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Grace Napolitano's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (CA) - District 31

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Issue Positions

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  • "Access to safe, legal abortion was made possible by Roe v. Wade, but our work continues. Everyone deserves equal access, no matter their income, race, or ZIP code. #RoeAnniversary" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5377 "Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by FreedomWorks. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to Chairman Brady: "As members of the California Congressional Delegation, we write to express our deepest concerns about any proposed changes to the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, as indicated in the "Big Six" framework. The SALT deduction allows taxpayers to deduct state and local taxes from their federal taxable income, and was written into the federal tax code since the inception of the income tax in 1913. It has fostered a strong partnership between federal and state and local governments, and we oppose any change that would damage this cultivated relationship." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to Administrator Pelosi: "We write to express strong bipartisan support for the Medicare Advantage program, which 40 percent of eligible Medicare beneficiaries, more than 22 million people, choose to enroll in.[1] We appreciate your ongoing commitment to preserving and strengthening the Medicare Advantage program for current and future Medicare beneficiaries. As the Administration considers updates to the program for plan year 2021, we urge you to ensure that the Medicare Advantage program will continue to offer affordable, high-quality, patient-centered coverage options for the diverse populations the program serves, including beneficiaries with End Stage Renal Disease who for the first time will be able to choose a Medicare Advantage plan." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Common Cause. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I am a co author of H.R. 1 and voted to support its passage in the US House of Representatives. The bill requires 501(c)(4) nonprofit entities engaged in political activity to disclose their large-dollar donors," (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Proud to be joining @HouseDemocrats today in introducing HR 1, the #ForThePeopleAct, to ensure our government is focused on serving American families, not special interests." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "Throughout the San Gabriel Valley and across the country, Americans have turned their immense grief over those killed by police brutality into demands for action to end systemic racial injustices against Black Americans and other communities of color. We have heard this resounding call for change, and today we have taken a crucial step to safeguard the civil rights of all Americans and must continue to do so," Napolitano said. "The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act will finally begin to address systemic racism and help save lives, while increasing transparency to ensure police officers are held accountable to the communities they serve. I thank my constituents who have engaged on this issue, lending their support for much-needed, long overdue reforms. It is not enough to say Black Lives Matter; we must put our words into action." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Qualified immunity and unfair standards have allowed too many problematic and dangerous police officers to avoid the punishment they deserve. We must change this. Every police officer must be accountable to the community they serve. #JusticeInPolicing" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 5% by Center for Security Policy. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I support, but not at the expense of critical domestic programs such as infrastructure and health care, among others." (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)
  • "It makes a long-overdue commitment to expanding and improving the U.S. passenger rail network--providing Americans with better access to one of the most climate-friendly transportation options. It supports the repair and rebuilding of crumbling bridges, and provides dedicated resources for major bridge projects, off-system bridge repairs, and critical Tribal and rural bridges. The bill strengthens our commitment to safety for all users by reforming federal design standards, building complete streets, and investing in safety measures that will save lives on our roadways." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Last year, the Congress approved, and the president signed into law, the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This critical legislation provides $17.1 billion to the Corps to address the backlog of vital construction and operation and maintenance activities on projects throughout the nation." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Six Republicans worked in secrecy for weeks while promoting their plan as a middle class tax cut. The bill they unveiled today is nothing more than a massive tax break for big corporations, whose rate will be lowered by 15%. Cutting funding to Medicare, Medicaid, and other vital programs that help working families, in order to pay for tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, should be rejected by all. When Republicans are serious about working together on bipartisan tax reform to create jobs and grow the economy without harming California and the rest of our nation, we Democrats stand ready." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by FreedomWorks. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Republicans just raised taxes on my constituents and millions of hardworking families. Under the guise of a middle-class tax cut, their bill is a giveaway to corporations and the wealthiest people in America. They promised fairness, but their bill treats working families differently than the wealthy. While the reduction for individual tax rates expires in 2025, the rate on corporations is reduced permanently from 35% to 21%." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today's legislation is an important next step in ensuring the well-being of our nation's small businesses, families, and communities. I continue to hear from many frustrated constituents, including small business owners, who have not yet received critical assistance. This bill improves and bolsters the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) by providing $310 billion in additional funding, with $60 billion for community-based lenders, banks, and credit unions to help businesses in our communities. To ensure this does not turn into another bailout for the wealthy and big corporations, we must conduct rigorous oversight and hold the administration accountable for every dollar approved." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 925 "The Heroes Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (votesmart.org)
  • "In SoCal & across our state we are combating climate change by lowering carbon emissions, increasing renewable energy production & creating a drought-proof, sustainable water portfolio, but we cannot act on climate alone. #ClimateActionNow" (twitter.com)
  • "President Trump and Secretary Zinke are again siding with big oil and gas companies over the well-being of families and our planet. We reject these backwards fossil fuel-driven policies and must continue to invest in renewable energy sources." (twitter.com)
  • "we urge you to update emissions standards for freight-related mobile sources, specifically locomotives, ocean-going vessels, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, non-road diesel engines, and aircraft. We wish to partner with you to identify and reduce barriers to quickly advance this effort with the goal of completing the relevant rulemaking procedures by 2025." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by League of Conservation Voters. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The INVEST in America Act delivers meaningful, transformational policy solutions. For the first time, the bill provides resources for states and communities to tackle transportation greenhouse gas emissions, the leading cause of U.S. carbon pollution, and to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis that are occurring today. It employs a "fix-it-first" approach, ensuring that states maintain a state of good repair and consider affordable and efficient alternatives to reduce congestion." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to Leader McConnell: "Background checks save lives. Every day, our background check system stops more than 170 felons and 50 domestic abusers from acquiring a firearm. Every day the Senate fails to act increases the likelihood these dangerous individuals can get a gun anyway and lives will be lost." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (votesmart.org)
  • "According to a recent report in Politico, your administration has stated that it will continue to pay these cost-sharing subsidies, for now. However, your public statements continue to raise doubts about the future of these payments and your commitment to enforcing the ACA, the law of the land. You have also stated in the past that, "The best thing politically is to let Obamacare explode" and recently said that "Obamacare is dead."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "We must strengthen the ACA in order to improve health care access for all." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "This coronavirus compromise isn’t perfect – but it takes us a long way down the road towards meeting the needs of American families. We must and will do more. Here’s what we fought for and secured in order to put #FamiliesFirst." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 8% by NumbersUSA. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "They are not bargaining chips to be used to construct an abhorrent border wall or advance an extreme, anti-immigrant agenda. " (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 6136 "Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • ""I was proud to cast my vote today to protect Dreamers, TPS holders, those covered by DED, and farmworkers to provide these individuals with a long overdue pathway to citizenship and opportunity to fulfill the promise of the American Dream," Napolitano said. "Risking their own lives throughout the pandemic as essential frontline workers to keep our country healthy, fed, and moving, these brave immigrants have again proven how indispensable they are to our economy, our communities, and our way of life. Our Hispanic Caucus has worked tirelessly on both bills, and while today's vote is a victory for thousands of immigrants in my district and millions across the U.S., we are far from the finish line. As we implore the Senate to follow suit and do what is right for these individuals and for our country, we will take additional legislative action to create an immigration system that is humane, fair, and efficient. I will do all I can to ensure that people of all creeds, backgrounds, and nationalities continue to comprise our great country, and that we as a nation embrace and celebrate this diversity, honoring our heritage as a proud nation of immigrants."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 8% by NumbersUSA. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1333 "NO BAN Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Under both Republican and Democratic administrations, I have strongly opposed and condemned unauthorized military action. The Constitution vests the power to declare war with Congress, and this week we will reassert these War Powers. In the meantime, we call on this administration to refrain from further escalatory acts. We must also repeal the 2002 Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF), which President Trump wrongfully cited as justification for the strike and subsequent threats." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "As always, any president must make a compelling case and justify intervention as a last resort. It is critical we do not send troops into harm's way with scant evidence and justification to the use of force." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 5% by Center for Security Policy. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 5% by Center for Security Policy. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I just voted to end U.S. military participation in Saudi-led war in Yemen. I have supported similar War Powers measures under past admins, both Republican & Democratic, and I take very seriously my Constitutional duty on matters related to war and peace." (twitter.com)
  • 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)
  • Rated 81% by Public Citizen. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "This depends on the individual trade deal being proposed, on a case by case basis, and to what extent the President has worked with Congress to ensure a fair trade deal that does not ship jobs overseas and enables environmental protection for all sides. I have opposed numerous trade deals (CAFTA, NAFTA, China PNTR) because they have fallen short in this respect." (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?
No 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?
I am a co author of H.R. 1 and voted to support its passage in the US House of Representatives. The bill requires 501(c)(4) nonprofit entities engaged in political activity to disclose their large-dollar donors,
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?
I support, but not at the expense of critical domestic programs such as infrastructure and health care, among others.
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?
Yes Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Requirements must be realistic and not be a deterrent for teachers to do their jobs effectively.
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?
We must strengthen the ACA in order to improve health care access for all.
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?
Unknown Position 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)?
Unknown Position Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
As always, any president must make a compelling case and justify intervention as a last resort. It is critical we do not send troops into harm's way with scant evidence and justification to the use of force.
No Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
This depends on the individual trade deal being proposed, on a case by case basis, and to what extent the President has worked with Congress to ensure a fair trade deal that does not ship jobs overseas and enables environmental protection for all sides. I have opposed numerous trade deals (CAFTA, NAFTA, China PNTR) because they have fallen short in this respect.
1. Improve infrastructure, relieve congestion and fund more public transportation. 2. Promote access to mental health resources, advocate for more mental health coverage and increase awareness. 3. Lower financial barriers to college and improve neighborhood schools.

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