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Nanette Barragán's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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  • "But Congress -- at more than 80% men -- shouldn't be trying to force their views on the rest of us and judge what's right for every woman in America. We should be investing in programs that help women get the health and reproductive care they need -- not slashing funds for these critical programs. We must defend a woman's right to choose." (votesmart.org)
  • 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." (votesmart.org)
  • "The final GOP tax scam is filled with giveaways and loopholes that the wealthiest one percent will be exploiting for years to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and presidential candidate Jeb Bush, have suggested we cut benefits, gamble them on Wall Street and even dismantle these programs altogether. Instead, we need to strengthen and expand them, reduce fraud and waste and ensure everyone pays their fair share so these critical programs will be in place for years to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of H.R. 1 - For the People Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "ICYMI -CA lawmakers w/ Tobacco $$ Addiction #CA44 More reasons we need campaign finance reform now. Follow the $$ " (twitter.com)
  • "In communities throughout California and across the country, Americans are grieving for all those killed by a pattern of police brutality and are demanding action to end systemic racial injustices, particularly against the African American community," said Rep. Barragán. "Thanks to the leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus, the transformative Justice in Policing Act delivers the reforms needed to address systemic racism and save lives while increasing transparency to ensure police are held accountable. Our nation is built on the fundamental promise of equal justice for all, and we must continue to fight to fulfill that promise for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress needs to pledge to uphold America's presence internationally, while striving for diplomacy and peace by restricting the use of military force in order to save American lives and taxpayer dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • "Green spaces are crucial for the health and development of our kids, and the well-being of every member of the family. It's my hope that this bill will help local governments to identify and create new green spaces. And to set aside existing green spaces for the construction of neighborhood baseball fields and playgrounds. It also allows for park projects along our Nation's waterfronts, like the one in my district." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We have an opportunity to pass a comprehensive infrastructure bill that provides the funding and financing tools to truly transform the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • "Additionally, the provision in this bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate is projected to cause 13 million Americans to lose their health care coverage and raise premiums by approximately 10 percent over the next decade. Other provisions impose new limits on mortgage interest deductions and give tax breaks to corporations shipping American jobs overseas." (votesmart.org)
  • "House Republicans took another step tonight in ramming through a massive tax cut for the wealthy and corporations that the overwhelming majority of Americans don't want. The GOP tax scam hurts hardworking Americans to give massive tax breaks to the top 1 percent and corporations." (barragan.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating: "The CARES Act provided an initial $349 billion for the creation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to cover payroll costs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to limited federal funds and extremely high demand, funding for PPP quickly ran out, creating pressure for small businesses to lay off employees. Layoffs due to COVID-19 are impacting Latino and black families at higher rates, with nearly 61% of Latino households and 44% of black households reporting a pay cut or job loss.[3] We must ensure that our vulnerable small businesses, not large private equity firms, are able to fully access this relief. To accomplish this, we urge your full and fair consideration of these protections as you continue to implement the relief programs:" (votesmart.org)
  • "Nanette understands that climate change is an urgent environmental problem and she intends to act accordingly. She will fight to combat climate change and work to transition us to clean, renewable energy. Besides closing tax loopholes and ending subsidies for toxic polluters, Nanette knows we have to employ creative strategies to attract and incentivize clean green businesses to locate in the 44th District." (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no issue more important than the health of our families. That's why we need a representative who will not pander to big corporate polluters who put the health and safety of our communities at risk-- raising asthma rates and respiratory illness and making climate change impacts worse. We owe it to our children to leave them a better planet than the one we inherited. We can and will move towards a sustainable future for our community by ending tax breaks for these polluters and using that money to create new, good-paying, renewable energy jobs and taking the positive steps to protect our community's health currently harmed by pollution." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "We should start by banning weapons of war, like the AR-15 and high- capacity magazines. We should allow the CDC to once again research the causes of gun violence that can better protect our communities. And we should also act to pass legislation to require universal background checks." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "Additionally, the provision in this bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate is projected to cause 13 million Americans to lose their health care coverage and raise premiums by approximately 10 percent over the next decade." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, we claimed victory for millions of Americans- children, women, veterans, and seniors who under TrumpCare would have lost healthcare coverage or suffered a tax increase. This victory is a testament to the strength of the American people who rallied together against a bill that would hurt our vulnerable citizens. Thank you to all of those in California's 44th who called and wrote to me with your concerns about TrumpCare. Your voice was heard in Congress today. However, our work does not stop here. We must continue to make quality affordable healthcare accessible to many more Americans. The Affordable Care Act has helped 20 million Americans gain healthcare coverage, but we can make it stronger. That is why, I will continue to work in Congress to make sure healthcare is a not a privilege for the few, but a right for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "A border wall goes against everything that our country stands for. Our country spent decades fighting to tear down the Berlin Wall because it divided families and a nation. This would do the same thing. Building a wall will not solve our problem with illegal migration. Tunnels will become rampant along the border. All a wall will do is to put more money into the pockets of smugglers and the drug cartels." (votesmart.org)
  • "Dreamers need the Dream Act, not another useless round of talk about a border wall, which would be ineffective and wasteful." (votesmart.org)
  • "Nanette is the daughter of immigrant parents. Her parents both came to this country so that they could provide for their children what they were never afforded. Immigrants are a crucial part of our nation's economy, particularly in Southern California, and we need to embrace them and help better incorporate them into our society. Republican "solutions" to immigration is to deport immigrants, to build a fence on the border and to refuse citizenship, inhibit any sort of dialogue on the issue and prevent us from taking steps forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "In such a volatile region, an inconsistent or unpredictable policy runs the risk of unimaginable conflict. That is why we strongly urge you to adhere to the diplomatic approach recently articulated by Secretary Tillerson, who stated that your Administration's sole goal is to "seek a denuclearized Korean Peninsula," and that you "do not seek regime change" and "do not seek a collapse of the regime," both of which could lead down a path that could risk nuclear war. We support Secretary Tillerson's statement that the preferred method for resolution is "direct talks with North Korea," including persuading them to relinquish their nuclear weapons by assuring them that they "do not need these weapons to secure the existence of [their] regime." (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)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Few decisions are more needing of debate than a move to launch attacks, or declare war, on a nuclear-armed state such as North Korea. Military action against North Korea was considered by the Obama, Bush and Clinton Administrations, but all ultimately determined there was no military option that would not run the unacceptable risk of a counter-reaction from Pyongyang. This reaction could immediately threaten the lives of as many as a third of the South Korean population, put nearly 30,000 U.S. service members and over 100,000 other U.S. citizens residing in South Korea in grave danger, and also threaten other regional allies such as Japan. In such a volatile region, an inconsistent or unpredictable policy runs the risk of unimaginable conflict. That is why we strongly urge you to adhere to the diplomatic approach recently articulated by Secretary Tillerson, who stated that your Administration's sole goal is to "seek a denuclearized Korean Peninsula," and that you "do not seek regime change" and "do not seek a collapse of the regime," both of which could lead down a path that could risk nuclear war." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Working with our allies and partners, we urge you to maintain and increase pressure on Iran and Russia to constrain their destabilizing activities. America must continue economic and diplomatic efforts to counter Iran's support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups as well as Russia's support for the brutal Assad regime. We encourage full implementation of sanctions authorized in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a broadly supported bipartisan bill that you signed into law. Clear and sustained American action and close coordination with our allies and partners can send an important message of resolve to malign actors in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • "Unfortunately, we have lost too many of these courageous fighters to unnecessary wars. Congress needs to pledge to uphold America's presence internationally, while striving for diplomacy and peace by restricting the use of military force in order to save American lives and taxpayer dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • "Although there were labor and enforcement improvements made with the USMCA, climate change is a crisis that must be urgently addressed and accounted for in our trade agreements. The USMCA falls far short of that so I joined national environmental organizations and the youth climate movement to oppose the agreement." (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)
  • Signed a letter stating: "To help our constituents during this crisis, we urge you to remove all duties for food and drink products (HTS Subheadings 0203 through 2208) imposed in relation to this case without lowering the total value duties that can be imposed. We believe it is possible for our strategy to maintain maximum pressure on the EU to remove its subsidies case while avoiding harm to American workers, consumers, and small businesses to the greatest extent possible." (votesmart.org)

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