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Gil Cisneros' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 39, Democratic

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (CA) - District 39

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Gil Cisneros has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2020 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2020.

  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Choice." (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that decisions about a woman's health are between her and her doctor." (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that the wealthy need to pay their fair share in taxes and should not be seeing their taxes decrease at the expense of the middle class. I believe our defense spending should be used more wisely and waste reduced." (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • "Gil will fight any attempts by President Trump and Washington Republicans to cut or privatize Social Security or Medicare. He will also work to expand Social Security benefits to keep up with the rising costs faced by our parents, grandparents, and veterans." (cisnerosforcongress.com)
  • Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • "I will co-sponsor legislation for a Constitutional amendment that overturns the disastrous Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. I am proudly endorsed by End Citizens United. I also support increasing financial disclosure requirements for political spending. Corporate money has dominated our politics for too long, and in Congress I will work to enact real campaign finance reform. In my campaign I have refused contributions from corporations and unions." (votesmart.org)
  • "For weeks, Americans in the 39th District and across the country have been calling for justice and change. Today, the House is answering that call with the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act," said Rep. Cisneros. "Over the past few weeks, I've made it a priority to listen and talk to 39th District residents, Black community leaders, and law enforcement officers. One thing is clear, we have to work together to move our country forward. This comprehensive bill will save lives, curb police brutality, and increase police accountability and transparency. With today's vote, we're taking a step forward in dismantling systemic racism and building a more equal and just nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm honored to have worked alongside my colleagues on the Armed Services Committee to strengthen our nation's defense and secure my district's priorities, including toughening our stance against our adversaries, improving military healthcare and services to military families, promoting diversity and inclusion, and addressing climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • "This bill averts drastic and unsustainable cuts to our military and invests in our infrastructure, public health, education, and veterans." (votesmart.org)
  • "This bill averts drastic and unsustainable cuts to our military and invests in our infrastructure, public health, education, and veterans." (votesmart.org)
  • ""I will continue to look for opportunities to work with this administration, especially on behalf of our veterans and for much needed infrastructure investments for our district." (votesmart.org)
  • "We need increased investment in education, vocational training and career development, and we need a national infrastructure bill to ensure our businesses and workers can compete in a global economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? "No." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress needs to stop giving handouts to Wall Street and banks, and force them to pay their fair share. While Ed Royce pushes for tax cuts for his billionaire buddies, I will fight to reduce taxes for the middle class and eliminate tax breaks for special interests and big corporations that send jobs overseas." (votesmart.org)
  • "We need real tax breaks for the middle class, not corporations." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "ESSA was a bipartisan bill signed by President Obama that gives control back to the states and local school districts over educational standards. This bill was enacted to correct the flaws in No Child Left Behind and increase the support to both teachers and students. President Trump and Betsy DeVos are refusing to fund this law, which is causing many of our students to fall further behind." (votesmart.org)
  • "As Congressman for CA-39, I will support legislation to increase investment in clean energy infrastructure and incentivize the purchase of products from wind, solar, and other renewable energy businesses. I believe these efforts will create millions of new jobs and save families and businesses money on their monthly energy bills. I will support legislation to ensure federal actions do not "significantly exacerbate" global warming and contribute to solving climate change. I support codifying the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which was designed to limit pollution from power plants and encourage a shift towards renewable fuel." (votesmart.org)
  • "In Congress, Gil will advocate for staying in the Paris Climate Agreement and continuing to work with the international community to reduce emissions." (votesmart.org)
  • "As Congressman for CA-39, I will support legislation to increase investment in clean energy infrastructure and incentivize the purchase of products from wind, solar, and other renewable energy businesses. I believe these efforts will create millions of new jobs and save families and businesses money on their monthly energy bills. I will support legislation to ensure federal actions do not "significantly exacerbate" global warming and contribute to solving climate change. I support codifying the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which was designed to limit pollution from power plants and encourage a shift towards renewable fuel." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "But it is not just mass shootings that we need to address. Over two- thirds of all gun deaths in the United States are a result of suicides, and the number is rising. Over 20 veterans a day are committing suicide. We must also study firearm suicide and how it relates to mental health and how we can limit firearm access to those who are suffering." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • "My family has been affected by gun violence. I believe it's not enough to simply embrace gun violence prevention, I will fight to expand background check requirements, ban assault weapons, oppose Concealed Carry Reciprocity, repeal the Dickey Amendment, and take other measures to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals, domestic terrorists, and those with mental challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • "Health care is a right, not a privilege. I will defend the ACA from their attacks and fight for increased access and more affordable care for everyone. We need to work to fix and improve the ACA, not repeal it. I will fight for the public option that was originally intended to be part of the ACA, and give people the option to buy into Medicare. We need to work to stabilize insurance markets and have the government directly negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies to bring costs down." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "No." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "There is a real need for humanitarian aid at the border and the decision to build an ineffective wall will only punish those that need help." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? "No." (votesmart.org)
  • "The wall is a 12th century solution to a 21st century problem, when it comes to border security." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must take action towards comprehensive immigration reform that will keep families together, protect DREAMers and those with Temporary Protected Status, and streamline the process towards citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • "In Congress, Gil will fight to protect President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which has allowed thousands of young people who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own to come out of the shadows." (cisnerosforcongress.com)
  • "The United States must remain a beacon of hope and be a leader on the world stage. We need to work closely with our allies and other nations to find diplomatic solutions to threats to our national security and the security of other nations." (votesmart.org)
  • "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)
  • "We need smart and tough national security policies that will keep Americans safe. To defeat ISIS and prevent the spread of terrorism, we must continue to strengthen our international coalition and reaffirm our commitment to NATO, improve intelligence sharing with our allies, and strangle terrorist financial networks. We need to strengthen domestic intelligence sharing between local and Federal law enforcement agencies to identify threats before they strike." (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Speaker, while businesses want to address unfair trade practices, they disagree with the administration's reckless approach to impose tariffs. These tariffs have increased prices for American consumers, hurt businesses, and harmed American families, not foreign countries." (votesmart.org)
  • "The reality is American businesses are suffering. The trade tariffs have had a negative impact on small businesses and consumers in my district." (votesmart.org)
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?
I believe that decisions about a woman's health are between her and her doctor.
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?
I believe that the wealthy need to pay their fair share in taxes and should not be seeing their taxes decrease at the expense of the middle class. I believe our defense spending should be used more wisely and waste reduced.
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
I will co-sponsor legislation for a Constitutional amendment that overturns the disastrous Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. I am proudly endorsed by End Citizens United. I also support increasing financial disclosure requirements for political spending. Corporate money has dominated our politics for too long, and in Congress I will work to enact real campaign finance reform. In my campaign I have refused contributions from corporations and unions.
No Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
We need real tax breaks for the middle class, not corporations.
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
As Congressman for CA-39, I will support legislation to increase investment in clean energy infrastructure and incentivize the purchase of products from wind, solar, and other renewable energy businesses. I believe these efforts will create millions of new jobs and save families and businesses money on their monthly energy bills. I will support legislation to ensure federal actions do not "significantly exacerbate" global warming and contribute to solving climate change. I support codifying the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which was designed to limit pollution from power plants and encourage a shift towards renewable fuel.
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
My family has been affected by gun violence. I believe it's not enough to simply embrace gun violence prevention, I will fight to expand background check requirements, ban assault weapons, oppose Concealed Carry Reciprocity, repeal the Dickey Amendment, and take other measures to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals, domestic terrorists, and those with mental challenges.
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Health care is a right, not a privilege. I will defend the ACA from their attacks and fight for increased access and more affordable care for everyone. We need to work to fix and improve the ACA, not repeal it. I will fight for the public option that was originally intended to be part of the ACA, and give people the option to buy into Medicare. We need to work to stabilize insurance markets and have the government directly negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies to bring costs down.
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?
Yes Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Unknown Position Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Unknown Position Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
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