Representative John B. Larson's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: John B. Larson
Current Office: U.S. House - District 1, Democratic
First Elected: 11/03/1998
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 1
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary Aug. 12, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Leslie; 3 Children: Carolyn, Laura, Raymond
Birth Date: 07/22/1948
Birth Place: Hartford, CT
Home City: East Hartford, CT
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. John Larson voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (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)
  • 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)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed John Larson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (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)
  • 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)
  • John Larson. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. John Larson voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (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. 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. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. John Larson voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (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. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Larson voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. John Larson voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Larson. Issue Position: Repealing the Doctrine of Preemption & Unilateralism. 28 June 2011. "March 2007 marks the fourth year of 'Operation Iraqi Freedom.' It is time to reverse the irresponsible Bush Doctrine of preemption and unilateralism, reestablish diplomacy and refocus our energy and resources on Afghanistan. I have introduced H.R. 1292 to: [...] Redirect attention to America's forgotten war in Afghanistan. Specifically, the bill calls for increased diplomatic, economic and military support to Afghanistan, where the Taliban continues to destabilize the region." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. PBS "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer"- Transcript. 14 November 2007. "At the outset of your program tonight, you talked about the situation in Pakistan. What we need to do is refocus and redeploy our troops to Afghanistan where we had the whole world with us. Gwen, all over the world, you know, we've seen people, including our allies, leave us because of the failed strategy in Iraq. It is true that our men and women have been performing valiantly there, but what we need to do is to make sure that they're appropriately equipped, appropriately armed, appropriately funded, and then direct those resources towards Afghanistan, where the whole world is with us. It's unconscionable for us to continue this war in Iraq, a war of choice, where this administration continues only to want to run out the clock on its term in office, in a very self-serving way that I think does not serve the American citizens or our troops extraordinarily well. When we have the Marines saying that they'd like to go to Afghanistan to take on the real fight, that's where we should be going. We're a part of an insurgency here and a civil war where the Iraqi people believe -- over 70 percent -- that we shouldn't be there, and 60 percent believe that it's OK to shoot our people. What kind of situation is that? It's time for us to strategically redeploy." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Issue Position: Foreign Policy. 1 January 2012. “President Obama's stark rebuttal of the Bush Doctrine has kept the United States on the offensive in the War on Terrorism, while making our country safer. His gutsy decision-making and the hard work of our armed forces and intelligence services brought Osama Bin Laden to justice. Additionally, President Obama has kept his promise to bring American combat troops home from Iraq - ending a near decade-long occupation. Over ten years after the 9/11 attacks, American troops are still engaged in fierce combat in Afghanistan. While leaving a stable and secure country behind is in the best interest of our country and the entire region, John believes that Congress must continue to work with President Obama to wind down the war. John has been a strong supporter of bringing our troops home and he is glad that President Obama has kept this promise. As John has said numerous times, Israel remains the U.S.'s strongest ally in the Middle East. He supports protecting security through the use of sanctions on Iran and Syria while working with our international partners towards peace in the region.” (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of Peace Action West 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of the Peace Action 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. John Larson voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Congressman Larson's Statement On President Obama's Afghanistan Speech. 1 December 2009. "I agree with the President's goal to bring our troops home in 18 months. I commend him for laying out the end game and leveling with our troops and the American and Afghan people. I remain skeptical on the impact of a troop surge and the commitment of the strategic partners in the region to achieve the President's objectives. I will continue to review the plan and all of its implications, including how it is paid for." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. House Passed Defense Bill Benefits Connecticut, First District. 17 May 2007. "Today Congressman John B. Larson voted in favor of the Department of Defense Authorization bill (H.R. 1585) for Fiscal Year 2008 which passed the House this afternoon. The bill makes a commitment to strengthen our military and strained National Guard, fight the real war on terror in Afghanistan, and support our troops on the ground and when they return home. 'While I have been a steadfast opponent of this war from the outset, our men and women in combat deserve our full support,' said Larson. 'Everyday we are working to bring this war to an end. Although the President has let his hubris and arrogance get in the way of protecting our men and women in Iraq, we will not leave our troops in the battlefield go without the equipment and protection that they need. We also address our strained National Guard, give our men and women in uniform a much deserved pay raise, ensure that they receive first rate healthcare. We also require accountability on the conduct of the Iraq war and strengthen our focus on the real war on terror in Afghanistan.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Issue Position: Iraq & Afghanistan. 28 June 2011. "No issue is more important than strengthening our national security and ensuring the safety of Americans. We must guarantee our troops have the resources they need, restore our image abroad and define a clear strategy for success. George W. Bush and his administration left our country engaged in two wars with no exit strategy. I am working with President Obama to define a clear strategy for ending the war in Iraq -- which I opposed from the start -- and bringing our troops back home. I am also working with the President to end the war in Afghanistan, while ensuring that Afghanistan and Pakistan never again become safe havens for terrorists." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Larson Statement on Afghanistan Drawdown Plan. 23 June 2011. "I want to commend President Obama. Over the last 18 months we've had some great successes in the war on terror - capped with the truly historic mission that succeeded in bringing Osama bin Laden to justice - that now allow us to begin drawing our operations in Afghanistan to a close. While I recognize that it is in our own best interest to ensure that the region remains stable, after nearly a decade, with thousands of American lives and billions of dollars invested, it's time to ask the Afghan government to stand on its own. We have too many important issues to address here at home to do anything less." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Larson. Larson Statement on Secretary Panetta's Proposed Defense Cuts. 27 January 2012. “Yesterday, Secretary Leon Panetta outlined his vision for the Department of Defense. While I understand the constraints of tight budgets and I appreciate the Secretary's efforts to make our military more efficient, I have serious concerns with a number of his proposals.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Letter To The Honorable Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense. 24 March 2011. “I applaud Secretary Gates for following through on his commitment to end the Joint Strike Fighter's duplicative "extra' engine program," Congressman Larson said. "This program is the epitome of government waste, one that the Secretary himself referred to as an "unnecessary and extravagant expense.' Today's decision will save the American people nearly a million dollars a day and bring to close an issue that has been debated in Congress for more than 4 years. I hope that my colleagues will now join me in focusing our attention on more pressing national security matters.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. John Larson voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. John Larson voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. John Larson voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. John Larson voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. John Larson voted Nay on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. John Larson voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. John Larson voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. John Larson voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. John Larson voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. John Larson voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. John Larson voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Congressman Larson Supports Defense-Spending Bill Containing More than $2 Billion for Connecticut. 20 June 2005. "Congressman John B. Larson joined fellow House members for the approval of a $408.9 billion defense-spending bill that contains more than $2 billion for Connecticut-based defense manufacturers. The Department of Defense Appropriations Act for FY 2006 (HR 2863) also provides a 3.1 percent pay increase for military personnel and allocates $45.3 billion in emergency supplemental funding to cover operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for the first half of the year. 'This bill supports our needs for maintaining maximum military preparedness,' Larson said. 'It continues critical defense programs tied to Connecticut. I'm particularly pleased at the continued support for the F/A-22, just one of many examples of the enormous contribution the state's defense industry and skilled workforce make in giving our Armed Forces their technological edge.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. House Passed Defense Bill Benefits Connecticut, First District. 17 May 2007. "Today Congressman John B. Larson voted in favor of the Department of Defense Authorization bill (H.R. 1585) for Fiscal Year 2008 which passed the House this afternoon. The bill makes a commitment to strengthen our military and strained National Guard, fight the real war on terror in Afghanistan, and support our troops on the ground and when they return home. 'While I have been a steadfast opponent of this war from the outset, our men and women in combat deserve our full support,' said Larson. 'Everyday we are working to bring this war to an end. Although the President has let his hubris and arrogance get in the way of protecting our men and women in Iraq, we will not leave our troops in the battlefield go without the equipment and protection that they need. We also address our strained National Guard, give our men and women in uniform a much deserved pay raise, ensure that they receive first rate healthcare. We also require accountability on the conduct of the Iraq war and strengthen our focus on the real war on terror in Afghanistan.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Larson: Will Fight Senate Passage of $3 Billion Earmark for F-35 Extra Engine. 14 December 2010. "At a time when we are looking to rein in spending and cut the budget deficit, the Senate is prepared to pass a $3 billion earmark for the F-35 extra engine -- a program the President and the military are opposed to. We need to make tough decisions to lower the deficit. But, the decision to end the extra engine program should be a no-brainer. I will work with the White House and the Defense Department to fight the passage of this multi-billion dollar earmark, to save taxpayers' money, close our budget deficit and support our troops." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of The United States of America. 27 June 2011. "The American people have grown rightfully concerned about the cost and the wisdom of sustaining this mission, which reportedly costs U.S. taxpayers nearly $8 billion a month. Many of us have traveled to Afghanistan and have learned how American taxpayers are supporting the construction of schools, roads, and bridges, and the training of police and military forces. Rather than spending billions per month constructing schools, bridges, roads and hospitals in Afghanistan, we believe the United States must make any such critical investments in our country first, and begin to close our own domestic budget gap." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2008. 15 June 2007. "Mr. Chairman, I rise in strong support of H.R. 2642, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2008, the annual spending bill for military construction and veterans' programs. Today, the House is considering a bill that would appropriate $109.2 billion, with $64.7 billion in discretionary spending for military construction and veterans' programs, which is $4 billion more than the President's fiscal year 2008 budget request." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. 27 May 2010. "All across America, families are tightening their belts, making do with less. They expect the same from Congress. Imagine their utter frustration when they hear Congress is pushing forward an unwanted and unnecessary $3 billion program. Only in Washington, D.C., could a company that lost the competition in the private sector and already controls 88 percent of the military engine market come seeking a government-directed subsidy and call that competition. I guess competition in this town means buying two of everything with the taxpayers' money. The Marines, the Navy, and the Air Force have all said they don't want it. They don't need it. The President has called this program an example of unnecessary defense programs that do nothing to keep us safe. Why are we moving ahead with it? If we can't cut spending here, where can we cut it? If we don't make the tough choices to rein in wasteful spending now, when will we make them? This is about whose side you are on. Are you on the side of excessive spending, or are you on the side of saving the taxpayers money and supporting our troops?" (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Rooney, Larson, Westmoreland, Pingree, Griffin Urge Congress to Strike Funding for Wasteful Extra Engine Program. 15 February 2011. "U.S. Reps. Tom Rooney (R-FL), John Larson (D-CT), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Tim Griffin (R-AR) today urged their colleagues in the House to support an amendment to strike funding for the wasteful extra engine program for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. [...] Rep. Larson said: 'This is a real test to the House's commitment to eliminate wasteful spending and excessive earmarking. The JSF extra engine is a $2.9 billion earmark that the military doesn't want and our country cannot afford.'" (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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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. 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. 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. Larson Votes For Edconomic Stabalization Act. 3 October 2008. "Today, the House of Representatives passed the Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 by a vote of 263 to 171. The bill is similar to the bill that was voted on and failed in the House on Monday, but it adds an important expansion of FDIC insurance from $100,000 to $250,000 in order to protect small businesses' ability to make payroll and meet their needs. It also adds billions of dollars in energy and business tax extenders, AMT relief for 23 million Americans, disaster relief and mental health parity reform. However, these provisions from the Senate, unlike those previously passed by the House, are not fully paid for. U.S. Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus made the following statement: 'I am outraged over the earmarks that the Senate has added to this bill. The House of Representatives has consistently supported these tax extenders for wind, solar, fuel cells and clean energy because we know that this is the future for energy independence for America. We also know that these tax credits means jobs in America and right here in Connecticut.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Larson Sponsors Legislation To Spur American innovation, American jobs. 10 March 2011. "America is the world's leading innovator -- developing life-saving technologies, state-of-the art computer systems, and breakthrough manufacturing products -- but we're losing ground to competitors around the world," said Larson, the Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees tax policy. "It's time we get back on the playing field by modernizing the R&D tax credit and keeping American jobs and innovation here at home." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. John Larson voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. John Larson voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Nat Gas Act Included in House Dems "Make it in America" Agenda. 4 May 2011. "Congressman John Larson (CT-01) announced today that the NAT GAS Act will be included as part of the House Democrats "Make It In America" agenda for the 112th Congress. The Make It In America initiative supports job creation today, and in the future, by encouraging businesses to create products and innovate in the US while selling to the world. [...] Since launching the Make It In America agenda in the previous Congress, President Obama has signed six 'Make It In America' bills into law: [...] Small Business Jobs Act: Expands much needed lending to millions of small businesses and offers tax incentives to help small businesses grow, hire, and fuel our economy, without adding a dime to the deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Issue: Jobs and the Economy. 28 June 2011. "While Democrats are working to rebuild our manufacturing base and create jobs, Republicans want to take us back to the failed economic policies of the Bush Administration that cost this nation 8 million jobs. They are threatening to repeal legislation that closed the loopholes that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas and voted against legislation to give small American businesses access to the capital they need to expand and grow. That’s why I worked with my colleagues to pass the Small Business Jobs Act - to increase much needed lending to millions of small businesses, and offer 8 new tax incentives to companies, so that they may expand, hire, and fuel our economy. Small businesses are the foundation of our economy and are an integral part of creating jobs and rebuilding the economy for the future. We owe it to them to ensure that they have a business environment in this country that helps them grow and flourish. Increased access to capital and new tax cuts will not only keep jobs in America, it will allow small businesses to make it in America." (larson.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Larson. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. John Larson voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Larson supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Larson Responds to Bush Drilling Ban Announcement. 14 July 2008. "Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, responded today to President Bush's announcement that he would lift the ban on offshore drilling. 'What the President did today is nothing but an empty gesture that will do nothing to lower the price of oil. Now is not a time for gestures, it is a time for action. The American people are hurting under seven years of Bush energy policy. They need results. The President should do what Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic House leadership have called on him to do. He should release some oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPRO). Right now, President Bush is sitting on 700 million barrels of taxpayer's oil. Infusing just a small portion of that into the market will go a long way to lower gas prices now. Democrats are not opposed to drilling. We think the oil companies should drill on the 68 million acres of land that is available to them. Over 80% of the oil and gas resources on federal lands and the Outer Continental Shelf are currently open for development. Why aren't they drilling there?" (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. Congressman Larson Condemns President's Rhetoric on Gas Prices. 18 June 2008. "President Bush's attempt to politicize the oil crisis that is wreaking havoc on average American's ability to make ends meet is uncalled for and poorly informed. Time and again we have shown that more drilling for oil will do nothing to lower the prices at the pump for the millions of people who are suffering today. In fact, drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge will not produce a drop of oil for ten years. And even after waiting ten years for, the drilling won't lower gas prices by more than a few pennies per gallon. The President's speech was nothing but a gift to his friends at the big oil companies. And, it is these oil companies who already have rights to drill for 70% of the oil on the Outer Continental Shelf. They have leases to drill on 40 million acres of offshore land, yet they have put only 7 million acres into production. Why should we open more lands to oil exploration, when oil companies are not utilizing the lands they have? This is part of a trend of stockpiling leases to control oil prices and this New Direction Congress can not support it." (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. John Larson voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Larson. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. John Larson voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)

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  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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  • 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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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