Jared Huffman on Homeland Security



Reduce defense spending to balance the budget

Q: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?

A: Yes. By "any tax bracket", I mean the highest income tax brackets. I do not support middle class tax increases at this time.

Q: Do you support reducing Medicaid spending?

A: No.

Q: Do you support reducing Medicare spending?

A: No.

Q: Is balancing the budget a legislative priority?

A: Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test , Oct 30, 2012

Diplomacy and due process, instead of military action

Q: Should the US use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?

A: No. The current administration is on the right track by prioritizing economic sanctions, international pressure and diplomacy to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Q: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?

A: Regarding targeting people who are "suspected" terrorists, this question is too vague and complex for a yes/no. Circumstances sometimes exist, as with Osama Bin Laden, where the U.S. must act because someone poses a threat to our national security or because we know they attacked our country but the general rule must be diplomacy and due process.

Source: California Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test , Oct 30, 2012

Sponsored defunding nuclear-armed aircraft and nuclear R&D or testing.

Huffman co-sponsored SANE Act

Congressional Summary:Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act: Prohibits using funds in 2014 or thereafter:

  1. to arm a B-2 or B-52 aircraft with a nuclear weapon;
  2. for the research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) or procurement of a long-range penetrating bomber aircraft;
  3. to make the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons; or
  4. for the B61 or W78 life extension program.

Opponent's argument against bill: (Twitchy blog, "Who said what?", twitchy.com): North Korea has evidently been conducting nuclear device tests, and the timing couldn't be better, of course, as President Obama is expected to call for a reduction in nuclear arms tonight in his State of the Union address. Mass. Rep. Ed Markey is totall

Source: H.R.1506 13-H1506 on Apr 11, 2013

End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act.

Huffman co-sponsored USA FREEDOM Act

Congressional summary:: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection, and Online Monitoring Act or the USA FREEDOM Act: