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Sylvia Garcia's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Sylvia Garcia has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2020 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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  • "Women deserve to have full access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare. Glad to see a federal court has blocked Georgia’s 6 week abortion ban - an attempt to undermine #RoeVWade." (twitter.com)
  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Choice" (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by and rated 100% by the Planned Parenthood Action fund. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "THIS WEEK W/ #TEAMSYLVIA: We attended the Gov. Commission to Rebuild TX, updates on the end of FEMA registration, finding legislative solutions to protect from sexual harassment at the Capitol & a win for women's right to abortion access against SB8!" (twitter.com)
  • "The #GOPTaxScam would make hard-working families become ineligible for the Child Tax Credit. In '15, CTC kept ~1 mill Latinos out of poverty" (twitter.com)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "The #GOPTaxScam is hurting working families, making it possible for the nation’s richest billionaires to pay less in taxes than working families. This is why @HouseDemocrats and I are working hard #ForThePeople - meaning EVERYONE, not just the wealthy and special interests." (twitter.com)
  • "Trump promised his #TaxCuts would give working families a $4,000 pay raise from corporations. It’s #TaxDay2019… Did you get that $4,000? The #GOPTaxScam showered tax breaks on the rich, corporations and CEOs, leaving working families with the bill. #WhatsInYourReturn" (twitter.com)
  • "I will fight for Medicare for All." (votesmart.org)
  • "Ending tax breaks for teachers who buy supplies for children but giving billionaires a tax cut is unconscionable." (votesmart.org)
  • ".@realDonaldTrump doesn’t care about seniors in America. He’s increased the deficit and wants to offset it by gutting #Medicare. Not on my watch! I will continue to work with @HouseDemocrats to #ProtectOurCare #ForThePeople." (twitter.com)
  • "Social Security benefits are the bedrock of retirement income paid into by working Americans their entire lives. We must protect and expand benefits so that every senior is able to retire with dignity and keep up with the rising costs of living." (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by End Citizens United. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "We work #ForThePeople. That’s why I’m proud to support #HR1 to restore the promise of our nation’s democracy." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "America is experiencing a moment of great pain as we grieve for those killed by police brutality and racial injustice," said Congresswoman Garcia. "As a person of faith, I was taught that we are all God's children; however, George Floyd was not treated as such as he repeatedly said, "I Can't Breathe." Across the country, we have been inspired by Americans from every walk of life who have peacefully marched and protested day in and day out to call for an end to the status quo. To honor my responsibility to Texas families and the American people, I proudly joined the Congressional Black Caucus and my colleagues to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act with critical reforms to address systemic racism while increasing transparency to ensure police are held accountable. This moment demands that we act with urgency to deliver progress and save lives, and that is exactly what we achieve with this critical legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "Quick stop at public mting of @TxDOT I-45N Planning study. We must plan for traffic, safety & growth in our Region. Shouldn’t have to be so hard to get around. We must get more fed infrastructure $$ to help state/local gov’t. Working together works. #txlege" (twitter.com)
  • "Trump promised his #TaxCuts would give working families a $4,000 pay raise from corporations. It’s #TaxDay2019… Did you get that $4,000? The #GOPTaxScam showered tax breaks on the rich, corporations and CEOs, leaving working families with the bill. #WhatsInYourReturn" (twitter.com)
  • Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? "No" (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. However, while faith-based nonprofit institutions and other 501(c)(3) nonprofits are among the beneficiaries of the program, 501(c)(5) organizations, like labor unions, were excluded, despite the critical role they and their members will play in overcoming--and recovering from--this crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "Our young people say #EnoughIsEnough at #MarchForOurLives in Houston, Texas! Lawmakers need to listen. I’ve fought to end gun violence in the Texas Senate and will continue the fight in Congress. #NeverAgain" (twitter.com)
  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Rifle Association. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "2day is 9th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Because of it 17 Million Americans have gained insurance coverage. I’ll never stop fighting to protect it & ensure no one is denied coverage for a preexisting condition. ACA works. We work #ForThePeople" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "I agree w/ my colleague and fellow @HispanicCaucus member @RepRaulGrijalva. We MUST tear down Trump’s dangerous wall. He is risking our national security, hurting immigrant communities, and compromising the land we live on w/ his border wall vanity project. #NoBorderWall" (twitter.com)
  • "Proud to stand w/ @JoaquinCastrotx, @RepChuyGarcia, @SenatorDurbin, @RepLouCorrea, & @NydiaVelazquez in support of the #Dreamers fighting to protect #DACA. They are #HereToStay because their #HomeIsHere. We’ll continue fighting alongside you to #ProtectTheDream." (twitter.com)
  • 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)
  • "Yesterday, we held a hearing in @HouseJudiciary on how our current immigration system is failing non-citizen members of the military that have bravely served our country. We should thank these brave men and women by giving them a pathway to citizenship, not by deporting them." (twitter.com)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "The @DowJones fell 600 pts today on fears of @realDonaldTrump trade wars & tariffs.Income inequality is at historic highs thanks to the GOP #TaxScam. US deficit is projected to balloon to $1 trillion this year. If you care about your economic future vote 4 @TheDemocrats tomorrow!" (twitter.com)
  • "I rise today to vigorously condemn the administration's threats to impose damaging tariffs on imports from Mexico. The proposal underlines a serious misunderstanding of how our economy benefits from trade with Mexico." (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?
Yes Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
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?
No Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
I support the legal use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Yes Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
No Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
I believe we should always try to use diplomacy to prevent nuclear proliferation, but I could envision a situation where military intervention would be necessary to prevent a dangerous regime from attaining a nuclear weapon. Although I would need to see indisputable evidence of this before making a decision. In the current climate, I would not support increasing American intervention into the Middle East, but this could change depending on the situation.
If elected to congress, I will fight to bring good paying jobs with benefits to my district. I would also work for comprehensive immigration reform.

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