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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Los Angeles, Orange County, CA November 6, 2012 Election
Smart Voter

Alan Lowenthal
Answers Questions

Candidate for
United States Representative; District 47


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and asked of all candidates for this office.
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Questions & Answers

1. In this time of high unemployment, what are the most important steps that should be taken to improve our nationís economy?

Passing the President's American Jobs Act will create millions of good-paying jobs and create tax breaks for the middle class and small businesses that hire unemployed workers and veterans.

I also believe we should end tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas.

2. How should the federal budget deficit be addressed, now and into the future? How should budget priorities for defense and domestic programs be adjusted?

We must find a way to balance the federal budget in a bipartisan way that does not jeopardize the integrity of essential services such as education, health care, Medicare and Social Security.

With the end of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we need to reduce defense expenditures while maintaining national security, and focus savings on increasing education and our domestic infrastructure. As a member of Congress, I will support legislation that focuses on domestic investment.

3. What are your priorities with respect to our nationís energy policy? Should there be an emphasis on clean energy and reducing carbon emissions, and/or on reducing our dependence on foreign sources?

I support increasing investments in alternative and renewable fuels, and reducing our reliance on carbon-based fuels, especially from foreign-sources.

California is at the leading edge of green technology innovation and the creation of "green collar jobs." I will aggressively pursue the funding and legislation necessary to support and expand these job-creating technologies and industries, and to keep them in California.

4. What, if any, changes should be made to federal health care policies or programs?

I fully support President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

5. What, if any, changes should be made to federal rules on campaign financing?

I wrote legislation in Long Beach which resulted in one of the toughest campaign financing laws in the nation.

I do not support special interest money in politics, and I do not support the Citizens United ruling case; corporations are not people.

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