Representative John B. Larson's Political Positions

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 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Larson. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. John Larson voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. John Larson voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Larson voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. John Larson voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. John Larson voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. John Larson voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. John Larson voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. John Larson voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave John Larson a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed John Larson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. John Larson voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. John Larson voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. John Larson voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Larson voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. House Democrats Release Historic Catholic Statement of Principles. 28 February 2006. "A majority of Catholic Democrats in the U.S. House led by Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn.-3) today released a statement of principles. Signed by 55 House Democrats, the statement documents how their faith influences them as lawmakers, making clear their commitment to the basic principles at the heart of Catholic social teaching and their bearing on policy - whether it is increasing access to education for all or pressing for real health care reform, taking seriously the decision to go to war, or reducing poverty. [...] We envision a world in which every child belongs to a loving family and agree with the Catholic Church about the value of human life and the undesirability of abortion-we do not celebrate its practice. Each of us is committed to reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies and creating an environment with policies that encourage pregnancies to be carried to term. We believe this includes promoting alternatives to abortion, such as adoption, and improving access to children's healthcare and child care, as well as policies that encourage paternal and maternal responsibility." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. John Larson voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Larson voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. John Larson voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. John Larson voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. John Larson voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. John Larson voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. John Larson voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. John Larson voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave John Larson a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed John Larson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. John Larson voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. John Larson voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. John Larson voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Larson voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. House Democrats Release Historic Catholic Statement of Principles. 28 February 2006. "A majority of Catholic Democrats in the U.S. House led by Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn.-3) today released a statement of principles. Signed by 55 House Democrats, the statement documents how their faith influences them as lawmakers, making clear their commitment to the basic principles at the heart of Catholic social teaching and their bearing on policy - whether it is increasing access to education for all or pressing for real health care reform, taking seriously the decision to go to war, or reducing poverty. [...] We envision a world in which every child belongs to a loving family and agree with the Catholic Church about the value of human life and the undesirability of abortion-we do not celebrate its practice. Each of us is committed to reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies and creating an environment with policies that encourage pregnancies to be carried to term. We believe this includes promoting alternatives to abortion, such as adoption, and improving access to children's healthcare and child care, as well as policies that encourage paternal and maternal responsibility." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Larson. Issue Position: Economy & Small Business. 30 June 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Ways and Means Democrats Introduce Senate-Passed Tax Cut Bill. 30 July 2012. "With a $1-trillion deficit, the country simply can't afford to keep giving out tax breaks to the wealthy and large corporations and still meet our pressing needs. That's why Democrats are insisting that we ask the richest 2% of Americans to pay their fair share so that we can start paying down the deficit, create jobs and put people back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. John Larson voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Larson Fights For CT Workers and Families, Votes For Middle Class Tax Cuts & Fiscal Responsibility. 2 December 2010. "Passing tax cuts for the middle class is a no-brainer. It is about being on the side of the hard working individuals and families in Connecticut and our nation during these economic times. We are fighting for the middle class and this vote shows where I stand on the issue of restoring our economy and getting our nation's fiscal house in order." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Ways and Means Democrats Decry GOP Vote to Raise Taxes on Middle Class Families. 17 February 2011. "Ways and Means Committee Republicans today voted for legislation that would raise taxes on middle-income families. [...] Democratic Caucus Chair John Larson (D-CT): This Republican tax hike would penalize middle class Americans who sought affordable health insurance for their families, did everything they were supposed to, and had the tenacity to be hired or get a raise. It unfairly hurts low- and middle-income families who are seeking affordable health insurance and greater opportunity." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. John Larson voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Issue Position: Economy & Small Business. 30 June 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Ways and Means Democrats Introduce Senate-Passed Tax Cut Bill. 30 July 2012. "With a $1-trillion deficit, the country simply can't afford to keep giving out tax breaks to the wealthy and large corporations and still meet our pressing needs. That's why Democrats are insisting that we ask the richest 2% of Americans to pay their fair share so that we can start paying down the deficit, create jobs and put people back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Larson Fights For CT Workers and Families, Votes For Middle Class Tax Cuts & Fiscal Responsibility. 2 December 2010. "Passing tax cuts for the middle class is a no-brainer. It is about being on the side of the hard working individuals and families in Connecticut and our nation during these economic times. We are fighting for the middle class and this vote shows where I stand on the issue of restoring our economy and getting our nation's fiscal house in order." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Ways and Means Democrats Decry GOP Vote to Raise Taxes on Middle Class Families. 17 February 2011. "Ways and Means Committee Republicans today voted for legislation that would raise taxes on middle-income families. [...] Democratic Caucus Chair John Larson (D-CT): This Republican tax hike would penalize middle class Americans who sought affordable health insurance for their families, did everything they were supposed to, and had the tenacity to be hired or get a raise. It unfairly hurts low- and middle-income families who are seeking affordable health insurance and greater opportunity." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Larson. Issue: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 28 June 2011. "President Obama and the United States Congress has set forth a path forward for our nation with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)." (larson.house.gov)
  • John Larson. Issue: Jobs and the Economy. 28 June 2011. "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed by the House of Representatives in January of 2009, is on track to create and save at least 3.5 million jobs by the end of the year. I am pleased that in Connecticut more than 38,000 jobs have been created or saved thanks to the Recovery Act, including more than 7,500 in the First District alone. Although local companies and communities are seeing the benefits of Recovery Act funding—putting our neighbors back to work and rebuilding our local economy—Congress’ work is not done. I will continue to strive to create jobs and get Recovery funds out as efficiently and responsibly as possible." (www.votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Letter to Chairman Camp. 9 September 2011. "During the last Congress, the President and the then-Democratic Majority took needed steps to stabilize the economy. According to Congressional Budget Office, the Recovery Act resulted in up to 4 million additional full-time jobs in the economy during the second quarter of 2011. Since the recovery began, the private sector has created more than 2 million private sector jobs. But we still have a long way to go before we make up the nearly nine million jobs destroyed by the financial crisis and recession, and we simply must do more to accelerate economic growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. John Larson voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. John Larson 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 John Larson a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Issue: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 28 June 2011. "President Obama and the United States Congress has set forth a path forward for our nation with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)." (larson.house.gov)
  • John Larson. Issue: Jobs and the Economy. 28 June 2011. "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed by the House of Representatives in January of 2009, is on track to create and save at least 3.5 million jobs by the end of the year. I am pleased that in Connecticut more than 38,000 jobs have been created or saved thanks to the Recovery Act, including more than 7,500 in the First District alone. Although local companies and communities are seeing the benefits of Recovery Act funding—putting our neighbors back to work and rebuilding our local economy—Congress’ work is not done. I will continue to strive to create jobs and get Recovery funds out as efficiently and responsibly as possible." (www.votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Letter to Chairman Camp. 9 September 2011. "During the last Congress, the President and the then-Democratic Majority took needed steps to stabilize the economy. According to Congressional Budget Office, the Recovery Act resulted in up to 4 million additional full-time jobs in the economy during the second quarter of 2011. Since the recovery began, the private sector has created more than 2 million private sector jobs. But we still have a long way to go before we make up the nearly nine million jobs destroyed by the financial crisis and recession, and we simply must do more to accelerate economic growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. John Larson voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. John Larson 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 John Larson a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Larson. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. “Finally, 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.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. John Larson voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. “Finally, 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.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. John Larson voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Larson in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Larson in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. John Larson voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Larson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Larson in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). John Larson voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Congressman Larson Introduces Carbon Tax Legislation. 1 March 2009. "'I believe that the best way to address climate change is the way that is simplest and most transparent," said Larson. "Unlike a cap and trade system, my carbon tax would create no complex new bureaucracies or complicated auction schemes. Rescuing our environment should not be an excuse to create a new market for investors to exploit.' [...] 'I have yet to meet one person who can explain a cap and trade auction in a way that someone at Augie and Ray's, my local diner, could understand,' said Larson. 'But, a carbon tax is a simple solution that people can wrap their arms around.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Issue Positon: Energy & the Environment. 30 June 2011. "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. The legislation would tax polluters and their pollution and return that money to American families through a payroll tax rebate." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Larson: Our Nation's Tax Policy Should Reflect our Priority to Clean Up the Environment. 19 April 2007. "In my district and throughout Connecticut, we have successfully expanded the use of fuel cell technology. Yet, the fuel cell tax credit is set to expire, at a time when we should be encouraging the development of alternative energy. Beyond that, we should consider the possibility of a carbon tax and cap and trade that could revolutionize the production of cleaner energy production. Expansion of such revenue raising measures and tax credits can and will incentivize use of cleaner energy. They are critical to the future health of our nation and our planet." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. John Larson voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Larson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Larson in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). John Larson voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Larson in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Larson in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Congressman Larson Introduces Carbon Tax Legislation. 1 March 2009. "'I believe that the best way to address climate change is the way that is simplest and most transparent," said Larson. "Unlike a cap and trade system, my carbon tax would create no complex new bureaucracies or complicated auction schemes. Rescuing our environment should not be an excuse to create a new market for investors to exploit.' [...] 'I have yet to meet one person who can explain a cap and trade auction in a way that someone at Augie and Ray's, my local diner, could understand,' said Larson. 'But, a carbon tax is a simple solution that people can wrap their arms around.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Issue Positon: Energy & the Environment. 30 June 2011. "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. The legislation would tax polluters and their pollution and return that money to American families through a payroll tax rebate." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Larson: Our Nation's Tax Policy Should Reflect our Priority to Clean Up the Environment. 19 April 2007. "In my district and throughout Connecticut, we have successfully expanded the use of fuel cell technology. Yet, the fuel cell tax credit is set to expire, at a time when we should be encouraging the development of alternative energy. Beyond that, we should consider the possibility of a carbon tax and cap and trade that could revolutionize the production of cleaner energy production. Expansion of such revenue raising measures and tax credits can and will incentivize use of cleaner energy. They are critical to the future health of our nation and our planet." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jonathan Strong. Roll Call: House Democrats Will ‘Engage’ on Gun Control, When Timing Is Right. 24 July 2012. “House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson said today his colleagues were determined to push gun-control legislation in the wake of last week’s movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. — but only after some period of time had lapsed from the tragedy. “It is a matter of the sensitivity and wanting to make sure that we get beyond the grieving period. But I think you will see Democrats very engaged on this issue,” the Connecticut lawmaker told reporters. […] “I don’t know how 6,000 rounds of ammunition isn’t red-flagged, anyway,” Larson said, referring to the thousands of bullets purchased by alleged Aurora shooter James Holmes in the months leading up to the shooting. 'If you deposit $10,000 in a bank, all kinds of flags go off and everybody knows about it.'” (www.rollcall.com)
  • John Larson. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. John Larson voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. John Larson voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed John Larson in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave John Larson a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed John Larson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. John Larson voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. John Larson voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jonathan Strong. Roll Call: House Democrats Will ‘Engage’ on Gun Control, When Timing Is Right. 24 July 2012. “House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson said today his colleagues were determined to push gun-control legislation in the wake of last week’s movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. — but only after some period of time had lapsed from the tragedy. “It is a matter of the sensitivity and wanting to make sure that we get beyond the grieving period. But I think you will see Democrats very engaged on this issue,” the Connecticut lawmaker told reporters. […] “I don’t know how 6,000 rounds of ammunition isn’t red-flagged, anyway,” Larson said, referring to the thousands of bullets purchased by alleged Aurora shooter James Holmes in the months leading up to the shooting. 'If you deposit $10,000 in a bank, all kinds of flags go off and everybody knows about it.'” (www.rollcall.com)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. John Larson voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. John Larson voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed John Larson in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave John Larson a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed John Larson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. John Larson voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. John Larson voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Issue: Health Care. 28 June 2011. "The historic health care legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama offers the American people the choice of affordable quality health care coverage for the first time. The legislation puts the American people, not insurance companies or government, in charge of their health care. It reduces costs, improves coverage and stops insurance company abuses. Reforming health care is a crucial part of our economic recovery. Our bill cuts long-term health care costs, reduces the deficit by $1.3 trillion over the first 20 years, and creates millions of jobs. The legislation passed by House Democrats will cover 94% of Americans and guarantees stability, lower costs, higher quality, and a greater choice of plans for all Americans." (larson.house.gov)
  • John Larson. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. John Larson voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Larson Commends State Medicaid Expansion. 21 June 2010. "'I am so proud to have worked with state officials to ensure that Connecticut is taking a lead in making reforms to keep our community healthy and productive. The health care reform legislation we passed will provide all Americans with the choice of quality, affordable care. With this expanded Medicaid coverage more low income Americans can get the preventive care they need in a cost-effective way.' [...] 'This is just one of many benefits health care reform will bring to Connecticut,' said Congressman Larson. 'In the three months since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law seniors have begun to receive checks lowering their prescription drug costs, young adults have been allowed to stay on their parents insurance longer -- rather than adding to the ranks of the uninsured, and insurance companies have ended their practice of rescissions, dropping people from coverage when they get sick. We are keeping insurance companies accountable and putting middle class Americans in charge of their health care decisions.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Larson Holds Preventive Care Wellness Forum. 26 April 2011. "'Every year, this country spends billions of healthcare dollars on procedures and treatments that could have been avoided had proper preventive care been available,' Congressman Larson said. 'Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, our country's most vulnerable citizens now have increased access to preventive care. Today's forum is intended to highlight the importance of preventive care, while helping raise awareness of new and existing programs that can help Connecticut residents.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Issue: Health Care. 28 June 2011. "The historic health care legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama offers the American people the choice of affordable quality health care coverage for the first time. The legislation puts the American people, not insurance companies or government, in charge of their health care. It reduces costs, improves coverage and stops insurance company abuses. Reforming health care is a crucial part of our economic recovery. Our bill cuts long-term health care costs, reduces the deficit by $1.3 trillion over the first 20 years, and creates millions of jobs. The legislation passed by House Democrats will cover 94% of Americans and guarantees stability, lower costs, higher quality, and a greater choice of plans for all Americans." (larson.house.gov)
  • John Larson. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. John Larson voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Larson Commends State Medicaid Expansion. 21 June 2010. "'I am so proud to have worked with state officials to ensure that Connecticut is taking a lead in making reforms to keep our community healthy and productive. The health care reform legislation we passed will provide all Americans with the choice of quality, affordable care. With this expanded Medicaid coverage more low income Americans can get the preventive care they need in a cost-effective way.' [...] 'This is just one of many benefits health care reform will bring to Connecticut,' said Congressman Larson. 'In the three months since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law seniors have begun to receive checks lowering their prescription drug costs, young adults have been allowed to stay on their parents insurance longer -- rather than adding to the ranks of the uninsured, and insurance companies have ended their practice of rescissions, dropping people from coverage when they get sick. We are keeping insurance companies accountable and putting middle class Americans in charge of their health care decisions.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Larson Holds Preventive Care Wellness Forum. 26 April 2011. "'Every year, this country spends billions of healthcare dollars on procedures and treatments that could have been avoided had proper preventive care been available,' Congressman Larson said. 'Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, our country's most vulnerable citizens now have increased access to preventive care. Today's forum is intended to highlight the importance of preventive care, while helping raise awareness of new and existing programs that can help Connecticut residents.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • John Larson. Larson Applauds Deferred Action For DREAMERS. 15 June 2012. "Let's be clear. This is not amnesty. This is simply the smart choice to focus our limited resources on finding and deporting violent criminals, felons, and repeat offenders instead of going after talented young people who, personally, have done everything right and want nothing more than to live their lives as patriotic Americans. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Larson Celebrates New Day for DREAMERS. 15 August 2012. “Those who were brought to America through no fault of their own and who've consistently done everything right should be given an opportunity to succeed here in the United States. That's why I supported the DREAM Act in the House, and why I commend President Obama for doing the right thing while Congress continues to debate," said Congressman Larson. "I applaud President Obama, Secretary Napolitano, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for their hard work in making deferred action a reality, and I look forward to continuing our work towards comprehensive immigration reform." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. John Larson voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. 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)
  • John Larson. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. John Larson voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Larson Applauds Deferred Action For DREAMERS. 15 June 2012. "Let's be clear. This is not amnesty. This is simply the smart choice to focus our limited resources on finding and deporting violent criminals, felons, and repeat offenders instead of going after talented young people who, personally, have done everything right and want nothing more than to live their lives as patriotic Americans. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Larson Celebrates New Day for DREAMERS. 15 August 2012. “Those who were brought to America through no fault of their own and who've consistently done everything right should be given an opportunity to succeed here in the United States. That's why I supported the DREAM Act in the House, and why I commend President Obama for doing the right thing while Congress continues to debate," said Congressman Larson. "I applaud President Obama, Secretary Napolitano, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for their hard work in making deferred action a reality, and I look forward to continuing our work towards comprehensive immigration reform." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. John Larson voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. 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)
  • John Larson. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. John Larson voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Lillis. The Hill: Larson: ‘Vast majority’ of House Dems with Biden on gay marriage. 8 May 2012. “Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) said Tuesday that there are “mixed views” on the gay-marriage issue among House Democrats. “But a vast majority of our caucus is where Biden is,” Larson added.” (thehill.com)
  • Daniela Altimari. Hartford Courant: U.S. Rep. John Larson releases his statement on same-sex marriage. 22 June 2009. "I am proud that Connecticut has taken a leading role in giving same-sex couples the same rights and recognition as other couples in our state. Connecticut is telling the world that, in our state, if you love each other and are committed to each other you have the right to have your relationship legally recognized. The fight to attain this recognition was not easy and I salute all of the people who worked hard for years to bring it about. I am also a co-sponsor of legislation that would repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell and I have signed onto a letter calling on President Obama to instruct the Armed Forces not to initiate any further investigations to determine the sexual orientation of a service member. I support the repeal of Section 3 of DOMA and the extension of benefits to same-sex partners. I applaud President Obama for the first steps he has taken to bring that about." (blogs.courant.com)
  • John Larson. 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)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. John Larson voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. John Larson voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 90 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). John Larson voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Lillis. The Hill: Larson: ‘Vast majority’ of House Dems with Biden on gay marriage. 8 May 2012. “Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) said Tuesday that there are “mixed views” on the gay-marriage issue among House Democrats. “But a vast majority of our caucus is where Biden is,” Larson added.” (thehill.com)
  • Daniela Altimari. Hartford Courant: U.S. Rep. John Larson releases his statement on same-sex marriage. 22 June 2009. "I am proud that Connecticut has taken a leading role in giving same-sex couples the same rights and recognition as other couples in our state. Connecticut is telling the world that, in our state, if you love each other and are committed to each other you have the right to have your relationship legally recognized. The fight to attain this recognition was not easy and I salute all of the people who worked hard for years to bring it about. I am also a co-sponsor of legislation that would repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell and I have signed onto a letter calling on President Obama to instruct the Armed Forces not to initiate any further investigations to determine the sexual orientation of a service member. I support the repeal of Section 3 of DOMA and the extension of benefits to same-sex partners. I applaud President Obama for the first steps he has taken to bring that about." (blogs.courant.com)
  • John Larson. 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)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. John Larson voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. John Larson voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 90 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). John Larson voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)

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  • John Larson. Conference Report on S. 2845, Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. 7 December 2004. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of S. 2845, that would implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. […] The recommendations the bipartisan Commission released in July 2004 will help prevent future terrorist attacks by offering a global strategy to dismantle terrorists and their organizations, prevent the continued growth of terrorism, and prepare for future terrorist attacks. In October, the other body overwhelmingly passed the National Intelligence Reform Act, S. 2845, by a vote of 96 to 2. The Bush administration, the 9/11 Commission chairmen, and families of many September 11 victims fully endorsed the Senate's intelligence reorganization bill. [...] This effort should mark a beginning, not the end, of our efforts to protect the American people by strengthening the systems by which we collect, process, and disseminate intelligence. However, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance, and as this Congress works to balance the need for greater security while protecting liberty, I would remind my colleagues of the words of one of our nation's greatest founders, Benjamin Franklin, who said, 'They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.' I hope that the Republican leadership will not tarnish this achievement today by agreeing to vote in the next Congress on efforts that will weaken and undermine Americans' liberties." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Conference Report on S. 2845, Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. 7 December 2004. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of S. 2845, that would implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. […] The recommendations the bipartisan Commission released in July 2004 will help prevent future terrorist attacks by offering a global strategy to dismantle terrorists and their organizations, prevent the continued growth of terrorism, and prepare for future terrorist attacks. In October, the other body overwhelmingly passed the National Intelligence Reform Act, S. 2845, by a vote of 96 to 2. The Bush administration, the 9/11 Commission chairmen, and families of many September 11 victims fully endorsed the Senate's intelligence reorganization bill. [...] This effort should mark a beginning, not the end, of our efforts to protect the American people by strengthening the systems by which we collect, process, and disseminate intelligence. However, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance, and as this Congress works to balance the need for greater security while protecting liberty, I would remind my colleagues of the words of one of our nation's greatest founders, Benjamin Franklin, who said, 'They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.' I hope that the Republican leadership will not tarnish this achievement today by agreeing to vote in the next Congress on efforts that will weaken and undermine Americans' liberties." (votesmart.org)

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  • John Larson. Issue: Seniors. 28 June 2011. "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. Privatization would replace guaranteed benefits with benefits dependent on a worker's luck or skills in investing in a stock market which has had at least nine major downturns since 1956. It would also drive up administrative costs, which are now one percent, and could go as high as the system in Chile where private investment companies collect fees between 15 and 20 percent. For these reasons, I believe that any proposal to reform Social Security must be examined carefully to ensure that the solvency of the program is not undermined in any way and the benefits are not diminished." (larson.house.gov)
  • John Larson. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2011. “As older Americans rely on Social Security, they also rely on Medicare and Medicaid for their health and long-term care needs. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we took measures to lower health care costs without cutting benefits or increasing cost-sharing requirement. While we can make more improvements, we must not abandon that commitment. Proposals to raise out-of-pocket costs, cut benefits, or reduce federal Medicaid spending would have a negative impact on current enrollees, their families, and our economy as a whole.” (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Defending Social Security. 8 March 2005. "Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentlewoman, and I commend the gentlewoman from Wisconsin for truly putting this together and taking the time to make sure that all of America gets to hear what has got to be a mosaic of concern all across this country, because, like the gentlewoman and myself, several others have conducted town hall meetings and forums and have received letters of concern from our constituents all across this great country of ours. It is quite compelling when you both read the mail and you listen to the citizens of this great country speak their minds. I was particularly struck by a gentleman from Windsor, Connecticut, who wrote me and said: 'I would like to encourage you to oppose President Bush's Social Security personal accounts with every resource possible.' [...] It is this kind of poignant response that we have heard from our citizens all across the country that screams out for this Congress to take action." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Republican Leaders Back Plan to Privatize Social Security. 14 September 2010. "Today, U.S. Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and the House Democratic Caucus Congressional Task Force on Seniors blasted top-ranking Republicans for their endorsement of a plan to privatize Social Security and turn Medicare into a voucher program. [...] 'Congressional Republicans are threatening to send America back to the stone-age with this ill-conceived plan,' said Representative John B. Larson (CT-01), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. 'Republicans are once again trying to undermine and dismantle Social Security and Medicare, vital programs that millions of Americans rely on. Meanwhile, Democrats are fighting to protect these programs and America's seniors.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Issue: Seniors. 28 June 2011. "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. Privatization would replace guaranteed benefits with benefits dependent on a worker's luck or skills in investing in a stock market which has had at least nine major downturns since 1956. It would also drive up administrative costs, which are now one percent, and could go as high as the system in Chile where private investment companies collect fees between 15 and 20 percent. For these reasons, I believe that any proposal to reform Social Security must be examined carefully to ensure that the solvency of the program is not undermined in any way and the benefits are not diminished." (larson.house.gov)
  • John Larson. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2011. “As older Americans rely on Social Security, they also rely on Medicare and Medicaid for their health and long-term care needs. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we took measures to lower health care costs without cutting benefits or increasing cost-sharing requirement. While we can make more improvements, we must not abandon that commitment. Proposals to raise out-of-pocket costs, cut benefits, or reduce federal Medicaid spending would have a negative impact on current enrollees, their families, and our economy as a whole.” (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Defending Social Security. 8 March 2005. "Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentlewoman, and I commend the gentlewoman from Wisconsin for truly putting this together and taking the time to make sure that all of America gets to hear what has got to be a mosaic of concern all across this country, because, like the gentlewoman and myself, several others have conducted town hall meetings and forums and have received letters of concern from our constituents all across this great country of ours. It is quite compelling when you both read the mail and you listen to the citizens of this great country speak their minds. I was particularly struck by a gentleman from Windsor, Connecticut, who wrote me and said: 'I would like to encourage you to oppose President Bush's Social Security personal accounts with every resource possible.' [...] It is this kind of poignant response that we have heard from our citizens all across the country that screams out for this Congress to take action." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Republican Leaders Back Plan to Privatize Social Security. 14 September 2010. "Today, U.S. Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and the House Democratic Caucus Congressional Task Force on Seniors blasted top-ranking Republicans for their endorsement of a plan to privatize Social Security and turn Medicare into a voucher program. [...] 'Congressional Republicans are threatening to send America back to the stone-age with this ill-conceived plan,' said Representative John B. Larson (CT-01), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. 'Republicans are once again trying to undermine and dismantle Social Security and Medicare, vital programs that millions of Americans rely on. Meanwhile, Democrats are fighting to protect these programs and America's seniors.'" (votesmart.org)

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