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Ted Deutch's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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  • Rated 100% by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that a woman's right to choose must be kept free from governmental intrusion." (votesmart.org)
  • "McConnell stole the Supreme Court seat and now Trump wants to outlaw abortion with his new pick. We should be outraged. And WE MUST VOTE!" (twitter.com)
  • "Unfortunately, it is far removed from the reality of hundreds of millions of Americans. Why don't we ask the nearly one million Florida households if they are willing to pay more in their taxes so that large corporations can evade paying taxes on billions of off-shore dollars?" (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressional Republicans have turned their backs on the American people, who overwhelmingly oppose this devastating scam. This bill sends a clear message to their constituents that they would rather bend the system in favor of lobbyists, donors, and corporate executives than strengthen seniors and middle-class families. Despite their promises, there's no great tax simplification or benefit for middle-class Americans. This is a massive, permanent giveaway to the largest corporations, encouraging them to ship more American jobs overseas, while short-changing middle-class families with limited temporary breaks and raising taxes on 86 million American households." (votesmart.org)
  • "In short, this plan will give huge tax breaks to those who don't need it -- the wealthiest Americans and large, multinational corporations -- at the expense of those who desperately need it." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% by Americans for Democratic Action. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "Finally, Ted firmly believes that strengthening Social Security is not the only strategy we need to improve retirement security in America." (votesmart.org)
  • "Now is the time Congress should prepare for the future, not by threatening workers' benefits, but by expanding Social Security. I'm proud to lead the fight to protect and preserve Social Security with Senator Hirono. No cuts. No retirement age increases. No chained-CPI." (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe healthcare is a right. That's why I'm cosponsoring HR676 #MedicareForAll." (twitter.com)
  • "Free speech isn't free if only the wealthy can afford it. I intro'd #DemocracyForAll to overturn Citizens United and restore accountability." (twitter.com)
  • "Despite record spending by Super PACs and other special interest groups during the 2012 election cycle, in 2014 the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC handed even more influence over our elections to America's wealthiest donors. That decision struck down the $123,000 total cap on how much money a single person could donate to federal candidates per cycle, granting America's wealthiest donors permission to donate up to $5.9 million every cycle to candidates running for federal office. In his opinion for the 5-4 majority for McCutcheon, Chief Justice John Roberts went so far as to argue that the First Amendment right of millionaires and billionaires to influence elections far outweighed any interest the American people have in ensuring elected representatives are accountable to voters" (teddeutch.house.gov)
  • Endorsed by End Citizens United. (votesmart.org)
  • "Reduce big money in politics and protect voting rights" (www.tedforcongress.com)
  • " The bill comes after the House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act last month, which included unprecedented reforms to transform the culture of policing by curbing police brutality, ending racial profiling, and increasing transparency and accountability." (teddeutch.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;" (votesmart.org)
  • "Despite the President's enormous defense budget increases, this budget will not make Americans safer." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 16% by the Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "House Democrats just passed a national defense bill that will ensure our nation provides for our men and women in uniform and strengthens our military resolve around the world, including by ensuring the reckless decisions by President Trump don’t lead us to unnecessary conflict. We prioritized the needs of our military by passing the most robust defense budget in history at $733 billion while cutting $17 billion in wasteful requests by the Administration, including their request for $7.2 billion to build a wall on our southern border." (teddeutch.house.gov)
  • "Rebuilding our infrastructure! A trillion dollar investment! Let's start tomorrow." (twitter.com)
  • "$1.5 trillion for infrastructure would be a lot easier if we hadn't just given that $1.5 trillion tax cut to the biggest corporations and the wealthiest Americans. Just saying. #SOTU " (twitter.com)
  • "It is infrastructure week and @realdonaldtrump is nowhere to be found with the $1.5 trillion he promised for infrastructure spending. As roads and bridges crumble, the @GOP and POTUS do nothing." (twitter.com)
  • "Ted supports a legislative agenda focused on growing the paychecks of low and middle-income Americans, closing the wage gap among men and women, helping families achieve better work-life balance, and boosting job-creating investments in public education, transportation and infrastructure, renewable energy, and government-funded medical and scientific research." (www.tedforcongress.com)
  • "Unfortunately, it is far removed from the reality of hundreds of millions of Americans. Why don't we ask the nearly one million Florida households if they are willing to pay more in their taxes so that large corporations can evade paying taxes on billions of off-shore dollars?" (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressional Republicans have turned their backs on the American people, who overwhelmingly oppose this devastating scam. This bill sends a clear message to their constituents that they would rather bend the system in favor of lobbyists, donors, and corporate executives than strengthen seniors and middle-class families. Despite their promises, there's no great tax simplification or benefit for middle-class Americans. This is a massive, permanent giveaway to the largest corporations, encouraging them to ship more American jobs overseas, while short-changing middle-class families with limited temporary breaks and raising taxes on 86 million American households." (votesmart.org)
  • "This is a massive, permanent giveaway to the largest corporations, encouraging them to ship more American jobs overseas, while short-changing middle-class families with limited temporary breaks and raising taxes on 86 million American households." (votesmart.org)
  • "This stimulus package includes major support for workers facing reduced hours or unemployment because of the pandemic, including increasing and extending unemployment insurance benefits. We secured crucial infusions of money for small businesses, creating the Paycheck Protection Program to offer cash-flow assistance for employers who keep their employees on their payroll. We are sending billions of dollars to our hospitals, community health centers, and health care providers as they care for the surge of patients from the virus. We are protecting homeowners and renters from foreclosures and evictions during this crisis. And while we allocate significant funds to support major companies, we include stringent oversight requirements to ensure taxpayer funds benefit their impacted employees rather than their executives." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "Like most Florida parents, I am all-too familiar with the harmful provisions of No Child Left Behind, which imposed high-stakes testing on our children, burdened teachers with restrictive requirements, and punished the schools most in need of our help," (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 97% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • "Florida has the third greatest solar energy potential in the country, and the promise of the Sunshine State should be realized. Scientists and researchers are Florida Atlantic University pioneering ocean wave based systems that deserve federal support. Ted believes that businesses and consumers throughout Palm Beach and Broward counties are poised to gain in a green energy revolution that promotes our national security, advances public health, and safeguards our environment." (votesmart.org)
  • "Living up to that responsibility demands that Congress pass bold legislative initiatives that protect our most precious environmental resources, limit the carbon pollution responsible for global climate change, and speed the adoption of cleaner and more affordable renewable energy." (teddeutch.house.gov)
  • "We need to be responsible and take steps to ensure that our children and grandchildren can live in a world that has clean air, water, and renewable energy. For #WorldEnvironmentDay, let's commit ourselves to common sense solutions for a sustainable environment moving forward." (twitter.com)
  • "Living up to that responsibility demands that Congress pass bold legislative initiatives that protect our most precious environmental resources, limit the carbon pollution responsible for global climate change, and speed the adoption of cleaner and more affordable renewable energy." (teddeutch.house.gov)
  • "Greenhouse gas emissions are at an all-time high. By proposing to roll back measures to monitor methane gas emissions, the Admin. continues to ignore the impacts this policy can have in contributing to #climatechange." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (votesmart.org)
  • "3D printers are increasingly used to manufacture everyday goods easily and cheaply; but, we cannot allow individuals to make deadly firearms with the same ease," said Rep. Deutch. "These printers are capable of making high-strength plastic firearms that are untraceable and undetectable -- something criminals and other individuals prohibited by law from possessing a firearm could use to evade our laws. Congress must take care to ensure that internet access does not equal gun access." (votesmart.org)
  • "High-capacity magazines are used for one sole purpose: to maximize casualties. Tragically, that's why these magazines are used so frequently in mass shootings," said Rep. Deutch. "We can reduce the magnitude of death and injury caused in mass shootings while still respecting law-abiding gun owners. It's time to move on this commonsense legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • "Toughen background checks and crack down on illegal gun trafficking" (www.tedforcongress.com)
  • "We know that the President has targeted the Affordable Care Act. He ordered his Justice Department to stop defending the Affordable Care Act. He ordered Republicans in Congress to do everything they could to weaken the law and drive up prices. And now he wants to use the third branch of government to finish the job. We know Judge Kavanaugh's record. If you have a pre-existing condition and benefit from those protections, your coverage is now at risk. Americans with disabilities, nursing mothers, and others who are covered by the ACA's basic protections are now at a greater risk of discrimination, skyrocketing costs, and loss of coverage." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Ted Deutch believes that we have a moral and economic responsibility to ensure every American has access to quality and affordable health care. In Florida and in Washington, Ted has fought back against efforts to repeal, delay, and derail the implementation of the Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Over 130 MILLION Americans with pre-existing conditions are protected under the ACA. The Trump Administration wants to take away those vital protections. HR 986 protects their coverage. #ProtectOurCare" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "oppose any funding that expands the construction of walls or fencing at the southern border, and to instead allocate border security resources to modernize the infrastructure and technology at our ports of entry." (votesmart.org)
  • "Gutting social safety net to pay for border wall shamefully abandons Americans most in need of help in favor of a political stunt." (twitter.com)
  • "When Congress returns to D.C. next week, our priority must be helping Harvey victims, not fighting about shutdown over shameful border wall." (twitter.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We respectfully request that you continue Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and engage in a vigorous legal defense of DACA in light of the renewed threat of litigation. Along with continuing to accept requests for DACA, we ask that you direct your administration to: (a) oppose any efforts to challenge DACA in the ongoing Texas v. United States litigation;' (b) ask the court to dismiss the complaint in United States v. Texas; and (c) refuse any settlement that would end DACA." (votesmart.org)
  • "DREAMers came here under no fault of their own, and have known no country other than the US. They are students, professionals, servicemembers and members of our communities. Instead of calling DACA "dead" @realdonaldTrump should work with Congress to protect the DREAMers. #DACA" (twitter.com)
  • "The DACA program is not a free government handout, and it's not an amnesty program. DACA has allowed the estimated 800,000 people in our country, almost 33,000 in Florida, who were brought to the US at young ages through no fault of their own to come out of the shadows and become contributing members of our society. They are hard-working young people who want nothing more than to have all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • "Iran continues to step further from it’s JCPOA commitments in attempt to drive a wedge between the US and Europeans. Allies must step up, and US must work w/ them to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon." (twitter.com)
  • "For all of these reasons, Congress needs to reauthorize the Iran Sanctions Act, the law that actually serves as the foundation for our sanctions policy. We have to pass new sanctions to address Iran's repeated ballistic missile tests, and we have to crack down on Iran's financial support for terrorism. These are items that have always enjoyed broad bipartisan support. All of the areas that Iran is doing harm throughout the region--support for terrorism, violation of the human rights of their people, ballistic missile tests--everything that falls outside of the nuclear deal, we should be working together to strengthen with this bipartisan support. But rushing through legislation that is designed to undermine the JCPOA and put the United States in violation of our commitments under the JCPOA not only fail to punish Iran's malfeasance--which is our goal, and it is the shared goal--but it weakens America's ability to lead a global effort against Iran's destabilizing efforts throughout the world. We can't do this on our own. We need to work with our allies. We need to lead our allies. That is the role that the United States has always played." (votesmart.org)
  • "The U.S. and the international community cannot allow Iran, the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, and its depraved, Holocaust-denying leader, who has called for Israel's destruction, to possess nuclear weapons. Given the advanced nature of Iran's nuclear program, including the announcement that Iran will increase production of highly enriched uranium, and its growing threat to American and Israeli security, Congress and the Obama Administration must continue to impose tough sanctions. We must also take new, necessary steps to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. " (www.tedforcongress.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Working with our allies and partners, we urge you to maintain and increase pressure on Iran and Russia to constrain their destabilizing activities. America must continue economic and diplomatic efforts to counter Iran's support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups as well as Russia's support for the brutal Assad regime. We encourage full implementation of sanctions authorized in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a broadly supported bipartisan bill that you signed into law. Clear and sustained American action and close coordination with our allies and partners can send an important message of resolve to malign actors in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • "I support a significant and rapid drawdown of troops so that all of our men and women can come home and we can recommit to our own nation building in our own communities." (www.tedforcongress.com)
  • "While I opposed President Bush's invasion of Iraq, our troops have served heroically, and now it is time to finalize our withdrawal of U.S. forces on the ground by the end of 2011. The Iraqi government must now take responsibility and stand up for its own national security. In addition to the tragic deaths and injuries of thousands of U.S. soldiers, the war in Iraq has endangered America's security efforts throughout the Middle East." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "American auto workers, parts suppliers and retailers, dealers, vehicle service providers, and millions of consumers depend on a healthy and competitive U.S. auto industry. As you know, this vital sector employs nearly four percent of our total private sector workforce and is a key engine that powers our economy. However, if tariffs were to be implemented, new vehicle prices will likely increase, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • "Despite the tariffs and regular Americans shouldering the burden of @realDonaldTrump’s trade war, our trade deficit with China just hit a record high of 419 billion dollars. You don’t win trade wars and it was foolish to start one in the first place." (twitter.com)
  • "Farmers are hurting. Our Pres. recklessly started a trade war that farmers are paying for. Now emergency funds are being prepared to cover for the losses Trump’s trade war caused. Being POTUS isn’t a reality show, @realdonaldtrump. Your actions can hurt people. And they have." (twitter.com)

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