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Jake Auchincloss' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office:
  • U.S. House (MA) - District 4, Democratic

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Jake Auchincloss 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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Issue Positions

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  • "From strengthening the ACA birth control mandate to eliminating the Global Gag Rule, Jake will be a strong advocate for pro-choice policy, including codifying the ROE Act at the state and federal level." (www.jakeforma.com)
  • "In Congress, he will be a champion for a public option, for increased federal funding toward basic medical research, and for a woman's right to choose." (www.jakeforma.com)
  • "Today marks the 47th anniversary of #RoevWade. Healthcare is complicated, but this principle is not: women must be guaranteed control over their own reproductive health. I’m dedicated to protecting that right." (twitter.com)
  • "Today, SCOTUS hears a case on Louisiana’s abortion clinic shutdown law. Since Roe v. Wade, Louisiana has enacted the most abortion restrictions of any state. This is unacceptable. We must continue to protect & defend women’s reproductive rights." (twitter.com)
  • "My challenger (far left) advocated for tax breaks for developers today. With developers beating down our door, I believe tax breaks are unwise fiscal policy that is unnecessary to create more housing." (www.facebook.com)
  • "The #TrumpBudget cuts trillions from education, Medicare, Medicaid & Social Security, and pours money into ‘border protection’ for a fabricated border crisis. Another immoral budget document from an immoral president." (twitter.com)
  • "Campaign spending by corporate political action committees is not healthy for local democracy. Especially insofar as corporate PACs disclose fundraising after the election has concluded, they detract from transparent and citizen-driven political discourse." (www.facebook.com)
  • "After corporations spent money on a ballot initiative in Newton, Jake detailed the problem to his constituents in his newsletter, later submitting and passing a resolution with the Democratic City Committee calling for an end to corporate spending in local elections. Jake has not and will not accept any corporate PAC donations." (www.jakeforma.com)
  • "@juliaforboston- strongly support your campaign finance reform imperative. Public matching can be done even better than 1:1, check out this paper by @glenweyl and @VitalikButerin. They show, mathematically, how to amplify small-donor voices." (twitter.com)
  • "I just signed on to the @grassroots_law Path to Justice pledge, committing to support policies that address police brutality and systemic racism." (twitter.com)
  • "We need to scale down massive DoD funding on conventional land forces and invest in the capabilities that protect the global commons and keep us safe from terrorist attacks." (twitter.com)
  • "Your time is valuable, but getting around keeps getting harder. Greater Boston has the worst traffic in the country, and transit is inconvenient and unreliable. Moreover, transportation accounts for more than 40% of Massachusetts’ carbon emissions. Jake has been the Newton City Council’s leader on transportation and an advocate for progressive transportation policies statewide. As a manager at Liberty Mutual’s innovation lab, he helped re-orient a Fortune 100 company to a future where people have the option to drive less and walk, bike, and take transit more. In Congress, he will ensure that federal investments in a carbon-neutral future, including any form of a Green New Deal, bring funding for Massachusetts to re-invent its transportation system. The status quo of traffic and pollution is not acceptable. Jake will help deliver smarter transportation policy to Massachusetts, while strengthening the vibrancy of downtowns and neighborhoods from Fall River to Franklin, Needham to Brookline." (www.jakeforma.com)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Jake’s plans for economic relief in the short term include helping working families and small businesses, budget relief for state and local governments (H.R. 6800 - The Heroes Act), and providing aid to underserved children." (www.jakeforma.com)
  • "An economic recovery is not truly a recovery unless everyone recovers. In the aftermath of COVID-19, we must ensure that our recovery hinges on those communities who rely on a thriving Main Street economy, and who were in desperate need of infrastructure support even pre-pandemic. Jake is committed to providing comprehensive aid to businesses, families, and individuals struggling with the economic ramifications of the COVID-19 crisis. Jake’s plan for an equitable economic recovery focuses on helping working families, supporting local governments, providing aid to underserved children, and propping up small businesses." (www.jakeforma.com)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Support federal funding for green R&D, and invest in projects like Manhattan 2 that engage Massachusetts’ academic and tech sectors." (www.jakeforma.com)
  • "In Congress, he will ensure that federal investments in a carbon-neutral future, including any form of a Green New Deal, bring funding for Massachusetts to re-invent its transportation system." (www.jakeforma.com)
  • "In Congress, Jake will work toward a future that focuses on clean, green public transportation instead of cars." (www.jakeforma.com)
  • "Building an "Evergreen Economy" through federal investment in clean energy infrastructure, creating good jobs and a sustainable future." (www.jakeforma.com)
  • "It’s time for MA to reinvent its transportation system for the 21st century. This means passing a #GreenNewDeal to bring new federal funding to help us meet this challenge, and it means a much bolder vision from state leaders. We can’t afford to wait any longer. #mapoli" (twitter.com)
  • "Proud that Massachusetts is leading on climate change with legislation that pushes for: • electric MBTA bus fleet • wide-reaching carbon-pricing • net-zero emissions goals This legislation is a strong step forward in developing sustainable climate solutions. #mapoli #ma04" (twitter.com)
  • "In Congress, Jake will ensure that federal investments in a carbon-neutral future, including any form of a Green New Deal, bring funding for Massachusetts to re-invent its transportation system. The status quo of traffic and pollution is not acceptable." (www.jakeforma.com)
  • "Carbon’s current cost does not reflect its true cost in the damage it does to our environment. Jake knows that implementing carbon pricing is key in moving toward a clean energy economy." (www.jakeforma.com)
  • "As a member of Congress, I’ll make it my mission to take on the NRA and will fight to make common sense gun safety legislation a reality. #NotOneMore" (twitter.com)
  • "End the special protections for the gun lobby. This is one step – but we have so much more to do: • Mandatory buy-backs of assault weapons • Mandatory liability insurance for all guns • Universal background checks & Red Flag Laws I'm with @MomsDemand" (twitter.com)
  • "Honored to have been awarded the 2020 @MomsDemand Gun Sense Candidate distinction. I've been a fierce advocate for common sense gun safety legislation since my time in the military, where I slept, ate, trained, and patrolled with an assault weapon for four years." (twitter.com)
  • "In Congress, Jake will take on the NRA and will fight to make common-sense gun legislation a reality, including: mandatory assault-weapon buybacks, mandatory liability insurance for all weapons, Red Flag laws, and universal background checks." (www.jakeforma.com)
  • "Jake believes that building on Obamacare is the most effective way to extend coverage and expand quality care." (www.jakeforma.com)
  • "In Congress, he will be a champion for a public option, for increased federal funding toward basic medical research, and for a woman's right to choose." (www.jakeforma.com)
  • "This is irresponsible, and has life or death consequences. Americans need a strong, immediate federal response to this pandemic — one that addresses testing, paid sick leave, food assistance, and other crucial response measures. We must put #FamiliesFirst. #COVID19" (twitter.com)
  • "•Encourage private sector to improve their paid sick-leave policies, especially gig-economy companies" (twitter.com)
  • "Pass paid sick-leave & unemployment benefits for the duration of the pandemic". (twitter.com)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "This morning's Supreme Court DACA ruling is a significant step towards the comprehensive immigration reform this country needs to better keep its promise of the core American idea. #HereToStay #DACADecision". (twitter.com)
  • "America’s promise is that the condition of your birth should not determine the outcome of your life. We fail that promise when we deprive immigrants of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As a Newton city councilor, Jake co-docked Newton’s Welcoming City ordinance, protecting immigrants by limiting cooperation between city and federal authorities and preventing investigation or detainment of immigrants solely based on legal status. In Congress, Jake will serve as a strong ally for all immigrants." (www.jakeforma.com)
  • "The 'criminals at the border' aren't the immigrants seeking a better life thru hard work. It's this administration." (twitter.com)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Killing the commander of the Iranian Quds force: • Eliminates a sponsor of terrorism • Inflames the Middle East, especially the proxy war between the U.S. and Iran in Iraq Israel benefits. Iraq loses. Is America safer? Congress should hold hearings on the repercussions. #ma04". (twitter.com)
  • "As a member of Congress, Jake will work to reduce the conventional ground-force footprint, to scale naval, air, and cyber commands that protect the global commons, and to invest in surgical special operations that can identify, target, and neutralize terrorists across the globe without overextending the United States. Jake believes that international aid and robust diplomacy can strengthen our standing in the world while helping those most in need around the globe. Read more here." (www.jakeforma.com)
  • "ICYMI: We need to stop militarizing our police, and we need to stop asking our military to police people overseas." 1277046385662099458
  • "Stop using the 'war' metaphor to describe efforts against COVID-19. Americans have been fighting two wars for 19 years. They have cost $6T and thousands of lives while accomplishing nothing. This century's wars have been waste." (twitter.com)
  • "Expanded trade has helped lift 100K+ of the world’s poorest out of poverty every day for last 25 years". (twitter.com)
  • "Trade creates jobs, fosters innovation, boosts Americans' real income." (twitter.com)
  • "Nobody wins trade wars. Specialization and trade => prosperity. Restraints on trade make us all poorer in the medium term". (twitter.com)

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