Brad Sherman - U.S. House of Representatives (1997–Present) - Tenure

Tenure

First elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1996, Sherman is serving his eighth term in Congress. He's senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and serves as the top Democrat on the Subcommitee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. He is also a senior member of the Financial Services Committee.

Sherman has held over 160 Town Hall meetings since being elected to Congress.

Environment

Sherman has earned a 100% rating from the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters.

Serving on the House Budget Committee in 1997, Sherman authored the Sherman Amendment to the Budget Resolution providing an additional $700 million for the acquisition of environmentally important lands in FY ‘98.

Labor

Sherman’s voting record has most often earned him a 100% rating from the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Sherman was an original cosponsor of The Employee Free Choice Act when it was introduced at the start of 2007, and again when it was re-introduced in 2009.

Sherman introduced legislation, in 2008 and 2010, to eliminate so-called state “Right to Work” laws nationwide. and he supports a single national standard that protects labor rights. Sherman has also opposed Free Trade deals with South Korea, Colombia, and other countries because he believes they are bad for the American worker.

Transportation

Sherman has worked to reduce airport noise in the San Fernando Valley. Sherman joined several colleagues in introducing legislation, the Valley-Wide Noise Relief Act, to allow the operator of Bob Hope Airport to implement a mandatory nighttime curfew.

Sherman secured federal funds to initiate several improvements at the 101/405 interchange.

Animal rights

Sherman’s voting record has consistently earned a 100% rating from the Humane Society which has awarded him the “Humane Champion” award for five consecutive years.

Fiscal Policy

Congressman Sherman “led the House revolt" against the original $700 billion bailout plan, known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Sherman introduced the “Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist Act,” with regard to large financial entities.

Financial crisis

During the debate over the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (commonly referred to as "the bailout of the U.S. financial system), Sherman was an early and outspoken critic of the proposal, leading the House revolt against the bailout bill, a move which made him "spectacularly unpopular with both the Republican and Democratic leaderships, not to mention K Street." Sherman argued that Bush and his advisors had created a panic atmosphere in an effort to get lawmakers to rubber-stamp the bill.

Social Security and health care

Sherman has said he is "opposed to creating a voucher system for Medicare." He wants to avoid "turn Social Security into a welfare program" instead keeping it "for people who contribute to it."

For his voting record and efforts in Congress, Sherman has consistently earned a 100% rating from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and from the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). Sherman supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Sherman helped secure funds to develop a new women and children’s patient wing at El Proyecto del Barrio’s Family Health Care Clinic in Winnetka.

Housing

Sherman introduced the Preserving Equal Access to Mortgage Finance Programs Act (HR 1754), which raises the conforming loan limit for FHA loans in high-cost areas such as Sherman's district.

Sherman frequently holds seminars for Valley residents in his district to address issues of home purchasing, home refinancing and foreclosure avoidance.

Civil liberties

Sherman's legislative record received a 100% rating from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 2011, a 100% from the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 2007-2008, a 100% from the Human Rights Campaign in 2009-2010, and a 98% rating from the NAACP in 2009-2010.

Sherman cosponsored the Due Process Guarantee Act, which amends the Non-Detention Act of 1971 to provide that a Congressional authorization for the use of military force does not authorize the indefinite detention—without charge or trial—of U.S. citizens.

In 2011 Sherman voted against the reauthorization of the Patriot Act because of concerns that it would infringe on certain civil liberties, including the “library provision” that allows the FBI to acquire records about what books a person checks out from the library.

Foreign relations

In August 2010, Sherman introduced legislation aimed at rescinding China's Most Favored Nation status as long as there was not "a more level playing field between our two nations". He said that "the U.S.-China trade relationship is horrendously lopsided".

Sherman has introduced or co-sponsored more than 20 bills in the 111th and 112th Congresses that he says, "enact tougher sanctions to isolate Iran economically and diplomatically." His efforts have included legislation designed to close loopholes for U.S. companies with subsidiaries operating in Iran and to curtail U.S. funding of international organizations providing loans to Iran.

Sherman has been a strong supporter and advocate of the U.S-Israel relationship, consistently supporting aid to Israel. In 2004, Brad Sherman first introduced the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Act. It provides grant money to joint ventures between American and Israeli academics and private sector companies that conduct research and develop energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies.

Sherman introduced legislation to allow Israel to be part of the visa waiver program, which would permit nationals from Israel to enter the US as temporary visitors for tourism or business for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa.

As a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sherman has focused on Congressional recognition of the Armenian Genocide, as well as increasing funding to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

Religion

Sherman and his wife, who are Jewish, have been members of Valley Beth Shalom - a conservative synagogue in Encino, California - for many years.

In his role as a congressman, Sherman has appeared at events sponsored by virtually every religious denomination practiced in America including Orthodox Jewish, Reform Jewish, Conservative Jewish, Reconstructionist Jewish, Traditional Persian Jewish, Sephardic Jewish, the Church of Scientology, Sikh, Muslim, Catholic, Roman Catholic, Coptic Christian, The Assyrian Church, Greek Orthodox, the Armenian Church, Sikh, Buddhism, Hindu, Russian Orthodox, the Hungarian reformed Orthodox Church, Episcopalian, Methodist, Presbyterian, the Church of Christ, nondenominational Christian, and evangelical Christian.

Sherman expressed condolences to the Sikh community following the deadly shootings at a Sikh temple in August of 2012. After the September 11th terrorist attacks Sherman joined with colleagues in introducing a resolution to condemn bigotry and violence against Sikh-Americans. Sherman has advocated on behalf of religious minorities outside the United States including Hindus of Pakistan and Christians and Jews in the Arab world. Sherman introduced the Religious Minorities in the Arab World Resolution, which calls for the protection of the rights and freedoms of ethno-religious minorities, particularly in Egypt and Iraq.

Internet policy

In 2011, Sherman co-sponsored SOPA because "Hollywood's first offer" in combating piracy of music, films and books. Sherman’s opponent Howard Berman in California’s new 30th congressional district is the original cosponsor of the SOPA legislation.

LGBT

Sherman is a strong supporter of LGBT rights and an advocate of equality. He earned a 100% rating from The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT advocacy group in the country.

Sherman is a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, which serves to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. Sherman supports full marriage equality, and supported the overturning of the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy.”

Sherman was an original co-sponsor of Congressman Jared Polis's Student Non-Discrimination Act. Sherman is also a cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. In 2009, Sherman voted for the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which imposes additional federal penalties for crimes motivated by hatred on the basis of race, religion, or actual or perceived sexual orientation.

Abortion

Sherman is pro-choice. He has earned a 100% rating from NARAL and Planned Parenthood.

Gun control

Sherman has worked to expand the definition of armor-piercing ammunition in US law. He was a sponsor of the Protect Law Enforcement Armor (PLEA) Act. Sherman has received a 100% rating from The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

International trade

Sherman has opposed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) arguing that the agreements cost American jobs, fail to protect foreign workers, harm the environment, and cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars. Sherman has also opposed a Free Trade Agreement with South Korea arguing that, a proposed U.S. trade agreement could undermine U.S. security and economic interests by benefiting China and North Korea.

Education

Sherman has earned a 100% rating from the California Teachers Association, the National Education Association, and the American Federation of Teachers.

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