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Earl Blumenauer's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Issue Positions

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  • "I am deeply troubled by any congressional action that restricts a woman's right to choose. I oppose this legislation and reiterate my support for a women's right to make her own decision about her healthcare decisions and obtain access to emergency care." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "No more showering the wealthy with tax breaks." (twitter.com)
  • "Confusion and complexity with smaller refunds and higher taxes for many. All so we can explode the deficit to give billions in tax breaks to some of the largest, most profitable corporations & wealthiest Americans. No wonder people call it a #GOPTaxScam" (twitter.com)
  • "Congressman Blumenauer strongly opposes the tax cuts imposed by the Bush Administration and opposes any effort to make them permanent." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "Additional ways to balance the long-range shortfall in the system include: making the program universal - including the state and local government employees not currently participating in Social Security; lifting the cap on wages so that higher incomes are taxed to support Social Security; reducing the rate of growth in benefits for wealthy retirees; or raising the retirement age." (votesmart.org)
  • "The answer to rising health care costs is not to reduce Medicare benefits. Congressman Blumenauer has been working to reform how Medicare operates to improve the quality and value of health care." (votesmart.org)
  • "Blumenauer is a cosponsor of H.J. Res. 22, which would amend the U.S. Constitution to reverse Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC, which have given corporations and America's wealthiest donors the right to buy unlimited influence in our elections." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Common Cause. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "I have listened, discussed and solicited feedback from many community leaders here in Oregon and know that in order to make change we are going to need to have reforms at the federal, state, and local level, I pledge to be a partner on all three of these fronts," wrote Blumenauer in the report. "We cannot legislate morality but we must restrain the worst expressions of racism and discrimination, change the culture, and provide a better future for all." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must continue striving for equality by ending qualified immunity, providing resources for alternatives to policing, & ending the failed war on drugs." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Now more than ever, it's clear that we can no longer separate national security from fiscal responsibility. Even without including the costs for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. defense spending, in inflation-adjusted dollars, is the highest it has been at any time since the end of World War II -- even greater than at the peak of the Cold War." (votesmart.org)
  • "There are many straight-forward, non-controversial ways that we can decrease defense spending, while still keeping America safe and our troops secure." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Bridges are crumbling. Commuters are stuck in traffic. There's lead in our water. This crisis demands a solution. With our roads, bridges, and transit systems in disrepair, Trump's proposal just doesn't cut it." (votesmart.org)
  • "We need a strong commitment to our nation's rail infrastructure; both in the creation of a high speed rail network and for continued support of freight rail. Each offers an alternative option from clogging our nation's congested highways, while often moving goods more cheaply and with fewer environmental impacts." (votesmart.org)
  • "We have the highest stated statutory corporate tax rate in the world. But, for many corporations, that is not so much of a problem because they have been working to carve out their own exemptions and loopholes so that what the average that corporations pays is much less than the stated rate." (votesmart.org)
  • "Confusion and complexity with smaller refunds and higher taxes for many. All so we can explode the deficit to give billions in tax breaks to some of the largest, most profitable corporations & wealthiest Americans. No wonder people call it a #GOPTaxScam" (twitter.com)
  • "Let's use some of this budget capacity to reduce the overall corporate tax rate while broadening the base and closing loopholes." (votesmart.org)
  • "The CARES Act of 2020 also provides funding for our public health infrastructure, like community health centers, which are critical to our COVID-19 response. I am also pleased that this legislation protects the integrity of our elections during this pandemic by providing resources to states to increase election accessibility, which could include voting by mail. I am working with Speaker Pelosi and Chairperson Lofgren to expand upon this language in the next coronavirus legislation to guarantee that every American can do what we do already in Oregon--vote by mail." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 20 - Student Performance Amendment. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "Numerous studies have shown that every dollar spent on education has a multiplier effect on the future of our children, communities, and economy. Supporting strong and vibrant schools is perhaps the most fundamental way we can show our commitment to the future success of them all." (blumenauer.house.gov)
  • "By introducing a bill that guts education funding, rolls back protections for disadvantaged students, and removes accountability provisions that ensure all students receive an excellent education, Republican leadership has unified business, education, and civil rights groups to oppose it." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by American Energy Alliance. (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Blumenauer supports policies that will help us transition to a clean energy future, and believes that a combination of regulations, tax incentives, and investment in research and development for cleaner energy can stimulate the market and help make financing renewable energy competitive with fossil fuels." (votesmart.org)
  • "The #GreenNewDeal calls for us to step into the 21st century and create a sustainable future. High speed rail, green infrastructure, and investing in transportation options is how we'll get there." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "It's past time for the federal government to put a price on carbon emissions. A carbon tax is a starting point to reduce emissions and support a more rapid transition to a clean energy future in a straightforward, cost-effective manner." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • "The #GreenNewDeal calls for us to step into the 21st century and create a sustainable future. High speed rail, green infrastructure, and investing in transportation options is how we'll get there." (twitter.com)
  • "He supports the President's efforts to strengthen the current background check system for purchasing firearms, working with mental health professionals to educate them about their rights to report credible threats of violence, and helping schools develop emergency preparedness plans." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 86% by American Public Health Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Blumenauer was proud to vote for historic health care reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Numbers USA. (votesmart.org)
  • "Outrageous that Trump is calling for a government shutdown unless he gets his ill-fated, unnecessary & expensive border wall . . . that he promised Mexico would pay for . . ." (twitter.com)
  • "Trump’s wall is ineffective, expensive, and diminishes our nation’s values. He has vehemently opposed all funding for Trump’s unnecessary and unAmerican border wall." (www.earlblumenauer.com)
  • Rated 0% by Numbers USA. (votesmart.org)
  • "In the face of the administration’s termination of DACA, we must keep our promise to DREAMers, as well as stand up for the thousands of hardworking and otherwise law-abiding families who now call America home." (www.earlblumenauer.com)
  • "Trump may try to break our commitment to them, but Americans overwhelmingly stand with DREAMers and want a path forward for them here in the United States. Republican leadership must heed this call. Words are not enough. Passing legislation to permanently protect DREAMers is the least we should do." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "It's lunacy to even think about sending troops to confront Iran. We still haven't completely solved the problem in Iraq. With terrorist activity around the world, the last thing we should do is invade somewhere with twice the population of Iraq & advanced military capability." (twitter.com)
  • "Since its inception, the JCPOA has implemented the most stringent verification and monitoring standards ever placed on a nation, successfully preventing Iran from developing or obtaining a nuclear weapon." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (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)
  • "If Trump's concern for the Syrian people is real, he should start by allowing refugees back in the country, fully funding humanitarian assistance, working on a comprehensive strategy to provide stability in that region, and obtaining a new and current Authorization for Use of Military Force from Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • "It's lunacy to even think about sending troops to confront Iran. We still haven't completely solved the problem in Iraq. With terrorist activity around the world, the last thing we should do is invade somewhere with twice the population of Iraq & advanced military capability." (twitter.com)
  • "Donald Trump's reckless policies, whether environmental deregulation or ill-thought out tariffs, have wreaked havoc on the renewable energy industries and our efforts to decarbonize our economy," said Congressman Earl Blumenauer. " (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "As members of the Congressional Wine Caucus, we write to express our strong concern about U.S. retaliatory tariffs on European wine. These retaliatory tariffs cause economic harm to the thousands of U.S. wineries, exporters, importers, retailers, and restaurants who depend on a vibrant, healthy wine market for their livelihood. Any expansion of these tariffs would further exacerbate the harm already caused." (votesmart.org)

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