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Jared Golden's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

  • U.S. House (ME) - District 2, Democratic


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Issue Positions

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  • "Finally, I believe every woman has the right to make her own healthcare decisions. Family planning options, including contraception, should be accessible and affordable to all women, regardless of income or insurance. I also firmly believe that Washington politicians have no business being involved in the private medical choices made between a woman and her healthcare professional." (jaredgoldenforcongress.com)
  • "It's not ok to take tax deductions away from working, middle-class Americans to help offset the cost of giving big tax breaks to corporations and the rich," (votesmart.org)
  • "Since the 2008 financial crisis, the concentration of wealth among the richest one percent has increased, while middle- and working-class wages have flatlined." (jaredgoldenforcongress.com)
  • "We should honor all seniors, and fight against the privatization or roll back of Medicare and Social Security. We need to make these programs more efficient and accessible, and increase benefits so that more seniors have the opportunity for comfortable, secure retirements." (votesmart.org)
  • "My healthcare roadmap includes measures to boost Medicaid expansion, allow Mainers 50+ to buy into Medicare, and reduce drug costs as we move towards universal coverage and #MedicareforAll." (twitter.com)
  • "I believe the key to true campaign finance reform lies in ending Citizens United either by a constitutional amendment or by another Supreme Court ruling superseding the previous decision." (jaredgoldenforcongress.com)
  • Endorsed by End Citizens United. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "Maine shipbuilders play a critical role in our national security," Congressman Golden said. "I worked to ensure this legislation includes funding to continue Bath Iron Works' proud tradition of building the highest-quality ships in the world, including at least one additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, continued work on the Zumwalt-class destroyer, and the opportunity to compete for the new Navy frigate. These provisions will help keep good shipbuilding jobs in Maine and support the growth of our workforce and economy." (votesmart.org)
  • "Invest in infrastructure to help Maine's rural economy. In addition to repairing our roads and bridges, the federal government must prioritize expanding broadband and bringing faster Internet to our communities so all Mainers can compete in the 21st century economy." (jaredgoldenforcongress.com)
  • "It's not ok to take tax deductions away from working, middle-class Americans to help offset the cost of giving big tax breaks to corporations and the rich," (votesmart.org)
  • "Level the playing field for small businesses by taking a common-sense approach to regulation. That means holding big corporations who break the rules accountable, without putting small business-owners at a disadvantage. We should break up monopolies that prevent small businesses from competing in the market, and leave consumers without choice." (jaredgoldenforcongress.com)
  • "Today, the House passed the CARES Act, a massive emergency response bill to provide economic relief to millions of Americans and escalate the fight against the coronavirus. Mainers deserve to hear from me why I supported this wide-ranging legislation" (twitter.com)
  • "Only time will tell whether this behemoth will fully deliver on its economic promises. It won't fully stop the deepening recession. Only the loosening of the tourniquet will let the blood flow back into our economy, but that is not yet an option. I will, however, support this relief act. It is not a stimulus. It is an emergency relief act providing $100 billion to hospitals." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "Teachers deserve better pay and benefits, and the government should let teachers teach -- rather than burden classrooms with more mandates and excessive testing." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We write to express our support for an immediate extension of the biodiesel tax incentive for 2018 and 2019." (votesmart.org)
  • "Grow the renewable energy sector. With proper investment we can reduce electricity costs, lower carbon emissions, and create high-quality, good-paying jobs." (jaredgoldenforcongress.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Finally, we must fully fund the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure the safety of our air, water, and lands. We must keep polluters in check with strong environmental regulations, without over-regulating responsible small business owners." (jaredgoldenforcongress.com)
  • "Grow the renewable energy sector. With proper investment we can reduce electricity costs, lower carbon emissions, and create high-quality, good-paying jobs." (jaredgoldenforcongress.com)
  • "To keep firearms out of the hands of criminal offenders, we need to strictly enforce the background check system already in place and provide it with the resources necessary to work. I support increased funding for the NICS system to improve and automate the process, eliminate backlogs, and reduce human error. I will oppose efforts to erode our existing background check system because I know that most Mainers support this system and want it to work effectively and efficiently." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of LD 652 - Authorizes Concealed Carry Without a Permit. (votesmart.org)
  • "We can start by improving the Affordable Care Act. From there, we need to move towards a universal healthcare system, like Medicare-for-All. Too many people in America are without adequate healthcare coverage, resulting in higher premiums for those who are insured." (jaredgoldenforcongress.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 986 - Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • " In floor debate for the bill, Golden voted for an amendment that would repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (AUMF) of 2002. The 2002 AUMF, which provided the Bush Administration with authority to attack Iraq during the reign of Saddam Hussein, has been rendered obsolete and is not needed by the Pentagon to conduct current military operations." (votesmart.org)
  • "Golden also made clear that America must continue to fight Al Qaeda by voting against a measure that supports the termination of the 2001 AUMF passed in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks." (votesmart.org)
  • "Over the past decade and a half, America has spent trillions on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and on other conflicts across the globe. War should be a last resort, and only undertaken when the security interests of America are clearly present, and the risks and costs can be appropriately justified to the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • "Since implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994, wages have stagnated, standards of living have dropped, and thousands of good jobs have been lost in key sectors like manufacturing and agriculture. People are right to be frustrated that the government -- under both parties -- has elevated corporate profits over the well-being of America's workers in most trade deals. This needs to stop." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our trade policies must once again focus on creating economic opportunity for middle- and working-class Americans first. The United States must stop using trade agreements as investment deals for the world's wealthiest corporations and instead prioritize higher wages, safer work, and meaningful environmental standards." (votesmart.org)

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