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John Larson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CT) - District 1, Democratic
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John Larson 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. John Larson is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/17188/john-larson#.VXs2lHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/17188/john-larson#.VXs2lHUVhHw (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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053 (votesmart.org)
  • "My top priority is to rebuild our economy and invest in a strong economic foundation for our future. After eight years of failed leadership and a lack of oversight under the Bush Administration, we are taking action to ensure that our government works for middle class and working Americans -- not just the wealthy and connected. Specifically, I voted to pass legislation that gave 95% of American workers a tax cut, set the foundation for rebuilding America's road, rail and water infrastructure, banned unfair credit card abuses, passed a budget blueprint that will cut the Bush deficit by nearly two-thirds over 4 years, and created a system that created incentives for lenders and homeowners to avoid foreclosure." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/559684/issue-position-economy-small-business/?search=tax#.VXG923UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "After eight years of failed leadership and a lack of oversight under the Bush Administration, we are taking action to ensure that our government works for middle class and working Americans -- not just the wealthy and connected."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/733462/ways-and-means-democrats-introduce-senate-passed-tax-cut-bill/?search=wealthy#.VXG_HHUViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "The recovery package we will vote on today will not solve all of our problems, but it is a first and necessary step. It will provide short term help to those who have been hurt most by the economic downturn and long term solutions to put our economy back on solid footing." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/409383/larson-recovery-package-is-a-first-step-in-a-long-climb-to-economic-stability#.VXs9Z3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "My top priority is to rebuild our economy and invest in a strong economic foundation for our future. After eight years of failed leadership and a lack of oversight under the Bush Administration, we are taking action to ensure that our government works for middle class and working Americans -- not just the wealthy and connected. Specifically, I voted to pass legislation that gave 95% of American workers a tax cut, set the foundation for rebuilding America's road, rail and water infrastructure, banned unfair credit card abuses, passed a budget blueprint that will cut the Bush deficit by nearly two-thirds over 4 years, and created a system that created incentives for lenders and homeowners to avoid foreclosure." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/559684/issue-position-economy-small-business/?search=tax#.VXG923UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "John has long been a vocal proponent for stable, long-term funding for Connecticut's infrastructure. He voted in favor of bipartisan legislation that secured more than $3.5 billion for transportation projects across the state, including expanded rail service to connect Hartford with the rest of New England. These investments will bring jobs, tourism, and growth to Connecticut--but the fight doesn't end there." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1099450/issue-position-infrastructure (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3630 "Extends Payroll Tax Cut" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38274 (votesmart.org)
  • "My top priority is to rebuild our economy and invest in a strong economic foundation for our future. After eight years of failed leadership and a lack of oversight under the Bush Administration, we are taking action to ensure that our government works for middle class and working Americans -- not just the wealthy and connected. Specifically, I voted to pass legislation that gave 95% of American workers a tax cut, set the foundation for rebuilding America's road, rail and water infrastructure, banned unfair credit card abuses, passed a budget blueprint that will cut the Bush deficit by nearly two-thirds over 4 years, and created a system that created incentives for lenders and homeowners to avoid foreclosure." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/559684/issue-position-economy-small-business/?search=tax#.VXG923UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Everyone in Washington agrees that preventing a tax hike on working families is the right thing to do in these difficult economic times. Giving Americans some economic certainty and putting money in the pockets of middle-class consumers will help get our economy moving again and build a stronger future." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/733462/ways-and-means-democrats-introduce-senate-passed-tax-cut-bill#.VXs-N3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] we must take a long look at No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and reform it to meet the needs of our students while providing appropriate accountability standards." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/581337/#.VXHA6XUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In supporting the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) when it became law, Congress hoped to strengthen education in this country by enhancing accountability in our public schools, increasing overall funding for education of disadvantaged students, science and math education, and technology programs. […] I cosponsored HR 2394, the Keeping Our Promises to America's Children Act, to allow a state education agency or school district to suspend implementation of NCLB provisions until it is fully funded." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366922/issue-position-education#.VXs_LnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXtAnXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "After a thorough review, I believe that the Keystone XL pipeline will ultimately be approved. […] Following a Nebraska court’s removal of a significant hurdle, I believe the Administration can now act. I also continue to believe that it would be inappropriate to short circuit the process, which is why I am voting no while the Administration conducts their review." http://larson.house.gov/index.php/news/press-releases/1941-larson-on-keystone-xl-pipeline-act (larson.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have long advocated for robust government investment in hydrogen fuel cells. Pursuing the development and commercialization of fuel cells strikes at the very core of our national security, economic stability, and environmental conscience. We have before us the technology to provide clean, reliable energy for every person, home, business, and vehicle in America. With fuel cells, we have the opportunity to end America's reliance on foreign energy sources while at the same time creating quality jobs for the next century in a new and expanding technological field." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366970/issue-position-energy-environment-climate-change-fuel-cells#.VXHCIXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Americans are seeing record fluctuations in the cost of energy; filling up the gas tank or heating a home has become difficult to afford. That’s why Congressman Larson has focused on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower the price of energy, and invest in renewable energy sources." http://www.larson.house.gov/index.php/on-the-issues/energy-a-environment (www.larson.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)
  • "I have become convinced of the need for comprehensive legislation to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we are emitting into the environment. So, I introduced legislation called America's Security Trust Fund that would create a carbon tax." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/568015/issue-positon-energy-the-environment#.VXtEVXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, introduced legislation today that would tackle our climate change crisis while protecting hard working Americans from rising energy costs. The carbon tax legislation will put a tax on the producer of carbon emissions and pass the revenue on to working Americans as a payroll tax rebate." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/413877/congressman-larson-introduces-carbon-tax-legislation/?search=tax#.VXG8pXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Strides are being made in the United States Senate. Compromise is being offered on something that 92 percent of the American people agree with: universal background checks, universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/777846/lets-do-our-patriotic-duty-and-vote-on-gun-control/?search=gun%20control#.VXHCfXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/17188/john-larson/37#.VXHFIHUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The goal of Republicans hasn't changed: they shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act; they threatened to take the nation to the brink of default over the Affordable Care Act, and once again they have offered a Trojan Horse amendment to raise insurance premiums on the masses and block the president's and Democrats' efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/828672/larson-on-attempt-to-scrap-affordable-care-act/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VXtJ8XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Reforming health care is a crucial part of our economic recovery. It reduces costs, improves coverage and stops insurance company abuses. The Affordable Care Act cuts long-term health care costs, reduces the deficit by $1.3 trillion over the first 20 years, and creates millions of jobs." http://www.larson.house.gov/index.php/on-the-issues/health-care (www.larson.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955 (votesmart.org)
  • "The President also reminded the nation of the work we have left to do and the responsibility of Congress to get the job done. Right now, the House has a comprehensive immigration reform bill ready for a vote. We could deal with this immediately if House Republican Leadership were to put the measure to the floor where it would pass. We cannot continue to ignore the rising moral and economic costs of inaction and must work together to finish the job and build a fair, effective and commonsense immigration system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939894/larson-on-president-barack-obamas-immigration-announcement/?search=Immigration#.VXHFzXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] hold undocumented immigrants accountable in order to earn their citizenship; this means requiring undocumented workers to pay their taxes and a penalty, move to the back of the line, learn English, and pass background checks." http://larson.house.gov/index.php/on-the-issues/immigration (larson.house.gov)
  • "Democrats stand with the President on this issue. Congress needs to act on the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform based on the values that helped make our nation of immigrants so great, so we can build a stronger future together." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/707517/#.VXtGvnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/720129/pelosi-nadler-130-house-members-file-amicus-brief-on-federal-case-against-doma#.VXtLwHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The Supreme Court made the right decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and advanced the cause of marriage equality by reestablishing the right of same-sex marriage in California" http://www.larson.house.gov/index.php/news/press-release-archive/2013-press-releases/1751-larson-on-scotus-ruling-to-strike-down-doma-decision-on-prop-8 (www.larson.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/17188/john-larson/76 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "No matter how targeted the decision to train and arm moderate rebels in Syria, any action taken in isolation misconstrues the larger responsibility of Congress. I voted no because furthering what may become a costly, complex, and open-ended military engagement without an exit strategy is wrongheaded." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/930415/larson-statement-on-vote-to-arm-syrian-rebels (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Social Security is not the cause of our budget deficits! It does not add a penny to the deficit. Even without changes, it will continue to provide full benefits for decades to come. We can and should take steps to strengthen Social Security, but those who say benefit cuts are the only way to reduce deficits are not being honest. Click here for more facts on Social Security." http://www.larson.house.gov/index.php/on-the-issues/seniors-social-security-a-medicare (www.larson.house.gov)
  • "I am opposed to the privatization of Social Security system proposed by some members of the Republican Leadership because it would undermine the Social Security system on which so many Americans rely." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/568032/issue-position-seniors#.VXtaQ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

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

Inferred Answer

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

Unknown Answer

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

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