NONPARTISAN CANDIDATE GUIDE: 2018 CALIFORNIA 48th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT RACE

Dana Rohrabacher (R)
Dana Rohrabacher (R)
Harley Rouda (D)

Created by the Campus Election Engagement Project, a nonpartisan effort to help college and university administrators, faculty, and student leaders engage their schools in the election. Key sites consulted included Votesmart.org, OntheIssues.org, FactCheck.org, Politifact.com, and public candidate statements. For guides to local races, see Vote411.org from the League of Women Voters and Ballotready.org. For more detailed information visit their votesmart.org pages. To volunteer go to rohrabacher.com or harleyforcongress.com.

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Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Rohrabacher – Mostly ban. Voted to create tax penalties for companies offering insurance plans that cover abortion or individuals buying them on their own. Also voted to bar transporting a minor across state lines to get an abortion.

Rouda – Legal. “I’ll never vote to tell a woman what to do with her body. That’s between her & her doctor, not members of Congress.”

 

Campaign Finance: Require political ads to disclose their largest funders? Stand on Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?

Rohrabacher – No. Voted against requiring groups running political ads to disclose major donors. Opposed Shays-Meehan bill that limited donations before Citizens United overturned it.

Rouda – Yes. Supports Disclose Act, requiring groups to disclose donors when engaging in political activity. Would reverse Citizens United.

 

Climate Change: Consider climate change a serious threat? Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases?

Rohrabacher – No. “Manmade global warming, as a theory, is being pushed by people who believe in global government… looking for an incredible freedom-busting centralization of power.” Voted to bar EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.

Rouda – Yes to both. “Climate change doesn’t just mean melting ice caps & rising oceans. It means the weather patterns that all of civilization has been predicated on… will be increasingly unpredictable—where we built our cities, where we grow our crops, where we live. “

 

Courts: Support choice of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court nominee? (After allegations)

Rohrabacher – Yes. “Has an exemplary record & decades of service to our nation.”

Rouda – No. Saw his Judiciary Committee performance. “Lying under oath? Disqualifying.”

 

Economy: Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?

Rohrabacher – No. “Hundreds of billions… will end up being given to foreign banks & others who don’t deserve to get their hands on our limited tax dollars.”

Rouda – Supports rebuilding infrastructure. Said Trump tax cuts would “decimate“ infrastructure & school funding.

 

Elections: Support nonpartisan redistricting to address charges of partisan gerrymandering?

Rohrabacher – Yes.

Rouda – Yes.

 

Environment: Cut or limit Environmental Protection Administration?

Rohrabacher – Limit. Voted to bar EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.

Rouda – No. Beyond losing critical climate programs, the enormous cuts would also eradicate protections for other basic needs. 

 

Gay Rights: Support laws protecting gay rights?

Rohrabacher – No. Homeowners should have the right not to sell their home to gay people if “they don’t agree with their lifestyle.”

Rouda – Yes. “Too many LGBTQ Americans lack basic legal protections.”

 

Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?

Rohrabacher – Mostly no. Ban selling guns to felons. Co-sponsored law to repeal semiautomatic weapons ban. “Safer to have good guys in our schools with guns than not.”

Rouda – Yes. Supports mandatory background checks, banning assault rifles, high-capacity magazines & sale of guns to violent criminals or convicted domestic abusers.

 

Healthcare: Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare?

Rohrabacher – Repeal. Co-sponsored resolutions to defund Obamacare in 2013 & repeal it in 2015.

Rouda – Support. “Basic healthcare is a fundamental right in developed countries…. we need to fight to prevent its repeal.”

 

Healthcare: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?

Rohrabacher – No. Prohibit federal funds from going to Planned Parenthood—for any purpose.

Rouda – Yes. Need to “empower & expand Planned Parenthood’s footprint—not annihilate it.”

 

Immigration: Support path to citizenship for America’s 11 million illegal immigrants, including “DACA” recipients or “Dreamers,” who grew up in the US after being brought here as children?

Rohrabacher – No. Applauded President Trump for terminating DACA, saying he sympathized with the kids but that the program encouraged illegal immigration.

Rouda – Yes. Supports comprehensive immigration reform that both secures the border & provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals.

 

Iran: Support President Trump withdrawing from the multinational treaty that limits Iran’s nuclear capability in return for lifting economic sanctions?

Rohrabacher – Yes. Walking away will help neutralize the mullahs & empower secular forces within Iran.

Rouda – No. Withdrawal “calls into question our commitment to international agreements.”

 

Marijuana: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?

Rohrabacher – Legalize.

Rouda – Legalize.

 

Net Neutrality: Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?

Rohrabacher – No. Prohibit FCC from regulating rates for broadband internet access.

Rouda – Yes. Strong net neutrality supporter.

 

President Trump: Voting agreement with the President’s policies?

Rohrabacher – Voted in line with Trump 84% of the time (as of October 18).

Rouda – Not applicable.

 

Renewable Energy: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

Rohrabacher – No. Voted against tax credits & incentives for renewable energy production & conservation.

Rouda – Yes. Prioritize green energy “over the fossil fuels of the past.”

 

Russia Investigation: Agree that serious issues with Russian intervention in the 2016 election?

Rohrabacher – No. ”Mueller was appointed to try to find out if there was collusion between the Russians & the Trump campaign. There’s been nothing that has been discovered about that.”

Rouda – Yes. “Rep. Rohrabacher has said that 17 US intelligence agencies… were all wrong, that the Russians had nothing to do with meddling with our elections.”

 

Student Debt: Refinance student loans at lower rates? Increase federal student financial aid?

Rohrabacher – No position found.

Rouda – Yes. Allow students to refinance at lower rates. Phase in tuition-free education at public colleges & universities.

 

Taxes: Support President Trump’s tax cuts?

Rohrabacher – No. Opposed because bill capped deduction for state taxes.

Rouda – No. Helps wealthy not working families. Has added more than a trillion dollars to national debt.

 

Voting Rules: Support rules that proponents argue prevent possible fraud, even if they limit access?

Rohrabacher – Yes. Voted to require photo ID for voting in federal elections.

Rouda – No. “Fair elections without barriers to vote should be a top Democratic priority.”