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Ben Lujan, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NM) - District 3, Democratic Assistant Speaker

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. Senate (NM) - Sr

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Ben Lujan, Jr. has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2020 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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  • "This is unacceptable and I will continue to fight for the rights of all women to have control over their personal medical decisions." (votesmart.org)
  • "As we work to expand health care coverage, we must ensure that access to comprehensive reproductive health care is protected. That’s why @brianschatz and I plan to include abortion coverage in our federal Medicaid Buy-In bill this congress. #RoevWade" (twitter.com)
  • "Rated 100% byPlanned Parenthood Action Fund" (votesmart.org)
  • "America cannot afford a trickle-down tax plan that hands multi-billion dollar tax breaks to the wealthiest on the backs of the middle class." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressional Republicans believe that we need a massive tax break for big corporations and the super-wealthy. A tax break that will be paid for by working and middle-class families who are already struggling. Democrats are in favor of tax reform, but it must prioritize middle-class families and put working Americans first." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Luján is a cosponsor of the Social Security 2100 Act to protect and expand social security benefits for current and future generations. T The Congressman supported the full repeal of the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act. This ensures seniors have full access to outpatient therapy covered by their Medicare plan." (lujan.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Luján is also a cosponsor of the Democracy for All Amendment, a resolution to restore limits on the influence of money in our elections through a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision." (lujan.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "I've heard the call from millions of Americans demanding action to address systemic racism and police violence against Black Americans. Today, I was proud to vote for the #JusticeInPolicing Act to help bring justice to George Floyd and other victims of police brutality." (votesmart.org)
  • "With the leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus, I am heartened that Congress is stepping up to this task with the bicameral introduction of the Justice in Policing Act. This critical legislation increases accountability and transparency and bans dangerous tactics, including the chokeholds and no-knock warrants responsible for the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. To all those who demand justice now, we hear you." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Less than half of rural New Mexicans have access to high-speed, fixed broadband. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress must #InvestInBroadband to bridge the digital divide for our students, workers, and small businesses. #RuralBroadbandDay" (votesmart.org)
  • "The COVID-19 public health crisis is impacting communities across New Mexico each day. It's crucial that the next coronavirus response package includes significant investments to alleviate the public health and economic impacts of this virus, boost our economy, and create new jobs for New Mexicans, said Luján. "As Congress develops this next legislative package, I will fight to ensure investments in New Mexico's public health, economy, and infrastructure are included. This crisis requires a bold response to uplift New Mexico families and businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Moving Forward Act makes strong investments to modernize America's infrastructure that will create jobs and allow New Mexico's communities to recover. As a member of House leadership, I'll continue doing everything I can to help Americans weather this public health and economic crisis," (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Thank you for your leadership as we work together to deliver more assistance to struggling families across the country. In addition to presenting immediate hardships, the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare and magnified the economic inequality that existed long before the crisis. As we consider additional relief, we urge you to reject corporate tax breaks that would widen the income gap and reward wealthy shareholders instead of workers." (votesmart.org)
  • "Small businesses need our support to weather this pandemic & keep workers on the payroll. That's why I voted for the PPP Flexibility Act to give businesses greater flexibility to use PPP loans, extend the forgiveness period, and increase the amount that can be spent on expenses." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Paycheck Protection Program has served as a lifeline for thousands of small businesses in New Mexico. When the program ended last week, it still had $130 billion in available funds to help struggling businesses. With its reopening, small business owners can once again access forgivable loans to keep workers on payroll and pay basic expenses like rent, mortgage interest, and utilities," said Luján. "I urge New Mexico's small businesses to take advantage of this new opportunity and reach out to my office if they need assistance with the process." (votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. Luján supported the Every Student Succeeds Act, a long-overdue bipartisan effort to replace the flawed No Child Left Behind law. It increases flexibility for states and school districts, while ensuring that our most vulnerable students are not neglected. The Every Student Succeeds Act provides resources for states to audit and streamline their standardized testing systems, eliminates unnecessary and duplicative assessments, and allows states to limit the time students spend taking annual tests." (lujan.house.gov)
  • "For 50 years, Head Start has helped support hard-working families by providing young children with the support they need during critical formative years. The program ensures that children have access to comprehensive preschool programs, and provides comprehensive services to promote family engagement and improve access to health and social services. Lujan also cosponsored the Strong Start for America's Children Act to significantly expand and improve early learning for young children." (lujan.house.gov)
  • "Rep. Luján worked with Congressman Peter Welch to introduce the American Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act to create a federal standard for renewable energy. The legislation incentivizes investment in low-carbon initiatives and requires electric utilities, by 2030, to obtain at least 30% of their electricity supply from renewable sources. It would also achieve a 20% reduction in electricity use and a 13% reduction in natural gas use." (lujan.house.gov)
  • "That is why Rep. Luján worked with Congressman John Delaney and Senator Ben Cardin to push Congress to support a national goal of more than 50% clean and carbon-free energy by 2030. In a show of significant support for this initiative, the "50x30 Resolutions" were cosponsored by 30 Senators and 103 House Members. A national goal of 50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030 establishes a realistic marker to challenge our country and accelerate action that is good for our economy, our national security, and our health." (lujan.house.gov)
  • "President Trump’s move to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement was reckless — I’m proud to introduce legislation with @SenTinaSmith to put us back on the right path to #ActOnClimate and curb greenhouse gasses." (twitter.com)
  • "Reduce power-sector greenhouse gas emissions in 2035 by 61%" (twitter.com)
  • "That is why Rep. Luján worked with Congressman John Delaney and Senator Ben Cardin to push Congress to support a national goal of more than 50% clean and carbon-free energy by 2030. In a show of significant support for this initiative, the "50x30 Resolutions" were cosponsored by 30 Senators and 103 House Members. A national goal of 50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030 establishes a realistic marker to challenge our country and accelerate action that is good for our economy, our national security, and our health." (lujan.house.gov)
  • "We need gun comprehensive gun safety laws that get weapons of war off the street and keep us all safe in our communities. " (benrlujan.com)
  • "Today, @SenBrianSchatz & I had a great conversation on our shared goal of creating a universal health care system in the U.S. Our State Public Option Act will strengthen the ACA & provide more Americans with affordable health care. Because health care is a right, not a privilege." (twitter.com)
  • "GOP #ACA repeal will #MakeAmericaSickAgain by taking Medicaid Expansion away from 235K New Mexicans. We need to #keepNMcovered." (twitter.com)
  • "Rep. Luján supported the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and has since opposed House Republican attempts to repeal or undermine health care reform." (lujan.house.gov)
  • "Today, I will vote to stop the Trump administration from backing a lawsuit that would gut the ACA" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Native American sacred sites must be protected – not blown up and destroyed to pave way for a reckless border wall." (twitter.com)
  • "Passing the DREAM Act should be a priority for Congress, not pushing a plan that irresponsibly diverts billions of taxpayer dollars to pay for an impractical and ineffective border wall." (twitter.com)
  • "The Congressman also co-sponsored the American Hope Act to give those with DACA status and others who arrived in the United States as children a path to permanent legal status and eventual citizenship." (lujan.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Luján is a cosponsor of the DREAM Act, which would provide certainty for the 800,000 young people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals who entered the United States as children." (lujan.house.gov)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "In this Congress, I voted for an amendment to finally retire the 2001 Authorization of the Use of Military Force (AUMF), which has been used to justify war and military actions in the Middle East for far too long. To protect future generations from an endless cycle of unsupported conflict, I believe that any future AUMFs must include a sunset clause and a clear and specific expression of objectives." (benrlujan.com)
  • "The ongoing civil war in Yemen is a humanitarian crisis. I voted to direct the president to withdraw all United States Armed Forces from conflicts in or affecting Yemen, involvement that was never authorized by Congress" (benrlujan.com)
  • "After @HouseDemocrats negotiated strong labor, environmental, and safety protections, I voted for the #USMCA to help the American economy grow for working individuals." (votesmart.org)
  • "President Trump is attempting to undermine both with his reckless trade wars with China, Mexico, and other countries that have only hurt New Mexican families by raising prices on everyday items like food products, technology, and other household goods" (benrlujan.com)
  • "The renegotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement represents a marked improvement over NAFTA and the flawed agreement initially put forward by the Trump administration. Democrats worked diligently to strengthen the agreement's labor and environmental protections, pushed to ensure meaningful enforcement, and fought to remove provisions that would have locked in higher prescription drug prices. However, this agreement isn't perfect, and it doesn't reverse President Trump's failed economic policies. Going forward, we must build on this agreement to further strengthen worker protections, combat climate change, and create opportunities for American workers." (votesmart.org)

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