Albio Sires' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)
Office: U.S. House (NJ) - District 8, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (NJ) - District 8
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Albio Sires 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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- "While we must work to increase the efficiency of Medicare and Social Security, we cannot abandon our commitment to those who currently rely on them. I strongly oppose proposals to raise out-of-pocket costs or cut benefits for Medicare and Medicaid or proposals that would reduce Social Security benefits." (votesmart.org)
- Signed a letter stating: "Since 2010 when the Supreme Court issued its 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, our elections have been exploited by wealthy individuals, corporations, and other special interests through Super PACs and 501(c)4 groups that may spend limitless sums of money influencing voters. Only a constitutional amendment that overturns these deeply flawed decisions will return constitutional legitimacy to campaign finance laws. Such an amendment must make clear that limits on contributions and expenditures, systems of public financing for elections, and the promotion of transparency do not disenfranchise the wealthy few but promote the political equality of all Americans in our democracy." (teddeutch.house.gov)
- 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)
- "This transportation bill is not perfect, but it is a good bill that will put Americans back to work and provide much-needed certainty to New Jersey businesses and local transportation agencies,' said Congressman Sires. "The FAST Act also saves the High Density/Growing States grant program, eliminated in the House bill, which provides an average $50 million per year to NJ Transit. New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country and its residents rely heavily on transit for everyday transportation. Maintaining this funding to NJ Transit is vital to ensuring it can build new infrastructure and maintain state of good repair to keep trains moving." (votesmart.org)
- "President Trump should match his rhetoric with reality, and he can start by coming out in support of federal financial assistance for important national and regional infrastructure projects such as the Gateway Project." (votesmart.org)
- Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
- "While tax breaks for corporations were made permanent, relief for individuals is only temporary and once they sunset people will see their tax bills increase. Even with the new tax cuts, a number of companies have turned around and begun to lay off workers." (votesmart.org)
- Rated 5% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
- "I went to the House Floor today to help overcome a procedural roadblock & pass the CARES Act, which will now go to the Presidentâs desk. Iâm happy that Congress came together to pass a bill that puts small businesses, ppl who have lost their jobs, families & health workers first." (twitter.com)
- Rated 100% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
- "The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is the main source of federal aid to K-12 education. Initially enacted in 1965, this law was amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) to achieve accountability of school systems for improving student achievement outcomes. However, some requirements have become burdensome and punitive. As Congress looks for ways to reform the ESEA, I will continue to work to ensure the needs of our nation's children are put first." (votesmart.org)
- Rated 0% by American Energy Alliance. (votesmart.org)
- "The President focused on our nation's future being built on the American spirit of innovation, discussing initiatives to push for advances in medical breakthroughs to cure cancer and to accelerate expansions in clean energy innovation to create new jobs." (votesmart.org)
- Rated 89% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
- Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
- "Today marks 2 years since the adoption of the #ParisAgreement, a historic international achievement. Though this Administration has foolishly decided to withdraw from this agreement, I am #StillIn to combat climate change and care for our planet's future." (twitter.com)
- "I am encouraged by the President's recent executive actions to combat gun violence in our country. These executive actions include common sense measures that will expand the use of background checks by all sellers of firearms, regardless of whether they sell firearms in stores, on the Internet, or at gun shows. The steps taken by the President will also make the background check system more effective and efficient. Furthermore, the President's executive actions will facilitate the reporting of mental illnesses to the background check system, increase mental health treatment across the country for those in need, and drive new research into gun safety measures." (votesmart.org)
- Rated 13% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
- Voted in favor of HR 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
- "It is frustrating that Congress has yet again chosen to vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, instead of bringing bills to the Floor that create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and ensure bigger paychecks." (votesmart.org)
- "The Affordable Care Act works to protect people's choice of doctors and health plans, as well as guarantee that Americans across the country have access to quality, stable, and affordable health care." (votesmart.org)
- Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
- "I was glad to vote for the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act, legislation authorizing the Obama Administration to impose targeted sanctions on entities all over the world that assist North Korea in its illicit pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, arms trafficking, money laundering, or human rights abuses. The international community must work together to choke off support to this abusive regime's ongoing illicit activities." (votesmart.org)
- "After much thought, I remain unconvinced that this deal is the best path forward to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon." (votesmart.org)
- "Iran and North Korea have continuously demonstrated their disregard for international law and their commitment to causing unrest around the world. This legislation signals to Tehran and Pyongyang that such actions have serious consequences. Iran maintains its reckless pursuit of ballistic missiles while oppressing its own people, and North Koreans live without basic necessities under an abusive regime. Combating these threats is critical to creating enduring safety and stability around the world, and it is up to the United States to lead the charge in this pursuit," (votesmart.org)
- "Most importantly, the time frame of the deal is too short and it is unclear what will happen to Iran's nuclear program after the initial pressure to comply dissipates and Iran is allowed to enhance its nuclear and weapons capabilities." (votesmart.org)
- "While all military troops left Iraq at the end of 2011, our country's men and women continue to risk their lives in Afghanistan. Despite several years of commitment, real advancement in Afghanistan is still in question. I believe progress in the region is achievable, only with capable, accountable partners. As you may know, I advocated for firm timelines and increased accountability in Iraq. In Afghanistan, I believe these elements are also critical. It is important that the Afghan people view us as a dedicated partner, but offering unconditional, unending military support is not the answer." (votesmart.org)
- "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." (votesmart.org)
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