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Scott Peters' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 52, Democratic
Scott Peters 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

  • "I am the only pro-choice candidate in this race backed by Planned Parenthood. " http://www.scottpeters.com/issues/equal-rights (www.scottpeters.com)
  • "I am the only pro-choice candidate in this race backed by Planned Parenthood. " http://www.scottpeters.com/issues/equal-rights (www.scottpeters.com)
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

  • Signed a letter stating: "These cuts would be a direct consequence of your massive $1.5 trillion deficit increase from tax cuts for the wealthy, so it is confusing to hear that you and Leader McConnell "will work to ensure these spending cuts are prevented." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1212261/letter-to-the-hon-paul-d-ryan-speaker-of-the-house-dont-count-on-us-to-fix-the-paygo-problem-youve-created-with-the-gops-tax-bill/?search=tax#.W2SyzmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have voted for every defense spending and authorization bill since I came to Congress, and I supported this year's authorization, but I will not advance this broken process that could lead to a disastrous sequester. Congress needs to get back to work and pass a budget to avoid across the board cuts on our military and make the investments in technology and readiness that our service members need." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1186552/rep-peters-republican-security-spending-bill-an-illusion/?search=defense%20spending#.W2SzjmdyIfI (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

  • "Make democracy about people not money; overturn Citizen's United" http://www.scottpeters.com/fixcongress (www.scottpeters.com)
  • "Make democracy about people not money; overturn Citizen's United" http://www.scottpeters.com/fixcongress (www.scottpeters.com)
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/70351/scott-peters/#.WwM7aK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We must balance the budget, but we've got to do it the right way. And it shouldn't be on the backs of seniors and the middle class. I only support a budget that simultaneously cuts wasteful spending, tackles our long-term debt, preserves a safety net, reforms the tax code to encourage competitiveness abroad and job creation at home, supports a strong military and makes the investments in infrastructure, education and basic scientific research that will support our country and our children into the next century." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1067094/issue-position-reform-our-tax-code-and-balance-the-budget&speechType=7#.W24A22dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must also reform the nation's tax code to simplify it for the middle class and encourage American companies to create jobs in America. We should work to incentivize companies that build and expand here at home, rather than abroad. I voted to give hardworking Americans a break by making the earned income and child tax credits permanent, and have worked to extend the Research and Development Tax Credit, which incentivizes businesses to invest in innovation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1252454/issue-position-jobs-the-economy/?search=tax#.W2SxtmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "San Diego's economy runs on brainpower. Innovation and job creation happen when we have great schools and educated children. If we don't educate our children, they won't have the skills to compete for the jobs of the future. We need to make sure our K-12 education system is preparing our kids for college and ensure that any student who qualifies and wants to go to college can afford to do so." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1252485/issue-position-education/?search=education#.W2Sz1mdyIfI (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

  • "As a nation, we must work toward a long-term energy policy that: 1) creates new American jobs; 2) emphasizes greater energy independence; 3) invests in the development of alternative fuels; 4) promotes clean energy technology like wind and solar; and 5) ensures greater national security." http://www.scottpeters.com/issues/jobs-and-the-economy (www.scottpeters.com)
  • "As a nation, we must work toward a long-term energy policy that: 1) creates new American jobs; 2) emphasizes greater energy independence; 3) invests in the development of alternative fuels; 4) promotes clean energy technology like wind and solar; and 5) ensures greater national security." http://www.scottpeters.com/issues/jobs-and-the-economy (www.scottpeters.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We also need to get better about the pollutants we pump into the air. I introduced the SUPER Act to combat so-called super pollutants, some of the worst drivers of climate change. Currently, multiple government agencies indirectly deal with these short lived climate pollutants like methane, HFCs, and black carbon, but with the SUPER Act we can make mitigation more efficient and effective. While scientists continue their hard work to address the long-term challenges of climate change, this is work we can begin doing now to not only cut climate change, but improve agriculture and save lives." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1252478/issue-position-energy-and-environment/?search=carbon#.W2S0K2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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/70351/scott-peters/#.WwM7aK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Repeal is not the answer. A more productive approach, and one that I am fully committed to, is to make constructive changes needed to make it work." http://www.scottpeters.com/issues/healthcare (www.scottpeters.com)
  • "Repeal is not the answer. A more productive approach, and one that I am fully committed to, is to make constructive changes needed to make it work." http://www.scottpeters.com/issues/healthcare (www.scottpeters.com)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "'In a selfish political appeal to his base, and on the heels of tax cuts that will cost the country $150 trillion, Donald Trump wants to waste another $18 billion of taxpayer money on a wall that most Americans oppose and that won't secure the border as well as other more innovative, less expensive technology,' said Rep. Scott Peters." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1215224/rep-peters-strongly-opposes-trump-administration-request-for-18-billion-in-funding-for-border-wall/?search=tax#.W2SyS2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • 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/70351/scott-peters/#.WwM7aK3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "As a candidate, you stated: 'I really believe that we should leave [marijuana] up to the states' and that 'it's got to be a state decision.' We trust that you still hold this belief, and we request that you urge the Attorney General to reinstate the Cole Memorandum. This step would create a pathway to a more comprehensive marijuana policy that respects state interests and perogatives." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1219873/letter-to-president-donald-trump-senators-murray-cantwell-bipartisan-colleagues-urge-president-trump-to-keep-campaign-promise-on-state-marijuana-laws/?search=marijuana#.W18fp2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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Inferred Answer

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