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Alan Lowenthal's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Alan Lowenthal has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2020 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

California Congressional Election 2020 Political Courage Test

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?
Yes Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
I support increasing taxes on the top 1% of earners, as well as raising the cap on the Social Security payroll tax. I also support the repeal of the $1.5 trillion 2017 tax cuts implemented during the Trump Administration, which primarily benefited corporations and the wealthiest Americans. The evidence of the past 40 years on tax cuts have conclusively proved that cutting taxes on corporations and the wealthiest Americans does not either boost the economy or "trickle down" to average Americans.
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
No Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
No Do you support increasing defense spending?
Yes Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
No Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
Yes Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
I believe that the federal government has a critical role to play in developing national standards for education. Properly developed and implemented, I believe that federal standards can serve as a baseline and offer flexibility for states to develop their own standards that go above and beyond the federal guidelines.
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
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")?
Yes Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
No Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
No Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
No Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
Yes Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
I believe it's the responsibility of our nation to prevent any further proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction. However, I don't believe we should use preemptive military force and firmly believe that this should be accomplished by diplomatic,political,and economic pressure. But we must be clear that if any nation uses such weapons, there will be a military response from the U.S. I believe the role of the U.S. in Middle-East conflicts should be bear our diplomatic,political,and economic power to achieve peace. However, the U.S. must stand by its military obligations and diplomatic commitments to our allies such as Israel.
Yes Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
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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