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John Garamendi on Abortion
Click here for 2 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • I am a strong pro-choice feminist. (Nov 2009)
  • Voted NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
John Garamendi on Budget & Economy
Click here for 4 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted NO on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
  • Establish a usury limit of 16% for consumer credit cards. (Dec 2009)
John Garamendi on Civil Rights
Click here for 7 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • GLBT marriage equality for all Californians. (Nov 2009)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights. (Aug 2012)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
John Garamendi on Corporations
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  • 1990s: Served as California's first Insurance Commissioner. (Nov 2009)
  • Value and nourish manufacturing. (Nov 2009)
  • Voted NO on workforce training by state block grants & industry partners. (Mar 2013)
  • Rated 100% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
  • Sponsored enforcing against corporate offshore tax haven banking. (Apr 2013)
John Garamendi on Crime
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  • Facilitate recovering crime victim restitution fees. (Apr 2011)
John Garamendi on Drugs
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
John Garamendi on Education
Click here for 4 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Ensure that teachers have the resources they need. (Nov 2009)
  • No greater responsibility than educating our children. (Nov 2009)
  • Budget cuts directly lower school quality. (Nov 2009)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
John Garamendi on Energy & Oil
Click here for 6 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Authored solar, wind and energy conservation tax credit law. (Nov 2009)
  • Principle negotiator for the Kyoto Protocol. (Nov 2009)
  • Voted NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Extend through 2016 the renewable energy tax credit. (Nov 2011)
  • $5 billion in tax credits for alternative energy projects. (Mar 2011)
John Garamendi on Environment
Click here for 5 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Safeguard our environment for future generations. (Nov 2009)
  • Garamendi Process: balanced water needs with protection. (Nov 2009)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Member of House Natural Resources Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Rated 50% by HSLF, indicating a mixed voting record on animal welfare. (Jan 2012)
John Garamendi on Families & Children
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  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Feb 2013)
John Garamendi on Foreign Policy
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  • Moral and strategic interest in strong & secure Israel. (Nov 2009)
  • Resolved long-standing issues between Guam and US government. (Nov 2009)
  • Protect Congo's national parks while negotiating peace. (Nov 2009)
  • Diplomacy should always be our first mission abroad. (Nov 2009)
  • Rated +2 by AAI, indicating pro-Arab pro-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond. (Mar 2010)
John Garamendi on Free Trade
Click here for 4 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation. (Jun 2009)
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
  • Require open markets for US goods in all trade agreements. (May 2011)
  • Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices. (Apr 2013)
John Garamendi on Government Reform
Click here for 3 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
  • Establish 15 days of early voting in all states. (Nov 2012)
John Garamendi on Gun Control
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  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
John Garamendi on Health Care
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  • Fight for robust public option; advocate for single-payer. (Nov 2009)
  • 1970s: Pushed reimbursements for psychiatric health. (Nov 2009)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Require insurers to cover breast cancer treatment. (Jan 2011)
  • Establish a public insurance option via healthcare Exchanges. (Jan 2011)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
John Garamendi on Homeland Security
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  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Member of House Committee on Armed Services. (Mar 2011)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Oct 2013)
John Garamendi on Immigration
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
John Garamendi on Jobs
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  • Voted NO on allowing compensatory time off for working overtime. (Apr 2013)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Rated 0% by CEI, indicating a pro-worker rights voting record. (May 2012)
  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. (Mar 2013)
John Garamendi on Principles & Values
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John Garamendi on Social Security
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  • Never allow Wall Street to touch Social Security. (Nov 2009)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
John Garamendi on Tax Reform
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
John Garamendi on Technology
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  • High speed rail is critical infrastructure. (Nov 2009)
  • Expand bike paths and bike lanes. (Nov 2009)
  • Voted YES on protecting cyber security by sharing data with government. (Apr 2013)
  • Popularize Electronic Signatures with ESIGN Day. (Jun 2010)
John Garamendi on War & Peace
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  • Strategic interest in a strong, secure and viable Israel. (Nov 2009)
  • Iraq War was an unnecessary war of choice sold on mistruths. (Nov 2009)
  • Continued American presence in Afghanistan. (Nov 2009)
  • Embargo refined oil products into Iran if they keep nukes. (Nov 2009)
  • Voted YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
  • Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes. (May 2011)
John Garamendi on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Broaden the availability of food stamps. (Nov 2009)
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Apr 2013)
  • Public jobs on community-based public interest projects. (Dec 2009)


VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
I am a strong pro-choice feminist: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
GLBT marriage equality for all Californians: Strongly Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Broaden the availability of food stamps: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Fight for robust public option; advocate for single-payer: Strongly Favors topic 5
1970s: Pushed reimbursements for psychiatric health: Favors topic 5
Require insurers to cover breast cancer treatment: Strongly Favors topic 5
Establish a public insurance option via healthcare Exchanges: Strongly Favors topic 5
Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Never allow Wall Street to touch Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI": Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Ensure that teachers have the resources they need: Opposes topic 7
No greater responsibility than educating our children: Opposes topic 7
Budget cuts directly lower school quality: Opposes topic 7
$25B to renovate or repair elementary schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Safeguard our environment for future generations: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Garamendi Process: balanced water needs with protection: Opposes topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Facilitate recovering crime victim restitution fees: Strongly Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Sponsored enforcing against corporate offshore tax haven banking: Favors topic 11
Neutral on topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
Require open markets for US goods in all trade agreements: Opposes topic 13
Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Neutral on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Neutral on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Establish 15 days of early voting in all states: Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Diplomacy should always be our first mission abroad: Favors topic 17
Iraq War was an unnecessary war of choice sold on mistruths: Strongly Favors topic 17
Embargo refined oil products into Iran if they keep nukes: Opposes topic 17
Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes: Opposes topic 17
YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Authored solar, wind and energy conservation tax credit law: Strongly Favors topic 18
Principle negotiator for the Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
Extend through 2016 the renewable energy tax credit: Strongly Favors topic 18
$5 billion in tax credits for alternative energy projects: Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Favors topic 18
Neutral on topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion: Favors topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached: Favors topic 20

John Garamendi is a Liberal Populist.
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