Representative Joseph 'Joe' D. Courtney's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CT) - District 2, Democratic
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Joe Courtney has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Joe Courtney is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • 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. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (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 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (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)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the Family Research Council 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)
  • 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)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • 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. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (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 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (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)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the Family Research Council 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Courtney. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Joe Courtney voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (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)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (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)
  • 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)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Vote Smart's Research

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (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)
  • 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. 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)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Joe Courtney in the 2010 general election. (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)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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. 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)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Joe Courtney in the 2010 general election. (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)
  • Joe Courtney. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Courtney. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Joe Courtney voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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  • 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. 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. 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)
  • 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. 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. 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)
  • 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. 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)

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  • Joe Courtney. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Joe Courtney voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Joe Courtney supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • 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 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)
  • 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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