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John Sarbanes' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MD) - District 3, Democratic

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (MD) - District 3

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  • "And a woman's right to make her own reproductive choices is under constant attack. Every legislator must be persuaded to fight for progress on these and other issues [...]" (www.johnsarbanes.com)
  • "1/ Millionaire and billionaire donors said, "We want YUGE tax cuts!" #GOPTaxScam" (twitter.com)
  • "The first #GOPTaxScam $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, mostly for Republicans wealthy donors apparently wasn't enough. As we speak, @HouseGOP is passing another bill to cut even more taxes for millionaires, billionaires and corporations." (twitter.com)
  • "Congressman Sarbanes believes that a better way to protect the solvency of Social Security without adjusting benefits or raising the retirement age is to "Scrap the Cap" on earnings subject to the Social Security Payroll tax. This change would extend solvency for an additional 75 years." (votesmart.org)
  • "Co-Sponsored the Medicare for All Act." (www.johnsarbanes.com)
  • "Co-sponsored the Protecting and Preserving Social Security Act-H.R. 1811." (www.johnsarbanes.com)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - For the People Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm fighting in Congress to build a small donor matching system for funding campaigns, overturn Citizens United and increase the amount of disclosure we have for political donors." (www.johnsarbanes.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, we passed meaningful reforms to transform policing and take aim at the systemic racism and culture of violence that continues to plague law enforcement across America," said Congressman Sarbanes. "Unlike the Trump White House and the Republican Senate, which only paid lip service to police reform, the measures we are supporting in the House are carefully designed to take on the culture of racism and violence that exists within our justice system." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Sarbanes believes that we must put millions of Americans back to work rebuilding our nation's roads and bridges, public transportation and water and sewer systems, which are in desperate need of repair. By making these necessary investments now, we can spur our economy forward and bolster our nation's critical infrastructure." (votesmart.org)
  • "Rather than chasing bad trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and giving more tax breaks to big business, it's time for Congress to enact legislation that will create jobs here in America and will provide real support and opportunity for working families." (www.johnsarbanes.com)
  • "Over the last several weeks, Congress has acted swiftly and purposefully to address the coronavirus crisis by helping shore up America's health care system and by providing financial support to American workers and small businesses impacted by the pandemic," said Congressman Sarbanes. "Today, we took another significant step forward in our coronavirus response effort by passing a wide-ranging bill that will not only inject critical funding into our health care system, but also expand and enhance key programs to protect workers and families as we continue to practice social distancing and help slow the spread of the virus." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Sarbanes is teaming with the U.S. Department of Energy and the City of Baltimore to create a new solar energy workforce training program -- a win-win that helps homeowners reduce utility costs while training workers to enter a dynamic growth industry." (www.johnsarbanes.com)
  • "And then you look at the Solar Energy Technologies Office," said Sarbanes. "Again, they've done terrific work. [Solar energy has] been an economic driver, employing over 240,000 Americans, $17 billion of investment in the nation's economy. These are award-winning numbers by any measure, helping to keep driving the commercial cost of solar energy down, because of the continuous attention and focus that that office brings." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 96% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Weakening federal methane regulations will have real-world consequences on families and individuals who live near oil and gas operations." (votesmart.org)
  • "Americans expect gun owners to exercise their ownership in a responsible and safe manner. That's why the great majority of Americans, including a majority of gun owners, support common sense safety measures such as universal background checks." (www.johnsarbanes.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "Exploring new cures for disease at the NIH and strengthening the Affordable Care Act are examples of key steps we can take to improve the health of all Americans." (www.johnsarbanes.com)
  • "To this end, the Congressman supports the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because he believes it is a crucial step in our effort to reduce the cost of health care for families and small businesses, as well as to provide access for those who currently do not have insurance." (votesmart.org)
  • "Voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act." (www.johnsarbanes.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 16% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "The bill would continue to hold DREAMers hostage, keep children locked in detention centers for months on end, make it harder for those fleeing violence and persecution to apply for asylum and waste billions of taxpayer dollars on President Trump's far-fetched border wall. " (votesmart.org)
  • "The bill would continue to hold DREAMers hostage, keep children locked in detention centers for months on end, make it harder for those fleeing violence and persecution to apply for asylum and waste billions of taxpayer dollars on President Trump's far-fetched border wall. " (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 16% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "I have decided to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action because I believe it will be effective in pulling Iran back from the threshold of becoming a nuclear weapon state and in keeping Iran away from that threshold for at least ten to twelve years." (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no question that Iran has continued its unacceptable behavior of expanding its ballistic missile program and financing international terrorism, but by all indications it has abided by the JCPOA -- which aims to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. At a time of increased instability around the world, including rising tensions with nuclear-armed North Korea, the President should be working with Congress and our international partners on diplomatic efforts to crack down on Iran's ballistic missile program and its support for terrorism while preserving the agreement that prevents another hostile state from obtaining nuclear weapons. I call on my colleagues in Congress to put diplomacy first and not to follow President Trump down this dangerous path." (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)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "The United States must chart a new course in foreign policy that promotes peace, justice, prosperity and human rights around the world Ð not engage in perpetual, destabilizing and destructive wars. #StopEndlessWar" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • "Proponents of these trade agreements, some of the loudest being multi-national corporations, make the argument that free trade is always a net positive for jobs and the economy. Recent history paints a different picture. Job loss and wage stagnation in the United States are well demonstrated legacies of agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). I believe we need to press pause on these new trade agreements, which are similar to NAFTA in many ways, until we establish a trade framework that is good for the American worker; crack down on countries that game the system to their benefit; and develop a comprehensive strategy for our domestic manufacturing industry." (votesmart.org)
  • "Rather than chasing bad trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and giving more tax breaks to big business, it's time for Congress to enact legislation that will create jobs here in America and will provide real support and opportunity for working families." (www.johnsarbanes.com)

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