Representative Rush D. Holt, Jr.'s Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Rush D. Holt, Jr.
Current Office: U.S. House - District 12, Democratic
First Elected: 11/03/1998
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Margaret; 3 Children: Michael, Dejan, Rachel
Birth Date: 10/15/1948
Birth Place: Weston, WV
Home City: Hopewell Township, NJ
Religion: Protestant
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Issue Positions

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Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in. The District does not have a vote in the House or Senate. But other Democrats do. We urge you to stand strong and to protect the democratic self-government of the District of Columbia." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. 29 September 2006. "I would guess that my colleagues on both sides of this issue agree that having an abortion should be the last option for an adolescent. But it is a reality that young women are going to continue to have to make life-altering decisions regarding their bodies regardless of restrictions the federal government places on them. Taking away the support of responsible adults in whom teens trust is not the way to stop abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Conference Report on H.R. 4200, Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2005. 11 October 2004. "Finally, I am disappointed that a provision authored by U.S. Senators Boxer and Collins was dropped from this conference report that would have afforded stronger protection for women serving in our armed forces who are victims of rape. More specifically, it would have permitted women victimized by rape to receive medical abortions without having to pay for the procedures themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Issue Position: Women's Issues. 13 December 2011. "Rep. Holt is a cosponsor of the Freedom of Choice Act, which would recognize the importance of a woman's fundamental right to choose to bear a child, to terminate a pregnancy prior to viability, or to terminate a pregnancy after viability where termination is necessary to protect the life or health of the woman. Under this legislation, government interference into and government discrimination against the exercise of this right through regulation or provision of services, benefits, facilities or information would be prohibited. Rep. Holt also supports measures that provide women with vital family planning services. Holt has cosponsored legislation that would provide access to preventive health care services that help reduce unintended pregnancy, reduce the number of abortions, and improve access to women's health care. He also supported efforts to overturn the global "gag rule" on U.S. funding for international family planning services, recently lifted by President Obama in January, 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004. 25 February 2004. "I rise today to express my opposition to this rule and to H.R. 1997, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. This bill unnecessarily redefines a crime. Why? Not to deter or prevent violence. It does not do that. Not to ameliorate the effect of violence. It does not do that. Not to help the victims of violence. It does not do that. There clearly is an ulterior motive here, a different agenda that the supporters have. There is no question that the loss or harm to a woman and her fetus is absolutely devastating, and those who injure or kill a pregnant woman or her fetus should be punished, and families should have appropriate redress for their loss, but this bill would not accomplish that. This bill seeks to create a unique Federal criminal offense for acts that cause injury or death to an unborn fetus. Tellingly, it does not create any comparable offense for killing or injuring the woman bearing the fetus. I think that makes it clear that the real purpose here is not to protect the victims of violence, not to prevent violence, but to give the fetus equal legal status to the mother and thus to undermine the legal foundation of Roe v. Wade." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Rush Holt voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Rush Holt in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Rush Holt in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Rush Holt voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Rush Holt voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortion should be legal and consistent with Roe v. Wade. I support legislation mandating equity in insurance coverage for contraceptive services. For example, I offered an amendment to Small Business Health Fairness Act during markup in the House Education and Workforce Committee that would require Association Health Plans (AHPs) who provide prescription drug coverage to include coverage for contraceptive services and supplies in their coverage."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "Abortion should be legal and consistent with Roe v. Wade. I believe that reproductive health care is a personal matter and should be left to individuals, their doctors, and their families without interference from the government. Additionally, I support mandating equity in insurance coverage for contraceptive services."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortion should be legal, consistent with the Roe v. Wade decision of the U.S. Supreme Court."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Rush Holt. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Rush Holt voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (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 Rush Holt a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Rush Holt voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Rush Holt voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Rush Holt voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Rush Holt voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Rush Holt voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Rush Holt voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Rush Holt voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Rush Holt voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Conference Report on H.R. 4814, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005. 7 December 2004. "I am deeply troubled that this bill includes such a restrictive limitation on funding for a woman's constitutionally protected right of choice. Specifically, this bill prohibits use of funds to pay for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion. It also protects health care providers who refuse to provide this needed service. Such measures are designed to limit women's rights, and have no business in this bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortion should be legal, consistent with the Roe v. Wade decision of the Supreme Court"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I do not support current military action in Afghanistan without a declared plan for the safe and expeditious withdrawal of American combat forces from Afghanistan. Military aid to Afghanistan is already very large and I foresee no need to increase it. Striking military targets in Pakistan, as it is currently being done, should not be continued. There are circumstances under which it could be justified. Trade agreements can and should state what constitutes acceptable behavior in worker's rights, environmental matters, intellectual property, and so forth. We should export the goods we produce and not the workers who produce them."
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I do not support current military action in Afghanistan without a declared plan for the safe and expeditious withdrawal of American combat forces from Afghanistan. Military aid to Afghanistan is already very large and I foresee no need to increase it. Striking military targets in Pakistan, as it is currently being done, should not be continued. There are circumstances under which it could be justified. Trade agreements can and should state what constitutes acceptable behavior in worker's rights, environmental matters, intellectual property, and so forth. We should export the goods we produce and not the workers who produce them."
  • Rush Holt. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "Congress and the American people have entrusted you with a great responsibility - ensuring the economic well-being of our nation and the creation of jobs. This is no simple task and will require both bold decisions and fair compromises. We understand that you will consider many options when it comes to reaching the benchmarks set by Congress. But too often, when it has come time to reduce spending, the most vulnerable - the working poor and the middle class - have been asked to bear most of the sacrifice. Fortunately, there are other alternatives. To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 10 March 2010. "The bad news is that every time we take out one of their field commanders, several more rise to take their place. This is the nature of insurgency, it is the nature of the problem that confronts us, and it is not a problem that will be resolved by the continuous, endless use of military force. I came to the floor in December 2009 and posed a series of questions about our policy in this war, and many of those questions remain unanswered. However, several events over the last few months have answered at least one question: Are we fighting on the wrong battlefield?" (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 17 March 2011. "Mr. Speaker, today the House has a chance to make a judgment about the wisdom of continuing our combat role in Afghanistan. In 2009, I came to the floor of the House and declared that I would give the President at least a year to show that his approach could work. For those who choose to actually look at the facts and the results to date, the conclusion is clear: it is time--past time--for us to leave Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. America In Afghanistan: Questions To Consider. 15 December 2009. "Madam Speaker, today Members received another classified briefing on our policy in Afghanistan, a briefing that raised a number of questions that need answers before our country commits further troops and resources to that conflict. These are not loaded questions or simply rhetorical, they are real questions--and just some of the real questions--that people in central New Jersey are asking. Would this proposed troop increase bring us closer to capturing or killing those responsible for the 9/11 attacks? If the al Qaeda remnant Americans are seeking to capture or kill is on the Pakistani side of the border, or in Yemen or East Africa, how will sending more troops to, say, southern Helmand Province in Afghanistan help us to get those terrorists who attacked us on September 11 or might attack us in the future? Should we send troops to where al Qaeda isn't? Should we expand our aerial strikes? Would an escalation in air attacks do more harm than good? Is our intelligence apparatus structured and capable of giving our military and political leaders the intelligence they need to wage this war? Given our lack of foreign language capabilities, can we really know what's going on in the towns and farms and villages? Does the deterioration in the military and political situation in recent years in Afghanistan result from actions Americans have taken or failed to take? If so, how do we avoid those problems in a surged military action? What constitutes victory or success in this conflict? What is it that we hope to leave behind once we exit Afghanistan? What can we reasonably hope to leave behind?" (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Issue Position: Foreign Policy. 13 December 2011. "As has become clear, the Taliban insurgency cannot be defeated through purely military means, and the corrupt and ineffective government of Hamid Karzai is only fueling support for the insurgency. Moreover, the cost of the war is directly imperiling the hometown security of communities across this nation and the economic security of our children and grandchildren. Every month, we squander on the war in Afghanistan enough money to put an additional 38,000 police on our streets for a full year, or to prevent massive teacher layoffs in every state, particularly New Jersey. Ending our combat involvement in Afghanistan is the first step towards reorienting our security priorities back on the threats of greatest concern to the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Larson and Colleagues Urge GAO to Investigate Overextension of Armed Forces. 4 October 2004. "We, the undersigned Members of Congress, are writing to request that the General Accounting Office (GAO) undertake a comprehensive study to review the recruitment and retention efforts of the U.S. Armed Forces. In light of the extraordinary scope of our current military commitments - 466,000 troops deployed to over 120 countries - we are concerned about the adequacy of the total force and our ability to sustain long-term force requirements. Specifically, we are seeking an analysis of the most severe stresses facing the force and GAO's appraisal of how these factors may impact recruitment and retention efforts; an assessment of how measures such as Stop-Loss and the mobilization of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) may be masking future problems; and an assessment of how recruitment and retention issues may ultimately impact DoD's ability to meet global military commitments, especially if the need arises for more forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other regions around the globe. We are particularly interested in GAO's assessment of the actions DOD is taking, if any, to prepare for the eventuality of a personnel shortage." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Letter to President Obama. 9 May 2011. "The success of this mission does not change the reality that America still faces a determined and violent adversary. It does, however, require us to reexamine our policy of nation building in Afghanistan. We believe it is no longer the best way to defend America against terror attacks, and we urge you to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan that are not crucial to the immediate national security objective of combating al Qaeda." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Rush Holt voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "c) Defense"
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Low Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • Rush Holt. Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009. 22 May 2008. "Mr. Chairman, I thank my friend from Massachusetts for, once again, asking me to join him in the effort to refocus our military spending priorities toward more useful purposes. You know, one of the craziest ideas I've ever heard is that we should deploy this missile defense system as a way to test it. It should be tested before it's deployed. And I can tell you, even if it worked, it would never be so reliable that we would think of it as leak-proof, that it would actually change our strategy. So it just becomes another expense." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Rush Holt voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Rush Holt voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Rush Holt voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rush Holt voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Rush Holt voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Rush Holt voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Rush Holt voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Rush Holt voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Rush Holt voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Rush Holt voted Nay on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Rush Holt voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 27 July 2011. "The arts and humanities inspire our children to explore their own creativity and encourage positive development in the course of their educational careers. The arts and humanities are a fundamental component of our society and they, indeed, warrant Federal funding. The arts and humanities help us know ourselves as a people. Just a few weeks ago, here on this floor, the House approved a bill that increased the spending for the Department of Defense by $17 billion. The total funding for the endowments is hardly more than a percent of that increase in defense spending that was passed. Talk about misplaced priorities." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012. 7 July 2011. "It was not the B-2 bomber or any bomber that killed Osama bin Laden. It was U.S. Special Operations. Buying new nuclear bombers would simply be a form, I think, of defense sector corporate welfare to protect against a threat that went away decades ago. I could cite multiple additional disconnects between our defense spending priorities and the actual threats we face." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Letter to President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Chairmens of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, Congressman Hal Rogers and Senator Daniel Inouye. 9 June 2011. "We write to ask for a review of our worldwide military commitments with the outcome of reduced expenditures. The signers of this letter disagree on a number of public policy issues, but we are in strong agreement on two very important points. First, it is essential for our economic future that we adopt a binding plan for substantial deficit reduction over the next several years. Second, we do not believe that this can be done in an acceptable manner if we do not include substantial reductions in the plans for military spending during that period, and this requires a reevaluation of the mismatch between our current national security structure and overseas commitments, and the genuine security needs of the American People." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "As you begin your work, we respectfully suggest reexamining our defense and security spending priorities as pathways to reducing our deficit and debt. You have been tasked with finding at least $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions over a ten-year period by November 23 of this year. You have a unique opportunity to bring our defense spending in line with our legitimate national defense needs while getting our nation on the path to a balanced budget free of deficit. As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates noted last year, paraphrasing President Dwight D. Eisenhower, "The United States should spend as much as necessary on national defense, but not one penny more. In the ten years since the 9/11 attacks, spending on defense and security has increased 96% and totaled almost $8 trillion. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost $1.36 trillion, and taken the lives of over six thousand men and women while leaving over thirty thousand wounded. In the same time frame, the base budget for the Pentagon has mushroomed to $5.6 trillion." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Rush Holt. Holt Supports Middle Class Tax Relief. 2 December 2010. "Some history about this issue is needed as some on the other side of this debate seem to have a short memory. In 2001 and 2003, President Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress enacted sweeping tax cuts that largely benefited the wealthiest in America without corresponding cuts in federal spending. I opposed these tax cuts. These tax rates were passed on the erroneous argument that they would stimulate the economy and that they would generate more revenue than they cost. The evidence is clear that cutting tax rates resulted in a net loss of revenue to the government, and there is scant evidence that they provided much economic stimulus. I support extending tax policies that help working families in New Jersey and across the nation. Two years ago, I was proud to support President Obama's Making Work Pay tax cuts, which cut taxes by $400 for individuals making $75,000 or less and $800 for households making less than $150,000. As we debate whether or not to continue Bush-era tax rates that shift the tax burden from wealthier Americans to the middle class, I should remind my colleagues that extending the Obama tax cuts for working Americans would cost less and benefit the economy more." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Holt: Bush Budget Would Be Disastrous For New Jersey. 7 February 2005. "Unfortunately, the Bush budget also shortchanges our schools, forces veterans to pay more for health care, and jeopardizes medical research programs vital to all Americans. He proposes to cut environmental protection and job training. Perhaps worst of all, it does not address the ongoing costs of the war on terror, nor provide a viable plan for strengthening and preserving Social Security. I can only conclude that the President is using the insidious formula of reducing taxes for the wealthiest Americans, running up huge deficits, then cutting initiatives that benefit middle class families." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. "We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare. Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add billions more to our national debt in tax cuts to the wealthy, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt 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. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "The fiscal condition of the federal government and record-setting federal deficits a have made permanent repeal of the federal estate tax unjustifiable. When the budget is balanced and the government can pay for its other priorities, then we should revisit the issue. In the short-term, I support increasing the exemption limit to $3 million for individuals and $6 million for couples."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "I do not believe that the federal government should continue keep borrowing against our future and that of our children and grandchildren. The current fiscally irresponsible policy has added more to the national debt during the past three years than in the prior two centuries. I believe we must roll back the tax cut for the top 1% of income earners. Also, the tax code should stop rewarding companies who take jobs overseas and create..."
  • Rush Holt. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Rush Holt voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rush Holt. Holt Supports Bipartisan Stimulus Package as a Step Toward Economic Growth Strategy. 29 January 2008. "'I am hopeful that this stimulus plan helps jump start our economy by providing tax relief for working families who are struggling during the economic downturn and the housing crisis,' Holt said. 'This is a short-term response, however, and it should not preclude Congress from enacting meaningful, forward-looking policies emphasizing economic development and investment in R&D and education. Had Congress and the Administration acted on these priorities in previous years, it is likely we would not have needed to pass such a stimulus plan now.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 2 February 2009. "Mr. Chair, I rise this evening in support of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1). America is in the midst of the worst economic storm since the Great Depression. Millions of people are hurting across the United States and in my home state of New Jersey. New Jersey's unemployment rate has risen to 7.1 percent from 4.2 percent just a year ago. Our nation's economy is in recession, and we must respond with every tool in our tool box to help put Americans back to work and rebuild our struggling economy. We could let the free market continue to spiral downward or we could pass a bill with a smaller price tag, ignoring the lessons learned from Congress's previous attempt at stimulating the economy through rebate sent out in spring of 2008. We can no longer wait to act. The time has come for a bold, national, response. Economists have predicted that the unemployment rate will skyrocket to over 12 percent this year. The package we are considering today has the potential to create 3 to 4 million much needed new jobs in the short term." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Holt Statement in Support of Financial Rescue Legislation. 29 September 2008. "I voted in favor of the Financial Rescue Legislation because it was a significant improvement - by including taxpayer protections and strong oversight - over Secretary Paulson's original $700 billion proposal, and because inaction could have a devastating impact on our already unstable economy. However, the bill failed to gain a majority in the House. Regardless of the outcome of this vote, I still plan to lead an effort to fix the economy in the long term. Now, we still must act in the short term to stand behind our institutions, restore confidence, and protect millions of Americans who would be affected by a continuing meltdown." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Jobs For Maine Street Act, 2010. 16 December 2009. "The government can and should work together to increase employment opportunities in the short-term, mid-term, and long-term. Economists, business leaders, financial experts, among others, have argued that the Federal Government, and only the Federal Government, can inject into the economy a stimulus of sufficient size to make up for the frozen, collapsing economy. The package we are considering today will build on our previous investment, creating needed jobs and helping those who continue to be unemployed." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. 3 October 2008. "I believe that Congress should come back into session after the November elections to pass such a bill and to take up an economic stimulus package that will help those suffering on Main Street." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. 16 December 2010. "As much as we need economic stimulus now, we will need Social security for decades to come. Rather than taking money from Social Security, I would support a tax credit--similar to President Obama's Making Work Pay tax credit--that would give working families a sizeable tax break with money from general revenues." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 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 Rush Holt a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Rush Holt voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Rush Holt voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?" Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues Other or expanded principles: "I am working to cut taxes for middle class families and I've worked on the federal level to create a new federal deduction for property taxes. Additionally, I am working to strengthen and permanently extend (R&D) tax credit. The federal government should not continue to keep borrowing against our future and that of our grandchildren. We must roll back the tax cut for the top 1 percent of income earners. The tax code should stop rewarding companies for taking jobs overseas, and close foreign tax shelters. Further, we must end corporate subsidies for the non-renewable energy industry and mega-agribusinesses."

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  • Rush Holt. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Rush Holt voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Conference Report on H.R. 1, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 13 February 2009. "This legislation [the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, H.R. 1] includes more than $23.2 billion in incentives to promote renewable energy, help low and middle income Americans weatherize their homes, and decrease energy consumption by the federal government. It will also provide $20 billion in tax incentives such as the renewable energy production tax credit, the advanced energy manufacturing tax credit, and the consumer energy-efficiency tax credits." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Holt Urges Congress to Provide More Reliable, Long-Term Assistance For Small Business. 14 September 2004. "We can help small businesses thrive by providing tax incentives and loan guarantees on which they can plan." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Issue Position: Economic Growth. 13 December 2011. "Rush has worked hard to make sure that central New Jersey has all the necessary ingredients for economic growth. He has worked to attract and keep industry and jobs in the 12th district by ensuring a skilled labor force, sensible regulations, and tax incentives." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Rush Holt voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."

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  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Rush Holt. Congratulating Charter Schools Across the United States for their Contributions to Education. 3 May 2005. "As a former educator, I understand the importance of charter schools. These schools are educational laboratories, as they allow students to learn and grow in a non-traditional sense. Charter schools are an alternative to public schools that allow for trial, experimentation and development. With a freedom to employ innovative techniques, charter schools, year after year, continue to provide academic excellence and prepare our youth for higher education, the workforce and their future." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Introduction of the Knowledge Utilization in Education Act of 2004. 26 March 2004. "There is a clear need for this legislation. Research shows that student achievement increases when teachers use practices based on scientifically valid research. While the No Child Left Behind Act requires educators to use instructional practices based on research, such practices are not widely used. Given that students in 25,000 public schools may not be making adequate yearly progress, steps must be taken now to meet the demand for research-based instruction. Overall, the act would help schools by providing new resources so educators can link education knowledge to classroom practice. The bill would also launch a national leadership initiative to bolster education knowledge." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Rush Holt voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support the proposals for improved teacher and other educator quality. I am one of the leading advocates in Congress to allow states to measure student educational growth over time. I support grants and tax subsidies for school modernization. I believe parental involvement is key to any successful education program. I will fight to make sure that the funding level for ESEA is met so we can continue to reduce class sizes. I will work to ensure increased funding for Math and Science Teacher training."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support the proposals for improved teacher and other educator quality. I am one of the leading advocates in Congress to allow states to measure student educational growth over time. I support grants and tax subsidies for school modernization. I believe parental involvement is key to any successful education program. I will fight to make sure that the funding level for ESEA is met so we can continue to reduce class sizes. I will work to ensure increased funding for Math and Science Teacher training."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12). Other or expanded principles: "College loan forgiveness for teachers"
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support the proposals for improved teacher and other educator quality. I am one of the leading advocates in Congress to allow states to measure student educational growth over time. I support grants and tax subsidies for school modernization. I believe parental involvement is key to any successful education program. I will fight to make sure that the funding level for ESEA is met so we can continue to reduce class sizes. I will work to ensure increased funding for Math and Science Teacher training."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "College loan forgiveness for teachers, public school choice"
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "I support public school choice, forgiving teachers' college loans, and allowing students to earn more income without being unfairly penalized for financial aid. I sponsored an amendment to the Vocational and Technical Education For the Future Act, H.R. 4496. The amendment would have increased federal aid for state programs that train people in areas that enhance their employability snd professional development. It was considered by the Education and the Workforce Committee on July 21st. To reduce outsourcing and unemployment, I support the Advanced Manufacturing Education-to-Jobs Grants Act. The legislation would help match the needs of K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and individuals seeking employment with advanced manufacturing industries by: - Providing training in advanced manufacturing industries to individuals seeking employment; -Increasing collaboration between advanced manufacturing industries and education and training programs; -Supplying advanced manufacturing industries with job applicants who possess the right skills. States experiencing higher unemployment in manufacturing industries would be eligible to apply to a $250 million fund for grants that would be competitively awarded to consortiums of advanced manufacturing industries, local schools, colleges and employee unions."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support the proposals for improved teacher and other educator quality. I am one of the leading advocates in Congress to allow states to measure student educational growth over time. I support grants and tax subsidies for school modernization. I believe parental involvement is key to any successful education program. I will fight to make sure that the funding level for ESEA is met so we can continue to reduce class sizes. I will work to ensure increased funding for Math and Science Teacher training."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "I have introduced legislation to increase the tax deductibility of college tuition. Further, I have introduced legislation to allow people to earn more and not have that additional income, (often from part time jobs) count against their student loan eligibility. I also passed an amendment in the Education and the Workforce committee that makes Pell grants available year round, and included another amendment that implements loan forgiveness for teachers of math, science, and foreign languages."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education"

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  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Rush Holt. Letter To United States President George W. Bush. 4 May 2007. "We are writing to draw your attention to serious problems in the Five-Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program released on Monday by the Minerals Management Service (MMS) and to urge that you order the portion of the Program concerning oil and gas drilling off the coast of Virginia be removed." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Cap and trade is an acceptable but not ideal method of limiting dangerous carbon emissions. Safer nuclear reactors should be developed, but nuclear power should not be greatly expanded in our energy mix."
  • Rush Holt. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Rush Holt voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Rush Holt voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Rush Holt voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Holt Blasts Reckless Republican Offshore Drilling Proposals. 13 April 2011. "Some of my colleagues on the committee seem willing to ignore the lessons of that environmental and economic calamity. I am not [...]. These bills were written as if the Deepwater Horizon disaster never occurred. They make offshore drilling less safe, not more safe." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Ending our Dependence on Fossil Fuels. 10 July 2008. "Today's energy crisis is based on a generation of failed policies excessively dependent on fossil fuels. Instead of learning from those mistakes, some in Congress still think we can drill our way out of this crisis. The facts indicate otherwise. The U.S. consumes 25 percent of the world's oil, but only possesses two percent of its reserves. To the extent the price of gasoline is a problem with supply and demand, no amount of increased drilling in the U.S. will affect the world supply enough to lower prices. And even if we drill everywhere we will never be able to produce half of the oil we use. Moreover, oil industries already lease most of the land where oil is believed to exist. There are 68 million acres in the U.S. that are currently leased by oil companies and open to drilling but are not developed. According to the Energy Information Administration, offshore drilling in sensitive areas would increase domestic oil production by 7 percent by 2030. But, 'because oil prices are determined on the international market…any impact on average wellhead prices is expected to be insignificant.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Letter to Director Randall B. Luthi, Minerals Management Service. 18 November 2008. "Since MMS announced its Five-Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program last year, serious environmental and national security concerns have been raised about offshore drilling in the Mid-Atlantic Planning Area." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama. 30 April 2010. "In the wake of the tragic accident, loss of life, and pollution in the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, we are even more steadfastly opposed to any offshore drilling that could imperil the environment or economy of coastal New Jersey. While we appreciate the White House's announcement that no additional offshore drilling will be authorized until a full investigation of the accident is complete, we urge you to go further and reverse your decision on proposed new offshore oil and gas drilling for the outer continental shelf." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Letter to President of the United States George W. Bush. 15 May 2006. "The skyrocketing price of gas poses a crisis not only to commuters going to work, especially in rural areas, but family farmers, small businesses, truckers, airlines, and indeed our entire economy. Recently, oil prices topped $72 a barrel -- higher than during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, even though oil inventories in the U.S. reached the highest level in eight years. In fact, the last time we saw oil inventories this high, the price of oil plunged below $11 a barrel. There is no good reason for gas prices to be this high, especially when oil companies continue to receive record-breaking profits, OPEC continues to receive increased revenue, and oil executives continue to receive obscene levels of compensation. Therefore, we urge you to convene an Emergency Energy Summit with Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle, leaders in the oil industry and consumer advocates to implement solutions which will immediately lower the price of gas at the pump, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and prohibit price gouging. Without real leadership at the top, there is no question but that oil executives will continue to ignore the needs of ordinary Americans while they reap record-breaking profits." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Letter to Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Leader Cantor and Whip Hoyer. 7 December 2011. "We write to urge extension of the highly successful grant program for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits (the "1603 Treasury Grant Program") before it expires on December 31, 2011. Since enactment, this program has leveraged more than $22.8 billion in private sector investment for 22,000 projects across the clean energy industry, including solar, wind, biomass, fuel cells, combined heat-and-power, and hydro, in all 50 states. Extension of this successful and effective program will create jobs, spur economic growth, and promote private sector development of clean energy technologies. Prior to the 2008 financial crisis, clean energy project developers primarily relied on tax equity partnerships with investors to utilize clean energy tax incentives. Since 2008, however, the availability of tax equity declined dramatically. According to a report issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center in March 2011, the number of tax equity investors shrunk by nearly half, with associated tax equity financing tumbling over 80 percent from $6.1 billion in 2007 to $1.2 billion in 2009. This decline severely limited the financing available for energy projects. Congress enacted the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to restore the availability of financing for renewable energy projects and to create domestic jobs in a hard hit sector of the economy. Under the program, developers receive a federal grant in lieu of the tax credit--changing the timing of when the energy incentive can be claimed. This change in timing, however, provides the liquidity and funding needed to develop domestic energy projects. As a result, the program underpinned strong growth in the renewable energy sector during the current economic downturn. Despite some improvement, the tax equity market is still unable to support the clean energy industry adequately. In July 2011, the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance surveyed tax equity investors and found that expiration of the program would shrink the total financing available for renewable energy projects by 52 percent in 2012. Allowing the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to lapse would eliminate tens of thousands of jobs across all clean energy industries. Given the program's importance, as well as its proven record of success, we urge you to include its extension in any year-end legislation considered by the House." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Holt Statement On Offshore Drilling Expansion. 31 March 2010. "Opening new areas of the Outer Continental Shelf to oil and gas exploration is dangerous for New Jersey's economy and a step backwards for our nation's energy and environmental policies. As I told Secretary Salazar when he hosted a public meeting here one year ago, deepening our dependence on fossil fuels does not contribute to our energy security. We need to focus our efforts on developing sustainable sources of energy - such as wind, waves, and water currents - that do not unnecessarily threaten our coastal communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act of 2006. 29 July 2006. "Just so we have the facts straight, today we are considering a bill that will immediately lift a twenty-five year moratorium on offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf. This is the same twenty-five year moratorium that the House overwhelmingly voted in favor of continuing just a couple of weeks ago when we considered the Fiscal Year 2007 Interior Appropriations. The major difference between the two votes is that the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act will give states an 'opt out' option. The so-called 'opt out' option is alarming to me, because in truth, it is anything but giving states the authority to control what happens off their own coasts. In fact, what this bill does is first cut the moratoria area by 100 miles from state boundaries (current law establishes a boundary of 200 miles). Then the bill lifts the moratoria on drilling between 50-100 miles off a state boundary. Yes, many of my colleagues will assert that states then have the ability to 'opt out' of offshore drilling leases. However, the complicated procedures outlined in the bill will actually make it difficult for states to use this 'opt out' option and if they miss the deadline to file a petition, drilling can start immediately. My question for my colleagues who support this bill is: What happens if New Jersey is successful in opting out of new leasing but New York and Delaware decide to allow drilling. How can New Jersey coastal cities, businesses, and other interested parties be sure that accidents in neighboring states will not affect their industries?" (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."

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  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Cap and trade is an acceptable but not ideal method of limiting dangerous carbon emissions. Safer nuclear reactors should be developed, but nuclear power should not be greatly expanded in our energy mix."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "I have introduced the Fuel Savings, Smarter Travel, and Efficient Roadways Act which would require a study on the potential fuel savings from intelligent transportation systems that help to ease congestion and avoid delays. I have also introduced the School Building Enhancement Act, which would require the Department of Energy to provide grants to schools to help them install solar panels and other energy efficient technology."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "I have introduced the Fuel Savings, Smarter Travel, and Efficient Roadways Act which would require a study on the potential fuel savings from intelligent transportation systems that help to ease congestion and avoid delays. I have also introduced the School Building Enhancement Act, which would require the Department of Energy to provide grants to schools to help them install solar panels and other energy efficient technology."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Cap and trade is an acceptable but not ideal method of limiting dangerous carbon emissions. Safer nuclear reactors should be developed, but nuclear power should not be greatly expanded in our energy mix."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Cap and trade is an acceptable but not ideal method of limiting dangerous carbon emissions. Safer nuclear reactors should be developed, but nuclear power should not be greatly expanded in our energy mix."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Cap and trade is an acceptable but not ideal method of limiting dangerous carbon emissions. Safer nuclear reactors should be developed, but nuclear power should not be greatly expanded in our energy mix."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Rush Holt. Issue Position: Energy. 13 December 2011. "In June, Rep. Holt supported the American Clean Energy and Security Act. The legislation -- which the Senate still needs to pass -- would cap greenhouse gas emissions, promote the production of renewable energy, and help make homes, cars, and businesses more energy efficient." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Holt Supports Energy Independence and Security Act Urges Congress to Continue Work on Energy Issues. 18 December 2007. ". The bill would save more than twice the amount of oil currently imported from the Persian Gulf and reduce by nearly a quarter the projected greenhouse gas emissions cuts needed to avert the effects of global warming, both by 2030. [¦] This bill is an important first step toward reducing our dependence on foreign fuels, cutting energy costs for families, and addressing global climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Rush Holt in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Rush Holt in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Rush Holt in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Rush Holt voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Rush Holt in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Rush Holt voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Rush Holt in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Rush Holt in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008. 27 January 2008. "For the last 20 years, my colleagues in the scientific community have issued warnings that the release of greenhouse gases is altering the earth's climate in ways that are both expensive and deadly. It is well established that the climate change of recent decades can be attributed to the way we use energy. In fact, the greatest insult to our planet is the way we produce and use energy. This is one of the principle subjects that I have spoken about and worked on since I first ran for Congress, and it is one of the reasons, I believe, that my constituents sent me to Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Holt Responds to State of the Union Address. 28 January 2008. "We should invest in math, science, and foreign education and help make college more affordable. We should take further significant steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Earth Day Should Not be Just One Day. 25 April 2008. "I continue to support efforts at the federal level to reduce our nation's greenhouse gas emissions, including investing in clean technology, instituting a nationwide renewable energy portfolio standard, increasing fuel economy standards, and setting national building efficiency goals." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Climate Change. 6 December 2007. "There are some excellent provisions in this bill [the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, H.R. 6] that will drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. This includes increasing the average automobile fuel economy to 35 miles per gallon by 2020. It will require the nationwide implementation of renewable portfolio standards requiring 15 percent of the Nation's energy in power generation to come from renewable sources. And these two provisions alone will save consumers as much as $40 billion in a dozen years and will decrease our annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 324 million tons." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Letter to the Honorable Lisa Jackson, EPA. 23 September 2011. "We are writing to express our support for the Environmental Protection Agency's final Cross-State Air Pollution Control Rule. This important public health standard will prevent approximately 34,000 premature deaths, more than 15,000 heart attacks, 19,000 cases of acute bronchitis, 4000,000 cases of aggravated asthma, and 1,8 million lost workdays annually. The aggregate health benefits will save up to $280 billion annually in avoided costs, at only a cost of only $800 million. This 350-1 benefit to cost ratio represents a great deal for the public and an opportunity to improve the quality of life and competitiveness of American metropolitan areas. In concert with other improvements to state and federal regulations, it will reduce sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide by 73% and 54%, respectively, by 2014." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Rush Holt. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Rush Holt voted Did Not Vote on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "Under limited circumstances (law enforcement) concealed weapons may be carried."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "Under limited circumstances (law enforcement) concealed weapons may be carried."
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Rush Holt a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Rush Holt in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Rush Holt voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Rush Holt voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Rush Holt in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Rush Holt voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And Explosives Modernization And Reform Act of 2006. 29 September 2006. "We should be doing more to ensure that our communities are safe, by getting guns out of the hands of criminals. That is why we should make sure federal authorities have all the tools they need to go after criminal gun dealers." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Holt Statement on Tragedy at Virginia Tech. 18 April 2007. "Also, Congress and the entire country should reflect on what appears to be a culture of ever-increasing violence, on the psychology and methods of perpetrators of violence, and on the easy availability of guns. If there is a federal role in dealing with these matters, and I think there is, Congress should act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Holt Calls For Common-Sense Gun Control Nationwide. 14 May 2007. "'New Jersey's gun laws are strong, sensible, and help to keep us safe,' said Holt. 'Police, hobbyists, hunters, and other citizens live very comfortably under New Jersey's laws but our safety is undercut by lax laws in other states. Congress and the states have the responsibility to enact laws that make it less likely for the most dangerous weapons to get into the hands of those who should not have them.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. "Mr. Chairman, this amendment is to make sure that we continue the good work of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The NICS is a national database system that keeps track of individuals who are disqualified under current law from purchasing and possessing firearms. Need I remind my colleagues of the many reminders we have had of the need for this [¦] We understand the constraints on the Federal budget. However, by continuing to fund this program at the current FY10 level, we continue the vital effort to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. District of Columbia Personal Protection Act. 29 September 2004. "I do not agree with the premise that more hand guns and assault weapons in the District will mean less crime on the streets of our Nation's Capital. The experts don't either. The Mayor of the District, Anthony Williams, strongly opposes this bill. The District's Chief of Police, Charles Ramsey, recently said that 'to reduce crime and prevent more senseless tragedies like the recent killings in Anacostia and Ballou, we need fewer-not more-weapons.....' The District's Delegate in the Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton, is strongly against this legislation, as is the City Council. Why, Mr. Speaker, do all these District leaders oppose this effort to overturn their gun laws? Because, to cite just recent examples, they have seen their neighbors, their family, and their co-workers mourn the loss of 16 local children killed by guns this year. And yet, today in the House, a place secured from weapons by metal detectors at every entrance and protected by our own dedicated police force, we are voting on legislation that will overrule the District's own sensible gun laws." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "Tax free savings accounts are useful as provided in the new health care law."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "Tax free savings accounts are useful as provided in the new health care law."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care. Other or expanded principles: "Other: I support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare, but the program that Congress authorized in 2003 is inadequate, overly complex, and does not provide seniors and the disabled with the assistance they deserve. It is inconsistent with the basic design of Medicare. The program will cost the federal government hundreds of millions more than was originally projected. Congress should protect beneficiaries from arbitrary and unfair "late enrollment" penalties for those who did not enroll..."
  • Susan K. Livio. Nj.com: AARP members, U.S. Rep. Rush Hold assess prospects of health care reform bill. 9 April 2010. "Now if you are an American you can expect health care coverage [...]. It can't be taken away from you when you need it the most.'' (www.nj.com)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Rush Holt voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Repealing the health reform law would be a big mistake. Instead of focusing on job creation or retirement security or fair taxes, we're debating repealing a law that protects Americans from insurance company abuses and provides fairer and more accessible health care for children, for veterans, for seniors, for employees, for employers. The law saves the average taxpayer money, and it saves the insured money." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Holt: Health Care Reform Addresses Nursing Shortage, Strengthens Primary Care. 13 April 2010. "Strengthening primary care and addressing the nursing shortage are two more ways the reform law will improve the care that all Americans receive [...]. By tackling these issues, more patients can receive coordinated care and have better access to health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Holt Visits Central NJ Business to Highlight How Health Reform Strengthens Employer Based Health Care. 18 May 2010. "When I supported health care reform I thought of the business owners -- large and small -- who told with of their struggles with the rising costs of covering their employees and their families. The new law supports our small businesses by providing critical tax relief and allowing businesses to join together to get coverage at better rates. It supports all employees by providing critical consumer protections." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Health Care Access Should Not Be Left To Chance. 15 July 2011. "Right now, 50 million Americans -- including 8 million children -- are losing the health-care lottery. They are suffering all of the ills that the Oregon study revealed: poorer health, poorer access to doctors and poorer financial security. That situation is improving as the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect and helps 33 million Americans gain access to health insurance." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "We need to realize that our nation's immigration system is broken and comprehensively address immigration reform. Currently, the U.S. is dependent economically and socially on people breaking the law. It is unfortunate that some localities feel pressured to enforce immigration laws. This distracts them from critical local safety issues. I have supported increased funding for border security and am committed to fixing our immigration system. I support providing in-state tuition to qualified immigrant students without U.S. Citizenship, and allowing citizens and legal residents to sponsor their permanent partner for permanent legal residence."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "We need to realize that our nation's immigration system is broken and comprehensively address immigration reform. Currently, the U.S. is dependent economically and socially on people breaking the law. It is unfortunate that some localities feel pressured to enforce immigration laws. This distracts them from critical local safety issues. I have supported increased funding for border security and am committed to fixing our immigration system. I support providing in-state tuition to qualified immigrant students without U.S. Citizenship, and allowing citizens and legal residents to sponsor their permanent partner for permanent legal residence."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Rush Holt. Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010. 8 December 2010. "I oppose blanket amnesty for those who have illegally come into the United States [...]. H.R. 6497 would provide an opportunity for students who grew up in the United States a chance to contribute to our country's well-being by serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or pursuing a higher education. Passing this bill is the right thing to do--morally and economically." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Rush Holt voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Rush Holt voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Rush Holt. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "No one should be denied the opportunity to choose his or her life partner. It is a basic human right. It is a deeply personal decision. Throughout history, we have only moved forward when society has distinguished between traditional values and valueless traditions. Attacking gay couples who want to share lifelong obligations and responsibilities undermines the spirit of love and commitment and sends the wrong message to society." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "This amendment is not only discriminatory and inhumane, it is also illogical. How does this actually protect marriage? What is it exactly about same sex marriage that is putting heterosexual marriage at risk? Do the proponents of the ban on same sex marriages want to annul all childless marriages or require all newlyweds to promise to have children? Do the proponents of this ban think for a moment that the marriage of loving people of the same sex are the case of America's high divorce rate among heterosexuals. It seems to me that other factors than this are responsible for the high divorce rate." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Marriage Protection Act of 2004. 22 July 2004. "In addition to undermining the authority of the judiciary, H.R. 3313 [the marriage Protection Act of 2004] would deprive a minority population-gay men and women-of basic freedoms. This bill would limit their right to due process by barring individuals from challenging the constitutionality of DOMA. Congress should not limit an individual's ability to seek redress in the court system simply because some Members object to the sexual orientation of others." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Rush Holt voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Rush Holt voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Rush Holt voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Issue Position: Equality. 13 December 2011. "Rush has worked hard to enact laws to combat discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Rush co-sponsored the Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA) that prohibits discrimination against gays and lesbians in the workplace, and the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. He supports the right of gay and lesbian couples to adopt, and he supports allowing gays to serve in the military. He was a cosponsor of the Permanent Partners Immigration Act of 2000, which would allow citizens to sponsor their permanent partners for U.S. residence. Rush believes that all Americans are entitled to enjoy the basic rights of freedom of conscience and fundamental privacy. What people do in their private lives should not be subject to scrutiny and it is absolutely unacceptable that it should subject them to hate and bias from zealots and bigots." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Holt Statement On New Jersey Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage. 25 October 2006. "Recognizing lawful civil marriages in New Jersey simply means that same-sex couples will be treated equally and have access to the same bundle of legal rights that heterosexual couples receive. At various times in our nation's past, we have acted to expand equal treatment to different groups of people. Each time, our nation has been made stronger. Each time, the country was forced to measure our practices against our principles. Each time, we have had to take serious looks at ourselves and come to grips with some unpleasant truths about our ignorance and prejudices. Each time, we have required the firm hand of the courts to direct us." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. 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)
  • Rush Holt. Letter to Democratic Colleagues in the New Jersey Senate and Assembly. 9 January 2012. "We, the entire Democratic membership of the New Jersey Congressional delegation, urge you to support the marriage equality bill being introduced by the Democratic leadership in the state Senate and Assembly, along with many sponsors. New Jersey has a proud history of civil rights leadership, and we must continue our role in pursuing fairness and equality. [¦] It is important to note that New Jersey enacted the strongest possible civil union law in 2006. Therefore, it is not feasible to "fix" the law short of providing marriage equality. The time has come to end discrimination in marriage. The marriage equality bill in the New Jersey legislature needs your support." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security. Other or expanded principles: "a) The use of military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical has not proven to be either appropriate or practical. b) The United States should adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism. This can be done without precluding any students from such countries coming to study in the U.S. In addition, there are new reporting requirements in place that help colleges and universities ensure that foreign students who are admitted do show up for class and are not engaged in terrorist activities."
  • Rush Holt. To the Honorable Barack Obama. 12 June 2012. "We are concerned that the use of such "signature" strikes could raise the risk of killing innocent civilians or individuals who may have no relationship to attacks on the United States. Our drone campaigns have virtually no transparency, accountability or oversight. We are further concerned about the legal grounds for strikes under the 2001 Authorization for the Use Military Force. The implications of the use of drones for our national security are profound. They can generate powerful and enduring anti-American sentiment. They are faceless ambassadors that cause civilian deaths, and are frequently the only direct contact with Americans that the targeted communities have. As members of Congress, we are deeply concerned about the full impact of drone strikes." (kucinich.house.gov)
  • Spencer Ackerman. Washington Independent: Holt Blasts Cheney on Terrorism. 5 February 2010. "Do not misunderstand; this is not just a polite clash of ideas. It is deadly and deadly serious. We need our intelligence and law enforcement communities to gather information about radical movements, identify training, penetrate cells, disrupt, discredit, and eliminate those who would harm Americans and innocents anywhere. But most of the work necessarily is unglamorous, meticulous watching and analyzing. Prior to 2001, too much of the thinking in intelligence agencies had been the Cold War spy-versus-spy maneuvering and now too much of it is the warfighting mentality that replaced it over the past eight years. The failure to share information in 2001 was that the intelligence community was still in the Cold War mentality. The failure to share information this month was that the intelligence community had replaced the Cold War mentality with a warfighting one. If the focus is on "kinetic action" it shapes how you evaluate and value information. How irrelevant the movements of disciples of an extremist must seem when the focus is on assassinating him. How unimportant the denial of a visa must (washingtonindependent.com)
  • Philip Molnar. Lehigh Valley Live: U.S. Rep. Rush Holt warns of risk in use of military drones in letter to President Obama. 18 June 2012. "The administration has claimed its drone strikes are executed with precision on the basis of solid intelligence. Targeting an entire group of people on the basis of ambiguous ˜signatures' is neither precise nor wise, as innocent civilians are too often killed in such strikes." (www.lehighvalleylive.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?" Business and Employment Issues Other or expanded principles: "Social Security continues to serve Americans well. It provides a foundation of retirement income which permits seniors to live in dignity and helps relieve younger family members of the obligation for their support. Without Social Security, half of all seniors would fall into poverty. In addition, Social Security is more than just a retirement program. In fact, almost 40 percent of all Social Security benefit dollars goes to disabled individuals, spouses of retired and disabled workers, dependent children and survivors. I strongly oppose privatizing Social Security."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Rush Holt. Issue Position: Retirement Security. 13 December 2011. "In an age of corporate pension rip-offs, uncertain financial markets, executives cashing in 'golden parachutes' worth hundreds of millions at the expense of employees, and talk of 'privatizing' Social Security, Rep. Holt has stood firm for protecting the pension funds of workers and the retirement annuities of America's seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Holt Hosts Town Hall on Social Security. 12 February 2005. "'I have grave concerns over privatizing Social Security,' said Holt. 'The President's plan would cut Social Security's monthly benefit, eliminate the guarantee, and add trillions to the national debt. It's a radical, misguided approach to a manageable problem.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 90 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Defending Social Security. 8 March 2005. "Another constituent wrote to me and said, "The President claims that placing Social Security savings into mutual funds will yield a positive result. Mutual funds still have risk. They go up and down. I have lost capital in several mutual funds. The average person is not an investment sophisticate."...I am sure my colleague from Wisconsin has had a similar situation, has had similar experiences. When I go before a group of Social Security recipients, I ask: Is there anyone here ashamed to take Social Security? And they all chuckle and say, of course not, because we have earned it, because Social Security is for everyone. And everyone knows that it is for everyone. It is not for the ones who are clever in the market. It is not for the ones who are welfare cases. It is an earned benefit that brings with it dignity in the non-wage-earning years, those years of retirement or years after the family breadwinner has died or those years when disability makes it impossible to earn wages. It brings income and dignity in all of those cases. And like my colleague, I have heard it now from thousands, and I am not exaggerating, of my constituents." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 21 July 2011. "As recovery efforts subside and unacceptably high unemployment continues to devastate our communities, we are pleased that the debt ceiling negotiations seem to be considering jobs as well as how to responsibly reduce spending. However, we remain gravely concerned that yet another, unacceptable cut to Social Security's revenue stream appears to be on the table. Enemies of Social Security reject valid proposals to give the same level of tax relief to the same Americans or American businesses without using the Social Security revenue stream and resultant general fund transfers. As alternative measures would have the same net effect on deficits and the economy, there is simply no need to negotiate cuts to Social Security taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. "We write in strong agreement with your unwavering defense of the Democratic programs that form the bedrock of America's middle and working classes, and which are overwhelmingly popular. On July 7, you made very clear that "We are not going to balance the budget on the backs of America's seniors, women and people with disabilities" and that "we do not support cuts in benefits" for vital safety-net programs. We agree completely. Especially in these tough economic times, we should not be cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits that millions of our constituents paid into and depend on. Such benefit cuts should be off the table in current debt discussions. Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable. We are united as Democrats in saying that it's time to stand up to the Republican hostage-taking. We will not be forced to vote for a "final agreement" that we do not agree to -- and that the American people do not agree to. We stand united with you in insisting that benefit cuts for working families, our seniors, children, and people with disabilities must be off the table, and we stand united with you in fighting for millions of Americans who need Democrats to be firmly on their side." (votesmart.org)

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New Jersey Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

Abortion should be legal and consistent with Roe v. Wade. I believe that reproductive health care is a personal matter and should be left to individuals, their doctors, and their families without interference from the government. Additionally, I support mandating equity in insurance coverage for contraceptive services.

NoInferred Answer Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I do not support current military action in Afghanistan without a declared plan for the safe and expeditious withdrawal of American combat forces from Afghanistan. Military aid to Afghanistan is already very large and I foresee no need to increase it. Striking military targets in Pakistan, as it is currently being done, should not be continued. There are circumstances under which it could be justified. Trade agreements can and should state what constitutes acceptable behavior in worker's rights, environmental matters, intellectual property, and so forth. We should export the goods we produce and not the workers who produce them."
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I do not support current military action in Afghanistan without a declared plan for the safe and expeditious withdrawal of American combat forces from Afghanistan. Military aid to Afghanistan is already very large and I foresee no need to increase it. Striking military targets in Pakistan, as it is currently being done, should not be continued. There are circumstances under which it could be justified. Trade agreements can and should state what constitutes acceptable behavior in worker's rights, environmental matters, intellectual property, and so forth. We should export the goods we produce and not the workers who produce them."
  • Rush Holt. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "Congress and the American people have entrusted you with a great responsibility - ensuring the economic well-being of our nation and the creation of jobs. This is no simple task and will require both bold decisions and fair compromises. We understand that you will consider many options when it comes to reaching the benchmarks set by Congress. But too often, when it has come time to reduce spending, the most vulnerable - the working poor and the middle class - have been asked to bear most of the sacrifice. Fortunately, there are other alternatives. To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 10 March 2010. "The bad news is that every time we take out one of their field commanders, several more rise to take their place. This is the nature of insurgency, it is the nature of the problem that confronts us, and it is not a problem that will be resolved by the continuous, endless use of military force. I came to the floor in December 2009 and posed a series of questions about our policy in this war, and many of those questions remain unanswered. However, several events over the last few months have answered at least one question: Are we fighting on the wrong battlefield?" (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 17 March 2011. "Mr. Speaker, today the House has a chance to make a judgment about the wisdom of continuing our combat role in Afghanistan. In 2009, I came to the floor of the House and declared that I would give the President at least a year to show that his approach could work. For those who choose to actually look at the facts and the results to date, the conclusion is clear: it is time--past time--for us to leave Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. America In Afghanistan: Questions To Consider. 15 December 2009. "Madam Speaker, today Members received another classified briefing on our policy in Afghanistan, a briefing that raised a number of questions that need answers before our country commits further troops and resources to that conflict. These are not loaded questions or simply rhetorical, they are real questions--and just some of the real questions--that people in central New Jersey are asking. Would this proposed troop increase bring us closer to capturing or killing those responsible for the 9/11 attacks? If the al Qaeda remnant Americans are seeking to capture or kill is on the Pakistani side of the border, or in Yemen or East Africa, how will sending more troops to, say, southern Helmand Province in Afghanistan help us to get those terrorists who attacked us on September 11 or might attack us in the future? Should we send troops to where al Qaeda isn't? Should we expand our aerial strikes? Would an escalation in air attacks do more harm than good? Is our intelligence apparatus structured and capable of giving our military and political leaders the intelligence they need to wage this war? Given our lack of foreign language capabilities, can we really know what's going on in the towns and farms and villages? Does the deterioration in the military and political situation in recent years in Afghanistan result from actions Americans have taken or failed to take? If so, how do we avoid those problems in a surged military action? What constitutes victory or success in this conflict? What is it that we hope to leave behind once we exit Afghanistan? What can we reasonably hope to leave behind?" (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Issue Position: Foreign Policy. 13 December 2011. "As has become clear, the Taliban insurgency cannot be defeated through purely military means, and the corrupt and ineffective government of Hamid Karzai is only fueling support for the insurgency. Moreover, the cost of the war is directly imperiling the hometown security of communities across this nation and the economic security of our children and grandchildren. Every month, we squander on the war in Afghanistan enough money to put an additional 38,000 police on our streets for a full year, or to prevent massive teacher layoffs in every state, particularly New Jersey. Ending our combat involvement in Afghanistan is the first step towards reorienting our security priorities back on the threats of greatest concern to the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Larson and Colleagues Urge GAO to Investigate Overextension of Armed Forces. 4 October 2004. "We, the undersigned Members of Congress, are writing to request that the General Accounting Office (GAO) undertake a comprehensive study to review the recruitment and retention efforts of the U.S. Armed Forces. In light of the extraordinary scope of our current military commitments - 466,000 troops deployed to over 120 countries - we are concerned about the adequacy of the total force and our ability to sustain long-term force requirements. Specifically, we are seeking an analysis of the most severe stresses facing the force and GAO's appraisal of how these factors may impact recruitment and retention efforts; an assessment of how measures such as Stop-Loss and the mobilization of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) may be masking future problems; and an assessment of how recruitment and retention issues may ultimately impact DoD's ability to meet global military commitments, especially if the need arises for more forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other regions around the globe. We are particularly interested in GAO's assessment of the actions DOD is taking, if any, to prepare for the eventuality of a personnel shortage." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. Letter to President Obama. 9 May 2011. "The success of this mission does not change the reality that America still faces a determined and violent adversary. It does, however, require us to reexamine our policy of nation building in Afghanistan. We believe it is no longer the best way to defend America against terror attacks, and we urge you to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan that are not crucial to the immediate national security objective of combating al Qaeda." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Rush Holt voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

We will not solve Afghanistan's problems with more bombs and bullets; the Afghans themselves must take the lead in settling their differences peacefully. We cannot afford to continue to spend billions upon billions of dollars on this war when we have so many pressing needs here at home -- schools that need to be built, bridges that need to be replaced, and police that need to be hired to keep our neighborhoods safe. I have called for an expedited withdrawal of our forces from Afghanistan.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.

In order to balance the budget,

YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

I am working to cut taxes for middle class families and I've worked on the federal level to create a new federal deduction for property taxes. Additionally, I am working to strengthen and permanently extend the R&D tax credit.

The federal government should not continue to keep borrowing against our future and that of our grandchildren. We must roll back the tax cut for the top 1 percent of income earners. The tax code should stop rewarding companies for taking jobs overseas, and close foreign tax shelters. Further, we must end corporate subsidies for the non-renewable energy industry and mega-agribusinesses.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

I oppose extension of the Bush tax cuts that largely benefited the wealthiest in America without corresponding cuts in federal spending. I have and will continue to support a tax policy that supports middle class families and asks the wealthiest among us to pay their fair share. Throughout my time in Congress, I have been willing to cross party lines to vote for tax relief that will benefit senior citizens and small business. I have supported family-friendly tax breaks such as the Child Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit, Alternative Minimum tax relief, and Marriage Penalty relief.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

Some federal education funds can be awarded competitively to states as part of our efforts to improve student performance, but it cannot be the only step we take. Federal funding must be available, at least in part, to all states and localities not just competition winners.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "We need to realize that our nation's immigration system is broken and comprehensively address immigration reform. Currently, the U.S. is dependent economically and socially on people breaking the law. It is unfortunate that some localities feel pressured to enforce immigration laws. This distracts them from critical local safety issues. I have supported increased funding for border security and am committed to fixing our immigration system. I support providing in-state tuition to qualified immigrant students without U.S. Citizenship, and allowing citizens and legal residents to sponsor their permanent partner for permanent legal residence."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "We need to realize that our nation's immigration system is broken and comprehensively address immigration reform. Currently, the U.S. is dependent economically and socially on people breaking the law. It is unfortunate that some localities feel pressured to enforce immigration laws. This distracts them from critical local safety issues. I have supported increased funding for border security and am committed to fixing our immigration system. I support providing in-state tuition to qualified immigrant students without U.S. Citizenship, and allowing citizens and legal residents to sponsor their permanent partner for permanent legal residence."
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Rush Holt. Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010. 8 December 2010. "I oppose blanket amnesty for those who have illegally come into the United States [...]. H.R. 6497 would provide an opportunity for students who grew up in the United States a chance to contribute to our country's well-being by serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or pursuing a higher education. Passing this bill is the right thing to do--morally and economically." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Rush Holt voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Rush Holt voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Rush Holt supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rush Holt. 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)
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
NoDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

We need to realize that our nation's immigration system is broken and we need to address comprehensively immigration reform. Currently, the U.S. is dependent economically and socially on people breaking the law.

It is unfortunate that some localities feel pressured to enforce immigration laws. This distracts them from critical local safety issues. I have supported increased funding for border security and am committed to fixing our immigration system.

I support providing in-state tuition to qualified immigrants to sponsor their permanent partner for permanent legal residence.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations
  • Rush Holt. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security. Other or expanded principles: "a) The use of military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical has not proven to be either appropriate or practical. b) The United States should adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism. This can be done without precluding any students from such countries coming to study in the U.S. In addition, there are new reporting requirements in place that help colleges and universities ensure that foreign students who are admitted do show up for class and are not engaged in terrorist activities."
  • Rush Holt. To the Honorable Barack Obama. 12 June 2012. "We are concerned that the use of such "signature" strikes could raise the risk of killing innocent civilians or individuals who may have no relationship to attacks on the United States. Our drone campaigns have virtually no transparency, accountability or oversight. We are further concerned about the legal grounds for strikes under the 2001 Authorization for the Use Military Force. The implications of the use of drones for our national security are profound. They can generate powerful and enduring anti-American sentiment. They are faceless ambassadors that cause civilian deaths, and are frequently the only direct contact with Americans that the targeted communities have. As members of Congress, we are deeply concerned about the full impact of drone strikes." (kucinich.house.gov)
  • Spencer Ackerman. Washington Independent: Holt Blasts Cheney on Terrorism. 5 February 2010. "Do not misunderstand; this is not just a polite clash of ideas. It is deadly and deadly serious. We need our intelligence and law enforcement communities to gather information about radical movements, identify training, penetrate cells, disrupt, discredit, and eliminate those who would harm Americans and innocents anywhere. But most of the work necessarily is unglamorous, meticulous watching and analyzing. Prior to 2001, too much of the thinking in intelligence agencies had been the Cold War spy-versus-spy maneuvering and now too much of it is the warfighting mentality that replaced it over the past eight years. The failure to share information in 2001 was that the intelligence community was still in the Cold War mentality. The failure to share information this month was that the intelligence community had replaced the Cold War mentality with a warfighting one. If the focus is on "kinetic action" it shapes how you evaluate and value information. How irrelevant the movements of disciples of an extremist must seem when the focus is on assassinating him. How unimportant the denial of a visa must (washingtonindependent.com)
  • Philip Molnar. Lehigh Valley Live: U.S. Rep. Rush Holt warns of risk in use of military drones in letter to President Obama. 18 June 2012. "The administration has claimed its drone strikes are executed with precision on the basis of solid intelligence. Targeting an entire group of people on the basis of ambiguous ˜signatures' is neither precise nor wise, as innocent civilians are too often killed in such strikes." (www.lehighvalleylive.com)
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

It is clear that the current regime in Iran poses troubling security challenges to the world community and our allies in the Middle East. A nuclear Iran would destabilize the region and threaten the United States and our allies. Iran must alter its dangerous course, and the United States needs to be fully involved to help bring this about. To that end, I have supported a number of bills that are designed with out resorting to war to halt Iran's drive for nuclear weapons, such as the Prevent Iran from Acquiring Nuclear Weapons and Stop War Through Diplomacy Act.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

Spending

Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Greatly Increaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

Helping small businesses create jobs with investment tax credits and increasing access to credit, and investing in education and research for a better economic future.

Putting college education within reach of more middle class families.

Respecting our seniors by strengthening Medicare and protecting Social Security.

Working to help families by fighting for middle-class tax relief.

Honoring the service of America's veterans and providing for their physical and mental health needs.

Protecting our environment by preserving open spaces, guarding beaches from reckless off-shore drilling and encouraging sustainable and renewable energy sources.