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Stephen Lynch's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (MA) - District 8

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Issue Positions

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021" (votesmart.org)
  • "Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood contraceptive counseling will INCREASE # of unwanted pregnancies & abortions. Makes no sense" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The #GOPTaxPlan hurts middle-class families in MA by repealing state and local tax deduction, which is claimed by 1/3 MA residents" (twitter.com)
  • "Changes to our tax system will affect every American. Congress should work together to create a system that benefits hard working families. Instead R’s are jamming through a plan that benefits corporations and the ultra-wealthy." (twitter.com)
  • "The #GOPTaxPlan gives tax breaks to corporations on the backs of hard working, middle class Americans." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Proud to cosponsor the Social Security 2100 Act, H.R. 860, which will expand benefits, strengthen the system and cut taxes for over 10 million seniors throughout the 21st century. #SocialSecurity #Secure2100" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 80% by Common Cause (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "It is time to #GetMoneyOut and get voters in! I support the #democracy4all amendment to overturn Citizens United." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "For the People Act of 2021" (votesmart.org)
  • "Proud to make history in DC today in support of Rep. John Lewis and the @TheBlackCaucus and to vote for the George Floyd #JusticeInPolicing Act." (twitter.com)
  • "As an original co-sponsor, very pleased to vote to pass H.R. 1280, the George Floyd #JusticeInPolicingAct of 2021. This landmark bill will ban the “Minneapolis” chokehold policy that authorized officers to render a suspect unconscious." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5376 "Build Back Better Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "I am proud to join my colleagues to support the #GreenNewDeal and its ambitious economic and environmental agenda by making renewable power, energy-efficient infrastructure and “green” technology a priority for our Nation." (twitter.com)
  • "The upcoming Transportation and Infrastructure bill will provide the funding and resources to help fix our nation’s infrastructure while substantially increasing building and construction trades job." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2 "Moving Forward Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "The #GOPTaxPlan gives tax breaks to corporations on the backs of hard working, middle class Americans." (twitter.com)
  • "Changes to our tax system will affect every American. Congress should work together to create a system that benefits hard working families. Instead R’s are jamming through a plan that benefits corporations and the ultra-wealthy." (twitter.com)
  • "We should be working together to come up with a tax plan that benefits the middle class and hard working families. Instead Republicans are helping corporations and the wealthy by jamming the #GOPTaxPlan through Congress." (twitter.com)
  • "I will be joining my colleagues in the House tomorrow to vote on the $2 trillion Coronavirus Relief Act so we can help restock PPE stockpiles, help hospitals & health centers & aid American families, workers & small businesses that are in desperate need of financial assistance." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "Create good-paying jobs by supporting a clean energy standard, national climate bank, clean energy tax credits, and the Justice 40 Initiative. Let’s make the 2021 budget reconciliation a turning point for climate action. @RepStephenLynch. #OurClimateMoment #ActOnClimate" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 9 "Climate Action Now Act" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019" (votesmart.org)
  • "I am proud to join my colleagues to support the #GreenNewDeal and its ambitious economic and environmental agenda by making renewable power, energy-efficient infrastructure and “green” technology a priority for our Nation." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 9 "Climate Action Now Act" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by League of Conservation Voters (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "There is no question climate change is real. It is an economic and national security issue, and we must do everything we can now, to enact lasting change. Communities across the country are experiencing the devastating impacts of wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and other weather events fueled by climate change. Right here in the coastal communities of the 8th Congressional District, we can see the impact. From Boston to Scituate, rising sea levels due to atmospheric warming is directly impacting all of us. In addition to supporting a broad range of environmental bills during his time in Congress, Stephen has fought for and secured significant funding for climate resiliency measures to protect our local communities from rising sea levels." (www.stephenflynch.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 8 "Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Since he has represented us in Congress, Stephen Lynch has been a vocal proponent for common sense, responsible gun control legislation. We’ve all seen the devastating impact illegal guns have had in our communities across the country. While it is important to protect the Second Amendment and the rights of responsible gun owners, it is just as important to safeguard the basic promise of security for our citizens by ensuring that weapons do not make it into the hands of those unfit to carry a weapon." (www.stephenflynch.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021" (votesmart.org)
  • "I stood up against Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood before and I will do it again if they try to include it in #ACA repeal." (twitter.com)
  • "Stephen has fought against 65 Republican attempts to repeal the ACA in order to safeguard the progress made. He is committed to building upon the foundations of the ACA by creating a strong public option that would compete against private insurers. In addition, he joined a successful effort to permanently repeal the tax on union plans (the Cadillac Tax) and the tax on medical devices. Stephen supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act that strengthens the Affordable Care Act, enhances Medicaid benefits and expands access to them, and addresses the rising costs of prescription drugs through price negotiation and other measures." (www.stephenflynch.com)
  • "Today @OversightDems held an important hearing on the need for comprehensive national paid family and medical leave. The United States is one of only two nations in the world that does not guarantee any form of paid leave." (twitter.com)
  • "The #FamiliesFirst Coronavirus Response Act provides emergency paid sick leave & paid family leave to workers across the country that are currently being forced to choose between a paycheck & their health." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 9% by NumbersUSA (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "This is another example of DHS needlessly increasing fee rates as a cruel means to prevent would-be applicants from applying for benefits and diverting discretionary funding towards the unnecessary expansion of border wall and increasing the inhumane and costly detention of people in ICE detention centers." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I urge @POTUS to certify Iran’s nuclear deal compliance. Strictly enforcing the #IranDeal is the best thing for our national security." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 550 “No War Against Iran Act" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 256 "To Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Today I voted in favor of H.Con.Res83, the Iran War Powers Resolution, which would prevent President Trump from going to war against Iran unless he engages in meaningful consultation with Congressional leadership. H.Con.Res.83 would not require Congressional approval if the use of appropriate military force is necessary to defend our country against an imminent attack. Simply put, this concurrent resolution requires that any decision to place our sons and daughters in uniform into a major conflict must be thoughtfully considered and include a full appreciation for the consequences. H.Con.Res.83 also assures that Congress must play an active and meaningful role in that process as required by our Constitution." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of S J Res 37 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authroized by Congress" (votesmart.org)

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