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Henry Cuellar's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 28, Democratic

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (TX) - District 28


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  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 36 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "That's why I support fiscal responsibility tax cuts that serve as an engine of economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • "The non-partisan @USCBO just said the US deficit will increase during the next couple of yrs due to tax cuts Repubs approved in Dec. This is not the time to be receiving this type of news. Instead of increasing our deficit, Repubs should find a way to work with us and reduce it." (twitter.com)
  • "Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) voted in favor of a tax package that restores more than four dozen tax cuts and prevents a burdensome tax increase on the business community and millions of American families." (votesmart.org)
  • "My opponent and the out-of-state PAC controlling her campaign support a Medicare-for-all scheme that would cause more harm than good. My plan protects your healthcare options AND protects local jobs." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 84% by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "As you know, thousands of elderly Texans rely on Medicare to safeguard their physical health during their retirement years. Congressman Cuellar is committed to strengthening Medicare for our seniors and will ensure that the federal government honors that obligation." (votesmart.org)
  • "#SocialSecurity benefits help stimulate our economy, contributing $1.6 trillion nationally as benefits are spent on groceries, rent transportation, medicine and other necessities. On #SocSec85, I am committed to protecting & expanding our nation’s #1 anti-poverty program." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "The majority of our brave men and women in law enforcement do their jobs honorably and with integrity. We cannot paint all law enforcement with the same paintbrush. However, bad practices by individual law enforcement officers create a significant danger not only to our communities, but also cause mistrust between law enforcement departments and to the people they serve," said Congressman Cuellar. "For this reason, I worked hard to secure critical investments in oversight and accountability measures to ensure all law enforcement, at the local, state and federal level, uphold their duty to safely and effectively protect all Americans. I also helped include funding for mental health training, resources, and support for our law enforcement." (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I worked hard to help build a budget that meets our strategic military needs and it is irresponsible and harmful to eliminate these funds." (votesmart.org)
  • "That's why I strongly support and sponsored several parts of important legislation extend tax credits for Texas' low-income rural and urban community "Empowerment Zones." These areas can apply to receive favorable tax credits to boost local job growth and stimulate local economies, jobs and development." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am proud to announce that we will see $137 billion for major investments in our country’s infrastructure that will improve transportation safety. I have been working hard to ensure that railroads, bus facilities, and air traffic control facilities receive the funds they need." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Although I have consistently supported corporate tax cuts, any attempt at tax reform must also do enough to help the average middle-class American" (votesmart.org)
  • "As our economy continues to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression, businesses, taxpayers, and American families would face short-term harm and instability if these tax cuts were not extended," said Congressman Cuellar. "These cuts will provide certainty to businesses across the county and in Texas, including farmers, ranchers, the industrial sector, and many others for the coming year." (votesmart.org)
  • "That's why I support fiscal responsibility tax cuts that serve as an engine of economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • "These cuts will provide certainty to businesses across the county and in Texas, including farmers, ranchers, the industrial sector, and many others for the coming year. While I would have preferred to vote on a package that would provide long-term certainty to the American people, today's legislation is a strong step in the right direction." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "The state is holding on to $7.5 billion in funds from the CARES Act; roughly $1.2 billion of that should’ve been distributed to school districts. How can we ask schools to reopen when they aren’t even receiving the necessary funding to do so safely? Our communities need help now." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pleased that the House took this necessary bipartisan action to improve the experience of our nation's schoolchildren," Congressman Cuellar said. "As the son of parents who understood the value of a good education, I pay special attention to the opportunities our schools can create and have fought to improve the educational experience for children in my district and across the country. The conference report adopted today upholds key school accountability provisions while lessening our reliance on standardized tests under the No Child Left Behind Act, which have been shown to be incomplete measures of student success. By eliminating what is known as Adequate Yearly Progress, the compromise instead replaces it with an accountability system that would allow individual states to best identify the needs of struggling schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (votesmart.org)
  • "We have a number of domestic energy resources we can expand and we should continue to make investments in natural gas, wind, solar and other alternative energy fuels to power Texas and the rest of the country." (votesmart.org)
  • "Voted YES on of H.R. 6 Designed to reduce our Nation's dependency on foreign oil by investing in clean, renewable, and alternative energy resources, promoting new emerging energy technologies, developing greater efficiency, and creating a Strategic Energy Efficiency and Renewables Reserve to invest in alternative energy, and for other purposes." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Amends the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas (GHG) to address climate change. Excludes GHGs from the definition of "air pollutant" for purposes of addressing climate change. Signed on August 1st letter to EPA on concerns of Clean Air Transport ruling. This EPA ruling would mean higher energy costs for all Texans. Because of this, Congressman Cuellar has been speaking with the administration about the impact of this flawed policy." (votesmart.org)
  • "I co-sponsored the LEADING Act that will encourage research on carbon capture—a set of technologies to collect CO2 produced by industries. To attain the energy, security, economic & environmental benefits of carbon capture, we must encourage more investment in the technologies." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by and rated 93% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "I am determined to strengthen our existing gun laws following the shooting in Sutherland Springs. Legislation @JohnCornyn & I created after this tragedy strengthens our background check system & keeps firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals." (twitter.com)
  • "I'm co-sponsoring the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act, a red flag measure that allows courts & law enforcement officials to prohibit certain individuals who pose an increased risk to themselves or to others from possessing or acquiring a gun. The American people deserve action." (twitter.com)
  • "We need to fix the ACA's problems, not strip health care from millions of families." (twitter.com)
  • "Before the #ACA, Americans with pre-existing conditions could be denied or charged more for their health care coverage #ACAWorks" (twitter.com)
  • "Thanks to #ACA, 20 million previously uninsured Americans now have health insurance." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 21% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "After conferring with Democratic leadership and receiving their commitment to help me fight the border wall, I just went on the House floor and signed the discharge petition to protect #Dreamers and #DACA. As one of the first supporters of DACA I'm proud to add my signature" (twitter.com)
  • "The Trump Administration is disregarding the rights of Texas landowners in order to build a wall that Congress has continuously refused to fund," said Congressman Cuellar. "We cannot allow the construction of the border wall, which will destroy cultural and historical landmarks and upend the lives of South Texans. This year, I have worked hard to secure language, prohibiting any new Southwest border wall construction in four separate House passed funding bills. As the Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I will continue to ensure that no funding bill includes any money for the construction for the border wall. I am committed to working with the people of my district, to do everything in my power to protect our community, our land, and our rights from the border wall." (votesmart.org)
  • "Terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or #DACA, will only harm the United States. We must work in a bipartisan fashion to find a permanent solution to create a legal pathway for citizenship." (twitter.com)
  • "After conferring with Democratic leadership and receiving their commitment to help me fight the border wall, I just went on the House floor and signed the discharge petition to protect #Dreamers and #DACA. As one of the first supporters of DACA I'm proud to add my signature" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 21% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Iran's nuclear program poses a grave threat to the national security of the United States and our allies. As the July 20th deadline for a "comprehensive solution" to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon approaches, we urge greater consultation with Congress on a potential sanctions relief package that may be part of a final agreement. Our two branches of government have long been partners in working to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. However, as these hugely consequential national security decisions are made, greater cooperation between Congress and the Executive Branch is essential, given that any permanent sanctions relief demands congressional approval." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "American farmers are being cut out of critical open foreign markets by tariffs leaving them to rely on government aid. The best way to help farmers is to pass a strong trade agreement." (twitter.com)
  • "A 5% tariff could result in job losses topping 117,000 in Texas, according to a new analysis. A trade war with Mexico will mean economic trouble with Texas’s consumers and workforce." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)

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