Representative Jim Himes's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CT) - District 4, Democratic
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Jim Himes has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • "At the federal level, I have opposed Republican budget proposals that defund family planning and community health centers, and I stood up against the Abortion Full Disclosure Act, which is nothing but an elaborate attempt to persuade private insurers to stop covering legal abortions." http://www.himesforcongress.com/women (www.himesforcongress.com)
  • "I am fiercely supportive of a woman's reproductive freedom and have stood time and time again against efforts by the House Majority to roll back a woman's right to make her own choices. I believe that women must be able to make their own decisions about their health without fear of government intrusion. That is why I cosponsored the Women's Health Protection Act, which would prohibit any current or future state laws that impose requirements or restrictions specifically on reproductive services that are more burdensome than those for comparable procedures." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/980229/issue-position-civil-rights (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106744/jim-himes#.VXHewnUViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] Democratic colleagues have to realize there needs to be Medicare reform that is "equitable" and doesn't place a bigger burden on seniors, and that Republicans have to realize that there will need to be increased revenues from citizens by closing loopholes and by increasing taxes on the wealthiest people, all of which is part of the plan." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/731745/#.VXHfuXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053 (votesmart.org)

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  • "On the Judiciary Committee, I supported bipartisan measures to improve our criminal justice system, but opposed early release of violent criminals." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/904493/issue-position-priorities-for-a-third-term (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/442181/#.VXHgTnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The Economic Recovery Act is a critical component of our economic turn-around. Tax cuts along with investments in our energy security and infrastructure all included in this bill will help keep and create jobs in Connecticut."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/442197/ (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3630 "Extends Payroll Tax Cut" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38274 (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366612/#.VXHglXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "'The Economic Recovery Act is a critical component of our economic turn-around. Tax cuts along with investments in our energy security and infrastructure all included in this bill will help keep and create jobs in Connecticut."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/442197/ (votesmart.org)

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  • "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." http://himes.house.gov/press-release/himes-race-top-announcement (himes.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S.1" A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VX8O-XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • " In this House we've got to get the President to approve Keystone. We should do that, but let's do it separately and invest in jobs and our infrastructure." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/718275/invest-in-jobs-and-our-infrastructure/?search=Keystone#.VX8PXnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Darien League of Women Voters "Questions raised by the audience ranged from how Himes felt about the XL oil pipeline from Canada down through the United States – he wished it did not involve transporting dirty fuel across the country but noted that it would increase jobs." http://lwv.darien.org/darien-league-of-women-voters-meet-with-congressman-jim-himes/ (lwv.darien.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] setting rigorous standards that promote the use of clean energy, providing financial incentives that reward both reduced energy usage and increased reliance on renewable energy, investing in the development of clean energy technologies, and training workers for jobs in areas like weatherization and solar panel installation." http://himes.house.gov/issue/energy-and-environment (himes.house.gov)
  • "Throughout the 113th Congress, Himes voted to uphold the Clean Air Act, protect national forests and public lands, and maintain funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/954149/himes-earns-high-marks-for-pro-environment-record#.VX8rRHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We were pleased to see your agency recently propose standards under the Clean Air Act for new power plants, and we applaud your commitment to develop standards for reducing emissions from existing power plants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/842196/letter-to-gina-mccarthy-administrator-us-environmental-protection-agency-northeast-greenhouse-gas-initiative-is-a-model-for-the-nation/?search=Clean%20Air%20Act#.VX8tUnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to pass a carbon cap and trade regime." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/393926/greenwich-citizen-himes-shays-out-of-touch-on-economy-iraq-war/?search=Cap%20and%20trade#.VXHk0nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106744/jim-himes#.VXHoenUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/581739/#.VXHl7HUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I will continue to work with all of those who want sensible gun laws to end this violence through universal background checks, better mental healthcare, stronger regulation of the gun industry, and changing a culture that values the unlimited right to firearms over the safety of our families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1090420/himes-statement-on-national-gun-violence-awareness-day (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/559730/#.VX8vynUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I came to the issue of health care reform from a fairly straightforward position: people in the United States deserve access to quality, affordable health care. Because of this belief, I supported the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare. This week, I voted against the 63rd attempt by Congress to defund, dismantle, or cripple the ACA, because, while I believe that we can make improvements to the law, it has had an overwhelmingly positive effect." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1052438/himes-working-to-protect-improve-aca/ (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/362349/#.VX8xSnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We can create a more humane, secure, and economically prosperous Nation by passing the DREAM Act today." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/576251/dream-act/?search=DREAM#.VX8y4HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am a cosponsor of legislation that would fully repeal the so-called 'Defense of Marriage Act' to ensure that no matter where in this country you live, your marriage will be fully respected." http://himes.house.gov/issue/civil-rights (himes.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106744/jim-himes/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "With these state bans overturned, same-sex couples will soon be able to legally marry in 24 states and the District of Columbia, and other state bans could soon fall by the wayside as well. I applaud this sweeping step forward and pledge to continue fighting until all LGBT couples, in every corner of our nation, can marry the person they love and receive the rights and benefits they deserve." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/930528/himes-statement-on-supreme-court-decision-on-same-sex-marriage-cases#.VX81XXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support the president's plan to increase the tempo of airstrikes against ISIS with the condition that the United States will not engage in a ground war. This operation must involve a broad, international coalition that includes the meaningful participation of Arab states." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/930517/himes-statement-on-president-obamas-isis-strategy/ (votesmart.org)
  • "I continue to support an aggressive counterterrorist strategy that includes airstrikes and other counterterrorism measures that have proved successful against ISIS, al Qaeda and other terrorists in places like Afghanistan, Yemen and North Africa. It is clear that ISIS, if left unchecked, could threaten key American allies and ultimately pose a direct threat to the United States. I am not, however, comfortable with the creation of a U.S. proxy army over which we would have limited control, and whose mission is split and unclear." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/930520/himes-opposes-plan-to-arm-syrian-rebels/ (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As we do, I will firmly oppose efforts to privatize Social Security. It is imperative that Social Security never be subject to the whims of the financial markets." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/918579/issue-position-social-security-and-medicare#.VX88e3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 89% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106744/jim-himes/53 (votesmart.org)
  • "I will fight to make sure that Social Security is always there to support retirees and to prevent it from being put at risk by reckless schemes like privatization." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/362338/issue-position-social-security#.VX88NnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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