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Ben Ray Lujan, Jr.

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

Full Name: Ben Ray Lujan, Jr.
Office: U.S. House (NM) - District 3, Democratic
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 3
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Single
Birth Date: 06/07/1972
Birth Place: Nambe, NM
Home City: Nambe, NM
Religion: Catholic
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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 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

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  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Ben Lujan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Ben Lujan. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. "We urge a significant and sizable reduction of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan beginning July 2011. With Osama bin Laden killed and Al Qaeda largely driven from Afghanistan, it is time to accelerate the transfer of security responsibilities to the Government of Afghanistan and to reduce the U.S. military footprint there." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Representative Luján Votes For Exit Strategy In Afghanistan. 16 November 2011. "The men and women of our Armed Forces have served bravely and done everything we have asked of them, and as we move forward it is important for us to clearly outline an exit strategy in Afghanistan. This amendment would have required the Secretary of Defense to outline a responsible exit strategy by the end of the year while fully supporting our troops. I will continue to advocate to responsibly end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the Peace Action 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján's Statement On President Obama's Afghanistan Speech. 1 December 2009. "I share the administration's goals of disrupting and defeating Al Qaeda and keeping our country safe, and I am encouraged that President Obama outlined his clear strategy. However, I remain concerned about committing more troops to Afghanistan. In August, I traveled to Afghanistan and met with several U.S. and Afghan officials to discuss how the United States can successfully bring the war to an end and help the people of Afghanistan. Based on these discussions, it is clear that the people of Afghanistan must come together to take responsibility for their country by strengthening Afghan forces and police and addressing corruption in government [¦] While I am concerned about troop increases, I will continue to support the men and women of our Armed Forces. And I thank them for their service." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. “We urge a significant and sizable reduction of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan beginning July 2011. With Osama bin Laden killed and Al Qaeda largely driven from Afghanistan, it is time to accelerate the transfer of security responsibilities to the Government of Afghanistan and to reduce the U.S. military footprint there." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján Urges Administration To Reject Troop Increase In Afghanistan. 25 September 2009. “It is clear that it is time to develop an exit strategy and prepare to bring our young men and women home. I am concerned about becoming involved in a long-term counterinsurgency that requires hundreds of thousands of troops. We need to give support to the Afghan people through humanitarian and diplomatic means, but troop increases are troubling at this time. I urge the Administration to reject a troop increase." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Representative Luján Votes For Exit Strategy In Afghanistan. 16 November 2011. “The men and women of our Armed Forces have served bravely and done everything we have asked of them, and as we move forward it is important for us to clearly outline an exit strategy in Afghanistan. This amendment would have required the Secretary of Defense to outline a responsible exit strategy by the end of the year while fully supporting our troops. I will continue to advocate to responsibly end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján's Statement On President Obama's Afghanistan Speech. 1 December 2009. "I share the administration's goals of disrupting and defeating Al Qaeda and keeping our country safe, and I am encouraged that President Obama outlined his clear strategy. However, I remain concerned about committing more troops to Afghanistan. In August, I traveled to Afghanistan and met with several U.S. and Afghan officials to discuss how the United States can successfully bring the war to an end and help the people of Afghanistan. Based on these discussions, it is clear that the people of Afghanistan must come together to take responsibility for their country by strengthening Afghan forces and police and addressing corruption in government […] While I am concerned about troop increases, I will continue to support the men and women of our Armed Forces. And I thank them for their service." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of Peace Action West 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján Urges Administration To Reject Troop Increase In Afghanistan. 25 September 2009. "It is clear that it is time to develop an exit strategy and prepare to bring our young men and women home. I am concerned about becoming involved in a long-term counterinsurgency that requires hundreds of thousands of troops. We need to give support to the Afghan people through humanitarian and diplomatic means, but troop increases are troubling at this time. I urge the Administration to reject a troop increase." (www.votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ben Lujan. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. House Republicans Once Again Cut the Budget on the Backs of Middle-Class Families. 28 June 2012. "Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District voted today against a measure aimed at implementing House Republicans' budget plan that calls for deep cuts to vital services for middle-class families while protecting defense spending and tax breaks for the richest Americans." (lujan.house.gov)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. House Republicans Once Again Cut the Budget on the Backs of Middle-Class Families. 28 June 2012. “Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted today against a measure aimed at implementing House Republicans’ budget plan that calls for deep cuts to vital services for middle-class families while protecting defense spending and tax breaks for the richest Americans.” (lujan.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Ben Lujan. Luján: Republican Spending Bill Makes Cuts on the Backs of Vulnerable Americans. 16 June 2011. "Republicans continue to seek cuts to programs that assist the most vulnerable in our communities while calling for even more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. At a time when working families are struggling to put food on the table we should be investing in programs that help provide New Mexicans with the essentials they need to get through this difficult economic time." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Republican Budget Makes the Wrong Choices for Hard-Working Families. 5 April 2011. "The House budget that Republicans introduced this morning fails to put our country on a path to prosperity. Budgets are about priorities and values, and the Republican budget makes wrong choices for hardworking families. Let's talk the Republican dictionary: Premium support system. When they talk about a premium support system, they mean vouchers and privatization. Pro-growth changes to the Tax Code. When they talk about pro-growth changes, in fact, when they talk about anything that's going to change the Tax Code, they mean more cuts for millionaires and billionaires. The Republican plan ends Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. By privatizing Medicare, millions of seniors who rely on this program will be left out in the cold. While it's critical that we tighten our belts, we have choices to make. Let's choose not to do it on the backs of our seniors." (www.votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. “We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare. Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add billions more to our national debt in tax cuts to the wealthy, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Luján Statement on the President's Speech on Fiscal Policy. 20 April 2011. "I was pleased to hear the President voice his strong opposition to the House Republicans' budget proposal that ends Medicare as we know it and places a greater burden on our seniors. In order to fulfill the promise we have made to America's seniors, we must protect Medicare and Social Security. 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." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Luján: Republican Spending Bill Makes Cuts on the Backs of Vulnerable Americans. 16 June 2011. "Republicans continue to seek cuts to programs that assist the most vulnerable in our communities while calling for even more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. At a time when working families are struggling to put food on the table we should be investing in programs that help provide New Mexicans with the essentials they need to get through this difficult economic time." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Republican Budget Ends Medicare as We Know It In Order to Give Tax Cuts to Millionaires. 20 April 2011. "House Republicans' road map balances the budget on the backs of working families and seniors by ending Medicare as we know it, dismantling Medicaid, and giving tax cuts to millionaires [...] While it is critical that we tighten our belts and make important spending choices, the Republican budget focuses on the wrong priorities at a time when we should be investing in areas that will put people back to work and strengthen our economy." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Republican Budget Makes the Wrong Choices for Hard-Working Families. 5 April 2011. “The House budget that Republicans introduced this morning fails to put our country on a path to prosperity. Budgets are about priorities and values, and the Republican budget makes wrong choices for hardworking families. Let's talk the Republican dictionary: Premium support system. When they talk about a premium support system, they mean vouchers and privatization. Pro-growth changes to the Tax Code. When they talk about pro-growth changes, in fact, when they talk about anything that's going to change the Tax Code, they mean more cuts for millionaires and billionaires. The Republican plan ends Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. By privatizing Medicare, millions of seniors who rely on this program will be left out in the cold. While it's critical that we tighten our belts, we have choices to make. Let's choose not to do it on the backs of our seniors.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. "We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare. Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add billions more to our national debt in tax cuts to the wealthy, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Luján Statement on the President's Speech on Fiscal Policy. 20 April 2011. "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." (www.votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Ben Lujan. New Mexico Delegation Supports American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that Could Create 22,000 Jobs in New Mexico. 13 February 2009. "The people of New Mexico need relief in these difficult economic times. The House has taken bold action to address our economic crisis - developing and passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. While the final product is not perfect, it will begin to address our key goals - creating and saving jobs and getting our economy back on track." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Ben Lujan voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 16 November 2011. "There is still much work that needs to be done, but it is clear that the Recovery Act is making a difference. Right here in New Mexico the Recovery Act has saved jobs for teachers, police officers and fire fighters, while creating jobs and cutting taxes for small businesses and families. After eight years of policies that pushed our economy to reach the brink of disaster, we have taken steps to put our country on the path to recovery. I'm encouraged by the success of the Recovery Act, and I will continue to work with local communities and small businesses in New Mexico to find ways to improve our economy and create jobs." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: Economy. 16 November 2011. “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.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives . 13 January 2009. “The infrastructure of rural economies is in crisis. The economic recovery and reinvestment plan must invest significantly in maintaining and upgrading infrastructure in rural and other distressed communities, which will create local jobs. Among other viable options, the quality of life in rural America can be improved by expanding broadband technology, public transportation, and water and sewage systems.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Lujan Supports Economic Recovery, Job Creation in New Mexico. 28 January 2009. "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will help communities and families throughout New Mexico who need help the most. The recovery plan focuses on job creation through infrastructure projects, renewable energy development, school modernization and other important projects that will help many communities and put people back to work. I look forward to maintaining an open dialogue with local leaders as the recovery plan moves forward and begins to impact the people of New Mexico." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. New Mexico Delegation Supports American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that Could Create 22,000 Jobs in New Mexico. 13 February 2009. “The people of New Mexico need relief in these difficult economic times. The House has taken bold action to address our economic crisis - developing and passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. While the final product is not perfect, it will begin to address our key goals - creating and saving jobs and getting our economy back on track.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: Economy. 16 November 2011. "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." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives . 13 January 2009. "The infrastructure of rural economies is in crisis. The economic recovery and reinvestment plan must invest significantly in maintaining and upgrading infrastructure in rural and other distressed communities, which will create local jobs. Among other viable options, the quality of life in rural America can be improved by expanding broadband technology, public transportation, and water and sewage systems." (www.votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Ben Lujan a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Ben Lujan. Ben Ray Luján Applauds the Signing of the Small Business Jobs Act. 6 October 2009. "I was proud to see this legislation signed into law today. As our nation looks to spur the growth of our small businesses and entrepreneurs, we must find new, creative ways to cut taxes for hard working, middle class business owners that create jobs in our communities without adding to our national deficit." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Ben Ray Luján Applauds the Signing of the Small Business Jobs Act. 6 October 2009. "I was proud to see this legislation signed into law today. As our nation looks to spur the growth of our small businesses and entrepreneurs, we must find new, creative ways to cut taxes for hard working, middle class business owners that create jobs in our communities without adding to our national deficit.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján Votes For Small Business Tax Cuts, Targeted Infrastructure Investments. 25 March 2009. "Small businesses in New Mexico and throughout the country are key to our economic growth. By providing incentives for investments in our small businesses, we'll help them create new jobs and drive economic growth." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján Votes For Small Business Tax Cuts, Targeted Infrastructure Investments. 25 March 2009. "Small businesses in New Mexico and throughout the country are key to our economic growth. By providing incentives for investments in our small businesses, we'll help them create new jobs and drive economic growth." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: Fighting for Small Businesses. 16 November 2011. "Ben Ray Luján has talked with small businesses owners across the district, from dairy farms on the eastside to restaurants in Gallup. They want to create jobs and help get our economy moving again. Lujan has worked to provide tax credits for small businesses that hire unemployed workers and through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Rep. Lujan support a broad range of tax cuts and loan fee waivers that have helped small businesses in these tough times." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: Fighting for Small Businesses. 16 November 2011. “Ben Ray Luján has talked with small businesses owners across the district, from dairy farms on the eastside to restaurants in Gallup. They want to create jobs and help get our economy moving again. Lujan has worked to provide tax credits for small businesses that hire unemployed workers and through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Rep. Lujan support a broad range of tax cuts and loan fee waivers that have helped small businesses in these tough times.” (www.votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Ben Lujan. Luján Announces More Than $4 Million in School Improvement Grants for New Mexico. 15 March 2012. “Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District announced today that New Mexico will receive more than $4 million through the Department of Education's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program to improve the lowest-performing schools. 'A quality education is essential to the future success of New Mexico's children. It is vital that we invest in our schools with a focus on turning around those that struggle the most in order to provide an environment that encourages our children to learn and succeed,' Congressman Luján said. 'These funds are critical to that effort and will help our state invest in a brighter future for the next generation.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Luján Announces More Than $4 Million in School Improvement Grants for New Mexico. 15 March 2012. "Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District announced today that New Mexico will receive more than $4 million through the Department of Education's School Improvement Grants (SIG) program to improve the lowest-performing schools. 'A quality education is essential to the future success of New Mexico's children. It is vital that we invest in our schools with a focus on turning around those that struggle the most in order to provide an environment that encourages our children to learn and succeed,' Congressman Luján said. 'These funds are critical to that effort and will help our state invest in a brighter future for the next generation.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. N.M. Reps. Back Race to Top, but Votes Cut Funds. 8 July 2010. "New Mexico's three U.S. House members said this week that they support a White House initiative to reward high-performing schools called "Race to the Top," but each voted for a bill that stripped money for the program [¦] Members of New Mexico's U.S. House delegation said they voted for the $10 billion Education Jobs Fund amendment that stripped money from Race to the Top because it otherwise included money to help beleaguered state and local governments keep teachers on the payroll. 'I supported this legislation because it will help protect teachers' jobs,' said Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M. 'While I am supportive of Race to the Top's long term goal of improving elementary and secondary education, it is critical that our students do not suffer in the next few years because of large class sizes and a loss of good teachers.'" (www.abqjournal.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ben Lujan. Associated Press - Congressional Candidates Debate Energy Answers. 5 August 2008. "We cannot drill our way out of this problem [¦] We need to change the way that .. the Unites States generates power." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter to Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Leader Cantor and Whip Hoyer. 7 December 2011. “We write to urge extension of the highly successful grant program for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits (the "1603 Treasury Grant Program") before it expires on December 31, 2011. Since enactment, this program has leveraged more than $22.8 billion in private sector investment for 22,000 projects across the clean energy industry, including solar, wind, biomass, fuel cells, combined heat-and-power, and hydro, in all 50 states. Extension of this successful and effective program will create jobs, spur economic growth, and promote private sector development of clean energy technologies. Prior to the 2008 financial crisis, clean energy project developers primarily relied on tax equity partnerships with investors to utilize clean energy tax incentives. Since 2008, however, the availability of tax equity declined dramatically. According to a report issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center in March 2011, the number of tax equity investors shrunk by nearly half, with associated tax equity financing tumbling over 80 percent from $6.1 billion in 2007 to $1.2 billion in 2009. This decline severely limited the financing available for energy projects. Congress enacted the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to restore the availability of financing for renewable energy projects and to create domestic jobs in a hard hit sector of the economy. Under the program, developers receive a federal grant in lieu of the tax credit--changing the timing of when the energy incentive can be claimed. This change in timing, however, provides the liquidity and funding needed to develop domestic energy projects. As a result, the program underpinned strong growth in the renewable energy sector during the current economic downturn. Despite some improvement, the tax equity market is still unable to support the clean energy industry adequately. In July 2011, the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance surveyed tax equity investors and found that expiration of the program would shrink the total financing available for renewable energy projects by 52 percent in 2012. Allowing the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to lapse would eliminate tens of thousands of jobs across all clean energy industries. Given the program's importance, as well as its proven record of success, we urge you to include its extension in any year-end legislation considered by the House.” (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján's Statement On The Worsening Gulf Oil Spill. 29 April 2010. "The events of the past week show very clearly the potential dangers of offshore drilling. One single oil spill can cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, destroying fisheries and beaches that sustain vital industries. At a time when so many families are hurting, we should proceed with extreme caution when considering drilling policies that have the potential to negatively impact vital industries and cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Furthermore, the United States has a limited percentage of the world's oil reserves, and simply opening up and expanding offshore drilling will leave us far short of our goals of energy independence, job creation, lower costs and national security.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Luján Offers Amendment to Keep Oil Produced Domestically Here in America to Help American Families. 5 May 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I come from a state that has oil and gas production, and we know how important domestic production is. We don't disagree that production in the U.S. is important. Personally, I favor a more comprehensive approach, a plan to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, one that includes natural gas, wind, and solar; one that grows new industries and creates jobs that cannot be outsourced out of the United States.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Associated Press - Congressional Candidates Debate Energy Answers. 5 August 2008. "We cannot drill our way out of this problem […] We need to change the way that .. the Unites States generates power.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Ben Lujan voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján's Statement On The Worsening Gulf Oil Spill. 29 April 2010. "The events of the past week show very clearly the potential dangers of offshore drilling. One single oil spill can cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, destroying fisheries and beaches that sustain vital industries. At a time when so many families are hurting, we should proceed with extreme caution when considering drilling policies that have the potential to negatively impact vital industries and cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Furthermore, the United States has a limited percentage of the world's oil reserves, and simply opening up and expanding offshore drilling will leave us far short of our goals of energy independence, job creation, lower costs and national security." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Luján Offers Amendment to Keep Oil Produced Domestically Here in America to Help American Families. 5 May 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I come from a state that has oil and gas production, and we know how important domestic production is. We don't disagree that production in the U.S. is important. Personally, I favor a more comprehensive approach, a plan to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, one that includes natural gas, wind, and solar; one that grows new industries and creates jobs that cannot be outsourced out of the United States." (www.votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Ben Lujan. Growing An Innovation Economy. 2 June 2009. "We hear sometimes from some of our colleagues that the idea of a cap-and-trade system is this new idea, that this is something that hasn't been talked about ever before. Well, when you go back to what the American people were hearing back in 1988 and after the adoption of the Clean Air Act in 1990, what we heard from our Republican presidential candidate at the time was that there was a pledge to curb acid rain, and it could be fulfilled with the world's first emissions cap-and-trade system [¦] In 1977 under another Republican administration, when we talk about the Clean Air Act being put together, under two Republican administrations where we saw people working together, where we as a Congress could come together and reach across the aisle and work with the President to do what was right. And as we hear from our friend, Mr. Schauer from Michigan, we talk about the importance of job creation. Comprehensive energy reform, there's no doubt that it will create millions of jobs, millions of clean energy jobs." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: Energy. 16 November 2011. "High energy costs are making it harder for families to make ends meet. Research has also confirmed that green house gas emissions are polluting our air, contributing to global warming, harming our treasured lands and hurting our economic sustainability. We need to become more energy independent, lower energy costs for our families and build a clean energy economy in New Mexico that can create new jobs in our state [¦] Rep. Luján believes that we are headed toward a clean energy economy, an economy where homes and buildings are designed to meet new energy efficiency standards and our vehicles run on clean transportation fuels." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Representative Luján Votes For Energy Independence, Clean Energy Job Creation . 26 June 2009. "Our country's dependence on foreign oil threatens our economy and security. We need to take bold steps to become energy independent by growing a new energy economy. Comprehensive energy reform will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, making us more secure as a nation. The American Clean Energy and Security Act will help us begin to achieve these goals. For too long we have accepted the status quo on energy. Now, with the American Clean Energy and Security Act, we can put America on a path to energy independence, make America the global leader in energy technology, cut costly and harmful pollution, create new jobs, and save billions in the long run." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ben Lujan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ben Lujan in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Ben Lujan voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Growing An Innovation Economy. 2 June 2009. “We hear sometimes from some of our colleagues that the idea of a cap-and-trade system is this new idea, that this is something that hasn't been talked about ever before. Well, when you go back to what the American people were hearing back in 1988 and after the adoption of the Clean Air Act in 1990, what we heard from our Republican presidential candidate at the time was that there was a pledge to curb acid rain, and it could be fulfilled with the world's first emissions cap-and-trade system […] In 1977 under another Republican administration, when we talk about the Clean Air Act being put together, under two Republican administrations where we saw people working together, where we as a Congress could come together and reach across the aisle and work with the President to do what was right. And as we hear from our friend, Mr. Schauer from Michigan, we talk about the importance of job creation. Comprehensive energy reform, there's no doubt that it will create millions of jobs, millions of clean energy jobs.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: Energy. 16 November 2011. “High energy costs are making it harder for families to make ends meet. Research has also confirmed that green house gas emissions are polluting our air, contributing to global warming, harming our treasured lands and hurting our economic sustainability. We need to become more energy independent, lower energy costs for our families and build a clean energy economy in New Mexico that can create new jobs in our state […] Rep. Luján believes that we are headed toward a clean energy economy, an economy where homes and buildings are designed to meet new energy efficiency standards and our vehicles run on clean transportation fuels.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Representative Luján Votes For Energy Independence, Clean Energy Job Creation . 26 June 2009. "Our country's dependence on foreign oil threatens our economy and security. We need to take bold steps to become energy independent by growing a new energy economy. Comprehensive energy reform will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, making us more secure as a nation. The American Clean Energy and Security Act will help us begin to achieve these goals. For too long we have accepted the status quo on energy. Now, with the American Clean Energy and Security Act, we can put America on a path to energy independence, make America the global leader in energy technology, cut costly and harmful pollution, create new jobs, and save billions in the long run.” (www.votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Ben Lujan. Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012. 17 April 2012. "Mr. Chairman, I'm from the western United States. I'm a supporter of the Second Amendment. I'm a hunter and a fisherman. My family raised sheep and cattle on allotments in the area where I was raised. Like many other States in the West, we New Mexicans value our access to public lands for hunting, fishing, shooting, and recreational enjoyment." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Ben Lujan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012. 17 April 2012. “Mr. Chairman, I'm from the western United States. I'm a supporter of the Second Amendment. I'm a hunter and a fisherman. My family raised sheep and cattle on allotments in the area where I was raised. Like many other States in the West, we New Mexicans value our access to public lands for hunting, fishing, shooting, and recreational enjoyment.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Ben Lujan. Health Care Reform. 16 March 2010. "This reform bill isn't perfect, but it stops insurance companies from denying people for preexisting conditions, it provides more choice, it lowers costs, it stops insurance companies from dropping people who are sick, it helps small businesses by giving them tax credits, and it helps seniors by making prescription drugs more affordable. It's time to act. It's time to reform." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Last Night's Historic Vote. 22 March 2010. "Last night, Congress passed historic health insurance reform that will make coverage more affordable and secure for those with insurance, extend coverage for those without insurance, and hold insurance companies accountable. Health insurance reform stops insurance companies from denying people for pre-existing conditions. It provides more choice. It lowers costs and reduces our deficit by $1.3 trillion. It stops insurance companies from dropping people who are sick. It helps small businesses by giving them tax credits. It helps seniors by making prescription drugs more affordable and strengthening Medicare. That's why it's endorsed by AARP." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján Highlights Health Insurance Reform Benefits For New Mexico's 3rd District. 19 March 2010. "Health insurance reform will have significant benefits for the people of New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District," said Rep. Luján. "Health insurance reform will improve coverage for those with insurance, prevent insurance companies from denying care to those with pre-existing conditions, and improve prescription drug benefits for seniors. It's time to stand up to insurance companies and reform our broken health insurance system." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján's Statement On The White House Health Insurance Reform Proposal. 22 February 2010. "President Obama's health insurance reform proposal is another important step toward fixing our broken health insurance system. I am encouraged that his proposal will lower drug costs for seniors, make health insurance more affordable, and take on insurance companies that try to unfairly raise rates. It also includes critical consumer protection provisions that will end insurance company discrimination and prevent unfair denials. The President says that he would like a plan that makes insurance more affordable, holds insurance companies accountable, and reduces the deficit--and the public option achieves these goals, lowering costs and potentially saving over $100 billion. I believe that the final legislation should include a public option." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. "As a result of health insurance reform, New Mexicans no longer face this discrimination. If this protection is repealed, having cancer or diabetes or even being a victim of domestic violence could lead to a denial of insurance. Discrimination for preexisting conditions will be alive and well. All of that would be dangerous for New Mexicans." (www.votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Ben Lujan voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Health Care Reform. 16 March 2010. “This reform bill isn't perfect, but it stops insurance companies from denying people for preexisting conditions, it provides more choice, it lowers costs, it stops insurance companies from dropping people who are sick, it helps small businesses by giving them tax credits, and it helps seniors by making prescription drugs more affordable. It's time to act. It's time to reform.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Issue Position: Health Care. 16 November 2011. "Congress passed historic health insurance reform that will make coverage more affordable and secure for those with insurance, extend coverage for those without insurance, and hold insurance companies accountable. Health insurance reform stops insurance companies from denying people for pre-existing conditions. It provides more choice. It lowers costs and reduces our deficit. It stops insurance companies from dropping people who are sick. It helps small businesses by giving them tax credits. It helps seniors by making prescription drugs more affordable. While this legislation does not solve every problem facing our health insurance system, it does make important steps toward reforming our broken health insurance system, and I'm proud that we were able to pass legislation that will put the people of New Mexico ahead of health insurance companies." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Last Night's Historic Vote. 22 March 2010. “Last night, Congress passed historic health insurance reform that will make coverage more affordable and secure for those with insurance, extend coverage for those without insurance, and hold insurance companies accountable. Health insurance reform stops insurance companies from denying people for pre-existing conditions. It provides more choice. It lowers costs and reduces our deficit by $1.3 trillion. It stops insurance companies from dropping people who are sick. It helps small businesses by giving them tax credits. It helps seniors by making prescription drugs more affordable and strengthening Medicare. That's why it's endorsed by AARP.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján Highlights Health Insurance Reform Benefits For New Mexico's 3rd District. 19 March 2010. "Health insurance reform will have significant benefits for the people of New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District," said Rep. Luján. "Health insurance reform will improve coverage for those with insurance, prevent insurance companies from denying care to those with pre-existing conditions, and improve prescription drug benefits for seniors. It's time to stand up to insurance companies and reform our broken health insurance system." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Rep. Luján's Statement On The White House Health Insurance Reform Proposal. 22 February 2010. "President Obama's health insurance reform proposal is another important step toward fixing our broken health insurance system. I am encouraged that his proposal will lower drug costs for seniors, make health insurance more affordable, and take on insurance companies that try to unfairly raise rates. It also includes critical consumer protection provisions that will end insurance company discrimination and prevent unfair denials. The President says that he would like a plan that makes insurance more affordable, holds insurance companies accountable, and reduces the deficit--and the public option achieves these goals, lowering costs and potentially saving over $100 billion. I believe that the final legislation should include a public option." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. “As a result of health insurance reform, New Mexicans no longer face this discrimination. If this protection is repealed, having cancer or diabetes or even being a victim of domestic violence could lead to a denial of insurance. Discrimination for preexisting conditions will be alive and well. All of that would be dangerous for New Mexicans.” (www.votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Ben Lujan voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Steve Terrell. Santa Fe New Mexican: New Mexicans say legalized gay marriage unlikely anytime soon. 9 May 2012. "'Marriage equality is a matter of civil rights and treating all people who are in loving and committed relationships fairly,' said U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., in a statement Wednesday. 'To be clear, this will not force churches to change their practices or beliefs but reaffirms the American constitutional principle that everyone deserves equal protection of the law.'" (www.santafenewmexican.com)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 97 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Ben Lujan supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Ben Lujan voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Terrell. Santa Fe New Mexican: New Mexicans say legalized gay marriage unlikely anytime soon. 9 May 2012. “'Marriage equality is a matter of civil rights and treating all people who are in loving and committed relationships fairly,' said U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., in a statement Wednesday. 'To be clear, this will not force churches to change their practices or beliefs but reaffirms the American constitutional principle that everyone deserves equal protection of the law.'" (www.santafenewmexican.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Michael Coleman. Albuquerque Journal: N.M. Delegation Backs al-Awlaki Killing. 6 October 2011. "All four Democrats in New Mexico's five-member delegation said they backed the Sept. 30 drone attack in Yemen that killed al-Awlaki. [¦] Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., said al-Awlaki was 'an imminent threat to the American people.' 'President Obama's actions against al-Awlaki to protect our country from this terrorist were justified,' Lujan said." (www.abqjournal.com)
  • Michael Coleman. Albuquerque Journal: N.M. Delegation Backs al-Awlaki Killing. 6 October 2011. “All four Democrats in New Mexico’s five-member delegation said they backed the Sept. 30 drone attack in Yemen that killed al-Awlaki. […] Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., said al-Awlaki was 'an imminent threat to the American people.' 'President Obama’s actions against al-Awlaki to protect our country from this terrorist were justified,' Lujan said.” (www.abqjournal.com)
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

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  • Ben Lujan. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. “We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Republican Budget Makes the Wrong Choices for Hard-Working Families. 5 April 2011. “The House budget that Republicans introduced this morning fails to put our country on a path to prosperity. Budgets are about priorities and values, and the Republican budget makes wrong choices for hardworking families. Let's talk the Republican dictionary: Premium support system. When they talk about a premium support system, they mean vouchers and privatization. Pro-growth changes to the Tax Code. When they talk about pro-growth changes, in fact, when they talk about anything that's going to change the Tax Code, they mean more cuts for millionaires and billionaires. The Republican plan ends Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. By privatizing Medicare, millions of seniors who rely on this program will be left out in the cold. While it's critical that we tighten our belts, we have choices to make. Let's choose not to do it on the backs of our seniors.” (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ben Lujan. Republican Budget Makes the Wrong Choices for Hard-Working Families. 5 April 2011. "The House budget that Republicans introduced this morning fails to put our country on a path to prosperity. Budgets are about priorities and values, and the Republican budget makes wrong choices for hardworking families. Let's talk the Republican dictionary: Premium support system. When they talk about a premium support system, they mean vouchers and privatization. Pro-growth changes to the Tax Code. When they talk about pro-growth changes, in fact, when they talk about anything that's going to change the Tax Code, they mean more cuts for millionaires and billionaires. The Republican plan ends Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. By privatizing Medicare, millions of seniors who rely on this program will be left out in the cold. While it's critical that we tighten our belts, we have choices to make. Let's choose not to do it on the backs of our seniors." (www.votesmart.org)

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