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Doris Matsui's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We ask that you demonstrate your commitment to being a President for all people in the United States by eliminating the Hyde Amendement, as well as related abortion coverage and care restrictions, from your Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget request." (
  • "Republicans have proven with today's vote that they are more concerned with special interests than middle class families, more interested in helping corporations than American workers, more attentive to their political interests than the future of our country. In fact, in this bill, 83% of the tax benefits go to the top 1%. At a time when the children's health insurance program and community health centers are running out of money, when DREAMers in this country fear for their future, when communities reeling from our nation's opioid crisis are in need of resources, Republicans have prioritized tax breaks for the privileged few." (
  • "Those who work hard and play by the rules deserve a dignified and secure retirement. I am committed to improving the health and well-being of our aging population. In Congress I serve as the co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Seniors, where I lead efforts to protect and strengthen Medicare and Social Security for seniors in Sacramento and the rest of the nation. I have also advocated for reforming our systems so that all Americans can achieve retirement security. I will continue working to make sure that our aging population can gain the fiscal and social stability they deserve and have worked so hard to acquire." (
  • Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (
  • "Past Republican budgets included real, damaging consequences for seniors, jeopardizing critical services like caregiver assistance, health care, and housing programs. I will continue to fight to strengthen -- not weaken -- critical programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, because we need to make sure that our seniors have the resources they need to maintain a healthy and dignified retirement." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "As negotiations over the omnibus for FY2018 agreement continue, we write to urge you to block any campaign finance policy riders in the final spending agreement. Recent media reports indicate that several controversial policy riders designed to dramatically reshape federal campaign finance law are currently being considered for inclusion in the FY2018 omnibus spending package.[1] Specifically, it has been reported negotiators are considering: the elimination of coordinated spending limits on political parties, a repeal of the so-called Johnson Amendment, which bars religious institutions from explicitly endorsing or opposing political candidates, and the enactment of additional prohibitions on the authority of the Securities Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Executive Branch to apply commonsense transparency measures to certain political activity. 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." (
  • Voted in Favor of H.R. 1 - For the People Act of 2019. (
  • "I stand with those across the country who have lifted their voices, shared their pain, and called on us to enact meaningful change. We cannot remain complicit in a system that systematically oppresses people of color. The George Floyd #JusticeinPolicing Act seeks to fundamentally shift our nation's failed approach on policing and is a positive step towards a safer, more equal and more just America." (
  • "I am proud to join @TheBlackCaucus as a co-sponsor on the Justice in Policing Act, comprehensive legislation to hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement and build trust between law enforcement and our communities" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (
  • Rated 85% by the Council for a Livable World. (
  • Rated 0% by the Center for Security Policy. (
  • 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;" (
  • "Today I once again voted against a Republican Ryan budget that is nothing more than another attack on seniors, students, workers, and middle class families. It would hinder our country's path to economic recovery in exchange for protecting tax loopholes for the wealthy and special interests." (
  • "I will continue supporting legislation that will create jobs and move our economy forward by investing in the growing industries of health care, clean energy, and technology." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (
  • "I will fight against tax schemes that steal from working families to give to the wealthiest households and corporations." (
  • "They chose to raise taxes on the middle-class, and to burden future generations by adding to the deficit nearly $1.5 trillion in giveaways to corporations and the ultra-wealthy." (
  • "The CARES Act provided millions in loans for struggling small businesses, but some big banks have restricted access to the money. That’s why I called on lenders to make small business loans available immediately." (
  • "I joined my colleagues calling for more flexibility for small businesses to spend their PPP funds. During these difficult times our small business community needs more flexibility over a longer period of time to make sure they can weather this crisis." (
  • "Yesterday, the House passed the PPP Flexibility Act, a bill that will enable our small business community to get much needed flexibility within their Paycheck Protection Program funding. We need to continue to do all we can to support our small businesses through this crisis." (
  • "During the 113th Congress, we will hopefully work to overhaul and improve No Child Left Behind and the Education and Secondary School Act (ESEA) so that the law finally lives up to its promise: to provide an equal and excellent education for every child in America. We need to ensure that every child can be taught by a great teacher and that those teachers are properly supported." (
  • "We must improve the No Child Left Behind Act and the Education and Secondary School Act so that every child in the region and the rest of the nation has access to equal and excellent education.We also must make changes to ensure higher education is affordable and accessible for every child in America. The unfortunate reality is that skyrocketing college costs are putting a college education out of reach for many families. To help address this, I have supported legislation that prevented student loan interest rates from doubling, and locked in rates for new student loans to prevent rates from skyrocketing in the future." (
  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing on behalf of the 80,000 Americans employed by the U.S. wind industry, representing jobs in all fifty states, to ask that you promptly extend the current law Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Wind now provides power to over 15 million American homes, as well as to many thousands of farms and businesses." (
  • "I will continue supporting legislation that will create jobs and move our economy forward by investing in the growing industries of health care, clean energy, and technology." (
  • "Clean energy is a growing industry in the Sacramento region, filled with both promise and potential. Â As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I have made it a top priority to bring clean energy technology to Sacramento, and to support companies who aim to create good-paying, clean-tech jobs to our region." (
  • "As a congresswoman and grandmother, I am dedicated to passing environmental protection policies, and I am still in awe of the mass movement of the People's Climate March a year ago." (
  • "I am pleased that the Administration today took a big step forward in turning the tide of dangerous climate change by placing sensible limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants." (
  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." (
  • "In my career in the House, I have been committed to closing harmful loopholes and banning large-capacity ammunition sales." (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (
  • Rated 0% by the National Rifle Association. (
  • "Today, the latest "repeal now, replace later" Republican attempt to kill the Affordable Care Act has crashed and burned. It's unfathomable that the GOP even considered repealing the ACA without a replacement plan - they had SEVEN years to come up with something." (
  • "I rise today in strong opposition to the Rule and the underlying legislation. Here we go again. This bill marks yet another attempt by the Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but the first time after implementation of many provisions that Americans rely on." (
  • "It has been five years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, and American families are reaping the benefits. This law has opened up access to affordable, reliable health coverage, putting it in reach of all Americans." (
  • "Tremendous efforts have been made to ensure all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) not only opened up access to health insurance for millions of Americans, it also improved the quality of insurance, providing new consumer protections and cost savings." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "California has been a leader on paid sick leave & paid family leave. It's time for national policies as well! #LeadOnLeave!" (
  • "President Trump's threat needs to be stopped in its tracks. The Sacramento region can't take any chances of this critical funding being diverted in order to pay for an unpopular and ineffective border wall." (
  • "The President declaring a national emergency at the border is an appalling abuse of executive branch power. National emergency declarations are for real crises, including threats to our safety and security, and should never be used as a tool for political grandstanding, especially for an unpopular and ineffective border wall. It's simply unacceptable that the President is raiding any program, including the urgently needed defense funds. Americans can see right through this ploy." (
  • Signed a letter stating "We believe it is undeniable that detention in a secure facility is detrimental to mothers and children and is not reflective of our values as a Nation. Children require special protections and should not be laced in jail-like settings." (
  • "As the daughter of immigrants, I stand with all DREAMers, and will work tirelessly to make comprehensive immigration reform a reality as soon as possible." (
  • "Five years ago, former President Obama introduced DACA, making it easier for young immigrants who grew up in America to achieve their dreams. This policy is good for our economy, our security, and our communities. We cannot turn our backs on DREAMers." (
  • "This decision by Pres. Trump opens the door for Iran to move towards the development of a nuclear weapon and weakens our ability to achieve the objectives we share with our allies, such as addressing Iran’s support of terrorism and human rights abuses." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Our overriding objective has been and will continue to be to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. As Iran continues to adhere to the letter of the agreement, it is imperative that we uphold our commitments while continuously verifying their their compliance. If Iran cheats, comprehensive sanctions will snap back. Make no mistake- we will have the legitimacy and international support should a more sever course of action be necessary, including the use of military force." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1698 - Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act. (
  • "While I continue to support ongoing efforts to ensure Iran's adherence to the agreement, I believe President Trump's decision to decertify compliance will hinder our work to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon." (
  • 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. (
  • 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." (
  • Rated 85% by the Council for a Livable World. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "As such, we believe that it is critically important that the TPP provide for an enhanced framework for protecting workers' rights to help ensure that the agreement benefits the middle class in this country and protect the rights of workers of our trading partners." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (

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