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Scott Peters' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

  • "Scott Peters received the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America today, one of the nation's most prominent advocates for women's health care." (
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • "Scott cosponsored […] The Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013, which would codify Roe v. Wade, preventing states from imposing burdensome restrictions on abortion providers or banning abortion prior to viability or if a doctor believes that continuing pregnancy would harm a woman’shealth, and establishing guidelines for judges reviewing the constitutionality of states’ laws." (
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

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

  • "When we fail to put forth a bipartisan proposal that focuses on infrastructure, basic scientific research, and affordable higher education we risk our nation's status as an economic power." (
  • "Given the focus in San Diego on fixing our roads and filling the potholes, it's no surprise that upgrading our nation's infrastructure is necessary for growing the economy and creating jobs." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Yesterday in the House of Representatives we voted to repeal the Medical Device Tax; this tax is harming innovation at companies across the country, and stunting start-up potential […]" (
  • "This tax, added to the long lag we have in the FDA consideration and approval of medical devices, will drive jobs offshore. And that's not my guess. It's already happening. […] So let's eliminate this tax. Let's support our innovators. And let's keep our American jobs. And I ask that we repeal this tax." (
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

  • "[…] this pipeline itself does not constitute a national energy policy as many have claimed. We must instead be working toward strategies and projects that provide abundant, cheap, and clean energy for generations to come." (
  • 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

  • "Environmental sustainability, investments in renewable energy sources, and addressing the causes of climate change must be priorities for our country, our children, and our grandchildren." (
  • "Since coming to Congress, Scott Peters has prioritized incentivizing and investing in solar, wind, hydroelectric, and bio-based clean energy, as well as increasing energy efficiency and conservation." (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must develop creative solutions to climate change so we can leave the planet for our children better than we received it. I look forward to working with any Member of Congress wanting to take action on climate change […]" (
  • Voted against H Amdt 585 - "Prohibits the Social Cost of Carbon from Being Included in Agency Determinations" (
  • "My amendment today is simple -- allow us to consider the real costs of carbon on our economy. While we are planning for our economic future we must also be considering how our economic growth will impact our public health and the sustainability of our communities […]" (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • San Diego Union Tribune "Let’s start simple: close loopholes in our background check system to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them." (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (
  • KPBS "We have a background law that only applies to 60 percent of gun purchases, let’s cover the rest. Let’s do what we can to prevent the wrong people from getting these weapons." (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is a folly to think this law will actually be repealed in the Senate, or that the President would agree to start again from scratch. And nobody thinks the health care system prior to ACA was anything but broken. […] It’s time to stop the politics of pretend solutions like a 37th repeal vote and get Congress to do real work." (
  • "I was not a member of Congress when it passed the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), and while the law is an important step in fixing decades-old problems with our health care system, it remains a work in progress. […] Repeal is not the answer." (
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 an immigration policy that's tough, fair, and practical. It needs to be tough on border security to prevent people from trying to smuggle guns, drugs, or people. It needs to be fair to taxpayers, and it needs to be a practical solution that will finally address the problem." (
  • "I welcome a plan that allows immigrants who have lived here, worked hard, and participated in our society in a productive way to earn their legal citizenship through a fair and thorough process - especially the children who were brought here by their parents." (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a long-time supporter of marriage equality, I am ecstatic that LGBT Americans, including my friends, colleagues, and staff, will be able to share in the bond of marriage." (
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • "With the ruling in the Proposition 8 case, Californians will now be able to marry the person who they love. […] Further, I am glad that the Supreme Court has announced what we already knew -- that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Scott supports targeted airstrikes to thwart the advance of the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL). He voted to authorize the President to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition forces to fight ISIL so that they are capable of countering ISIL on the ground and defending themselves and their nation, and denying ISIL a safe haven." (
  • "While I continue to support airstrikes in Iraq that have already proved successful in thwarting ISIL's advance, this amendment does not authorize, nor do I support, American combat ground troops in Iraq and Syria." (
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

  • "We must protect Social Security and Medicare. Period. It's a right seniors have earned after a lifetime of hard work and paying into the system." (
  • Rated 63% by Alliance for Retired Americans (
  • "I will continue to fight any risky scheme to privatize Social Security and expose it to stock market ups and downs, threatening seniors' retirement plans." (


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.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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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