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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 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Rosa DeLauro is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, 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

  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (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 Rosa DeLauro a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Rosa DeLauro 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 Rosa DeLauro in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Rosa DeLauro in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "Abortion is a matter of conscience on both sides of the debate, and it goes to the very heart of our belief as citizens and as legislators. This amendment takes away that same freedom of conscience from America's women. It prohibits them from access to an abortion even if they pay for it with their own money. It invades women's personal decisions, discriminates against working women, and, put simply, violates the law of the land." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Continues To Fight For Health Care For All Americans. 2 December 2009. "So we all have a role to play in doing right by America's women and making sure comprehensive health insurance reform finally gets passed. We in the pro-choice community did not choose this fight -- in fact, many of us on both sides of the issue have worked diligently and in good faith to reach common ground." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro, Third Way Applaud President Obama's Focus On Common Ground Approach To Abortion. 22 January 2009. "On the 36th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn. -3) and Rachel Laser, Culture Program Director at the Third Way, applauded President Barack Obama's focus on moving beyond the divisiveness of abortion to find common ground and reduce the need for abortion. 'In his first statement on abortion, President Obama signaled his strong commitment to the common ground approach of protecting the right to choose, while reducing the need for abortion. By embracing and advocating for this common ground approach, Barack Obama has taken another step toward fulfilling his promise to change the tone in Washington. I look forward to working with the President on the shared goal of preventing unintended pregnancies, and supporting pregnant women, new families and adoption,' said DeLauro." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Democrats in Congress Pass Abortion Reduction Initiative. 19 July 2007. "Representatives Tim Ryan (OH - 17) and Rosa L. DeLauro (CT - 3) announced the inclusion of the 'Reducing the Need for Abortions Initiative' in the Fiscal Year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill. [...] 'By funding this initiative, we are offering policy solutions that promote life and support parents beyond the birth of their new child. We are affirming the need to prevent unintended pregnancies and to help women with the economic pressures that may lead them to choosing an abortion,' said DeLauro. 'And of all the important goals this initiative can help us reach, perhaps the most important is that it helps move us all forward on this issue - beyond the question of the legality of abortion and toward actually reducing the need for abortion and providing critical investments for families.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Reps. Ryan and DeLauro Bridge the Abortion Divide with New Bill. 23 July 2009. "'This is a moment. We have legislation that finds common ground between two groups with opposing views and it came about through listening and talking instead of shouting past each other. It demonstrates how we move forward together - fulfilling an issue President Obama has repeatedly talked about: finding common ground on abortion,' said Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. 'It moves us beyond the debate over the legality of abortion, toward a common purpose of reducing the need for abortion.' [...] The bill, Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion, and Supporting Pregnant Women Act, is comprehensive legislation that pairs prevention programs like increased access to contraception for low-income women and comprehensive sex education with support programs for pregnant women and new moms, including expanded health coverage for pregnant women and children, a national adoption campaign and support for pregnant and parenting students." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Ryan and DeLauro Reintroduce Bill to Reduce Abortions. 16 February 2007. "Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), a member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus announced today that they have reintroduced common ground legislation to reduce the number of abortions in America. [...] 'This is a consensus bill focused on the need to reduce abortion, while also providing supports for new parents to strengthen their families. It represents new terrain on this issue. And it moves the discourse in this country beyond the legalization of abortion and toward doing something to reduce the rate of abortion. It is strong on prevention and contraception, strong on family support. Absent these supports, you simply cannot reduce the rate of abortions,' said Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3)." (votesmart.org)
  • "Forty 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 and her doctor. What we should be doing is working every day to reduce unintended pregnancies and keep women healthy." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (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 Rosa DeLauro a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Rosa DeLauro 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 Rosa DeLauro in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Rosa DeLauro in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "Abortion is a matter of conscience on both sides of the debate, and it goes to the very heart of our belief as citizens and as legislators. This amendment takes away that same freedom of conscience from America's women. It prohibits them from access to an abortion even if they pay for it with their own money. It invades women's personal decisions, discriminates against working women, and, put simply, violates the law of the land." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Continues To Fight For Health Care For All Americans. 2 December 2009. "So we all have a role to play in doing right by America's women and making sure comprehensive health insurance reform finally gets passed. We in the pro-choice community did not choose this fight -- in fact, many of us on both sides of the issue have worked diligently and in good faith to reach common ground." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro, Third Way Applaud President Obama's Focus On Common Ground Approach To Abortion. 22 January 2009. "On the 36th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn. -3) and Rachel Laser, Culture Program Director at the Third Way, applauded President Barack Obama's focus on moving beyond the divisiveness of abortion to find common ground and reduce the need for abortion. 'In his first statement on abortion, President Obama signaled his strong commitment to the common ground approach of protecting the right to choose, while reducing the need for abortion. By embracing and advocating for this common ground approach, Barack Obama has taken another step toward fulfilling his promise to change the tone in Washington. I look forward to working with the President on the shared goal of preventing unintended pregnancies, and supporting pregnant women, new families and adoption,' said DeLauro." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Democrats in Congress Pass Abortion Reduction Initiative. 19 July 2007. "Representatives Tim Ryan (OH - 17) and Rosa L. DeLauro (CT - 3) announced the inclusion of the 'Reducing the Need for Abortions Initiative' in the Fiscal Year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill. [...] 'By funding this initiative, we are offering policy solutions that promote life and support parents beyond the birth of their new child. We are affirming the need to prevent unintended pregnancies and to help women with the economic pressures that may lead them to choosing an abortion,' said DeLauro. 'And of all the important goals this initiative can help us reach, perhaps the most important is that it helps move us all forward on this issue - beyond the question of the legality of abortion and toward actually reducing the need for abortion and providing critical investments for families.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Reps. Ryan and DeLauro Bridge the Abortion Divide with New Bill. 23 July 2009. "'This is a moment. We have legislation that finds common ground between two groups with opposing views and it came about through listening and talking instead of shouting past each other. It demonstrates how we move forward together - fulfilling an issue President Obama has repeatedly talked about: finding common ground on abortion,' said Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. 'It moves us beyond the debate over the legality of abortion, toward a common purpose of reducing the need for abortion.' [...] The bill, Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion, and Supporting Pregnant Women Act, is comprehensive legislation that pairs prevention programs like increased access to contraception for low-income women and comprehensive sex education with support programs for pregnant women and new moms, including expanded health coverage for pregnant women and children, a national adoption campaign and support for pregnant and parenting students." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Ryan and DeLauro Reintroduce Bill to Reduce Abortions. 16 February 2007. "Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), a member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus announced today that they have reintroduced common ground legislation to reduce the number of abortions in America. [...] 'This is a consensus bill focused on the need to reduce abortion, while also providing supports for new parents to strengthen their families. It represents new terrain on this issue. And it moves the discourse in this country beyond the legalization of abortion and toward doing something to reduce the rate of abortion. It is strong on prevention and contraception, strong on family support. Absent these supports, you simply cannot reduce the rate of abortions,' said Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3)." (votesmart.org)
  • "Forty 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 and her doctor. What we should be doing is working every day to reduce unintended pregnancies and keep women healthy." (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

  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro: Agriculture Appropriations Bill is a Disaster for American Families. 16 June 2011. "The Agriculture and FDA Appropriations bill makes clear the choices my Republican colleagues have made. They have chosen to preserve the billions of dollars in subsidies to oil companies and tax breaks to the wealthy we pay each year, while cutting programs and services critical to the well-being and health of millions of Americans. This bill places the greatest burden on the middle class and on families, it is unconscionable to me." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 15 April 2011. "I strongly oppose this budget proposal. The choices the majority is making are ill considered and wrong. […] It cuts taxes for the wealthiest while raising taxes on the middle class. Millionaires, billionaires get a lower top tax rate and extended estate tax giveaway. Everyone else sees deductions and credits, like the child tax credit, eliminated. This budget is Robin Hood in reverse. It takes from seniors, the middle class, working families and gives all that money to the rich and to corporate special interests. I urge my colleagues, stand up for the middle class today and for America's seniors and oppose this budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Responds to Fiscal Commission Proposal and Recommended Social Security Cuts. 10 November 2010. "Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) released the following statement today in response to the proposal by the President's bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Co-Chairs, including their call for cuts to Social Security. [...] 'I believe we can also reduce our deficits by allowing the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to expire and winding down the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I will only support deficit reduction measures that I believe protect the middle class, our seniors, and the public health while ensuring we make the needed investments to keep our economy globally competitive.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Delauro Fights Budget Cuts to Nutrition, Anti-Hunger Programs. 14 June 2011. "I rise in opposition to the underlying bill and the drastic and ill conceived cuts to the nutrition programs proposed in this appropriation. Under the majority's bill, our government cannot meet even its most basic responsibilities to the American people. [...] And yet while placing this tremendous burden on our most vulnerable citizens, the majority budget finds money to give subsidies to oil companies and tax breaks to the wealthy. In fact, the cost of the Bush tax breaks for millionaires for one week is more than the cost of the proposed cuts to the WIC program for the entire year. One day's tax breaks for the millionaires would pay for the Commodity Supplement Food Program and the Emergency Food Assistance Program. This is the choice the majority has made. It is tax cuts for millionaires versus nutrition assistance. These are not the right choices for America. The American people know it. Gutting nutrition programs to pay for tax breaks for the rich is more than just a terrible investment in the future. It's a failure of our responsibility to the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. House Budget Pays for Tax Cuts for the Wealthy by Slashing Programs for Women & Families, Says DeLauro. 18 November 2005. "Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn.-3), a member of the House Budget Committee, today said the House budget pays for tax cuts for the wealthy by slashing programs for women and families. [...] 'The Reconciliation bill is paying for more tax cuts for the wealthy on the backs of America's children,' said DeLauro. 'Together, America can do better than a morally irresponsible budget that pays for more tax breaks for millionaires by slashing vital services for women, children, and working families.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Issue Position: Social Security and Retirement Security. "The President's tax cuts for the wealthy have already added $1.85 trillion to the national debt and will add another $4.6 trillion over the next 10 years. By adding a further $5 trillion over 20 years to the debt for privatization, President Bush would run up more debt in two presidential terms than all his predecessors combined during the entire history of the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Tax Reconciliation Bill Wipes Out Budget Savings While Increasing National Deficit, Says DeLauro. 8 December 2005. "Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn.-3) today issued the following statement on the tax bill passed by the U.S. House today. The Republican reconciliation tax bill reserves 45 percent of the benefits from this centerpiece for millionaires -- providing an average tax break of $32,000 to these wealthy few. In contrast, more than one-half of the taxpayers would get less than $30 per year. [...] 'Together America can do better than more tax breaks for the wealthy few, financed through spending cuts that harm those who need help the most and saddling our children and grandchildren with even more debt. The Democratic substitute would have struck the extension of tax cuts for the wealthiest and reduce the current tax savings for millionaires.'" (votesmart.org)
  • "Rosa supports tax cuts for middle class families on income up to $250,000, while allowing the tax rates for the wealthiest 2% of Americans, to return to the Clinton-era rates. Ending tax cuts for the richest 2% would reduce the deficit by $930 billion over 10 years." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro: Agriculture Appropriations Bill is a Disaster for American Families. 16 June 2011. "The Agriculture and FDA Appropriations bill makes clear the choices my Republican colleagues have made. They have chosen to preserve the billions of dollars in subsidies to oil companies and tax breaks to the wealthy we pay each year, while cutting programs and services critical to the well-being and health of millions of Americans. This bill places the greatest burden on the middle class and on families, it is unconscionable to me." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 15 April 2011. "I strongly oppose this budget proposal. The choices the majority is making are ill considered and wrong. […] It cuts taxes for the wealthiest while raising taxes on the middle class. Millionaires, billionaires get a lower top tax rate and extended estate tax giveaway. Everyone else sees deductions and credits, like the child tax credit, eliminated. This budget is Robin Hood in reverse. It takes from seniors, the middle class, working families and gives all that money to the rich and to corporate special interests. I urge my colleagues, stand up for the middle class today and for America's seniors and oppose this budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Responds to Fiscal Commission Proposal and Recommended Social Security Cuts. 10 November 2010. "Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) released the following statement today in response to the proposal by the President's bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Co-Chairs, including their call for cuts to Social Security. [...] 'I believe we can also reduce our deficits by allowing the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to expire and winding down the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I will only support deficit reduction measures that I believe protect the middle class, our seniors, and the public health while ensuring we make the needed investments to keep our economy globally competitive.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Delauro Fights Budget Cuts to Nutrition, Anti-Hunger Programs. 14 June 2011. "I rise in opposition to the underlying bill and the drastic and ill conceived cuts to the nutrition programs proposed in this appropriation. Under the majority's bill, our government cannot meet even its most basic responsibilities to the American people. [...] And yet while placing this tremendous burden on our most vulnerable citizens, the majority budget finds money to give subsidies to oil companies and tax breaks to the wealthy. In fact, the cost of the Bush tax breaks for millionaires for one week is more than the cost of the proposed cuts to the WIC program for the entire year. One day's tax breaks for the millionaires would pay for the Commodity Supplement Food Program and the Emergency Food Assistance Program. This is the choice the majority has made. It is tax cuts for millionaires versus nutrition assistance. These are not the right choices for America. The American people know it. Gutting nutrition programs to pay for tax breaks for the rich is more than just a terrible investment in the future. It's a failure of our responsibility to the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. House Budget Pays for Tax Cuts for the Wealthy by Slashing Programs for Women & Families, Says DeLauro. 18 November 2005. "Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn.-3), a member of the House Budget Committee, today said the House budget pays for tax cuts for the wealthy by slashing programs for women and families. [...] 'The Reconciliation bill is paying for more tax cuts for the wealthy on the backs of America's children,' said DeLauro. 'Together, America can do better than a morally irresponsible budget that pays for more tax breaks for millionaires by slashing vital services for women, children, and working families.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Issue Position: Social Security and Retirement Security. "The President's tax cuts for the wealthy have already added $1.85 trillion to the national debt and will add another $4.6 trillion over the next 10 years. By adding a further $5 trillion over 20 years to the debt for privatization, President Bush would run up more debt in two presidential terms than all his predecessors combined during the entire history of the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Tax Reconciliation Bill Wipes Out Budget Savings While Increasing National Deficit, Says DeLauro. 8 December 2005. "Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn.-3) today issued the following statement on the tax bill passed by the U.S. House today. The Republican reconciliation tax bill reserves 45 percent of the benefits from this centerpiece for millionaires -- providing an average tax break of $32,000 to these wealthy few. In contrast, more than one-half of the taxpayers would get less than $30 per year. [...] 'Together America can do better than more tax breaks for the wealthy few, financed through spending cuts that harm those who need help the most and saddling our children and grandchildren with even more debt. The Democratic substitute would have struck the extension of tax cuts for the wealthiest and reduce the current tax savings for millionaires.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • 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 Rosa DeLauro a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Statement on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 28 January 2009. "'The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is a bold plan to create American jobs and move this country on the path to long-term growth. We must act now to help a middle class hit hard by job insecurity, stagnant wages, rising health care costs and a financial market in crisis,' said Congresswoman DeLauro." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Continued Job Losses Demonstrate Need for 2nd Economic Stimulus Package. 4 April 2008. "Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn.-3) issued the following statement following the announcement from the Labor Department that for the third month in a row, the U.S. economy shed another 80,000 jobs and that the job loss numbers for January and February were revised downward. [...] 'Families in Connecticut and across the country are struggling - struggling to find a new job, to keep their home, pay bills and just make ends meet. It is outrageous that the Bush Administration is now telling these families to be patient. Instead, we need to move quickly with a second economic stimulus package that can bring relief to struggling homeowners - those facing foreclosures or a loss in the value of their homes due to the housing crisis - and that creates an environment for job growth.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Applauds Release of High Speed Rail Funds. 8 April 2011. "Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) released the following statement in response to today's announcement that the U.S. Department of Transportation released to the State of Connecticut $40 million in funds allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line. 'I am pleased to see these federal funds released to the state as they are critical to allowing Connecticut to proceed with upgrading of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line. Development of high-speed rail in our state will create jobs, spur economic growth and improve our way-of-life, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in the congressional delegation, as well as the Governor, to fight for these important federal investments in our state's future.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Meets With Municipal Leaders, Discussed Federal Funding to Benefit their Communities. 16 March 2009. "'Fixing the economy is of utmost urgency,' said DeLauro. 'Congress has passed two crucial bills to reverse course with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Omnibus Appropriations Act - to save millions of jobs, immediately cut taxes for 95 percent of workers, and begin an historic transformation of our economy.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Statement on August Unemployment Numbers. 5 September 2008. "Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3) issued the below statement following an announcement by the Labor Department that the economy shed another 84,000 jobs in August and the unemployment rate jumped to 6.1 percent from 5.7 percent in July - it's highest level since September 2003. Additionally, in August, the average weekly salary of rank and file - increased 3.6 percent - below the rate of inflation. [...] 'We have a responsibility to respond swiftly with a second economic stimulus package focused primarily on job creation, training, and helping hard-working families to get back on their feet. We must do everything in our power to ensure economic growth, if we want everyone to share in America 's promise of prosperity, and that begins and ends with jobs.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Delauro Meets With Local Leaders To Discuss Impact Of Recovery Act Funds, Economic Recovery. 8 February 2010. "Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3) met today with local Mayors from the Third Congressional District to discuss the year ahead, the need for new jobs legislation, the achievements thus far of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), appropriations for 2010 programs, the FY 2011 budget recently announced by President Obama, and the economic challenges our communities continue to face. [...] 'As we move ahead in 2010, I am very focused on moving forward jobs legislation that will ensure our economic recovery is felt where it matters most -- in our families and communities,' said Congresswoman DeLauro, 'We obviously have a ways to go. There are a lot of people in Connecticut looking for work right now, and a lot of folks who still desperately need our help to get back on their feet. I look forward to working with the mayors and local officials to ensure that our towns continue to get the critical resources required to meet the needs of the people of the 3rd Congressional district.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Issue Position: Strengthening Our Economy. 14 July 2011. "Rosa strongly supports the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which funds infrastructure, tax relief and job creation on America's Main Streets. Approximately one third of the money allocated in the bill has been in the form of tax relief for the middle class and small businesses. Economists have identified more than 600,000 jobs nationwide that would not exist today without the Recovery Act. They estimate that approximately 50,000 clean energy jobs have been directly created or saved by the bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008. 13 February 2008. "This legislation represents a strong bipartisan agreement on an economic stimulus package that will begin to provide financial relief and income security to the middle class working Americans most at risk in a prospective recession. The Senate voted 18-16 in favor of the package to jumpstart our slowing economy and create jobs here at home, and I am proud of our quick action in both houses to get this done." (votesmart.org)
  • "The solution is to begin moving the debate beyond old ways of thinking about transportation and infrastructure funding. That is why Congresswoman DeLauro has introduced the "National Infrastructure Development Act" which would increase the money available for much-needed upgrades, by creating an innovative public-private partnership like Fannie Mae that would invest in and insure infrastructure projects. DeLauro's legislation will create an opportunity to improve our roads and bridges, while creating more than 427,000 new construction, engineering and contracting jobs across the nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (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 Rosa DeLauro a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Statement on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 28 January 2009. "'The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is a bold plan to create American jobs and move this country on the path to long-term growth. We must act now to help a middle class hit hard by job insecurity, stagnant wages, rising health care costs and a financial market in crisis,' said Congresswoman DeLauro." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Continued Job Losses Demonstrate Need for 2nd Economic Stimulus Package. 4 April 2008. "Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn.-3) issued the following statement following the announcement from the Labor Department that for the third month in a row, the U.S. economy shed another 80,000 jobs and that the job loss numbers for January and February were revised downward. [...] 'Families in Connecticut and across the country are struggling - struggling to find a new job, to keep their home, pay bills and just make ends meet. It is outrageous that the Bush Administration is now telling these families to be patient. Instead, we need to move quickly with a second economic stimulus package that can bring relief to struggling homeowners - those facing foreclosures or a loss in the value of their homes due to the housing crisis - and that creates an environment for job growth.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Applauds Release of High Speed Rail Funds. 8 April 2011. "Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) released the following statement in response to today's announcement that the U.S. Department of Transportation released to the State of Connecticut $40 million in funds allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line. 'I am pleased to see these federal funds released to the state as they are critical to allowing Connecticut to proceed with upgrading of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line. Development of high-speed rail in our state will create jobs, spur economic growth and improve our way-of-life, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in the congressional delegation, as well as the Governor, to fight for these important federal investments in our state's future.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Meets With Municipal Leaders, Discussed Federal Funding to Benefit their Communities. 16 March 2009. "'Fixing the economy is of utmost urgency,' said DeLauro. 'Congress has passed two crucial bills to reverse course with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Omnibus Appropriations Act - to save millions of jobs, immediately cut taxes for 95 percent of workers, and begin an historic transformation of our economy.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Statement on August Unemployment Numbers. 5 September 2008. "Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3) issued the below statement following an announcement by the Labor Department that the economy shed another 84,000 jobs in August and the unemployment rate jumped to 6.1 percent from 5.7 percent in July - it's highest level since September 2003. Additionally, in August, the average weekly salary of rank and file - increased 3.6 percent - below the rate of inflation. [...] 'We have a responsibility to respond swiftly with a second economic stimulus package focused primarily on job creation, training, and helping hard-working families to get back on their feet. We must do everything in our power to ensure economic growth, if we want everyone to share in America 's promise of prosperity, and that begins and ends with jobs.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Delauro Meets With Local Leaders To Discuss Impact Of Recovery Act Funds, Economic Recovery. 8 February 2010. "Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3) met today with local Mayors from the Third Congressional District to discuss the year ahead, the need for new jobs legislation, the achievements thus far of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), appropriations for 2010 programs, the FY 2011 budget recently announced by President Obama, and the economic challenges our communities continue to face. [...] 'As we move ahead in 2010, I am very focused on moving forward jobs legislation that will ensure our economic recovery is felt where it matters most -- in our families and communities,' said Congresswoman DeLauro, 'We obviously have a ways to go. There are a lot of people in Connecticut looking for work right now, and a lot of folks who still desperately need our help to get back on their feet. I look forward to working with the mayors and local officials to ensure that our towns continue to get the critical resources required to meet the needs of the people of the 3rd Congressional district.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Issue Position: Strengthening Our Economy. 14 July 2011. "Rosa strongly supports the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which funds infrastructure, tax relief and job creation on America's Main Streets. Approximately one third of the money allocated in the bill has been in the form of tax relief for the middle class and small businesses. Economists have identified more than 600,000 jobs nationwide that would not exist today without the Recovery Act. They estimate that approximately 50,000 clean energy jobs have been directly created or saved by the bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008. 13 February 2008. "This legislation represents a strong bipartisan agreement on an economic stimulus package that will begin to provide financial relief and income security to the middle class working Americans most at risk in a prospective recession. The Senate voted 18-16 in favor of the package to jumpstart our slowing economy and create jobs here at home, and I am proud of our quick action in both houses to get this done." (votesmart.org)
  • "The solution is to begin moving the debate beyond old ways of thinking about transportation and infrastructure funding. That is why Congresswoman DeLauro has introduced the "National Infrastructure Development Act" which would increase the money available for much-needed upgrades, by creating an innovative public-private partnership like Fannie Mae that would invest in and insure infrastructure projects. DeLauro's legislation will create an opportunity to improve our roads and bridges, while creating more than 427,000 new construction, engineering and contracting jobs across the nation." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "I support federal education standards and voted in favor of No Child Left Behind but I am concerned with the law's implementation and the lack of funding provided, and the one-size fits all approach. I introduced "The No Child Left Behind Reform Act" to provide states with the flexibility in measuring student achievement that we need."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "I support federal education standards and voted in favor of No Child Left Behind but I am concerned with the law's implementation and the lack of funding provided, and the one-size fits all approach. I introduced "The No Child Left Behind Reform Act" to provide states with the flexibility in measuring student achievement that we need."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Issues: Education. 29 August 2012. “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.” (delauro.house.gov)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Responds as Connecticut is Left Out of Education Funding Program. 27 July 2010. "While I applaud the President's initiative in working to better our schools, I am deeply concerned that the Race to the Top program will leave many states at a severe disadvantage. After jumping through bureaucratic hoops and even passing a new state law, Connecticut has not been selected as a finalist for this controversial program, which will pit states against other states, encouraging an ultimately destructive competition that will drain funding and resources from under-performing states and leave our neediest students, those who are from low-income families or minorities, further behind. Schools that encounter difficulties will be punished instead of aided, and will be forced to implement reforms without resources.[...] By emphasizing competitive incentives in this economic climate, the majority of low-income and minority students will be left behind and, as a result, the United States will be left behind as a global leader. The Race to the Top program is simply the wrong approach at the wrong time, and will become another burden that our already struggling school districts must bear." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Delauro Applauds New Support for Early Childhood Learning. 25 May 2011. "Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3), Ranking Member on the Labor, Education, Health, and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement today in response to the announcement by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius of the creation of the $500 million state grant competition, the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge. [...] 'There is arguably no better way to spend our education dollars than to fund programs for early childhood development, and I look forward to the implementation and results of the Early Learning Challenge.'" (votesmart.org)
  • "Rosa believes that ensuring our public schools are given the resources and the support they need is among government's central obligations...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. She strongly supports teachers, calling for reforms to ensure that all students receive high quality instruction in the classroom, including providing teachers with strong preparation and professional development and valuing the work that they do each day. " (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "I support federal education standards and voted in favor of No Child Left Behind but I am concerned with the law's implementation and the lack of funding provided, and the one-size fits all approach. I introduced "The No Child Left Behind Reform Act" to provide states with the flexibility in measuring student achievement that we need."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "I support federal education standards and voted in favor of No Child Left Behind but I am concerned with the law's implementation and the lack of funding provided, and the one-size fits all approach. I introduced "The No Child Left Behind Reform Act" to provide states with the flexibility in measuring student achievement that we need."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Issues: Education. 29 August 2012. “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.” (delauro.house.gov)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Responds as Connecticut is Left Out of Education Funding Program. 27 July 2010. "While I applaud the President's initiative in working to better our schools, I am deeply concerned that the Race to the Top program will leave many states at a severe disadvantage. After jumping through bureaucratic hoops and even passing a new state law, Connecticut has not been selected as a finalist for this controversial program, which will pit states against other states, encouraging an ultimately destructive competition that will drain funding and resources from under-performing states and leave our neediest students, those who are from low-income families or minorities, further behind. Schools that encounter difficulties will be punished instead of aided, and will be forced to implement reforms without resources.[...] By emphasizing competitive incentives in this economic climate, the majority of low-income and minority students will be left behind and, as a result, the United States will be left behind as a global leader. The Race to the Top program is simply the wrong approach at the wrong time, and will become another burden that our already struggling school districts must bear." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Delauro Applauds New Support for Early Childhood Learning. 25 May 2011. "Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3), Ranking Member on the Labor, Education, Health, and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement today in response to the announcement by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius of the creation of the $500 million state grant competition, the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge. [...] 'There is arguably no better way to spend our education dollars than to fund programs for early childhood development, and I look forward to the implementation and results of the Early Learning Challenge.'" (votesmart.org)
  • "Rosa believes that ensuring our public schools are given the resources and the support they need is among government's central obligations...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. She strongly supports teachers, calling for reforms to ensure that all students receive high quality instruction in the classroom, including providing teachers with strong preparation and professional development and valuing the work that they do each day. " (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Issues: Curbing Climate Change. 29 August 2012. “Climate change is the biggest environment and ecological challenge we will face over the next century. Rising global temperatures are already causing the melting of glaciers and sea ice, resulting in rising sea levels and more severe and extreme weather events, including flooding and droughts, reduced crop yields, shortages of drinking water, and other negative ecological consequences. Coastal communities like Connecticut are at a greater risk for some of these dangers such as rising sea levels and extreme weather events, including hurricanes. 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.” (delauro.house.gov)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Rosa DeLauro in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Rosa DeLauro in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Rosa DeLauro in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Rosa DeLauro in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • "Additionally, we need to incentivize fuels that not only reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but also reduce emissions, as would be done by Extending the Biodiesel Tax Credit." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Issues: Curbing Climate Change. 29 August 2012. “Climate change is the biggest environment and ecological challenge we will face over the next century. Rising global temperatures are already causing the melting of glaciers and sea ice, resulting in rising sea levels and more severe and extreme weather events, including flooding and droughts, reduced crop yields, shortages of drinking water, and other negative ecological consequences. Coastal communities like Connecticut are at a greater risk for some of these dangers such as rising sea levels and extreme weather events, including hurricanes. 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.” (delauro.house.gov)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Rosa DeLauro in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Rosa DeLauro in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Rosa DeLauro in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Rosa DeLauro in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • "Additionally, we need to incentivize fuels that not only reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but also reduce emissions, as would be done by Extending the Biodiesel Tax Credit." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Rosa DeLauro in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Rosa DeLauro 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 Rosa DeLauro in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Rosa DeLauro a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Issue Position: Gun Safety. 14 July 2011. "DeLauro believes that we need to be doing more to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and out of the lives of children. DeLauro supports legislation that would: - Provide for a mandatory background check for purchases at gun shows - Re-enact the Assault Weapons Ban - Ban on the importation of large capacity ammunition clips - Requiring a child safety lock to be sold with every hand gun. In the past, DeLauro has supported legislation that banned assault weapons and established the Brady five-day waiting period for gun purchases. [...] These provisions will not infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens to purchase or use a gun, and they are reasonable actions to take to protect the entire community." (votesmart.org)
  • "Rosa believes that we need to do more to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and out of the lives of children. Specifically, she supports:instating an updated ban on assault weapons and a ban on high capacity ammunition feeding devicesrequiring universal background checks for ALL gun purchasesproviding resources for law enforcementrequiring the sale of a child safety lock with every hand gunimproving our mental health care system so we can help those in need." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Rosa DeLauro in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Rosa DeLauro 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 Rosa DeLauro in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Rosa DeLauro a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Issue Position: Gun Safety. 14 July 2011. "DeLauro believes that we need to be doing more to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and out of the lives of children. DeLauro supports legislation that would: - Provide for a mandatory background check for purchases at gun shows - Re-enact the Assault Weapons Ban - Ban on the importation of large capacity ammunition clips - Requiring a child safety lock to be sold with every hand gun. In the past, DeLauro has supported legislation that banned assault weapons and established the Brady five-day waiting period for gun purchases. [...] These provisions will not infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens to purchase or use a gun, and they are reasonable actions to take to protect the entire community." (votesmart.org)
  • "Rosa believes that we need to do more to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and out of the lives of children. Specifically, she supports:instating an updated ban on assault weapons and a ban on high capacity ammunition feeding devicesrequiring universal background checks for ALL gun purchasesproviding resources for law enforcementrequiring the sale of a child safety lock with every hand gunimproving our mental health care system so we can help those in need." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Correcting the Enrollment Of H.R. 1473. 14 April 2011. "Mr. Speaker, instead of working to create jobs, reduce the deficit and do the business of the American people, this majority has been consumed for months now with trying to repeal health care reform. Like the attempted repeal we saw in the first week of this Congress, like the Tea Party budget passed in February and like the many attempts we have seen to decimate health care reform piece by piece since, this concurrent resolution, once again, tries to take away the consumer protection of the Affordable Care Act and tries to put insurance companies back in charge. It is a further demonstration of the majority's special interest priorities and of their hypocrisy on job creation and deficit reduction. Passing this resolution will destroy jobs in the health professions." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Fights Against Repeal of Health Care Reform Law. 18 January 2011. "Congresswoman DeLauro made remarks about the importance of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and introduced several of the witnesses at the hearing who testified about how their lives would be impacted should the Republicans succeed in repealing the law. [...] 'With this law, we have taken the power from the insurance companies, and given it back to patients and their doctors. We have expanded access to coverage, ensured people can get the care they need, and lowered costs for everybody. These reforms give Americans the freedom to make their own health care decisions, while creating jobs and reducing the deficit. And yet, the new Republican House has made repealing this law its first priority, even though we know for a fact that repeal will add significantly to the deficit and severely hurt job creation, the middle class, and America. [...] Health care repeal is a mistake, and it is one that I, and every Democrat in this room, will fight to prevent.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Praises Affordable Care Act, Job Creation, Role of Community Health Centers. 29 March 2011. "This past week marked the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the comprehensive health care reform law that is already working to cut health care costs, improve coverage, reduce the deficit, and create jobs. The majority tries to repeal or defund this Act and refuses all offers to work together to improve it. With so much uncertain in the economy, we should not roll back the 1.5 million private sector jobs that have been created since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, including 243,000 in the health care industry. One of the many ways the Affordable Care Act works to create jobs is by investing in our nationwide network of community health centers." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 18 February 2011. "How many times do we have to vote to defund the Affordable Care Act in one day? Mr. Chairman, this amendment will stop the implementation of essential health benefits. These rules will ensure that a minimum level of quality health coverage will be covered by plans available on the exchanges. We are talking about benefits related to things like hospitalization, emergency services, maternity care, newborn care, mental health care. This ensures that every plan on the exchange meets minimum standards. It protects individuals and small businesses. It allows them to pick out their plans with the confidence that they will be able to get the adequate kinds of coverage that they need. Why does the majority want to stand between consumers and the information they need? I urge my colleagues to please oppose this amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 18 February 2011. "Their first order of business was to repeal health care reform, the results of which would add to unemployment, add to the deficit, and delay the economic recovery. And today, by denying funds for the implementation of health care, they are at it again. This amendment would take away the consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act and put the insurance companies back in charge, a further demonstration of the majority's special interest priorities and an hypocrisy on job creation and deficit reduction. Repealing health care will destroy jobs in the health professions. It will slow growth by 250,000 to 400,000 jobs a year. It will increase medical spending and add nearly $2,000 to the average family insurance premium. And according to CBO, repeal would add $230 billion to the deficit in the first 10 years and $1 trillion in the second 10 years." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Repealing Mandatory Funding for State Health Insurance Exchanges. 3 May 2011. "Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to this attempt to defund one of the central cost-cutting reforms of the Affordable Care Act. […] We in this body are very fortunate. We have health insurance. Our kids have health insurance. When we get ill, we go to the head of the line, the same as our families. Every single time we take to this floor, the majority in this body wants to repeal health care reform, wants to take away the opportunity from millions of Americans to have the same kind of health care coverage that Members of Congress and their families have." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "The Center for American Progress reports that repeal would add almost $2,000 a year to family insurance premiums, destroy up to 400,000 jobs a year over the next decade. And the Congressional Budget Office says repeal would add $230 billion to the deficit. Repeal will take away valuable benefits, destroy jobs, cause premiums to rise, and add billions to the deficit. [...] Repeal is a mistake. We should work to further strengthen our health care system; and we should do that, not roll back hard-won progress. Health care should not be a political game." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act will ensure that Americans have access to quality, affordable health care while reducing long-term health care costs. It will make health insurance affordable for middle class families and small businesses by reducing the rising costs of premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Millions of Americans will have access to affordable insurance choices through the exchanges that are established by the legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Correcting the Enrollment Of H.R. 1473. 14 April 2011. "Mr. Speaker, instead of working to create jobs, reduce the deficit and do the business of the American people, this majority has been consumed for months now with trying to repeal health care reform. Like the attempted repeal we saw in the first week of this Congress, like the Tea Party budget passed in February and like the many attempts we have seen to decimate health care reform piece by piece since, this concurrent resolution, once again, tries to take away the consumer protection of the Affordable Care Act and tries to put insurance companies back in charge. It is a further demonstration of the majority's special interest priorities and of their hypocrisy on job creation and deficit reduction. Passing this resolution will destroy jobs in the health professions." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Fights Against Repeal of Health Care Reform Law. 18 January 2011. "Congresswoman DeLauro made remarks about the importance of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and introduced several of the witnesses at the hearing who testified about how their lives would be impacted should the Republicans succeed in repealing the law. [...] 'With this law, we have taken the power from the insurance companies, and given it back to patients and their doctors. We have expanded access to coverage, ensured people can get the care they need, and lowered costs for everybody. These reforms give Americans the freedom to make their own health care decisions, while creating jobs and reducing the deficit. And yet, the new Republican House has made repealing this law its first priority, even though we know for a fact that repeal will add significantly to the deficit and severely hurt job creation, the middle class, and America. [...] Health care repeal is a mistake, and it is one that I, and every Democrat in this room, will fight to prevent.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Praises Affordable Care Act, Job Creation, Role of Community Health Centers. 29 March 2011. "This past week marked the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the comprehensive health care reform law that is already working to cut health care costs, improve coverage, reduce the deficit, and create jobs. The majority tries to repeal or defund this Act and refuses all offers to work together to improve it. With so much uncertain in the economy, we should not roll back the 1.5 million private sector jobs that have been created since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, including 243,000 in the health care industry. One of the many ways the Affordable Care Act works to create jobs is by investing in our nationwide network of community health centers." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 18 February 2011. "How many times do we have to vote to defund the Affordable Care Act in one day? Mr. Chairman, this amendment will stop the implementation of essential health benefits. These rules will ensure that a minimum level of quality health coverage will be covered by plans available on the exchanges. We are talking about benefits related to things like hospitalization, emergency services, maternity care, newborn care, mental health care. This ensures that every plan on the exchange meets minimum standards. It protects individuals and small businesses. It allows them to pick out their plans with the confidence that they will be able to get the adequate kinds of coverage that they need. Why does the majority want to stand between consumers and the information they need? I urge my colleagues to please oppose this amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 18 February 2011. "Their first order of business was to repeal health care reform, the results of which would add to unemployment, add to the deficit, and delay the economic recovery. And today, by denying funds for the implementation of health care, they are at it again. This amendment would take away the consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act and put the insurance companies back in charge, a further demonstration of the majority's special interest priorities and an hypocrisy on job creation and deficit reduction. Repealing health care will destroy jobs in the health professions. It will slow growth by 250,000 to 400,000 jobs a year. It will increase medical spending and add nearly $2,000 to the average family insurance premium. And according to CBO, repeal would add $230 billion to the deficit in the first 10 years and $1 trillion in the second 10 years." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Repealing Mandatory Funding for State Health Insurance Exchanges. 3 May 2011. "Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to this attempt to defund one of the central cost-cutting reforms of the Affordable Care Act. […] We in this body are very fortunate. We have health insurance. Our kids have health insurance. When we get ill, we go to the head of the line, the same as our families. Every single time we take to this floor, the majority in this body wants to repeal health care reform, wants to take away the opportunity from millions of Americans to have the same kind of health care coverage that Members of Congress and their families have." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "The Center for American Progress reports that repeal would add almost $2,000 a year to family insurance premiums, destroy up to 400,000 jobs a year over the next decade. And the Congressional Budget Office says repeal would add $230 billion to the deficit. Repeal will take away valuable benefits, destroy jobs, cause premiums to rise, and add billions to the deficit. [...] Repeal is a mistake. We should work to further strengthen our health care system; and we should do that, not roll back hard-won progress. Health care should not be a political game." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act will ensure that Americans have access to quality, affordable health care while reducing long-term health care costs. It will make health insurance affordable for middle class families and small businesses by reducing the rising costs of premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Millions of Americans will have access to affordable insurance choices through the exchanges that are established by the legislation." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Video: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro on Immigration reform. 27 April 2010. “We ought to find a way to citizenship that says to people that you have to pay taxes or backtaxes with a whole lot of criteria as to what they ought to be doing. And then in terms of citizenship they can't preempt those who have been here seeeking citizenship who have come here legally. In essence they do go to the back of the line.” (youtu.be)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • "This is an irresponsible and insufficient border supplemental. For months, Democrats have urged this Majority to pass comprehensive immigration reform that reflects our values and the country we want to be -- one with strong enforcement at the border, deportation of dangerous criminals, and a path to citizenship that protects workers, helps families reunite and clears backlogs." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Video: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro on Immigration reform. 27 April 2010. “We ought to find a way to citizenship that says to people that you have to pay taxes or backtaxes with a whole lot of criteria as to what they ought to be doing. And then in terms of citizenship they can't preempt those who have been here seeeking citizenship who have come here legally. In essence they do go to the back of the line.” (youtu.be)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • "This is an irresponsible and insufficient border supplemental. For months, Democrats have urged this Majority to pass comprehensive immigration reform that reflects our values and the country we want to be -- one with strong enforcement at the border, deportation of dangerous criminals, and a path to citizenship that protects workers, helps families reunite and clears backlogs." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO ANSWER for “Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?” 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. 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)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (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 believe that each state should have the ability to decide family matters for themselves, rather than having the federal government dictate what they must do. 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." (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." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO ANSWER for “Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?” 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. 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)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Rosa DeLauro voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Rosa DeLauro voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (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 believe that each state should have the ability to decide family matters for themselves, rather than having the federal government dictate what they must do. 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." (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." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues 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."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Issue Position: Afghanistan. 1 January 2011. "Congresswoman DeLauro believes that it is in our national security interest to recognize that the terrorist threat is transnational in nature and to pursue a strategy that lessens our military footprint in Afghanistan, conducting only targeted operations against terrorist cells that deter further attacks on the U.S. homeland from the region, while further pursuing diplomatic, political and economic policies that help meet the myriad of challenges in the region." (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 anyresponse to the threat that we face does not plunge us deeper into a complicated and sectarian civil war. I feel that this amendment may lead to that.With their barbaric attacks against journalists, women, children, and innocent civilians, ISIL is a terrorist group, pure and simple. While they are not now a threat to our Nation, they do have the potential to be one if left unchecked." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues 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."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Issue Position: Afghanistan. 1 January 2011. "Congresswoman DeLauro believes that it is in our national security interest to recognize that the terrorist threat is transnational in nature and to pursue a strategy that lessens our military footprint in Afghanistan, conducting only targeted operations against terrorist cells that deter further attacks on the U.S. homeland from the region, while further pursuing diplomatic, political and economic policies that help meet the myriad of challenges in the region." (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 anyresponse to the threat that we face does not plunge us deeper into a complicated and sectarian civil war. I feel that this amendment may lead to that.With their barbaric attacks against journalists, women, children, and innocent civilians, ISIL is a terrorist group, pure and simple. While they are not now a threat to our Nation, they do have the potential to be one if left unchecked." (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

  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President, the United States of America. 15 October 2010. “We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. “We are writing to request that you protect vital programs that comprise our social safety net, including but not limited to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security, as well as the programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans […] It is imperative that we protect vital safety net programs and programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans, including those facing or living in poverty. The Census Bureau released data on September 13, 2011, revealing that 15 percent of Americans -- 46.2 million people across this country -- lived in poverty in 2010. This is the largest number of Americans living in poverty since the Census started collecting this data 52 years ago. For our nation's children under 18, 22 percent lived in poverty in 2010. That is 16.4 million children who do not know where their next meal is coming from, where they might be sleeping that night, and who are anxious overall about their well being and that of their parents.” (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Calls on Congress to Recognize Impact Social Security Reform Will Have on Women. 1 February 2005. "In advance of the president's State of the Union speech tomorrow and travel later this week to promote his Social Security privatization plan, Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn.-3) today called on Congress to recognize the impact Social Security reform will have on women. DeLauro joined the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) to release new data on the impact President Bush's proposal will have on women and children and introduced a resolution in the U.S. House requesting Congress take these factors into account when considering proposals to reform Social Security. 'Privatization and a reduction in promised benefits would have serious adverse effects on the economic health of women,' said DeLauro. 'Privatization efforts are risky for all beneficiaries, but will be especially devastating to women who traditionally earn fewer Social Security benefits than men, yet comprise a greater percentage of the system.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Continues Area Discussion on Social Security. 29 March 2005. "President Bush has suggested privatizing Social Security by diverting a third of payroll taxes into private accounts that can be invested in the stock market - the proposal does not address the expected funding shortfall in the current Social Security system. 'By taking money out of the trust fund to invest it in the stock market, the proposal makes the problem worse,' DeLauro said. 'Under the president's proposal, we will still have to pay benefits to current retirees at the same time we are taking money out of the system to invest in the stock market, causing the deficit to explode by another $2 trillion in the first decade alone.' (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Delivers Speech on Values, Social Security. 19 April 2005. "Congress must address the funding shortfall in the middle of the century. Yet what President Bush is proposing is that we radically change this successful program - privatizing Social Security by diverting a third of payroll taxes that pay benefits today into private, individual accounts that can be invested in the stock market. [...] [President Bush] wants turn Social Security into an investment program - a tool to create personal wealth. And I fail to see how a program benefiting our national community, rooted in values that promote the common good and reinforce the idea that we are all in this together, is improved by private accounts. [...] Besides, privatization does nothing to address the expected shortfall in the current Social Security system - the reason President Bush brought up privatization in the first place. In fact, by taking money out of the trust fund to create private accounts, the president's proposal makes the problem worse. Secondly, privatization will balloon our half-trillion dollar deficit by as much as $5 trillion in the next 20 years because we will still have to pay benefits to current retirees at the same time we are taking money out of the system to create private accounts." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Discusses Social Security with Middlesex Community College Students. 7 March 2005. "President Bush has suggested privatizing Social Security by diverting a third of payroll taxes into private accounts that can be invested in the stock market - the proposal does not address the expected funding shortfall in the current Social Security system. 'By taking money out of the trust fund to invest it in the stock market, the proposal makes the problem worse,' DeLauro said. 'Under the president's proposal, we will still have to pay benefits to current retirees at the same time we are taking money out of the system to invest in the stock market, causing the deficit to explode by another $2 trillion in the first decade alone.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Rallies Against Social Security Privatization. 26 April 2005. " As the U.S. Senate begins hearings on Social Security, Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn.-3) today joined House and Senate Democratic Leadership and hundreds of people from around the country to rally against Social Security privatization efforts. 'Private accounts do nothing to solve the Social Security shortfall because we will still have to pay benefits to current retirees at the same time we are taking money out of the system to invest in the stock market. This will cause the deficit to explode by another $5 trillion over the first 20 years of accounts. It will also lead to guaranteed benefit cuts of more than 40 percent.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Vows To Strengthen Social Security. 14 March 2005. "Congresswoman Rosa. L. DeLauro (Conn.-3) today joined Citizens Organized to Save Social Security Today (COST) to take the AFL-CIO pledge to strengthen Social Security. […] 'This pledge is about protecting Social Security, not undermining it as privatization would,' said DeLauro. [...] DeLauro pledged to oppose any Social Security privatization proposals that would: -Require cuts in guaranteed benefits to pay for private accounts. -Weaken the system by diverting money from the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for private accounts. -Increase the federal deficit to pay for private accounts." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Issue Position: Social Security and Retirement Security. 18 July 2011. "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. Such accounts would take nearly $5 trillion from Social Security over 20 years, and jeopardize benefits earned by current retirees, disabled workers and children who have lost a parent. Today, the average monthly benefit is $950, and without this money, nearly 50% of American seniors would be living in poverty." (votesmart.org)
  • "Social Security was founded on a promise: if you work in America, America will guarantee you a solid foundation for retirement. That is why Congresswoman DeLauro works to strengthen Social Security and opposes privatization critical American cornerstone." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Rosa DeLauro. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Connecticut Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Rosa DeLauro. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President, the United States of America. 15 October 2010. “We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. “We are writing to request that you protect vital programs that comprise our social safety net, including but not limited to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security, as well as the programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans […] It is imperative that we protect vital safety net programs and programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans, including those facing or living in poverty. The Census Bureau released data on September 13, 2011, revealing that 15 percent of Americans -- 46.2 million people across this country -- lived in poverty in 2010. This is the largest number of Americans living in poverty since the Census started collecting this data 52 years ago. For our nation's children under 18, 22 percent lived in poverty in 2010. That is 16.4 million children who do not know where their next meal is coming from, where they might be sleeping that night, and who are anxious overall about their well being and that of their parents.” (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Rosa DeLauro supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Calls on Congress to Recognize Impact Social Security Reform Will Have on Women. 1 February 2005. "In advance of the president's State of the Union speech tomorrow and travel later this week to promote his Social Security privatization plan, Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn.-3) today called on Congress to recognize the impact Social Security reform will have on women. DeLauro joined the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) to release new data on the impact President Bush's proposal will have on women and children and introduced a resolution in the U.S. House requesting Congress take these factors into account when considering proposals to reform Social Security. 'Privatization and a reduction in promised benefits would have serious adverse effects on the economic health of women,' said DeLauro. 'Privatization efforts are risky for all beneficiaries, but will be especially devastating to women who traditionally earn fewer Social Security benefits than men, yet comprise a greater percentage of the system.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Continues Area Discussion on Social Security. 29 March 2005. "President Bush has suggested privatizing Social Security by diverting a third of payroll taxes into private accounts that can be invested in the stock market - the proposal does not address the expected funding shortfall in the current Social Security system. 'By taking money out of the trust fund to invest it in the stock market, the proposal makes the problem worse,' DeLauro said. 'Under the president's proposal, we will still have to pay benefits to current retirees at the same time we are taking money out of the system to invest in the stock market, causing the deficit to explode by another $2 trillion in the first decade alone.' (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Delivers Speech on Values, Social Security. 19 April 2005. "Congress must address the funding shortfall in the middle of the century. Yet what President Bush is proposing is that we radically change this successful program - privatizing Social Security by diverting a third of payroll taxes that pay benefits today into private, individual accounts that can be invested in the stock market. [...] [President Bush] wants turn Social Security into an investment program - a tool to create personal wealth. And I fail to see how a program benefiting our national community, rooted in values that promote the common good and reinforce the idea that we are all in this together, is improved by private accounts. [...] Besides, privatization does nothing to address the expected shortfall in the current Social Security system - the reason President Bush brought up privatization in the first place. In fact, by taking money out of the trust fund to create private accounts, the president's proposal makes the problem worse. Secondly, privatization will balloon our half-trillion dollar deficit by as much as $5 trillion in the next 20 years because we will still have to pay benefits to current retirees at the same time we are taking money out of the system to create private accounts." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Discusses Social Security with Middlesex Community College Students. 7 March 2005. "President Bush has suggested privatizing Social Security by diverting a third of payroll taxes into private accounts that can be invested in the stock market - the proposal does not address the expected funding shortfall in the current Social Security system. 'By taking money out of the trust fund to invest it in the stock market, the proposal makes the problem worse,' DeLauro said. 'Under the president's proposal, we will still have to pay benefits to current retirees at the same time we are taking money out of the system to invest in the stock market, causing the deficit to explode by another $2 trillion in the first decade alone.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Rallies Against Social Security Privatization. 26 April 2005. " As the U.S. Senate begins hearings on Social Security, Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn.-3) today joined House and Senate Democratic Leadership and hundreds of people from around the country to rally against Social Security privatization efforts. 'Private accounts do nothing to solve the Social Security shortfall because we will still have to pay benefits to current retirees at the same time we are taking money out of the system to invest in the stock market. This will cause the deficit to explode by another $5 trillion over the first 20 years of accounts. It will also lead to guaranteed benefit cuts of more than 40 percent.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. DeLauro Vows To Strengthen Social Security. 14 March 2005. "Congresswoman Rosa. L. DeLauro (Conn.-3) today joined Citizens Organized to Save Social Security Today (COST) to take the AFL-CIO pledge to strengthen Social Security. […] 'This pledge is about protecting Social Security, not undermining it as privatization would,' said DeLauro. [...] DeLauro pledged to oppose any Social Security privatization proposals that would: -Require cuts in guaranteed benefits to pay for private accounts. -Weaken the system by diverting money from the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for private accounts. -Increase the federal deficit to pay for private accounts." (votesmart.org)
  • Rosa DeLauro. Issue Position: Social Security and Retirement Security. 18 July 2011. "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. Such accounts would take nearly $5 trillion from Social Security over 20 years, and jeopardize benefits earned by current retirees, disabled workers and children who have lost a parent. Today, the average monthly benefit is $950, and without this money, nearly 50% of American seniors would be living in poverty." (votesmart.org)
  • "Social Security was founded on a promise: if you work in America, America will guarantee you a solid foundation for retirement. That is why Congresswoman DeLauro works to strengthen Social Security and opposes privatization critical American cornerstone." (votesmart.org)

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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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