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Ami Bera's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Issue Positions

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  • "As a physician, Bera understands that a woman's decisions about her health care should be between her and her doctor and that it is wrong for politicians to threaten women's healthcare to score political points." (
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (
  • "That's why I was proud to vote today for the Women’s Health Protection Act to codify the constitutional protections under Roe v. Wade and to ensure politicians never get in between a woman and her health care provider regarding her own personal health decisions. #WHPA" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (
  • Rated 100% by the Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "Dr. Bera has treated hundreds of patients who depend on Medicare and Medicaid and knows that these two programs save lives. He's stood up to those who want to privatize Medicare and is working across party lines to reduce waste, abuse, and fraud in Medicare to strengthen and protect it for future generations." (
  • Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (
  • Rated 93% by Common Cause. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • "I was proud to vote for #HR1, the For the People Act. This one-in-a-generation legislative package ends the dominance of big money in politics and ensures clean and fair elections. #ForThePeople" (
  • "I'm proud to be endorsed by End Citizens United, and will continue to fight for true campaign finance reform that gets the dark money out of Washington, and puts the will of the people first!" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • "Americans across the country are crying out for real change. It's past time for the Senate to pass the George Floyd #JusticeInPolicingAct." (
  • "Like Americans across the country, I was horrified by the murder of George Floyd. His death -- and the deaths of others at the hands of police brutality - should never have happened," said Rep. Bera. "Thousands of Americans of different ages and races have marched across the country and in our hometown of Sacramento to demand justice for Mr. Floyd's death and for structural change to a criminal justice system that disproportionately impacts Black Americans. We have a long way to go to reach full justice and racial equality, but today's vote is an important first step." (
  • "We need to work together to give our military and intelligence agencies the tools they need to keep us safe, and also protect and defend the ideals that define us as the world's greatest democracy." (
  • "I proudly voted last night for the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which will provide a much-needed pay raise for our brave men and women in uniform while supporting a strong and smart national security policy. #NDAA" (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;" (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • "Congressman Bera believes the United States should continue to invest in future infrastructure, and that means funding Sacramento's long term success." (
  • "The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will make a once-in-a-generation investment that will upgrade our nation’s aging roads, bridges, and highways. I am proud to help deliver this historic victory for #CA07 residents and small businesses." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • "I was proud to cosponsor and vote today for the bipartisan #PPP Flexibility Act, which makes important changes to this program to make it more accessible and useful to #CA07 small businesses, the backbone of our economy. I urge the Senate to immediately take up this bill." (
  • "End bailouts, golden parachutes, and outrageous CEO bonuses. Oversized financial institutions and their executives have been rewarded for recklessness for too long. Taxpayers must never again be responsible to bailout massively consolidated--"too big to fail"--banks, while CEOs get away scot-free with Golden Parachutes and million-dollar bonuses." (
  • "I have heard from countless #CA07 small business owners in desperate need of help. The #PaycheckProtectionProgram has provided vital relief to our small businesses impacted by #COVID19, but some requirements under #PPP are hard for our businesses to meet." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Inflation Reduction Act of 2022" (
  • "As we emerge on the other side of this pandemic, we must take bold action to ease the global supply chain issues and global inflation that are causing rising costs on hard working American families. As a senior member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I am proud that the America COMPETES Act strengthens American manufacturing and innovation here at home that will help grow our economy, cut costs for Americans, and fight inflationary pressures both in the near and long term." (
  • "Every day, working families in Sacramento County are feeling the burden of rising prices at the grocery store and at the gas pump. As lawmakers, we must get beyond partisan talking points and start delivering real solutions to bring down the cost of these essential items," said Representative Bera. "Today's vote is an important step in addressing rising inflation that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and strained supply chains. This bipartisan legislation will lower the impact of growing fertilizer costs that are driving up food prices and will reduce prices at the pump by expanding access to cheaper unleaded gas. I will continue to stay laser-focused on tackling inflation and bringing down rising food and fuel costs that are straining the pocketbooks of Sacramento families and small businesses." (
  • "July was another strong month for the American economy. 528,00 new jobs were added, gas prices dropped, and inflation slowed. We must continue to bring down costs for American families by passing the #InflationReductionAct." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 2547 "Comprehensive Debt Collection Improvement Act" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5746 "Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • "During @SecGranholm's visit to #CA07, we discussed how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and #BuildBackBetter Act will help build the grid of the future, deploy more clean energy to communities across the country, and create millions of good-paying jobs." (
  • Rated 94% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • "That is why Dr. Bera supports strategic policies and investments to promote this crucial transition from a carbon-based and energy dependent economy to one that is clean, self-sufficient, and can generate millions of good-paying jobs across every skill and education level." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 2467 "PFAS Action Act of 2021." (
  • "Putting America first means continuing our role as a global leader in reducing carbon emissions. Our work over the last decade to reduce carbon emissions put America first -- and this irresponsible executive order throws into uncertainty how we prepare for and tackle the very real consequences of climate change." (
  • "The transition from a carbon-based to a clean energy future will not happen overnight, and so we must continue to explore the smartest and safest measures to maximize domestic oil and natural gas production." (
  • "With this in mind, we urge you to retain the offshore oil and gas related provisions in the Build Back Better Act, including the provision that invests in the long-term protection of coastal communities by ending new federal oil and gas leasing off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, and in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. These provisions reduce the financial risks that existing policies create for the federal government while raising significant revenues and protecting taxpayers. It is time to enact a budget that ends new federal leasing for offshore oil and gas drilling and prevents the next oil spill. Oil spills shut down the very activity that drives coastal economies. As we are seeing in California right now, toxic oil is covering marine wildlife, causing beaches to close, and shutting down recreation areas that support local businesses and industries. We cannot afford to keep investing our nation's budget in harmful leasing at a time when we should be investing in coastal communities, which requires preventing new offshore leasing. To avoid the next drilling disaster and protect future generations we must permanently protect our coasts from new offshore drilling. Thousands of jobs in industries like tourism, recreation, and fishing rely on the decisions we make in the coming weeks and months." (
  • Voted in favor of S 2938 "Bipartisan Safer Communities Act" (
  • " 'I've been a strong supporter of preventing suspects on the FBI's terror watch list from buying guns, and I've co-sponsored legislation in Congress to do just that,' said Representative Ami Bera. 'I'm proud to co-sponsor the bipartisan bill to close the "no fly, no buy' loophole, and it's a common-sense step forward in keeping our families safe that is long overdue.' " (
  • "Like many Americans, Dr. Bera is extremely alarmed by the rise in gun violence in our country. That is why in Congress he has been a strong proponent for commonsense gun laws and responsible gun ownership. This means conducting background checks on all gun purchases to ensure those with a history of domestic violence or mental illness are unable to purchase a gun, closing the gun show loophole that lets anyone purchase a gun, eliminating bump stocks which have been used in countless mass-shootings, and finally allowing the Center for Disease Control to perform basic research that can provide crucial data for preventing future gun violence." (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act" (
  • "The best way to celebrate #LaborDay is to push solutions that help workers get higher wages: rebuild our infrastructure, invest in education, and paid family leave. The last thing workers need are huge tax giveaways to billionaires and special interests at their expense." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" (
  • "As a doctor, I know firsthand that far too many Americans are burdened with skyrocketing prescription drugs costs," said Representative Bera, who served as Chief Medical Officer for Sacramento County. "In fact, Americans pay ten times more for insulin compared to our peer nations, forcing families to choose between paying for lifesaving medication and making a car payment, not saving for their children's college education, or worse. The Affordable Insulin Now Act is long overdue action that ensures affordable access to insulin for more than 37 million Americans who have diabetes, including over 7 million Americans who rely on insulin to maintain their health. I will always fight to lower prescription drugs costs for Sacramento County families." (
  • "As a doctor, I know far too many Americans are burdened with skyrocketing insulin costs. That's why I voted today to cap out-of-pocket costs for insulin at $35 per month. No family should have to choose between paying rent and lifesaving medication." (
  • "As a doctor, I’ve cared for patients who have struggled to pay for the high costs of prescription drugs. Today’s vote is an important step towards #LowerDrugCosts for Americans across the country. No one should have to forgo medication because they can’t afford it. #HR3" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6833 "The Affordable Insulin Now Act" (
  • "As the son of parents who immigrated to America in the 1950s, Rep. Bera grew up knowing the value of hard work and that America was a land of opportunity." (
  • "This decision by the Trump administration goes against our American values, plain and simple. Children brought to the United States -- through no fault of their own -- deserve our compassion. These children have passed background checks and are already contributing to our economy as productive residents. Detaining and deporting children is not only morally wrong, it doesn't make economic sense. I urge the administration to reverse this decision immediately." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1333 "NO BAN Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1333 "NO BAN Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4695 "Protect Against Conflict by Turkey (PACT) Act" (
  • "The Burmese people have made their wishes clear through the November elections, and now through peaceful protest. With today’s sanctions, the U.S. once again reaffirms its commitment to the people of #Burma in their pursuit of democracy." (
  • "Today, I joined colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass the Suspending Energy Imports from Russia Act to impose severe consequences on Russia for its unprovoked and deadly invasion, including the banning of Russian oil and energy imports to the United States. The strong action taken by Congress today adds to the already significant economic sanctions levied by the Biden Administration and our global allies and partners. As we continue to hold Russia accountable for this horrific invasion, we must do everything we can to limit the costs that Putin's war will have on American consumers, including blunting high gas prices at the pump." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6968 "Suspending Energy Imports from Russia Act" (
  • Voted in favor of S 3522 "Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022" (
  • "Today, I met virtually with Ukrainian President @ZelenskyyUa to discuss Russia’s unprovoked and deadly invasion of #Ukraine. The U.S. must continue to support the people of Ukraine with military assistance and humanitarian aid. #StandWithUkraine" (
  • "While diplomatic efforts persist, we urge our governments to immediately provide Ukraine with the lethal and non-lethal military assets required to defend itself. We further urge our governments to prepare a set of coordinated and harsh economic sanctions ready to be implemented should the Kremlin undertake any further incursion into the sovereign territory of Ukraine." (
  • Signed Letter to Speaker Pelosi: "The SALT cap is terrible tax policy: it upends a long tradition of fiscal federalism; it erodes incentives for home ownership and charitable contributions; it seeks to punish and defund state and local governments that pursue progressive policies, and it imposes a significant marriage penalty. Furthermore, the impact of this tax hike has not been random. It was deliberately aimed at districts like ours, where voters have chosen to fund with their taxes better schools, health care, transit, parks, and social services. Many of us earned the trust of voters last year because we promised to do everything in our power to restore the SALT deduction. The Democratic House majority would be far smaller and possibly non-existent if not for the promise we made. It is time to keep that promise. H.R. 5377 offers a balanced, fiscally responsible way to do so." (
  • "Middle class families deserve tax reform that helps them get ahead. This bill would eliminate critical deductions that help Americans save for the future, saddle the next generation with mountains of debt, and make it harder for families to recover when unexpected tragedy hits. That's not good policy. Sacramento County families pay their fair share of taxes and are counting on us to put politics aside and work in their best interests - this bill falls short. Californians deserve better from Washington." (
  • Rated 0% by FreedomWorks. (
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (
  • "Thank you to Sutter Home and the Sacramento County Farm Bureau for a tour of your vineyards today! It was great to discuss tariffs and trade. Too many California farmers are being hurt by President Trump's misguided trade policies." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "American auto workers, parts suppliers and retailers, dealers, vehicle service providers, and millions of consumers depend on a healthy and competitive U.S. auto industry. As you know, this vital sector employs nearly four percent of our total private sector workforce and is a key engine that powers our economy. However, if tariffs were to be implemented, new vehicle prices will likely increase, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs." (
  • "The revised version of #USMCA is a win for the U.S. economy and American families, and will bring important jobs to California. I'm glad to see this agreement includes strong protections for American workers, enforcement mechanisms, and key environmental protections." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (

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