Representative Joe Courtney's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CT) - District 2, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 2
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Joe Courtney has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. 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.

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  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/30333/joe-courtney#.VXHIuXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/30333/joe-courtney#.VXHIuXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • “Congressman Joe Courtney today released the following statement after the United States Senate passed legislation to extend middle-class tax cuts and end Bush-era tax breaks for the wealthy: Senate passage of the middle-class tax cut extension is the obvious solution to avoiding the fiscal cliff we will hit on January 1.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/731239/courtney-statement-on-senate-passage-of-middle-class-tax-cut-extension/?search=wealthy#.VXHKlHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Neither our greatest nor our future generations can afford this callous scheme that would preserve tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans by placing a disproportionate burden on the backs of middle class families, students and seniors.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/735536/#.VXtfFnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • “Put people to work and grow our economy by rebuilding our state and our nation through investment in our roads, bridges, highways, transit systems, ports and harbors.” http://courtney.house.gov/economy/ (courtney.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating “Very simply, we support transportation and infrastructure investment because our economy needs a national system to safely move people anddeliver goods from place to place.” http://hultgren.house.gov/sites/hultgren.house.gov/files/2015-02-11_Letter_Long_Term_Highway_Trust_Fund_Solution.pdf (hultgren.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Congressman Joe Courtney today released the following statement after the United States Senate passed legislation to extend middle-class tax cuts and end Bush-era tax breaks for the wealthy: "Senate passage of the middle-class tax cut extension is the obvious solution to avoiding the fiscal cliff we will hit on January 1. Not only does the majority of the Senate support this pragmatic approach to reducing the deficit, but so does the overwhelming majority of Americans, according to numerous public polls. Rather than subjecting the country to another avoidable, self-induced crisis, Speaker Boehner should bring up this compromise for a vote and support it for the good of the country. He can do so with the knowledge that President Obama would sign it into law immediately." “Senate passage of the middle-class tax cut extension is the obvious solution to avoiding the fiscal cliff we will hit on January 1.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/731239/courtney-statement-on-senate-passage-of-middle-class-tax-cut-extension/?search=wealthy#.VX7dm3UVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • “Tax reform is long overdue to ease the burden on individuals, working families and businesses. I support sensible changes that would make our tax system fairer and simpler, and strengthen the economy.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/367666/issue-position-tax-relief#.VX7h1nUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • “[...] Connecticut has been awarded nearly $12.5 million in discretionary federal funding to expand high-quality preschool. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services through a competitive grant process […] This federal funding will expand on the progress already happening in Connecticut to increase early childhood education, and as a member of the House Education Committee, I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that every child has the opportunity to get a great education." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/942818/connecticut-wins-competitive-federal-grant-to-expand-high-quality-preschool/?search=federal#.VX7lRHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Increasing Federal Support for Elementary and Secondary Education. Improving our local schools and education systems starts in our communities. I am committed to ensuring that all children, regardless of their socioeconomic status, have access to a quality education.”” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/567501/issue-position-education/?search=education#.VXHL93UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted against S.1 “A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VX7nCnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • “I am working to: Advance a comprehensive energy agenda that lowers prices and invests in the development of alternate and renewable energy technologies.” http://courtney.house.gov/energy-environment/ (courtney.house.gov)
  • “Promoting Renewable Energy and Efficiency. I strongly support tax incentives for the purchase and installation of energy efficient improvements in residential and commercial buildings, as well as appliances, in order to spur innovation and accelerate market adoption of "Green technologies.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/567502/issue-position-energy-environment/?search=renewable%20energy#.VXHNMnUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • “I have cosponsored legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and place greater emphasis on energy efficiency.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/367648/issue-position-energy#.VX7reHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating “The Cross-State Air Pollution Control Rule finally ends decades of failure to control air pollution at its source. For too long, highly polluting facilities located upwind have been allowed to pollute major metropolitan areas with impunity.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/641736/letter-to-lisa-jackson-administrator-epa/?search=cap#.VX7r63UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 17% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/30333/joe-courtney/37#.VXHOvnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Second, high-capacity magazines should be banned from sale.” http://courtney.house.gov/opeds/journal-inquirer-nation-ready-to-enact-stronger-measures-to-reduce-gun-violence/ (courtney.house.gov)

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  • The Affordable Care Act, passed into law in March 2010, took a significant step towards addressing many of the unfair health insurance practices that impact families and businesses, invest in strengthening our health care workforce, and reorient our system of care to one that focuses on health maintenance – rather than disease treatment.” http://courtney.house.gov/health-care1/ (courtney.house.gov)
  • “In every respect, the Affordable Care Act since it passed in 2010 has been a winner for seniors, and it has helped strengthen the solvency of the program. Again, Medicare part B premiums are going up zero for 2014.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/825428/the-affordable-care-act-a-winner-for-seniors/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VX7trHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of HR 5281 “DREAM Act” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955#.VX7vEnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating “[...] we write to inform you that if a bipartisan immigration reform package is not introduced in the House of Representatives – one that includes a pathway to citizenship […] we as New Democrats will consider introducing a comprehensive immigration bill.” http://newdemocratcoalition-kind.house.gov/sites/newdemocratcoalition.house.gov/files/polisscans_20130802_162613.pdf (newdemocratcoalition-kind.house.gov)
  • “It has been 511 days since the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill which would stabilize the broken immigration system, reduce the federal budget deficit, and—according to the Congressional Budget Office—grow the U.S. economy. Despite calls by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Farm Bureau, and faith-based groups of all stripes, Speaker Boehner has refused for more than a year to allow even a debate on this measure, of which I am a cosponsor. The President’s temporary executive order adheres to past precedent regarding immigration, and should act as a spur to Congressional action – not further obstruction.” http://courtney.house.gov/press-releases/courtney-statement-on-president-obamas-immigration-accountability-executive-actions/ (courtney.house.gov)

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  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign – Positions on Marriage http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/30333/joe-courtney/13#.VXHSTXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating “Gay and lesbian couples can now marry in nine states and the District of Columbia, and 18,000 such couples remain legally married in California. It is clear that DOMA does not rationally serve and, in fact, undermines, Congress's legitimate interests in the welfare of American families.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767739/212-members-of-congress-file-historic-amicus-brief-on-doma-case-before-us-supreme-court#.VX7xc3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • “I support proposals to fully fund Social Security and will strongly oppose attempts to privatize the program.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/367672/issue-position-retirement-security#.VX7z13UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566228/#.VXHUOXUViko (votesmart.org)

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