Candidate Responses - Darren Soto
In addition to answering the 20 survey questions, this candidate provided the following elaboration on several progressive issues.
Seeking a fair, honest, and open government that works for all:
I oppose the Citizens United decision. I also voted for HR 1, a sweeping voter reform package, which would reverse the decision in that case.
Seeking broader rights and better wages for workers:
I voted for HR 542 - Raise the Wage Act, which would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. I am a co-sponsor of Social Security 2100 Act. It gives seniors a raise in benefits, uses fairer CPI-E model, and keeps program 100% funded through 2100 by raising wage cap and having 50 cent increase per worker per week. I voted for the HR 2474 - Protecting the Right to Organize Act. The bill prevents misclassifying workers, protects workers' right to strike, prevents worker coercion, enhances labor law violation penalties, provides injunctive relief, etc. I am a co-sponsor of HR 1364 - Child Care for Working Families Act which makes childcare more affordable, creates universal access to high-quality pre-school, and improves compensation and training for child care workforce.
Seeking to maintain a strong economy:
I voted for the new USMCA which increased worker protections, raised % of auto parts made in US for a car to qualify as American-made, and created strong new enforcement process for trade violations by Mexico or Canada. I voted against GOP Tax scam which lowered corporate tax rates to an unsustainable level, left in place numerous tax loopholes that companies continue to exploit, and vastly increased the National Debt and budget deficit. I voted for the LIFT Act already in the Energy and Commerce Committee. This will be included in the House Democrats' National Infrastructure Package, which I plan to vote for when it reaches the House Floor, likely this July.
Seeking to provide a quality public education for all children, as guaranteed by our State Constitution:
See response above re HR1364 - Child Care for Working Families Act. I support free tuition, room and board and other expenses for individuals or families making under $100,000 per year. I support covering colleges, universities, and technical/vocational training.
Seeking justice and equality for all:
I have voted for the House Democrats' 2020 Budget that sought to reduce and/or eliminate private prison funding. I voted for the House Democrats' 2020 Budget which ended Gag Rule, blocked attempts to eliminate Title X funding for abortion providers and included other protections. Planned Parenthood PAC endorsed my 2020 re-election campaign. I am a co-sponsor and voted for H.J.Res.79 - Removing the Deadline for the Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Seeking recognition of the fundamental right to affordable housing, health care and retirement security:
I am a cosponsor of HR 2085 - CHOICE Act which creates a public option. I also support expanding Medicaid and increasing access and affordability under the Affordable Care Act as my solution to provide healthcare for all.
Seeking a clean and safe environment:
I voted for HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act to keep the US in the Paris Climate Accord. I support the CLEAN Futures Act, a comprehensive plan to boost renewable energy, cut emissions and get to 100% carbon neutral by 2050. I serve on the House Committee on Environmental Protection and Climate Change and work daily to combat EPA's pro-polluter policies and lax enforcement under Pres Trump.
Seeking a peaceful and secure world:
I voted for the House Democrats' 2020 Budget which included robust foreign aid for distressed nations across the world. I voted to stop the US's illegal participation in the War in Yemen. I support ending the War in Afghanistan. I have voted for the House Democrats' 2020 National Defense Authorization Act which included prohibitions against torture and enhanced interrogations. I am a co-sponsor of HR 7120 - Justice in Policing Act which stops federal funding and equipment for the militarization of state and local police forces. I voted for the House Democrats' 2020 National Defense Authorization Act which included several denuclearization efforts like stopping proliferation of short range and small-scale nuclear weapons.