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Maxine Waters' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (CA) - District 43


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Issue Positions

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  • "Donald Trump showed us who he really is during the campaign when he admitted to grabbing women by their private parts, so today's attack by the Trump administration on women's health should come as no surprise. The rule, issued today, allows employers--even ones with no religious affiliation-- to deny their employees birth control coverage as previously required by the Affordable Care Act. This is an attack on all of the 62 million women nationwide that rely on the Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage." (
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5377 "Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act." (
  • Rated 0% by FreedomWorks. (
  • "The GOP tax scam law is yet another conscious decision by the president and his Republican allies to rig the system in favor of large corporations, GOP donors, special interest groups, and wealthy individuals like Donald Trump himself. However, make no mistake, I will continue to fight against Republican efforts to sell out working families in favor of the rich." (
  • "There is no doubt that the expanded Child Tax Credit will impact our communities and help put an end to child poverty in this country," (
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell even had the audacity to predict that the tax cuts did not need to be paid for because they would pay for themselves. However, ten months later, the federal deficit has skyrocketed 17 percent to an astonishing $779 billion -- due in large part to the GOP tax scam -- and Majority Leader McConnell has stated that the rising federal debt is "very disturbing,' but is "driven by the three biggest entitlement programs that are very popular: Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid,' implying a need for sharp budget cuts to these vital programs." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (
  • "This bill improves access to clean and fair elections by establishing automatic voter registration, prohibiting voter roll purges, ending partisan gerrymandering, requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns, restoring voting rights for the formerly incarcerated, better regulating coordination between super PACs and campaigns, and enhancing federal support for voting system security. With the inclusion of my amendment, which broadens the scope of this bill to more effectively hold bad actors accountable, this bill also makes it illegal for disinformation to threaten voters with criminal, civil, or other legal penalties if they vote." (
  • Rated 90% by End Citizens United. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Each of these changes would have dramatic implications for our nation's campaign finance system, widening the channels of influence for wealthy and well-connected campaign donors and further exacerbating the flood of undisclosed and unaccountable "secret money" into our political system.[2] Yet, the 115th Congress has not held one hearing, commissioned a single study, nor investigated in any serious way the ramifications of these ill-conceived policy riders. Put simply, it is irresponsible for Congress to advance these campaign finance changes without due deliberation and public debate. As we know all too well, Americans trust in government is nearing an all-time low.[3] Driving this historic mistrust is the public's belief that concentrated money in politics has undue influence on our political system. In fact, a recent survey found that Americans -- from across the political spectrum -- identified money in politics as the number one cause for dysfunction in Washington, D.C. [4] In the face of this reality, it would be unconscionable to exploit the must-pass FY18 omnibus spending agreement to further erode our nation's campaign finance system." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • "Police reform is NOT ENOUGH. Getting rid of serial, racist, ignorant, & stupid cops must be a top priority. Let's call them out! Police protective unions, you've got to go too!" (
  • "I rise in support of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which bans police choke holds, creates a national police misconduct registry, and eliminates qualified immunity, among other needed provisions. I grieved when first watching George Floyd's murder by a cop, and I grieve still over the continued loss of so many Blacks killed by cops. There have been 149 Black men killed at the hands of police since George Floyd's murder. I have been fighting against this police brutality since my first days as a member of the California State Assembly." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 0% by the Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • "The Congresswoman's first amendment provides $550 million for TIGER in fiscal year 2018, which is the same as the amount provided by the Senate in its spending bill. The Congresswoman's second amendment provides $7.5 billion for TIGER in order to jump start infrastructure investments and create jobs nationwide. The amendments were cosponsored by Reps. Andre Carson (D-IN), Elizabeth H. Esty (D-CT), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Mark Pocan (D-WI), and Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ).[2]" (
  • "The Moving Forward Act will repair our Nation's dilapidated roads, bridges, and public transit systems. It will rebuild our drinking water infrastructure, upgrade our schools and hospitals, and improve our affordable housing infrastructure. The Moving Forward Act will also create millions of jobs and help our economy to recover." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • "Today an unpopular Speaker, historically unpopular President, and dreadfully unpopular Republican-led Congress are celebrating the passage of a wildly unpopular bill that no one wanted. The Republican tax bill is a scam. It is a giveaway to corporations and the top 1% of wealthy Americans. The bill raises taxes on the hard-working middle class, borrows against the future by adding trillions to the deficit, forces millennials to fix our deficit crisis years from now, and rapidly accelerates the concentration of wealth toward the top 1%. This is yet another conscious decision by the Trump Administration to ignore the needs of millions of Americans who have worked hard to provide for themselves and their families, and, instead, prioritize the profits of large corporations, GOP donors, special interest groups, and Donald Trump himself." (
  • Rated 0% by FreedomWorks. (
  • ""The GOP tax scam law is another iteration of the failed Republican trickledown economic policies of the past. They didn't work under President Reagan, they didn't work under President Bush, and they aren't working now. Predictably, the Republican corporate tax cuts are going straight to CEOs and shareholders. Because the richest 10 percent of Americans own 80 percent of stock, corporate tax cuts do next to nothing for the middle class. Companies are not hiring more workers and they are not investing more in research and development. Instead, multinational companies are doing what they have always done when given tax breaks: they are sticking to their business plan and pocketing any extra money that comes their way." (
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • "This deal specifically sets aside $60 billion in funding for our nation's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), community banks, credit unions, certified development companies and microlenders, which are well-positioned in communities across the country to lend to the neighborhood small businesses that need funding the most." (
  • "I am proud to announce that Behavioral Health Services has received federal grants totaling more than $1.2 million to support its vital work providing primary healthcare services in the Cities of Gardena and Hawthorne in my congressional district, as well as locations throughout Los Angeles County. These funds will help BHS provide COVID-19 screening and treatment and other essential health services to low-income and underserved individuals and families in our region. BHS will also be able to use these funds to provide face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect its frontline health workers and their patients." (
  • "In addition, while many will benefit from the expanded paid leave and unemployment insurance that the House passed and the Senate is considering, some workers will still suffer as their hours are cut, jobs are lost, and their income is reduced. This will lead to late payments, defaults, and negative credit reporting. Some families may even face evictions or foreclosures. While Congress works on a bold, fiscal stimulus package to help these individuals, I call on the Fed to reevaluate its response and work creatively to address the needs of everyday Americans." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (
  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • "ENVIRONMENT: Donald Trump's budget cuts funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by 26 percent in fiscal year 2019. It cuts clean air programs by 46 percent and cuts $1.3 billion from energy efficiency and renewable energy, while simultaneously increasing fossil fuel energy research and development by more than $80 million. It also completely eliminates the Chemical Safety Board, which investigates serious chemical accidents and is currently investigating an explosion at the Torrance Refinery in my congressional district." (
  • "I have received a 100% score as an Environmental Champion from the League of Conservation Voters. I have voted for clean air, clean water, Climate Change, & racial, social, and environmental justice. I believe that we can indeed “protect our planet and everyone who inhabits it.”" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (
  • Rated 92% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • Signed Leter to Udauk-Joe Ntuk: "While the Draft Rule would prevent drilling of new oil and gas production sites within 3,200 feet of homes, schools, health centers, and other sensitive sites within California, it falls short of protecting frontline communities who presently live, study, and work near existing fossil fuel wells. Nearly seven million Californians--mostly people of color--live within one mile of an oil or gas well. This is a reality my constituents live with every day, where we have urban oil drilling taking place within 3,200 feet of homes, schools, and businesses. Studies link proximity to oil and gas wells to increased risk of asthma and other respiratory illnesses." (
  • Signed Letter to Administrator Regan: "We write to express our appreciation for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) historic action to combat methane emissions in the agency's recent announcement to strengthen regulations on new and modified sources, and to expand safeguards to existing sources of methane from oil and gas production. We celebrate the much-needed progress EPA is making on methane emissions through this proposal, including necessary protections to zero-out emissions from intentionally polluting equipment like pneumatic controllers." (
  • "This is a very difficult subject. You have heard from my colleagues for some days now about our determination to deal with this issue of gun violence. You have heard about the bills that we have tried to get taken up on the floor to deal with gun violence. Very simple bills. One bill that is a bill that has been characterized as no fly, no buy, simply meaning that if you are too dangerous to be on an airplane, you are too dangerous to be able to buy a gun. And, of course, universal background checks to make sure we know who is seeking to purchase weapons and what their backgrounds are and whether or not they should be allowed to purchase a gun." (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • "Furthermore, the Republican proposal lays the groundwork for another cruel attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which would strip health coverage from millions of Americans.[1]" (
  • Voted against HR 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (
  • "Forty percent of #COVID19 deaths are the elderly in nursing homes. I’m demanding more tests & PPE for workers & patients, higher wages, and 2-weeks paid leave for nursing home workers. Both workers & patients are dying! This is America! We can do better than this!" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "This budget blueprint illustrates that Trump is more concerned with threatening the world with another nuclear arms race and sinking billions into a border wall than ensuring that all Americans have a home, good schools, access to affordable health care, and the financial security to retire" (
  • Rated 5% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "Trump has repeatedly shown that he has no interest in standing up for hardworking Americans and this proposal is just another example. This budget is the largest in federal history and includes an additional $8.6 billion for the construction of a senseless border wall." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 5% by NumbersUSA. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1333 "NO BAN Act." (
  • "We are disappointed to see the forced re-implementation of the cruel Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). Making asylum seekers wait in Mexico, where over 1,500 people have been raped, kidnapped, or murdered while their asylum claims are heard, goes against our nation's longstanding tradition of keeping our doors open for those fleeing war, hunger, and hardship." (
  • "This reckless action will alienate our allies, trigger a long-term isolation of America as a diplomatic power, and likely put the United States on a path of escalation with Iran. And there is an obvious link here to Trump's so-called diplomacy with North Korea. The Administration's ability to pursue a credible diplomatic path with respect to Kim Jong-un's nuclear program will be seriously undermined if North Korea and our allies believe the U.S. can't be trusted to stand by its international commitments." (
  • "President Trump's announcement today that he is withdrawing the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal--and imposing the highest level of sanctions--will undermine U.S. national security and global stability. To date, the Iran accord has been effective in blocking Iran's path to a nuclear weapon. Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the deal will allow Iran to pursue a nuclear weapons program--unconstrained, without UN inspectors, and without any recourse to stop them short of a U.S-led war and occupation." (
  • Rated 0% by the Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (
  • 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” (
  • Rated 0% by the Center for Security Policy. (
  • "The Iraq war finally ended in December 2011. We cannot allow this outdated AUMF to be used as a blank check for future wars. It is long past time for Congress to reassert its constitutional role in authorizing and providing oversight over United States military action." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 256 "To Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002" (
  • "This President has started a trade war that is already harming American consumers and companies." (
  • "Donald Trump's trade wars have caused tremendous suffering among American farmers, so much so that the USDA has offered a total of $28 billion over the past year to farmers adversely impacted by retaliatory tariffs. This taxpayer money could have been spent to improve our nation's schools and health services, fix dilapidated roads and bridges, and expand services to seniors and veterans in rural and urban communities alike. Instead, the Trump administration is giving billions in bailouts to farmers who are losing money because of his foolish trade wars." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (

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