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Julia Brownley's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (CA) - District 26


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  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America. (
  • Signed Letter to President Biden: "We are committed to ensuring all people can access reproductive health care, including abortion, no matter how much money they make, where they were born or live, their age, their immigration status, their race, or their sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity. Over the last four years, the Trump Administration systematically undermined access to sexual and reproductive health care, both domestically and globally. The right to control one's reproductive autonomy has been attacked, making it harder for people in the United States and around the world to receive essential health services." (
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 0% by The Club for Growth. (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • 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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 100% by Common Cause. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • "The final, bipartisan FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act honors our nation's military and their mission to protect our country and its people, support our servicemembers, strengthen our security, and advance our leadership in the world. I am committed to continuing to work with the Biden Administration to support Naval Base Ventura County and to fight for resources for new and existing commands at Port Hueneme and Point Mugu, which not only strengthens the base, but the local economy more broadly." (
  • "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." (
  • 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 S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • "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." (
  • "The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a critical component of President Biden's bold action plan to invest in our nation's future, good-paying American jobs, and in rebuilding our economy. This once-in-a-generation investment will restore our nation's crumbling infrastructure, invest in our roads and bridges, public transit and rail, broadband and high-speed internet, and deliver clean and reliable drinking water to America's families." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • "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." (
  • "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. The truth is that millions of Americans will see tax increases if this bill becomes law. It's especially bad here in California, where 28 percent of taxpayers -- mostly middle-class families -- will see their taxes go up." (
  • Rated 5% by the National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (
  • "The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act will provide $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program or PPP, $50 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loans, $75 billion for healthcare providers and Personal Protective Equipment, and $25 billion for testing supplies and contact tracing. Many Ventura County small businesses know that the initial roll out of the PPP was rocky. I've been working with my Democratic colleagues to improve the program so that the small businesses who need assistance are the ones who get it. While Republicans were not willing to address all of the issues we fought to fix, I'm pleased that we were able to reserve resources for smaller lenders who tend to work more closely with the small businesses in our community." (
  • "At the inauguration, President Biden promised that help was on the way. Today, he is making good on this promise by enacting the American Rescue Plan. This landmark, life-saving legislation will provide urgently-needed resources to defeat the virus, put vaccines in people's arms, money into families' pockets, children safely back into classrooms, and people back to work. Across Ventura County and throughout the country, we are continuing to feel the overwhelming impact of the ongoing COVD-19 pandemic, and we will have more work to do in the coming months and years. But today, I can confidently say that we are finally turning the corner." (
  • "With a climate crisis threatening our planet and our way of life, this is not acceptable. We can and must leverage the resources of the Federal Government to accelerate the technological innovation needed to transition to a green and clean economy. That is why, earlier this week, I introduced the Green Energy for Federal Buildings Act. My legislation would require the Federal Government to increase the share of electricity it gets from renewable sources. Under current law, the Federal Government is required to utilize only 7.5 percent renewable energy for its electricity needs. My bill would up the ante, raising the requirement to 35 percent by 2030, 75 percent by 2040, and 100 percent by 2050. This crisis is upon us. We must have the strength and the foresight to act decisively, creatively, and boldly. There is no time to waste." (
  • "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." (
  • 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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • 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." (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 2467 "PFAS Action Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We strongly support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and oppose any effort to repeal it." (
  • "Last night, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act with broad, bipartisan support. It will help to ensure our communities have the support they need to weather this difficult time and people are able to care for themselves and their families. Passage of the bill is another step forward in our efforts to appropriately respond to this public health emergency. The Senate must act quickly to pass the bill so it can be signed into law without delay." (
  • 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." (
  • "The Trump admin has gone out of its way to disrespect indigenous communities. Earlier this month, it destroyed historic burial sites to build its racist, useless & expensive border wall. Tribes deserve real consultation & meaningful involvement so that we can #HonorTheSacred." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 12% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "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." (
  • 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." (
  • "There is no doubt that our immigration system is broken and needs a common sense approach that includes an earned pathway to citizenship." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (
  • "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." (
  • 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." (
  • "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." (
  • "The murder of innocent men, women, and children using chemical weapons was a crime against humanity, for which President Bashar al-Assad must be held accountable. It is important that we continue to coordinate with allies, including England and France, to address this situation. Congress also must exercise its legal obligation to weigh in on any further action." (
  • 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” (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (
  • 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." (
  • 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." (
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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