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Veronica Escobar's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (TX) - District 16


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Veronica Escobar did not provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2022 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

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  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (
  • "Abortion is health care and a constitutional right. The Women's Health Protection Act enshrines the constitutional right to reproductive health care into law and protects women against extreme and dangerous bans like Texas’ SB 8." (
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • Rated 95% by End Citizens United. (
  • "The urgent need to restore our Democracy and work to lay a strong foundation for our nation's future has never been clearer," said Congresswoman Escobar. "That is why today I proudly voted for H.R.1, the For the People Act to put power back in the hands of El Pasoans. This transformational package delivers on my promise to restore the integrity of our elections, hold elected officials accountable, and end the era of dark and special-interest money in our politics while protecting women exercising their civic duty and running for office." (
  • Rated 87% by Common Cause. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • "Proud to be an original cosponsor of the George Floyd #JusticeInPolicing Act - a bold approach to end police brutality, hold police officers accountable, and call for transparency in El Paso and across the country." (
  • "Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the George Floyd #JusticeInPolicing Act. This is just the beginning. Join me today at 9 AM for a virtual conversation with @MARCMORIAL on how local governments can strengthen police accountability and oversight." (
  • "The FY22 NDAA leans forward and makes historic investments in our defense, resilience, innovation, and provides vital quality of life improvements for our servicemembers and their families, said Congresswoman Escobar. "As member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am immensely proud to have worked to craft and support legislation that secures big wins for Fort Bliss and El Paso and fulfills Congress' obligation to provide for the common and future defense of our nation." (
  • "I support a substantial budget and believe we can work within that to meet our security needs." (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • "NEWS: Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Texas will receive $537M over the next 5 years to upgrade our bridges and create jobs. Looking forward to working with @TxDOT to ensure El Paso benefits from the equitable distribution of these funds." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act." (
  • "This vote honors my promise to protect vulnerable businesses by strengthening the Paycheck Protection Program while securing critical resources needed by our hospitals and increasing our nation's testing capacity. More needs to be done and I will continue to advocate to ensure Congress leaves no El Pasoan behind." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 748 "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act" (
  • "Increased vehicle pollution, power-plant emissions, allowing the dumping of coal-mining debris into streams & much more. Instead of protecting our planet, health, air and water, ⁦@realDonaldTrump has rolled back regulations, endangering all of us." (
  • Rated 95% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1146 "Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act." (
  • "Biofuels boost our economy and reduce harmful emissions. In El Paso alone, biofuels have created 120 good-paying green jobs. It’s time for Congress to pass the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act to make biodiesel more cost-competitive and lower costs for everyone." (
  • "It breaks my heart that we are leaving our children a planet wrecked by man-made climate change. We can’t stop it, but moving away from our dependence on fossil fuels and incentivizing green energy will be a priority (and obligation) for me" (
  • "We write to express grave concerns regarding reports that your administration is considering taking advantage of a worldwide public health crisis to push for a bailout of the oil and gas industry.The spread of COVID-19 requires serious solutions. Diverting public funds to bail out this industry will do nothing to stop the spread of this deadly virus or provide relief to those in need. We call on you to put this corporate bailout aside and focus on steps to ensure appropriate care and support for Americans who truly need it." (
  • "The August 3, 2019, domestic terrorist attack against El Paso sparked a movement to ensure our community never again endures the pain of hate. Always grateful to the fearless advocates who continue to demand more by calling for common-sense gun violence prevention laws." (
  • "I’m proud to be a co-sponsor of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021.This life-saving legislation would expand background checks on all firearm sales and honor El Paso gun violence victims and survivors with action." (
  • Rated 0% by National Rifle Association (NRA). (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (
  • "Border walls don’t stop people from seeking asylum. Years of building walls have taken resources away from building a better immigration system. That’s why we must pass my Reimagining Asylum Processing Act to establish an asylum process designed for 21st-century realities." (
  • "It is long past time that this country finally reforms the laws that make hard-working individuals live in the shadows, pushes out educated immigrants, and refuses to honor the talents and labor of non-citizens who make our country stronger." (
  • Rated 0% by NumbersUSA. (
  • ".@realDonaldTrump reckless actions will be felt in Texas first and will spread across the country causing economic losses of more than $40 billion. Without a doubt, imposing tariffs on imports from Mexico will hurt American businesses and families everywhere." (
  • "I agree with our economic development leaders. These tariffs do absolutely nothing to address the challenges we face and will only cause self-inflicted harm and even higher taxes. Yet another incompetent and misguided policy from the Trump administration." (
  • "It was great to meet with stakeholders in cross border trade today to discuss the USMCA, how trade impacts our region, and how we can best improve our regional economy and the infrastructure that supports it." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (
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?
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?
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?
I support a substantial budget and believe we can work within that to meet our security needs.
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?
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?
Yes, but gradually and strategically.
Yes Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
Expanding healthcare and reforming immigration.

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