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Jim Himes' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Issue Positions

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  • "I am fiercely supportive of a woman's reproductive freedom and have stood time and time again against efforts by the House Majority to roll back a woman's right to make her own choices. I believe that women must be able to make their own decisions about their health without fear of government intrusion. That is why I cosponsored the Women's Health Protection Act, which would prohibit any current or future state laws that impose requirements or restrictions specifically on reproductive services that are more burdensome than those for comparable procedures." (
  • "Supports a woman's right to choose and fights against violations of women's reproductive right. " (
  • "There are few more polarizing topics than this, but the contentiousness of the debate does not weaken my steadfast belief that it is a woman's right, and her sole right, to make her own reproductive choices, without interference from lawmakers or government." (
  • "The #GOPTaxScam will slash taxes for the wealthiest Americans and big corporations. Who foots the bill? Middle class families, small businesses, and future generations." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "The irresponsible tax cuts you are pursuing will explode the federal deficit, violating the principle, enshrined in the 2010 Statutory PAYGO law, that tax cuts should be paid for. Under that law, your unpaid-for tax cuts, if enacted, will trigger automatic, across-the board cuts to Medicare, the farm safety net, and other programs. Given the lack of bipartisanship to date in your effort to provide massive tax cuts to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class while adding $1.5 trillion to the deficit, it will be your responsibility to deal with these consequences." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We look forward to continuing to work with you to further strengthen the Medicare Advantage program and ensure millions of seniors have access to comprehensive, affordable health coverage choices." (
  • "It's now our responsibility to preserve those systems by beign responsible stewards and realizing that they will not simply maintain themselves. As Social Security and Medicare come to represent greater proportions of the federal budget, they will take money away from other valuable priorities. By ensuring we have a sustainable path forward for both programs, we will also ensure that we won't be shortchanging other necessary investments." (
  • Rated 100% by the Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "As we do, I will firmly oppose efforts to privatize Social Security. It is imperative that Social Security never be subject to the whims of the financial markets. When seniors watched individual retirement accounts drop precipitously a few years ago, Social Security remained as sound and dependable as ever. It is an essential part of our national safety net, and you don't wager the security of citizens on a roll of the dice." (
  • "In the five years since the Supreme Court's dangerous decision in Citizens United, we've witnessed the most expensive elections in history and an unprecedented spike in political spending by corporations, interest groups and the wealthiest donors," Himes said. "The Supreme Court's rulings in Citizens United and McCutcheon v. FEC unleashed a torrent of money into our political system at a time when deep-pocketed special interests and corporations already have far too much influence in our elections. The new rules that allow extremely-wealthy individuals to give even more money to political parties will exacerbate the problem and further undermine our democracy. I will keep fighting to restore reasonable campaign finance limits and ensure each person's voice and vote are heard equally." (
  • Endorsed by End Citizens United. (
  • "House Dems will intro a constitutional amdt to overturn Citizens United b/c a govt #bythepeople is a govt of the many, not the money." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (
  • "The House of Representatives has done its job today and acted on behalf of the people," said Himes. "The Justice in Policing Act will bring reforms to police departments across the country, increasing accountability and showing a commitment to change and improvement." (
  • "The CBO also projected $337 billion in savings over the next 10 years as a result of the bill. As Chair of the New Democrat Coalition, I am as serious as anyone about deficit reduction, but I know than we can find better ways to save money than victimizing Americans by throwing them off their health insurance. It's cruel and will cost lives. Furthermore, the fact that Donald Trump has requested an additional $54 billion in military spending next year alone and still seems on a path to stick American taxpayers with the cost of his border wall shows that he has no real commitment to debt or deficit reduction." (
  • "The Simpson-Bowles plan would have saved taxpayers $4 trillion over ten years by making three key changes to the budget: cuts to spending, including reductions of both tax subsidies and defense spending; reforms to Social Security for future recipients; and simplification of the tax code by eliminating loopholes and lowering overall rates. While Simpson-Bowles was far from perfect and contained many difficult choices -- some of which I fervently disagreed with -- it was a significant start towards a comprehensive, balanced plan." (
  • "It’s time to rebuild our transportation and infrastructure and instill a renewed culture of safety and efficiency. Rebuilding our deteriorating rail and highway system will put people to work and alleviate the congestion that plagues Fairfield County. Securing long-term transportation funding is absolutely essential for the continued economic security of families in Southwestern Connecticut and for our sustained growth as a state and country." (
  • "A safe and efficient transportation infrastructure is the cornerstone of the region’s economic development: By innovating and implementing a long-term regional vision, we can move people between work and home faster, get products to market more efficiently, provide ideal conditions for economic growth, and create jobs at the same time." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Infrastructure projects are consistently evaluated as the best return on government investments, so investing in our infrastructure is more than just good politics, it is good economics. Supporting the movement of people and goods on our nation's roads, railways, bridges, ports, and airports is crucial to driving investment in our communities. Working together on infrastructure is an area where we can show the American people that we are fighting to deliver on this shared priority. The New Democrat Coalition is eager to take advantage of this opportunity to bring our infrastructure into the 21st Century, and we look forward to working with you in a bipartisan way to achieve this goal." (
  • "No matter what channel you’re on, Democratic ideas for educational opportunity, affordable healthcare and secure retirement will always beat out tax cuts for corporations." (
  • "Favors a tax reform for both individuals and businesses with simplification and competitiveness as main objective. Businesses and families in my district are concerned about our tax code and that must change." (
  • "Federal Reserve: After "tax reform", corporations with hundreds of billions of dollars abroad are so far returning that money to shareholders rather than plowing it into expansions, innovation or other forms of investment. Surprised? Nope." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (
  • "Glad to see the Fed take action this morning to help the economy. Time for Congress to step up with a bill that is PEOPLE, STATE and SMALL BUSINESS focused. This bill CANNOT be the vehicle for either side to get its long-desired policies implemented. #COVID19". (
  • "Last year, Congress came together to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act to help close that gap. The ESSA, as it's known, will require targeted actions to address underperforming schools and those with high dropout rates. (It will also keep states responsible for following the progress students and schools who need greater assiatance). English language learners and students with special needs to ensure every child is advancing. This law was a bipartisan compromise to update the No Child Left Behind Act, which went into place in 2002 and was considered broken by national, state and local education professionals. It will create a new framework for our country's education policy and give states and local districts more flexibility, without losing out on accountability." (
  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association. (
  • "Accelerating America's transition to a clean energy economy will spur the next great era of American innovation, but this transition will not occur without fundamentally changing our nation's energy policies. We must build the foundation for a clean energy economy. That means setting rigorous standards that promote the use of clean energy, providing financial incentives that reward both reduced energy usage and increased reliance on renewable energy, investing in the development of clean energy technologies, and training workers for jobs in areas like weatherization and solar panel installation. I have cosponsored several bills -- including the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act to provide a tax credit to energy companies that invest in offshore wind facilities, and the Renewable Energy Parity Act to provide energy tax credits for solar power and fuel cell projects -- to help our nation begin this necessary and urgent transition to clean energy." (
  • "The transition from carbon-based to alternative and clean energy sources is vital for the health of our families and the environment and the security of our nation. This change needs to happen not only on a personal level, but also in business and agriculture. That's why I am thrilled to see more than $100,000 in federal grants go to Gilberties Herb Garden in Easton and Howling Flats Farm in New Canaan, providing incredible energy savings now and in the future. In the case of Howling Flats, 100 percent of the farm's energy will now come from solar power thanks to this grant," (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Congress cannot afford to maintain the status quo. The IPCC report found that climate change is occurring earlier and more rapidly than expected and that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society. If we maintain the status quo, we only have 12 years before we will reach a global warming of 1.5°C. According to the NCA, the dominant cause is human activities, particularly greenhouse gas emissions. We already see the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather events, deadly wildfires, rising sea levels, and diminishing Arctic sea ice. Inaction and underinvestment will increase the risk of long-lasting or irreversible change." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We need to invest in projects that enhance climate resilience, while also reducing pollution and carbon emissions." (
  • "Until we take basic steps like background checks, licensing to own, and bans on military weapons to civilians across the nation, we cannot claim to pay respect to those who we have lost because of senseless gun violence." (
  • "The American people expect us to do better. I'm proud of the example that Connecticut has set by enacting some of the nation's toughest gun control laws. But we still have much more work to do. We need universal background checks and increased access to mental health services. I am encouraged by recent advancements including the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, which expands federal resources for mental health programs. I'm also proud of the entire Connecticut Congressional delegation for supporting these endeavors." (
  • "The ACA represents progress millions of Americans and thousands of Connecticut residents who didn't have insurance before. We have room to improve the ACA, and our goal should be to ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare. To achieve this goal, we need bipartisan support to make necessary adjustments to the ACA so it works better for everyone." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Building upon your work and the work of the New Democrat Coalition last Congress, we urge your committees to deliver on the promises made to our constituents by prioritizing strengthening the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and continuing the path toward universal affordable coverage." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "The American people do not want a wall, and they do not want a #TrumpShutdown. They want comprehensive immigration reform that fixes our broken immigration system." (
  • "Instead, Trump continues to push extreme ideas such as a border wall that won't provide more security, extreme enforcement that will likely lead to raids in our cities and families being torn apart at the border, and policies that will return people back to dangerous countries with no protection." (
  • "Our country needs comprehensive immigration reform, not a wall. #SOTU". (
  • "What we're not willing to do is to go with an idea that nobody thought was a good idea, a wall from sea to shining sea. Nobody ever mentioned that. So, now all of a sudden, Donald Trump, who, by the way, is not a security genius, says this is a good idea." (
  • "I am a strong supporter of the executive actions issued by President Obama that protect certain classes of people living in the United States without status who abide by the law. Since 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) has allowed nearly 750,000 people who were brought to the U.S. as children to stay and earn a living legally. Similarly, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) was intended to provide the same protection for parents of American citizens who are living in the U.S. without status." (
  • "The House has passed the DREAM and Promise Act of 2019 to place millions of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children on a pathway to U.S. citizenship. DACA students would be able to acquire permanent lawful status after they meet certain requirements. The Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act also passed the House that would require U.S. Customs and Border Protection to perform an initial health screening on detainees to deliver basic humanitarian standards of care to those in our custody." (
  • "I believe these sanctions, in concert with those imposed by the United Nations and the European Union, successfully forced Iran to engage with the international community to address their nuclear stockpile." (
  • "In 2015, I supported the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal. By restricting the types of materials and facilities to which the Iranians have access in exchange for lightening of sanctions, this agreement will make it much less likely that Iran will be able develop a nuclear weapon. After careful consideration of all the options, I believe that this plan represents the best chance to protect the United States and our closest allies, including Israel, from the terror of a nuclear-armed Iran. So far, Iran has been in full compliance of the nuclear agreement. It has given up its fissable materials, filled the Arak reactor with cement, disabled its centerfuges and is now subject to obtrusive inspections, both over and covert." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We support your restraint to date in resisting the calls for a "quick" and "easy" military intervention, and for your commitment not to send combat troops back to Iraq." (
  • "Given our results in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, pursuing a military option in order to achieve peace in Syria is ill-advised and risks dragging the U.S. into another war in the Middle East that has already caused chaos and led to one of the worst refugee crises in generations." (
  • "Take one look at the chaos in Libya, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan and it's hard to imagine why any American leader would be itching to put the United States into another foreign war. But that's what could be happening right now, as the hawkish advisers to President Donald Trump walk us toward conflict with Iran. Americans need to know the risks of this dangerous game of escalation, and raise their voices against another disastrous Middle Eastern conflict." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "American auto workers, parts suppliers and retailers, dealers, vehicle service providers, and millions of consumers depend on a healthy and competitive U.S. auto industry. As you know, this vital sector employs nearly four percent of our total private sector workforce and is a key engine that powers our economy. However, if tariffs were to be implemented, new vehicle prices will likely increase, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs." (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (
  • "We look forward to learning more about the agreement reached between the United States, Canada and Mexico late last night to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). We are eager to assess how this agreement compares to NAFTA updates included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement reached three years ago and how the changes position our economy and impact U.S. jobs. As we have said from the onset, New Democrats support updating NAFTA to reflect the modern trade issues of a 21st century economy. This administration will need bipartisan support to successfully push trade agreements through Congress and we look forward to engaging with them on this and other agreements." (

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