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Rosa DeLauro's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Rosa DeLauro 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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  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Choice." (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (votesmart.org)
  • "Seniors rely on Social Security and Medicare in order to retire with dignity. They are the bedrock of our nation's social safety net. That is why I remain a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act, which extended Medicare's lifespan by 11 years. I am also an original cosponsor of my Connecticut colleague Congressman Larson's Social Security 2100 Act, which would extend the solvency of the Social Security Trust Fund beyond the next 75 years. I am proud to work with my Democratic colleagues every single day to protect and expand these programs in the face of relentless Republican attacks. Seniors--and all Americans who pay into these programs for their own future--deserve leaders that will keep their promises." (votesmart.org)
  • "On #SocSec82, let's recommit to protecting & strengthening Social Security so all Americans can retire with dignity." (twitter.com)
  • "Republicans are attacking the social safety net by attempting to disrupt aid to millions of Americans. We must fight to protect programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps, which allow for people to bounce back from tough times and to retire with dignity." (twitter.com)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • "I was proud to stand with members of House and Senate Leadership and members of the Congressional Black Caucus yesterday to introduce the Justice in Policing Act, and I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the legislation. This legislation is a timely, critical, bold and transformative start to addressing the issues millions of Americans have been protesting about. I believe we also need to reorganize funding activities for law enforcement in a way that works to bring police and communities closer together, not further apart. We must also change our laws to enable swift action to prosecute misconduct by police officers, improve training and transparency, and create a national use of force standard for police who are charged to protect and serve our communities all of which are included in the Justice in Policing Act. We owe it to those who have died and I pledge to continue working on these critical issues." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "Spent this morning talking about NDAA funding and its impact for jobs at Sikorsky with this year’s internship class! These students are the future of Sikorsky and the NDAA provides the potential for good jobs in the years to come!" (twitter.com)
  • "Before we get into the specifics for the Department of Education budget, let me say that the President's budget guiding principle -- one that bolsters military spending while sharply cutting funding in education and training, while claiming we simply cannot afford it -- is an argument I wholeheartedly reject. And I am not alone." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? "No." (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this historic bill. This is the biggest economic and health crisis the country has ever faced. Nurses and doctors are in intensive care units trying to save our humanity against this awful pandemic. This is the biggest governmental response the country has ever seen to rescue people, the economy, and our healthcare system. It is necessary. The United States is now the epicenter of a global pandemic. Cases of the coronavirus are rising exponentially." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "States should continue to have the freedom to adopt their own education standards. That is why I supported the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act, which prohibits any requirement on states to adopt federal education standards." (votesmart.org)
  • "Rosa recognizes that we need a new energy policy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and lower energy costs for Connecticut families. She has called for a rapid move toward investment in biofuels and new technologies that harness clean energy sources such as wind and solar power. In the short term, Rosa supports addressing escalating energy costs by cracking down on price gouging and manipulation of the energy futures market, and by releasing oil from reserves and drilling on previously designated land." (rosadelauro.com)
  • "Rosa believes that an environmentally sound economy can also be a robust economy. That is why she is committed to increasing access to alternative energy sources and more efficient cars and to increasing opportunities for green job creation within the state of Connecticut. In addition, Rosa believes that as stewards of this country for our children and grandchildren, we have an obligation to protect our valuable natural resources." (rosadelauro.com)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "No." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act is good for the middle class, for small businesses and for the economy, and we are a better and stronger country because of it. It ensures that Americans have access to quality, affordable health care while reducing the long-term costs of health coverage. The Affordable Care Act ended the power insurance companies yield over doctors and patients and over responsible and working Americans. " (rosadelauro.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "CT has taken strong measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, but small businesses are suffering. To help fill the gap Congress approved $10 billion in disaster relief grants & $349 billion in loans for small & tribal businesses, nonprofits, ind. contractors & the self-employed." (twitter.com)
  • Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? "No." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • "Families should not be torn apart and for misdemeanor immigration offenses. At the same, Congress must prioritize enacting into law comprehensive immigration reform to address the eleven million undocumented immigrants currently in the country." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am extremely disappointed by President Trump's decision to unilaterally undermine our nation's nuclear agreement with Iran, which has peacefully prevented that country from developing nuclear weapons. This action imperils our security by making future accords toward peace all the more difficult to secure--not just with Iran, but also with North Korea. The JCPOA successfully reduced Iranian uranium by 95 percent, and because of it, Iran dismantled roughly two thirds of its centrifuges. That is real progress towards peaceful denuclearization, all potentially undone by one misguided campaign promise." (votesmart.org)
  • "Rosa understands the threat a nuclear-armed Iran would pose to our interests in the region. As Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability continues virtually unabated, Rosa supports an approach that uses all of the tools-political, diplomatic and economic- in the tool kit to address this difficult challenge." (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)
  • "I have always viewed military force as an option of last resort in dealing with hostile governments. At the same time, I do not support putting more US boots on the ground in the Middle East. We must engage with our allies in the region to find diplomatic solutions where we can, and we must invest in economic and human development projects that stabilize the region." (votesmart.org)
  • "The U.S. military has been conducting operations in Afghanistan for over ten years and, while the Bush Administration failed to properly resource our operations in the fight against those that perpetrated the 9/11 attacks, instead choosing to wage a misguided war in Iraq, there is no long-term military solution to this security challenge. Rosa believes that it is in our national security interest to recognize that the terrorist threat is transnational in nature and to pursue a strategy that lessens our military footprint in Afghanistan while further pursuing diplomatic, political and economic policies that help meet the myriad of challenges in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • "Yet, the American dream remains under attack. American workers are the greatest in the world on a level-playing field--but unfair trade agreements have tilted the game in favor of outsourcing, which has depressed wages and led to job losses here at home. Many countries keep the costs of their products artificially low through currency manipulation and the absence of protections for workers, at the expense of their workers and ours." (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats have been working on improving the re-negotiated NAFTA to remove the Big Pharma giveaways that lock in high drug prices and strengthen labor and environmental standards and enforcement to end job outsourcing. This work will be derailed, and NAFTA's damage will continue. I urge President Trump to withdraw his decision to impose these tariffs and work with Congress to improve the re-negotiated NAFTA." (votesmart.org)
  • "Over the last two decades, the United States has conferred extensive new rights to corporations in numerous free trade agreements--with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as the most prominent example--at the expense of workers," said Congresswoman DeLauro. "The damage from those trade deals are easy to see, from the Nabisco plant in Philadelphia to the Bic plant, the Phillips facility, and Ansonia Copper and Brass in my own district. Outsourcing is destroying American workers' livelihoods, gutting manufacturing, and erasing millions of good-paying jobs. That is why Democrats are continuing to fight for trade deals that contain strong, enforceable labor and environmental standards, raise wages for all workers, and remove incentives for companies to continue outsourcing good-paying jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • ""Too many working people have not seen a pay increase in years and struggle to find good-paying jobs because NAFTA has driven down workers' wages and shipped their jobs overseas." (votesmart.org)
This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.
Pro-choice Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
No In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yes Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
No Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
States should continue to have the freedom to adopt their own education standards. That is why I supported the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act, which prohibits any requirement on states to adopt federal education standards.
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
No Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
Yes Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Families should not be torn apart and for misdemeanor immigration offenses. At the same, Congress must prioritize enacting into law comprehensive immigration reform to address the eleven million undocumented immigrants currently in the country.
No Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Unknown Position Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
No Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
I have always viewed military force as an option of last resort in dealing with hostile governments. At the same time, I do not support putting more US boots on the ground in the Middle East. We must engage with our allies in the region to find diplomatic solutions where we can, and we must invest in economic and human development projects that stabilize the region.
The biggest economic challenge of our time is that people are in jobs that do not pay them enough to live on. People are struggling to keep up with the rising costs of healthcare, childcare, housing, and food. I am fighting every day to increase people?s wages and create more good-paying jobs with benefits?like healthcare and retirement security. That also includes making sure children and young adults get a good education, and workers have access to pay equity, paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, and predictable schedules.

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