Representative Henry A. Waxman's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 33, Democratic
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Henry Waxman refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henry Waxman. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "But this is not enough for some. H.R. 3 will result in a virtual shut-down of abortion services in the United States. In addition to making permanent the prohibition in existing law on any federal funding for abortion, H.R. 3 prohibits any federal funds from being expended for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion. It establishes tax penalties for private expenditures on abortion. It provides a limitation on federal facilities and employees with respect to abortion. It again singles out the District of Columbia to prevent the citizens of that city from determining whether the local government can fund abortion services with its own revenue. H.R. 3 is extreme, it is cruel, it is offensive, and it is wrong." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Letter to President of the United States of America George W. Bush. 16 May 2006. "Around the country, state legislators are introducing bills that would restrict a woman's access to birth control. We are concerned that those who seek to restrict or eliminate safe, legal abortions are expanding their goals and now also seek to restrict access to emergency contraception and other forms of prescription birth control." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. 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)
  • Henry Waxman. Issue Position: Health-Reproductive Health. 23 February 2012. "As a leading advocate of women's health research and reproductive rights, Rep. Waxman has worked to give women better access to reproductive care services. In addition to pushing for increased funding for family planning and reproductive health services for low-income women who depend on Medicaid, he has opposed every effort in Congress to restrict a woman's right to choose a safe abortion." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Hearing of the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee - "H.R.__, the Protect Life Act of 2011." 9 February 2011. "By restricting insurance plans flexibility regarding abortion coverage, the Pitts bill will result in a virtual shut-down of private coverage of this service. The bill also takes away the Affordable Care Act's limited anti-discrimination protection for those providers whose conscience dictates that women should have access to abortion -- a legal and medically appropriate service. [¦] Taken as a whole, the bill is nothing more than a full-throttled attack on abortion -- at worst, to take away a women's right to choose, or at best, to make it meaningless. [¦] In my view, the abortion provisions included in the Affordable Care Act are far too restrictive." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 17 February 2011. "If you're against abortion, be against abortion. But don't take it out on Planned Parenthood because they serve abortion clients in a separate operation. That's like saying I never want to pay for any services provided by a doctor, even though it's not abortion services. I don't want that doctor getting any money for contraceptive services. I don't want that doctor to be paid if he's providing screening for venereal disease. I don't want that doctor to be paid for any other service because he might also, without your funds being used, provide abortion services." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 15 April 2011. "I also must register my profound objection to the rider attached in this bill that prohibits the District of Columbia Government from funding abortions. By what moral right does the Republican leadership override unilaterally the sovereign decisions taken by the government and people of the District of Columbia? This is shameful and deeply offensive and I hope Congress can find the strength ultimately to reverse it." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Henry Waxman in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Henry Waxman in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (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 Henry Waxman a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Henry Waxman in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Henry Waxman in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henry Waxman. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Letter to Chairman McKeon. 10 May 2011. "The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) of 2001 was widely thought to provide authorization for the war in Afghanistan to root out al Qaeda, the Taliban, and others responsible for the 9/11 attacks. That war has dragged on for almost ten years, and after the demise of Osama Bin Laden, as the United States prepares for withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Detainee Security Act purports to expand the "armed conflict" against the Taliban, al Qaeda, and 'associated forces' without limit." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Conference Report on H.R. 1540, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. 19 December 2011. "H.R. 1540 contains a number of areas of progress, including a pay increase for our troops, important new protections for military personnel who are victims of sexual assault, concrete requirements for the Department of Defense to strengthen its audit-readiness, and increased cooperation with Israel on ballistic missile defense. In addition, it contains the toughest sanctions yet on the Central Bank of Iran to pressure the Iranian regime from continuing its pursuit of nuclear weapons. And, it blunts the defense spending increases of past years with significant cuts that are consistent with the end of the war in Iraq and the winding down of our involvement in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Reflections on September 11. 15 September 2011. "But I also believe it past time to end our involvement in Afghanistan. We should bring our troops home now. [¦] Let us leave Afghanistan to its people, and reserve the right to strike at any foe arising from Afghanistan that poses a threat to our country and its people." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henry Waxman. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Henry Waxman voted Did Not Vote on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California 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"
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California 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"
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. National Defense"
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Medium Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • Henry Waxman. Conference Report on H.R. 1540, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. 17 February 2012. "Mr. Speaker, I will vote for H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, because it contains a number of important advancements. [¦] And, it blunts the defense spending increases of past years with significant cuts that are consistent with the end of the war in Iraq and the winding down of our involvement in Afghanistan." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce - Payroll Tax Conference Committee. 24 January 2012. "President Obama kept his promise to end the costly war in Iraq and is in the process of ending the war in Afghanistan. We have savings as a result. They should be on the table." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee - Oversight of Defense Department Acquisitions. 29 April 2008. "The Department of Defense will spend hundreds of billions of dollars over the next five years buying weapons systems needed for our armed forces, and no one questions the need to give our troops the best possible equipment. But the American taxpayers are footing the bill for these weapons programs, and no one seems to be looking out for their interests. Billions of dollars have been squandered due to waste and mismanagement at the Defense Department." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 15 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. 16 December 2011. "I will vote for the Pomeroy amendment to restore the estate tax to sensible levels. There is no justification for massive estate tax relief for the Nation's 6,600 wealthiest families, at a cost of $25 billion to America's taxpayers. Despite continuing the Bush tax cuts for those earning over $250,000 per year, and despite the estate tax provisions, this initiative, forged by President Obama, does a lot of good." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Sense of House Regarding Any Final Measure to Extend Certain Expiring Provisions. 17 February 2012. "Did the Republican leadership in the House just learn today that at the end of this month, in 10 or 11 days, these tax breaks, the unemployment insurance, and the physician reimbursements were going to expire? No, they learned about it earlier. So they packaged a bill. And the only way they could figure to pay for it was to take it out of the Federal employees, ask the elderly to pay more for their Medicare, to cut back on spending, never to raise taxes on people who make $1 million a year. The Senate had the same issue before them, and the Democrats there wanted to have a tax increase. They couldn't get that through." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce - Payroll Tax Conference Committee. 17 February 2012. "If we need pay-fors for some of these provisions, we should look first to raising revenues from millionaires who pay less in taxes than the secretaries who work for them or the waiters and waitresses who serve them meals." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "2. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the tax levels for each of the listed categories. Income Taxes on Families Earning $140,000 or More"
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. d) Over $150,000"
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Henry Waxman. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 9 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henry Waxman. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Providing For Consideration Of Senate Amendments To H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010. 25 March 2010. "I want to just close by saying I wish the Republicans would have worked with us instead of fighting this bill every step of the way. They're complaining now they didn't get amendments, but when we called on them to help us, they said no. They wouldn't work with us on the stimulus bill, they wouldn't work with us on the energy bill, they wouldn't work with us on the health bill, but we got it done anyway." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Issue Position: Budget and Economy. 14 February 2012. "AMERICAN RECOVERY & REINVESTMENT ACT, enacted in the first month of President Obama's term, to jumpstart our economy, create and save 3.5 million jobs, give a tax cut to small business and 95% of American workers, begin to rebuild America's road, rail, and water infrastructure, and make a historic commitment to education, clean energy, and science and technology, with unprecedented accountability." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Hearing of the Subcommittee on Health of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce - MedPAC's June 2010 Report to Congress: Aligning Incentives in Medicare. 23 June 2010. "The Congress of the United States, in fact, the House, held 79 bipartisan hearings and markups on health insurance reform over the past two years. We had hearings. We've got full input from everybody - people who had different points of view, those who were in favor and those who were against. And out of those hearings, we've worked on legislation. But we had to do it on a partisan basis because like every bill that we have considered in the last year and a half, the Republicans have decided to vote no. They voted no on the stimulus bill. They voted no on the energy bill. They voted no on the health bill. They voted no on the financial reform bill. They are the Party of No." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Rep. Waxman Gives Speech on Climate Change in Advance of Hearing with Scientific Experts. 7 March 2011. "There is a consensus among economists that federal spending under the Recovery Act saved millions of jobs and pulled our economy back from the brink of a depression. But during the campaign in November, Republicans ran on the platform that the economic stimulus undermined our economy and destroyed jobs. In the current debate over the CR, Republicans claim that slashing federal spending will create jobs and grow the economy. But the consensus of economists and market analysts is exactly the opposite: enacting the cuts the Republicans have proposed will cost hundreds of thousands of jobs." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Chairman Waxman Delivers a Speech on Federal Contracting. 14 May 2007. "I have proposed that 1% of federal procurement spending be set aside for contract management and oversight. Procurement experts can debate whether that is the right percentage. But the need for more resources should not be in dispute: If we can find a way to boost federal spending on contract management, the pay-off for the taxpayer will be immense." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman 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 Henry Waxman a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henry Waxman. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Issue Position: Armed Services and Veterans. 24 February 2012. "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which Rep. Waxman strongly supported, provides important investments for all of our nation's veterans. It provides incentives for businesses to hire recently discharged veterans and expands housing assistance for disabled veterans." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Create "empowerment zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing government grants and federal assistance, in addition to tax credits, to new and expanding businesses."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Create "enterprise zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing tax credits for new and expanding businesses."
  • Henry Waxman. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Issue Position: Budget and Economy. 24 February 2012. "HIRE ACT, providing tax incentives for businesses that have already hired 4.5 million unemployed Americans, unleashing billions of dollars to rebuild highways and infrastructure, strengthening small businesses with tax credits and accelerated write-offs, and cracking down on offshore accounts for the wealthy." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henry Waxman. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Issue Position: Education and Labor. 24 February 2012. "Rep. Waxman believes we must strengthen the federal commitment to education, from early childhood to K-12 to higher education. He is committed to providing additional resources for NCLB and IDEA to ensure that our schools can meet the needs of all students and prepare them for college and success in the global economy. He also supports full funding of Head Start, one of our most effective federal programs, to ensure that all children start school ready to learn." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Issue Position: Education and Labor- K-12 Education. 1 January 2011. "Representative Waxman has been a strong advocate of legislation to improve K-12 education, including co-sponsoring the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which mandates that school districts provide specialized services to educate children with disabilities, and supporting greater funding for Head Start." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Issue Position: Education and Labor - Early Childhood Education. 24 February 2012. "Representative Waxman is committed to early education programs that provide critical education funding for young children in need. He has long been a proponent of increased funding for Head Start and Early Head Start, and was a strong supporter of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. By the end of 2010, this recovery money will have provided an additional $1 billion and $1.1 billion for Head Start and Early Head Start, respectively, as well as $2 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Corporate welfare "
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California 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"
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Sugar subsidies "
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "SDI Funding "
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Henry Waxman. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Henry Waxman. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Conference Report on H.R. 6, Energy Policy Act of 2005. 28 July 2005. "There was nothing more pathetic than the colloquy a few minutes ago with some of my colleagues from Florida who were worried about the beginning of drilling off the shore of Florida as we in California have worried about that as well. And they asked the chairman of the full committee for assurances that he will continue to work with them if the State does not want to allow the offshore oil drilling off the coast of Florida as we do not want it done in California." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Letter to Fred Upton, Chairman of Committee on Energy and Commerce. 17 February 2012. "On August 18, 2011, SEAB released its interim report, which included several recommendations for how state and federal regulators and industry could reduce the impact of shale gas development on air quality, water quality, and the quality-of-life in communities near drilling operations.[1] SEAB noted that, absent an effective regulatory and industry response, expanded natural gas production could produce serious environmental consequences. In particular, SEAB recommended that industry and government officials improve public access to information about shale gas drilling activities; reduce emissions of methane and ozone precursors from new and existing wells; and protect water quality at every stage of the drilling and production process." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011. 17 February 2012. "Mr. Speaker, during the last year and a half, a series of tragic failures have made it clear that we need stronger pipeline safety laws. Pipeline failures have occurred all across the country. From California and Montana to Michigan and Pennsylvania, we've seen natural gas pipeline explosions and ruptured oil pipelines spilling oil into rivers." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Letter to Interior Secretary Salazar. 8 February 2012. "While I'm pleased Secretary Salazar is committed to preventing new oil and gas drilling off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, I remain concerned with any proposal that would allow new drilling in the Arctic Ocean," added Rep. Capps. "Despite assurances from the oil industry that it's safe, and some recent steps taken by the Interior Department to improve safety and environmental requirements, offshore drilling is a dirty and dangerous business. My constituents know firsthand that oil spills can and do happen, and how hard they are to clean up. They can tell you that if it was that hard to clean-up the spill in the relatively calm conditions off Santa Barbara, it's going to be near-impossible to respond to and contain any spill in the Arctic Ocean." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Henry Waxman in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Henry Waxman in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Henry Waxman in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Henry Waxman in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Henry Waxman in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Henry Waxman in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Henry Waxman voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California 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." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "k) with safeguards to protect against local adverse impacts."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "k) with safeguards to protect against local adverse impacts."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "k) with safeguards to protect against local adverse impacts."
  • Henry Waxman. Letter to Chairman Upton and Chairman Whitfield. 17 February 2012. "Last month, an article in the New York Times described how thawing permafrost in the Northern Hemisphere could release dangerous amounts of carbon and methane into the atmosphere. We request that you schedule a hearing on the concerns raised in this article and the implications for climate change." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Letter to Chairman Upton and Chairman Whitfield. 17 February 2012. "Power generation infrastructure, such as coal-fired power plants, are responsible for the majority of these locked-in emissions, due to the quantity of the carbon emissions that they release over their long lifetimes. The analysis further found that unless stringent new action is taken soon, the energy infrastructure in place by 2017 will generate all the carbon pollution allowed under the 450 Scenario, meaning that any power plants or factories built after 2017 would need to be zero-emitting or offset by other reductions to avoid potentially catastrophic climate change. Thus, IEA concluded, we have about five years to shift from traditional fossil fuel investments to clean, low carbon energy to avoid dangerous climate change. The IEA report also finds that "delaying action is a false economy." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Letter to Chairman Upton and Charmain Whitfield. 17 February 2012. "We are writing to urge you to hold a hearing on a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that finds "increases in atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases" have contributed to climate extremes and extreme weather events around the world. There is mounting evidence that climate change is already beginning to affect the United States." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Rep. Waxman Statement on Durban Negotiations. 17 February 2012. "Our international negotiators made historic steps forward on issues of adaptation, clean technology, and transparency -- creating a regime that will monitor efforts by developed and developing countries alike to cut global emissions. Climate change is an environmental issue, a national security issue, an economic issue, and a moral issue, and we need to act now to adopt clean energy and climate policies that will prevent potentially irreversible damage to our country and our planet." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011. 22 September 2011. "Why should any business spend money to install pollution control devices if they don't think their competitors are going to do the same thing? So government must establish some standards so that everybody knows what the rules are going to be and the investments will be made. Approximately two-thirds of the coal-burning power plants in this country have the up-to-date controls in those power plants. What we're talking about for the most part are those third we were told were going to be retired. But they're not being retired. They're still being used, and they're still polluting. And those power plants ought to come up to compliance with the reductions in their emissions." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Video: Henry Waxman 'questions' Secretary Chu on Solyndra loan. 17 November 2011. "Many House Republicans, including many Republicans on this committee, deny that climate is occurring. Are they right? Is climate change a hoax or is it real? [¦] Because most of our world's energy come from fossil fuels like coal and oil that emit quantities of carbon pollution, is that right?" (www.youtube.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henry Waxman. Issue Position: Judiciary-Criminal Justice. 23 February 2012. "Representative Waxman supports common-sense gun control measures that keep deadly weapons out of the hands of criminals, children and other high-risk individuals. He supports reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, requirements for child safety locks on handguns, increased requirements for background checks at gun shows and stronger regulation of high-powered .50 caliber weapons." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Henry Waxman a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Henry Waxman in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Henry Waxman in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 95 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. District of Columbia Personal Protection Act. 29 September 2004. "The vast majority of the people in this Nation support the Federal ban on assault weapons. Even the President said he supported the continuation of the assault weapons ban, but we could not even bring it up for a vote in the House of Representatives. Instead, the Republican leadership in the House has brought up to the House floor legislation that makes assault weapons legal in the Nation's capital. I wonder if they are going to get around to mandating that each Member of Congress buy an assault weapon rather than ban it all around this Nation." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 16 November 2011. "Mr. Chair, I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act. I share the view of many Californians that states have a responsibility to enact commonsense measures to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of children, criminals and individuals with a history of serious mental illness. I am appalled that this bill would supersede reasonable state standards and subject California to weaker and oftentimes dangerous gun laws of other states." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 17 February 2012. "Mr. Chair, I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act. I share the view of many Californians that states have a responsibility to enact commonsense measures to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of children, criminals and individuals with a history of serious mental illness. I am appalled that this bill would supersede reasonable state standards and subject California to weaker and oftentimes dangerous gun laws of other states." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Henry Waxman. Providing For Consideration Of Senate Amendments To H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010. 25 March 2010. "Mr. Speaker, earlier this week history was made with the enactment into law of the comprehensive access to quality affordable health insurance for all Americans. Tonight we complete action on this legislation and cement for all Americans their sense of security that they will always be able to afford and access health care for themselves and their families." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Henry Waxman. Chairman Waxman's Statement on District Court's Ruling on Health Care Reform. 13 December 2010. "There have been almost 20 cases filed challenging health reform. All the others that have come to judgment have been dismissed. We always knew that there was a chance that one or two judges would buck the clear legal consensus that the law is constitutional, just as some judges once ruled that Social Security was illegal. But one way or another, this question is clearly headed to the Supreme Court. When it gets there, I am confident that cooler heads will prevail and that the health reform law will be upheld in full." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Correcting the Enrollment of H.R. 1473. 14 April 2011. "Mr. Speaker, this resolution would defund the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. This is just another way the Republicans are trying to repeal that law. The very first week of this Congress, they voted to repeal the health care law. They said they want to repeal it and replace it. We still have not seen what they propose. They are not proposing reforms to help the middle class. In effect what they would do is increase the number of uninsured in this country by 50 million people. This is a particularly reprehensible way to end health reform--to stop paying for its implementation." (votesmart.org)

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  • Henry Waxman. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Henry Waxman. Issue Position: Judiciary “ Immigration. 23 February 2012. "Representative Waxman is a cosponsor of H.R. 4321, The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act. This legislation would maximize border security by increasing border agents, enhancing their training, and providing them with the most advanced equipment and technology [...] and establish a path to lawful residence for those undocumented immigrants who demonstrate that they've made contributions to the U.S., undergo background checks, pay fines, meet English and civics requirements, and pay all taxes." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. 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." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Solis, Capito, Slaughter and 31 Other Members of Congress Urge Ridge to Help Maria Suarez. 21 April 2004. "However, immigration laws were amended in 1996 to provide for the deportation of long-term legal permanent residents who had been convicted of crime. As a consequence, persons wrongly convicted of a crime in America must still be deported, despite their innocence. However, it is our understanding that the United States Department of Homeland Security has the authority to dismiss removal proceedings under certain compelling circumstances." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Henry Waxman. 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)
  • Henry Waxman. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Henry Waxman voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Henry Waxman voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Henry Waxman voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California 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?"
  • Henry Waxman. Issue Position: Judiciary-Gay Rights. 24 February 2012. "Representative Waxman has fought hard to protect the rights of gays and lesbians and build safer, more tolerant communities. As a Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, he is doing all he can to advance LGBT equality and is an original cosponsor of the following measures: H.R. 3567, The Respect for Marriage Act of 2009, would repeal Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as between 'one man and one woman as husband and wife' for the purposes of federal law." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Marriage Protection Amendment. 24 July 2006. "Mr. Speaker, I rise to express my strong opposition to House Joint Resolution 88, which would amend our Constitution to deny basic rights to gays and lesbians. I would like to express my disappointment in the Republican leadership for once again bringing this divisive and discriminatory amendment before Congress. Our Constitution has guided our Nation for over 200 years. During that time, it has been amended to guarantee religious liberty, equal protection, and the right to vote. Not once has it been amended to take away rights from a specific group of people. Yet that is what this legislation would do." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Marriage Protection Amendment. 4 October 2004. "Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to House Joint Resolution 106, which would deny basic rights under the Constitution to gays and lesbians. This resolution is a cynical ploy to foster division and diversion for the election campaign. Even its strongest proponents know it has no chance of passing. Two short months ago, the House passed unprecedented legislation that would strip the federal courts of the ability to decide the constitutionality of The Defense of Marriage Act. And today the House will vote on whether to use the very document that guarantees our liberties and protections to restrict the rights of one group of Americans." (votesmart.org)

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  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California 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?"
  • Henry Waxman. Letter to Chairman McKeon. 10 May 2011 "Among the many troubling aspects of the Detainee Security Act are provisions that expand the war against terrorist organizations on a global basis. The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) of 2001 was widely thought to provide authorization for the war in Afghanistan to root out al Qaeda, the Taliban, and others responsible for the 9/11 attacks. That war has dragged on for almost ten years, and after the demise of Osama Bin Laden, as the United States prepares for withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Detainee Security Act purports to expand the 'armed conflict' against the Taliban, al Qaeda, and "associated forces" without limit. By declaring a global war against nameless individuals, organizations, and nations "associated" with the Taliban and al Qaeda, as well as those playing a supporting role in their efforts, the Detainee Security Act would appear to grant the President near unfettered authority to initiate military action around the world without further congressional approval. Such authority must not be ceded to the President without careful deliberation from Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Rep. Waxman Requests Hearings on Controversial Terrorism Legislation. 12 May 2011. "Rep. Waxman and 32 of his colleagues have urged House Armed Services Committee Chairman McKeon to hold hearings to examine several troublesome provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, which was approved by the Armed Services Committee on May 12th, 2011. These provisions, originally introduced as H.R. 968, the Detainee Security Act, would significantly expand authorization for the use of military force around the world without Congressional approval, undermine the ability of the FBI and local law enforcement to participate in counterterrorism operations, and prevent federal courts from conducting terrorism trials." (waxman.house.gov)
  • Henry Waxman. Conference Report on H.R. 1540, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. 17 February 2012. "Mr. Speaker, I will vote for H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, because it contains a number of important advancements. [¦] In addition, it contains the toughest sanctions yet on the Central Bank of Iran to pressure the Iranian regime from continuing its pursuit of nuclear weapons. [¦] I commend President Obama for insisting on a number of improvements, including a prohibition on military detention of U.S. citizens and lawful residents, the removal of language that would have banned the use of civilian courts to prosecute Qaeda suspects, and the elimination of language that would have provided an expanded authorization for the use of military force." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Henry Waxman supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California 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."
  • Henry Waxman. Internal Documents Reveal That Medicare Drug Benefit Is Causing Chaos At Social Security Administartion. 3 February 2006. "Mr. Speaker, the Social Security program may be the most successful government program ever adopted. It has worked well for almost 70 years and is fully funded until 2052. It is a lifeline that millions of Americans have earned through hard work and their own financial contributions." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Issue Position: Protecting Social Security. 24 February 2012. "Social Security is one of the most popular and successful government programs in our history. More than 95% of American workers participate in the system. It is the foundation of our nation's retirement safety net and keeps 40% of our nation's seniors from living in poverty. Furthermore, it provides disability insurance for workers, and security for their surviving spouses and children. Because so many people depend so heavily upon it, any changes in the current system must be reviewed very carefully." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. New GAO Report Raises Concerns about President's Health Care Proposals. 2 February 2006. "The President's Health Savings Account plan combines the worst elements of the President's failed Social Security privatization plan and his Medicare Prescription drug fiasco. HSAs would increase healthcare costs for many consumers, and force others to ration care, embroiling them in a confusing morass of accounts and bills when they should be focused on their health. Unfortunately, they have the potential to increase the number of uninsured." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Waxman. Schakowsky, Democrats, Advocates Highlight Impact of 2012 GOP Budget on Seniors. 6 April 2011. "Under the guise of deficit reduction, House Republicans introduced a budget that seniors simply cannot afford. It would end guaranteed benefits for seniors under Medicare, gut Medicaid's ability to provide long-term care for seniors, and create a fast-track process to ram through cuts to Social Security . The GOP plan builds on previous Republicans attempts to privatize and dismantle these critical programs and tear down vital support for our nation's seniors." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2006 National Political Awareness 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.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

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.

Budget Priorities

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Increaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Greatly Increaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasei) Medical research
Greatly Increasej) National parks
Greatly Increasek) Public health services
Greatly Increasel) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasem) Space exploration programs
n) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseo) Welfare
p) Emergency preparedness
q) Other or expanded categories

Defense Spending

Maintain Statusa) Armed forces personnel training
Maintain Statusb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Maintain Statusd) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Eliminatee) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Decreaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

Eliminate - Low yield nuclear weapons and robust nuclear earth penetrator

Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.

Taxes

Income Taxes:

Family Income

Eliminatea) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Maintain Statusc) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Increased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Retiree Income

f) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes:

a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits:

Maintain Statusa) Charitable contributions
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?
6) Discuss your proposals for balancing the federal budget. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)
7) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
f) Require Section 527 organizations to register with the Federal Election Commission as Political Action Committees.
g) Do you support instant run-off voting?
Yesh) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Noi) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?
j) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with educational, vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xe) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xf) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xg) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of corporate crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.

a) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xd) Allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
Xg) Support a federal law to standardize testing and penalties for steroid use in professional sports.
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
e) Reward teachers with merit pay for working in low-income schools.
Xf) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
Xg) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xh) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
i) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
j) Other or expanded principles

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.

Xa) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xc) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants.
d) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
e) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
f) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
j) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
k) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming.
n) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

Xa) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xg) Require a license for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xb) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
d) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xe) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xf) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xg) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
Xh) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
Xi) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
j) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program that would enable illegal immigrants to work in the United States legally.
Xd) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using government funded social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Other or expanded principles

International Aid

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.

Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
Xc) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) International Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.

Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
Nod) Should the United States send more troops to Iraq?
e) Discuss your proposals for an exit strategy in Iraq. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

We must develop a timeline for the withdrawal of our troops, which will force the new Iraqi government to begin to take control of the country.

f) Other or expanded principles

I oppose the Hamas government. A credible PA government must emerge that is prepared to recognize Israel and disavow terrorism. The U.S. should support the creation of a Palestinian state that will live side by-side with Israel in peace and security.

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.

Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Nob) Should the United States use military force to dismantle the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
Yesc) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
d) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles

3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.

Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
Yes4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
No5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs?"
Yes6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles

International HIV/AIDS programs should not fund "abstinence-only" programs. Aid should support comprehensive education for prevention and treatment

International Trade

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)?
No3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
No6) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes7) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
8) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

a) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yese) Do you support the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in U.S. custody?
Nof) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security?
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.

a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
Xb) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement government regulation of Internet content.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.

a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Increase funding for child care programs.
c) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 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.