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Sylvia Garcia's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (TX) - District 29


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Sylvia Garcia did not provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2022 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

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  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (
  • "I am very disappointed to hear that the Supreme Court has again refused to block the dangerous Texas abortion ban. This ban has been in effect for nearly two months, causing serious harm to women in our state -- especially women from low-income communities who can't travel nine hours to other states to get the care they need. Every minute that the Supreme Court allows this horrific law to remain in effect causes real, tangible harm to women in our communities. We need to codify Roe v. Wade so we can truly protect a woman's freedom to decide over their body. I will not back down from this fight, we must protect our reproductive rights." (
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America. (
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (
  • "#SocialSecurity is not an entitlement. It is insurance we pay for with every paycheck to ensure we can all retire with dignity. This is why on the 85th anniversary of Social Security being signed into law, we must all recommit to defending and expanding it. #SocSec85" (
  • "I will work tirelessly at the federal level as I did at the state and local level to ensure all Texans have access to quality healthcare. I will fight for Medicare for All." (
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (
  • Rated 95% by End Citizens United. (
  • "It’s time that the Senate pass #HR1, which would help eliminate the influence of dark money in our elections. @senatemajldr, why are you hellbent on selling out our democracy? DO YOUR JOB." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 87% by Common Cause. (
  • "The #JusticeinPolicing Act would allow for meaningful accountability in cases of police misconduct and would begin the process of reimagining policing in America." (
  • "The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is a critical first step in our nation's ongoing fight to eradicate racism and systemic injustice," concluded Congresswoman Garcia. "I now call on Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to abandon their weak, failed bill and to bring up and consider in the Senate this strong House-passed legislation. As we continue to advance this critical work, I will continue to reaffirm the truth that Black Lives Matter." (
  • 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." (
  • "I thank the Senate for passing the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022, which, after 50 years, will provide much-needed reforms to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The bill is now heading to President Biden's desk and will finally become a vehicle for justice for all victims of sexual assault and harassment in the military while transforming the institution's culture--it will ensure that what happened to Spc. Vanessa Guillen never happens again to another soldier." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6395 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of S 1790 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • "Today’s historic vote will transform the lives of millions of Americans who are still recovering from the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29). "Texas families will live healthier lives by accessing affordable lifesaving medication and go back to work with the jobs of the future. Children will go back to school and mothers will rejoin the workforce and achieve their career dreams. Our country will Build Back Better for all, not for just a few. This once-in-a-generation investment will be remembered by our grandchildren as the time we came together as a nation to build our American dream." (
  • "The COVID Relief Bill includes money we urgently need to: - Pay for vaccine distribution; - Keep people from being evicted from their homes; - Extend unemployment benefits for millions; This emergency stopgap measure is what the American people need, NOW." (
  • Signed on to letter to Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy: "As we work to build on the CARES Act in the next relief package, we cannot overlook the needs of these community-based institutions and must ensure that charitable nonprofits are fully supported in their service on the front lines of responding to the COVID-19 crisis." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (
  • Rated 94% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • "Today, we must embrace the challenge of combating climate change and saving our planet for future generations, while also meeting current energy demands and ensuring a stable economy. Everyone, whether individuals or businesses, has a stake in the environment and our national economy, and she rejects any false argument that dictates a choice between the two. Rather, we must demand both a healthy, safe environment and sound, good paying jobs." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • "She voted for the PFAS Action Act, which revises several environmental laws and requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly referred to as forever chemicals or PFAS." (
  • "For the start of #HurricaneSeason today, I introduced a bill that would require the President to produce a plan for reducing greenhouse gases that drive climate change and ultimately greater storm intensity. Read my full statement here: (
  • Rated 100% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 2467 "PFAS Action Act of 2021." (
  • "Reasonable steps to end gun violence is all we ask. The people want it. The president wants it. Let’s get it done." (
  • "But this bill is just simply a background check for every gun sale or transfer, with commonsense exceptions. As the previous speaker noted, this has nothing to do with keeping someone who legally obtained a gun from getting one." (
  • "Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia has heard her constituents’ calls for gun safety and is committed to fighting the gun violence epidemic that plagues our nation. She is a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Congresswoman Garcia supports a gun safety legislation and has voted in favor of several measures seeking to make Americans safer from gun violence" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (
  • "Congresswoman Garcia is a strong supporter of fair immigration laws and believes that Congress should work towards immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship and keeping families together. As a member of the Judiciary Committee and Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, she is fighting for migrant families, asylum seekers, and the American people. Texas’ 29th district consists of a vibrant immigrant community, with 77% of the district’s population identifying as Hispanic. The Congresswoman is working for immigrants within the community and at the border by supporting legislation that protects their rights and privileges." (
  • "Sylvia was such an effective champion against the extreme right-wing attempt to license detention centers as state childcare facilities that her floor speech on these so-called baby jails made international news. She has fought the discriminatory and racial profiling SB 4 law since the very beginning. Her work on the floor was recognized in uniquely effective way – in the federal court decision that ruled the sanctuary cities law was discriminatory." (
  • "Ms. GARCIA of Texas. Mr. Speaker, 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." (
  • "Here's your weekly update! This week, the House voted to fund the government and avoid another shutdown. My colleagues and I were forced to impeach Trump for his abuse of power & obstruction of Congress. Lastly, we passed the USMCA, an important trade deal w/ Mexico and Canada." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act" (
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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