company stock and to diversify their company retirement funds into other investment options.
Xi) Other or expanded principles

I support expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act and I do not support comp time in place of overtime

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.
Xa) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xc) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
Xd) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
d) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
e) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xg) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xi) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
j) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
Xl) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Xa) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xh) Require a license for gun possession.
Xi) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities.
j) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xb) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xd) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
e) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
f) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xg) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
h) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under private managed care plans.
Xi) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xj) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
Xk) Allow 55-65 year-olds to buy into Medicare.
Xl) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
Xm) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
Xc) Increase the number of visas issued for agricultural workers.
Xd) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States.
f) Support the detention of asylum seekers from countries known to sponsor terrorism.
Xg) Other or expanded principles

Support earned legalization for certain undocumented workers and who meet certain criteria and who already reside in the U.S.

International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.
Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
c) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
d) Discuss your proposals for the reconstruction of Iraq. What funding sources would you use to implement these proposals? (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

The U.S. should withdraw once Iraq is stabilized and a democratic Govt has been elected. The US should also seek international support to fund reconstruction/stabilization so we are not bearing the bulk of the burden.

e) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.
Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Nob) Should the United States use military force to destroy the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
Noc) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.
Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
Yes4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
No5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs"?
Yes6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes4) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
No5) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes6) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Noa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Yesb) Should the United States adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
Noc) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesd) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yese) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Nof) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for when individuals are eligible to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
Xb) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement regulation of Internet content.
Xd) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xh) Impose regulations on "spam" emails.
Xi) Other or expanded principles

I support efforts to protect intellectual property from theft over the internet.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for low-income families.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 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 legislative priorities are:
- Create more jobs with good wages and benefits;
- Improve Education and healthcare;
- Reform Immigration and protect Social Security and Medicare.

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