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John Larson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We strongly oppose efforts to undermine the integrity of the Title X program and harm the millions of people who rely on it for care. Federal health policy should be evidence-based and produced with the best interests of patients in mind. It should not be the result of the political whims of a partisan campaign pledge. " (votesmart.org)
  • "This is a remarkable day for the corporations and the wealthiest of Americans. However, if you are a hard-working middle-class family, not so much. The Republicans have jammed this bill through the Ways and Means Committee and ultimately to the House floor, absent of any public hearings, expert testimony or constructive debate. They have robbed the American people a voice in this legislation. Why were the American people denied input into this bill? It is because they knew that this bill was destructive for middle class families and their constituents. Instead, this bill will pull money from donor states in the Northeast, like Connecticut. As my Republican colleagues Lee Zeldin and Peter King have aptly stated - this is a redistribution of geographic wealth from one region of the country to another and from the middle-class to the corporations and the wealthiest of our country. Simply put, this was a lost opportunity for the American people and could have gone very differently." (votesmart.org)
  • "Everyone in Washington agrees that preventing a tax hike on working families is the right thing to do in these difficult economic times. Giving Americans some economic certainty and putting money in the pockets of middle-class consumers will help get our economy moving again and build a stronger future. But instead of doing what we all agree on -- extending the middle class tax cut -- Republicans are holding the middle class hostage to protect huge tax breaks for the very wealthiest Americans. Worse, their plan would actually raise taxes on 25 million lower- and middle-income families and add an additional $50 billion to the deficit next year alone," said House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (D-CT). "With a $1-trillion deficit, the country simply can't afford to keep giving out tax breaks to the wealthy and large corporations and still meet our pressing needs. That's why Democrats are insisting that we ask the richest 2% of Americans to pay their fair share so that we can start paying down the deficit, create jobs and put people back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 8% by the National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "The reality is we can strengthen Social Security without cutting benefits under the Social Security 2100 Act! When average Americans, who are making $50,000 a year, sit down at their kitchen table, worried about securing their retirement, they'll notice an extra 50 cents a week each year going toward their retirement, disability insurance and survivor's benefits, which is secured by the full faith and credit of the USA. Where in the private sector can you buy this package of benefits that is there for all Americans? You can't! It doesn't exist." (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (votesmart.org)
  • "What is most galling about this bill - is that in order to cover the costs of the $1.5 trillion hole they will blow in the deficit, they will institute an immediate $25 billion cut in Medicare next year. I spoke on this heartless tactic they are using against our seniors and loved ones in order to provide tax cuts to corporations and our country's wealthiest citizens. It is unconscionable." (votesmart.org)
  • "It's been 6 years since #CitizensUnited flooded our elections with dark money. It's past time to fix that" (twitter.com)
  • "Overturning the Destructive Citizens United Decision When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United, they opened a Pandora's Box of unintended consequences by allowing nearly unlimited money to flow into our elections. The Supreme Court had their chance to speak, and now the American people will have theirs through the "Democracy Is for All' constitutional amendment, (H.J.RES.22). This constitutional amendment will offer the best chance of overturning the damaging Citizens United decision. It would once again empower Congress to enact strong campaign finance regulations such as laws limiting large contributions and governing campaign spending. It would also give Congress and the States the power to enact common sense laws to restrict the unlimited flow of money into our elections without facing objections from the Court. Promoting Transparency Rep. Larson is a proud cosponsor of the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 430), a direct response to the Citizens United decision intended to pull back the curtain on campaign finance reports. The DISCLOSE Act would mandate timely disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, and other entities, and require those organizations to clearly share such information with the shareholders and members they represent." (votesmart.org)
  • "We now need action from Congress. This week House Democrats introduced a comprehensive policing reform package spearheaded by Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass and House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler. The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 is a bold effort to prevent police brutality, make systemic reforms to empower our communities, and change the culture of law enforcement. This legislation is not a panacea and it will not solve 400+ years of systemic racism overnight, but it is a first step to end racial profiling and systemic racial injustice. I am proud to support this effort." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "Yesterday, House Democrats unveiled the Justice in Policing Act to prevent police brutality, make systemic reforms to empower our communities and change the culture of law enforcement. Proud to support this effort." (twitter.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;" (votesmart.org)
  • "In Connecticut, our country's defense is not just a talking point. It is our way of life, and it has been for generations. It is with that in mind that I ultimately voted in favor of this budget." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, I am proud to have helped pass the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act that provides 2.6% pay raise for our troops and benefits thousands of Connecticut jobs in the state’s defense manufacturing base." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "John has long been a vocal proponent for stable, long-term funding for Connecticut's infrastructure. He voted in favor of bipartisan legislation that secured more than $3.5 billion for transportation projects across the state, including expanded rail service to connect Hartford with the rest of New England. These investments will bring jobs, tourism, and growth to Connecticut--but the fight doesn't end there." (votesmart.org)
  • "We are going to keep building with major projects like my infrastructure plan that will create 13 million plus jobs across the country and one on one work with our workers and our businesses." (larsonforcongress.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We urge you to vote no on H.J. Resolution 54, a Republican proposal to repeal Treasury's finalized debt-equity regulations issued under Section 385 of the tax code. These regulations are intended to combat aggressive corporate tax planning techniques that, rather than serving an economic purpose, are used by some corporations to avoid taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • "This is a remarkable day for the corporations and the wealthiest of Americans. However, if you are a hard-working middle-class family, not so much. The Republicans have jammed this bill through the Ways and Means Committee and ultimately to the House floor, absent of any public hearings, expert testimony or constructive debate. They have robbed the American people a voice in this legislation. Why were the American people denied input into this bill? It is because they knew that this bill was destructive for middle class families and their constituents. Instead, this bill will pull money from donor states in the Northeast, like Connecticut. As my Republican colleagues Lee Zeldin and Peter King have aptly stated - this is a redistribution of geographic wealth from one region of the country to another and from the middle-class to the corporations and the wealthiest of our country. Simply put, this was a lost opportunity for the American people and could have gone very differently." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for the CARES Act to provide COVID-19 relief. "The country is reaching out to its national leaders for the help they need: more health care funding and relief, and they need it now. While this package isn't perfect, it includes vital health care funding to help our professionals on the frontlines, it direct payments to Americans to help them weather this storm, and it enhances Unemployment Insurance for the millions of Americans who are hurting." (votesmart.org)
  • "While the bipartisan Senate compromise, the CARES Act provides much needed relief, more must be done. If we ask our frontline health care professionals, grocery clerks, first responders and other essential workers to carry on and do what's in the best interest of the American people, Congress needs to do the same. The time to act is now. We need to provide more relief to our health care heroes and resources to our state and local governments." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "As a former teacher, I know a good education is key to ensuring our children have the brightest possible future," said Larson. "The bi-partisan agreement passed tonight will replace the broken requirements of No Child Left Behind with strong support for schools and students who need it the most. States will have greater flexibility to set standards and improve school performance. I applaud the genuine bi-partisan effort that produced the compromise bill we passed today. Everyone deserves access to a quality education, and this agreement will help provide our children with every opportunity for success." (votesmart.org)
  • "Happy #EarthDay! America needs to step up and be a leader again in fighting climate change. I have a plan to tax pollution to push our country towards using renewable energy." (twitter.com)
  • "They are also making us indebted to foreign countries, putting our national security in jeopardy. Americans are seeing record fluctuations in the cost of energy; filling up the gas tank or heating a home has become difficult to afford. That's why Congressman Larson has focused on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower the price of energy, and invest in renewable energy sources." (votesmart.org)
  • "We can grow jobs in clean energy." (larsonforcongress.org)
  • "We cannot wait any longer to address our global climate crisis or our nation's infrastructure. The America Wins Act would reduce greenhouse gas emissions above and beyond our Paris Climate Accords commitments, invest in clean energy, and rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges. This type of investment would help fund transformational projects like the I-84/I-91 tunnel proposal, while at the same time ensure we're combatting the looming climate crisis. The America Wins Act is a win-win-win," (votesmart.org)
  • "They are also making us indebted to foreign countries, putting our national security in jeopardy. Americans are seeing record fluctuations in the cost of energy; filling up the gas tank or heating a home has become difficult to afford. That's why Congressman Larson has focused on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower the price of energy, and invest in renewable energy sources." (votesmart.org)
  • "That's why I continue to fight in any way possible to demand sensible changes to our gun laws." (larsonforcongress.org)
  • "Gun violence has penetrated too many aspects of our daily lives. Americans shouldn’t have to constantly live in fear. #DoSomething #EndGunViolence" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by the National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, the People's House returned to the people. Over the past two years Americans have used their voices to stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and most recently in electing dozens of Democrats to the halls of Congress. Democrats have now taken control and we will restore regular order and bring on commonsense solutions to help the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • "#ACA repeal + drastic cuts to Medicaid = a disaster in the making for working families. I'm not going to stand for it." (twitter.com)
  • "The American people have spoken up time and time again, they want to keep the protections the Affordable Care Act gave them, and they want to strengthen our health care system, not make disastrous cuts. These attacks against pre-existing conditions protections and our health care system could leave millions of Americans in limbo. I am proud to be a co-sponsor of this resolution and vote for it today on the House floor. The Trump Administration needs to end the attacks on Americans' health care and work with Democrats on a real solution instead," (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Diverting $3.6 billion from military projects in the United States and abroad is reckless and irresponsible. It puts our national security and our men and women in uniform at risk. Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have warned that a border wall would be a waste of taxpayer dollars. I will join my colleagues in Congress to fight this unwise policy," (votesmart.org)
  • "GOP & POTUS r meeting tonight. They control all 3 branches of govt. They must emerge out of this & end the policy of taking kids from their families. Or they must own the responsibility of using kids as hostages as a deterrent & political leverage to build a wall. What a disgrace" (twitter.com)
  • "Since the Trump Administration made the decision to end DACA, there has been bipartisan calls for action to provide a legislative path forward for these young people. Today, with a Democratic majority, the House has passed a path forward for DACA, TPS, and DED recipients. This is long overdue, DACA, TPS, and DED recipients have lived in the United States for years, built their lives here and are members of our communities. They are Americans in every sense of the word," said Larson. "It's time to provide these Americans with a clear path to citizenship. I urge the Senate to take action and make this dream a reality." (votesmart.org)
  • "What the American people want is comprehensive immigration reform. We should be focusing on border security at the same time as providing humanity along our borders. Today, House Republicans not only voted against a clean alternative to permanently end family separations of migrant families, but their own partisan immigration measure pushed by their leadership. In order to provide a clear path forward for comprehensive immigration reform, I urge my colleagues to put clean bills on the floor that provide a path for DREAMers, helps our DACA recipients, and puts our country back on the moral compass it was once on," (votesmart.org)
  • "The Iran Nuclear Agreement was not perfect, however, as I have stated before and as others in the Trump administration believe, this agreement is the best option, and it has blocked Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The decertification has now put this deal in the hands of the U.S. Congress and I am calling on my colleagues to act in the best interest of United States' national security. If we withdraw from the agreement without a credible cause, the United States will not only be abandoning our alliances with regional and European partners, but we will put ourselves in a corner. We will be sending a strong, and dangerous message to North Korea and China, saying that the United States' word can't be trusted. Equally as important as the decertification, is our credibility with our allies which is instrumental in our ability to negotiate with North Korea. By going back on our word, this will hamper our ability to do so and our credibility. This is beyond politics. We ought to do what's right for the country." (votesmart.org)
  • "The vote on the Iran deal is one of conscience, and my conscience is clear: diplomacy represents the best path forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Working with our allies and partners, we urge you to maintain and increase pressure on Iran and Russia to constrain their destabilizing activities. America must continue economic and diplomatic efforts to counter Iran's support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups as well as Russia's support for the brutal Assad regime. We encourage full implementation of sanctions authorized in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a broadly supported bipartisan bill that you signed into law. Clear and sustained American action and close coordination with our allies and partners can send an important message of resolve to malign actors in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • 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." (votesmart.org)
  • "We cannot let John Bolton lead us into another useless war. Bolton and the Administration have no authority to start another senseless war with no strategy or plan of action. Congress is the only branch of government that has the constitutional authority to authorize this type of military action. Just this week the House repealed the 2001 Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Al Qaeda. Bolton has been wanting to go to war with Iran, no matter the cost and we can not let this happen. I am working with Democrats to draft a resolution to prevent this from escalating. We can not let ourselves get into another Iraq and Afghanistan, too many American and civilian lives have already been lost to war." (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to continue exploring the issues that were raised at today's Ways and Means hearing on tariffs. This is a question of tactics, not goals. All stakeholders and members on both sides of the aisle agree that China is engaging in anti-competitive practices that are hurting the United States. How do we best address this problem that we all agree exists? Tariffs can be used as a tool but they can also become a weapon. We need to make sure that tariffs don't result in collateral damage to American companies such as Jarvis Airfoil in my district and other advanced manufacturers. Globalization is here to stay and as Richard Trumka has said, we need a wholesale rewrite of global trade policy to ensure that the impact of globalization helps -- not harms -- working families. I encourage the Ways & Means Committee to hold more hearings on this important subject," (votesmart.org)
  • ""House Democrats improved the USMCA in a number of key areas. We removed a harmful provision that would have prevented Congress from being able to act to lower prescription drug prices. We added strong monitoring and enforcement of labor violations, including on-the-ground labor personnel in Mexico, and key benchmarks to ensure Mexico implements its labor reforms. We ensured a new labor-specific enforcement mechanism is included that covers all manufactured goods, provides for facility-level inspections, requirements for independent verification, and penalties on goods and services that aren't in compliance. We also removed harmful language that has prevented the enforcement of past trade agreements." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: " As Members of the Ways and Means Committee, we write to share our strong objections to pursuing a trade agreement or expanded economic partnership with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro. Last month, you issued a statement after your call with Brazil's Foreign Minister about "intensify[ing] the economic partnership" between the United States and Brazil, noting that in the coming weeks you would be consulting and seeking guidance from Congress. In response, we believe it is important to enumerate the litany of reasons why we consider it inappropriate for the Administration to engage in economic partnership discussions of any scope with a Brazilian leader who disregards the rule of law and is actively dismantling hard-fought progress on civil, human, environmental, and labor rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)

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