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Mark Takano's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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  • Rated 100% by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (votesmart.org)
  • "The government does not have a place in the private medical decisions of any woman. I will continue to defend a women's right to choose and I will work to protect Roe v. Wade." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, the House of Representatives missed a huge opportunity to cut taxes on middle-class Americans, grow the economy, and invest in our country. Instead, Republicans used a rushed and partisan process to pass an immoral piece of legislation that cuts taxes for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, while adding more than a trillion dollars to the deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to strengthen Social Security for future retirees, not use it to pay down our debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "We also must look for ways to strengthen and improve access to affordable long-term care for seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • "For far too long, powerful special interests and big money in politics have silenced the voices of the American people. H.R. 1 will help shift the balance of power from a wealthy, powerful few back to the American people. Today I cast an enthusiastic vote, a ``yes'' vote For the People." (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2012, candidates and outside groups spent $6 billion on the Presidential election alone. This is unacceptable and I believe this Congress must enact comprehensive campaign finance reform. Furthermore, we must overturn the Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and, if necessary, I will support a Constitutional Amendment to do so." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act bans chokeholds and no-knock warrants, which led to the deaths of George Floyd, Eric Garner, and Breonna Taylor; it establishes guidelines that will keep our communities safe by creating a national database to track police misconduct and demilitarizing our police; and this legislation will bring justice to victims of police abuse by reforming the qualified immunity doctrine, which shields law enforcement from facing accountability when they violate people's rights or engage in serious misconduct." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 77% by the Council for a Livable World. (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • "One of my top priorities in Congress is to help bring jobs back to the Inland Empire and spur economic investment in our region. Despite recent improvements in the nation's economic outlook, the unemployment rate in Riverside County has remained higher than the national average, and any recovery will be gradual. To address persistent unemployment, I will support bold investment in transportation and infrastructure, strengthening our small businesses, research and development into new technology, and workforce training programs to prepare workers to compete in the 21st century. " (votesmart.org)
  • "I am also a member of the Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Caucus. This caucus helps to raise awareness about infrastructure issues across the country and examines the role public-private partnerships as solutions to some of our biggest infrastructure funding needs." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, the House of Representatives missed a huge opportunity to cut taxes on middle-class Americans, grow the economy, and invest in our country. Instead, Republicans used a rushed and partisan process to pass an immoral piece of legislation that cuts taxes for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, while adding more than a trillion dollars to the deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • "Californians already give more to the federal government than they receive, this bill means they'll pay even more. Corporations are already earning record profits while not paying their fair share in taxes, this bill means they'll pay even less. Students, teachers, workers, and middle-class families are already struggling to achieve financial security, this bill makes that problem far worse." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Mark supports reforming or ending the Federal mandates of "No Child Left Behind" and a renewed commitment to building an educational system that will prepare Americans to compete in the emerging economy." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have seen firsthand the challenges our K-12 education system faces and am committed to addressing those challenges in Congress. I support repealing and replacing the flawed "No Child Left Behind" law that prescribes "one-size-fits-all" requirements on schools, teachers, and students. Instead, I will advocate for a system that prepares Americans to compete in the global economy through an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education, partnerships with community colleges and industry, and engaging teaching methods." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "Drilling alone will not be enough to meet the energy needs of the 21st century and the development of clean and renewable sources of energy will have to be a large part of any real solution. Instead of spending billions of dollars on subsidies to some of the world's richest oil companies, I believe we need to invest those billions into the clean sources of energy like wind and solar that will power the future. " (votesmart.org)
  • "Mark supports job-training and vocational education in our local schools to teach students how to build solar panels, weatherize homes, and perform the jobs of the future. Mark supports grants to community colleges to form partnerships with local businesses, experts, non- profits, and community leaders to allow California to once again become the world leader in renewable energy and jobs of the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "The American public needs and deserves clean air and protection from hazardous air pollution. This is a matter of critical human health and safety. We ask you to reverse your decision to rescind the "once in, always in" policy, in order to safeguard future generations from harmful air pollutants." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Indeed, according to the brief, the Supreme Court has already affirmed that the EPA has clear authority to combat carbon pollution and regulate greenhouse gasses under Massachusetts v. EPA and American Electric Power v. Connecticut." (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly support the executive actions on gun control announced today by President Obama. Every day in America we are reminded that no one is safe from gun violence. We cannot afford to do nothing as our children, friends, co-workers, and law enforcement officers are added to the long list of victims. The executive actions announced today will make us safer. Expanding background checks, bolstering enforcement of existing gun laws, and improving mental health services are all important steps to protecting our communities. These policies recognize the rights of law-abiding gun owners, while making it more difficult for those who would commit a violent crime to purchase a firearm." (votesmart.org)
  • "We are also demanding a vote on a bipartisan proposal to require that commercial gun purchases include a background check, background checks for all. I have yet to hear one good explanation on why this should not be the law of the land. If a dangerous person cannot pass a background check at a licensed gun dealer, they should not be able to avoid a background check by going to a gun show or purchasing a firearm over the Internet. In States that have closed loopholes in their background check laws, 48 percent fewer on-duty police officers are shot to death--but my colleagues across the aisle still refuse to hold a vote. Mr. Speaker, 33,000 people were killed by gun violence in America last year. The American people deserve more than moments of silence. They deserve action to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous people. They deserve to have their voices heard. They deserve to send their kids to school without fearing an assault-style weapon will be waiting for them. But, at the very least, they deserve to know where each Member of Congress stands. I am asking my Republican colleagues to find the courage to hold a vote on real gun violence prevention legislation that will save American lives." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am a vocal advocate for quality, affordable health care for everyone in the Inland Empire. My top priorities are to support the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, protect and strengthen Medicare and Medicaid, and attract physicians to provide care in our region." (votesmart.org)
  • "Despite the Trump administration's attempts to undermine the law, the Affordable Care Act continues to expand the number of people who have access to the care they need. There is far too much misleading information being shared by the White House and those who have vested interest in breaking our health care system. I strongly urge Californians to visit CoveredCA.com and see for themselves that affordable health care insurance is within reach." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Declaring a national emergency over a fabricated border crisis is an abuse of power. President Trump failed to get funding for his racist wall -- even when Republicans controlled the House and the Senate -- and is now overstepping his constitutional duties to fulfill a campaign promise that the majority of Americans oppose. This political stunt is irresponsible and sets a dangerous precedent -- all because the President is not the master negotiator he claimed to be." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, President Donald Trump issued an executive order on immigration that is inhumane, wasteful, and illegal. Instead of investing in America's schools, rebuilding our infrastructure, or cutting taxes on the middle class, the president is moving forward with the construction of a border wall that will cost American taxpayers billions of dollars while failing to address the challenges in our immigration system." (votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. Takano supports a comprehensive immigration reform plan that includes a fair but tough pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who have worked hard, have lived in this country without committing serious criminal offenses, and believe in the American Dream" (votesmart.org)
  • 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We write to once again draw your attention to your constitutional responsibility to consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering use of U.S. military force, which would include any military action against North Korea that is not in response to an attack by that country. The mandate requiring Congressional consultation and authorization is prescribed in both the U.S. Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973." (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: "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)
  • "I am extremely concerned by President Trump's decision to commit 4,000 more young Americans to the war in Afghanistan without a defined mission and clear goals. It is not clear how the plan outlined on Monday will move us closer to stabilizing the region. Instead, it will prolong a conflict that has already cost taxpayers more than a trillion dollars and, more importantly, cost thousands of American lives. When Congress returns in September, we must fulfill our responsibility to provide oversight over the president's war-making authority. That means considering a new Authorization For The Use Of Military Force, which will prompt an open and honest debate about our ever-expanding foreign combat operations." (votesmart.org)
  • "As Chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, I'm aware of the high cost of war, its catastrophic effects, and the knowledge that decision-makers who take our country into war don't fully fathom the cost of taking care of our veterans. I am concerned that this Administration will lead us into war without Congressional authorization, which would be an overstep of Presidential power, and I have joined my colleagues in reiterating that the 2001 AUMF does not give the President the authority to start a war with Iran. I call upon the President and his advisors to dial down the provocative rhetoric and hostile activities that could be misinterpreted by Iranian leaders or some low-level Iranian commanders that will escalate into an unnecessary war." (votesmart.org)
  • "We remain wary of the Iranian regime. But we believe that robust diplomacy remains our best possible strategic option, and we commend you and your designees for the developments in Geneva. Should negotiations fail or falter, nothing precludes a change in strategy. But we must not imperil the possibility of a diplomatic success before we even have a chance to pursue it." (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)
  • Rated 100% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (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.
The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

1. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of crime?

X Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons.
X Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors.
X Impose "truth in sentencing" legislation for violent criminals so they serve a full sentence with no chance of parole.
X Create "boot camps" for juvenile and adult first-time offenders.
X Prosecute as adults youths who are third-time violent felons.
Impose the death penalty for certain federal crimes, including civil rights murders, rape and child molestation murders, death resulting from drive-by shootings or car-jacking, and murder of court officers or federal witnesses.
X Impose mandatory life sentences for third time violent felons.
X Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills.
X Increase the availability of college loans for youth in crime-ridden urban areas.
X Fund programs which provide job training and employment opportunities for at-risk urban youth.
Other

2. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning illegal drugs?

X Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Support mandatory drug testing for federal employees.
Expand efforts to stop the illegal flow of drugs to the United States from other countries.
X Expand federal support for education and drug treatment programs.
X Maintain current federal laws.
Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs.
Other

3. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the American health care system?

Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to Canada's.
Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans."
X Support a managed competition health care plan to contain costs and improve access that does not include mandated health alliances, government cost control powers, or employer/employee mandates.
X Provide tax incentives for small businesses to help provide health care to their employees.
X Allow middle and low income families to deduct yearly health care costs from their taxable income.
X Create a voucher system for the working poor so they can buy into a health care plan.
X Place limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Allow Americans to set up a tax-free medical savings account, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
Deregulate the private health care industry.
Privatize Medicare and Medicaid.
Other

4. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to change America's welfare system?

X Strengthen child support collection procedures and increase penalties for parents who do not pay.
X Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
X Require welfare recipients to accept some form of government-sponsored job after two years if unable to find work in the private sector.
X Require unwed teenage mothers to live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive benefits.
Limit the benefits given to single women if they have additional children.
X Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
X Increase spending on programs that help homeless people find shelter and employment.
Make no substantial changes at this time.
Eliminate the current American welfare system.
Other

5. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of unemployment?

X Invest federal dollars in "investment tax credits" for companies who invest in worker training, purchase new equipment, and invest in research and development.
Increase funding for federal and state job-training programs.
X Create "enterprise zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing tax credits for new and expanding businesses.
X Create "empowerment zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing government grants and federal assistance, in addition to tax credits, to new and expanding businesses.
Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector.
Allow the natural cycle of the market economy to create jobs without government intervention.
X Support an overhaul of the current unemployment system by combining current job-training programs within a new comprehensive "re-employment" system.
Other

6. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning trade between America and foreign countries?

The United States should grant "most favored nation" trading status based on the human rights record of each individual nation.
X The United States should raise tariffs on nations whose trade policies discourage the importation of American products.
X The United States should eliminate tax breaks for companies who move American jobs to low-wage countries.
The United States should expand NAFTA into Latin America.
X The United States should pursue policies that will help open markets on the Pacific Rim.
The United States should stay out of international trade.
Other

7. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the environment?

Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup.
Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation.
Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers.
Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels.
X Consider further increasing fees charged to mining companies who mine on public lands.
X Consider further increasing fees charged to livestock owners who graze on federal lands.
Require the federal government to reimburse citizens who are required to limit the use of their privately owned lands due to environmental regulation.
X Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits.
Amend the Endangered Species Act to allow for increased logging.
X Other
Support Public/Private partnerships to develop a new generation of zero-polluting vehicles.

8. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to change America's public education system?

Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it.
Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them.
Advocate school choice programs so that parents receive vouchers that can be used to send their children to participating schools.
Allow low and middle income families to deduct college costs from their taxable income.
X Provide communities with increased federal aid and low interest loans for public school improvements.
Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education.
Make no substantial changes at this time.
X Other
Support Headstart, school-to-work legislation, and voluntary national standards.

9. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning abortion?

X Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of the pregnancy.
Abortions should be legal only when the life of the mother is endangered.
Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy results from incest or rape, or when the life of the mother is endangered.
A woman under the age of 18 should be required to notify a parent or guardian before having an abortion.
A woman should be required to notify her spouse before having an abortion.
States should be allowed to impose mandatory waiting periods before abortions are performed.
Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services.
Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan.
Congress should leave legislation on this issue to the states.
Other

10. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning American military and foreign policy?

X Congress should support defense conversion by funding job-placement and job-training programs for displaced military personnel and defense technology workers.
X Congress should completely lift the ban on homosexuals in the military.
The United States should use military force only in cooperation with the United Nations unless threatened by a foreign power.
The United States should lift the trade embargo against Cuba.
Congress should increase foreign aid to the former republics of the Soviet Union to help in democratization and economic reform.
X Congress should impose strict sanctions against any nation selling technology or products that aid in the construction of nuclear weapons.
X Congress should impose strict sanctions against any new nation attempting to develop nuclear weapons.
X Congress should invest federal funds in the research and development of new defense technologies.
Other
No 1. Should the federal government adopt a policy of limiting or banning Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to federal candidates?
Yes 2. Do you support the principle of limiting the number of terms U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives can serve in Congress?
Undecided 3. Do you support the principle of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution?
No 4. Do you support the principle of a Line-Item Veto for the President?
Undecided 5. If elected to Congress, will you support an increase in the minimum wage?

1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas.

Maintain Status National Defense
Greatly Increase Law Enforcement
Maintain Status International Drug Interdiction
Maintain Status Federal Health Care Programs
Slightly Increase AIDS Research
Maintain Status Job Re-training Programs
Slightly Increase Infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc.)
Maintain Status Public Education
Slightly Decrease Foreign Aid
Maintain Status Environmental Clean Up and Enforcement
Other
Other

2. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the tax levels for each of the listed categories.

Slightly Decrease Capital Gains Taxes
Greatly Increase Cigarette Taxes
Greatly Increase Alcohol Taxes
Maintain Status Taxes on Social Security Benefits Received by Retirees Earning More than $40,000
Maintain Status Income Taxes on Families Earning Less than $140,000
Maintain Status Income Taxes on Families Earning $140,000 or More
Maintain Status Value-Added Taxes on U.S. Businesses
Maintain Status Taxes on Foreign Companies in the United States
Other
a) I will continue to fight for funding for more police, more prisons, and tougher sentences for repeat violent criminals; I will fight to establish boot camps for young offenders. b) To create jobs in Southern California through Job Creation, Tax Credit, Profit Sharing incentives, a targeted capital gains tax cut, and support of scientific research at the University of California.
Most of my priorities can be pursued without raising new taxes; Most are revenue neutral.

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