NONPARTISAN CANDIDATE GUIDE: 2018 CALIFORNIA 48th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT RACE
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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.
Campaign Finance: Require political ads to disclose their largest funders? Stand on Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?
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.”
Economy: Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
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.
Gay Rights: Support laws protecting gay rights?
Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?
Healthcare: Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare?
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.
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?
Iran: Support President Trump withdrawing from the multinational treaty that limits Iran’s nuclear capability in return for lifting economic sanctions?
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.
Russia Investigation: Agree that serious issues with Russian intervention in the 2016 election?
Student Debt: Refinance student loans at lower rates? Increase federal student financial aid?
Rohrabacher – No position found.
Taxes: Support President Trump’s tax cuts?
Rohrabacher – No. Opposed because bill capped deduction for state taxes.
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.