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Pete Aguilar's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 31, Democratic
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Pete Aguilar 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 Planned Parenthood (
  • "As a Member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, I oppose this and other attempts to expand restrictions on reproductive care. We can't allow this type of anti-choice language to keep appearing in what is otherwise important legislation." (
  • "Let's keep our commitment to women by passing equal pay legislation, raising the minimum wage for hardworking families and continuing the fight to protect women's healthcare choices." (
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

  • "We cannot afford to balance America's checkbook on the backs of the middle class." (
  • "We can't continue to give tax breaks for multimillionaires while cutting education and services for seniors and veterans. This bill will help us level the playing field and make the tax code more fair for the middle class." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This week, Rep. Pete Aguilar joined with Democrat and Republican members of the House of Representatives to pass over a dozen bills to help combat the opioid epidemic that has affected communities across California and the nation. While Rep. Aguilar was pleased to support the bipartisan legislation, he was disappointed that none of the bills allocate funding in any capacity to expand treatment for addiction that would save American lives." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In August, Aguilar released his Middle Class Initiative which puts education at the forefront of the fight to strengthen San Bernardino County's middle class. As the father of two young children, Pete supports early childhood education for all students and robust funding for schools across the country." (
  • "Today, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, Democratic candidate for Congress in California's 31st district, released the following statement calling on Congress to put an end to the dysfunction and partisan posturing and produce bipartisan solutions that invest in our economy and create jobs." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Among the many issues people face is the skills gap, the disconnect that exists between potential employees and the available job market demands of those who possess specific or technical skills. That was one of the biggest problems that I heard. That is why yesterday I introduced the On-the-Job Training Tax Credit of 2015, a bill that creates a temporary tax credit for employers to use to help pay for the costs of training new hires." (
  • "From releasing his Jobs Plan, to introducing bipartisan legislation to provide tax relief to local businesses, to co-sponsoring a bipartisan measure with fellow Inland Empire Representative Colonel Paul Cook to put veterans back to work – Rep. Aguilar has fought tirelessly for families throughout San Bernardino County." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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" (
  • Voted against S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
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

  • "Let's make smart investments in domestic manufacturing, infrastructure and renewable energy, all industries that create middle-class jobs and strengthen our nation." (
  • "Renewable energy is also a tremendous opportunity to get San Bernardino County on the cutting edge of technology. Climate change is a serious issue, but it can also be an economic opportunity. By making investments in clean energy sources and giving tax breaks to companies that are supporting the transition to clean energy, we can create jobs, promote sustainability and improve the air quality in our region." (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Redlands Passenger Rail will create economic opportunities in the Inland Empire, provide safe and reliable transportation for working families, ease traffic, and benefit the environment by curbing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality." (
  • Endorsed by California League of Conservation Voters (
  • "I am also firmly committed to strengthening our clean air and water standards, promoting investments in clean energy technology and taking assertive actions to reduce carbon emissions and combat global climate change." (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association (
  • New York Daily News "So far, the only action Congress has taken this year in response to gun violence has been holding moments of silence. […] With respect to my colleagues, silence won’t help us stop this — only meaningful action will do that." (
  • Washington Post "Aguilar is a gun-control supporter who belongs to another Bloomberg-founded group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns." (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Thanks to Obamacare, over 16.4 million people have access to quality health care. But Speaker Boehner wants to GUT Obamacare to balance his anti-middle class budget. Stand with Pete and tell Republicans to leave Obamacare alone." (
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 need comprehensive immigration reform that makes sense for workers, businesses and families, including a path to citizenship for those who play by the rules and live up to American ideals. This will strengthen our economy and expand our tax base. Notably, the Congressional Budget Office reports that passing immigration reform would cut the federal deficit by $200 billion over the next 10 years." (
  • 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." (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Too many of our friends, neighbors, sons, and daughters have been victims of grave injustices simply because of who they love – this needs to stop. No one should ever be denied the right to marry who he or she loves." (
  • Signed a letter stating "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." (
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

  • "September 11th is a solemn reminder that our nation continues to face serious threats, and we must remain vigilant in bringing those who seek to harm the United States and our citizens to justice." (
  • The Sun "Aguilar responded by repeating his support for targeted airstrikes. 'It’s how we killed other terrorists […] I believe we can limit Isis by having that approach.' " (
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

  • "As your representative in Congress, I will fight for seniors and oppose cuts to Social Security benefits. We face tough economic choices, but balancing our budget on the backs of seniors is not only bad policy, it is immoral and unacceptable." (
  • "Unfortunately, the budget passed by Republicans in Congress would take us in the opposite direction, breaking the promise made to our seniors. It starts us down a dangerous road to privatizing Medicare into a voucher program, forcing seniors to shop for health insurance on the private market and paying thousands more in out-of-pocket expenses for the same level of coverage." (


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

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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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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