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Jimmy Gomez's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (CA) - District 34

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Issue Positions

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  • Signed Letter to Speaker Pelosi: "History tells us that whenever anti-abortion politicians are able to maliciously insert harmful restrictions on comprehensive reproductive health care like abortion care, they undermine access to essential care and stigmatize those in need of abortion services. We know that these restrictions disproportionately impact people with low incomes, Black, Latinx, Asian American and Pacific Islander and Native individuals, LGBTQ+ individuals, immigrants and individuals with disabilities and those living at the intersections of those identities. Nobody should be denied reproductive health care simply because of who they are, where they live, their economic status, or source of insurance." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Choice" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by FreedomWorks. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5377 "Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • ""Breaking down barriers to higher education extends far beyond making college affordable, especially for first-generation students and students of color," said Congressman Jimmy Gomez who introduced this bill in the House of Representatives earlier this year. "If we ignore the hunger crisis on campuses nationwide, we are setting this generation of students up for failure. The EATS Act is a necessary step to provide an equitable, healthy learning environment for all of our country's bright young minds."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Jimmy will protect Medicare and Social Security from GOP "restructuring" and oppose cuts to safety net programs like Meals on Wheels and heating assistance. He supports Windfall Elimination Provision reform and expanding Social Security to strengthen the program in the long term." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Common Cause. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Jimmy was the principal author of the California DISCLOSE Act, which proposed expanded campaign reform and disclosures in California. He will support the overturn of Citizen's United with the goal of public financing of elections." (votesmart.org)
  • "No one -- be it Republican politicians or the special interest groups who do their dirty work -- should be able to stand between our constituents and their fundamental right to participate in our democracy. That's why I'm proud to have voted to pass this legislation in our ongoing efforts to amplify the voices of all Americans, especially voters of color who have historically been disenfranchised and systematically turned away from polling places." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • ""The murder of George Floyd is just one of countless tragedies that underscore the urgent need to transform policing as we know it in our country," said Congressman Gomez. "While no piece of legislation will right the wrongs that Black and Brown Americans have been historically subjected to, the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 represents a strong federal effort to instill much-needed accountability and transparency in how our communities are policed. Together, we must continue in our shared fight against injustice and to move our country towards a future where liberty and justice for all is reality for all Americans."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Let’s pray for Jacob Blake to pull through and for his children. Enough is enough. Not only should an investigation happen, but the Senate should stop wasting time and pass the #GeorgeFloydJusticinPolicingAct to end qualified immunity as we know it, ban chokeholds & more." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to Speaker Pelosi: "We write to strongly urge you not to include funding for the Department of Defense in the American Jobs Plan. The plan is designed to create millions of good jobs, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, and make extraordinary investments in the shared prosperity and wellbeing of our communities. It makes poor economic and security sense to use this plan to funnel more money into the Pentagon, on top of the three quarters of a trillion dollars per year that it already receives." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "#COVID19 exposed how little we invest in #PublicHealth and supportive services. That needs to change. Today, my @USProgressives colleagues and I voted to cut the Pentagon’s budget by 10%. And while our #NDAA amendment didn’t pass, our fight to put #PeopleOverPentagon continues!" (twitter.com)
  • 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;" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • ""The INVEST in America Act demonstrates how serious my House Democrats colleagues and I are about transforming our nation's infrastructure and delivering on our promises," said Congressman Gomez. "My office was determined to secure the funds needed to help millions of Angelenos across our city, and I'm proud to announce we successfully helped secure nearly $20 million for our community through the projects in this legislation. These projects represent a wide variety of proposals centered on resilient infrastructure solutions that will strengthen our fight against the climate crisis, make our local economy work more efficiently, and, most importantly, improve the mobility, public health, and livability of all my constituents. This infrastructure package is a major investment in California's 34thCongressional District with the bold action needed to ensure a more sustainable, environmentally-just future for all our communities."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "The passage of the Republican tax plan proves that the GOP is only motivated by the demands of their donors and not their constituents. This deeply flawed plan only benefits the wealthy and corporations while unfairly raising taxes on the poor, the middle class, and seniors. The supposed budget hawks in the Republican party have suddenly gone quiet as they add $1.5 trillion to the debt just so they can crow about the need to cut Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other crucial programs next year. It is disgusting to see that any Member of this body would throw their constituents under the bus as they vote to devastate our economy and make working class families worse off." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by FreedomWorks. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The final Republican plan unveiled during a Friday evening news dump proves that the GOP will stop at nothing to give their billionaire donors a massive tax break on the backs of working families. Instead of choosing to work on real tax reform, Republicans chose to add $1.5 trillion to the debt so they can cut Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other crucial programs next year. Anyone voting for this bill is voting to hurt their constituents and devastate our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • This level of generosity wouldn’t be possible without @HouseDemocrats’ #CARESAct and our response to #COVID19. So many #SmallBusinesses and local organizations were able to keep their doors open with #PPP loans, including @stvmow who received $553K last year!" (twitter.com)
  • ""Enrollment in college should never be a barrier to accessing basic necessities like healthy meals, particularly in the midst of an unprecedented national health crisis," said Congressman Gomez. "Our country's students need all the help they can right now, and those who otherwise qualify for SNAP benefits shouldn't have to make the impossible decision between prioritizing their education and their health. Through the Emergency EATS Act, we can clear the way for college students to access SNAP and help them forge a future worthy of their highest aspirations."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Thank you @MayorOfLA— bold moves like this is what we need to fight #ClimateChange! Working together is the only way we are going hit our goal of 100% renewable energy for our future generations." (twitter.com)
  • Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "I am particularly pleased that several priorities I fought for on the Ways and Means Committee have made it into the final bill. These provisions will promote the development of new affordable housing, establish a paid family and medical leave program, extend the enhanced Child Tax Credit and restore eligibility for immigrant children, and accelerate the transition to renewable energy." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 97% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 97% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "More than 500,000 people in LA County live within a half mile of an oil or gas well. Thanks to the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, California is eligible for $61,495,000 in the first phase of federal funding to plug abandoned oil & gas wells and clean up toxic pollution." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "At the 2018 #MarchforOurLives in Los Angeles! It's not about one March or one protest...it's about being there day in and day out, fighting and being loud til what we want is accomplished. Real gun reform, we CAN get this done together!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "Jimmy will fight to protect the gains made by the ACA, make improvements to fix the imperfections in the law and move us toward a single-payer system with universal coverage." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am particularly pleased that several priorities I fought for on the Ways and Means Committee have made it into the final bill. These provisions will promote the development of new affordable housing, establish a paid family and medical leave program, extend the enhanced Child Tax Credit and restore eligibility for immigrant children, and accelerate the transition to renewable energy." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats are fighting to pass the #FamiliesFirst Coronavirus Response Act that includes: Free #Covid_19 testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured. Paid emergency leave, w/ both 14 days of paid sick leave & up to three months of paid family & medical leave" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "I voted against this spending bill because it forks over $1.5 billion to kickstart Donald Trump's border wall and mass deportation force while DREAMers and their families get nothing. Although there are provisions in the FY18 Omnibus Appropriations Act that I support, I cannot in good conscience leave 800,000 young immigrants behind." (votesmart.org)
  • Wrote an Op-Ed stating: "If Speaker Ryan does not call a vote on the DREAM Act (H.R. 3440) as a standalone bill, which would pass with bipartisan support, then he has two ways to approach the pending funding vote. First, he can choose to coalesce his Republican colleagues, including the extreme factions, and enact a hardline budget that drastically cuts funding for essential programs, all while attempting to increase funding for the unpopular border wall. With this, the Speaker would appease a small group of lawmakers at the expense -- literally -- of most Americans, which is a huge risk that would place Republicans in a difficult position heading into an election year." (votesmart.org)
  • "This #DACADay marks nine years since #DACA was created . It also means nine years in citizenship limbo for #DREAMers. To those in #CA34 and the thousands nationwide, we must and we will pass the #DreamAndPromiseAct into law." (twitter.com)
  • Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "I voted against this spending bill because it forks over $1.5 billion to kickstart Donald Trump's border wall and mass deportation force while DREAMers and their families get nothing. Although there are provisions in the FY18 Omnibus Appropriations Act that I support, I cannot in good conscience leave 800,000 young immigrants behind." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • 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." (votesmart.org)
  • "Creating a greater openness with Pyongyang and working to dismantle their nuclear weapons program is clearly a step in the right direction, but such diplomatic efforts will be in vain if the United States fails to address North Korea's appalling human rights record. As these talks continue to develop, it's imperative for the Trump administration to hold the North Korean regime accountable for its past atrocities and to ensure a swift end to their crimes against humanity." (votesmart.org)
  • ""Ill-informed and dangerous rhetoric only serves to limit our options and box us into a corner when strategic flexibility is needed most. The way to meet this challenge is through serious engagement with our allies and with China. It is my sincere hope that this administration will work with Congress to find a diplomatic solution." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 256 "To Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002" (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to President Trump: "The conflict in Syria is complicated, and the potential solutions are not perfect, but our only choice is to advance policies that can stop the growing threats to U.S. interests, Israel, and regional security and stability. This strategy requires American leadership. We thank you for your consideration of our views." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • 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” (votesmart.org)
  • "With war hawks like @AmbJohnBolton pulling @realDonaldTrump’s strings in the @WhiteHouse, I’m DEEPLY concerned we’re on our way to yet ANOTHER intractable and deadly conflict in the #MiddleEast." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)
  • 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." (votesmart.org)
  • "When I helped negotiate the #USMCA in Congress, I fought for progressive labor rules that protect and level the playing field for workers across North America. Glad to hear @AmbassadorTai affirm that our strong enforcement mechanisms will be used as much as needed." (twitter.com)
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.
Pro-choice Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Unknown Position In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
No Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Yes Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
No Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
No Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Do you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
No Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Yes Do you support same-sex marriage?
No Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
No Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?

SpendingIndicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.TaxesIndicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
a) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Small business taxes
d) Excise taxes (alcohol)
e) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
f) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
g) Income taxes (low-income families)
h) Income taxes (middle-income families)
i) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Inheritance taxes
k) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

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