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Rosa DeLauro's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CT) - District 3, Democratic
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Rosa DeLauro has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

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

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you consider yourself pro-life or pro-choice? "Pro-Life" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26788/rosa-delauro/#.VXHVOHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Forty-two years ago today history was made when the Supreme Court ensured that abortion would remain a safe and legal procedure for women to consider, if and when they need it. Unfortunately, Republicans are still insisting on interfering with what should be a decision between a woman, her clergy, her family and her doctor." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/945626/delauro-celebrates-42nd-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade-decision#.VX71JnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26788/rosa-delauro/2 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Income taxes (high income families) "Greatly Increase" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26788/rosa-delauro/#.VXHVOHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "We should be working to strengthen Medicare, not endangering the health and economic well-being of our parents and grandparents, as well as future generations, in order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/749157/delauro-ryan-budget-robs-seniors-middle-class-to-pay-for-tax-breaks/?search=wealthy#.VX72kHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "She also supports legislation, the 'Buffett Rule', ensuring the highest-earning Americans with an annual income of over $1 million do not pay a lower tax rate than everyone else." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/980144/issue-position-taxes (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26788/rosa-delauro/#.VXHVOHUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "Rosa has always believed that investing in public works projects like roads, bridges, transit and schools is a crucial element in turning the economy around. Rebuilding our infrastructure creates good jobs that cannot be outsourced, spurs economic growth, and puts our nation on a better path, not just today but for the future." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/559704/#.VX74nHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26788/rosa-delauro/#.VXHVOHUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3630 "Extends Payroll Tax Cut" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38274 (votesmart.org)
  • "Rosa supports maintaining and expanding tax cuts for our small businesses. She supports legislation to help small businesses quickly recover the cost of capital expenses by writing off up to $250,000 for purchases of new equipment of up to $800,000. Rosa also supported legislation that eliminated the capital gains tax for small businesses and increased the amount of start-up expenditures entrepreneurs can deduct from their taxes from $5,000 to $10,000." http://delauro.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1063&Itemid=44 (delauro.house.gov)
  • "Ensure small businesses get tax relief that spurs investment and access to the credit, including Small Business Administration loans, they need to hire again creating, more jobs in Connecticut and across the country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/581713/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.VX71_3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26788/rosa-delauro/#.VXHVOHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Rosa believes that educating the whole child means more than teaching to meet the requirements of a test. She has fought to reform the No Child Left Behind Act to provide states with more flexibility in measuring student achievement and to give schools the ability to target resources to students in greatest need of support." http://delauro.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=17 (delauro.house.gov)
  • "Parents need to be empowered to make the educational decisions that suit their children the best. Testing can be a valuable diagnostic tool for identifying problems and determining how best to help children succeed. But making high-stakes tests rather than learning the centerpiece of the education system, and the one and only indicator of success or failure, is problematic." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/983007/delauro-reed-testing-opt-out-proposal-will-empower-parents-help-students-and-protect-schools/ (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VX77qXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "After seven years of debate and analysis, the Obama Administration made the right decision to not pursue the Keystone XL pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1052252/delauro-statement-on-the-transcanada-claim-on-keystone-xl-under-nafta/ (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26788/rosa-delauro/#.VXHVOHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Rosa recognizes that we need a new energy policy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and lower energy costs for Connecticut families. She has called for a rapid move toward investment in biofuels and new technologies that harness clean energy sources such as wind and solar power." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1119732/issue-position-energy-and-the-environment (votesmart.org)
  • "For economic, national security, and environmental reasons, we need to shift away from fossil fuels and diversify with investments in the next generation of clean and renewable energy technologies." http://delauro.house.gov/index.phpoption=com_content&view=article&id=5&Itemid=16 (delauro.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26788/rosa-delauro/#.VXHVOHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26788/rosa-delauro/#.VXHVOHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "To curb the harmful effects of climate change, Rosa strongly supports domestic and international efforts to reduce green house gas emissions and curb the negative effects of climate change." http://delauro.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6&Itemid=16 (delauro.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26788/rosa-delauro/#.VXHVOHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26788/rosa-delauro/#.VXHVOHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In the past, Congresswoman DeLauro has supported legislation that banned assault weapons and established the Brady five-day waiting period for gun purchases." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/581721/issue-position-gun-safety#.VX794HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26788/rosa-delauro/37 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act will ensure that Americans have access to quality, affordable health care while reducing long-term health care costs." http://delauro.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9&Itemid=13 (delauro.house.gov)
  • "Congresswoman DeLauro is an advocate for access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans and supported the new health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/581718/issue-position-health-care/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VX7_H3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955 (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26788/rosa-delauro/#.VXHVOHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Creating a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million aspiring citizens already living and working in Connecticut and across the United States is critical and will make us a stronger country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/780042/delauro-statement-on-the-us-senate-proposal-for-immigration-reform#.VX8APnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? "My personal believe is that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, but I am strongly opposed to discrimination of same-sex couples. That is why I support legislation that ensures that in states where same-sex couples can legally marry, such couples would receive the same federal rights as other legally married couples." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26788/rosa-delauro/#.VXHVOHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Today is a victory for equality. Barring LGBT Americans from marriage violates the values we hold dear--justice, freedom and equality. It makes no difference who someone loves and denying them the same rights as heterosexual couples is just plain wrong. Today's decisions will make us a fairer and better nation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/794437/#.VXHWxHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26788/rosa-delauro/76 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26788/rosa-delauro/#.VXHVOHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I want to be clear: we need to take action against the threat posed by ISIL, and I support the President in the use of airstrikes, but our response must also be appropriate to the complexity of the situation on the ground in Syria. First and foremost, we must make sure that any response to the threat that we face does not plunge us deeper into a complicated and sectarian civil war." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922383/#.VX8CXnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I support the President's air strikes and commend him for putting together this coalition, which includes Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. With their barbaric attacks against journalists, women, children, and other innocent civilians, ISIL is a terrorist group. If left unchecked, they have the potential to be a threat to our homeland. […] The crisis in the Middle East is complex and requires purposeful engagement with our coalition partners in the region without becoming entangled in a civil war, and without the introduction of U.S. ground troops." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/933396/delauro-statement-on-air-strikes-in-syria/?search=Syria#.VX8DYHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26788/rosa-delauro/#.VXHVOHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Plans to partially privatize Social Security would undermine retirement security by cutting guaranteed benefits over 40% for future retirees, even for those who don't choose an account. Risky privatization accounts won't make up the difference." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/583734/issue-position-social-security#.VX8E7XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26788/rosa-delauro/53 (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

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Inferred Answer

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

Unknown Answer

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Connecticut Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

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

Pro-choiceCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles
1) Spending
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Maintain Status1) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status2) Military hardware
Slightly Decrease3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
2) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
No4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Nob) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Noe) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Noe) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesb) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Noe) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nog) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Noc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Noc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Nod) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Noc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Nod) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Nob) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

***Free trade agreements must be fair trade agreements, meaning that they must benefit the American worker and U.S. industries, while ensuring that the trading partner meets basic standards with regard to workers rights, the environment and, perhaps most importantly, product safety so that the U.S. market is not flooded with unsafe food and other tainted imports.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations
  • Rosa DeLauro. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Congressional Political Courage Test. Social Issues: Other or expanded principles: "a) My personal believe is that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, but I am strongly opposed to discrimination of same-sex couples. That is why I support legislation that ensures that in states where same-sex couples can legally marry, such couples would receive the same federal rights as other legally married couples."
  • Rosa DeLauro. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Rosa DeLauro voted NO on 18 July 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 3396. 103rd Congress. To define and protect the institution of marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Rosa DeLauro voted YES on 12 July 1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Marriage Protection Amendment. 4 October, 2004. "Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this amendment, which would mark the first time in our Nation's history that the Constitution would be amended to restrict the civil rights of a specific group, rather than to expand rights. I do not support changing the definition of marriage, and in fact, I voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act. But like former Republican Congressman Bob Barr, who authored that bill, I oppose this Constitutional amendment. . . . I strongly support recognizing civil unions to give partners the right to access of health benefits, visiting rights at hospitals, pensions, and other benefits granted to committed married partners. These are rights that other Americans are able to take for granted, and frankly it's difficult to believe that in the 21st Century we need to fight to guarantee those rights." (votesmart.org)
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles

a) My personal believe is that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, but I am strongly opposed to discrimination of same-sex couples. That is why I support legislation that ensures that in states where same-sex couples can legally marry, such couples would receive the same federal rights as other legally married couples.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

My first priority is revitalizing our economy by creating jobs and increasing investments in infrastructure and domestic manufacturing. We should close tax loopholes that reward outsourcing of jobs, using savings for deficit reduction. We should establish a National Infrastructure Bank to spur private investment in our infrastructure. We must give middle-class families tax relief and make tax cuts permanent for those earning under $250,000. We must help small businesses get tax relief and increased access to credit to hire, and pass the common-sense policies that reflect the 21st century workforce, including paid sick days and equal pay for women.

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