Representative Jackie Speier's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 14, Democratic
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Jackie Speier 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • "House Republicans seem willing to risk a government shutdown in order to shut down a woman's right to choose. This extremist legislation is yet another attempt to appease anti-choice activists who wish to turn back the clock on women's health and reproductive rights." (
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • "Congresswoman Speier believes that every woman in this country must have access to reproductive health care services and is committed to protecting the right to choose." (

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  • "This evening I voted to protect the middle class and prevent a tax increase for 98% of Americans. I am proud to vote for my constituents, many of whom told me how a tax increase would impact their lives." (
  • "Well, Mr. President, the American people did not spend the last 7 1/2 years deregulating Wall Street. You did. The American people didn't spend $12 billion a month on an unnecessary war. You did. The American people didn't come up with the idea to give tax breaks to oil companies. You did." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" (

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  • Signed a letter stating "We are working in good faith to meet our responsibilities and achieve the goals set out in last week's agreement to open the government and avoid default. All House Democrats and some Republicans voted for that agreement. By acting now to take the threat of another shutdown or default off the table you can provide certainty and economic relief that American families and privates businesses desperately need." (
  • "The American middle class and good American jobs were the losers in the passage of the misguided budget resolution. The big winners were oil companies who get $4 billion annually in taxpayer subsidies, corporations that get tax deductions for shipping jobs overseas and millionaires who get a $150,000 tax cut." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (

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  • "This evening I voted to protect the middle class and prevent a tax increase for 98% of Americans. I am proud to vote for my constituents, many of whom told me how a tax increase would impact their lives." (
  • "I support lower corporate tax rates if many of the tax loopholes in the current code are eliminated. I would be willing to support allowing the repatriation of profits from overseas subsidiaries at reduced rates if the money is reinvested in creating jobs rather than funding dividends." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3630 "Extends Payroll Tax Cut" (

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  • "Currently 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and a consortium of school districts from California received waivers from the U.S. Department of Education to be exempt from its overly rigorous and inflexible requirements. It is vital that Congress pass a new, bipartisan authorization as soon as possible." (
  • "No Child Left Behind must be reformed. It is a program that has been detrimental to our education system over the past seven years. The reliance on standardized testing has resulted in too many teachers simply teaching to the test. " (

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  • "So far, I have opposed the Keystone XL pipeline, a measure to defund executive action on immigration, the 54th attempt to attack the Affordable Care Act, and a delay in key provisions of Dodd-Frank." (
  • Voted against S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (

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  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing on behalf of the 80,000 Americans employed by the U.S. wind industry – representing jobs in all fifty states – to ask that you promptly extend the current law Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Wind now provides power to over 15 million American homes, as well as to many thousands of farms and businesses." (
  • "Congresswoman Speier has been a champion for protecting our environment and moving America toward a clean energy economy throughout her career in California and Washington. She continues to lead efforts to fight global warming, preserve clean air and water, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, create millions of jobs in clean energy manufacturing and innovation, and put public health above the interests of big polluters every step of the way in Congress." (

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  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" (
  • "California's investment in carbon reduction, renewable energy, and energy efficiency has proven that we do not have to choose between economic growth and environmental protection. We can and must do both." (
  • Signed a letter stating "Thank you for your leadership in responding to the serious challenge of climate change. We applaud and support your Climate Action Plan, the joint announcement with China establishing ambitious carbon pollution reduction targets, and the national commitment to the Green Climate Fund. These actions are critical to protect Americans from the most dangerous effects of climate change." (

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  • "I share President Obama's deep frustration with Congress's refusal to take actions against gun violence. His executive orders are good first steps to save some of the American children, families, and loved ones who are losing their lives every single day. These actions will help the police enforce our existing background check laws, and shrink the enormous loopholes that let dangerous people purchase guns without background checks." (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (
  • "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." (

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  • Voted in favor for H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (
  • "So the Affordable Health Care Act really is going to say: 'No longer are women second class citizens.' We are just as good as men. Thank you." (
  • "The Affordable Care Act established that being a woman is not a preexisting condition. We owe female servicemembers the same access to contraception and family planning services as the women they fight to protect." (

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  • "The President's Executive Action improves national security and safety as we focus resources on those undocumented immigrants who pose a legitimate threat to our communities, instead of families and children." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" (
  • "Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) stood in solidarity with a group of immigrants, labor leaders, religious leaders and others for the 'Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship' at the steps of the U.S. Capitol yesterday and has abstained from eating for a day to show support." (

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  • "This ruling is a victory for fundamental American values. It is a statement for fairness, an affirmation of our common humanity, and a vindication of equal rights under the law." (
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • "This is a time for celebration and it is also a time to remember the work ahead of us. We have come so far, but this is only the beginning of our work for LGBT rights. Marriage isn't the final goal – equality is the goal." (

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  • "Given the lack of a clear exit strategy and the fact that we have already spent $1 trillion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, continuing military operations in Libya is something our nation simply cannot afford." (
  • "It is time to stand firmly with the President and the Administration as they pursue a diplomatic end to a powderkeg situation. […] The diplomatic course, though neither simple nor quick, is the best path forward to achieving this goal." (

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  • Rated 100% by the Alliance for Retired Americans (
  • "We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (


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California State Legislative Election 2002 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) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as partial birth abortion.
h) Support amending the California Civil Code to state that human life begins at conception.
i) Other or expanded principles

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.

Maintain Funding Statusa) Education (Higher)
Maintain Funding Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusc) Environment
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Maintain Funding Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusg) Welfare
Slightly Decrease Fundingh) Other or expanded categories

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain StatusF) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusi) Property taxes
Maintain Statusj) Sales taxes
Slightly Increasek) Vehicle taxes
Slightly Increasel) Other or expanded categories

Bridge tolls should increase to pay for mass transit

Nom) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Yesn) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
Noo) Should California legalize gambling in specific cities in order to generate tax revenue?
p) Other or expanded principles

Retail sold over the Internet are already subject to California sales tax and should remain so.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and governmental reform.

Noa) Do you support the current two term, eight year limit for California governors?
Nob) Do you support the current two term, eight year limit for California state senators?
Noc) Do you support the current three term, six year limit for California assembly members?
Yesd) Do you support amending the term limit law to allow voters to place a current legislator on the ballot who would otherwise be ineligible to run for re-election?

e) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesf) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesg) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noh) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesi) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesj) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Nok) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in California are closed?
l) Do you support allowing voter registration on Election day?
Yesm) Should California recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Non) Should California restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?
Xo) Other or expanded principles

I support a 12 year term limit for all these offices and have consistentlysince 1980 on the San Mateo Board of Supervisors.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Increase state funds for the construction, renovation, and expansion of local jails and juvenile detention centers.
c) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xd) Support the use of the death penalty in California.
e) Support placing a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in California.
Xf) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xg) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xh) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
i) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xj) Support .08 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
k) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
Xl) Support funding for alternative sentencing programs for juvenile offenders.
Xm) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xn) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
o) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xp) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
Xq) Amend the "three-strikes" law so that it is applied only when the third offense is a serious or violent felony.
r) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xc) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xd) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
e) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
f) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Support public schools administering high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xj) Increase state funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xl) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Increase the length of the public school year to provide additional hours of classroom instruction.
Xo) Other or expanded principles

I strongly support education funding and will try to maintain funding despite the state budget deficit.

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.

Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xf) Include sexual orientation in California's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Create a state "living wage" standard.
Xh) Other or expanded principles

I have supported a minimum wage that is adequate to live on, and indexing the minimum wage.

Affirmative Action: Should the following state agencies take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?

Yesa) College and university admissions
Yesb) Public employment
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xc) Support a bond for clean air, parks, and water conservation programs.
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Nof) Should California purchase the utility lines of power companies?
Nog) Should California sell state bonds to create an emergency fund for the purchase of energy?
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state 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.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in California.
Xh) Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
Xi) Require labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered products.
j) Eliminate the requirement that health care facilities must provide non-emergency medical assistance to illegal immigrants.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

Xa) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xe) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
g) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
Xi) Support tax credits to developers for the construction of low income housing.
j) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, in a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

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