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Anna Eshoo's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (CA) - District 16

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Issue Positions

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  • Rated 100% by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (votesmart.org)
  • "Anna supports Roe v Wade and throughout her entire public life - 10 years on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and 27 years in the U.S. House of Representatives - has opposed attempts to undermine it. " (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Choice." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Republican tax bill that passed the House today is an assault on the middle class and it will do lasting damage to our country. The bill is a dishonest "bait and switch' for the 36 million middle class families who will see their taxes increase under this plan to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest 1% of Americans and multinational companies. It is paid for by eliminating the few remaining benefits in the tax code for the middle-class and adding $1.7 trillion to the national debt, leaving it to our children and grandchildren to pay for." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "Anna will continue to fight to protect and strengthen the Affordable Care Act and to achieve universal healthcare coverage for all." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Invest in Community Health Centers, safety net hospitals, and Medicare and Medicaid." (annaeshoo4congress.com)
  • "#ThatMomentWhen Trump’s Secretary of Health acts like his budget isn’t taking a hatchet to every part of our health care system, undermining the Affordable Care Act, block granting Medicaid, and slashing Medicare spending. I’ve got receipts, Secretary Azar." (twitter.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Most Americans agree that the rise of big money in politics undermines the basic guiding principle of our democracy--that every citizen enjoys equality under the law and an equal voice in our elections. While we believe that amending the Constitution should be reserved only for times when no other recourse will do, we have seen the impact of these decisions, and we are convinced that an amendment is ripe for consideration." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • "H.R. 1 reforms our campaign finance system to address the disastrous Citizens United decision that opened the floodgates to unlimited contributions from anonymous donors. The legislation establishes a public Fair Elections Fund to match small dollar donations, strengthens Federal Election Commission (FEC) oversight of Super PACs, and requires ``dark money'' independent expenditure groups to disclose their donors just as candidates and Super PACs must do." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Justice in Policing Act of 2020: Reforms qualified immunity so that individuals are not barred from recovering damages when police violate their constitutional rights." (votesmart.org)
  • "The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others demonstrate the lack of accountability and justice when it comes to the killing of Black men and women in our country," said Rep. Eshoo. "This package of bills bans chokeholds and no-knock warrants, prohibits racial profiling, demilitarizes police departments, reforms qualified immunity, and makes incidents of police misconduct fully transparent to the public." (votesmart.org)
  • "The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act takes these challenges head on by banning chokeholds, mandating racial bias training, ending qualified immunity, restricting the sale of military-grade weapons to local police departments, and establishing a National Police Misconduct Registry. While the inequities in our criminal justice system are immense, this legislation is a bold step to address systemic racism in law enforcement, and the time has come to make these reforms the law of the land." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • "The announcement by the Secretary of Transportation today to fully fund the electrification of Caltrain is a clear victory for my constituents and the people of the Bay Area." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (votesmart.org)
  • ""This bill is the largest corporate tax cut in our nation's history but it compromises the future well-being of our country and its people. Instead of reforming the tax code to expand our economy, the bill expands our debt. Instead of motivating more Americans to pursue higher education, more to own their own homes, more to move up the economic ladder, the bill sacrifices our values and vision for a plan that has never worked in the past." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? "No." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "This historic $2 trillion legislation, the largest relief package in American history, will address the many challenges we face," Eshoo said. "For the millions of Americans filing for unemployment benefits, for the healthcare workers making daily sacrifices on the front lines, and for the small businesses that are shuttered, I'm proud that the CARES Act puts families and workers first. Through a significant expansion of unemployment insurance, expanded small business loans, and a $100 billion "Marshall Plan" for our health care system, this legislation will save lives, stabilize families and workers across the country, and bring confidence to the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • ""Combatting the current catastrophic public health and economic crisis requires a comprehensive and bold approach. I'm very proud that the House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan Act which will address this moment in America, a time to crush the virus and address the great economic needs of our people," said Rep. Eshoo. "This life-saving legislation will defeat COVID-19, return children safely to the classroom, get vaccines to every American, shore up state and local governments that employ essential workers, put dollars into families' pockets and put people back to work. It is an evidence-based, economist-approved plan that will put our country on the road to recovery." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "As you know, as a key part of the CARES Act, Congress set up an unprecedented forgivable loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), to aid small businesses and nonprofits in retaining their workforce and ensure they can weather this crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "I support the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which prohibits the imposition of federal standards on states." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? "No." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Anna supports the following to address climate change: a tax on carbon emissions; reduction of fossil fuels usage; higher vehicular fuel efficiency requirements; more energy efficient buildings; investment in clean public transportation; and expansion of clean energy." (annaeshoo4congress.com)
  • "As we work to combat the climate crisis, incentivizing clean energy and innovation is more important than ever. I'm proud to introduce this bill with my colleagues to support the next generation of clean energy technology, developed in my congressional district at Stanford University. Linear generators are a low-emission alternative to diesel-based generators and will help make our power system cleaner and more reliable. Importantly, they should get the same tax incentives as similar technologies," (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (votesmart.org)
  • "I applaud President Biden’s announcement today to renew and strengthen our commitments to emissions reductions under the Paris Agreement. After four years of climate denial, the U.S. is once again a global leader in addressing the threat of climate change." (twitter.com)
  • "Anna supports the following to address climate change: a tax on carbon emissions; reduction of fossil fuels usage; higher vehicular fuel efficiency requirements; more energy efficient buildings; investment in clean public transportation; and expansion of clean energy." (annaeshoo4congress.com)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 2467 "PFAS Action Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "Laws can help to change this and Congress must act swiftly. No excuses. The words of national leaders that set a tone in our country can either raise people up or encourage acts of hatred." (votesmart.org)
  • "Anna supports common sense gun control legislation that: Establishes universal background checks for all gun sales, including online and at gun shows, and extends the time period during which a background check can be completed before being automatically approved from 3 days to 10; Reinstates the Assault Weapons Ban; and Encourages states to pass "red flag" laws to temporarily remove firearms from a person who may present a danger to themselves or others." (annaeshoo4congress.com)
  • Do you generally support gun control legislation? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "Anna will continue to fight to protect and strengthen the Affordable Care Act and to achieve universal healthcare coverage for all." (annaeshoo4congress.com)
  • 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)
  • "The House is meeting the coronavirus crisis head on by providing access to free testing for all Americans and expanding paid leave, unemployment insurance, nutrition assistance, and federal funds for Medicaid. #FamiliesFirst." (twitter.com)
  • "We must protect working families from facing the terrible choice between staying home to avoid spreading the virus and losing the paycheck they need to survive. Congress must pass the #FamiliesFirst Coronavirus Response Act." (twitter.com)
  • Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? "No." (votesmart.org)
  • "The U.S. Constitution is clear—Article One states that Congress controls the power of the purse. Today I will vote to uphold the Constitution by preventing the President from unlawfully taking money that Congress already appropriated. Congress & The People do not support the wall" (twitter.com)
  • "The bill provides a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, young people who came to the U.S. as children without legal status. It provides conditional legal status for ten years to those with a high school diploma or equivalent credential, and they must pay a fee and pass a background check. They can also earn permanent legal status if they attend college, work lawfully, or serve in the military." (justfacts.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)
  • "I support comprehensive immigration reform that provides a timely pathway to citizenship for the undocumented community, modernizing our visa programs, and providing humanitarian relief for those fleeing violence." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1698 "Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act." (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)
  • "The President's decision to walk away from the Iran Nuclear Agreement (JCPOA) represents an abdication of U.S. leadership. This move plunges America's relations with our European allies into uncertainty and sends a message to the world that the word of the United States can no longer be trusted." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (votesmart.org)
  • 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” (votesmart.org)
  • "I oppose additional military involvement, and I support diplomatic and economic steps that will reduce tensions in the Middle East." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • 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" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Thank you for your time and attention to this important matter. We are encouraged that you are conducting a public comment process to understand the implications of any tariffs and make adjustments to the preliminary list before any tariffs are imposed. We look forward to working with you to address our concerns." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to Ambassador Lighthizer: "As members of the Congressional Wine Caucus, we write to express our strong concern about U.S. retaliatory tariffs on European wine. These retaliatory tariffs cause economic harm to the thousands of U.S. wineries, exporters, importers, retailers, and restaurants who depend on a vibrant, healthy wine market for their livelihood. Any expansion of these tariffs would further exacerbate the harm already caused." (justfacts.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?
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
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?
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
I support the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which prohibits the imposition of federal standards on states.
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?
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
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?
I support comprehensive immigration reform that provides a timely pathway to citizenship for the undocumented community, modernizing our visa programs, and providing humanitarian relief for those fleeing violence.
Yes Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
No Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
No Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
I oppose additional military involvement, and I support diplomatic and economic steps that will reduce tensions in the Middle East.
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