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Julia Brownley's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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  • "Congresswoman Julia Brownley has earned a 100% lifetime score from Planned Parenthood for her record of standing up for women's rights and has been an outspoken critic of the Supreme Court ruling that would allow corporate bosses to deny critical health care protections for their women employees." (votesmart.org)
  • "H.R. 36 does more than endanger the health and lives of women. It also robs rape victims of their constitutionally protected right to choose." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America. (votesmart.org)
  • "The Ryan Budget would end Medicare as we know it, make college less affordable, and kick millions of Americans off of their private health insurance plans, while giving more tax breaks to the top 1 percent and increasing incentives for corporations to shift jobs overseas." (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead, this scam gives a massive tax cut to the very wealthy and large corporations that outsource jobs at the expense of seniors, veterans, parents, homeowners, students, and middle-class families." (votesmart.org)
  • "Republicans tout that they want to help middle-class families, but the tax cut bill they unveiled yesterday clearly shows that what they really care about is putting billionaires first." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "At a time when senior poverty is on the rise, median senior income is $24,500, and many of our older constituents are still struggling from the loss of retirement savings and the erosion of defined benefit plans, Congress should not pass a budget that includes the harmful cuts included in the Roadmap for America's Future and subsequent Republican budgets. We call on you to reverse course and work with us to adopt budget policies that provide security for today's seniors and for the generations of seniors to come." (votesmart.org)
  • "I will always keep our country's commitment to today's and tomorrow's seniors. Balancing our budget does not mean doing so off the backs of America's seniors, who have paid a lifetime into Medicare and Social Security. I will vigorously oppose proposals that unfairly target seniors, who have played by the rules and worked for the benefits they have earned." (votesmart.org)
  • "Social Security is an American success story and part of the fabric that safeguards economic security and independence for seniors and people with disabilities. In Congress, I am absolutely committed to protecting Social Security and Medicare, and addressing the high cost of prescription drugs." (juliabrownley.house.gov)
  • "I am deeply concerned about the current campaign finance system, because I don't believe corporations should be allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections. In Congress, I have co-sponsored several constitutional amendments that would reverse the Supreme Court's misguided Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions. When I was in the California Assembly, I championed campaign finance reform as author of the California Disclose Act that would require the top donors of political advertisements for candidates and initiatives to be clearly identified on all mediums of political advertising, whether TV, radio or print." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today is a major win for our democracy and for the American people. We are one step closer to passing transformative legislation to fight special interests, take money out of politics, and finally put the power of our democracy back in the hands of the people." (votesmart.org)
  • "The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is a step forward in ending police brutality, holding police accountable, improving transparency, and creating structural change that will safeguard every American's right to safety and justice." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "This sweeping legislation will take numerous steps to achieve transformative, structural change to stop police brutality and racial injustice, including: […] Eliminating the so-called qualified immunity doctrine that is a barrier to holding police officers accountable for wrongful conduct." (votesmart.org)
  • 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;" (votesmart.org)
  • "Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) is a strategic asset to our national security and will play an even greater role in our national defense as the Department of Defense continues to refocus and shift attention towards the Asia-Pacific region. As the proud representative of NBVC, I have been working in Congress to bring new commands to NBVC and to support the over 19,000 active-duty servicemembers and civilians who work hard there every day to serve our nation." (juliabrownley.house.gov)
  • "Our nation's roads, bridges, and transit systems are in dire need of repair. What better way to invest in our nation's crumbling infrastructure than by getting rid of a tax windfall for Big Oil? In addition to increasing investment, we also need to make sure that more funds are going directly to the local level, where transportation planning officials know their own communities' needs best. As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I will continue to work to ensure local transportation projects, including right here in Ventura County, get the funding and support they need." (votesmart.org)
  • "Did you know that Camarillo and Oxnard airports provide 2,500 jobs locally and contribute $300 million to the local economy annually? I was pleased to welcome Ventura County Director of Airports Todd McNamee to a House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee roundtable this month, where we discussed why it is so important that Congress continues to invest in the nearly 20,000 airports nationwide." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 5% by the National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "Their budget reduces funding for education, cuts veterans' benefits, and reduces investment in infrastructure and other job-creating programs -- all in order to line the pockets of the top one percent with a trillion dollar tax cut, while using fantasy, and disproven, trickle-down economics to try to justify it." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • 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." (loebsack.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating" "EERE plays a key role in advancing America's "all of the above" energy strategy, leading a large network of researchers and other partners to deliver innovative technologies that will help make renewable electricity generation more cost-competitive with traditional sources of energy and create jobs right here in the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have been a staunch advocate for moving us away from our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil and have supported efforts to cut our greenhouse gas emissions. We must also become energy independent and make strategic investments in clean, renewable, and sustainable energy right here at home." (votesmart.org)
  • "Fighting climate change will require tackling greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, and one key area where federal policy changes can make an immediate and critical impact is public transit. Zero emissions by 2029 is an ambitious target, but Congress must take all the steps necessary to ensure our nation builds a 21st Century, clean energy transportation system." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have been a staunch advocate for moving us away from our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil and have supported efforts to cut our greenhouse gas emissions. We must also become energy independent and make strategic investments in clean, renewable, and sustainable energy right here at home." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Thank you for your leadership in responding to the serious challenge of climate change. We applaud and support your Climate Action Plan, the joint announcement with China establishing ambitious carbon pollution reduction targets, and the national commitment to the Green Climate Fund. These actions are critical to protect Americans from the most dangerous effects of climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • 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." (votesmart.org)
  • "One very obvious, commonsense solution that more than 90 percent of this country supports is universal background checks. H.R. 8 will not solve all of the gun violence that is ripping our Nation apart, but it will help. That is what we are here to do. I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 8." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (votesmart.org)
  • "Since the start of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, more than 5 million Americans have enrolled in coverage through the new health insurance marketplaces, millions more have enrolled in Medicaid, and no American can be discriminated against because of a pre-existing condition." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We strongly support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and oppose any effort to repeal it." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "The ability of VA employees to telework, to have flexible schedules and leave policies, and to receive adequate paid leave is critical to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as to ensure adequate financial resources for those needing to quarantine." (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of S.J. Res. 54. The President's declaring a national emergency in order to deliver on a failed campaign promise is a gross misuse of power and sets a dangerous precedent. Not only is the President's fake national emergency unconstitutional, but he is choosing to undermine actual military readiness by diverting construction funding to the border wall." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 12% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no doubt that our immigration system is broken and needs a common sense approach that includes an earned pathway to citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • 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." (grijalva.house.gov)
  • "The Supreme Court's decision today provides temporary relief for those who are living in fear of being callously and arbitrarily ripped away from their families, their jobs, and the only home they've ever known, and who are being used as a bargaining chip to advance President Trump's extreme immigration agenda. While this temporary reprieve is welcome, Congress must pass legislation to provide permanent protection for our Dreamers. We need to fix our immigration system so that it not only protects American jobs, but recognizes the contributions of immigrants, from all walks of life and skill sets, to our economy, our culture, and our moral authority in the world as a country that welcomes and celebrates diversity. I will continue to work across the aisle to pass legislation to permanently resolve this issue." (votesmart.org)
  • "While the Iran nuclear deal was not perfect, I believe it was the best possible mechanism to stop Iran from continuing to develop nuclear weapons." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am deeply concerned about the increasing tensions with North Korea. While the threats posed by a nuclear-armed North Korea are real, President Trump's belligerent and careless tone is making a bad situation much worse, putting American lives and the lives of our allies in South Korea and Japan at risk. Those advising President Trump need to impress upon him the very serious and real-world consequences of his reckless rhetoric." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Absent credible and accurate information confirming a material breach, we are concerned that withholding certification of Iran's compliance or walking away from the JCPOA would harm our alliances, embolden Iran, and threaten U.S. national security. We are further concerned that non-certification based on justificiations beyond the scope of the nuclear agreement would threaten global non-proliferation efforts and send exactly the wrong message to North Korea at the moment we are trying to diplomatically defuse that crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • "While the Iran nuclear deal was not perfect, I believe it was the best possible mechanism to stop Iran from continuing to develop nuclear weapons." (votesmart.org)
  • "Absent credible and accurate information confirming a material breach, we are concerned that withholding certification of Iran's compliance or walking away from the JCPOA would harm our alliances, embolden Iran, and threaten U.S. national security. We are further concerned that non-certification based on justificiations beyond the scope of the nuclear agreement would threaten global non-proliferation efforts and send exactly the wrong message to North Korea at the moment we are trying to diplomatically defuse that crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am deeply concerned about the increasing tensions with North Korea. While the threats posed by a nuclear-armed North Korea are real, President Trump's belligerent and careless tone is making a bad situation much worse, putting American lives and the lives of our allies in South Korea and Japan at risk. Those advising President Trump need to impress upon him the very serious and real-world consequences of his reckless rhetoric." (votesmart.org)
  • "We support your restraint to date in resisting the calls for a quick and easy military intervention, and for your commitment not to send combat troops back to Iraq." (votesmart.org)
  • "Going forward, we must not only work to improve the likelihood that this diplomatic approach will succeed, but our foreign policy posture must not be limited to this issue alone. In addition to strict enforcement of the agreement, we need to increase deterrence in the region, we need to be clear to Iran that we will use all means necessary to stop them from acquiring a nuclear weapon should this process fail, and we need to ratchet up our efforts to end Iran's support of terrorism." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We support your restraint to date in resisting the calls for a quick and easy military intervention, and for your commitment not to send combat troops back to Iraq." (votesmart.org)
  • "Going forward, we must not only work to improve the likelihood that this diplomatic approach will succeed, but our foreign policy posture must not be limited to this issue alone. In addition to strict enforcement of the agreement, we need to increase deterrence in the region, we need to be clear to Iran that we will use all means necessary to stop them from acquiring a nuclear weapon should this process fail, and we need to ratchet up our efforts to end Iran's support of terrorism." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "American auto workers, parts suppliers and retailers, dealers, vehicle service providers, and millions of consumers depend on a healthy and competitive U.S. auto industry. As you know, this vital sector employs nearly four percent of our total private sector workforce and is a key engine that powers our economy. However, if tariffs were to be implemented, new vehicle prices will likely increase, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Farmers are the bedrock of our rural economy, representing one of our nation's top industries. They are navigating declining commodity prices and unstable trade markets all the while net farm income continues to fall. Our farmers deserve predictability in national trade policies, especially given the impact of trade deals on the agricultural economy. As these trade negotiations and tariff issues persist, it is important to ensure the needs of fruit, vegetable and tree nut producers are heard and reflected in these policies." (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 a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
No b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yes c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yes d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
No e) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
No f) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yes g) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
No h) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles

1) State SpendingIndicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.2) State TaxesIndicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.3) Budget StabilizationIndicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing California's budget.

Greatly Increase a) Education (higher)
Greatly Increase b) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increase c) Environment
Greatly Increase d) Health care
Greatly Increase e) Law enforcement
Greatly Increase f) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Increase g) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
Slightly Increase a) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increase b) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increase c) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increase d) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decrease e) Property taxes
Maintain Status f) Sales taxes
Slightly Decrease g) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decrease h) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increase i) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories
Yes a) Tapping into California's "rainy day" fund
Yes b) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
No c) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
No d) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
No e) Privatizing certain government services
Instituting an oil extraction tax and reinstating the vehicle license fee.

e) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?

Yes a) Should California hold a constitutional convention to rewrite the state constitution?
Yes b) Do you support changing the requirement for state budget passage from a two-thirds vote to a majority vote?
Yes c) Do you support limits on the number of terms for California governors?
Yes d) Do you support limits on the number of terms for California state legislators?
Yes 1) Individual
Yes 2) Political Action Committee
Yes 3) Corporate
Yes 4) Political Party
Yes f) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yes g) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Term limits for state legislators needs to be evaluated. Six years in the Assembly is too short and should be extended somewhat.
No a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yes b) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Yes c) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
No d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
No e) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
f) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
I believe the federal government needs a comprehensive and fair immigration policy.
No a) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yes b) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Yes c) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yes d) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yes e) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Yes f) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
No g) Do you support suspending the sale of bonds that would finance the California high-speed rail?
h) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support national education standards?
No b) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
No c) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Yes d) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yes e) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Yes f) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from California high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
I support charter schools with accountability and standards of innovation.
Yes a) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
No b) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yes c) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yes d) Do you support state funding for improvements to California's energy infrastructure?
Yes e) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yes f) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yes b) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
No c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yes d) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support the establishment of a single-payer, publicly-administered health care system for California?
Yes b) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yes c) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yes d) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
e) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
No f) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yes g) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in California?
Yes h) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
i) Other or expanded principles
No a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yes b) Should California allow same-sex couples to form domestic partnerships?
Yes c) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Yes d) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yes e) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Yes f) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in California's anti-discrimination laws?
Yes g) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in California's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles
California's public school system, both K-12 and higher education, are on the verge of collapse. I support a larger investment in our education systems. We will have to consider increased revenues through an oil severance tax or the reinstatement of vehicle license fees, but California will save billions of dollars by avoiding prison expansion. I also support school finance reform in our K-12 system. We need to insure that the dollars we do invest in education is spent wisely and effectively. I will continue to work on legislation I carried this year to ban single use plastic bags in California.

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