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Pete Aguilar's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. Aguilar is fierce advocate for women's reproductive rights and has been a consistent supporter for policies that safeguard and strengthen women's reproductive health. He is a proud member of the Pro-Choice Caucus." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Campaign for Working Families. (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead of providing tax relief to middle-class families and small businesses like the ones here in the Inland Empire, this bill is specifically designed to give massive tax breaks to the wealthiest corporations and individuals in our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 19% by National Taxpayers Union. (votesmart.org)
  • "The president's scripted remarks tonight do not make up for the fact that he tried to strip health care from millions of Americans, or worked to give tax cuts to wealthy corporations on the backs of working families." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "I am committed to expanding access to health care for all Americans and will continue fighting for policies that lower the cost of coverage for individuals and families." (peteaguilar.com)
  • "I'm committed to protecting Social Security and cosponsored legislation affirming that Social Security should be preserved, protected and expanded." (votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. Aguilar believes reform is necessary to get dark money out of campaigns and ensure that every day Americans have the biggest voice in elections, not special interests." (votesmart.org)
  • "This is critical legislation to fix our electoral system and level the playing field. We need more transparency and accountability in politics and these measures will put us on track to do just that. I look forward to working to enact campaign finance reform to get dark money out of elections and ensure that the voice of the people is the loudest." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "Since the founding of our country, Black Americans have faced oppression and unequal treatment at the hands of our government and law enforcement agencies. The public outcry after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rashard Brooks and so many others at the hands of law enforcement has made clear that this moment calls for long overdue action. There is still work to be done at every level of government to reform policing practices and end police brutality, but today's vote signifies an important step toward justice and toward making our country safer for Black Americans. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and with leaders in the Inland Empire community to continue our fight against systemic racism and our efforts to make our country and our community a better place for all residents to call home." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "In any upcoming negotiations, however, Democrats will press for the inclusion of the following bipartisan items, among others: 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)
  • "How long will Republican leadership continuously refuse to govern? They have played the same political games with the funding of the Department of Homeland Security, which keeps our Nation safe from national security threats, and allowed the Export-Import Bank to expire, punishing American businessowners across the Nation. And now they want to gamble with the safety of millions of Americans who rely on our transportation and infrastructure, which is crumbling beneath us. Enough is enough. We need a comprehensive and long-term surface transportation plan, not a short-term fix. The highway trust fund supports critical projects, which include improving the I-10 freeway in the Inland Empire, as well as countless other projects within the country." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Infrastructure projects are consistently evaluated as the best return on government investments, so investing in our infrastructure is more than just good politics, it is good economics. Supporting the movement of people and goods on our nation's roads, railways, bridges, ports, and airports is crucial to driving investment in our communities. Working together on infrastructure is an area where we can show the American people that we are fighting to deliver on this shared priority. The New Democrat Coalition is eager to take advantage of this opportunity to bring our infrastructure into the 21st Century, and we look forward to working with you in a bipartisan way to achieve this goal." (votesmart.org)
  • "Tax reform should be about creating a level playing field where every American has a chance to find success, not lining the pockets of wealthy corporations on the backs of working people." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "I am firmly committed to strengthening our clean air and water standards, promoting investments in clean energy technology and taking assertive actions to reduce carbon emissions and combat global climate change. I take the effects of climate change and pollution very seriously and have worked in Congress to reduce our carbon footprint and prioritize the health and safety of our communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We know that we can avoid long-term offshore fossil fuel leasing commitments because there are far better alternatives available. Over the course of your two terms in office, thanks in large part to your leadership, renewable energy has become more efficient, more reliable, and less expensive. Those developments have supported new and exciting jobs and also reduced pollution in the process." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Environemnt America. (votesmart.org)
  • "I am firmly committed to strengthening our clean air and water standards, promoting investments in clean energy technology and taking assertive actions to reduce carbon emissions and combat global climate change. I take the effects of climate change and pollution very seriously and have worked in Congress to reduce our carbon footprint and prioritize the health and safety of our communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Environment America. (votesmart.org)
  • "The gun violence epidemic in our country has devastated too many lives in too many communities, including my own .By strengthening the background check system, this bill is a commonsense step in the right direction toward preventing future tragedies." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "You have also stated in the past that, 'The best thing politically is to let Obamacare explode' and recently said that 'Obamacare is dead.' We strongly disagree." (votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. Aguilar was a fierce proponent of protecting and strengthening the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has helped more than 20 million Americans access affordable health care, including tens of thousands in California's 31st Congressional District. Rep. Aguilar remains committed to fighting for affordable health care for Inland Empire families." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Federation for American Immigration Reform. (votesmart.org)
  • "House Republicans' reckless decision to force the American people to pay for a wall that does nothing to increase our security or solve the real problems facing our immigration system is both wasteful and counterproductive." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Representatives Will Hurd (TX-23), Pete Aguilar (CA-31) and Jeff Denham (CA-10) introduced the Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act, a bipartisan bill that protects DACA recipients from deportation while implementing new commonsense border security measures through enhanced technology, manpower and physical barriers, where necessary." (votesmart.org)
  • "The president has a real opportunity to act on his calls for bipartisanship by supporting legislation like the USA Act, my bipartisan bill to protect Dreamers and make commonsense border security improvements." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Federation for American Immigration Reform. (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Representatives Will Hurd (TX-23), Pete Aguilar (CA-31) and Jeff Denham (CA-10) introduced the Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act, a bipartisan bill that protects DACA recipients from deportation while implementing new commonsense border security measures through enhanced technology, manpower and physical barriers, where necessary." (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)
  • Signed a letter stating: " America must continue economic and diplomatic efforts to counter Iran's support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups as well as Russia's support for the brutal Assad regime. We encourage full implementation of sanctions authorized in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a broadly supported bipartisan bill that you signed into law. Clear and sustained American action and close coordination with our allies and partners can send an important message of resolve to malign actors in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Again, we support policies that benefit our manufacturing sector. However, American auto manufacturers, parts suppliers and retailers, dealers, and vehicle service providers have not asked for and do not need protection. Tariffs on autos will raise prices for American consumers and lower demand, ultimately leading to decreased U.S. production, investment and employment. We urge you to do everything you can to avoid trade restrictions that would negatively impact the U.S. auto sector and undermine our economic security." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "For these, and other reasons, we are requesting that all medical technology products be removed from the Section 301 tariff list. Not doing so would not only hurt U.S. manufacturing as the majority of imports from China are inputs to manufacture finished medical technology products right here in America, but also impacts their ability to compete globally, and potentially increase healthcare costs, which would limit patient access to life-saving technology. It could also invite retaliation from the Chinese Government through tariffs on U.S. medical technology products, or through non-tariff barriers such as new regulatory and payment hurdles that could delay or prevent timely market access. These actions would only benefit China's domestic manufacturers at the expense of U.S. manufacturers." (votesmart.org)

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