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Scott Peters' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

  • U.S. House (CA) - District 52, Democratic


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Scott Peters has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2020 Political Courage Test.

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California Congressional Election 2020 Political Courage Test

Pro-choice Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
I am proud to hold a 100% score with Planned Parenthood for standing up for a woman's right to choose. Healthcare decisions should be made between a woman and her doctor. Congress should have no role in making those decisions.
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Yes Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
Yes, I support an income tax increase on on higher incomes.
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
No Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
Yes Do you support increasing defense spending?
Sequestration and budget uncertainty have harmed readiness, and increased investment is critical to ensure military members are able to train, have equipment and platforms that work, and that we are able to conduct our operations abroad to keep America safe. I am concerned about the continued use of the Overseas Contingency Operations Account to grow defense spending without making hard decisions about what the right investments may be. We need to ensure that our military is prepared to combat the threats we face today, and the threats we may face tomorrow, rather than the threats we faced in the past.
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 providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
The right kind of investment: in education, innovation, and healthcare can help spur economic growth. I also support the Congressional pay-for rules. Spending by itself, regardless of target, does not spur growth. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included a substantial cut to the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. Prior to enactment of TCJA, I supported a smaller corporate tax cut to help us remain competitive globally. TCJA included too steep of a cut, and, worse, was unpaid for. As a result, we will be dealing with trillion dollar deficits on an annual basis for the foreseeable future.
Yes Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
In general, I believe that states and localities best understand the needs of their students. At the same time, it is fair for the federal government to expect certain minimum standards from schools and school systems that receive federal financial support.
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-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")?
Yes Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
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?
Yes Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
Yes Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
The United States should use military force as a last resort - only after exhausting our diplomatic and economic options to prevent hostile governments from obtaining the capability to cause great harm to Americans or our allies. I do not support needless military conflict in the Middle East, but believe that we have a responsibility to take action to keep the United States and our allies safe.
Yes Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
I was one of twenty-eight Democrats in 2015 to support Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This past year, I was a vocal advocate for ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) free trade agreement. Trade is an important aspect of the United States' global leadership, and is the primary way we are able to improve labor and environmental standards abroad, while at the same time expanding markets for our domestic industries.
1. Pursuing and enacting bipartisan solutions to climate change. 2. Preserving and improving affordable healthcare for working families. 3. Safeguarding American liberties by curbing Presidential lawlessness and supporting our system of justice and independent judiciary.

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