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Cedric Richmond's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Issue Positions

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  • "I oppose any measure aimed at limiting women's access to healthcare." (
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • Rated 100% by the Planned Parenthood Generation Action Fund (
  • "This budget begins to balance the scales that have been tilted for so long toward the wealthy at the expense of our working class families." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "The irresponsible tax cuts you are pursuing will explode the federal deficit, violating the principle, enshrined in the 2010 Statutory PAYGO law, that tax cuts should be paid for. Under that law, your unpaid-for tax cuts, if enacted, will trigger automatic, across-the board cuts to Medicare, the farm safety net, and other programs. Given the lack of bipartisanship to date in your effort to provide massive tax cuts to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class while adding $1.5 trillion to the deficit, it will be your responsibility to deal with these consequences." (
  • ""The treatment of our seniors has always been one of my top priorities. In the midst of this crisis, I'm glad that Treasury listened to the concerns my colleagues and I shared about the potential impact of their guidance. Treasury's decision to reverse their initial guidance and provide automatic payments for Social Security recipients is a step in the right direction," said Rep. Richmond. "Our seniors are the bedrock of our communities and they rightfully deserve the money promised to them in the CARES Act without additional paperwork or administrative delay." (
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "We're approaching the 80th anny of #SocialSecurity let's recommit to strengthening this vital program for our seniors #SocialSecurity80". (
  • Signed a letter stating: "In the two election cycles since the draft was released, nearly half a billion dollars of undisclosed money has flooded into U.S. elections. In light of this alarming trend, we urge you to re-propose and finalize an Executiv Order requiring those who receive federal contracts to fully disclose their political activities." (
  • "Police accountability is not only a crucial step towards restoring trust between police and communities, it is also a step towards true justice and equity for those who have been consistently marginalized by police brutality and misconduct. In response to Attorney General Sessions' misguided memo during my tenure as Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, I stated that in order, 'To mend the broken bond between police and communities, there must be accountability. That accountability cannot just be local...Instead, communities need to know they can rely upon the Department of Justice to investigate civil rights violations wherever they may occur, including among the ranks of the men and women in blue.'" (
  • 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;" (
  • Rated 5% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5515 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (
  • "It has been evident for years now that our roads and bridges have been in desperate need of repair," said Rep. Richmond. "This funding from the Department of Homeland security will improve the infrastructure in New Orleans and help create streets befitting our status as a major city. I will continue to work on the federal level to direct necessary resources to projects that Louisiana needs most." (
  • "Pro-growth tax reform means more jobs, larger paychecks, and a stronger economy." (
  • "Pro-growth policies like tax and regulatory reform work. 223,000 new jobs in May Unemployment at 18-year low Wage growth of 2.7%". (
  • "Today, the House passed the CARES Act in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. For my constituents in Louisiana’s Second Congressional district, I have resources for you and am here for you." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (
  • "Six years ago, Congress passed the No Child Left Behind (NCBL) Act. This bill made major changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which is the basis of federal K-12 education policy and authorizes most K-12 federal funding. However, although things have improved, NCLB needs to be amended to make it, in the words of Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, "Fair, Flexible, and Funded."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "we write to express our support for robust funding for the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EEFE) and its critical programs that partner the federal government with industry, academia, and research facilities to secure america's energy future." (
  • Rated 0% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "According to the NCA, the dominant cause is human activities, particularly greenhouse gas emissions. We already see the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather events, deadly wildfires, rising sea levels, and diminishing Arctic sea ice. Inaction and underinvestment will increase the risk of long-lasting or irreversible change." (
  • "U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and U.S. Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA), reintroduced the License Natural Gas (LNG) Now Act today to remove barriers placed on U.S.exporters so they can quickly access the market and meet the global demand of natural gas. This legislation would revamp the current system put in place by the Department of Energy (DOE) decades ago and continue market growth of U.S. LNG exports without any delays. "Decades-old restrictions on importation and exportation have stalled LNG projects that would benefit Louisiana workers, the economy, and the environment," said Dr. Cassidy. "This legislation brings good-paying jobs to Louisiana while lowering global greenhouse gas emissions by replacing high emitting energy sources in foreign nations with cleaner burning American natural gas." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. (
  • Rated 0% by National Rifle Association. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system. Dozens of legislative proposals that address these factors have been introduced and await consideration. But despite wake-up call after wake-up call, a shameful tradition of Congressional inaction continues." (
  • "Here's how expanding Medicaid through the #ACA would help Louisiana". (
  • "Because of ACA, citizens in Louisiana can afford healthcare. We cannot allow the House GOP to make citizens #PayMoreForLess. " (
  • "I strongly support President Obama's push for an overhaul of health insurance programs and applaud the Supreme Court on its decision to uphold the individual mandate which guarantees that every American has health care coverage." (
  • "It’s time for paid family and medical leave in the United States. For everyone. Period. #FAMILYAct #paidleave" . (
  • "Here's how expanding Medicaid through the #ACA would help Louisiana → #PeopleOverPolitics". (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • Rated 13% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "Our decision not to fund any more destructive and ineffective border walls would send a values-based and fiscally responsible message to the American people. Our communities deserve better than to be divided and our taxpayers deserve accountability and transparency." (
  • "The President will attempt to spend $20 billion in taxpayer money and seize land owned by American citizens to build a wall when he should be focused on American jobs and protecting the rights of all Americans." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "The Supreme Court's decision was also a moral victory for the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers across our country, for their families and communities, and for our core values as a nation of immigrants. We were extremely disappointed to see Administration officials ignore their mandate and use USCIS's public platform to make a political attack undermining the rule of law and Dreamers. We ask that you not only remove the statement, but also provide clear guidance to the public and USCIS employees that you will immediately begin accepting new DACA applications and will resume accepting and adjudicating applications for advance parole for DACA recipients." (
  • Rated 13% by NumbersUSA. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 550 - No War Against Iran Act. (
  • "For all of its shortcomings, this deal takes clear and strong steps to ensure that Iran cannot obtain a nuclear weapon. It forces Iran to reduce its stockpile of enriched uranium by 98% and cut its number of installed centrifuges by two thirds -- to 5,060." (
  • Rated 5% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (

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