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Juan Vargas' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (CA) - District 52


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  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 - Women's Health Protection Act of 2021 (
  • Rated 100% with Planned Parenthood Action Fund (
  • Signed Letter to President Trump: "We urge you to give more thought to how defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing the ACA would harm women in every district in every state. Taking these steps would leave all women worse off. As President, you will have the power to prevent this looming disaster. You, more than anyone else, will have to answer to those whose benefits, coverage, and access to care is abruptly ripped away. The women of America are watching, Mr. President-elect. As are the men who care about them. The true test of whether your policy agenda will harm or help women begins tomorrow." (
  • The Supreme Court’s refusal to block the Texas abortion ban is an unconstitutional attack on women’s rights and health care providers. I look forward to working with @SpeakerPelosi to uphold women’s rights through the Women’s Health Reproductive Act. (
  • It is cruel and "mean" to take health care away from millions of people to give tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires. #SaveOurCare (
  • I’m voting against the #GOPTaxScam conference report because it raises taxes on millions of working families, takes away health coverage from 13 million Americans, and increases the deficit by $1.5 trillion. This is a bad deal for American families. (
  • ""Instead of working with Democrats on real bipartisan tax reform that would benefit hardworking Americans, Republicans chose to raise taxes on millions of working families and add more than $1.5 trillion dollars to the deficit. Families, veterans, and seniors in my district and across the country will suffer when Republicans come after Medicare and Medicaid to pay for these tax cuts for the rich." (
  • "The Republican tax scam eliminates key deductions for families, students, veterans, and seniors. Working families in my district will see their taxes increase with the elimination of essential deductions, including the personal exemption deduction, the student loan interest deduction, the medical expense deduction, and even the educator expense deduction." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1319 - American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (
  • My Public Policy Priorities Protecting Medicare and Social Security Good paying jobs for trained workers Solar and green power to boost economic growth Educational opportunities for all children Comprehensive immigration reform Honoring our veterans and protecting their hard-earned benefits Investing in research and development to drive greater innovation statement/1252450/issue-position-issues (
  • Signed Letter to Speaker Ryan: "In addition to the looming $25 billion Medicare cut next month, enacting your tax bill will result in widespread chaos to the health insurance market. The Senate bill's elimination of the individual mandate, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will increase premiums and 13 million Americans will lose their health insurance coverage. Likewise, seniors and those preparing for retirement are rightly nervous that your recent pronouncement that "we're going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit" means that cuts to Medicare and Social Security benefits are the necessary next step to pay for the added deficits your tax cuts would produce" (
  • What’s on the chopping block if the #GOPTaxScam passes? Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other vital initiatives for millions of hard-working Americans. (
  • Signed Letter to Speaker Ryan: "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." (
  • Signed Letter to Secretary Yellen: "We write to urge the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to reverse the Trump Administration's decision to eliminate disclosure requirements for certain tax-exempt organizations that engage in political activity. As it stands, this policy weakens federal tax laws, campaign finance laws, and longstanding efforts to prevent foreign interference in U.S. elections (
  • Voted yes on HR 1 - For the People Act of 2019 - Voting Record (
  • Rep. Vargas Cosponsors Historical Justice in Policing Act of 2020 to End Police Brutality (
  • Exactly one year ago, the world witnessed a knee on the neck of George Floyd. We must continue fighting for JUSTICE and create a future where NO ONE loses their life to police violence. The time for change is now. The #JusticeInPolicing Act needs to become law (
  • House Democrats will vote today on the George Floyd #JusticeInPolicing Act. Join us in sending a message to Trump and Senate Republicans that we need comprehensive police reform NOW. Sign up today to become a citizen co-sponsor at (
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 (
  • "I was proud to support the bipartisan defense bill that will bring necessary funds to the military installations across my district and the United States. The defense budget further provides for salary increases for our military personnel who selflessly serve our nation." (
  • "Furthermore, the removal of several toxic environmental riders and the inclusion of a provision authorizing the commissioning of 13 new ships for the United States Navy make this a bill worth supporting. These new ships will be good for our national defense and will be especially good for San Diego." (
  • 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;" (
  • Rep. Vargas Statement on the Passage of the Republican Tax Bill (
  • "House Republicans passed a tax proposal that raises taxes on millions of working Americans to pay for tax cuts for the rich and corporations." (
  • "Republicans in Congress passed a tax plan that will raise taxes for 86 million families to give massive tax cuts to the richest 1% of Americans and big corporations. This is not real tax reform, this is a tax scam." (
  • Signed Letter to Chairman Brady: "As members of the California Congressional Delegation, we write to express our deepest concerns about any proposed changes to the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, as indicated in the "Big Six" framework. The SALT deduction allows taxpayers to deduct state and local taxes from their federal taxable income, and was written into the federal tax code since the inception of the income tax in 1913. It has fostered a strong partnership between federal and state and local governments, and we oppose any change that would damage this cultivated relationship." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1319 - American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (
  • I'm also pleased to share that the American Rescue Plan contains language from my bill, H.R. 1720 COVID-19 Medical Production Act, which is key to supporting our nation’s economic recovery and the public's well-being. The language will provide $10 billion in additional appropriations for the Defense Production Act to fund testing, personal protective equipment, and vaccine production to combat COVID-19. (
  • Vargas Applauds House Passage of American Rescue Plan (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act (
  • Letter to the Hon. Mike Simpson, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies, the Hon. Marcy Kaptur, Ranking Member - Funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (
  • Rated 0% with American Energy Alliance i (
  • The time to #ActOnClimate is NOW. Happy to be an original cosponsor of the #GreenNewDealResolution and move our nation towards more sustainable, clean energy solutions. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 - Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019 (
  • The time to #ActOnClimate is NOW. Happy to be an original cosponsor of the #GreenNewDealResolution and move our nation towards more sustainable, clean energy solutions. (
  • Research shows that the last seven years were the planet's hottest on record. The climate crisis is here and it's getting worse. Now more than ever, we need the climate provisions in #BuildBackBetter to move our country to green tech and cleaner energy. (
  • Signed Letter to Speaker Pelosi: "Whether it is horrific mass shootings or often-unreported gun violence that occurs every day in towns and cities across America--the call to action is clear. Instead of continuing with the unacceptable status quo, let us direct the research community to investigate evidence-based interventions that could help prevent gun violence and provide the essential resources to do so. For these reasions, we strongly urge you to support $50 million for gun violence research at the CDC and NIH in any finalized fiscal year 2020 appropriations legislation." (
  • "President Obama's executive action on gun control is a great first step in the fight against gun violence," said Rep. Vargas. "Now, it's up to Congress to support the President's actions and keep guns out of the wrong hands. I look forward to working with my colleagues to confront this devastating crisis." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 - (
  • Voted yes on HR 1425 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act - National Key Vote (
  • Signed Letter to President Trump: "We strongly disagree. The ACA is not dead; however, your failure to commit to paying these subsidies is destabilizing the Marketplaces, and will directly result in higher costs and fewer consumer choices." (
  • Signed Letter to President Trump: "While all of that is troubling, we write today to express deep concern about the Republican plan to repeal the ACA. You and your Republican colleagues in Congress have made clear that repealing the ACA, causing as many as 30 million people to lose health insurance, is a top priority for the 115th Congress. Repeal is such a high priority that you and Republicans in Congress are willing to charge forward without even agreeing on a replacement plan, a blatant abdication of your responsibilities as representatives of the American people. People are going to get hurt in very real ways, Mr. President-elect. The American people deserve to know how Republicans plan to avoid the devastating consequences of ACA repeal." (
  • Voted yes on H Res 271 - Condemning the Trump Administration's Legal Campaign to Take Away Americans' Health Care (
  • Voted yes on HR 1319 - American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (
  • "I applaud the House for passing the American Rescue Plan which will provide households across America with a direct payment of $1,400 per person. The plan will also provide our communities with housing and nutrition assistance, expand access to safe and reliable child care and affordable health care, and extend unemployment insurance to millions of Americans. Additionally, the plan makes nearly $130 billion available to State Education Departments so they can work with public health experts and local districts to open schools safely and make up for lost learning time." (
  • In 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act transformed lives across our nation. 26 years later, millions of workers are still forced to choose between putting food on the table or taking care of a loved one. We need the #FAMILYAct now. (
  • Voted yes on HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act (
  • Our border district is a place where cultures come together and where we celebrate what unites us, not what divides us. Proud to be standing with the community today denouncing President Trump's wall. #NoWallNoHate #WallsDontWork (
  • "Building a wall and stripping funds from sanctuary cities are not effective immigration policies, they are divisive policies. As the leader of the free world, our President must develop humane and fair immigration policies that keep all families safe and united." (
  • In #CA51, we already have a border fence. Building a wall is an ineffective immigration policy. (
  • ""President Trump has wasted $5 million taxpayer dollars for border wall prototypes that had no other purpose than militaristic political theater. Instead of funding solutions to address our real border issues, millions of dollars are sitting in a pile of rubble in San Diego. The five million dollars could be going towards fixing our alarming environmental crisis that is being ignored by this Administration." (
  • Voted no on HR 3003 - No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (
  • President Trump wants to discriminate against immigrant populations by denying green cards based on who they believe might need public assistance in the future as part of his #WarOnWorkingFamilies. (
  • Signed Letter to President Trump: "President Trump and Attorney General Sessions have shown a complete lack of respect for California. In California, we have passed sanctuary laws to ensure everyone, regardless of status, feels safe to report crimes and work with our local law enforcement. These laws ensure officers use their limited resource against violent criminals, not undocumented families." (
  • Voted yes on HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 - (
  • Voted yes on HR 256 - To Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 - (
  • I condemn by the strongest possible terms the illegal invasion & occupation of the Ukraine. Our nation values democracy & stands firm in the belief that President Putin’s aggression & unwarranted military operations necessitate the strongest sanctions against Russia & its allies. (
  • Signed Letter to Secretary Pompeo: "U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 bans arms transfers to and from Iran, yet Iran routinely violates this resolution with impunity, particularly in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. Iran's illicit transfers of weapons directly contribute to some of the most destabilizing threats to the United States and our partners in the Middle East such as Israel and the Gulf States. Even so, the resolution serves as an important means to restrain the sale of weapons to Iran and makes a clear continued international resolve to stop Iran's illicit weapons transfers." (
  • Voted yes on 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 - (
  • Peace isn’t possible in the middle east when a US designated terrorist organization, Hamas, is firing rockets daily on our strongest ally in the middle east, Israel. The US must stand behind Israel’s right to defend itself from these terrorist attacks. (
  • Signed Letter to President Trump: "At a time of grave insecurity in the Middle East, we are deeply concerned about the role that terrorist and extremist groups and U.S. adversaries continue to play, particularly in Syria. As some of our closest allies in the region are being threatened, American leadership and support are as crucial as ever. To this end, we recommend several specific steps to advance our regional security priorities, including assisting our ally, Israel, in defending itself in the face of growing threats, including on its northern border." (
  • Voted yes on HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act - (
  • "President Trump's approach to trade is as irresponsible as his failing immigration policies. Weaponizing tariffs against one of our largest trading partners to further his anti-immigrant agenda is reckless. The humanitarian challenges we are facing along the southern border are a direct result of his refusal to consider comprehensive immigration reform. The American people are tired of President Trump's empty threats and deserve a leader who values the importance of our binational relationship with Mexico." (
  • Rated 100% with Public Citizen for 2019-2020 (
  • Signed Letter to Ambassador Lighthizer: “Taiwan has already expressed strong interest in negotiating a fair, reciprocal, and high-standard bilateral trade agreement with the United States….As the trade and investment relationship with Taiwan already supports an estimated 373,000 U.S. jobs, working toward the negotiation of a high-standard and comprehensive U.S.-Taiwan bilateral trade agreement would further enhance our shared goal of enhancing the global competitiveness of U.S. industries while spurring American job creation." (

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