Senator Maria Cantwell's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Maria Cantwell
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Jr, Democratic
First Elected: 11/07/2000
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2018
Gender: Female
Family: Single
Birth Date: 10/13/1958
Birth Place: Indianapolis, IN
Home City: Edmonds, WA
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Maria Cantwell refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Maria Cantwell a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S Amdt 3927. 108th Congress. Military Abortion Amendment. Maria Cantwell voted Yea on 06/21/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Maria Cantwell voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Maria Cantwell in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S Amdt 3896. 110th Congress. Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions. Maria Cantwell voted Nay on 02/26/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Effects of H.R. 1 on Women and Children. 3 March 2011. "Instead of supporting women and families so they can be productive parts of our economy, Republicans are continuing to turn the clock back on hard-fought access to healthy services and attacking a woman's right to choose. Their proposal would deny women using flexible spending accounts, from using pretax dollars for insurance to cover a wide range of reproductive choices." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Maria Cantwell in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S Amdt 244. 109th Congress. Unintended Pregnancy Amendment. Maria Cantwell voted Yea on 03/17/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S 3. 108th Congress. Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion bill. Maria Cantwell voted Nay on 10/21/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Senator Maria Cantwell Statement on 30th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. 22 January 2003. "Like most Americans, I believe that we must work to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies through education and family planning. But I also believe that our Constitution protects a woman's right to privacy, and that this constitutional right encompasses the decision of whether to terminate a pregnancy." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Senator Maria Cantwell's Floor Statement on the Nomination of Miguel Estrada. 13 February 2003. "Michael McConnell, a man who in private practice and as a law professor had espoused many views in opposition to abortion rights and was very critical of the decision in Roe v. Wade. I do not agree with, probably, any of the political views of Michael McConnell." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Maria Cantwell voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Roe v. Wade. 17 September 2003. "Mr. President, I rise today to speak to the issue of protecting a woman's right to choose. I am here to reiterate what the majority of us in the Senate clearly expressed this spring on behalf of women when we voted on an amendment to S. 3, sponsored by the good Senator from Iowa, my colleague Senator HARKIN." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Nomination of Priscilla Richman Owen to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit--Continued. 24 May 2005. "Women in this country rely on the right to choose. It is an issue on which we have had 30 years of settled law and case precedent. In the Fifth Circuit, there are three States that continue to have unconstitutional laws on the books, and legislatures that are hostile to that right to choose. The Federal courts are the sole protector of women's right to privacy in these states." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Letter to Senator Ted Stevens. 19 November 2004. "Should this provision become law, federal, state, or local government may no longer require any institutional or individual health-care provider to provide, pay for, or refer abortion services. This will mean that medical providers in hospitals and clinics across the country will likely be victims of demonstrations and intimidation as this provision allows that they be forbidden from providing abortion care to women who need it, and also to deny women referrals to another provider." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Executive Session. 27 September 2005. "During my tenure on the Judiciary Committee, I heard many conservative nominees express views in opposition to abortion rights and some were very critical of the decision in Roe v. Wade. I did not agree with these views, but where those nominees demonstrated an understanding that privacy in the choice context is an accepted right, and that the Nation and the courts have determined that right should be upheld, I voted to confirm these judges." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 Conference Report-Continued. 21 October 2003. "I am very disappointed that this conference report does not include language passed by the Senate that abortion has been a legal and constitutionally protected medical procedure throughout the United States since the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade; and that the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade established constitutionally based limits on the power of states to restrict the right of a woman to choose to terminate a pregnancy." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maria Cantwell. S Amdt 4204. 112th Congress. Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable. Maria Cantwell voted Yea on 05/27/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Letter to President Obama. 7 March 2012. “It is time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. The United States intervened in Afghanistan to destroy al Qaeda's safe haven, remove the Taliban government that sheltered al Qaeda, and pursue those who planned the September 11th attacks on the United States. Thanks to the exceptional service and sacrifice made by the American Armed Forces and our allies, those objectives have largely been met. We should continue to confront America's enemies wherever they are through targeted counterterrorism operations and end the large scale counterinsurgency effort in Afghanistan. We simply cannot afford more years of elevated troop levels in Afghanistan. We are spending roughly $10 billion in Afghanistan each month at a time when we're making tough sacrifices at home. Your recent budget calls for $88 billion more for the war in Afghanistan in 2013. If this money is appropriated, we will have spent a total of $650 billion in Afghanistan. A majority of Americans worry that the costs of the war in Afghanistan will make it more difficult for the government to address the problems facing the United States at home. They're right.” (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of Peace Action West 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of the Peace Action 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell Statement on President Obama's Appointment of Gen. Petraeus As Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. 23 June 2010. "We want Afghanistan to be a more stable country, and we want more regional participation in helping to get Afghanistan on its feet. Gen. Petraeus understands that we will not be able to win in Afghanistan solely by militarily means. We need a political and economic approach that stabilizes the country and deals with the drug trade and massive corruption there. We need to keep working to win hearts and minds. I am heartened that we now have in place a team supporting our Commander-in-Chief in working toward these worthy goals." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 15 June 2011. "We write to express our strong support for a shift in strategy and the beginning of a sizable and sustained reduction of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, beginning in July 2011." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Weekly Update for Monday. 16 April 2007. "I am very troubled by the administration's decision to extend deployments for all U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by an additional three months. Our troops are burdened by equipment shortages and stretched thin by multiple, lengthy deployments. We must be fair to these brave men and women and their families. The president hasn't done nearly enough to secure the political solution needed in Iraq to reduce ongoing violence. We must rethink our strategy, truly stand by our military families, and make sure our troops have the equipment and support needed to succeed in their mission. Our troops and their families should not be forced to bear the burden of this administration's failed policies." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell Statement on President Obama's Fiscal Year 2011 Federal Budget. 1 February 2010. "The budget seeks to end the C-17 program. I question whether it is the time to end C-17 production. With thousands of U.S. troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and thousands deployed in support of humanitarian situations like the recent earthquake in Haiti, I believe the U.S. needs to keep its airlift capacity at full strength. Foreign sales may also be lost if production is shut down. The United Kingdom, Australia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates have purchased C-17s and more could be sold in the future. Finally, cutting this program will impact more than 20 suppliers across Washington state." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Letter to the Honorable Daniel Inouye, Chairman Senate Appropriations Committee. 12 May 2009. "Thank you for the leadership role you have played over the past several years in continuing to provide funding for the C-17. We are writing to respectfully request that the committee include funding to procure 15 additional C-17s in the FY 2009 Supplemental Defense Appropriations Bill. Since the C-17 entered the Air Force inventory in 1993, it has proven to be an indispensable asset with an impressive record in supporting combat, humanitarian, and support missions around the world. Its ability to carry large payloads long distances and land on remote airfields has made it an ideal platform in counterinsurgency and humanitarian operations, which are missions commonly associated with irregular warfare. This would appear to make the C-17 highly compatible with Secretary Gates' efforts to rebalance the defense budget to account for the demands of irregular warfare while maintaining America's preeminence in dealing with conventional threats." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Letter to President Obama. 7 March 2012. “We are spending roughly $10 billion in Afghanistan each month at a time when we're making tough sacrifices at home. Your recent budget calls for $88 billion more for the war in Afghanistan in 2013. If this money is appropriated, we will have spent a total of $650 billion in Afghanistan. A majority of Americans worry that the costs of the war in Afghanistan will make it more difficult for the government to address the problems facing the United States at home. They're right.” (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Maria Cantwell voted Yea on 08/01/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S Amdt 4818. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Maria Cantwell voted Nay on 05/22/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Maria Cantwell voted Yea on 01/22/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. HR 2206. 110th Congress. Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007. Maria Cantwell voted Yea on 05/24/2007. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maria Cantwell. Senator Maria Cantwell Remarks to the Washington State Democratic Convention. 3 June 2006. "Well, I have a message for the President, and for the 700,000 veterans families from Washington state. Mr. President, it is unpatriotic to give a tax break to the wealthiest Americans and then ask the military retirees, the bravest of men and women, to pay for their healthcare. And you are going to have a fight on your hands." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Unanimous Consent Request-S 1839. 25 November 2003. "It is totally irresponsible for us, as a legislative body, to pass all of these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, do all of these programs for special interests, give subsidies, and then leave American workers without the benefit program that was designed to help them in economic downturns." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States of America. 5 May 2011. "Unfortunately, some in Congress want to dismantle Medicare in order to help offset the costs of tax cuts for the very wealthiest in our country." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 16 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S AMDT 2610. 109th Congress. Tax Rate Amendment. Maria Cantwell voted Nay on 11/17/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 80 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maria Cantwell. Letter To President-Elect Barack Obama. 14 January 2009. "At the Energy and Natural Resource Committee's hearing in December on investments in clean energy and natural resources projects and programs to create green jobs and to stimulate the economy, experts testified that at least $1.4 billion in additional funds are needed annually to make significant inroads into reducing ecological and community risks to wildfire." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Maria's Monday Memo Senator Maria Cantwell's Weekly Update for Washington State. 16 February 2009. "The immediate macroeconomic benefit of putting more money in the pockets of unemployed Washingtonians looking for work is reason enough to extend benefits. The additional income provides resources for covering necessary everyday expenses as the economic downturn keeps them out of work longer. This is stimulus money that will swiftly and assuredly flow back into the economy." (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 Maria Cantwell a rating of 15 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 12 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S Amdt 3301. 112th Congress. Ending the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Maria Cantwell voted Nay on 01/21/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Maria Cantwell voted Nay on 10/01/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Effects of H.R. 1 on Women and Children. 3 March 2011. "Yet we in the Senate are trying to promote workforce training and to have programs that have been tested successes, such as the Workforce Investment Act. For every dollar invested by the Workforce Investment Act, it is $10 in stimulating our economy. It is a 1-to-10 ratio. Why would we cut such a program?" (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Energy. 16 January 2009. "According to a recently released report, if the Federal Government would invest $16 billion over the next 2 years--if we would invest $16 billion over the next 2 years--we would drive a $64 billion investment in related projects by the private sector, resulting in 280,000 direct jobs across a variety of categories. So I believe the opportunity for stimulative activity by building an intelligent electricity grid should be one of the top priorities of our stimulus package." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Energy. 16 January 2009. "Although we must act urgently, I believe we must also take care to get things right in the stimulus package and take the time necessary to make sure we are getting it right. Getting it right means maintaining a laser focus on job-creation activities in the short term and over the next few decades. This should be our top priority when putting together the stimulus package and making sure we are providing businesses with the certainty they need in the Tax Code to make investments now. That is why I believe now is the time to put all of the good ideas on the table. I was so happy to hear President-elect Obama stating a willingness to embrace any good ideas Members or America had for this critical stimulus package." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Letter to The Honorable Daniel K. Inouye, Chairman and The Honorable Thad Cochran, Ranking Member, Senate Appropriations Committee. 15 January 2009. "As you develop economic stimulus legislation, we trust you will consider the need to address the cleanup of the Department of Energy's environmental liabilities and provide stimulus funding for cleanup work at DOE sites. Increasing funding by $6 billion will create over 10,000 jobs and accelerate protection of human health and the environment. Using contracts that are already in place, the increased levels of spending would stimulate the economy in many areas across the country. In addition, the accelerated environmental remediation would provide land that could have other beneficial uses, such as energy parks. Energy parks would create long-term jobs and help reduce America's reliance on foreign sources of energy." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell Hails Senate Passage of Small Business Jobs Bill. 16 September 2010. "The U.S. Senate today passed jobs-producing small business legislation shepherded through with the key help of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA). Cantwell, a member of the Senate Small Business and Finance Committees, was part of the Senate team that today won final passage, in a 61-38 bipartisan vote, of the comprehensive Small Business Jobs Act (HR 5297). The measure will reduce the federal deficit while spurring job growth through expanded access to capital and $12 billion in targeted tax incentives for small business. […] 'The entrepreneurial economy won today,' Cantwell said at a press conference today immediately following the vote. 'In Washington state, we have 140,000 small businesses. If each one of those businesses just hired one person, we would basically wipe out the job loss that we've had since the recession.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Maria Cantwell voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S 3816. 112th Congress. Tax Law Amendments. Maria Cantwell voted Yea on 09/28/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell Statement on Tax and Unemployment Insurance Legislation. 13 December 2010. "This bill supports job creation and economic recovery by extending and expanding tax cuts for working families and the middle class, and provides a crucial lifeline for those who have been searching for work for an extended period. The lion's share of this package is devoted to tax cuts for the middle class, tax credits for working families, tax incentives for businesses to invest, and help for job seekers. A payroll tax reduction for all working people will save the average family about $1,000. A couple earning about $50,000 with two kids, one of them in college, would save more than $4,000 on their taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell: Historic Tax Package Will Create Green Collar Jobs, Stimulate Local Economy, and Accelerate Clean Energy Transition. 7 October 2008. "These tax incentives represent real economic stimulus that will help accelerate economic growth in Washington and across the country in one of the few bright spots of our troubled economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell: Historic Tax Package Will Create Green Collar Jobs, Stimulate Local Economy, and Accelerate Clean Energy Transition. 7 October 2008. "This clean energy tax incentives package marks a game-changing decision to begin an urgently needed shift from the fossil fuels era to a clean energy system based on domestically produced and environmentally friendly 21st century technologies. For the first time Congress has voted to take subsidies away from oil and gas companies and allocate the dollars to renewable energy sources. While I wish we could have enacted these incentives sooner, I am proud to have helped broker the bipartisan deal that got this package signed into law. These tax incentives represent real economic stimulus that will help accelerate economic growth in Washington and across the country in one of the few bright spots of our troubled economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Energy. 16 January 2009. "Although we must act urgently, I believe we must also take care to get things right in the stimulus package and take the time necessary to make sure we are getting it right. Getting it right means maintaining a laser focus on job-creation activities in the short term and over the next few decades. This should be our top priority when putting together the stimulus package and making sure we are providing businesses with the certainty they need in the Tax Code to make investments now. That is why I believe now is the time to put all of the good ideas on the table. I was so happy to hear President-elect Obama stating a willingness to embrace any good ideas Members or America had for this critical stimulus package." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maria Cantwell. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Maria Cantwell voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Education. 31 August 2012. “Every American ought to have the opportunity to get the best education in the world. Senator Maria Cantwell has fought to invest in our future and help make college affordable for families and students across our country. She supports a comprehensive strategy for achievement and accountability to make America’s pre-K, K-12, higher education, and lifelong learning programs the best in the world […] The Bush Administration has repeatedly tried to cut critical funding for education. The most recent attempt in the 2007 budget would have terminated 42 programs and marked the first time in a decade that overall federal funding for schools would decrease — the largest cut in the Department of Education’s 26 year history. Maria worked hard to protect important education initiatives during budget negotiations and supported key amendments to restore billions for education. A large portion of the cuts were proposed in programs America can ill-afford to lose in this global competitive economy — Perkins Loan Grants and LEAP, TRIO, and GEAR UP, three programs that prepare minority students for college […] A longtime advocate of the Head Start program, Maria believes that to help young students live up to their full potential, we must begin early. Children must be ready to learn. She has worked hard to expand and improve Head Start while providing loan forgiveness for its teachers […] Maria understands that it takes time to get ready for college. That’s why she pushed hard to defend the GEAR UP program, which was targeted for elimination in the president’s 2006 budget. Maria cosponsored the Senate-passed Minority Serving Institution Digital and Wireless Technology Opportunity Act of 2003. The legislation provides $250 million for technology instruction and upgraded digital and wireless equipment in schools serving minorities.” (www.cantwell.senate.gov)
  • Maria Cantwell. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. “In classrooms throughout Washington, students are preparing for careers and higher education, and it's imperative that every student start out on the right path. Maria has been a strong advocate of the Head Start program, which prepares Washington students for school through education, health, and nutrition services. She's made modernizing Washington's schools and giving them access to new technology a top priority. Having worked in Washington's hi-tech industry, Maria knows that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education is crucial in preparing Washington students to lead the industries of the future. She's worked to support STEM education throughout the country and is working to build partnerships between Washington classrooms and companies to giving students cutting edge insight and opportunity.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Maria Cantwell. Stop Excessive Energy Speculation Act of 2008 - Motion to Proceed. 23 July 2008. "We know that today we are facing an oil crisis, but we also know that with less than 2 percent of the world's oil reserves, there is no way the United States is going to drill its way out of this quagmire. American families and businesses are depending on us to put aggressive new policies in place, not continue to dwell on the old policies that are not going to provide any relief at the pump. Unfortunately, it seems as though there are some who only want to focus on big oil's top priority; that is, lifting the moratorium on Outer Continental Shelf drilling. Pro-drilling advocates, and certainly the President of the United States, seem perfectly comfortable perpetuating what I think is a cruel hoax on the American people saying that drilling will lower oil prices. They are willing to imply, to insinuate, and to pretend that drilling off of our coastlines will somehow provide relief at the pump or somehow lessen our dangerous dependence on foreign oil. The reality is even the biggest drilling advocates admit that opening our Nation's pristine coastlines will have no impact on pricing at the pump. That is right, no impact." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 - Motion to Proceed. 1 August 2008. "If they had not blocked this legislation in December of last year, we could have been on our way in 2020 to reducing the amount of coal-fired powerplants that we would have had in our country and getting on to renewable wind energy. The billions of dollars in clean energy investment, tens of thousands of jobs could be making an incredible positive impact, more so than any drilling offshore could ever be." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Letter to President George W. Bush, Re: Release Oil from Reserve. 31 July 2008. "We ask that you take immediate action to begin to implement this modernization of the Reserve by releasing 70 million barrels of light, sweet crude oil, about 10 percent of the current Reserve inventory. This would have an immediate effect on oil and gasoline prices, unlike proposals that would open new federal land and offshore areas for drilling, which would not add oil to the market for many years." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Issue Position: Public Lands & the Environment. 1 January 2011. “Maria has championed protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, America's last great wild frontier, thwarting efforts to allow oil and gas drilling on the refuge's coastal plain. Maria believes that destroying a national wildlife refuge is not the answer to our nation's energy problems and will only exacerbate our addiction to oil. A study by the Department of Energy shows that even if we allowed oil companies to drill in the refuge, gas prices would only come down by one penny when the area reached peak production in 2025. Maria also opposes the backdoor tactics used by drilling proponents, including attempts to waive bedrock environmental safeguards and downplaying oil spills in the nearby North Slope area.” (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell, Boxer Leading Fight to Protect Pacific Coast from Offshore Drilling. 25 January 2011. "One of the lessons learned from the disastrous BP oil spill is that without a fundamental transformation of the oil industry, another spill is possible, even likely. That's not a risk I'm willing to take for Washington state's beautiful coastlines and the communities that depend on them. More offshore drilling will not lower gasoline prices or reduce our nation's dangerous overreliance on foreign oil, which is why we should be focusing on the promising clean energy alternatives that are better for consumers and can provide long-term sustainable solutions to America's energy needs." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell Lays Out a "Smarter Way" to a 21st Century Clean Energy Economy in Keynote Address to Brookings' Hamilton Project. 20 May 2011. "Yes, it's true. We can find more oil if we drill deeper and deeper in the waters farther and farther offshore. And we can squeeze out more and more oil from the tar sands or shale, but all those options greatly increase the cost and the environmental impacts." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. BP Oil Spill Commission Report Recommendations Support Cantwell Legislative Proposals. 26 January 2011. "I commend the bipartisan panel for its work. I am pleased to see that the report recommends third-party audits and certification for the offshore oil drilling industry and investment in updating our sorely-outdated oil spill cleanup technologies -- both core goals of legislation for which I have previously advocated. With the Commission's report and recommendations, we can get to work trying to prevent a similar tragedy from ever happening again. This includes giving regulators the tools and resources they need to do their jobs effectively, although ultimately we need to wean America off our unsustainable addiction to fossil fuels." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. As Senate Takes Up Oil Spill Response, Cantwell to Introduce Bill to Protect Puget Sound and U.S. Coast from Catastrophic Oil Spills. 6 July 2010. "We've seen over the past 20 years that the industry will not do it on its own -- from Exxon Valdez to Deepwater Horizon, Congress has had to intervene and respond. The sad truth is that if BP had the latest technologies in place this spring, the Deepwater Horizon disaster might not have occurred, or, if it did, a great deal of the damage could have been mitigated. These companies prepare fully for how to best extract resources and maximize their profits -- they use technology to the fullest there. But because they refuse to prepare for these disasters, it is time for Congress to do what is necessary to bring this entire industry into the 21st century for spill prevention and response -- not just extractions and profits." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S 953. 112th Congress. Offshore Production and Safety Act. Maria Cantwell voted Nay on 05/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

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  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell: 'We Need a Plan' to Address Rising Sea Levels. 19 April 2012. “Last Congress, Senator Cantwell introduced the bipartisan Carbon Limits and Energy for America's Renewal (CLEAR) Act (S.2877) with Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). The CLEAR Act is a breakthrough, bipartisan energy and climate bill that uses a simple, market-based system to spur clean-energy job growth, protect Americans from energy price increases, and reduce global warming pollution. The CLEAR Act would safeguard low and middle income households from energy rate increases by refunding program revenues to consumers; getting the government out of the business of picking technology winners and losers among technologies and special interest groups; and effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions more than 80 percent by 2050 to avert the worst dangers of global warming.” (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Issue Position: Public Lands & the Environment. 1 January 2012. “Climate change is one of the most pressing environmental challenges we face as a nation. Maria believes we should begin to act now to control our growing emissions and not leave a warmer, more dangerous world for our children. Pacific Northwest scientists say climate change will affect our water cycle, hurting hydropower generation and unique Washington ecosystems. Maria has supported a major shift to move away from fossil fuels, and has supported bipartisan legislation to use market based mechanisms to curb the growth of greenhouse gasses.” (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Maria Cantwell in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Maria Cantwell in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S J Res 26. 112th Congress. Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule. Maria Cantwell voted Nay on 06/10/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell Holds Forum on Energy and Climate Change Addressing the Needs of Tomorrow. 30 May 2008. "Unfortunately, a certain degree of global warming and climate change is already happening, and will continue to happen over the next two or three decades. The federal government must stop and think about our future and the impacts of large scale change on our natural resources. Instead of sticking our heads in the sand, we need to do the work now so we're prepared for our future. Planning for the future isn't just common sense - it's responsible government." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell Lays Out a "Smarter Way" to a 21st Century Clean Energy Economy in Keynote Address to Brookings' Hamilton Project. 20 May 2011. "So as these greenhouse gas regulations start to kick in, and begin to bite, I believe that this will create pressure on Congress to consider solutions that provide regulation, but also provide for a gradual diversification off of CO2. Because there is only one thing that there is agreement on in the United States Congress today, and at least in the Senate, and that is that it is preferable to have Congress legislate a more flexible, market-oriented, cost-effective way of reducing greenhouse gases rather than simply allowing EPA to act." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell Statement on Short-Sighted Blocking of Landmark Energy Bill. 7 December 2007. "The Senate came together across party lines to move our nation forward and make the next chapter in America's energy story about keeping our energy dollars here at home and in family pocketbooks, while reducing our contribution to global warming. The bill voted down by the Senate today would have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by about 20 percent, and saved consumers about half a trillion dollars through 2030." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell: President's Climate Change Speech Should Go Straight Into the Recycling Bin. 16 April 2008. "While tackling climate change is the most urgent and important environmental challenge facing our generation, we need to make sure that any greenhouse gas reduction strategy is efficient, effective, and puts consumers first. If we learned anything from Enron and the western energy crisis, and what is currently going on in petroleum markets, when in comes to an irreplaceable commodity like energy, we need to make sure there is no way to game the system." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Letter To The Honorable Ray LaHood, Secretary of the Department of Transportation, and The Honorable Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. 4 April 2011. "The final CAFE rule demonstrates that a single program to reduce oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions under the Ten-in-Ten Fuel Economy Act and the Clean Air Act results in an aggressive policy to advance the goals of both laws. The regulation also demonstrates that strong Federal standards are the best means to ensure that California and other states are not legally obligated to enforce more aggressive standards to protect the health of their citizens -- a right California has had under the Clean Air Act since 1970. We strongly support the cooperative approach you have taken, and we encourage you to continue your efforts to issue maximum feasible nationally coordinated fuel economy regulations, based on the successful methodology used to date." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2008. 6 June 2008. "While I do believe we must act urgently and decisively to control our Nation's and planet's greenhouse gas emissions, I do have a number of concerns about the pending legislation. Ironically, many of my concerns stem from the fact that Washington State is blessed with abundant, affordable, and emissions-free hydropower. Unfortunately, this bill fails to recognize that Washington State has significantly lower carbon dioxide emissions than other parts of the country and how that dynamic poses unique energy challenges going forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Resolution Of Disapproval Of EPA Rule-Motion To Proceed. 9 June 2010. "While I fully agree with my colleague on the first point--we do need to work together on meaningful energy and climate legislation--I have to say I disagree on the second point, about the back-door regulations. Though Congress may not have specifically anticipated greenhouse gas emissions when the Clean Air Act was originally passed, the same can be said of many pollutants. Indeed, when the 1970 law passed, only five pollutants were initially listed. Since then, dozens of additional pollutants have been listed and the air we breathe is better for it. This is not an example of an agency overreaching, it is the way the Clean Air Act was designed to work." (votesmart.org)

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  • Maria Cantwell. S 1805. 108th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Maria Cantwell voted Nay on 03/02/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Gang Violence and Violence Against Women. 31 August 2012. “It is significant to note that the president’s budget includes $112 million for initiatives to combat violence in local communities, including $25 million for the Community-Based Violence Prevention Initiatives that aim to reduce gun and other violence among youth gangs, and $37 million for the Attorney General’s Children Exposed to Violence Initiative. I have seen first-hand over the last several years how gang violence continues to plague communities from Spokane to Yakima to Seattle. Violent gang crime and the sale of drugs go hand-in-hand. Washington state communities need federal resources to effectively fight back.” (www.cantwell.senate.gov)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Maria Cantwell a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S AMDT 1626. 109th Congress. Child Safety Lock Amendment. Maria Cantwell voted Yea on 07/28/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S Amdt 4615. 110th Congress. Firearm Confiscation Prohibition Amendment. Maria Cantwell voted Yea on 07/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Maria Cantwell voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Maria Cantwell voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S Amdt 1618. 111th Congress. Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines. Maria Cantwell voted Nay on 07/22/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S Amdt 1067. 111th Congress. Allowing Loaded Guns in National Parks. Maria Cantwell voted Nay on 05/12/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Maria Cantwell voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Maria Cantwell voted Nay on 07/29/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S Amdt 4070. 110th Congress. Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership. Maria Cantwell voted Yea on 02/25/2008. (votesmart.org)

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  • Maria Cantwell. S Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Repealing the Federal Health Care Law. Maria Cantwell voted Nay on 02/02/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Health Care Administrator Confirms Cantwell-Authored Provisions Will Bring About Significant Cost Savings. 17 November 2011. “Cantwell said that talk of repeal of the Affordable Care Act ignores the critical cost savings contained in the legislation. 'This is about legislation that is estimated to save hundreds of billions of dollars in the reform of our Medicare system. Some people are saying, “Let's do vouchers instead, or privatize it or do something else.” The truth is this legislation has very powerful tools for reducing the cost of Medicare moving forward, and if we get rid of them we are going to be in a world of hurt. So I just want to get your commitment on some of those provisions.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States of America. 14 May 2011. "The Republican budget proposal would not keep pace with the rate of inflation for health care, meaning seniors would pay ever higher out-of-pocket costs. Under the proposal, the annual increase for the vouchers will fall short of the actual rate of inflation for health care -- meaning out-of-pocket expenses for seniors will continue to soar. And to make matters worse, the Republican budget would repeal the only credible means of restraining health care costs -- the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. New Year Triggers Key Healthcare Reform Measures. 1 January 2011. "The proposed new Affordable Care Act regulations are important to ensuring consumers are protected from unreasonable and unjustified rate increases that make health care insurance unaffordable. I am supportive of HHS putting these regulations into place which provide for increased transparency in pricing." (votesmart.org)

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  • Maria Cantwell. Issue Position: Education. 21 June 2011. "She also supports the DREAM Act to help long-term undocumented children to earn college degrees and become legal residents. The federal government also has the responsibility to make sure that every child is given a fair chance and supported to the best of their abilities with special education and disadvantaged learning programs. That’s why Maria has always supported both Title I and IDEA and worked hard to make sure that these programs have all the tools to be effective." (cantwell.senate.gov)
  • Maria Cantwell. S Amdt 4231. 110th Congress. Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment. Maria Cantwell voted Nay on 03/13/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell 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. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S AMDT 4087. 110th Congress. Orange Card Program Amendment. Maria Cantwell voted Yea on 05/23/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S 2611. 110th Congress. Immigration Reform Bill. Maria Cantwell voted Yea on 05/25/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. S Amdt 3117. 110th Congress. Border Fence and Customs Appropriations. Maria Cantwell voted Yea on 10/03/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell Disappointed by Blockage of DREAM Act; Measure Offered Path to Citizenship for Immigrants Who Serve in Military, Attend College. 18 December 2010. "The DREAM Act offers a chance to earn legal status for individuals who were brought to this country as children without legal documentation at no fault of their own. The bill would help students such as Alonso Chehade, who took a wrong turn on an interstate highway and was detained after unintentionally crossing into Canada. Brought to the United States from Peru by his parents when he was 14, Chehade graduated with honors from high school in Washington state and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington. His future remains uncertain if Congress fails to pass this bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell Introduces DREAM Act of 2011. 11 May 2011. "The DREAM Act is a sound starting place toward comprehensive immigration reform that works to strengthen America's economy, knowledge base, and our armed forces. DREAM offers individuals who were brought to this country as children a chance to earn legal status and give back to the American communities in which they were raised. These individuals will make our country more competitive economically by enriching our workforce, contributing to our tax base and spurring job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell Presses Secretary of Homeland Security to Revisit Gamboa, Chehade Immigration Cases. 2 December 2009. "I spoke to ICE Assistant Secretary John Mortan about the case, and I am thankful that the government temporarily deferred action on the case until the end of the year. "However, I would like to renew my call for you to use your discretion to continue to defer action until the end of the 111th Congress so we can pass the DREAM Act and give Alonso and young people like him a chance to remain in the U.S. to give back to the American communities in which they were raised." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Issue Position: Homeland Security. 21 June 2011. "During the immigration reform debate earlier this year, Maria pushed for common-sense measures to fix our broken immigration system. We need a solution that is fair to taxpayers and seals our borders. We must get tough on the border, allowing only those who pass a background check, register with the government, pay fines, learn English, meet civic requirements, and continue to work to earn a path to citizenship - making taxpayers out of illegal immigrant workers. Comprehensive immigration law reform also needs to address the realities of our labor market needs and the critical role immigrants play in the U.S. economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 14 April 2011. "We know that you share our desire to enact comprehensive immigration reform legislation as soon as possible, and we appreciate your support for our efforts to find solutions to this critical problem facing our nation. While we continue to work toward enactment of comprehensive reform of out immigration system, we have also brought to enact the DREAM Act. This legislation would have a select group of student the chance to earn legal status if they arrived in the United States when they were 15 or younger, have lived in this country for at least five years, have good moral character, are not inadmissible or removable under a number of specified grounds, have graduated from high school or obtained a GED, and attend college of serve in the military for two years." (votesmart.org)

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  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell Statement on Obama Administration's Defense of Marriage Act Ruling. 23 February 2011. "Today, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's announcement that he has ordered the Justice Department to drop its defense of a central part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Enacted in 1996, DOMA denies federal recognition of marriages between same-sex couples. […] 'I applaud the President for taking this major step forward by calling for the extension of equal protection to every American citizen. I have always been -- and I will continue to be -- committed to supporting policies that protect the rights of all Americans regardless of sexual orientation, race, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability. I will continue to oppose unjust legislation that targets specific groups or persons for unfair treatment.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell's Statement on President Obama's Support of Marriage Equality. 9 May 2012. “President Obama's statement today in support of marriage equality is another step in guaranteeing the same rights to all Americans. I look forward to the day when every loving and committed couple in America has access to these rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 20 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of the Family Research Council 12 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 96 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 83 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)

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  • Maria Cantwell. Cantwell Statement on the Death of Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "Today, we remember the lives of those who were lost on September 11, and we give our deepest appreciation to those who defend our freedom every day. The death of Osama Bin Laden is a major step forward in the fight against terrorism, but we must continue our efforts to confront the social and economic conditions that give rise to violent extremism around the world." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Maria Cantwell supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Maria Cantwell. Issue Position: Seniors and Social Security. 21 June 2011. "Maria opposes privatizing Social Security. Americans should be able to supplement their savings by investing in additional individual savings accounts, but it is too risky to convert an individual's Social Security account to an unguaranteed private account managed by Wall Street. Because seniors spend a large share of their income on health care, which has a much higher rate of inflation than other goods, Maria believes Social Security payments ought to keep pace. That's why Maria introduced The Consumer Price Index for Elderly Consumers Act of 2005 to increase Social Security payments via an "elderly index." (votesmart.org)

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