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Rick Larsen's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2020.

  • "I strongly support a woman’s right to choose as guaranteed by the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. I will oppose any efforts to overturn. Women, in consultation w/family & physicians should make difficult, personal decisions on reproductive health. #StandWithPP #CommitToRoe @PPFA" (
  • "Taking away these services from people in our communities who can least afford it just to score political points is unacceptable. I am frustrated that Congress is once again focusing its attention on stripping away people's health care and interfering with women's ability to make decisions with their doctors." (
  • "That is why I am working to expand women's rights, especially when it comes to equal pay for equal work, a woman's ability to make her own healthcare decisions, and pushing for stronger economic opportunity." (
  • "We should build the middle class by easing their tax burden and making sure the wealthy pay their fair share." (
  • "Increased revenue can come through closing tax loopholes for massively profitable companies and restoring tax rates on the highest earners." (
  • "Tax workers to pay the rich. Who knew that would be the Trump tax plan? Oh yeah...EVERYBODY" (
  • "I am working hard to ensure that Medicare and Medicaid are protected for future generations." (
  • "Grateful to receive the @ActiveRetirees' endorsement. I am proud to earn your support and will continue to protect our investments in #SocialSecurity, #Medicare and #Medicaid." (
  • "Social Security must remain a safety net that covers all of our seniors. Washington state seniors have spent a lifetime contributing to Social Security. They are entitled to the benefits they have earned. For that reason, I oppose the privatization of Social Security." (
  • "Elections should give power to the people, not to money. I support Constitutional amendment to overturn #CitizensUnited. @WAmend_I735" (
  • "That is why I will continue to call on Congress to end Citizens United and keep big money from elevating the influence of a few." (
  • "Black lives matter. Real justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland and countless others and their families means ending police brutality and addressing the systemic issues that enable racism and inequity to persist. This bill includes practical, life-saving reforms developed with input from the Second District community and elected leaders to demilitarize law enforcement, hold officers accountable for misconduct, improve transparency and establish 21st-century standards for protecting communities. In my conversations with local leaders and community members, one message has been clear: police conduct reform alone is not enough. I will continue to listen to and work with local, state and federal leaders to address systemic racism that limits opportunity and equity for millions of Black Americans." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (
  • Rated 5% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "In Washington state, transportation means jobs. We must invest in better transit by putting dollars towards roads, bridges and highways. That is why I introduced the BUILD UP Act to ensure mid-sized cities get federal funding for surface transportation and infrastructure projects. I also support ensuring bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure gets its fair share of investments, and investing in electric bus transit to lower emissions from transportation." (
  • "Over the last several years I have worked with my colleagues in Congress to increase military pay, improve benefits and enhance the readiness of our military, which is strained by our ongoing involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. To that end, I strongly support Naval Station Everett and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, the two military bases in the Second Congressional District." (
  • ""This legislation makes important investments in America's national security by investing in equipment and in our servicemembers," said Larsen. "Still, the bill is not perfect -- once again, the House Armed Services Committee is calling for increased defense spending with no plan to pay for it. But I am pleased that the bill was written with bipartisan input and priorities I advocated for, including boosting resources Impact Aid to help schools better serve military students and their communities." (
  • "As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I championed a five year, job-creating transportation bill that was signed into law in December 2015. This bill makes investments in our roads, bridges, highways and transit systems that will relieve congestion, improve safety and spur economic growth." (
  • "I work hard to make investments in our roads, bridges, highways and transit to relieve congestion, improve safety and spur economic growth in our communities." (
  • "I'm voting against the tax plan that Republican leaders are forcing through Congress today–it is nothing more than a scam to hurt working families. The true winners of the #GOPTaxScam are corporations & wealthiest Americans, leaving middle class families w/ tax increases." (
  • "Increased revenue can come through closing tax loopholes for massively profitable companies and restoring tax rates on the highest earners." (
  • "I’m in Washington, D.C. today to ensure passage of the #COVID19 economic aid package to deliver relief for Washington state’s workers, families & small businesses." (
  • "The CARES Act is a necessary next step to protect Washingtonians' health, safety and economic security, but it will not be the last. I will continue to work with local officials and Washington state's congressional delegation to fight for critical COVID-19 relief." (
  • "Helped pass an education reform bill to replace the flawed standards of No Child Left Behind. The Every Student Succeeds Act, which became law in December 2015, gives states more flexibility to craft education solutions tailored to local community needs. The bill also maintains funding for low-income schools and districts, as well as requiring higher standards to improve outcomes for all students, including those with learning challenges." (
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (
  • "@Interior's proposal to increase #OffshoreDrilling is risky business -wherever there is drilling, you can bet there will be a spill. The US must #ProtectOurCoasts by investing in renewable energy sources & in lower-emission fuels. @seattletimes:" (
  • "But we cannot grow our economy at the expense of our environment. That's why I am fighting to establish the 2nd District as a center for renewable energy innovation to grow our economy responsibly, and will continue to protect the wildlife, lands and waters that make the Pacific Northwest unique." (
  • "[..] I opposed pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, [..]" (
  • "Larsen said he voted in 2009 for a cap and trade system that would have regulated CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions in the country." (
  • "Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today praised the announcement from President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping that both countries will work to limit greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the effects of climate change." (
  • ""Thoughts & prayers" are not enough from Members of Congress who are in a position to address gun violence." (
  • Rated 13% by National Riffle Association. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Gun violence has affected constituents in every Congressional district, and as their representatives, Members of Congress deserve the opportunity to vote on bills that would address this epidemic. Congressional silence is not a sign of respect, but rather an institutional indictment. We must right this wrong. You must allow a vote on substantive legislation to address gun violence." (
  • "The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is helping thousands of families in Washington state." (
  • "In his first 100 days, POTUS tried to repeal the #ACA & was defeated because of you. Let’s stay focused & make sure #ACA continues to work." (
  • "I voted to protect the Affordable Care Act,[...]" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "The wall is an ineffective idea for #BorderSecurity. Just stop saying it is" (
  • "By circumventing Congress, the president is undermining the United States' commitment to NATO members and treaty allies all to pay for an ineffective and wasteful border wall." (
  • "I will not support any legislation that funds a border wall." (
  • "The future of our economy depends on a pro-growth, efficient and fair immigration system. Now is the time to allow a vote on comprehensive immigration reform to create clear, legal pathways to legal residency for those who wish to come here and contribute to our nation," Larsen said." (
  • "Ending DACA is heartless & undermines the economy. Dreamers: I stand w/ you & will work to ensure you can continue to contribute to the US." (
  • "I have long supported helping DREAMers succeed in our country. Young people who are pursuing higher education or military service are contributing to our economy and our society and should be allowed to stay. I will continue to fight to protect these young immigrants and the talents and ideas they bring to their communities." (
  • Rated 5% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Iran nuclear agreement isn't perfect, but it gives intl community the right tools to access & verify Iran’s progress." (
  • "Last month, Secretary Mattis said staying in the Iran Deal is in America's national interest. I agree. The president's decision to withdraw from the Iran Deal is bad for national security and bad for U.S. credibility." (
  • "POTUS made a good call to cancel. Thoughtful diplomacy and coordination with allies are essential to reducing nuclear threats. The incoherence, bluster and immaturity in @realDonaldTrump letter make it clear he was wholly unprepared for complex negotiations w/N Korea" (
  • Rated 5% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "I believe we can cut the deficit by reducing our spending on agriculture and oil subsidies and accelerating the drawdown in Afghanistan." (
  • Voted in favor of SJ Res 68 - A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress. (
  • "Trade war hurts WA state more than others @WashingtonTrade" (
  • Rated 19% by Public Citizen. (
  • "These tariffs are negatively impacting American workers and companies across the country and the retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico further the pain felt by our agriculture producers and other exporters." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (

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