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Gerry Connolly's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (VA) - District 11


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  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (
  • "Abortion is a right, and I’m ready to fight for it." (
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America. (
  • "The House has already voted to codify Roe v. Wade, and @POTUS is ready to sign it into law. The Senate needs to act — now." (
  • "The tax plan before us today would be a disaster for Northern Virginia. The GOP plan caps the state and local income deduction. It caps the mortgage interest deduction. And it phases out the medical cost deduction. Our district, where 50 percent of tax filers claim a SALT deduction, is one of the top congressional districts in the nation affected by this change, and 75 percent of our district's SALT claimants are in the middle income tax brackets. 144,000 of my constituents claim the mortgage interest deduction, for an average savings of $2,946. These changes would be a devastating double whammy to Northern Virginia families." (
  • "It has long been accepted in America that we do not tax the same income twice -- national taxation must not crowd out the taxes needed to support critical state and local functions. That principle was first stated in the Federalist Papers. As long as there has been a federal income tax, Congress has enabled Americans to deduct the contributions we make to state and local governments from income subject to federal taxation. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act thus scrapped more than a century of precedent, without so much as a hearing to consider the effects." (
  • Rated 0% by FreedomWorks. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5377 "Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act." (
  • Signed Letter to Secretary Perdue: "Our nation's largest and most effective anti-hunger safety net, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), will be severely impacted by a continued lapse in government funding. Currently, SNAP serves more than 38 million of our most vulnerable people, including millions of children, low-income military veterans, and seniors. Under USDA's present interpretation of the authorizing statute, SNAP must receive an annual appropriation from Congress in order to meet the needs of the program's recipients. Such funding for SNAP benefits has not been allocated beyond the end of this month. Because of this, a continuation of the government shutdown would cripple the program and prevent millions of people from accessing basic food assistance." (
  • "Gerry Connolly knows how important it is to protect and strengthen Social Security for seniors. Social Security should be a reliable program for all working people in America; it is a promise from the Federal government that workers who pay into it should have access to it when they need it. He opposes any plan to privatize Social Security and put American's retirement plans at financial risk. Congressman Connolly has worked on a bipartisan basis to improve and preserve the Social Security system for our current and future generations." (
  • Rated 97% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • Voted in favor of S 610 "Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act." (
  • "This #ConstitutionDay, as we celebrate the signing of our founding document, we recommit ourselves to ensuring it lives up to its promise for every American — beginning with a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and return power to actual people, not corporations." (
  • "80% of Americans support limiting secret money in politics. Its time to overturn Citizens United." (
  • Rated 87% by Common Cause. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • "The peaceful protests for racial justice last summer compelled a long overdue reckoning for our country to take action to fulfill America's promise of equality no matter the color of your skin. That is why I am proud to cosponsor this proposal to end police brutality and address the systemic racism that has marred American law enforcement for generations. With this legislation, we finally say enough is enough: We've had enough of racial and religious profiling; Enough of no-knock warrants and chokeholds; and Enough of police using military-grade equipment on our American streets." (
  • ""America is crying out for an end to the centuries-long scourge of racist police brutality that has stolen so many black lives from our communities. Every community across our country has been touched by this and Congress must step up," said Connolly. "I am proud to support the Justice in Policing Act, which will bring much-needed accountability and transparency to our police system. Our work must continue if we are going to address the racial injustices and inequities that continue to plague our country."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • Voted against S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • "I thank the House Armed Services Committee, Chairman Smith, and Ranking Member Thornberry, for including these provisions that will streamline government, protect national security, prevent servicemembers with domestic violence convictions from obtaining firearms, and help our country respond to the coronavirus pandemic," (
  • "The NDAA before us today falls far short of the House-passed bill that I was proud to support and constitutes an unfortunate missed opportunity to respond to many of the pressing issues facing our country and the world. At the whim of some in the Senate, we have chosen to remain silent rather than hold those who murdered Jamal Khashoggi accountable. We've abdicated our responsibility to improve pandemic preparedness. We've failed to repeal two long-overdue AUMFs. We've watered down sexual assault protections in the military. We've failed to modernize our IT systems whose deficiencies were exposed in the worst pandemic in 100 years. And we've failed to heed the deadly warnings of January 6th by giving the D.C. mayor control over the local National Guard when a violent insurrection occurs within its city boundaries. The House bill did all of that. We are a co-equal branch of government. It's time we act like it and fight for our values." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6395 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • Signed Letter to Speaker Pelosi: "As our Committees allocate funds from the Build Back Better reconciliation bill, we urge you to include at least $30 billion for public transportation from the allotments that have been assigned to the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) and Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committees. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill passed by the Senate provides $39 billion for public transit. This level is $10 billion less than the original Senate framework agreed to by the White House and the Senate, $71 billion less than President Biden's American Jobs Plan1, and wholly inadequate to meet current needs. The urgency of the climate crisis and the need for a robust economic recovery demand more." (
  • ""The Infrastructure Law is delivering results for our community. Repairing our bridges will make our community safer, grow our local economy by creating jobs and allowing commerce to move more efficiently, and help us stay connected," said Connolly. The investment announced today is designed to help Virginia repair local bridges that are critical for getting to school and work, moving commerce, and connecting communities. The Infrastructure Law also includes a separate program designed to support larger bridges through a competitive grant program. Details on that program will be announced at a later date." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (
  • "This bill falls far short of our values. It would raise taxes on tens of millions of middle class Americans in order to finance permanent tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. By 2027, the Tax Policy Foundation projects more than half of households would face a tax increase. It explodes the deficit by nearly $1.5 trillion. And the conference report adds a devastating attack on the American healthcare system by repealing the individual mandate, leaving 13 million more Americans uninsured." (
  • Rated 0% by FreedomWorks. (
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • "We are providing unprecedented unemployment insurance and a lifeline during this trying time to those who have lost their job. This package provides billions of dollars to hospitals and first responders so that they have the personal protective gear, ventilators, and the medical supplies they need to meet this crisis. Nearly every family will receive a direct payment to help cover rent, or groceries, or just make ends meet. Small businesses will have resources so that they can hopefully remain open and keep their employees on payroll. States and localities will see an infusion of federal investment to cover the challenges they face in providing for our neighbors." (
  • "We are in the midst of the worst pandemic in 100 years and America is bleeding. This bill is not perfect. There is much I would add, and there are provisions I would certainly delete. But now is not the time to make the perfect the enemy of the good. We must pass the CARES Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (
  • "Congressman Connolly is leading the fight to stop and reverse climate change. He is the co-chairman of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus, the largest caucus in the House dedicated to the environment. Through this role, he has advocated for investing in clean and renewable energy, and successfully passed the largest investment in clean energy ever. Congressman Connolly supported the Paris Climate Agreement, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, the Clean Power Plan, and many more progressive environmental policies." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • Signed Letter to Chair Chatterjee: ""The order threatens to preempt state policies that choose the energy generation mix within their borders. Under the Federal Power Act (FPA), states have the authority to support the resource mix of their choice. Indeed, most states in PJM require utilities to source some of their energy needs from zero-emission energy resources, including wind, solar, and nuclear power plants. However, the new FERC order broadly defines "state subsidies" to subject nearly all of these resources to a minimum bid in the market, called the Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR). In effect, this broad definition appears to sweep in nearly all state policies developed to date to encourage deployment of energy technologies, namely renewable portfolio standards, energy efficiency resource standards, renewable energy certificate markets, clean energy standards, and any state-legislated or mandated tax incentives that are in place for any power generation technology (nuclear, fossil fuel or renewables)." (
  • "The health impacts of climate change are already being felt, and they are devastating. I’m proud to support smart climate actions to reduce pollution now and prepare communities for climate change-related health harms. #ClimateIsHealth" (
  • Signed Letter to Administrator Regan: "We commend EPA for proposing strong rules to reduce methane and other harmful air pollution from both new and existing oil and natural gas facilities across the country and offer our comments. EPA's proposal strengthens and modernizes rules adopted in 2016 for new and modified oil and gas facilities and builds upon the bipartisan Congressional Review Act resolution (H.J.Res.34, S.J.Res.14), enacted by Congress and signed by the President, with support from the oil and gas industry and electric utilities, to restore federal methane protections and regulation of oil and gas operations. Further, the proposal is historic as it applies methane reduction requirements to the hundreds of thousands of existing wells constructed prior to 2016. Altogether this proposal will help the Biden administration meet its commitment to tackle the climate crisis, achieve a 50-52 percent reduction from 2005 levels in economy-wide net greenhouse gas pollution in 2030, and maintain U.S. leadership on the Global Methane Pledge to reduce the world's methane emissions 30% from 2020 levels by 2030." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (
  • "This bill does that. I talk about the ABCs of gun control. A, reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban; B, universal background checks; and C, closing the gun show loophole. Those three practical measures will save lives. And because I support ABC, I get an F every year from the NRA, and I am proud of that grade every year." (
  • "Congressman Connolly is proud of his "F" rating from the NRA and frequently joins in vigils and protests at the NRA headquarters, which is in his Congressional district. He held an open town hall in the wake of the Parkland shooting with high school students from his district. He also marched in the streets of Washington and met with students and parents from all over the country at the March for Our Lives in pursuit of gun reform and policy change. Congressman Connolly supports reinstating the Assaults Weapons Ban, universal background checks before purchasing a gun, and closing the gun show loophole. Connolly will continue pushing to keep guns out of the wrong hands and protect our children." (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • "Rather than dismantle the Affordable Care Act, we should improve it. I have proposed reforms that should find bipartisan support. We need to extend the risk-mitigation program that promotes market certainty and ensures insurance companies continue to participate in the marketplaces. We need to search for ways to encourage younger Americans to join the marketplaces. And we should help states like Virginia expand Medicaid coverage." (
  • "In Congress, he has been a strong advocate for continuing bipartisan efforts to improve the Affordable Care Act and finding practical healthcare solutions for American families. He will continue to oppose efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and Republican's attempts to weaken coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, increase premiums for all Americans, and deny health care access to millions of our fellow citizens. He also supports a public option for health insurance." (
  • Voted against HR 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act." (
  • Signed Letter to Speaker Pelosi: "As we work to rebuild our economy, we must address structural inequities that were major drivers of crisis and economic instability in the pandemic. Investments in care infrastructure and policies that support workers, such as paid leave, are critical to an equitable recovery for all workers. The American Rescue Plan laid important groundwork for lasting, equitable change and delivered results for America’s women and families. We look forward to expanding those investments to rebuild our country’s care infrastructure, including with universal, comprehensive paid family and medical leave." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1333 "NO BAN Act." (
  • "Congressman Connolly has been a vocal advocate for Dreamers. He supported the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program that gave these young people assurances they could come out of the shadows and no longer needed to fear deportation. He opposed the Trump administration's attempt to end DACA and has joined in multiple bipartisan efforts to enshrine it into permanent law. Programs such as DACA have been vital for the future of these children, but we need to take the next step to make sure they have had the opportunity to work, attend school, and become American citizens. In Virginia there are more than 12,000 DREAMers and Gerry is committed to protecting them and their families from any separation or deportation. President Trump demonizes immigrants. Congressman Connolly knows them personally, and knows they are hardworking, talented people who should be given a chance to fulfill their American Dream. These immigrant children deserve their rightful place in the only country they know." (
  • "Since its creation in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has given nearly 800,000 DREAMers the opportunity to work and attend school. In Virginia, we have more than 12,000 DREAMers and they have contributed more than $711.4 million to our annual GDP. These young, hardworking DREAMers are contributing to our communities, creating jobs, serving our military, teaching our children, and caring for our family members. Ending DACA is a moral outrage and we must protect this program. That is why I am offering an amendment to protect these DREAMers from deportation by prohibiting DHS from using information submitted through the DACA program to initiate removal proceedings." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1698 "Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act." (
  • Signed Letter to Joe Biden: "We know preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon through diplomacy will be a top priority of your administration, and we strongly believe that the JCPOA provides a critical framework to achieve this goal effectively. We strongly endorse your call for Iran to return to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States to rejoin the agreement, and subsequent follow-on negotiations. We understand that returning to the agreement will require the selective lifting of some sanctions and rigorous implementation to verifiably ensure Iranian compliance." (
  • "To date, the JCPOA implemented the most stringent verification and monitoring regime ever placed on a country as a result of nuclear negotiations. Taking the diplomatic steps necessary to return both Iran and the U.S. to compliance with the agreement is critical to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, achieving urgent non-proliferation objectives, and laying the foundation for further negotiations on additional important issues. We are encouraged by the resumption of talks and urge the Biden administration to engage in the diplomatic efforts needed to restore constraints on Iran's nuclear program urgently and rejoin this international agreement." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 256 "To Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002" (
  • "There is no more profound power vested in us in the Constitution than to send our young men and women into combat. It is long past time that we dealt with this AUMF and righted the imbalance between the powers of Article I, which are exclusively those of Congress, and the powers of Article II for a Commander in Chief only after Congress has acted." (
  • "US abandonment of the Kurds is a craven act. They fought and defeated ISIS in Syria as the only effective US ally in that theater. A chapter of shame in US foreign policy." (
  • Voted in favor of H J Res 37 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (
  • Signed Letter to Ambassador Lighthizer: "We write in strong support of your determination to ensure U.S. rights and interests are upheld at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the Large Civil Aircraft Dispute with the European Union (EU). We appreciate your work to implement a thoughtful strategy that protects American interests and all the American workers harmed by illegal EU subsidies. We are disappointed that the EU continues to refuse to remove its illegal subsidies, and we encourage you to continue seeking a suitable outcome with the EU that will eliminate these subsidies and resolve this longstanding trade dispute. In the meantime, as you consider modifications to the related retaliation list in order to maintain pressure on the EU, we urge you to make changes that include taking a targeted approach and removing duties on food and drink products as that industry is struggling during the current pandemic." (
  • ""As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, we welcome President Tsai's decision to revise Taiwan's restrictions on U.S. pork and beef imports that have long impeded trade negotiations between our two countries," the members said. "In the face of an aggressive People's Republic of China, we believe that such an agreement is increasingly important for the national and technological security of both the United States and Taiwan. We are eager to capitalize on the momentum this announcement has generated, and hope that Ambassador Lighthizer will reciprocate this gesture of goodwill by working toward beginning negotiations on a trade agreement with our longstanding ally, Taiwan."" (

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