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Doris Matsui's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (CA) - District 7


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  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (
  • 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." (
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • "After exploding the debt by nearly $2 trillion with their #GOPTaxScam, Republicans are trying to pass a “balanced budget amendment” today in order to force massive cuts to Medicare, Medicaid & Social Security." (
  • Rated 0% by The Club for Growth. (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (
  • "This evening, @HouseDemocrats are voting to pass the most transformational and comprehensive democracy reform legislation in more than four decades. Learn more about #HR1, the #ForThePeople Act, and how we are working to return power back to the people: (
  • Rated 93% by Common Cause. (
  • 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 HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • "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" (
  • "Right now, words are truly not enough to express the feelings that we all have. As we continue to live through a period of unprecedented uncertainty and crisis, we need to come together to support each other through this time of intense pain. Sacramento's strength is in its unwavering dedication to each other, and we must together -- all of us -- demand the accountability to create lasting change for a better tomorrow. I will be supporting efforts in Congress that bring reform and seek to uproot injustice in our country." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • 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;" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • "Right now, we are creating a strong economic foundation for our future to better connect and protect generations to come. This legislation makes historic investments to repair our roads and bridges, deliver clean drinking water to our schools, modernize transit, combat climate change, expand broadband access, and give America's workers the tools they need to build back better." (
  • ""The House has passed a government funding package that looks towards the future and makes critical investments to support our nation's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, invest in our health care, combat climate change, and meet some of Sacramento's most pressing needs," said Congresswoman Matsui. "As we emerge from one of the worst public health crises in history, we need to think big and bold -- and this package of bills includes the funding necessary to help us Build Back Better."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • "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." (
  • "I will fight against tax schemes that steal from working families to give to the wealthiest households and corporations." (
  • Rated 0% by The Club for Growth. (
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (
  • "By making investments in sustainable, modern, efficient infrastructure and programs we can continue to grow our economy while tackling our goal of a net-zero emission, climate friendly future. I worked to get my bill, the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) included, which helps replace old, dirty diesel engines with cleaner technologies. With the funding authorized through this bill, we will be able to upgrade millions of diesel engines on our waterways, rails, and roadways -- improving our air for our communities. In order to combat the most catastrophic consequences of climate change, we need to continue to be bold. It is critical that Congress prioritizes our environment and seizes the moment to maximize the economic opportunities for American families." (
  • Rated 100% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • "Today's announcement by the Biden Administration and the EPA is a decisive action necessary to reaching our goal of cutting U.S. climate pollution in half by 2030 and protecting the environment, communities, and our public health. After four years of reckless rollbacks by the Trump Administration, there is no time to waste. We need to advance clean transportation technology, ramp up the deployment of zero-emission electric vehicles, and make the crucial investments necessary to protect our future. This is the time to think bigger and bolder on our climate goals. I applaud the agency's announcement and look forward to working with the Biden Administration to continue strengthening our transportation emission standards, improving air quality for communities nationwide, and achieving our goal of electric vehicles accounting for 50% of new car sales by 2030 and 100% of new sales by 2035." (
  • "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." (
  • "From day one, this Administration made it clear that California's waiver authority granted under the Clean Air Act was enemy number one, and they have spitefully acted to do everything in their power to end this critical protection for California, twelve other states, and the District of Columbia. We all deserve clean air to breathe, but unfortunately the Trump White House would rather lower air standards and increase rates of sickness in all fifty states," (
  • Voted in favor of HR 2467 "PFAS Action Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (
  • "In my career in the House, I have been committed to closing harmful loopholes and banning large-capacity ammunition sales." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • "Today, the Supreme Court struck down the Republicans' latest attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and take away health care from millions of Americans. Despite the relentless efforts of Republicans, today's ruling is a crucial victory in our continued fight to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions, improve health equity and expand access to care. The ACA has been a lifeline to millions of Americans - expanding Medicaid eligibility, establishing the individual marketplace, providing subsidies and tax credits to make coverage more affordable, and ensuring health plans cover essential benefits for every American. It has made sure that historically underserved Americans are no longer priced out or shut out of the coverage they need." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (
  • "California has been a leader on paid sick leave & paid family leave. It's time for national policies as well! #LeadOnLeave!" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted against HR 6136 "Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018." (
  • 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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1698 - Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act. (
  • 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." (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • 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. (
  • 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 Letter to Ambassador Lighthizer: "Trade agreements must ensure that as trade and competition grows, they work to harmonize wages and rightds upwards for American workers and workers in other nations." (
  • "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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