Scott Peters' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)
- U.S. House (CA) - District 52, Democratic
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What is the Political Courage Test?
Scott Peters has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2020 Political Courage Test.
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?|
|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 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?|
|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.|
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