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Norma Torres' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 35, Democratic
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Norma Torres 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 Affiliates of California http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71284/norma-torres#.VbFNLXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of A. B. 2348 "Authorizes Registered Nurses to Dispense Contraceptives" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/41455#.VbFOFnUVhHw (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

  • Rated 0% by the American Conservative Union http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71284/norma-torres#.VcTDlnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and Voted in favor of A.B.1500 "Corporate Tax Rates and Middle Class Scholarship Fund" http://votesmart.org/bill/15920/41913/71284/corporate-tax-rates-and-middle-class-scholarship-fund#41913 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.B. 1272 "Tax Law Amendments" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32043#.VnxVeWwViko (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

  • "Yesterday's passage of another short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund made clear that our communities cannot rely on government alone to fund the nation's roads, bridges, and water facilities. As our nation's infrastructure funding needs continue to grow, this bill will provide local communities the technical assistance they need to develop their projects so that private funding can come in and help fill the gap." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/986021/torres-introduces-bill-to-fill-infrastructure-funding-gap#.VbFQpXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The work of organizations like NPHS play a vital role in the Inland Empire's ongoing recovery from the recession and housing crisis. These additional funds will enable them to continue to provide needed services in our community and help make the American dream a reality for even more Inland Empire residents." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/986086/torres-presents-300000-grant-to-nphs-to-advance-sustainable-homeownership-and-financial-education#.VbFP9nUVhHw (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

  • "We should, as the Democratic alternative did, extend tax deductions for small businesses and encourage the Small Business Administration to address the funding challenges facing many small businesses so that they can expand and create new jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960994/torres-on-passage-of-fy16-budget#.VbFPQXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe a budget should reflect our national priorities and promote ideas like investing in education, modernizing our infrastructure, and reforming the tax code to help middle class families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960994/torres-on-passage-of-fy16-budget#.VbFOenUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbFXs3UVhHw (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

  • "Whether it's tourists visiting our mountains, coastlines, and national parks, our booming agriculture sector's dependence on water to feed their crops, and the needs of all Californians to have clean water to drink and air to breathe, the work of the Natural Resources Committee is vital to my state." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/952245/rep-torres-to-serve-on-natural-resources-committee-water-and-indian-affairs-subcommittees#.VbFYknUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of A. B. 920 "Solar Power Energy Credit" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26415#.VbFZxXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The meeting focused on how Members of Congress and Latino groups can work together on issues important to constituents and group members alike, including climate change, clean energy, water resources, support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, preserving cultural antiquities, and including more public input in making major federal environmental decisions through the National Environmental Policy Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958894/natural-resources-democrats-leading-latino-organizations-conclude-historic-roundtable-on-an-inclusive-environmental-agenda#.VbFY-HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S. B. 359 "Appropriates Funds for Hybrid and Zero Emission Vehicle Use" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46200#.VbFcCHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71284/norma-torres/37#.VbFcbXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We owe it to the victims and their families to have a serious conversation about why mass shootings like the one that took place in Orlando have become all too common in our country and what we can do to prevent them. If we truly want to honor those who lost their lives, we can't be silent or turn to fear and division. We must respond with love, compassion, and action."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1093344/hispanic-caucus-on-the-shooting-in-orlando (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.B. 374 "Prohibits Semiautomatic Rifles with Detachable Magazines" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46168 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Affordable Care Act has given millions of American families access to affordable health insurance, freed them from the fear of going bankrupt because of a single accident, and finally barred insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/985984/torres-statement-on-supreme-court-aca-decision#.VbFc93UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.B.51 "Compliance with Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/36984 (votesmart.org)
  • "Over the past few years, I have worked to make the benefits of the ACA available and accessible to all Californians – from mandating Covered California materials and assistance in multiple languages to now serving as a resource to constituents as they navigate the process." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960801/cardenas-los-angeles-delegation-highlight-affordable-health-care-signup-deadline#.VbFdVHUVhHw (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

  • 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." http://grijalva.house.gov/uploads/2015_5_27Family_Detention_Letter.pdf (grijalva.house.gov)
  • "I am confident the Supreme Court will agree the President was within his legal authority to create a sensible process to prioritize the deportation of dangerous criminals and provide relief to the many families across the country and in my home state of California who are American in every way but on paper. These families have become integral members of our communities and should not have to live in constant fear." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1085631/chc-on-us-v-texas-oral-arguments (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of A.B. 4 "Prohibits Law Enforcement from Detaining Individuals Solely Based on Immigration Status" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46175#.VbFfBXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.B.1172 "Prohibits Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/41605 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Equality California http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71284/norma-torres/76#.VbFfZXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • 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." http://www.democraticleader.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/258055-Brief-Appx.pdf (www.democraticleader.gov)
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

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

  • "In Congress I will continue my fight for better jobs, to protect families from the fallout from the housing crisis, to improve local transportation infrastructure, protect Medicare and Social Security, and to help Ontario Airport regain its footing as a hub of regional economic activity." http://www.normatorres.com/ (www.normatorres.com)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71284/norma-torres/53 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Given the state of popular opinion and the impending retirement savings crisis facing this nation, we respectfully urge you to include proposals to expand Social Security benefits for million of Americans to your policy brief at the upcoming Conference." http://www.budget.senate.gov/democratic/public/_cache/files/52b0f60f-d996-47d3-89a4-f186bc32545c/ssletter-edited-7-12-15.pdf (www.budget.senate.gov)

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

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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