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Salud Carbajal's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have always supported a woman's right to make her own healthcare decisions and am proud of the 100 percent rating I have always received from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America. In Congress, I am a vocal member of the Pro-Choice Caucus and work to actively oppose anti-choice legislation and the Administration's attempt to block abortion access and even access to birth control. I am supportive of efforts to the Hyde Amendment - a restriction that overwhelmingly burdens communities of color. I will continue to be an advocate for reproductive freedom." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by The Club for Growth. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Reforming our tax code is one area in which Democrats and Republicans can agree as we have in the past. We need to update and simplify our tax system aimed at making our tax code more competitive for businesses and fairer for middle-class taxpayers. Lasting reform requires difficult trade-offs to achieve fiscal responsibility." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "We need to strengthen Medicare and Social Security, not put these programs in the hands of the private market. I strongly oppose privatizing Social Security and oppose turning Medicare into a voucher system. Instead, we must find ways to increase Social Security benefits so that we provide additional retirement security to elderly Americans who are living longer than ever and have found it difficult to save for 30 or more years of retirement. We need a balanced approach to identify revenues and close the loopholes that allow billionaires and multinational corporations to avoid paying their fair share." (www.saludcarbajal.com)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""Republicans are now using the $2 trillion in additional deficits created by their misguided tax plan, to justify ransacking Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs that Central Coast families and seniors rely on," said Rep. Carbajal. "They promised their tax cuts would pay for themselves and translate to wage growth for workers. Instead, corporate executives are benefiting themselves with bonuses and stock buybacks while tacking trillions of dollars to our deficit."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "The system as it stands is unacceptable, and in Congress I am doing everything I can to pass meaningful campaign finance reform. We have to curb the massive amount of outside money being spent on campaigns without any transparency or accountability. I strongly believe that the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling should be overturned, and short of that, I've introduced legislation to require publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending and advertising in our elections" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""Many see Congress as a dysfunctional, corrupt institution more beholden to special interests than the public interest. Today, we face several enormous challenges and confronting them begins with making sure our government is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people," said Rep. Carbajal. "I proudly voted for H.R. 1 to enact the transformational change our government needs. This bill delivers on our promise to clean up corruption, end the dominance of big money in politics, and fortify our ethics laws so Americans can have faith in our democracy again."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Common Cause. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "Tonight, I voted to pass the George Floyd #JusticeinPolicing Act, the first-ever comprehensive approach to reform police practices so police officers can more effectively protect and serve all members of the community. Today, we took action to usher in long overdue change." (twitter.com)
  • ""Since George Floyd was killed, millions of Americans of every race, age, and background have joined together to protest the injustices Black men and women too often face when dealing with law enforcement. Last week, I joined peaceful protestors in Santa Maria in saying "Black lives matter.' That truth should not be up for debate," said Rep. Carbajal. "No person of color in America should have to live in fear of being killed by a police officer. Moreover, no rogue police officer should be able to use the cover of their badge to shield themselves from accountability. The first step in enhancing the police-community relationship is to ensure that law enforcement leaders across the country have the incentive and ability to remove problem police officers from their ranks. I'm proud to be an original cosponsor of the Justice in Policing Act, which makes long overdue reforms to ensure our law enforcement can better serve all members of their community."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • ""Each year, members of the House Armed Services Committee come together to pass a bipartisan bill to enhance our national security and keep Americans safe. I believe this bill reflects the needs and values of Central Coast families and I am proud that several measures I fought for have been included in the bill," said Rep. Carbajal. "This must-pass bill includes a pay raise for our service members, helps us act on the climate crisis, prevents extremists from serving in the military, and extends the lifesaving FireGuard program which utilizes Department of Defense resources to help us fight wildfires. This bill is a major win for our service members, our communities, and our country."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have openly advocated for strategically reducing wasteful spending in our military programs while ensuring that we maintain our position as the preeminent military power in the world." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • ""I have spoken to constituents and local officials across the Central Coast and they have made it clear that federal investment in local infrastructure would be transformative for our economy and quality of life. Today I proudly cast my vote for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which will provide the funding needed to expand internet connectivity, fix dilapidated roads and bridges, and improve our public transit and clean water infrastructure," said Rep. Carbajal. "With this box checked, we now turn to passing the Build Back Better Act, which will create new jobs in the clean energy economy and give working middle-class families a tax break by cutting down on the costs of child care, senior care, and health care. These investments in our infrastructure and in working families will make us a better, stronger country."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""This new funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will go a long way to improve quality of life on the Central Coast. These federal dollars will put people to work improving our travel infrastructure, which will make our roads safer, cut down on commute times, and help small businesses get their goods to people's doorsteps," said Rep. Carbajal. "I was proud to vote for the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and I look forward to seeing more federal resources flow to our communities."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Republicans are set to pass a tax plan that gives 83% of the benefits to the wealthiest 1%, while 86 million middle-class Americans will see their taxes increase. Take a look at which Californians will lose under the GOP plan:" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by The Club for Growth. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Reforming our tax code is one area in which Democrats and Republicans can agree, as we have in the past. But after the GOP passed their tax plan giving billions of dollars in handouts to multi-national corporations at the expense of middle class families - and the Trump budget proposes more of the same - I cannot support lowering corporate taxes any further. We need to update and simplify our tax system to make our tax code more competitive for businesses and fairer for middle-class taxpayers. Lasting reform requires difficult trade-offs to achieve fiscal responsibility." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • ""This bipartisan bill will bring necessary relief to small businesses, hospitals and frontline workers in our communities. I'm proud that congressional Democrats fought to include small business disaster funding, robust testing, and more protection and equipment for frontline workers in this bill," said Rep. Salud Carbajal. "I look forward to the president signing this into law, and I'm ready to keep working in a bipartisan way to bring more relief to our local governments as we push to slow the spread, increase health resources and safely re-open our economy."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""The need for another round of COVID-19 relief resources has been apparent for months. Central Coast businesses have shuttered, workers have been laid off, and our children are falling behind in school. More families face eviction and food insecurity with each passing day. State and local government representatives have told me they need more federal assistance to provide essential services and roll out vaccines. Today, I'm pleased to say more help is on the way," said Rep. Carbajal. "We are facing a once in a lifetime pandemic and the American Rescue Plan is a crucial investment that meets the moment. This bill provides the critical funding needed to distribute vaccines, safely reopen schools, keep small businesses afloat, and lift Americans out of poverty. I'm glad we were able to deliver this critical assistance so we can get through this pandemic and back on our feet." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "California is proof that innovation and sustainability go hand-in-hand with economic success. The state announced it hit its 2020 climate target four years early, while in that same period our economy grew by 26 percent. The Central Coast is already experiencing major climate change impacts like wildfires and drought - which brings even more urgency to our work to increase sustainable energy efforts and the jobs in those sectors. We can save lives, property, and money when we work to proactively mitigate these increasingly destructive events. We simply cannot afford inaction on the most significant challenge of our time." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by League of Conservation Voters. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""After years of negotiations between federal, state, and local partners I am thrilled to announce we have an agreement on the size and location of an offshore wind project that serves our environmental, energy, and national security interests. Offshore wind holds incredible promise as a means to tackle climate change while also creating economic opportunity, and the Central Coast is uniquely poised to reap the benefits," said Rep. Carbajal. "This potential project will help secure the Central Coast's dominance as a renewable energy powerhouse, which will attract new businesses and good paying, future-oriented jobs in a burgeoning sector of the economy. The future is in renewable energy, and the Central Coast is leading the way."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 2467 "PFAS Action Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "In the U.S. House, I have continued my fight to protect our planet by introducing and passing a bill to ban future offshore oil drilling off of California's coast; working to preserve our environment, maintain our waters, and designate parts of Los Padres National Forest and Carrizo Plain National Monument as protected wilderness; pushing back against this administration's attempts to roll back climate protections; and bringing forward plans to help our coastal communities remain resilient and well-equipped in the face of climate change. I will continue saying no to new offshore drilling and keep us moving toward cleaner energy solutions that help create new jobs, like we did with solar power facilities in the Cuyama Valley and on the Carrizo Plain. We must do more to bring wind and biofuel initiatives to market, and encourage more efforts for residents to retrofit their homes so they are more energy-efficient and cost-effective for consumers." (www.saludcarbajal.com)
  • "Renewable energy is also a vital tool to address the climate crisis. Some claim renewable energy funding doesn't belong in an infrastructure package. I say modernizing our energy infrastructure and tackling the climate crisis go hand in hand. Last year, the U.S. spent nearly $100 billion responding to extreme weather events and disasters fueled by climate change. Instead of rebuilding each time a disaster strikes, we need to be proactive to keep our communities safe from the realities of climate change. That means weatherizing millions of homes, retrofitting buildings, and shoring up our water infrastructure. We also must curb emissions in the transportation sector, which is responsible for 29 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions. If we want to tackle climate change, the transportation sector must be part of the solution." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to Speaker Pelosi: "Investing in America's agriculture research and development programs will be essential to addressing the climate crisis. According to a recent report from the Breakthrough Institute, doubling agricultural research and development between 2020 and 2030 would reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by over 100 million tons. By providing our farmers, ranchers, and foresters with the tools they need to improve resiliency and scale climate-smart agriculture, we can ensure our agricultural communities are not only better equipped to adapt to climate-induced production challenges but also given the opportunity to be part of the climate solution. These investments will, in turn, help ensure both the safety and security of our national and global food supply." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The threat of gun violence has spiked over the past decade and Congress has a responsibility to act to prevent these tragedies in the future. There have been numerous incidents across the United States, including in our own community at my alma mater - UCSB. I have introduced the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act, a bill with bipartisan support that encourages states to empower families and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to prevent future gun violence." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""I lost my older sister to suicide with a firearm at a young age and then, in 2014, our community experienced horrible tragedy when a gunman killed six students in Isla Vista. What I've learned since is that temporarily preventing people from having a gun while in a state of crisis, and giving our law enforcement the right tools to address dangerous behaviors, saves live," said Rep. Salud Carbajal. "As lawmakers, we have a responsibility to honor the victims and survivors of gun violence with action. Extreme risk protection orders have saved lives in California and this legislation will help other states implement this lifesaving policy."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Rifle Association (NRA). (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "It is time for Republicans to abandon their attempts to repeal the ACA, and work with Democrats in a bipartisan way to address the shortcomings of the ACA and improve access and affordability across our healthcare system. I am proud to join with some of my colleagues to propose common-sense reforms that would stabilize Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies and help lower insurance premium costs for hardworking Central Coast families."
  • "I have voted six times this year against dismantling the Affordable Care Act. Thanks to unprecedented public engagement, we defeated attempts to repeal this legislation that makes healthcare more accessible and affordable. Today's vote signifies another attempt to undermine the ACA by repealing the individual mandate. This will mean 13 million Americans will no longer have healthcare coverage, driving up premiums by an additional 10% each year and creating even more uncertainty in our healthcare market." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Earlier this month, Congress passed and the president signed into law a bipartisan bill to allocate $8.3 billion to stop the spread of COVID-19, support community health efforts and develop a vaccine to combat the disease. Just last week, the House passed a bill to provide free coronavirus testing for all who need it, including the uninsured; establish an emergency paid leave program; strengthen food assistance, school meals, senior nutrition and food banks; enhance unemployment aid; safeguard Medicaid; and stand up for those most vulnerable. The Senate is expected to consider that bill this week." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "President Trump's proposed southern border wall is nothing more than a multi-billion dollar symbol of xenophobia and hate. This is not a strategic investment in our national security and the American taxpayers will be stuck holding the bill. As a proud immigrant, I know the value immigrants offer America's culture and economy. Our nation's diversity is part of what makes it great. My parents immigrated this country to provide opportunities for their children, the same hope that many immigrants and refugees share today. Our country has borne the negative effects of a broken immigration system for far too long. In Congress, I will continue to advocate for immigration reform that provides real border security, protects American workers, unites families and offers an earned pathway to citizenship. Not for a wall that only further divides our nation and compromises our values." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Voted NO on approps bill w/ $1.6b for #borderwall. Does nothing to make us more secure & nothing to modernize outdated immigration system." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1333 "NO BAN Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "As an immigrant myself to the United States, I believe that it is important that we have a fair immigration system that works, and unfortunately our current system is seriously flawed. I am concerned that the current directives from this Administration only serve to create panic in our immigrant communities and simultaneously make them less safe by promoting mistrust of local law enforcement. I support comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act. We need to support the human rights of people that seek the American dream and are working hard to achieve those dreams." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""I am glad the Dream and Promise Act has passed the House and with bipartisan support to boot . This bill gives millions of Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders the protection and opportunities they deserve. As someone who immigrated to this country as a young child, this issue is very personal to me and I was so proud to cast my vote for this bill. When my parents brought me to this country, I was granted the opportunity to get a good education, serve my country in the military, and now serve in Congress. DACA recipients and TPS holders deserve these same opportunities to achieve their American Dream. They are our neighbors, friends, family members, teachers, medical professionals, and more. This is the only country they call home and I'm glad they are here to stay. "" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to Joe Biden: "We know preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon through diplomacy will be a top priority of your administration, and we strongly believe that the JCPOA provides a critical framework to achieve this goal effectively. We strongly endorse your call for Iran to return to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States to rejoin the agreement, and subsequent follow-on negotiations. We understand that returning to the agreement will require the selective lifting of some sanctions and rigorous implementation to verifiably ensure Iranian compliance." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""It is the responsibility of Congress, outlined in the Constitution, to set the parameters on if, when and where our nation leads our military into hostilities. Let me be clear: We do not want war with Iran, and we should not put U.S. troops, diplomats and civilians in harm's way to satisfy the whims of this president," said Rep. Carbajal. "I was a part of the administration's classified briefing to Congress yesterday--it only strengthened my belief that President Trump did not have a true strategy or legal justification for his recent actions regarding Iran, and that Congress must step in and assert our constitutional authority. I'm proud this resolution passed the House today; I hope the Senate will take the same stand."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Military intervention should be a last resort and it is important that we continue to reduce our on-the-ground military presence in the Middle East in a responsible way. It is also necessary that Congress authorize any military intervention, as is required by the Constitution. In January 2020 I joined my colleagues in the House in passing a War Powers Resolution to define and limit President Trump's military actions regarding Iran. I also joined my colleagues in voting to repeal the outdated 2002 AUMF to ensure that it cannot be used to justify military action unrelated to its initial purpose." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (votesmart.org)
  • 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” (votesmart.org)
  • "Military intervention should be a last resort and it is important that we continue to reduce our on-the-ground military presence in the Middle East in a responsible way. It is also necessary that Congress authorize any military intervention, as is required by the Constitution. In January 2020 I joined my colleagues in the House in passing a War Powers Resolution to define and limit President Trump's military actions regarding Iran. I also joined my colleagues in voting to repeal the outdated 2002 AUMF to ensure that it cannot be used to justify military action unrelated to its initial purpose." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ".@POTUS has fallen into a dangerous pattern of tweeting first & asking questions later when it comes to national security matters. Impulsive tweets on military policy in #Syria, without regard for our readiness, confuses our allies and threatens the safety of our troops." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of S J Res 68 "A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Retaliatory tariffs imposed by China on US agriculture and fruit hit close to home on the #CentralCoast. At a time when CA ranchers and farmers are facing a labor shortage & historic drought, @POTUS used American growers as pawns in a trade war." (twitter.com)
  • "This agreement sets a new standard for the way we implement, enforce and benefit from global trade. USMCA promotes American jobs, protects workers, stymies illegal trade and ensures those who don't comply are held accountable. It boosts the ag industry that lifts #CA24 up." (twitter.com)
  • "We must work in a bipartisan way to achieve trade agreements that protect American jobs and the environment, while promoting economic growth and opening new markets for US products. The USMCA that was signed into law in January 2020 is an example of successfully achieving this balance and I am proud to have supported its passage in the House. Barriers to trade such as tariffs have a negative impact on our economy and job market. On the Central Coast, we have seen first-hand the impact of President Trump's reckless trade war with China on our local agricultural industry." (justfacts.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 Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
I have always supported a woman's right to make her own healthcare decisions and am proud of the 100 percent rating I have always received from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America. In Congress, I am a vocal member of the Pro-Choice Caucus and work to actively oppose anti-choice legislation and the Administration's attempt to block abortion access and even access to birth control. I am supportive of efforts to the Hyde Amendment - a restriction that overwhelmingly burdens communities of color. I will continue to be an advocate for reproductive freedom.
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 Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
The system as it stands is unacceptable, and in Congress I am doing everything I can to pass meaningful campaign finance reform. We have to curb the massive amount of outside money being spent on campaigns without any transparency or accountability. I strongly believe that the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling should be overturned, and short of that, I've introduced legislation to require publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending and advertising in our elections.
No Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
No Do you support increasing defense spending?
As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have openly advocated for strategically reducing wasteful spending in our military programs while ensuring that we maintain our position as the preeminent military power in the world.
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?
Reforming our tax code is one area in which Democrats and Republicans can agree, as we have in the past. But after the GOP passed their tax plan giving billions of dollars in handouts to multi-national corporations at the expense of middle class families - and the Trump budget proposes more of the same - I cannot support lowering corporate taxes any further. We need to update and simplify our tax system to make our tax code more competitive for businesses and fairer for middle-class taxpayers. Lasting reform requires difficult trade-offs to achieve fiscal responsibility.
Yes Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
A basic foundational education for every child in America is critical to giving them a fair shot to succeed. As an immigrant to this country who relied on public housing and education programs growing up, I can attest personally to the transformative power of a good education. Not only does a federal education standard ensure an even playing field for our students, but it also saves our local schools money by having a guidelines to rely on when implementing a curriculum for the year.
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?
California is proof that innovation and sustainability go hand-in-hand with economic success. The state announced it hit its 2020 climate target four years early, while in that same period our economy grew by 26 percent. The Central Coast is already experiencing major climate change impacts like wildfires and drought - which brings even more urgency to our work to increase sustainable energy efforts and the jobs in those sectors. We can save lives, property, and money when we work to proactively mitigate these increasingly destructive events. We simply cannot afford inaction on the most significant challenge of our time.
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
The threat of gun violence has spiked over the past decade and Congress has a responsibility to act to prevent these tragedies in the future. There have been numerous incidents across the United States, including in our own community at my alma mater - UCSB. I have introduced the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act, a bill with bipartisan support that encourages states to empower families and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to prevent future gun violence.
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?
It is time for Republicans to abandon their attempts to repeal the ACA, and work with Democrats in a bipartisan way to address the shortcomings of the ACA and improve access and affordability across our healthcare system. I am proud to join with some of my colleagues to propose common-sense reforms that would stabilize Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies and help lower insurance premium costs for hardworking Central Coast families.
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?
As an immigrant myself to the United States, I believe that it is important that we have a fair immigration system that works, and unfortunately our current system is seriously flawed. I am concerned that the current directives from this Administration only serve to create panic in our immigrant communities and simultaneously make them less safe by promoting mistrust of local law enforcement. I support comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act. We need to support the human rights of people that seek the American dream and are working hard to achieve those dreams.
No 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?
Military intervention should be a last resort and it is important that we continue to reduce our on-the-ground military presence in the Middle East in a responsible way. It is also necessary that Congress authorize any military intervention, as is required by the Constitution. In January 2020 I joined my colleagues in the House in passing a War Powers Resolution to define and limit President Trump's military actions regarding Iran. I also joined my colleagues in voting to repeal the outdated 2002 AUMF to ensure that it cannot be used to justify military action unrelated to its initial purpose.
Yes Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
We must work in a bipartisan way to achieve trade agreements that protect American jobs and the environment, while promoting economic growth and opening new markets for US products. The USMCA that was signed into law in January 2020 is an example of successfully achieving this balance and I am proud to have supported its passage in the House. Barriers to trade such as tariffs have a negative impact on our economy and job market. On the Central Coast, we have seen first-hand the impact of President Trump's reckless trade war with China on our local agricultural industry.
As part of the Democratic House majority, we've passed bills to lower prescription drug costs, raise minimum wage, curb gun violence, protect jobs and workers, strengthen environmental protections, and more. We've built a strong foundation, but there's more to do. The House passed three of my bills to protect lands and waters, and ensure coastal communities are resilient against climate disasters. I'll keep advancing these efforts. We must also keep fighting for affordable healthcare and pre-existing conditions protections, as well as job creation broadly and within clean energy and agriculture sectors. I've worked diligently on this and will keep delivering.

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