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Stephen Lynch's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MA) - District 8, Democratic

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


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  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood. (votesmart.org)
  • "Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood contraceptive counseling will INCREASE # of unwanted pregnancies & abortions. Makes no sense" (twitter.com)
  • "Yesterday @OversightDems examined state legislative efforts to undermine access to reproductive healthcare. We spoke w/medical experts, patients & providers about how recent onslaught of state’s abortion policies are impacting a woman’s right to healthcare" (twitter.com)
  • "#PlannedParenthood's health services including cancer screenings and contraception are critically important to women's health." (twitter.com)
  • "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 Rs are jamming through a plan that benefits corporations and the ultra-wealthy." (twitter.com)
  • 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." (votesmart.org)
  • "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. (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Lynch believes that it is vital to preserve Social Security for today's retirees and to strengthen it for the future as a cornerstone of the retirement plan for Americans. There is no question that something must be done to strengthen Social Security for the long term, but privatizing benefits would destroy the very heart of the program." (votesmart.org)
  • "He supports efforts to reform Social Security's cost-of-living adjustment formula to ensure seniors get the benefit increases they deserve and lift artificial barriers to benefits such as the government pension offset and windfall elimination provisions. And Congressman Lynch will continue to stand firm against efforts to dismantle Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Republican budget would drastically cut Social Security and Medicare. Democrats must oppose this and protect our seniors." (twitter.com)
  • Signed a letter stating "We expect the SEC to weigh seriously the importance of this issue and use its resources, within the confines of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, to prepare for a rulemaking requiring public companies to disclose their political spending to shareholders" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 80% by Common Cause. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "To date, more than 1.2 million securities experts, institutional and individual investors, and members of the public have pressed the SEC for a rule requiring public companies to disclose their political spending. Furthermore, in May of this year, two former SEC Chairs urged the Commission to take action, noting that a rule on corporate political spending disclosures fits squarely within the primary mission of the SEC, which is the protection of investors." (votesmart.org)
  • "Proud to join my colleagues as a cosponsor of the H.J. Resolution 46 to prevent the President from removing funding from existing programs for National Defense that were authorized by Congress and he already approved." (twitter.com)
  • "During consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act I spoke on the floor in support of my Bill to reestablish the Commission on Wartime Contracting, which is responsible for examining waste, fraud & abuse within US operations & reconstruction efforts overseas" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "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. You can listen here:" (twitter.com)
  • "A large-scale infrastructure plan would benefit all Americans but we can’t do that without a budget." (twitter.com)
  • "Enjoyed speaking with Bloomberg @bpolitics David Westin yesterday about the importance of Congress working together to create a much needed Transportation and Infrastructure bill that will benefit the entire country. @TransportDems". (twitter.com)
  • "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. Last year, I introduced..." (twitter.com)
  • "The #GOPTaxPlan gives tax breaks to corporations on the backs of hard working, middle class Americans." (twitter.com)
  • "Just months after giving massive tax breaks to corporations and adding $1.5 trillion to the national debt, Republicans are shamefully trying to pay for it by cutting food aid to children and struggling Americans." (twitter.com)
  • "Republicans want to lower the corporate tax rate while raising taxes on millions in the middle class. The #GOPTaxPlan is bad for working families." (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)
  • "The EIDL program was created to provide up to $10,000 of emergency funding to small businesses & private non-profits impacted by COVID-19. This was designed to serve as an immediate cash payment to keep strained businesses open while they wait for their EIDL to be processed." (twitter.com)
  • "Back in D.C. to vote on emergency #COVID19 legislation that includes $310B of additional funding to the PPP and expands small business support by securing $50B for SBA disaster lending that will translate into more than $350B in loans and $10B in SBA disaster grants." (twitter.com)
  • "Yesterday, U.S. Representative Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08) voted to pass H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help provide medical equipment to first responders and healthcare workers and financial relief to individuals, families and small businesses across the country. "America is currently facing a grave health emergency with a serious impact on our economy, " said Rep Lynch. "This latest piece of legislation is an important step in our ongoing effort to protect the American people and ensure workers and families have the resources they need throughout this unprecedented crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Small Business Administration will be offering federal disaster relief loans of up to $2M to help provide relief to small businesses from the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. Applicants may apply online" (twitter.com)
  • "I support efforts to continue and expand the production tax credit for renewable energy projects, and support expanding incentives for the private market to invest in developing clean energy technology." (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)
  • "With #climatechange as #nationalsecurity priority, US military should invest in renewable energy. Glad we defeated this misguided amendment." (twitter.com)
  • "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. Last year, I introduced..." (twitter.com)
  • "From outgoing Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and current Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, national security officials have widely recognized the risk climate change poses to human security, both in the United States and abroad. A comprehensive, coordinated strategy among stakeholders at all levels is critical if the United States is serious about strengthening our national security and mitigating risks posed by the impacts of climate change. Congress must swiftly take action to clearly demonstrate that President Trump's recent abdication of leadership is unacceptable and risks irreparable damage to future generations," said Congressman Lynch. "The Climate Change National Security Strategy Act of 2017 calls on the Federal Government to step up and lead the fight against the greatest global threat facing the earth. Without action, the effects of global climate change will exacerbate geopolitical instability and threaten to displace millions of people across the world," Congressman Lynch added." (votesmart.org)
  • "Massachusetts has taken a leadership role in responding to climate change and I strongly believe the United States must have a global leadership role as well. I have cosponsored H. Res. 85, which expresses the United States House of Representatives' commitment to support the Paris Climate Agreement, and I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the House and the Senate to develop commonsense approaches to climate change at the federal level." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 13% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress must work together to pass common-sense gun laws. We cannot continue to stand by as Americans are killed. #LasVegas" (twitter.com)
  • "Democrats have proposed numerous common-sense gun safety bills that would help make our children safer, but Republican leadership refuses to bring these bills to the House floor for a vote. Congressional leadership needs to allow us to vote and protect our kids." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "@POTUS promised no cuts to #Medicare and #Medicaid. @HouseGOP outline slashes Medicaid and eliminates Medicare benefits under ACA. This is unacceptable. We need real reform that makes quality healthcare more affordable for all Americans. #ProtectOurCare" (twitter.com)
  • "Though Congressman Lynch did not vote for the Affordable Care Act, he maintains his pledge not to repeal the law, but to improve the new system and bring about real healthcare reform." (votesmart.org)
  • "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. You can find more information about the bill here" (twitter.com)
  • "-Free #coronavirus testing -Paid emergency leave -Enhanced food security This is how we confront this public health crisis. Congress must pass the #FamiliesFirst Act now!" (twitter.com)
  • "Last night the House passed the bipartisan #FamiliesFirst #Coronavirus Reponse Act, which will provide free testing for COVID-19, 2 weeks of paid sick leave, up to 3 months of paid family and medical leave and over $1 B to help provide food to low-income Americans and food banks." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 10% by NumbersUSA. (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." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We write to urge you to enact legislation that would reform our nation's broken immigration system and ensure a reformed system includes robust protections for U.S. and foreign workers. We strongly support key reform elements that include: 1) broad and humane treatment of the 11 million aspiring Americans, including DREAMers, and an earned path to citizenship making it possible for them to fully integrate into the nation's social and economic fabric." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 10% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Lynch firmly believes that ensuring Iran does not produce or obtain a nuclear weapon must be among the United States' highest priorities in the Middle East. Such a development would have the potential to cause significant regional instability and pose considerable risks to our allies and interests. It is because of the high stakes involved for the region and for the world that Congressman Lynch decided to support the diplomatic, multilateral approach taken by the U.S. and our coalition partners that resulted in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)." (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)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We remain hopeful that with strong U.S. leadership, we can ensure vigorous enforcement of the JCPOA, as well as implementation of non-nuclear and multilateral sanctions, including CAATSA, to keep the American people secure and safeguard American interests." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Lynch believes that while the United States has a role to play in assisting Iraq with its security challenges and rebuilding, withdrawing U.S. forces at the end of 2011 was the right thing to do. Congressman Lynch also firmly opposes any reintroduction of U.S. ground forces, as the Iraqis must step up and fight their own fight." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Lynch strongly supported the removal of the U.S. military personnel and the stepping up of the Afghan authorities to take the lead in ensuring their own security." (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’m not against free trade. I think free trade works when it’s balanced, but the #TPP is a lousy deal." (twitter.com)
  • "Congressman Lynch believes that the TPP is on the wrong track. This trade agreement includes several countries with abysmal records on human rights and labor and environmental protections. And the TPP does nothing to guarantee that these records will change. Instead, the current terms of the deal would continue the exploitation of foreign workers." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Lynch refuses to relinquish his right to fix a trade agreement that will export American jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 81% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)

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