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James 'Jim' Himes

Jim Himes' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: James 'Jim' Himes
Office: U.S. House (CT) - District 4, Democratic
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 4
Primary Aug. 12, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Mary; 2 Children: Emma, Linley
Birth Date: 07/05/1966
Birth Place: Lima, Peru
Home City: Greenwich, CT
Religion: Christian (Presbyterian)
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Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • James Himes. Issue Position: Women's Rights. 21 July 2011. "Jim Himes has established himself as a proud advocate for women's rights. He supported Health Care Reform, fights against violations of women's reproductive rights, and has helped pass legislation to guarantee equal pay and economic opportunities for woman. Jim is endorsed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Himes. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jim Himes voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jim Himes supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Jim's Record: Women. 29 August 2012. “I am steadfast in my belief that women should hold the sole right to their reproductive choices, without interference from politicians or government. I support comprehensive family planning services and making methods of contraception more easily available. I have been endorsed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut in the past and am seeking their endorsement for 2012. While I support the right of a woman to make her own reproductive choices, I respect those who hold other views. This is a deeply personal issue and one that evokes strong emotion. There is more we can do to achieve goals shared on both sides of this complex issue. I will support efforts to reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies, ensure that potential parents are empowered and informed so make good choices, and see to it that every child grows up in a stable, loving family.” (www.himesforcongress.com)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Jim Himes supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Jim Himes supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Himes. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jim Himes voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Jim Himes in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Himes. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Jim Himes voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Jim Himes supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Planned Parenthood. 1 March 2011. "Mr. Speaker, there are smart cuts and there are dumb cuts. The majority's continuing resolution, the reception it has received, suggests that it's full of dumb cuts. It has been rejected by pretty much everybody. Outright rejection to concerned hilarity is how it's been greeted by investment banks, by economists, by people who think about this stuff. But there is something worse than a dumb cut, and that's a counterproductive cut. In a misguided effort to reduce the number of abortions in this country, the Republican majority zeroed out title X funding for Planned Parenthood. I have a Planned Parenthood office down the hall from my congressional office in Bridgeport. I see women coming through there mainly to learn about birth control, to be responsible about their reproductive lives, to be tested for STDs. Remember, 3 percent of Planned Parenthood's activities is abortion. There are estimates that zeroing out title X, which the majority has done, will cause 400,000 more abortions in this country. That's counterproductive, it's wrong, and I would urge this House to reject a very bad idea." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • James Himes. Himes Statement On Vote Against Removing Troops From Afghanistan In 30 Days. 10 March 2010. "Today, the House of Representatives defeated House Concurrent Resolution 248 offered by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) by a vote of 356 to 65. The privileged resolution would have directed the President to remove all American troops stationed in Afghanistan in the next 30 days, unless the President deemed such action to be unsafe. Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) voted against the resolution. While Himes believes American involvement in Afghanistan should come to a decisive and successful end as soon as possible, he believes forcing withdrawal in 30-days would put America's security severely at risk. [...] 'I, as much as anyone, want to make sure we have a robust plan in place to bring our troops home as soon as possible and having accomplished their mission,' said Himes. 'But it is unreasonable to put our security at risk simply to meet an arbitrarily short withdrawal deadline and irresponsible to walk away from our Afghan and Pakistani allies just as we see them engaging meaningfully.'" (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Himes Votes Against Unlimited New Presidential War-Making Authority. 26 May 2011. "Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) today voted against FY2012 Defense Authorization bill. Although Himes has voted in favor of such authorization bills in the past, he opposed today's bill because it gives the President unbridled new military authority, it increases defense expenditures, and it includes no plan to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. 'The Authorization of Military Force provision of this bill gives the President unprecedented and nearly unlimited power to wage war anywhere in the world, at any time, without Congressional approval. The President himself, a constitutional scholar, strongly opposed this dangerous provision,' said Himes, 'It also increases baseline defense spending and includes no plans to wind down our presence in Afghanistan. I will always stand unconditionally with our troops and for our security. But having just attended a memorial service for Spc. David Fahey and met his family, I will not vote for a bill which eliminates Congress' oversight of war making and which will make the tragedy of Spc. Fahey's death much more common in the future.' [...] Himes voted in favor of an amendment that required ground troops to withdraw from Afghanistan, leaving just those who are involved in small, targeted counter-terrorism operations within 60 days. It also requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a withdrawal plan to Congress within 60 days." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Rebuilding Our Own Nation. 16 December 2010. "Mr. Speaker, I make a point every day to look in The Times at that black box, usually on page 7 or 8, that lists the names of those young men and women who have given their lives in Afghanistan. Yesterday, it struck me, as we go into Christmas, that there were seven names on that list--six of them under the age of 25. Two of them, Ken Necochea and Derek Simonetta, were only 21 years old. I wonder if they'd ever bought a drink in a bar or in the country in which they were serving. On the front page of The New York Times: U.S. Intelligence Offers Dim View of Afghan War. I say all this because this time last year I was in Afghanistan, watching the good work that these young men and women are doing--building roads, building markets, building a nation--and reflecting on the fact that this is a nation that, for 1,000 years, has spit out foreigners as sport. As we go into Christmas and I think about the kids in my city of Bridgeport, whose schools have leaking roofs, whose highways are crumbling, whose rails are coming apart, I wonder, Mr. Speaker: Is it not time that we start rebuilding this Nation, not one that seems to not want us there?" (votesmart.org)
  • Amanda Terkel. Huffington Post: Himes Sours On Afghanistan War: 'I'm Done.' 29 April 2011. "'I am increasingly adamant that we are not going to change the country,' said Himes at a town hall meeting hosted by the local League of Women Voters in on Monday, according to the Greenwich Patch. 'We have a very ugly partner with Karzai and his people. I take the President at his word he will begin withdrawing troops this summer … because of the cost to our society both human and monetary, and the lack of success,' he said. Himes told a crowd at another town hall meeting in January that he believed the United States was not winning the war. But Patch reported on Monday, the Congressman told his constituents that he has had an 'evolution' since then. 'I've arrived at the point of view that we're not going to change Afghanistan,' Himes said. 'I'm done. I'm done.' [...] 'Withdrawing in 30 days is not the right way to do it,' Himes said at the Greenwich meeting. He added that America still needs to have a military presence in the region." (www.huffingtonpost.com)
  • James Himes. Jim's Record: Bringing Our Troops Home. 29 August 2012. “After more than a decade at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, we are finally bringing our troops home. When I first ran for Congress in 2008, I opposed the war in Iraq. I'm glad to say that war is finally over. Now, the conflict in Afghanistan is ending. I support the planned drawdown of troop levels in Afghanistan. For years, I have been calling for the United States to forego a conventional occupation to focus exclusively on counter-terrorism there. We have a continuing security interest in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which is best served by a force just large enough to monitor and disrupt terrorist activities in the region. It should be no larger than that.” (www.himesforcongress.com)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Jim Himes supported the interests of Peace Action West 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Jim Himes supported the interests of the Peace Action 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Himes. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Jim Himes voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Issue Position: Foreign Affairs. 1 January 2011. "President Obama has put forth a responsible plan to bring an end to the war in Iraq, returning our heroic soldiers to their families and to the gratitude of their country. We must refocus America's military resources on defeating al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and be clear in our mission there. That mission must have at its center the development of a viable economy and the hopes and the stakeholders that will follow." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Himes Statement on President's Address Regarding Drawing Down Troops in Afghanistan. 21 June 2011. "We continue to sacrifice too many American lives and spend too much money fighting a never-ending conflict in Afghanistan. The scope of our mission there is both too large and unclear, and it's time to redirect our attention and resources toward our economy, deficit reduction and desperately-needed investment here at home. I am eager to hear the President's plan to begin bringing our troops home from Afghanistan and look forward to his address tomorrow night." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Jim Himes. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Jim Himes voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Himes Votes Against Dangerous GOP Budget, Wants Plan Like Simpson-Bowles. 15 April 2011. "Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) opposed the budget presented by the House Majority today and, instead, supported an alternative proposal that would protect and reform Medicare and Medicaid while investing in the future and reducing the deficit. [...] The proposal Himes supported protects Medicare and Medicaid, and would achieve primary balance by 2018 by reforming the entire budget, including making significant defense cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Himes Votes Against Unlimited New Presidential War-Making Authority. 26 May 2011. "Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) today voted against FY2012 Defense Authorization bill. Although Himes has voted in favor of such authorization bills in the past, he opposed today's bill because it gives the President unbridled new military authority, it increases defense expenditures, and it includes no plan to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. [...] 'Reaching the debt limit last week was a stark reminder of the consequences of ballooning federal spending, and committing cost savings to deficit reduction is the first step toward returning to a fiscally sustainable budget,' Himes said. 'I have voted for painful cuts to programs that matter to my constituents. At a time of severe fiscal stress, I can't vote to increase defense spending beyond its current levels, which already exceed the amounts spent by every other country on the planet combined.'" (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Himes Votes against Disingenuous CR. 7 April 2011. "Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) today voted against a piecemeal, partisan spending bill that would eliminate access to reproductive rights for many women while increasing defense spending. [...] 'I'm willing to consider just about any reasonable cut, but today's bill was a cynical ploy by the Majority that demonstrates they are not serious about solving our nation's fiscal problems or preventing a shutdown. They avoid cutting defense, cuts even Sec. Gates has supported, and are using the fear of a government shutdown to attempt to sneak through an assault on women's reproductive rights. The Speaker needs to join the adult conversation about the budget and cooperate in a genuine attempt to reach a compromise the majority of Americans can support.' There is broad support for cuts to defense spending as part of any effort to reduce the federal deficit, yet today's bill increases defense spending by two percent." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. 25 May 2011. "Mr. Chairman, I rise today to speak on behalf of my amendment to H.R. 1540. The underlying text of the National Defense Authorization Act calls for the shift of certain inherently governmental functions, currently being performed by contractors, to civilian employees within the Department of Defense. [...] Reaching the debt limit last week was a stark reminder of the consequences of ballooning spending throughout the Federal Government, including defense spending. Committing cost savings to deficit reduction is the first step toward returning to a fiscally sustainable budget. By reducing the deficit with identified savings from the Department of Defense, we will help to ensure that we have enough to invest in education, infrastructure, and job-creating priorities that we all share while cutting spending to reduce the deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Rep. Jim Himes: Act Now On Simpson-Bowles. 5 August 2012. “When asked why he supports Simpson-Bowles so vocally, as he nearly since it was introduced, Himes said the recommendations would not only cut the deficit, but stabilize the country's debt for the long term "in a fair way." "One of the underlying principles of this report was that the poorest people in the country wouldn't be asked to bear the burden of deficit reduction," Himes said. "Simpson-Bowles is true to that. Its proposal for Social Security would actually send more money to the least well off seniors. It's not perfect, but it's a very fair starting point that calls on defense, calls on the wealthiest Americans to contribute, and then preserves not just the programs that help the poorest but the programs like investment in infrastructure and education and medical research. The best way to put this is that it is forward looking and balanced." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Himes. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Jim Himes voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (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

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Jim Himes supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 13 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Connecticut Post - My Plan for Middle Class Tax Relief. 26 July 2008. "The American dream has always consisted of a simple promise: If you work hard and play by the rules, you'll have a real shot at prosperity. In recent years, that promise has been broken. While Congressman Christopher Shays and President Bush have been giving huge tax cuts to the wealthy, the middle class is being squeezed. [...] I'm running for Congress because I want to renew the promise of the American dream by strengthening our middle class and creating opportunity for everyone. The first step is to give middle-class families long overdue tax relief. I am proposing a tax cut package that will help people achieve three pillars of the American dream: sending children to college, owning a home and saving to build wealth over time." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Connecticut Post - Shays, Himes Clash in First Two Debates. 15 October 2008. "Himes said he's proposed a wide range of tax breaks for middle-income families and he anticipates that Shays will brag about the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003. 'Let's put those tax cuts into context,' he said. 'Never, in the history of this nation have we ever cut taxes going into a war, much less two wars. Never.' At the same time, Himes said, Shays sided with Bush in 'radically' raising spending." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Himes Offers Plan for Middle Class Tax Relief. 22 July 2008. "'For decades, our prosperity has rested on a simple promise: if you work hard and play by the rules, you'll have a real shot at the American Dream,' said Himes. 'In recent years, that promise has been broken, We can begin to restore economic opportunity and security by giving middle class families tax relief. Tax relief for the middle class will enable more Americans to invest in their future, and by extension, the future of our country. For too long, Chris Shays and George Bush have given tax cuts to the very wealthy, while ignoring the needs of the middle class families that are this country's backbone. I am proposing a tax cut package that will help people achieve three pillars of the American Dream: owning a home, sending children to college, and saving responsibly to build wealth over time.'" (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Issue Position: Economy & Jobs. 22 July 2008. "The Recovery Act extended much needed relief to Americans struggling with unemployment, including assistance to keep affordable health insurance. The Recovery Act also provided the largest middle-class tax cut in history, cutting taxes for 95 percent of Connecticut families and individuals while also giving Social Security and Veterans retirement beneficiaries an extra $250 payment. Expanded child tax credits, home buyer credits, residential energy tax credits and a new college tax credit for families--combined with the middle-class federal income tax cuts -- have produced lower overall tax rates for nearly every American." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. New Canaan Advertiser - Gas Prices, Energy on Voters' Minds. 17 July 2008. "Short term, Mr. Himes said, tax cuts for middle class families will help those struggling with rising costs. He criticized Rep. Shays, claiming he has supported tax cuts for wealthier Americans while opposing them for the middle class. 'For too long, oil companies and the extremely wealthy have gotten special generous tax breaks, while working and middle class have been strapped,' Mr. Himes said. 'The fastest and most effective way to help families cope with rising fuel prices and associated rising food prices is to give tax cuts to the people who need them most.'" (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Rep. Jim Himes: Act Now On Simpson-Bowles. 5 August 2012. “When asked why he supports Simpson-Bowles so vocally, as he nearly since it was introduced, Himes said the recommendations would not only cut the deficit, but stabilize the country's debt for the long term "in a fair way." "One of the underlying principles of this report was that the poorest people in the country wouldn't be asked to bear the burden of deficit reduction," Himes said. "Simpson-Bowles is true to that. Its proposal for Social Security would actually send more money to the least well off seniors. It's not perfect, but it's a very fair starting point that calls on defense, calls on the wealthiest Americans to contribute, and then preserves not just the programs that help the poorest but the programs like investment in infrastructure and education and medical research. The best way to put this is that it is forward looking and balanced." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Stamford Advocate - Economic Issues Dominate Latest 4th District Debate. 20 October 2008. "Himes said the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, as the nation was heading into war, resulted in a doubling of the national debt to $10 trillion. […] He said the way to get the country on the rebound is to invest in infrastructure programs including rebuilding roads, highways and bridges, while giving tax cuts to middle-income families." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • James Himes. Himes Meets With Stamford Chamber To Highlight Tax Cuts And Investment Incentives In Recovery Bill. 17 February 2009. "'The Economic Recovery Act is a critical component of our economic turn-around,' said Congressman Himes. 'Tax cuts along with investments in our energy security and infrastructure all included in this bill will help keep and create jobs in Connecticut.'" (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Majority Leader Hoyer, Rep. Himes Highlight Job Creation Measures In Recovery Bill. 18 February 2009. "U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Congressman Jim Himes today met with the Business Council of Fairfield County to discuss the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which President Obama signed into law yesterday. The bill is expected to create over 40,000 jobs in Connecticut and help lead businesses and communities toward long-term economic prosperity. 'Our economic recovery begins now,' said Congressman Himes. 'The Recovery Act will provide immediate relief to working families as we address the remaining pieces of our economic crisis. We must get home foreclosures and the credit crunch under control to complete our economic turn-around.'" (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Press Conference on the Economic Stimulus Package. 28 January 2009. "I am Jim Himes of Connecticut's 4th District and I will be proudly -- pending the amendment process -- proudly voting for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act this afternoon. […] The bill has been criticized, perhaps for not -- for not creating as many jobs as rapidly as possible. I think that that's inaccurate. I think that this will do about as well as we can in the near term. Those areas in which there is spending that is likely to take a little bit more time to translate into jobs are also areas that happen to be areas that have been severely neglected and will result in investment in areas that are absolutely essential." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. The American Recovery And Reinvestment Plan: What It Means For Connecticut. 28 January 2009. "Today, the House of Representatives passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, legislation that will create and save jobs while investing in the future of our nation. This legislation comes at a challenging time for our nation's economy. In the last year alone, 2.6 million jobs were lost in the United States - the worst year in more than 60 years. Connecticut has faced unique challenges during the economic recession. The state is home to many of the financial institutions most hurt by the recent collapse of financial markets. Additionally, home foreclosures are on the rise, workers continue to lose their jobs, and the state's infrastructure requires immediate attention. This bleak economic record speaks to the urgency of this recovery plan. Without a plan for recovery, economists have predicted Connecticut's unemployment will soar, businesses large and small will continue to close their doors, and the country's dilapidated infrastructure will impede economic and community growth. To address these concerns, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been the top priority of the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. The Hour - Shays, Himes Weigh in on Bailout. 25 September 2008. "'This bailout cannot be a blank check for Wall Street,' [Jim Himes] said Wednesday. 'Any bailout should be carefully considered and must include smart regulation, a stimulus package that works on Main Street, and should address runaway executive compensation for companies seeking relief.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Himes. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Jim Himes voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (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 Jim Himes a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Jim Himes supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Connecticut Needs American Recovery And Reinvestment Act. 24 February 2009. "Last week, I helped to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The act will save or create 3.5 million jobs -- 41,000 here in Connecticut with over 90 percent of those jobs in the private sector. The bill will boost our economy through a mix of immediate tax cuts and investments, which will help create jobs in the short run while preparing us for long-term economic prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Himes Continues Record of Fiscal Responsibility with Vote against $115 Billion Democratic Spending Plan. 28 May 2010. "'At the time I supported the Recovery Act, economists from across the spectrum were calling for a stimulus,' said Himes. 'As the economy begins its recovery, it is critical that we begin to get our fiscal house in order.' In addition to Himes' opposition to increasing spending at this time, he opposed the bill considered by the House today because many of the provisions simply expand programs in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. While Himes supported the Recovery Act and continues to consider the stimulus a key element in a multi-pronged approach to fixing the economy, he was unwilling to authorize additional spending when nearly $400 billion--or more than half--of Recovery Act funds are still being spent." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Himes Helps Pass Recovery Plan To Cut Taxes And Create Jobs. 13 February 2009. "Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) today joined a majority in the House of Representatives to support critical legislation that will create and save 41,000 Connecticut jobs. Congress approved the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act by a vote of 246-198-1. President Obama's job creation package passed by Congress will rebuild America, making us more globally competitive and energy independent, and transform our economy for long-term growth. [...] 'This jobs and recovery plan will give a much-needed tax cut to Connecticut families and helps invest in badly needed infrastructure projects that will help position our state for long-term prosperity,' said Congressman Himes 'As we work to address the mortgage foreclosure crisis and get credit flowing in our financial system, this plan will begin to bring jobs, relief, and hope for Connecticut workers and families.'" (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Issue Position: Economy & Jobs. 21 July 2011. "My highest priority has been job retention and creation. One of my first votes in Congress was to help pass the stimulus package, which has helped stabilize the economy and begun to establish positive job growth once again. To date, the Recovery Act has saved or created over 36,000 jobs in Connecticut and is continuing to invest in our communities in new ways every day." (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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  • James Himes. Himes Help Pass Legislation to Support Small Businesses, Spur Job Creation. 23 September 2010. "Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) today voted for legislation today that will leverage $300 billion in lending for small businesses and create hundreds of thousands of jobs. The Small Business Jobs Act was approved by the House on a vote of 237 to 187. The legislation will create jobs through a combination of much-needed tax credits, enhancements to Small Business Administration (SBA) lending programs, and the development of new community bank lending facilities. 'Small businesses are the engines of economic growth and this bill provides vital support to the small businesses that can create jobs in these tough economic times,' said Himes. 'I've visited dozens of small businesses throughout my district and heard over and over again from owners who were looking to expand but couldn't access the funding they needed to grow. By providing access to credit and targeted tax incentives, this legislation will give small businesses the capital they need to invest in their companies, create jobs and help get our economy back on track.'" (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Himes Helps Pass Bills to Improve Small Biz Lending. 17 June 2010. "Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) helped pass legislation today that will leverage $300 billion in lending for small businesses and create hundreds of thousands of jobs. The bill, which expands much-needed lending to small businesses and offers tax incentives to help America's small businesses grow, is fully paid for and will save taxpayers $1 billion over the next ten years. 'Helping small businesses grow is the most efficient way to create jobs,' said Himes. 'This legislation will help small businesses, which have been unfairly hit by the credit crunch, get the loans they need to invest in their companies and help get the economy back on track.'" (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Himes Announces $85 Million In Recovery Investment Funds Awarded To Norwalk-Based GE Capital. 1 June 2009. "Just over 100 Days since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act became law, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) today announced an $85 million tax credit for GE Capital through the New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) Program. The credits will allow the Norwalk-based company to invest and attract capital to make loans to businesses within distressed communities. The company plans to focus their efforts in the areas of sustainable forest products and renewable energy projects across the country. With resources made possible through the Recovery Act, the NMTC Program injects private-sector capital investment into communities to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, and jumpstart the lending necessary for financial stability. 'Making credit available to businesses throughout the country is a critical piece of getting our economy moving again,' said Congressman Himes. 'This tax credit will help GE keep and create financial services jobs in Norwalk while doing important work to help businesses throughout the country thrive.'" (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Press Conference on the Economic Stimulus Package. 28 January 2009. "I am Jim Himes of Connecticut's 4th District and I will be proudly -- pending the amendment process -- proudly voting for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act this afternoon. […] The bill is a good bill. Of the 825 billion (dollars), as you know, 275 billion (dollars) are tax cuts -- a good chunk of that going to something that I had advocated for during the campaign, which is tax cuts for middle class families. There are also tax cuts in there for businesses that will encourage them to make capital investment and invest in the future of their companies. And then, of course, there is substantial spending to allow our states and municipalities to close their budget gaps so that they're not reducing programs at the very moment that those programs are most necessary, and so that they're not firing people as we work so hard to create the 3 (million) to 4 million jobs that we expect to be generated by this bill." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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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  • James Himes. Issue Position: Education. 22 July 2011. "While Connecticut is home to some of the best schools in the country, not all of our students are getting the education they deserve and require. Connecticut's "achievement gap" is wider than anywhere else. I am committed to reforming and improving our public schools so that all children graduate from high school ready for college or additional job training. And when they graduate, we need to ensure they have access to the additional education we know is essential to success in the 21st century economy. I have supported the strong efforts of President Obama and Secretary of Education Duncan to effect and fund reform around the country." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Himes on Race to the Top Announcement. 5 March 2010. “As expected, Connecticut did not receive funding in the first round of Race to the Top. It is important that the legislature and governor enact the changes necessary to align Connecticut with the very clear requirements of the Race to the Top program. My office is available to assist with this matter in any way possible so that Connecticut can be competitive for the second round of funding.” (himes.house.gov)
  • James Himes. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. “The nation that best educates its children will ultimately be the nation that out-innovates and out-competes the rest of the world. Nothing is more essential to our long-term prosperity than our children's ability to become the next generation of entrepreneurs, engineers, teachers, and leaders. Recent efforts to cut education funding are short-sighted and detrimental. While simply throwing money at our schools will not fix our problems, we know we need to invest in our children's future if they are to become the workers that will lead through world. The federal government must search the nation for examples of success, in high-achieving public, private and charter schools, and then use its reach and resources to make sure best practices are universally adopted.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Jim Himes. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Jim Himes voted Did Not Vote on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Himes. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Jim Himes voted Did Not Vote on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. The Hour - Himes Talks Issues with The Hour Editorial Board. 19 September 2008. "On energy, the Democrat said he is 'not religiously opposed' to offshore oil drilling, but added that such drilling, if done, must be in 'an environmentally intelligent way.' At the same time, Himes described the case for offshore drilling as a 'dishonest political argument' that would not solve energy needs." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jim Himes supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Himes. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Jim Himes voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Melvin Mason. The Daily New Canaan: Himes Would Drill in U.S. but Wants Alternatives. 25 February 2011. "Speaking to reporters from Main Street Connect on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes said that he would support domestic drilling for oil, but with reservations. 'I’d rather see [the U.S.] drilling for [natural] gas than for oil and for coal,' he said. Citing last year’s massive oil spill on the Gulf Coast, Himes said he opposes additional offshore drilling in sensitive areas. He’s also against drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge area. 'I do think we need to move away from [drilling], but give me a choice between getting it here and importing it from Saudi Arabia and I’ll take getting it from here any day,' he said." (www.thedailynewcanaan.com)
  • James Himes. Jim's Record: Energy. 29 August 2012. “There are more rigs drilling for oil and gas in the United States today than at any other time in the past several decades. And America’s dependence on foreign oil has gone down every single year since I took office. Satisfying our energy needs with domestic production is wise, but it doesn't give us license to be reckless. The BP disaster was a perfect storm of lazy regulation and untamed avarice. We would be foolish to embrace the mantra of "Drill, Baby Drill" before asking what we might kill, baby, kill in the process. Wildlife? Water supplies? Sustainable economic growth? In the near term, we have to safely exploit our abundant American oil and gas reserves. But what's next?” (www.himesforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • James Himes. Easton Courier - Himes Makes Easton Visit. 26 July 2008. "Himes said he is in favor of a 'cap-and-trade system' for carbon-based fuels such as oil and gas. 'We all agree we need alternatives,' he said of oil and gas, adding that the country approached the problem of acid rain in a similar way, with a cap-and-trade system for sulfur dioxide. 'And you never hear about acid rain anymore,' he said." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jim Himes in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Himes. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jim Himes voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Himes. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Jim Himes voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jim Himes supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Jim Himes supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. The Hour - Himes Talks Issues with The Hour Editorial Board. 19 September 2008. "On energy, the Democrat said he is 'not religiously opposed' to offshore oil drilling, but added that such drilling, if done, must be in 'an environmentally intelligent way.' At the same time, Himes described the case for offshore drilling as a 'dishonest political argument' that would not solve energy needs. 'What we really need to be talking about is getting a (carbon) cap-and-trade regime passed,' Himes said. 'We cap the amount of carbon we're going to put into the atmosphere, and we auction permits to polluters. Over time, it will correctly price carbon-based energy. When you begin to correctly price carbon-based energy, alternatives are more economically attractive.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Jim Himes in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Himes Introduces Legislation to Ban High-Capacity Ammo Magazines. 24 January 2011. "Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) introduced legislation yesterday that would restore the prohibition on high-capacity gun magazines, such as those used in the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona. The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act (H.R. 308) was cosponsored by over 40 Members of Congress and is supported by a wide variety of leading national advocates for reducing gun violence. 'A long series of tragedies, including the attack on my friend Gabby Giffords, makes amply clear the need to restrict access to dangerous weapons that are built specifically to maximize the user's ability to kill people,' said Himes. 'No one outside of law enforcement or the military needs access to guns that shoot dozens of rounds without being reloaded. I support Americans' constitutional right to bear arms; the bill we introduced this week will limit access to weapons solely intended for mass killing.'" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • James Himes. Greenwich Time Op-Ed: Health Plan Good Start But Must Control Costs More. 6 August 2009. "Our health care system is a moral embarrassment and an economic liability. […] The bill is moving in the right direction, but it falls short of the fundamental reforms that will reduce costs in the system and incline it towards actually keeping Americans healthy. Congress is abuzz with the process, with all its passion, partisanship and emotion. Success is critical, because the status quo is no longer an option." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Jim Himes supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Himes. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jim Himes voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Issue Position: Economy & Jobs. 21 July 2011. "Health care costs are straining family budgets and businesses bottom lines. The health care reform I helped pass will rein in health care costs to reduce expenses for businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Health Care Reform. 20 March 2010. "Madam Speaker, for a long time I have started discussions about health care with the phrase, 'Setting aside the moral dimension, let's talk about the costs and the need to bring down costs.' I want to come back to that moral dimension. [...] Madam Speaker, if we are to be true to what is the value of this country, that we look after our own, we will finally join the company of civilized nations and say, Every American, we will look after you; you will not die needlessly, by passing health care reform." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Himes Statement On Passage Of Health Care Reform. 21 March 2010. "I'm proud to have helped pass comprehensive health care reform today that puts us back in charge of our own health care decisions. This reform helps slow the escalation of health care costs in a terribly inefficient system, ensures access to health care for the millions of Americans currently struggling to get the care they need, and puts the decision-making power back in the hands of doctors and patients." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Issue Position: Health Care. 21 July 2011. "The comprehensive health care reform signed into law this year, while not perfect, is a huge and necessary step forward for our nation. At long last, we join every other industrialized nation in the world in offering every citizen access to basic decent health care. [...] I entered Congress with health care reform as a top priority, and I am proud to have helped pass comprehensive health care reform this year." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. New Analysis Confirms Health Care Reform Will Help Families And Businesses In Connecticut's 4th District. 19 March 2010. "The health care reform legislation that will come to a vote in the House of Representatives on Sunday will bring significant benefits to Connecticut's 4th Congressional District. [...] 'With premiums skyrocketing every year and thousands of Connecticut families without health insurance, we can't afford to wait any longer,' said Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4). 'This long overdue reform will put Americans back in control of their health insurance choices and ensure that everyone has access to high-quality, affordable health care.'" (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Promoting the General Welfare. 6 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, the new Republican majority has decided that today we will read the United States Constitution, which I guess is a good thing. But like every other American, I can and do read it for myself. In fact, I did it this morning and came across the phrase 'promote the general welfare.' Next week, the new Republican majority will put forward a bill to repeal health care reform; to tell seniors, go back to a world where you can choose between your prescriptions and your food; to tell our children, go back to a world where an insurance company can deny you coverage because you had the misfortune to be born with a disease. That is what they are doing next week. Listen hard, listen hard today to those words, 'promote the general welfare.'" (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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  • James Himes. Letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Homeland Security, and Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General. 27 September 2011. “We applaud the August 18, 2011 announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to close many low-priority immigration deportation proceedings. We especially commend DHS for stating that it will consider the family ties of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a factor in determining cases that merit relief from deportation, including for gay and lesbian foreign nationals who are the spouses and partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. We write to you today with two requests that will further the enforcement of this important mandate […] We ask that consideration of LGBT family ties be communicated in the guidance being prepared by the new DHS/DOJ working group […] Additionally, we ask that the working group include a member experienced in working with LGBT immigrants and their families to ensure that these factors are recognized and understood in the working group's case-by-case review of all individuals currently in removal proceedings as well as its review of new cases placed in removal proceedings. The vulnerability of LGBT immigrants -- the historical stigmatization of whom both within and outside the U.S. is well-documented -- makes knowledgeable review a necessity. The announcement on August 18 constitutes a major step forward in ensuring that immigration enforcement resources prioritize enhancing border security, national security, and public safety as well as in exercising discretion when warranted.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Himes. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Jim Himes voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jim Himes supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Jim Himes supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Danbury News-Times - Himes Talks to Editorial Board. 25 October 2008. "Himes said he differs on Shays with immigration reform in that while both candidates agree to some form of documentation of illegal immigrants, Shays doesn't believe in a path to citizenship while Himes does. 'Shays proposes a blue card and immigrants would be able to work, pay taxes and social security but never be eligible for citizenship,' Himes said. 'That would create a permanent under class of workers. That strikes me as un-American.' Himes said that while he supports a pathway to citizenship, there should be penalties illegal immigrants have to pay along the way for 'breaking the law' and would not be allowed 'ahead of the line' of other immigrants already seeking citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Himes Statement on Co-Sponsorship of DREAM Act. 3 December 2010. "Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) issued the following statement regarding his co-sponsorship of the DREAM Act. 'Graduating from high school should open the door to new opportunity and new responsibility, but many children of illegal immigrants instead face the possibility of deportation--being sent away from the only home they've ever know to a country where they may not even speak the language. Children who have played by the rules and succeeded in school should not be asked to bear the consequences of the decision made by their parents to bring them to the United States illegally. If these individuals are eager and prepared to further their education or serve our country in the military, we should most certainly work with them to provide a legal path to residency--it is the only humane response to this situation. As it is now clear that comprehensive immigration reform will not become law before the end of the year, I have cosponsored the DREAM Act and urge House and Senate leadership to pass this legislation quickly and send it to President Obama for his signature.'" (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Issue Position: Immigration. 21 July 2011. "Comprehensive immigration reform must include a practical and humane approach to the 12 million undocumented immigrants who either entered our country illegally or who overstayed their visas. The most viable way to encourage undocumented workers to come out of the shadows is to offer an earned path to citizenship for those who obey the law, work hard, and pay taxes. Law-abiding, hardworking, and tax-paying immigrants should be assessed a meaningful penalty, and should be allowed to go to the 'back of the line' for citizenship. I vigorously oppose Chris Shays' proposed "solution" to the immigration crisis, a "blue card" program which would combine the worst of all available options, allowing full amnesty for undocumented aliens, but creating a permanent immigrant worker underclass who would forever be denied the hope of citizenship and who would forever remain marginalized in American society. A two-tiered society is not what our founding fathers had in mind." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. The Hour - Himes Wins in Upset Over Shays. 5 November 2008. "On immigration, Himes wants to crack down on employers who violate the country's immigration and employment laws, fueling illegal immigration 'by encouraging people seeking economic opportunity to enter our country illegally.' Himes says a real dent can be made in illegal immigration by assisting in the economic development of Latin America." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • James Himes. Himes Statement on President Obama's Support for Gay Marriage. 9 May 2012. “I commend President Obama for announcing his support for marriage equality, which I have supported for years. Today’s historic announcement, made the day after North Carolinians voted to ban gay marriage in their state, serves to remind us that, as the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., said, ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’ While the pursuit of justice for LGBT Americans will take many more years, many more battles, and many more setbacks, I remain encouraged by the President’s announcement and remain committed to the founding American ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all people. Ultimately, everybody wants the same thing: to love and be loved, to raise our children in a stable home, and to have the same protections under the law. Thousands of Connecticut couples are still waiting to be recognized by the federal government, and until the Defense of Marriage Act is repealed and same-sex marriage becomes legal at the national level, they will continue to be denied the over 1,000 benefits that straight married couples receive.” (himes.house.gov)
  • James Himes. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. “Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation.” (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Jim Himes supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Himes. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Jim Himes voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Jim Himes supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Himes Applauds Supreme Court Decision. 10 October 2008. "Today, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a landmark decision paving the way for marriage equality in Connecticut. Jim Himes issued the following statement in response to the decision: 'I applaud the Supreme Court's decision. Every person is entitled to respect, dignity, and equality under the law. This is true regardless of race, religion, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. Connecticut should be proud to lead the fight against discrimination.'" (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Himes Records Video for "It Gets Better" LGBT Youth Campaign. 29 June 2011. "Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) has recorded a video for the 'It Gets Better' campaign. In his video message to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, Himes tells them that while things may be difficult now, there is 'an accepting, tolerant world you'll find, where you're appreciated for who you are.' 'At a time when so much progress is being made for the LGBT cause, including repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell at the national level, and passage of marriage equality in New York, I thought it was important to lend my voice to the effort to end discrimination against gay people--whether it happens in the courtroom or on the playground,' said Himes. 'Kids deserve to know that there are people out there who care about them and support them regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or anything else that makes them feel different. I strongly encourage my fellow members of Congress to record their own 'It Gets Better' videos and show our LGBT youth that their national leaders care about their safety and well-being.'" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • James Himes. Himes Co-Sponsors Resolution Commending Obama, Military, and Intelligence Personnel on Bin Laden Mission. 4 May 2011. "Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) today co-sponsored a resolution commending President Barack Obama and the men and women of the of the military and intelligence agencies for the successful completion of the operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. 'This unifying triumph over terrorism is a testament to the leadership and perseverance of President Obama, the dedication of the United States military and intelligence agencies, and the bravery of the Navy Seal team and Special Forces community that carried out this successful mission,' said Himes. 'The President, the intelligence community, and the Armed Forces are well deserving of our nation's sincere gratitude and congratulations.'" (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Issue Position: National Security. 21 July 2011. "Our government has no more important responsibility than keeping us safe. In Congress, I will fight to ensure that America has the most competent and well-equipped intelligence, military, and first-responder services possible. We must have the capability to identify, evaluate and eliminate threats from terrorists, rogue states, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction." (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

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  • James Himes. As 75th Anniversary of Social Security Approaches, Himes Speaks Out Against Privatization. 22 July 2011. "Leading up to the 75th anniversary of Social Security, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) is visiting senior centers throughout the 4th District. In a speech on the House floor, Himes recently called attention to the importance of protecting Social Security from privatization. 'We should all plan and prepare for our retirement, with a diverse portfolio of savings and investments, but Social Security is a safety net,' said Himes. 'Imagine if Social Security had fallen victim to the same market crash that wiped out so many retirement accounts. We cannot ever leave Social Security vulnerable to the fluctuations of the market.'" (www.himes.house.gov)
  • James Himes. Bridgeport News - Himes Shocked' by Shays' Views on Economy. 24 September 2008. "'Privatization of Social Security is a terrible idea at any time,' Himes said at a press conference on Monday in Stamford, surrounded by senior citizens supporting the campaign. 'It shouldn't even be an idea when our economy is as insecure as it is now, especially when even the experts have shown themselves very, very bad at evaluating risk, and where our government has shown itself not particularly good at oversight.'" (votesmart.org)
  • James Himes. Protecting Social Security and Strengthening Retirement Security (Conn. Dem. Candidate Jim Himes). 9 September 2008. "As someone who spent 12 years on Wall Street, I know how risky the privatization of Social Security would be. Anyone who has watched the markets, Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the last year would never want their retirement hostage to that sort of risk. Advocates of privatization offer it as a way to save Social Security. In fact, we do need to address the substantial unfunded liabilities associated with Social Security, and more imminently, Medicare. But privatization is not the answer. The only sure results of privatization would be billions in fees paid to Wall Street, and an eventual taxpayer bailout of millions of troubled private accounts." (votesmart.org)

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