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Ben Lujan, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NM) - District 3, Democratic
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Ben Lujan, Jr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Ben Lujan, Jr. is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "While not all policy riders are objectionable, many of those included this year are not only controversial but blatantly partisan. Included riders would block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, roll back important clean air and clean water protections, and place new restrictions on women's access to a full range of medical and health services, among others." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/648081/letter-to-speaker-boehner#.ViqlfGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1797 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/16979/45098/102842/pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act#.ViqlLWwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I fully support President Obama's call to end the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires in this country. Continuing down a path that provides these wealthy few with tax cuts on the backs of middle-class families is unconscionable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/604237/#.VZVhrnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Under the Democratic plan, 98 percent of New Mexico families and 97 percent of small businesses would not see their taxes increase at all." http://lujan.house.gov/press-releases/lujan-house-republican-bill-cuts-taxes-for-top-2-while-increasing-taxes-on-middle-class-families/ (lujan.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 4% by the National Taxpayers Union http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/102842/ben-lujan-jr#.VZVkonUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. Lujan joined his colleagues to take bold action to get our economy back on track. He voted in favor of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which has made broad investments, saving jobs of teachers, police and fire fighters while investing in roads, bridges and other important infrastructure. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will also make families make ends meet by providing a tax credit for 95 percent of all workers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/582608/#.VZVjcXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ('Stimulus Bill') http://votesmart.org/bill/8619/23644/102842/appropriations-tax-law-amendments-and-unemployment-benefit-amendments-stimulus-bill#.ViqoqmwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Over the past year in Congress, we have made progress towards reversing eight years of putting banks and corporations ahead of people and have begun putting our families first. We've passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help get our economy back on track and to make broad investments in our future. We've given 95% of working families a tax cut and also cut taxes for small businesses, homebuyers, college students, and parents." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/481276/rep-lujans-statement-on-the-state-of-the-union/?search=taxes#.VZVsE3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "While this bill is not perfect, it does take important steps to provide a boost to middle-class workers during this difficult economic time by cutting taxes for 900,000 New Mexicans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/670504/lujan-votes-to-extend-payroll-tax-cut-for-hard-working-new-mexicans/?search=taxes#.VZVrU3UViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S.1. "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/19390/50944/102404/a-bill-to-approve-the-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VZQdkXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 4785 "Authorizing Loans for Energy Efficiency Purposes" https://www.congress.gov/bill/111th-congress/house-bill/4785 (www.congress.gov)
  • "This Congress I will introduce legislation to promote increased investments in clean energy through a renewable energy standard that reduces carbon emissions and drives clean energy deployment in states around the country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/952043/lujan-delivers-address-to-new-mexico-legislature/?search=renewable#.Viqq5GwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Since the first Earth Day in 1970, we have seen important progress -- making our air and water cleaner, combating acid raid, and growing our use of renewable energy. We must continue to build on these successes [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/978358/lujan-statement-on-earth-day/?search=renewable#.ViqqV2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • "A renewable energy standard will drive the development of the clean energy sector, creating good jobs in communities across the country, especially New Mexico where we are home to abundant renewable resources." http://lujan.house.gov/press-releases/lujan-introduces-legislation-to-promote-renewable-energy-and-energy-efficiency/ (lujan.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" https://www.congress.gov/bill/111th-congress/house-bill/2454 (www.congress.gov)
  • "With global climate change contributing to drier and hotter summers and more intense fire seasons, it is critical that we take steps to address the root causes of climate change before it gets too late. And while we should focus on the steps we must take to reduce greenhouse gasses and encourage energy conservation, we must also ensure that we are preparing for the drought conditions that will continue to impact our communities in the years to come." http://lujan.house.gov/press-releases/lujan-discusses-need-to-address-climate-change-and-drought-conditions/ (lujan.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • "I was disappointed that the bipartisan amendment to expand background checks in an effort to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill failed to pass the Senate this afternoon. I am hopeful that this will not be the end of the effort to pass common sense legislation that respects the rights of gun owners and enhances the safety of the American people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/782743/lujan-statement-on-senate-vote-on-background-checks/?search=guns#.VZV8oHUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act undermines significant advancements to the delivery of health care services to all Americans [...]" https://www.facebook.com/RepBenRayLujan/posts/408108409249689 (www.facebook.com)
  • "The Affordable Care Act is working, and it is having a real impact on the lives of the people of New Mexico. For too long, New Mexico has ranked high on the list of the uninsured. As a result of the Affordable Care Act, the number of uninsured New Mexicans has started to fall [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/966494/lujan-statement-on-fifth-anniversary-of-the-affordable-care-act/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.VZV_jXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I look forward to his Administration’s recommendations to ensure our borders are secure while providing flexibility for those who would be eligible for a pathway to citizenship under current legislative proposals – particularly DREAMers, who want to come out of the shadows and contribute to the only home that many of them have ever known." http://lujan.house.gov/press-releases/lujan-statement-on-immigration-reform/ (lujan.house.gov)
  • "I commend the bipartisan Gang of 8 for their months of hard work to craft a comprehensive immigration bill that includes a pathway to citizenship." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/777737/lujan-statement-on-senate-immigration-bill/?search=citizenship#.Viqtm2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Council of La Raza http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/102842/ben-lujan-jr/40#.VZqO1HUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign – Positions on Marriage http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/102842/ben-lujan-jr/13#.VZqP4XUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Marriage equality is a matter of civil rights and treating all people who are in loving and committed relationships fairly." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/794262/lujan-statement-on-supreme-court-decision-on-doma#.VZqPaHUViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support efforts to use targeted airstrikes and intelligence to help degrade ISIL's ability to gain the money and weapons that enhance their destructive capabilities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/929369/lujan-statement-on-amendment-authorizing-training-and-equipping-of-rebel-groups-in-syria/?search=isil#.Viqt_WwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Finally, I continue to have serious concerns with the current plan to equip and train Syrian rebels, and believe that an issue of this importance deserved a separate debate and vote." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/952112/lujan-statement-on-national-defense-authorization-act/?search=syria#.ViquimwViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to be looking after Social Security and protecting it, and this notion of gambling with it in the market by privatizing it is a bad idea," http://www.abqjournal.com/137415/news/lujn-byrd-divided-on-taxes-social-security.html (www.abqjournal.com)
  • "I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/739243/progressive-change-campaign-committee-social-security-protectors/?search=social%20security#.VZqSX3UViko (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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