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Brad Sherman's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (CA) - District 32


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Issue Positions

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  • ""We must ensure that women have full access to all reproductive health services," said Sherman. "The Supreme Court's failure to stop Texas's abortion ban is an egregious affront to women's rights, health, and reproductive freedoms. We have an obligation to guarantee that all women, regardless of which state they live in, have access to their constitutional reproductive rights. My legislation is an important step in combatting the new challenges we face."" (
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Many people are fearful about how your presidency will affect women and girls. You have promised to nominate Supreme Court Justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade. You have also nominated officials with unabashedly anti-woman records to serve in cabinet posts with power to affect women's health and day-to-day lives. Because of their fears about what lies ahead, women are already taking action to protect themselves against possible negative outcomes, such as by rushing to their doctors to obtain long-acting birth control before your inauguration." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (
  • Signed Letter to Chairman Brady: "As members of the California Congressional Delegation, we write to express our deepest concerns about any proposed changes to the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, as indicated in the "Big Six" framework. The SALT deduction allows taxpayers to deduct state and local taxes from their federal taxable income, and was written into the federal tax code since the inception of the income tax in 1913. It has fostered a strong partnership between federal and state and local governments, and we oppose any change that would damage this cultivated relationship." (
  • Rated 8% by the National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • Signed a letter stating: " 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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5377 "Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We look forward to continuing to work with you to further strengthen the Medicare Advantage program and ensure millions of seniors have access to comprehensive, affordable health coverage choices." (
  • "I have worked to preserve Social Security, strengthen pensions and improve Medicare since I first came to Congress in 1996. My steadfast opposition to efforts to privatize Social Security and a commitment to improve Medicare benefits have earned me a 100-percent rating from The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. My voting record is rated 100% by AARP." (
  • Rated 98% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (
  • "Today marks a decade since the Supreme Court's #CitizensUnited decision allowed wealthy donors & special interests to amass vast amounts of political influence. I joined my colleagues to fight back when I co-sponsored #HR1, a transformative bill to get big money out of politics." (
  • Rated 80% by Common Cause. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Since 2010 when the Supreme Court issued its 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, our elections have been exploited by wealthy individuals, corporations, and other special interests through Super PACs and 501(c)4 groups that may spend limitless sums of money influencing voters." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • "Today I was honored to take my daughters, Molly & Naomi, near the Supreme Court to march with those mourning #GeorgeFloyd and demanding justice and an end to discrimination, hate and racism in all its forms. I wanted to show my daughters democracy in action. #BlackLivesMatter" (
  • "Last summer, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, I joined my colleagues to help introduce the #JusticeInPolicingAct in order to hold police accountable. Since then, millions have marched & voiced an urgent call to end deadly police violence that’s claimed too many lives." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Our diplomats settle disputes so that they do not have to be settled with bombs and bullets. And our development initiatives help countries lift themselves up, because areas mired in poverty often become hotbeds for instability and violence. The men and women in our armed services bravely put their lives on the line to protect our country. We owe it to them to exhaust every possible option before we send them into harm's way. If we slash our investment in diplomacy and development, we are telling our servicemembers -- and the American people -- that we will take our chances down the road, even if that comes at a much higher cost in blood and treasure. But, don't just take our word for it. In 2013, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said, "If you don't fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition ultimately. So I think it's a cost benefit ratio. The more that we put into the State Department's diplomacy, hopefully the less we have to put into a military budget as we deal with the outcome of an apparent American withdrawal from the international scene." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "In any upcoming negotiations, however, Democrats will press for the inclusion of the following bipartisan items, among others: 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." (
  • ""I'm proud to have worked with my Democratic colleagues to help pass this historic bill," said Congressman Sherman. "This once-in-a-century investment in our national infrastructure will help create millions of good-paying jobs, unleash the full potential of working families and ensure America's global competitiveness for the 21st Century." Sherman added "I am confident that we will pass an important Build Back Better bill later this month."" (
  • "Los Angeles voters voted to increase the local sales tax to finance dozens of projects, most notably the Sepulveda Pass subway. The project can be built sooner with an infusion of federal dollars. If President Trump is truly committed to improving America's infrastructure, I can think of no greater place to start than with the nation's most congested roadway." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "The evidence shows that higher capital standards and related regulatory improvements are not harming U.S. banks. In fact, banks are making record profits, on average of $167 billion annually the last three years. And that was before Congressional Republicans slashed the corporate tax rate for U.S. G-SIBs, giving the largest banks a windfall of more than $15 billion this year, and billions more to come in the years to follow.[6] In fact, the industry made a record $60 billion in profits in just the second quarter of 2018." (
  • Rated 0% by FreedomWorks. (
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021." (
  • "As Congress works to extend relief from the #CARESAct, we’re urging the inclusion of the Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assist. Act. I joined @RepAdamSchiff & @RepJudyChu to intro. this bill so independent workers who also earn traditional wage income are no longer shut out." (
  • ".@HouseDemocrats promised the American people that we would fight for the big, bold #COVID relief they need--and we’re not going to let them down. That’s why I’m voting to support the #AmericanRescuePlan Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (
  • "We must continue to embrace alternative energy and fuel efficiency standards, which have improved automotive efficiency by nearly 100%, and put America in a far stronger position to live without Russian oil." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "As Members of the California congressional delegation, we write in strong opposition to the Department of the Interior's National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program (DPP) for 2019-2024 and its inclusion of lease sales in the Pacific. We urge you to immediately withdraw the DPP for 2019-2024." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (
  • Rated 100% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • "Congressman Sherman has been an advocate for more robust regulation of gas facilities, and he received a personal commitment from President Obama in early 2016 that the federal government would act in the wake of the Aliso Canyon gas blowout. In late 2016, the Obama administration issued new safety regulations specific to underground natural gas storage facilities. That same year, the Obama administration also issued regulations requiring oil and gas operations to reduce methane emissions released during the production, processing, transmission and storage of oil and natural gas by updating equipment and properly inspecting for and repairing leaks. However, the Trump administration took numerous steps to overturn and weaken these important safety standards for the gas and oil industry, including weakening or eliminating rules designed to stop emissions of methane from gas and oil facilities as well as the separate, new safety regulations for underground natural gas storage facilities. The Trump administration's rules even attempted to block the EPA from ever controlling methane pollution from existing oil and gas sources. Today's vote in the House will overturn the Trump administration's actions and reinstate key Obama-era rules, reinstating stronger regulations on methane emissions from new and modified oil and gas facilities." (
  • "I voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454), sometimes called Cap and Trade. This historic legislation was an important effort to help America achieve energy independence and fight global warming. It would have created millions of jobs in the green energy sector, reduced our dangerous dependence on foreign oil, and helped curb greenhouse gas emissions. The world economy is rapidly moving towards greater reliance on green technology, and we must act now in order to continue to be the world's leader in the transition to a green economy." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (
  • "The epidemic of gun violence continues to grip the nation. From the concert shooting on the Las Vegas strip, the deadliest mass shooting in our nation's history, to the horrific scene at a high school in Florida where seventeen people were killed by a gunman, this past year saw citizens across the country continue to grapple with the realities of gun violence. I have dedicated myself to fighting the scourge of gun violence. During my twenty years in Congress, I have consistently earned a 100 percent vote rating from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and all other major groups fighting against gun violence." (
  • "While this case was a setback for gun control efforts, I am pleased that the Court held that the Second Amendment is not "a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose." By saying this, the Court has rightfully acknowledged that states and localities, as well as the federal government, can continue to pass and enforce sensible gun control legislation." (
  • Voted in favor of 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "While all of that is troubling, we write today to express deep concern about the Republican plan to repeal the ACA. You and your Republican colleagues in Congress have made clear that repealing the ACA, causing as many as 30 million people to lose health insurance, is a top priority for the 115th Congress. Repeal is such a high priority that you and Republicans in Congress are willing to charge forward without even agreeing on a replacement plan, a blatant abdication of your responsibilities as representatives of the American people. People are going to get hurt in very real ways, Mr. President-elect. The American people deserve to know how Republicans plan to avoid the devastating consequences of ACA repeal." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "You have also stated in the past that, 'The best thing politically is to let Obamacare explode' and recently said that 'Obamacare is dead.' We strongly disagree." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • Voted against HR 6136 "Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018." (
  • Rated 12% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "We refused to pay for the border wall. Now #Trump is going around Congress and raiding funds meant for the military to fund his vanity project. Trump has gone from "Mexico will pay for the wall" to "the Military & U.S. taxpayers will pay for the wall."" (
  • Signed a letter stating: "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." (
  • "I am committed to working with House Republicans and my Democratic colleagues to pass legislation that will safeguard our young DREAMers." (
  • "Let’s focus on comprehensive immigration reform, not divisive policies like deporting parents of American citizens. #JointSession" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (
  • "The only reason for not signing the Additional Protocol is if a country wants to secretly develop nuclear weapons," said Congressman Sherman. "If you can't trust Saudi Arabia with a bone saw, you shouldn't trust them with a nuclear weapon, and this amendment would help ensure Saudi Arabia never gets one." (
  • "I applaud the Biden Administration for embarking on a three-step diplomatic process to address our disputes with Tehran. First, Iran must return to strict compliance with the nuclear deal. Second, the United States should then rejoin the agreement. And third, the United States, working with other powers, will pursue follow-on negotiations addressing both nuclear and non-nuclear issues." (
  • "I found myself on the dovish edge of the foreign policy community. While I supported tougher sanctions, I believe that we should settle for a verifiable limit, a freeze and monitoring, a system where there is no cheating and where we can be sure that they are not selling their nuclear weapons to other even more dangerous parties." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (
  • 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. (
  • "Following U.S. military action in Libya in 2011, Congressman Sherman offered an amendment to the FY2012 Defense Appropriations bill which would force compliance with the War Powers Act. That amendment, adopted by a vote of 316 to 111, prohibited the expenditure of funds in contravention of the War Powers Act. The amendment passed the House and was subsequently enacted into law. The provision has been included in every Defense Appropriations bill signed into law since then." (
  • 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" (
  • "I believe that Washington's trade policy during the last decade took the United States' industrial base and economy in a very wrong direction. For too long, we have seen the U.S. export jobs rather than products. We can no longer afford to continue on this same path and erode our industrial base and American working families. We must abandon the failed, so-called "free trade" policies of the past and take a new direction. We need a trade policy that creates and keeps good paying jobs here for American working families. We need balanced trade." (
  • "Between February and August of this year, the U.S.-China trade deficit has risen dramatically. In fact, the trade deficit has increased every month that Trump has been in office," said Rep. Sherman. "The President acting alone could eliminate this deficit by imposing tariffs on Chinese goods now. But instead, he has chosen to be a pretend president." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (

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