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Joseph 'Joe' D. Courtney

Joe Courtney's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Joseph 'Joe' D. Courtney
Office: U.S. House (CT) - District 2, Democratic
First Elected: 11/07/2006
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 2
Primary Aug. 12, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Audrey; 2 Children: Robert, Elizabeth
Birth Date: 04/06/1953
Birth Place: West Hartford, CT
Home City: Vernon, CT
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Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Joe Courtney in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Joe Courtney a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the Peace Action 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of Peace Action West 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Representative Courtney Responds to President's Acceptance of a "Time Horizon" in Iraq. 20 July 2008. "Congressman Joe Courtney issued the following statement in response to the White House's announcement of its willingness to accept a "time horizon" for withdrawal of U.S. troops in discussions with the Iraqi government and military leaders. [...] 'As I and other House Armed Services Committee members have been saying for the last eighteen months, we need to refocus our efforts on the real threat to American national security in Afghanistan and the border area of Pakistan. Such an effort can only take place with a drawdown of American troops in Iraq, which until now, the Administration has refused to acknowledge.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network - Courtney: Afghanistan Must be Military Priority, CT Public Broadcasting Network. 10 September 2008. "Second District Congressman Joe Courtney says the U.S. needs to prioritize military resources given the growing insurgency in Afghanistan. Congressman Courtney, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, says it's troubling news that the Taliban is gaining ground in Afghanistan. [...] Courtney says while the President is willing to draw down troops in Iraq....he also needs to respond to the needs of US forces in Afghanistan. 'Terrorists training camps are in full bloom as the national intelligence estimate reported last year. We still have a movement of troops into that region which are far below what the combatant commander, General (David) McKiernan in Afghanistan requested. He requested three brigades. All he's getting is one brigade sometime in 2009.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Rep. Courtney: Bush Iraq Announcement Defers Tough National Security Decisions to the Next President. 9 September 2008. "Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) today issued the following statement responding to President Bush's plan to reduce force levels in Iraq: 'The President's announcement today is certainly welcome news for the families of the 8,000 troops who are coming home. The President's announcement, however, is not a significant reduction of the strain our forces in Iraq are experiencing, nor a decision that allows us to focus on the growing threat along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. [...] However, as the President's announcement today clearly shows, our commitment in Iraq continues to prevent us from addressing this critical challenge. It is long past time for this Administration and our military to make addressing the challenge in Afghanistan our top national security priority. The truth is that the President has deferred his failures and the big decisions on the future of our forces in Iraq and Afghanistan to the next administration. It will be up to the next president to work with Congress to rebuild our strained military forces and to address the urgent national security threat in Afghanistan.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Rep. Courtney's Statement On President Obama's New Strategy For Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. "I have serious concerns about expanding our military commitment in support of the Afghan government, whose election was marred by gross irregularities and which has proven to be an unreliable partner in fighting corruption and building a stable future for its nation. Over the next several days, I will be critically examining the President's new strategy during hearings before the House Armed Services Committee. During those sessions, it will be critical to probe how the new strategy will address serious issues with Afghanistan's governance, spur reliable engagement by other stakeholders in the stability and security of the region, and clearly define the mission for which the President is asking these additional troops to put themselves on the line." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Courtney's Statement on the President's Afghanistan Speech. 23 June 2011. "After a decade of American military presence in Afghanistan, the President's announcement today that he is drawing down troops is a positive step. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have been closely involved in the oversight of the war and have traveled to Afghanistan twice. From that experience, I believe it is imperative that the reduction and the remaining troops' presence support our clearly-stated national security goals and convey to the Afghan government that the responsibility for their country's security now lies with them. I also believe that additional reductions beyond tonight's announcement are warranted before the end of 2012, and I will continue to urge President Obama and our military leaders to do so at every possible opportunity. In Iraq today, we are witnessing a successful draw down that should serve as a model in Afghanistan. [...] I will continue working to ensure that our remaining mission in Afghanistan is limited in scope, focused in its goals, and moving rapidly towards its conclusion.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Discussing The War In Iraq. 12 July 2007. "Certainly being in the middle of a civil war in Iraq is not consistent with the national security interests of this country. As Congresswoman Shea-Porter pointed out today, the front page of the Washington Post has pointed out that al Qaeda now has reached the level of strength that it had before the events of 9/11, that there are training camps in Pakistan that have been allowed to flourish because our eye was taken off the ball with the invasion of Iraq when we should have finished the job in Afghanistan back in 2002 and 2003. We are now in a situation, as Mr. Arcuri just said, we are, in fact, as exposed and as vulnerable as this country was at the time of September 11 because of the outrageous, misguided policies of this administration." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Courtney Statement on President's Trip to Afghanistan. 15 May 2012. “The President's declaration that the mission in Afghanistan has reached a turning point, which requires a smaller U.S. combat footprint, is welcome news. The men and women who have borne the heavy burden of this long war deserve all the credit for reaching this beachhead. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, which is on the brink of writing the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill, I look forward to ensuring that a responsible and expeditious transition occurs as quickly as possible, without an open-ended obligation for the American people.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Praises Armed Services Committee Passage of Defense Authorization Act as Victory for Connecticut Manufacturers, Troops. 15 May 2012. “During consideration of the NDAA in committee, Congressman Courtney supported an amendment offered by ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) to strike language in the underlying bill that supports a significant troop presence in Afghanistan past 2014. Although the amendment was defeated largely on party lines, the issue will likely be debated again during the bill's consideration on the House floor next week. The Bill also includes an amendment authored by Congressman Courtney direct the GAO to conduct a study of the planning underway for the reduced role of the U.S. military and the DOD in Afghanistan after 2014.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Joe Courtney. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Joe Courtney voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Joe Courtney voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 15 February 2011. "The fact of the matter is you have to make decisions sometimes in order to achieve efficiency, and that's where we are today with the F-35 program. The notion that we are going to add $3 billion to production costs by having a separate alternate engine and all of the rippling effects of operational headaches which Admiral Roughead eloquently described before the Armed Services Committee is just not something that our military can afford today. We have reached a tipping point in terms of our military budgets. We have got to focus on effective, efficient use of resources to help the warfighter and to advance our national security. And having a bloated, wasteful system of an alternate engine, which is the way The Washington Post described this program, is not the way to achieve that goal." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Letter To Barack Obama, President Of The United States. 26 December 2008. "In a letter to the incoming White House Administration, Congressman Joe Courtney is spearheading a bipartisan effort to reinforce the vital importance of the Virginia-class submarine program to our nation's defense. [...] 'The naval fleet we build today is the one we will have tomorrow - and we simply do not know what security challenges we will face in the decades ahead. As we make difficult choices about military spending priorities, we cannot lose sight of the need to ensure that our submarine force is able to fulfill our security needs both now and in the future. To this end, we urge your strong support for the continued investment in the Virginia-class submarine program and the continued acceleration of the build rate to two submarines a year.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Courtney Statement on Defense Strategic Review. 5 January 2012. “In fact, today's report emphasizes the need for a leaner, more agile force -- one whose focus will increasingly be on the Pacific. It also emphasizes "sustaining our underseas capabilities,' "Maintaining a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent,' and protecting investments in "new technologies like ISR and unmanned systems' while underscoring the importance of sustaining our national defense industrial base. While many of the details on how this strategy will impact our defense budget will not be fully known until the release of the 2013 budget in the coming weeks, the emphasis this new document makes in sustaining and bolstering the capabilities offered by our submarines is positive and welcome news.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Courtney applauds House passage of FY12 Defense Appropriations Bill. 8 July 2011. "Congressman Joe Courtney and the House of Representatives voted to pass the Fiscal Year 2012 Defense Appropriations Bill by a wide bipartisan margin of 336-87. The annual defense spending bill includes important priorities requested by the Second District lawmaker and the Connecticut delegation to Congress, including significant investments in southeastern Connecticut’s defense industry and statewide defense programs. 'As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I believe these investments are vital to maintaining a strong national defense and are a wise investment in our region’s highly-skilled workers,' said Congressman Courtney. 'The Second Congressional District is home to tens of thousands of defense-related jobs, and during these tough economic times I am pleased to have secured funding that will protect these jobs and grow our economy.'" (courtney.house.gov)
  • Joseph Courtney. Op-Ed: Joint Strike Fighter Alternate Engine Is Redundant, Expensive. 20 May 2011. "After more than a decade of back-and-forth and more than $3 billion in unnecessary spending, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine officially breathed its final breath this year. Officially. An embodiment of wasteful redundancy, the engine did not go down without a fight, dying despite the tireless backing of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and support from 40 of the 87 freshman Republicans who ran on platforms of eliminating government fat. [...] Under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates quickly and frequently lobbed veto threats at legislation that included funding for the F136 alternate engine. The rationale was simple: The engine’s cost was exorbitant and the engine they had (the F135) easily met the Pentagon’s requirements. The forced pursuit of a second engine only threatened to further hamstring the Pentagon as they sought smart ways to rein in spending. [...] I applaud Adm. Mullen, Adm. Roughead, Secretary Gates and many others for acknowledging the strategic and financial burden this program created and for advocating its elimination. As we have already seen, some will continue to seek to rehash this fight, perhaps in perpetuity. Today, our nation faces important fiscal choices. Those who demand we address these challenges must also accept the responsibility to make the tough and smart choices in our defense budget." (www.joecourtney.com)
  • Joseph Courtney. Letter to the Honorable Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense. 30 September 2010. “Recently Secretary Gates announced broad plans to reduce costs in the Department of Defense and re-appropriate those savings throughout the Department. As part of this plan, the Secretary announced three longer term projects and eight initiatives that he plans to begin implementing immediately. These eight initiatives have the ability to affect the Department, its ability to effectively fulfill its mission, and the security of the nation. A decision of this magnitude should not be made without careful reflection, supported by rigorous analysis. We have been told by the Department that the Secretary had several meetings and reviewed these decisions carefully. However, it seems clear that this decision did not carefully consider the national defense implications of such a change, nor is the decision substantiated with any sort of calculation of the direct and indirect costs to our national defense structure. In addition, no information has been provided by the Department to demonstrate any level of analysis, either financial or strategic, to determine what risks are being introduced into our national security strategy and how we are to mitigate these new risks.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (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

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  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. Facebook: Wall. 2 August 2012. “Yesterday I voted against a Republican proposal that would have raised taxes on military and middle-class families in order to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. I support extending tax cuts for all Americans on income up to $250k, but letting breaks beyond that expire. It is a pragmatic approach that will help us avoid the January 1 fiscal cliff.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Joseph Courtney. Courtney Statement on Selection of Paul Ryan as GOP Vice Presidential Nominee. 11 August 2012. "Governor Romney's choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee affirms a Republican commitment to policies detrimental to middle class families, seniors and small businesses. As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Congressman Ryan crafted a budget plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program, extend additional tax cuts for millionaires and slash education programs, including college aid.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Issue: Economy. 12 July 2011. "I strongly support efficient and transparent tax reform that not only makes the system fairer and simpler, but also helps to generate long-term economic progress for our state and our country. I have also worked to provide tax relief for middle class Americans and helped pass legislation to protect nearly 100,000 taxpayers in eastern Connecticut from the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)." (courtney.house.gov)
  • Joseph Courtney. Tax Rates. 31 July 2012. “Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a measure which protects the incomes of every tax filer up to $250,000 and allows rates for incomes above that point to return to the Clinton-era rates. This is a plan which will protect 98 percent of the tax filers in this country from any tax increase. It will help balance the budget and will give confidence to the financial markets, which are terrified of the inability of this town to get its business done. We should act on the Senate's plan. The House Republican leadership has a choice: let's compromise; let's get something done; let's help the economy--or let's push this country into brinksmanship, which for the last year and a half has been the trademark of the 112th Congress.” (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 10 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Joe Courtney a rating of 4 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Joe Courtney voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Courtney Votes for $835 Billion Investment in America's Future. 28 January 2009. "Congressman Joe Courtney voted today in favor of H.R. 1, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which was passed by the House of Representatives today by a vote of 244-188 and will invest approximately $835 billion to strengthen our economy by protecting and creating millions of new jobs. 'Every sector of our economy feels the ill of this recession, no industry public or private is immune from this crisis,' stated Courtney. 'The road to economic recovery will be a long one, but the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is an all hands on deck' plan that will spur the creation of millions of meaningful new jobs and build a more competitive workforce for the future.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Gas Prices. 30 April 2008. "And our Congress, the Democratic-led Congress, is going to keep the pressure on the President until he listens to the people of this country and avoids smothering our attempts to bring this country out of recession with the economic stimulus package." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Issue Position: Economy. 1 January 2011. "I voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) because it invests in key areas that have proven to help spur our economy -- creating and saving jobs, improving infrastructure, and providing tax relief for individuals and small businesses. Already, we have seen significant funding flow to eastern Connecticut in the form of new rail infrastructure along the shore, in injecting critical funding to help local municipalities make ends meet without cutting their education programs, and spurring new opportunity through the homebuyer tax credit and other tax incentives." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Letter To Barack Obama, President Of The United States. 13 January 2009. "Congressman Joe Courtney sent letters today to President-Elect Barack Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi detailing a set of principles that the Connecticut lawmaker believes will help to create meaningful new jobs and strengthen our economy over time. [...] 'In these extraordinary times, we need strong leadership and swift, smart, and decisive action to move America out of this economic crisis. A Congressional Budget Office analysis of the economy said that without a stimulus plan, the unemployment rate would rise above 9 percent by early 2010, home prices would continue to fall, and the loss of household wealth and consumer credit would slow the recovery.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Rep. Courtney Statement On House Passage Of American Recovery And Reinvestment Act. 13 February 2009. "Congressman Joe Courtney and the House of Representatives today passed a compromise version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1), which will create or save more than three million good-paying jobs and offer tax relief to 95 percent of Americans. 'This is decisive action needed right now to help eastern Connecticut dig out from this financial collapse and devastating job losses,' Rep. Courtney said. 'This unprecedented economic crisis has been building for nearly a decade, and we cannot expect that it will be resolved immediately. However, with this defining investment made today in our nation's future, we will begin to put people back to work, provide immediate tax relief to ease the pressure on family budgets, and provide our economy with a solid foundation for recovery.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Rep. Courtney: American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Will Make Far-Reaching Investments In Every Sector. 16 January 2009. "Congressman Joe Courtney expressed his initial support for the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009," which after an agreement with the Obama Transition Team, proposes to make substantial investments in almost every sector of our economy, including much needed funding for healthcare, local schools and aging infrastructure. [...] 'The more we invest now at this time of great economic difficulty, the better our eventual outcome will be for local taxpayers, displaced workers, and our future economic wealth.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Rep. Courtney: Economic News Extremely Troubling. 7 March 2008. "'Today's economic news is extremely troubling and is cause for concern among Connecticut's working families and businesses. The Administration and Congress must build upon the recent economic stimulus package signed into law in February to provide additional relief and an economic turnaround.' [...] Congressman Courtney supported the economic stimulus package that will put tax-free rebates into the pockets of nearly 95 percent of Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Representative Courtney Statement on Financial Rescue Package Vote. 29 September 2008. "Congressman Joe Courtney issued the following statement after voting against the Financial Rescue Package considered by the House of Representatives today. [...] 'I cannot in good conscience vote to borrow $700 billion in taxpayer money for a plan that does not stem the downward spiral in the real estate market, nor invest in economic stimulus that will help struggling middle class families.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Reps. Courtney, Murphy Alert Connecticut residents To Process for Claiming Economic Stimulus Rebate Check. 22 February 2008. "In response to a flood of phone calls into their respective offices, today Congressmen Joe Courtney (CT-02) and Chris Murphy (CT-05) held a press conference to instruct Connecticut residents on the process for claiming their economic stimulus rebate check. Last week, the President signed the bipartisan economic stimulus package passed by Congress that will put money in the hands of 1.5 million Connecticut families as soon as May. 'A benefit that is not claimed is no benefit at all and will do little to help energize our sluggish economy,' stated Courtney. 'We want to make sure that Connecticut's hardworking residents who have earned a rebate check understand how to receive it, so that our constituents may have a little piece of mind. I urge all Second Congressional District residents with rebate questions to contact my office.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. The Best Social Program Is A Job. 15 December 2009. "Mr. Speaker, the best social program is a job. It provides individuals and families with the means to support themselves. It also provides dignity and confidence to know that they actually have a viable future. That's why in eastern Connecticut we were very pleased a couple of weeks ago that the stimulus bill released money for the incumbent worker training program, a program which will provide 800 new jobs with funds directly sent to small- and medium-sized businesses, which is part of, again, the tried and true program that the stimulus bill expanded. [...] Putting people to work is the best way to build a strong and vibrant economy. We need to build on the stimulus bill with these types of programs: first-time homebuyer tax credit, Cash For Clunkers, incumbent worker training programs. Steadily but surely we are turning this economy around, and we need a new jobs package to build on that success." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Joseph Courtney. Rep. Courtney Urges President To Immediately Sign Hiring Incentives To Restore Employment (Hire) Act. 17 March 2010. "Congressman Courtney applauds the Senate for passing H.R. 2847, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, and urges President Obama to sign the legislation into law without delay. [...] The HIRE Act provides new incentives aimed at helping businesses retain and hire workers. Specifically, it includes a payroll tax holiday for businesses that hire unemployed workers, to create some 300,000 jobs and an income tax credit of $1,000 for businesses that retain these employees." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Letter To Barack Obama, President Of The United States. 13 January 2009. "Congressman Joe Courtney sent letters today to President-Elect Barack Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi detailing a set of principles that the Connecticut lawmaker believes will help to create meaningful new jobs and strengthen our economy over time. [...] 'Provide tax relief for small businesses and working families. I support extending bonus depreciation and expanding small business tax credits to allow for these businesses to create new jobs. Tax credits for individuals will help Americans have more cash in their pockets to spend for their needs.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Courtney Votes for $835 Billion Investment in America's Future. 28 January 2009. "Congressman Joe Courtney voted today in favor of H.R. 1, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which was passed by the House of Representatives today by a vote of 244-188 and will invest approximately $835 billion to strengthen our economy by protecting and creating millions of new jobs. 'Every sector of our economy feels the ill of this recession, no industry public or private is immune from this crisis,' stated Courtney. 'The road to economic recovery will be a long one, but the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is an all hands on deck' plan that will spur the creation of millions of meaningful new jobs and build a more competitive workforce for the future.' [...] Tony Sheridan of the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce in Gales Ferry joined the press conference call to lend his support for the small business tax cuts that will benefit job growth and economic stabilization. The stimulus package offers business tax incentives to create jobs and spur investment to the tune of $20 billion over 10 years." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Issue: Economy. 12 July 2011. "A robust middle class has been, and will continue to be, the foundation of nation’s economic prosperity. Whether providing tax incentives to small businesses, reforming the alternative minimum tax for millions of Americans, expanding children's healthcare for working families, or making college more affordable, I have made standing up for hard working Connecticut families one of my top priorities in Congress." (courtney.house.gov)
  • Joseph Courtney. Issue Position: Middle Class. “One of the key priorities of the 110th Congress must be to strengthen the middle class. Historically a robust middle class has been the backbone of economic prosperity. Whether providing tax incentives to small businesses, reforming the alternative minimum tax for millions of Americans, expanding access to home ownership, investing in affordable and renewable energy, expanding children's healthcare for working families, or making college more affordable, the 110th Congress is addressing the needs of the middle class.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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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  • Joseph Courtney. Rep. Courtney Statement On Release Of State Fiscal Stabilization Funds. 11 June 2009. "The federal government, with my support, has also offered states receiving SFSF an opportunity to compete for significant funding through the 'Race to the Top' program. I urge the State of Connecticut to expeditiously determine a path forward to meet the requirements of this program to unlock this additional source of financial support." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Courtney Statement on Connecticut's Exclusion from Race to the Top Education Funding. 27 July 2010. "Congressman Joe Courtney issued the following statement today after the Obama Administration announced that Connecticut is not a finalist in the Race to the Top education funding program: 'From speaking with and working with Connecticut educators, I know that Commissioner McQuillan and others deserve a great deal of credit for the hard work they put into the state's Race to the Top application," said Congressman Courtney. "Today's disappointing decision by Sec. Duncan only heightens the serious questions I have been raising about the Administration's one-size-fits-all approach to education funding. The House Education and Labor Committee is in the middle of considering Sec. Duncan's reform proposals and their heavy reliance on competitive funding. In light of today's decision, I am more concerned than ever about the direction he wants to take America's schools. I will continue to work with Commissioner McQuillan and other education leaders to examine the Department of Education's decision, and we will redouble our efforts to secure Connecticut's fair share of funding -- as we did earlier this week when the state secured more than $146 million in Recovery Act funding for education.'" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Joseph Courtney. Rep. Courtney Supports 'DRILL Bill' to Increase Domestic Exploration and Production in Alaska. 17 July 2008. "Congressman Joe Courtney voted today in favor of the Drill Responsibly in Leased Land (DRILL) Act, which was debated in the House of Representatives today and voted on in an expedited process. [...] 'I support domestic exploration on the tens of millions of acres currently available to bring more oil to the marketplace and to lower prices for the American people who deserve a break,' stated Courtney. 'This legislation afforded our nation an opportunity to expand responsible drilling in Alaska. While the benefits would take some time to realize, the process would be much shorter than opening the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.' Congressman Courtney supports expanded oil and gas exploration in the United States on lands currently available for lease. The legislation will help provide the tools necessary to more speedily extract oil and natural gas in the National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska, an area that is expected to hold more energy resources than the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve and is currently available for leasing. Millions of other acres nationwide, both onshore and offshore, would also be open for exploration." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Joe Courtney voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Joe Courtney voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Joseph Courtney. American Clean Energy And Security Act (ACES). 11 July 2011. "In Connecticut, oil prices skyrocket before the summer travel season, and home fuel prices rise rapidly each winter. The unpredictability and volatility of oil prices hurts working families, local businesses, fishermen, and farmers. Enough is enough – it is time for our nation to take action to increase our clean energy usage and to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. [...] ACES establishes a market-based cap and trade system to reduce carbon emissions 17% by 2020, and 80% by 2050. The caps are based on 2005 emissions as the benchmark, and would begin in 2012. Credits, or allowances, will be sold in a market based approach to emitters of greenhouse gases, and will give them a choice between purchasing the credits that will let them continue to pollute – or invest in the clean energy technologies that will reduce emissions, create jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil." (courtney.house.gov)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Joe Courtney voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Joe Courtney in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Issue Position: Energy. 11 July 2011. "As a nation, it is imperative that we invest in, develop and bring to market alternative sources of energy. […] I have cosponsored legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and place greater emphasis on energy efficiency." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Letter to the Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce John D. Dingell. 15 June 2007. "Rep. Peter Welch has rallied 49 members of Congress to oppose a proposal being considered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee that would prohibit states like Vermont from adopting auto emission standards that are tougher than those imposed by the federal government. [...] 'Dear Chairman Dingell and Chairman Boucher, We commend your leadership in the Energy and Commerce Committee on addressing the challenge of global warming and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. However, we are concerned with provisions in the Discussion Draft on Alternative Fuels, Infrastructure, and Vehicles which would strip our states of their authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Rep. Courtney, Dem-led Congress Shift Gears on CAFE Standards, Increase Mileage. 18 December 2007. "Congressman Joe Courtney and the Democratic-led Congress in both Chambers have embraced new standards for automobile fuel efficiency. Congressman Courtney supported The Energy Independence and Security Act because it mandates an historic increase in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards of our nation's auto manufacturers and their fleets. [...] 'This historic change for our nation's auto industry to embrace higher fuel efficiency standards will reverse the damaging affects of global warming,' stated Courtney. The Energy Independence and Security Act: [...] Reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to taking 28 million cars and trucks off the road." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Joe Courtney a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Joe Courtney in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Joseph Courtney. Rep. Courtney Will Stand Up For Connecticut's Residents And Vote 'Yes' On Comprehensive Health Care Reform. 19 March 2010. "After more than a year of town hall meetings, visits to the homes of constituents, and conversations with medical professionals and residents of eastern Connecticut, I believe that it is time to move forward and pass this comprehensive health care reform. [...] It may be hard for some to see how beneficial this will be to their lives today, but over the next few weeks, months and years, we will be a stronger nation for taking this important step together." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Rep. Courtney Applauds House Passage Of Final Reconciliation Of Health Care Reform. 21 March 2010. "'Passing this bill is an act of real progress toward helping families, individuals, and small businesses get access to affordable health insurance,' said Courtney. 'This legislation is a major step in fixing our broken health care system and will begin to do so immediately.'" (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Statement Of Represenative Joe Courtney On House Passage of H.R. 3962, The Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "This evening, the House of Representatives took an historic step in the right direction for our nation's health care system by passing H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. After nearly a year, and after many hearings, town hall meetings, discussions with constituents, and conversations with health care professionals, I believe that the legislation passed is one that will improve access and quality of health care to all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Courtney Praises Connecticut's Expansion of Medicaid to Cover Low-Income Adults. 21 June 2010. "Congressman Joe Courtney today praised Connecticut as it became the first state in the nation to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income adults in compliance with the new Affordable Care Act (ACA). [...] 'Virtually every step of the way, Connecticut has led the way in embracing the new health care bill, which is covering more Americans and increasing access for millions,' Courtney said." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Health Care Purchasing Exchange. 28 July 2009. "For example, the minority leader from Ohio has, as a Member of Congress, the opportunity to choose 13 different plans under the Federal employee health plan. That's what the Obama health care proposal plans to do for all Americans. So when the time comes for the vote, ask your Member of Congress whether they're prepared to give to the people of America exactly what the people of America give to Congress, and that vote should be 'yes.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Health Care Reform. 18 June 2009. "Let us be very clear. As President Obama says, if you have health insurance and a doctor, if you like your health insurance and your doctor, you will keep your health insurance and your doctor. And there is no group for which that is more true than our military personnel and our veterans. [...] So let the message be clear. Before all the fear-mongering, and before all the misleading information begins, if you are serving our country, if you are wearing the uniform of our Nation, your health care will be protected and strengthened under President Obama's health care reform effort." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Health Care Reform. 22 July 2009. "Mr. Speaker, I also rise tonight to discuss the issue of health care. And again, we've just heard remarks which are part of a campaign really to try and, I believe, and I say this respectfully, mislead and scare people about what it is that the committees of this Congress are taking up and deliberating on. I'm on one of those committees, the Education and Labor Committee. And what my message would be here tonight is that Americans should not be alarmed. In fact, they should feel reassured about the fact that we are finally, in a serious, coherent way, trying to address a broken system. [...] There will be open choice. There will be private plans that will be offered under that purchasing exchange and it will, again, allow people the benefits of spreading risk and spreading costs just like Members of Congress have today. Every taxpayer and every citizen of this country should ask that question of their Member when the time comes to vote: Are you prepared to stand up and vote for a plan which will give us what we give you?" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Issue Position: Seniors & Retirement Security. 1 January 2011. "Eliminating Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Medicare. Scam artists that steal from the Medicare program or beneficiaries should be put out of business and prosecuted. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) recently passed into law will strengthen efforts to fight fraud and abuse and improve screening to catch and punish fraudulent providers and suppliers in the Medicare program." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Repealing Mandatory Funding for Graduate Medical Education. 24 May 2011. "I rise in opposition to the underlying bill, which, by the way, is a bill that would repeal a provision of the Affordable Care Act that was aimed at trying to strengthen the primary care infrastructure of this country, which is in fact a huge challenge for the Medicare program, but for some reason over the last couple of months or so, Medicare just seems to be the target." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. The Repeal of Health Care. 19 January 2011. "We heard a lot of talk on the floor today about job-killing health care laws. I mean, the fact of the matter is, since President Obama signed the measure into law in March, over 1 million private sector jobs have been created in this country. I would contrast that to the day he was sworn into office, January of 2009, when the U.S. economy had lost 800,000 jobs in 1 month alone. So, clearly, you know, on just a simple data basis, this claim really doesn't pass the test of the facts." (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

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  • Joseph Courtney. Letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Homeland Security, and Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General. 27 September 2011. “We applaud the August 18, 2011 announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to close many low-priority immigration deportation proceedings. We especially commend DHS for stating that it will consider the family ties of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a factor in determining cases that merit relief from deportation, including for gay and lesbian foreign nationals who are the spouses and partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. We write to you today with two requests that will further the enforcement of this important mandate […] We ask that consideration of LGBT family ties be communicated in the guidance being prepared by the new DHS/DOJ working group […] Additionally, we ask that the working group include a member experienced in working with LGBT immigrants and their families to ensure that these factors are recognized and understood in the working group's case-by-case review of all individuals currently in removal proceedings as well as its review of new cases placed in removal proceedings. The vulnerability of LGBT immigrants -- the historical stigmatization of whom both within and outside the U.S. is well-documented -- makes knowledgeable review a necessity. The announcement on August 18 constitutes a major step forward in ensuring that immigration enforcement resources prioritize enhancing border security, national security, and public safety as well as in exercising discretion when warranted.” (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 67 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Joe Courtney voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. Rep. Courtney Opposes New York State Proposal to Offer Driver's Licenses to Illegal Immigrants. 1 November 2007. "New York State's proposal to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants is the wrong prescription for addressing what is without question a growing problem in Connecticut and the nation. Driver's licenses are a privilege earned by American citizens and legal immigrants, and is the most commonly used government issued identification card for domestic air travel and crossing our northern and southern borders. More appropriately, we must begin by providing all employers with a modern and quick employee eligibility verification system so that they know that any prospective employee has legal status in this country to work. Let's remove the incentive to work illegally and punish those unscrupulous employers who openly flaunt our labor laws." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Melanie Savage. Reminder News: Courtney brings relevant issues to E.O. Smith students. 10 April 2012. “Asked whether he supported gay marriage, Courtney answered, “I do,” eliciting a round of applause from the audience.” (www.remindernews.com)
  • Daniela Altimari. Hartford Courant: Where does Connecticut's Congressional delegation stand on the rights of same-sex couples? 22 June 2009. “Four members -- Sen. Chris Dodd and Representatives Joe Courtney, Chris Murphy and Jim Himes support the right of same-sex couples to marry […] Courtney, Himes and Murphy also support full repeal of the DOMA.” (blogs.courant.com)
  • Joseph Courtney. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. “Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation.” (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Joe Courtney voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Joe Courtney voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Joseph Courtney. HARTFORD COURANT: Restoring Our Sense Of Security. 4 September 2011. “Targeted drone strikes coupled with the 2009 surge of troops in Afghanistan have brought us to the precipice of disrupting, dismantling and defeating al-Qaida. In June, Pentagon officials told The New York Times that strikes in Afghanistan and covert operations in Pakistan — including the one that killed bin Laden and the one that killed al-Qaida's No. 2 just last month — have left the organization 'paralyzed.'" (courtney.house.gov)
  • Joseph Courtney. Courtney Statement on the Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "The brilliant, daring strike against Osama bin Laden will hopefully provide some closure for the families of the victims of 9/11 and be a platform for a new era of international cooperation to end the scourge of terrorism. Our intelligence, military and special forces - particularly the Navy Seals - who carried out this operation deserve our thanks and praise for their steadfast pursuit of bin Laden, refusing to be discouraged over 10 long years." (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

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  • Joseph Courtney 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)
  • Joseph Courtney. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2011. “As older Americans rely on Social Security, they also rely on Medicare and Medicaid for their health and long-term care needs. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we took measures to lower health care costs without cutting benefits or increasing cost-sharing requirement. While we can make more improvements, we must not abandon that commitment. Proposals to raise out-of-pocket costs, cut benefits, or reduce federal Medicaid spending would have a negative impact on current enrollees, their families, and our economy as a whole.” (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Courtney. 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)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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