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Ruben Gallego's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (AZ) - District 3


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Issue Positions

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  • "Brett Kavanaugh poses a great threat to women's health care and reproductive rights. If he is confirmed and #RoevWade is gutted, I will support legislation that will protect access to abortion across the country. #CommitToRoe." (
  • Endorsed and rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (
  • "In recent years, we've also seen a disturbing trend of politicians trying to dictate how health care should be administered to women. In Congress, I will be a fierce advocate for choice, just as I have been in Arizona." (
  • "Trump can cast the blame wherever he wants, but at the end of the day someone has to pay for his tax cuts for billionaires. He’s going to do exactly what McConnell and Ryan have always wanted – cut Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security." (
  • "Instead of leveling the playing field and investing in opportunities for all, the Trump GOP has clearly demonstrated that its primary goal is to reinforce the power and increase the wealth of the party's richest donors." (
  • Rated 95% by Americans for Democratic Action. (
  • "Hey @SpeakerRyan , you just added $1.5 trillion to that clock of yours just to give rich people a giant tax cut they don’t need." (
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "I would also fight any attempt to reduce the funding and effectiveness of Medicare or Medicaid." (
  • "Privatizing Social Security would endanger America's seniors by exposing them to risks that were not part of the deal. Privatizing Social Security would be just plain wrong, and I would forcefully oppose any efforts to do so." (
  • "Glad to share how I'm fighting to defend the ACA, Medicare & Social Security with an energized crowd in Maryvale." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - For the People Act of 2019. (
  • "Although the Supreme Court has ruled against limiting political spending, we can still dilute big money's influence by setting up a small-donor fundraising system to compete with today's big-money politics. That's the idea behind H.R. 20, the Government By the People Act." (
  • "For too long, big money special interests and dark money groups have undercut our democracy at the expense of everyone else. They've made it almost impossible to pass common-sense legislation that is supported by the American people, including gun violence reform, immigration reform, and action on climate change." (
  • "10 yrs later, #CitizensUnited continues to uplift dark money special interests & drown out voices of hard working Americans. @HouseDemocrats won't stop working until we’ve enacted campaign finance reform & ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in our democracy." (
  • ""Since 2005, only a few dozen police officers have been convicted of a crime after a police shooting while approximately 900 to 1,000 people are shot and killed by police every year, making it one of the leading causes of deaths among young black men. Congress must pass legislation requiring that all criminal cases involving police misconduct and officer-involved shootings are investigated and litigated by independent prosecutors." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (
  • "The #NDAA helps improve military readiness, modernize our forces, preserve national security & provide resources, equipment & training our military needs to complete their missions. I’m proud to have helped draft it & will work to ensure it becomes law." (
  • Rated 77% by Council for a Livable World. (
  • "I look forward to working with my House and Senate colleagues on the FY2020 #NDAA conference committee to provide our military with the resources they need to keep our nation safe." (
  • "Proud to have worked to make sure that Arizona’s military priorities are recognized and preserved in the #NDAA. A-10 Warthogs at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and F-35s at Luke Air Force Base and Yuma Marine Corps Air Station are fully funded under this bill." (
  • ""The A-10 Warthog is the infantryman's best friend in a firefight," said Rep. Gallego. "It's tireless work over decades to provide close air support to our troops in combat is unparalleled. That is why it is critical that it remains in our arsenal, why I have led the charge to keep it flying for many more years, and why I am proud to join Ms. Kirkpatrick and other Members of Congress in consponsoring this legislation." (
  • "Did you know that over 1/3 of Americans living on Tribal lands lack access to broadband, compared to 8% of all Americans? I introduced the Bridging the Tribal Digital Divide Act, which encourages aggressive broadband deployment across Indian Country, to end this disparity." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "As the House and Senate work to finalize a long term surface transportation conference report, we urge you to support the higher funding levels needed to strengthen our surface transportation infrastructure and improve our competitiveness." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (
  • "We held hearings on education and infrastructure in Indian Country to promote economic development, uncover the unmet needs and abuses that currently exist, and to hold administration officials accountable to our promises to tribes." (
  • "Trump can cast the blame wherever he wants, but at the end of the day someone has to pay for his tax cuts for billionaires. He’s going to do exactly what McConnell and Ryan have always wanted – cut Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security." (
  • "Instead of leveling the playing field and investing in opportunities for all, the Trump GOP has clearly demonstrated that its primary goal is to reinforce the power and increase the wealth of the party's richest donors." (
  • "Instead of spending $1.5 trillion on corporate tax relief, Republicans could have invested that money in our students." (
  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise to discuss the bill that we are voting on today, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (``CARES Act''). This bill is incredibly important to all of our citizens and communities. Our country is going through a war with this new virus, and we need to get every resource possible out into our communities to help fight this pandemic. We also need to protect our workers and keep them paid so they can purchase the food and supplies they need to get their families through this crisis safely." (
  • "Today, Arizona teachers and I are wearing #RedforEd to stand up for public education funding. Together with teachers across the country, we will continue to fight to ensure that every child receives a quality education." (
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (
  • "Arizona families know that students deserve significant and sustained investment in their future, not education privatization schemes." (
  • "Expanding our use of renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions are critical." (
  • "With technology for cleaner, safer & more economical fuels available, there's no reason not to continue our progress & commitment to renewable fuels. The Trump admin’s decision to abandon RFS goals set back our progress by 5 yrs. We urge the EPA to reverse this harmful decision." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (
  • "I will also support expanded investments in clean and renewable technology, such as solar and wind power." (
  • Rated 97% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • "Expanding our use of renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions are critical." (
  • "In the House, I will support cap and trade legislation as well as a carbon tax to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." (
  • "The agreement reached during the Paris Climate Summit is an important first step to addressing a worsening climate crisis. The historic plan will reduce carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels in favor of cleaner, more sustainable energy sources." (
  • Endorsed and rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (
  • "Americans can agree on fundamentals; support for background checks and clamping down on gun purchases from those who are mentally ill or on a terrorism watch-list." (
  • "Yet we know smart gun laws work. We know background checks keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, criminals, and the mentally ill. We know banning assault rifles and high-capacity magazines protects police officers and the communities they serve." (
  • "GOP #ACA repeal will take us back to days when insurance companies discriminated against those with pre-ex conditions." (
  • "There is no doubt that the Affordable Care Act is working." (
  • "If GOP repeals the #ACA, ~ 2.7 mil Arizonans w private coverage & 1.1 mil seniors on Medicare would lose access to free preventative care." (
  • "Our first responsibility is to protect the health, lives, safety and economic security of the American people. Tonight I voted for #HR6201, the #FamilesFirst Act, to do just that." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "Last year, I introduced an amendment that would have prevented Trump from irresponsibly siphoning our defense funds to pay for a useless wall that will do nothing to keep our nation safe. I plan to reintroduce that amendment this spring when the House Armed Services Committee marks up this year's defense spending bill." (
  • "At some point, President Trump is going to realize that Mexico isn't budging in their refusal to entertain his absurd idea to have them pay for a border wall that won't work and isn't needed," Rep Gallego said." (
  • "Trump is jeopardizing our military readiness & national security by stealing money from our troops for a useless border wall that Congress resoundingly denied." (
  • "The positive impact of the DACA program has been well-documented, and President Obama's plan to expand DACA and implement a similar program for the parents of U.S. citizen children (DAPA) would have opened up those benefits to more people in our communities. I remain committed to fighting for that program, as well as permanent solutions to fix our broken immigration system." (
  • "I have the utmost admiration and respect for Dreamers who have taken a stand and fought for the right to continue to live and work in the country they call home." (
  • "Rescinding DACA is against American values. We're all Dreamers today. La lucha sigue. #DefendDACA." (
  • "Though imperfect, the Iran deal is an important tool that until now has taken the Iranian nuclear threat off the table. All evidence points to the fact that Iran has so far complied with the agreement. Just last week, the Secretary of Defense told me that he believes Iran is in compliance, in an open hearing. None of the other signatories to the Deal -- including our closest allies -- believe Iran to have violated its terms. President Trump stands alone in this misinformed belief." (
  • "President Trump's warning that North Korean threats will be answered by "fire and fury' is as irresponsible as it is alarming. Instead of threats and over-the-top rhetoric, we must aggressively pursue a smart long-term, comprehensive strategy to address the growing threats posed by the regime. Among the steps that we should immediately consider are further economic sanctions aimed at those countries that continue to trade with North Korea. This critical moment demands sound judgement, not the usual bluster from the Trump Administration." (
  • Rated 77% by Council for a Livable World. (
  • "Nothing in the intelligence we received today indicates that the Administration would be justified in starting a war with Iran. Force is not our only option. Escalation in this scenario would be a grave mistake." (
  • "November 2017: The Pentagon responds to Reps. Gallego and Lieu advising that a ground invasion would be necessary to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons and that the United States and its allies could expect hundreds of thousands of military and civilian casualties in a war with North Korea. December 2017: Rep. Gallego and Rep. Lieu co-author an op-ed detailing the catastrophic human costs of war with North Korea, highlighting the incompetence and callousness of Trump's position and the likely deaths of tens of thousands of soldiers and millions of civilians." (
  • "It’s been 17 years since the invasion of Afghanistan, and it’s clear that continuing on the current course is not in our national interest. American troops should come home." (
  • "As someone who served in Iraq, I want to see Iraq succeed but I also don't want to see ourselves sucked in to another mess in Iraq where we have to go and clean up again and again." (
  • "I am pleased to see that the President's proposed AUMF includes a sunset provision and repeals 2002 authorization. Congress should carefully review the provisions regarding the use of ground troops. I believe the United States should support our allies in the region, but limit the scope of our involvement on the ground." (
  • "We need to know more about President Trump's rash and dangerous decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria and abandon our Kurdish allies." (
  • "2 million + petitions to #StopFastTrack #TPP. I oppose trade deals that stack the deck against American workers #AZ07." (
  • "It doesn't make sense for us to adopt trade agreements that stack the deck against American workers and empower foreign firms that don't play by our same rules." (
  • Rated 100% by Public Citizen. (
  • "I stand with American workers and against #TPA. We need to fight back against trade agreements that jeopardize American jobs." (

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