Newsletter     Signup  
Email:
  
Zip:
    
Or click for More Info.
              Executive   |   Legislative   |   Judicial
Democratic Representative (CA-33):
Diane Watson on the Issues

Diane Watson on Abortion

  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save motherís life. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • Recommended by EMILY's List of pro-choice women. (Apr 2001)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Emergency contraception for rape victims at all hospitals. (Sep 2006)
  • Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)

Diane Watson on Budget & Economy

  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace. (Jan 2001)

Diane Watson on Civil Rights

  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Supports reparations for slavery. (Aug 2001)
  • Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice. (Jan 2001)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Require "Privacy Impact Statement" on new federal rules. (Apr 2002)
  • Rated 91% by the ACLU, indicating a pro-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 92% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Supported legislation on violence against women & safety. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding for women's and disadvantaged businesses. (Jul 1999)

Diane Watson on Corporations

  • Voted YES on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 21% by the US COC, indicating an anti-business voting record. (Dec 2003)

Diane Watson on Crime

  • Voted YES on expanding services for offendors' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)

Diane Watson on Drugs

  • Rated +15 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Dec 2006)
  • End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)

Diane Watson on Education

  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supported funding for teacher training & other initiatives. (Jul 1999)

Diane Watson on Energy & Oil

  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
  • Regulate wholesale electricity & gas prices. (Mar 2001)
  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)

Diane Watson on Environment

  • Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted NO on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Prohibits commercial logging on Federal public lands. (Apr 2001)
  • Rated 90% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)

Diane Watson on Families & Children

  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Rated 7% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Supported funding child care, child health, & child housing. (Jul 1999)

Diane Watson on Foreign Policy

  • Voted YES on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
  • Supported sending Colin Powell to Durban racism conference. (Aug 2001)
  • Suspend Russia's participation in the G-8. (Feb 2005)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Sanction Mugabe until Zimbabwe transitions to democracy. (Apr 2008)

Diane Watson on Free Trade

  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Rated 22% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
  • No MFN for China; condition trade on human rights. (Nov 1999)

Diane Watson on Government Reform

  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Election reform is #1 priority to prevent disenfranchisement. (Jan 2001)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)

Diane Watson on Gun Control

  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)

Diane Watson on Health Care

  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention. (Jan 2001)
  • More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs. (Jan 2001)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)
  • Supported funding women's health needs. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding older women's health. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding Prenatal and Postpartum Care. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding Family and Children's Coverage. (Jul 1999)

Diane Watson on Homeland Security

  • Voted YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted NO on adopting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a Department of Peace and Nonviolence. (Feb 2007)
  • Study & address suicides among veterans. (Apr 2008)
  • Recognize women veterans; assist military families. (Jul 1999)

Diane Watson on Immigration

  • Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)

Diane Watson on Jobs

  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business. (Oct 2004)
  • Require full disclosure of outsourced employees. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 87% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)

Diane Watson on Principles & Values

  • Member of Congressional Black Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Reject Bush's Florida electors due to election fraud. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Oct 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Nov 2007)

Diane Watson on Social Security

  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Supported pension reform and tax credits for long-term care. (Jul 1999)

Diane Watson on Tax Reform

  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 28% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Tax incentives for child care; eliminate marriage penalty. (Jul 1999)
  • Tax incentives for education, new schools, & families. (Jul 1999)

Diane Watson on War & Peace

  • Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • Impeach Dick Cheney for lying about Iraq. (May 2007)
  • Member of the Out-of-Iraq Congressional Caucus. (Jan 2007)

Diane Watson on Welfare & Poverty

  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
  • Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality. (Nov 1999)