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Eric Swalwell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (CA) - District 14


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  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act." (
  • "Abortion Justice is about more than keeping abortion legal. It’s about access, freedom, equality, and justice. Today’s #RallyForAbortionJustice is to demand the future we know is possible: compassionate and affordable abortion care in our communities." (
  • "I cosponsored the Women's Health Protection Act, to invalidate any state laws singling out abortion providers for requirements and restrictions that are medically unnecessary, don't promote women's health or safety, and limit access to abortion services." (
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "The irresponsible tax cuts you are pursuing will explode the federal deficit, violating the principle, enshrined in the 2010 Statutory PAYGO law, that tax cuts should be paid for. Under that law, your unpaid-for tax cuts, if enacted, will trigger automatic, across-the board cuts to Medicare, the farm safety net, and other programs. Given the lack of bipartisanship to date in your effort to provide massive tax cuts to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class while adding $1.5 trillion to the deficit, it will be your responsibility to deal with these consequences." (
  • "Americans want to talk about and we`ll go to the polls on, their health care costs are going to go up as open enrollment starts this fall, that wages are in decline and that only the wealthiest have benefitted from his tax cuts." (
  • Rated 4% by National Taxpayers Union. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "Any proposal that slashes half a trillion dollars from Medicare, cuts $900 billion from Medicaid, cuts $200 billion from SNAP, and eliminates the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is not a proposal that thinks about working families. Period. #TrumpBudget" (
  • "I am committed to protecting our seniors and preserving the programs that have kept so many healthy and out of poverty. I am opposed to any plan that dismantles Medicare and the guarantee of health insurance for our seniors. I am also opposed to any effort to privatize Social Security or reduce benefits for current retirees. I strongly oppose using the Chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) to calculate cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for Social Security Benefits. While the budgetary challenges we face are serious, we should not be balancing the budget on the backs of seniors." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (
  • Rated 100% by Common Cause. (
  • "I'm an original cosponsor of H.J. Res. 31, proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would overturn Citizens United and allow limits on corporate political spending to get big money out of politics." (
  • "I oppose the flawed Citizens United ruling because it gives an unfair financial advantage to large corporations during our elections. I am devoted to working towards an election system that is open and fair for all Americans." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • "The need for congressional action to reform policing in America was overdue long before the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, or Tamir Rice. It was overdue before Sandra Bland, Amadou Diallo, or Rodney King. That’s why I am a proud cosponsor of the #JusticeInPolicingAct" (
  • "George Floyd should still be alive. Today, as we honor his life and reflect on the last year, I am thinking of his family and loved ones. We still have so much work to do, including passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in the Senate. #BlackLivesMatter" (
  • "I'm an original co-sponsor of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, and as a Judiciary Committee member and co-chair of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, I'll do all I can to make it law. That starts with this Wednesday's Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on policing practices and law enforcement accountability." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • "-Cut defense spending from its current unsustainable path -Invest in programs that save us money in the future -Invest in AI that helps us find fraud and waste in govt spending (Medicare)" (
  • "He plans to vastly expand defense spending, with a disturbing focus on expanding our already robust nuclear arsenal, while failing to explain how he'll cut domestic spending without ravaging American lives." (
  • "We are spending more than the next 7 largest countries' militaries combined. We have no major combat operations yet we've had major increases in military spending." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • "And Ana, infrastructure there is that opportunity. You know, just last week, Speaker Pelosi, she met with the president and infrastructure and you know, whether it's greening the grid, repairing bridges and roads that need it, that is a priority and I understand there's going to be another meeting probably this week." (
  • ""The Valley Link project will fundamentally change the way we travel in the East Bay by reducing traffic congestion -- particularly on Interstate 580 -- and connecting our communities," said Swalwell. "Connecting BART to ACE has been among my top priorities since I came to Congress eight years ago, and I am pleased to finally see it included among our national transportation priorities. I'm looking forward to the spending bill's swift passage so we can deliver on this transformative project."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • "Tens of thousands of 15th District homeowners potentially face tax increases come April 2019. These middle-class homeowners will be stuck paying for the huge tax windfalls Trump gave to the super rich and big corporations. This is one of the many reasons I voted against this terrible scam. It's already too expensive to live in the Bay Area for most aspiring homeowners; the Trump tax plan has put home ownership further out of reach." (
  • "But those who did see an increase, really saw an increase. That’s the problem. People are working harder, but only those on the top floor of their buildings are doing better. The tax cut should have tied lower corporate rates to profit sharing." (
  • Rated 4% by National Taxpayers Union. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act." (
  • "Today the House passed the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, which will give small businesses more leeway to use these forgivable loans through the end of the year by extending the eight-week covered period to 24 weeks, easing the percentage they're required to spend on payroll costs from 75% to 60%, and providing a safe harbor for businesses that can't immediately re-hire their laid-off workers. After hearing from small business owners across the East Bay, I am proud to cosponsor this crucial piece of legislation and look forward to its swift passage in the Senate." (
  • "Today, my colleagues and I sent a letter to House leadership urging them to extend SBA programs and resources created to help address the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic to legal cannabis businesses and their employees. This public health crisis demands the full participation of the American people, businesses, and workforce--including the cannabis industry. These small businesses are major contributors to our state's economic growth, in addition to employing thousands of workers." (
  • "As we continue to assess further stimulus packages and aid, we must ensure that all businesses have access to the resources they need and that we are providing the appropriate support to every American that needs it." (
  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association. (
  • "Your ZIP code and paycheck shouldn't determine the quality of your public school. In a changing economy, schools must adapt and prepare students for a changing workforce. That includes providing access to college courses in high school and offering specialized training programs that help students make confident decisions about whether to seek a college degree." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • "And Ana, infrastructure there is that opportunity. You know, just last week, Speaker Pelosi, she met with the president and infrastructure and you know, whether it's greening the grid, repairing bridges and roads that need it, that is a priority and I understand there's going to be another meeting probably this week." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "EERE plays a key role in advancing America's "all of the above" energy strategy, leading a large network of researchers and other partners to deliver innovative technologies that will help make renewable electricity generation more cost-competitive with traditional sources of energy and create jobs right here in the United States." (
  • ""To compete on the global stage with countries like China, we need to ensure a reliable and stable supply of solar panels by supporting domestic solar manufacturing at every stage of the supply chain," said Swalwell. "I'm proud to help introduce this legislation, which is one of our best opportunities to create good-paying jobs, improve our infrastructure, and tackle climate change."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 2467 "PFAS Action Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 100% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • Signed Letter to Speaker Pelosi: "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." (
  • "We now have enforceable national standards to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas sector. This will help prevent and mitigate dangerous industrial leaks, reduce waste and protect public health. Having proven, low-cost safeguards in place is an important step toward cleaner skies and curbing climate change." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • "Keep your pistols, keep your rifles, keep your shotguns, but we can take the most dangerous weapons from the most dangerous people. We have the NRA on the ropes, because of the moms, because of the Brady Group, because of Giffords, because of March for our Lives. But I'm the only candidate on this stage calling for a ban and buyback of every single assault weapon in America. I have seen the plans of the other candidates here. They would all leave 15 million assault weapons in our communities. They wouldn't do a single thing to save a single life in Parkland. I will approach this issue as a prosecutor. I'll approach it as the only person on this stage who has voted and passed background checks. But also as a parent, of a generation who sends our children to school where we look at what they're wearing so we can remember it in case we have to identify them later. A generation who has seen thousands of black children killed in our streets. And a generation who goes to the theater and we actually look where the fire exits are. We don't have to live this way. We must must be a country who loves our children more than we love our guns." (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (
  • "We know part of the answer for ending mass shootings is to make it much less likely people can obtain and use assault weapons. My Freedom from Assault Weapons Act would do that. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this bill, to continuing to stand up to the NRA, and to speaking for those who value a person's right to live over all." (
  • "All Americans should have the right to quality health care. I am committed to defending and extending the gains in coverage made under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid, and protections for people with pre-existing conditions." (
  • "Your health, your life must not be a commodity; everyone must have access to quality, affordable healthcare, including preventative services, regardless of economic background or medical history. No American should ever go broke paying for treatment. We must stop undermining the Affordable Care Act, and instead work together to expand and improve it. Eventually, we should have a Medicare For All universal healthcare system." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Act." (
  • "That's why Congress secured emergency paid sick leave for as many as 87 million workers through the CARES Act. Workers can stay home if they're sick or need to care for a family member without worrying about missing out on critical wages. This is a critical step toward protecting Americans--financial security and mitigating the spread of the coronavirus." (
  • "Workers across the country desperately need access to paid sick leave so they aren't forced to choose between a paycheck and their own health." (
  • "Comprehensive reform also must include improvements to secure our borders and remove from this country undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes after they serve their sentences." (
  • "I'm a cosponsor of H.R. 837, the Build Bridges Not Walls Act, which would prohibit the implementation of President Trump's executive order to build a wall all along the U.S.-Mexico border." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (
  • "My congressional district is one of the most diverse in America, and we see the benefits when people contribute and they become a part of the community and they're not in the shadow economy. Day one for me, families are reunited. This president, though, for immigrants, there's nothing he will not do to separate a family, cage a child, or erase their existence by weaponizing the census. And there is nothing that we cannot do in the courts and that I will not do as president to reverse that and to make sure that families always belong together." (
  • "My issue is, first, this does nothing to reunite the families who have already been separated, 2,000-plus kids who right now have no pathway back to finding their families. This does -- this cuts in a third the pathway for dreamers who have been in this country. This gets rid of family reunification and would actually punish three million families who have already been approved to go through that process. And it would eliminate their path to the United States. And so I have a lot of issues with it." (
  • Signed Letter to President Trump: "We respectfully request that you continue Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and engage in a vigorous legal defense of DACA in light of the renewed threat of litigation. Along with continuing to accept requests for DACA, we ask that you direct your administration to: (a) oppose any efforts to challenge DACA in the ongoing Texas v. United States litigation;' (b) ask the court to dismiss the complaint in United States v. Texas; and (c) refuse any settlement that would end DACA." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Absent credible and accurate information confirming a material breach, we are concerned that withholding certification of Iran's compliance or walking away from the JCPOA would harm our alliances, embolden Iran, and threaten U.S. national security. We are further concerned that non-certification based on justificiations beyond the scope of the nuclear agreement would threaten global non-proliferation efforts and send exactly the wrong message to North Korea at the moment we are trying to diplomatically defuse that crisis." (
  • "But we must do all we can to prevent Syria from using chemical weapons and prevent an unhinged president or a hinged president from taking us to war in the Middle East without a plan. We`ve seen what that has done before." (
  • "I support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on nuclear arms reached in 2015 by Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. I opposed President Trump's decision to withdraw us from that agreement; we must play a leadership role in dismantling Iran's nuclear capabilities, or, when a violation occurs, be able to take action against Iran with international cooperation." (
  • "We cannot trust a lawless president to provoke war with Iran without justification. Congress should be briefed immediately. And no military action should be taken without Congressional authorization." (
  • Voted in favor of S J Res 68 "A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress" (
  • Voted in favor of H J Res 37 - Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. (
  • "We cannot allow #Syria’s use of chemical weapons. We also cannot allow an unhinged (or hinged) President to unilaterally take America to war. We can stop both. Go to Congress, @realDonaldTrump. Tell us length of time, # of troops, and terrain covered. Americans deserve a voice." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "For these, and other reasons, we are requesting that all medical technology products be removed from the Section 301 tariff list. Not doing so would not only hurt U.S. manufacturing as the majority of imports from China are inputs to manufacture finished medical technology products right here in America, but also impacts their ability to compete globally, and potentially increase healthcare costs, which would limit patient access to life-saving technology. It could also invite retaliation from the Chinese Government through tariffs on U.S. medical technology products, or through non-tariff barriers such as new regulatory and payment hurdles that could delay or prevent timely market access. These actions would only benefit China's domestic manufacturers at the expense of U.S. manufacturers." (
  • Rated 100% by Public Citizen. (
  • "Here's the thing about @realDonaldTrump's #tariffs, they don't hurt him. His family Still benefits. It hurts you. We should do all we can to punish China for cheating. He's just the wrong person to do it. And this is the wrong way." (

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