Representative Earl Blumenauer's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Earl Blumenauer
Current Office: U.S. House - District 3, Democratic
First Elected: 05/21/1996
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 3
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Margaret; 2 Children: Jon, Anne
Birth Date: 08/16/1948
Birth Place: Portland, OR
Home City: Portland, OR
Religion: Non-denominational Protestant
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Earl Blumenauer refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Earl Blumenauer. Blumenauer Statement On Vote Against Abortion Amendment. 7 November 2009. "I am deeply troubled by any Congressional action that restricts a woman's right to choose. This amendment is an unfortunate shift from the status quo on federal abortion policy that will disproportionately impact low-income women. There is no room for government involvement in the personal and difficult decisions around women's reproductive choices. To force insurance companies to deny a woman access to a legal procedure would be a very disturbing step backwards." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Earl Blumenauer in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Earl Blumenauer in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Earl Blumenauer voted Did Not Vote on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (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 Earl Blumenauer a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in. The District does not have a vote in the House or Senate. But other Democrats do. We urge you to stand strong and to protect the democratic self-government of the District of Columbia." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Unborn Victims Of Violence Act Of 2003. 26 February 2004. "Since the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, Congress has slowly passed legislation to erode women's reproductive choices. This is a personal and private decision that should be made by a woman, her family, her physician, and her own beliefs." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Protect Life Act. 14 October 2011. "Madam Speaker, today I voted against the badly flawed H.R. 358, a Republican bill brought to the floor today that will have a profoundly negative impact on a woman's ability to make personal healthcare decisions. I am deeply troubled by any congressional action that restricts a woman's right to choose. I oppose this legislation and reiterate my support for a women's right to make her own decision about her healthcare decisions and obtain access to emergency care." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Civil and Constitutional Rights. 1 January 2010. "Congressman Blumenauer has worked hard in Congress to promote women's reproductive choice, prohibit sex discrimination in employment and wages, encourage comprehensive sexuality education, protect international family planning efforts, provide assistance to victims of domestic violence, and to advance the status of women and girls in low-income countries." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. 27 April 2005. "People who would deny women reproductive choice have altered their tactics to chip away at women's reproductive freedoms; this is one of the most insidious examples. This bill would limit the choices for the most desperate women and is part of an overall anti-choice strategy that I reject." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. 1 January 2011. "Congressman Blumenauer was an early and staunch opponent of the Iraq War and does not believe a military escalation is the right solution for a safer America and a more stable and prosperous Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Blumenauer Votes Against War Funding. 27 July 2010. "We need to start making the right choices. This means drawing down from a costly war that Americans and Afghans want to end, and investing in a better, more productive future for our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Defense Authorization "Fails To Reflect America's Priorities. 26 May 2011. "At a time when Americans are calling for reform, this bill -- despite some positives -- continues our operations in Afghanistan with no plan for withdrawal, ramps up spending and discriminates against our service members. I am hopeful that my colleagues in the Senate can remove some of the provisions that do little to make America secure while we continue to spend almost as much on defense as the rest of the world combined." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Afghanistan. 31 October 2011. "Congressman Blumenauer believes that it is unconscionable that, for a country so central to our national security as Afghanistan, we have fewer troops present and less reconstruction aid being spent per capita than in our involvements in Bosnia, Haiti, or Iraq. Afghanistan is larger than Iraq, has a larger population and less of a functioning infrastructure, yet we have one-eighth as many troops and are spending one-sixth as much reconstruction assistance in Afghanistan as in Iraq." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Jobs Ought to be Top Priority. 12 October 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I certainly agree with my colleague from North Carolina that it is time for us to not just reassess but readjust our policies in Afghanistan, scale it down and bring the troops home." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "Mr. Speaker, it's time, after a decade, to wind down this American-Afghanistan adventure. With his speech last night, President Obama started a process America needs to accelerate, removing 100,000 combat troops from Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "Congress and the American people have entrusted you with a great responsibility - ensuring the economic well-being of our nation and the creation of jobs. This is no simple task and will require both bold decisions and fair compromises. We understand that you will consider many options when it comes to reaching the benchmarks set by Congress. But too often, when it has come time to reduce spending, the most vulnerable - the working poor and the middle class - have been asked to bear most of the sacrifice. Fortunately, there are other alternatives. To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Blumenauer Statement on Removal of Troops from Afghanistan. 18 March 2011. "I continue to have profound reservations about our troop commitments in Afghanistan. History suggests that we will not be successful in stabilizing Afghanistan with military force. No one has and I don't think anyone will. I opposed the tripling of forces in the region and think that a rapid drawdown starting in July is absolutely essential. We should not, however, tie the hands of the administration and put the civilians in Afghanistan at risk by forcing a complete withdrawal of troops in 30 days. The forthcoming reduction in U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan must be significant and sizeable, but must be executed in an orderly fashion." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of the Peace Action 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of Peace Action West 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. "We urge a significant and sizable reduction of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan beginning July 2011," the bipartisan group of Members of Congress wrote. "With Osama bin Laden killed and Al Qaeda largely driven from Afghanistan, it is time to accelerate the transfer of security responsibilities to the Government of Afghanistan and to reduce the U.S. military footprint there." Complete text of the letter and current signatories are below. "Congress must send a strong message that a token withdrawal is unacceptable," Congressman John Garamendi said. "Maintaining anywhere near 100,000 troops in Afghanistan, at a cost of $10 billion per month, is an ineffective strategy for fighting terrorism and an unjustified drain on our budget. Our brave troops have largely succeeded in driving out Al Qaeda from Afghanistan. Our troops in Afghanistan continue to fight valiantly, but they are now on the wrong mission." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Blumenauer Urges a More Rapid Withdrawal from Afghanistan. 22 June 2011. "Given the recent death of Osama bin Laden, our budgetary constraints and the questionable effectiveness of our nation-building efforts in Afghanistan, now is the time to begin a significant withdrawal of U.S. troops, and negotiate a truce with the least objectionable of the bad actors. Ultimately the future of that country is in the hands of its own people." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Earl Blumenauer. The Republican Budget. 12 April 2011. "Mr. Speaker, Congress this week will focus on the Ryan Republican budget, probably the most profoundly negative and cynical plan ever advanced by a major party in the House of Representatives. There are lots of individual analyses that are available to Americans, not from spin masters, but from serious journalists and analysts. I strongly hope that people will take the time to look at it. They will find in the course of their research that there are a number of very fundamental flaws. First and foremost, there is no fundamental reform of our defense spending, something that is driving the deficit dramatically." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Defense Authorization "Fails To Reflect America's Priorities". 26 May 2011. "Today I voted against the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA). While nothing is more important than providing the resources needed to keep America and our men and women in uniform safe, this authorization spends too much while falling short in important areas. The bill authorizes $690.1 billion for defense programs in FY12. This level of defense spending is almost as much as the rest of the world combined -- most of which is done by friendly allies such as NATO (approximately $350 billion). It also includes an additional $118.9 billion in specific funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without a plan for a full redeployment from the region." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Defense and Homeland Security. 31 October 2011. "Providing for the common defense is one of the Congress's most central duties, and today this is more important than ever. Congressman Blumenauer has worked to ensure that the government takes a comprehensive and long-term approach to Defense and Homeland Security. It is not enough to ensure that America's military and security personnel remain the best in the world: Congressman Blumenauer believes the government must effectively partner with those who serve, states and neighborhoods, and the global community." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. "Given the size of our deficit and debt problems as well as the political challenges and policy controversies involved in implementing any solutions to them, it is clear to us that cutting the military budget must be a part of any visible proposal. The Department of Defense currently takes up almost 56% of all discretionary federal spending, and accounts for nearly 65% of the increase in annual discretionary spending levels since 2001. Much of this increase, of course, is attributable to direct war costs, but nearly 37% of discretionary spending growth falls under the "base" or "peacetime" military budget. Applying the adage that is necessary to "go where the money is" requires that rigorous scrutiny be applied to military spending. We believe that such an analysis will show that substantial spending cuts can be made without threatening our national security, without cutting essential funds for fighting terrorism, and without shirking our obligations as a nation to our brave troops currently in the field, our veterans, and our military retirees." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Resolution to Cut Congress' Budget. 6 January 2011. "This is especially important when looking at defense spending. The Pentagon budget, growing at a rate far above inflation, is also the source of the greatest waste and inefficiency. GAO studies have documented tens of billions of dollars of waste, inefficiency, and in some cases, money that can't be accounted for at all." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "You have a unique opportunity to bring our defense spending in line with our legitimate national defense needs while getting our nation on the path to a balanced budget free of deficit. As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates noted last year, paraphrasing President Dwight D. Eisenhower, "The United States should spend as much as necessary on national defense, but not one penny more. [...] The June 2010 report of the Sustainable Defense Task Force detailed proposals to reduce our nuclear stockpile substantially, realizing savings of over $100 billion without compromising our national security.[1] The report proposed over $960 billion in defense department savings over the next decade. [...] Bringing our defense spending in line with our legitimate security needs must be considered along with other measures to regain our economic footing." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Fiscal Fitness. 31 January 2011. "We need a fair tax code. For too long, the budgets, the tax code, and the regulatory framework have been tilted in favor of people who needed help the least and shortchanged the people who need it the most. Regulatory shortcuts gave the financial markets, or the deregulated electrical markets, no adult supervision. The tax code, as Warren Buffett has famously pointed out, that has his receptionist pay a higher tax rate than he does, is a long overdue for correction. Why should we treat rich sugar producers in Florida with lavish subsidies while shortchanging hungry children? But for a combination of public indifference and political influence we shouldn't and we wouldn't." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Pope. The Oregonian: Debt ceiling forces Oregon's lawmakers to confront the taxing question of taxes. 8 July 2011. "Rep. Earl Blumenauer says the tax code needs to be changed periodically to sync it with public needs. As an example, he mentioned his time in the Oregon Legislature when lawmakers erased a tax break for parking lot owners who allowed their structures to be used for bomb shelters. The Cold War, after all, was long over." (www.oregonlive.com)
  • Earl Blumenauer. President Obama's Budget. 23 March 2009. "In the middle of the economic meltdown, we shouldn't and we won't raise taxes. But over the long haul, we are going to have to pay our debts and find money for rebuilding and renewing America. There are areas in the budget that point the way, like keeping some portion of the expiring tax cuts on the most well-off and reinstituting the Superfund tax to clean up toxic waste." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Rules of the House. 6 January 2011. "The most casual glance at the origin of this country's debts illustrates the fallacy of their approach. Without finding a dime to offset the cost to our Nation, these rules make it possible to both make permanent the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts for the highest-income taxpayers and to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which not only saves nearly $150 billion during the next 10 years, but reduces healthcare costs by nearly a trillion dollars during the following decades." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Letter to Chairman Hensarling and Chairwoman Murray, Co-Chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 8 November 2011. "As you work to craft a comprehensive deficit reduction plan, we believe you should incorporate reasonable spending cuts and ask the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations to pay their fair share. However, we understand through media reports and talking to our colleagues that revenue options remain the largest challenge in your negotiations to obtain significant deficit reduction. We believe we have a viable revenue option that deserves serious consideration. S. 1787 / H.R. 3313, the Wall Street Trading and Speculators Tax Act, is forecasted by the Joint Committee on Taxation to raise $353 billion over ten years, and $218 billion in years 6-10 [¦] The tax would also cover all derivative contracts, options, puts, forward contracts, swaps and other complex instruments at their actual cost. The measure excludes debt that has an original term of less than 100 days. The legislation does not harm long-term investing like retirement funds, but instead targets financial trading and complex transactions undertaken by financial and investment firms. Given the extraordinary profitability of Wall Street banks while the rest of the economy is suffering, there is no question that Wall Street can easily bear this modest tax. In fact, while Wall Street lobbyists will express great concern with our proposal, they will not tell you that the European Union is considering a similar proposal, but with a tax rate that is more than three times higher." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. "We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare. Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add billions more to our national debt in tax cuts to the wealthy, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Budget and Taxes. 31 October 2011. "Congressman Blumenauer opposes recent tax cuts pushed forward by the Administration. Blumenauer strongly opposes the actions of the administration and Congress to again cut taxes for those who need it the least while ignoring the needs of lower income tax payers and the economy in the long term." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 15 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Tax Fairness. 2 November 2011. "Congressman Blumenauer strongly opposes the tax cuts imposed by the Bush Administration and opposes any effort to make them permanent. If the cuts are made permanent, the top 1% of households (currently those with annual incomes exceeding $450,000) will receive more than $1.1 trillion in tax cuts over the next ten years. The cost of these tax cuts to the wealthy will exceed the total amount the federal government devotes to K-12 and vocational education." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Rebuild and Renew America. 2 November 2011. "If we are to meet the demands of the 21st century, we need a new National Plan to define and finance the infrastructure required to support a sustainable economy, improve the livability of our cities and rural communities, provide jobs for Americans, and strengthen our national security." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Trade and the Economy - Creating Jobs and Helping the Middle Class. 2 November 2011. "The lack of modern transportation infrastructure continues to limit our ability to compete internationally. Congressman Blumenauer is calling for a new national plan that will revitalize America's communities, economy, and infrastructure. Not only would a major new infrastructure investment effort spur economic growth, but it would directly create hundreds of thousands of new jobs on these important public works projects." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Letter to Chairman Camp. 9 September 2011. "During the last Congress, the President and the then-Democratic Majority took needed steps to stabilize the economy. According to Congressional Budget Office, the Recovery Act resulted in up to 4 million additional full-time jobs in the economy during the second quarter of 2011. Since the recovery began, the private sector has created more than 2 million private sector jobs. But we still have a long way to go before we make up the nearly nine million jobs destroyed by the financial crisis and recession, and we simply must do more to accelerate economic growth and job creation." (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 Earl Blumenauer a rating of 7 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. House Passes Jobs Legislation. 4 March 2011. "This jobs bill gives a needed boost to Oregon's economy, putting hundreds of thousands of people to work rebuilding the nation's crumbling infrastructure. With Oregon's unemployment hovering around 11 percent, we're making a critical down payment that will help small businesses hire more workers. Investing today in infrastructure and transportation will create sustainable jobs while reducing the energy and oil we consume down the road." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Infrastructure - A New Vision for Revitalizing America. 2 November 2011. "Building off the work of President Thomas Jefferson in 1808 with the Gallatin Plan, and the work of President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 with the National Conference of Governors, Congressman Blumenauer is calling for a national plan that will revitalize America's communities, economy, and infrastructure. Such a plan would allow the United States to meet the challenges posed by climate change, demographic changes, and underinvestment, and will keep America's communities strong." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Infrastructure. 2 November 2011. "Congressman Blumenauer is working to ensure the roads we drive on, the paths we bicycle on, the transit lines that take us to work, and the infrastructure that undergirds our way of life and our economic strength is safe, environmentally sustainable, and efficient." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. 1 January 2011. "The lack of modern transportation infrastructure continues to limit our ability to compete internationally. Congressman Blumenauer is calling for a new national plan that will revitalize America's communities, economy, and infrastructure. Not only would a major new infrastructure investment effort spur economic growth, but it would directly create hundreds of thousands of new jobs on these important public works projects." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 27 January 2009. "Well, let me just say, we just left a Budget Committee meeting where we had five brilliant respected Ph.D.s from all across the spectrum who said we are on uncharted water, you should err on the side of a larger stimulus, not a smaller, and that one of the most important areas deals with energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Rescue Plan Update. 10 November 2008. "The other extraordinarily positive development is that resistance to a broader economic stimulus package is melting away. With the economy continuing in free fall, the concerns about critical infrastructure projects, and with both presidential candidates looking for ways to bolster the economy immediately, an economic stimulus package looks more and more likely to be passed when Congress returns for a near certain lame-duck session in November." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Earl Blumenauer. Tax Loopholes. 22 June 2011. "Tax incentives are intended to help businesses create vital American jobs or develop technologies to improve our way of life. We as Democrats support those tax incentives that increase domestic manufacturing and other American businesses which create jobs and aid the economic recovery. These tax breaks promote our national economic priorities and put people back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Letter to Chairman Camp. 9 September 2011. "The President has laid out a plan that will address a key problem facing our economy: a lack of demand. The American Jobs Act will provide tax relief to working families and extend Unemployment Insurance programs to help those who have lost their job through no fault of their own, both of which boost demand by putting money into the hands of hardworking Americans. It also gives businesses incentives to invest and hire, and will help rebuild our nation's infrastructure." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Rep. Blumenauer Votes to Create Jobs with Investments in Transportation, Clean Energy, Healthcare. 2 April 2009. "Rep. Blumenauer's Budget Priorities in the House Passed Budget Resolution: [¦] Provides job opportunities in the new energy economy. Provides tax incentives for renewable energy. Funds weatherization to help low-income families. Creates "green collar" jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Protecting Our Schools. 2 November 2011. "There is nothing more important today for Oregon's future than our education system. I am committed to working aggressively for the federal government to be a full partner with our school districts, colleges and universities and the State of Oregon." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Education. 2 November 2011. "A strong public education system is the very foundation of a democracy because of its ability to offer equal opportunities to all citizens. However our country's commitment to its education system has continued to shrink and now makes up a diminutive portion of the federal budget. Studies have shown that those who complete at least a high school education will be more economically productive, more likely to vote and be civically engaged, less likely to commit crimes, or become a burden to the state. Therefore each dollar invested in education is an investment in the overall economy. Congress can make this investment by renewing their commitment to funding K-12 education, work to keep higher education affordable and take steps to prepare students for a globally competitive marketplace." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "Congressman Blumenauer believes that a strong and continuing federal support for education is absolutely essential to our success in the 21st century, especially in times of higher enrollments and rapidly emerging new technologies ¦ The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is scheduled for reauthorization in 2011. Blumenauer will continue to stand strong to support programs that provide measurable performance standards for schools and students, reward cost-effective and innovating programs, and help provide a superior education for America's youth." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Education - Solid Commitment to K-12 Education. 31 October 2011. "Funding for all education programs currently takes up less than 1% of the Federal Budget; it's not surprising that we are seeing a crisis in our public school system. Lagging test scores, growing class sizes, consistent cuts to arts, music and physical education are only a few of the symptoms of an education system in distress. With the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act looming, there is great opportunity to renew our commitment to America's children. Congressman Blumenauer supports addressing key problems in NCLB such as increasing federal investment to meet its promises, using growth models to track student progress, measuring students with disabilities differently, recognizing the challenges of English Language Learners, and others. Congressman Blumenauer does not support the shift toward private vouchers and heavy handed sanctions against already disadvantages schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)

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  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Letter to Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Leader Cantor and Whip Hoyer. 7 December 2011. "We write to urge extension of the highly successful grant program for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits (the "1603 Treasury Grant Program") before it expires on December 31, 2011. Since enactment, this program has leveraged more than $22.8 billion in private sector investment for 22,000 projects across the clean energy industry, including solar, wind, biomass, fuel cells, combined heat-and-power, and hydro, in all 50 states. Extension of this successful and effective program will create jobs, spur economic growth, and promote private sector development of clean energy technologies. Prior to the 2008 financial crisis, clean energy project developers primarily relied on tax equity partnerships with investors to utilize clean energy tax incentives. Since 2008, however, the availability of tax equity declined dramatically. According to a report issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center in March 2011, the number of tax equity investors shrunk by nearly half, with associated tax equity financing tumbling over 80 percent from $6.1 billion in 2007 to $1.2 billion in 2009. This decline severely limited the financing available for energy projects. Congress enacted the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to restore the availability of financing for renewable energy projects and to create domestic jobs in a hard hit sector of the economy. Under the program, developers receive a federal grant in lieu of the tax credit--changing the timing of when the energy incentive can be claimed. This change in timing, however, provides the liquidity and funding needed to develop domestic energy projects. As a result, the program underpinned strong growth in the renewable energy sector during the current economic downturn. Despite some improvement, the tax equity market is still unable to support the clean energy industry adequately. In July 2011, the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance surveyed tax equity investors and found that expiration of the program would shrink the total financing available for renewable energy projects by 52 percent in 2012. Allowing the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to lapse would eliminate tens of thousands of jobs across all clean energy industries. Given the program's importance, as well as its proven record of success, we urge you to include its extension in any year-end legislation considered by the House." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Letter to Interior Secretary Salazar. 8 February 2012. "On behalf of the undersigned members of Congress, we write to comment on your administration's proposed 2012-2017 Outer Continental Shelf Oil (OCS) and Gas Leasing Program. Our comments focus specifically on three geographic regions: the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Arctic Oceans. While we are pleased to see that no oil and gas development will occur in the Atlantic or Pacific, we urge caution against too quickly moving forward with additional leasing in the Arctic, which this plan in its current form will do [¦] To conclude, before any new leasing activity is scheduled for the Arctic, all agencies involved in the planning process must develop adequate science to understand the implications of drilling in the Arctic Ocean, put in place a plan that guarantees protection of the Arctic Ocean and ecosystem, and guarantee that companies bidding on leases in the Arctic Ocean and applying for permits to drill wells in this unique, intact ecosystem, are fully prepared to handle a disaster like Deepwater Horizon." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Step One to Hold Big Oil Accountable. 30 July 2010. "While the legislation we will vote on today does not address the larger issue of why we are drilling further offshore and deeper than ever before (think: our serious addiction to oil, which the Senate must address with comprehensive energy and climate legislation), it does take some real steps to prevent future oil spills -- both on land and offshore." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Republicans' Energy "Solutions" Won't Solve our Energy Crisis. 19 June 2008. "It's interesting watching the flip-flopping that's going on in the Republican party. JOHN MCCAIN was against drilling in these sensitive areas when he was a candidate for President in 2000. In fact, he's maintained a position against drilling in the sensitive offshore areas until a few days ago when he's decided to change. Of course, he does not agree with my friends on the other side of the aisle that we should go into the Arctic Wildlife Refuge. Maybe he understands that that's the last place we should drill instead of the next." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1229, Putting the Golf of Mexico Back to Work Act, and Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1230, Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act. 5 May 2011. "We all understand the desire to do something about high gas prices, and we all sympathize with families in this economy who are struggling with $4 a gallon gasoline. But these bills will do nothing to provide American families with relief. They could threaten coastal ecosystems and the millions of Americans who rely on them. It's been a year since we watched the horror in the gulf coast. We found that the agencies who oversee offshore drilling and the oil companies that engage in it were not prepared for the disaster. And Americans will be paying for that failure for years" (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Job and Energy Permitting Act of 2011. 22 June 2011. "Removing these controls would allow damaging pollutants to be released into the air, including nitrogen dioxide, particles, and sulfur dioxide, which would have significant health, environment, and climate impacts. The regulations to prevent this pollution are reasonable, commonsense provisions, yet this bill would undercut them, allowing widespread damage to human health and the environment for benefit of few wealthy companies. The health and environmental damage would be seen on all coasts where drilling takes place." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Environment - Protecting Public Lands and Oregon Treasures. 31 October 2011. "Congressman Blumenauer has consistently voted against drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He is a co-sponsor of legislation to designate the 1.5 million acre coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge as wilderness, thereby permanently prohibiting oil and gas drilling on the coastal plain. He has also spoken out on the House Floor numerous times against drilling in the Arctic." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009. 24 September 2008. "I also oppose this bill because it is letting our decades-long moratorium on drilling offshore expire. This means that, starting next week, the Interior Department can prepare leases for oil rigs as close as 3 miles off our coasts. While I may disagree with my Republican colleagues about the environmental and economic impact of drilling on our nation's coasts, there is little disagreement about how this will impact gas prices--because it won't. Even the Bush administration's own Department of Energy agrees that more drilling will make no difference for at least a decade, and even then any impact on the price at the pump would be insignificant. I had hoped that we would at least be able to include provisions of the House-passed energy bill that extended the moratorium to 50 miles off shore, but it appears that even that reasonable compromise is not enough for those who want to keep America addicted to oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Energy and Environment. 31 October 2011. "Congressman Blumenauer is a member of the Congressional Climate Change Caucus, which brings climate change issues to the attention of Members of Congress through an agenda of education and policy recommendations. He is also an original co-sponsor of the 'Safe Climate Act,' which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Energy and Global Warming. 1 January 2010. "Congressman Blumenauer strongly supports reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, which is the level that scientists say is necessary to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change. Fortunately, many of the efforts we undertake to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will save money in the long-run and will have the added benefit of reducing our dependence on oil, much of which is imported at great costs from increasingly volatile regions of the world. One of the ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is by putting a price on carbon, and Congressman Blumenauer supports doing this through a tax or a market-based trading system. He supports using the value created by such a system to fund programs that facilitate clean energy production and efficiency and offset the potential increased cost to consumers and businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Earl Blumenauer in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Earl Blumenauer in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Earl Blumenauer in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Earl Blumenauer in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Earl Blumenauer in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2011. "Reducing Carbon Pollution: Congressman Blumenauer believes we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, which is the level that scientists say is necessary to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Environment. 1 January 2011. "As an environmental champion and a vocal defender of important environmental regulations, Congressman Blumenauer has supported efforts to strengthen the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. He has also helped pass new laws that promote clean energy, fight global warming, and encourage more efficient use of valuable natural resources." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Foreign Affairs - Preventing Global Warming. 2 November 2011. "Congressman Blumenauer views global warming as the leading long-term challenge facing the world. As a member of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming , he has been helping to make the United States a leader in the fight against global warming." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Global Warming. 2 November 2011. "We must reduce our carbon output. Greenhouse gas emissions can be further reduced by promoting livable communities by developing public transportation options and by encouraging responsible urban development. We also need to begin to embrace changes that will eventually allow us to cap our carbon output and encourage further development of alternative resources." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Letter to the Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce John D. Dingell. 15 June 2007. "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. Many states have moved ahead to address global warming with pro-growth, pro-high tech initiatives. Under our federal system, states have been laboratories for constructive change but they need Washington to be a partner, not an impediment, to their initiatives. To the contrary, this draft legislation would deprive our states of their authority to take the steps they deem appropriate to protect the health and safety of their citizens. We aspire to a better outcome for our constituents and we look forward to working with you to resolve this issue." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Letter to the Honorable Lisa Jackson, EPA. 23 September 2011. "We are writing to express our support for the Environmental Protection Agency's final Cross-State Air Pollution Control Rule. This important public health standard will prevent approximately 34,000 premature deaths, more than 15,000 heart attacks, 19,000 cases of acute bronchitis, 4000,000 cases of aggravated asthma, and 1,8 million lost workdays annually. The aggregate health benefits will save up to $280 billion annually in avoided costs, at only a cost of only $800 million. This 350-1 benefit to cost ratio represents a great deal for the public and an opportunity to improve the quality of life and competitiveness of American metropolitan areas. In concert with other improvements to state and federal regulations, it will reduce sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide by 73% and 54%, respectively, by 2014." (votesmart.org)

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  • Earl Blumenauer. Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. 24 October 2005. "Mr. Speaker, I am opposed to S. 397, the Gun Manufacturers Liability Protection Act. It is hard to imagine how people who have lived through the sniper experience in Washington, DC, and those who deal with potential terrorist acts in the United States would want to specifically weaken potential sanctions against people who abuse their business of selling firearms." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Earl Blumenauer in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Earl Blumenauer in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Earl Blumenauer a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Congress Should Act to Reduce Gun Violence in America. 16 October 2000. "Clearly, safety from the threat of gun violence is one critical element in a livable community. Since I started my public service career, over 1 million Americans have lost their lives to gun violence. That is more than all the United States citizens who have lost their lives in battle from the Civil War through last week to the 17 who were tragically killed in Yemen [¦] Over the same period of time that we lost those million gun deaths, we as a society cut the rate of auto death in this country in half. There was not any single magic solution, but there was a determination on the part of citizens and government alike to take simple, common sense steps to improve traffic safety, auto design, and law enforcement. We can do the same thing to reduce gun violence." (blumenauer.house.gov)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Expiration of Assault Weapons Ban. 8 September 2004. "America has the worst record of gun violence of any developed country. There are a wide array of simple, commonsense provisions that would help deal with gun violence that would not in any way deny any legitimate hunter an opportunity to use their weapons to go out and hunt, to target shoot, legitimate collectors. There are, however, people who resist any effort at record-keeping, at enforcement, at dealing with the most simple, direct, commonsense, and nonintrusive proposals." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. District of Columbia Personal Protection Act. 29 September 2004. "Mr. Speaker, I stand today in firm opposition to this legislation, which aims to repeal Washington, DC's local gun ban. I find it troubling and illogical that the House is repealing a ban on handguns and assault weapons in a city where the Federal Government has invested millions of dollars to increase and improve security. It is foolhardy for Congress to counter these actions by allowing loaded assault weapons to be carried around this city, putting officers as well as citizens and visitors in danger." (votesmart.org)

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  • Earl Blumenauer. Rep. Earl Blumenauer Statement on House Vote to Repeal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 19 January 2011. "Today's vote to take away patients' rights and repeal the healthcare reform law was a disappointing political stunt. We enacted these reforms because our healthcare system was in a dangerous downward spiral. Skyrocketing healthcare costs were hurting businesses, taking a big bite out of family paychecks, and causing half of all bankruptcies." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. The Budget and the Affordable Care Act. 13 April 2011. "What we have done with the reform act was embed those notions to be able to provide incentives to reward value over volume, not just pay for procedures. To be able to have accountable care organizations, bundling of services, to actually have some financial disincentives for unnecessary hospital readmissions. All of these, the experts tell us, could save over $1.2 trillion over the next 20 years. And, in fact, if we had the courage to actually improve and accelerate and enhance, there are greater savings because the doctors, the nurses, the hospitals in our two communities have proven that it is possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Affordable Health Care for All Americans. 1 January 2011. "Congressman Blumenauer was proud to vote for historic health care reform legislation. This new law will improve access, quality, and affordability of health care for all Americans, while protecting your right to choose your own doctor and health plan." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2011. "Congressman Blumenauer believes that the United States health care system is reaching a crisis point and was proud to vote for historic health care reform legislation. This new law will improve access, quality, and affordability of health care for all Americans, while protecting your right to choose your own doctor and health plan." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Health Care. 2 November 2011. "The health reform bill recently passed through Congress is an important first step in providing people with quality, affordable care. As a member of the Ways and Means subcommittee on Health, Earl Blumenauer fought hard to expand coverage and address many of the problems that have plagued our health care and insurance system for decades. New health reforms will provide tax credits and other assistance to over 180,000 families and 21,600 small businesses in Oregon's Third Congressional District. They will close the prescription drug "donut hole" for 94,000 beneficiaries and protect approximately 1200 families from going into bankruptcy from medical costs this year." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Rules of the House. 6 January 2011. " The most casual glance at the origin of this country's debts illustrates the fallacy of their approach. Without finding a dime to offset the cost to our Nation, these rules make it possible to both make permanent the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts for the highest-income taxpayers and to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which not only saves nearly $150 billion during the next 10 years, but reduces healthcare costs by nearly a trillion dollars during the following decades." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Resolution to Cut Congress' Budget. 6 January 2011. "Repealing the Affordable Care Act would be inconsistent with these efforts to reduce costs. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said that repealing health care would cost the American taxpayers $240 billion over the next 10 years. This is in addition to raising the average cost of health care for most Americans and leaving 32 million uninsured, and is something our economy cannot afford." (votesmart.org)

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  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. 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)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Letter to President Obama. 23 November 2011. "As Secure Communities continues to expand, we write because we have been deeply troubled by the implementation of the program since its inception. We were further concerned when the Department of Homeland Security undermined the ability of states to opt out of the program by unilaterally terminating all Memoranda of Agreement with State Identification Bureaus across the country. Now, the recently released report of the task force established by DHS to review Secure Communities has led us to conclude that the program must immediately be terminated [¦] We urge you to immediately stop Secure Communities. We cannot make our communities safer by tearing them apart." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Border Prection, Anti-Terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. 16 December 2005. "With more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in our country, simply increasing the already harsh penalties for immigration violations and placing a larger burden on employers is an inadequate approach to our immigration crisis. By not containing a guest worker program, this legislation fails to address the presence of the sizable undocumented community in the United States. It's widely recognized that agri-business, manufacturing, hospitality and restaurant industries depend on millions of undocumented workers. Without a practical approach to this issue, real reform remains out of reach." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010. 8 December 2010. "Comprehensive immigration reform legislation must reduce wait-times for people trying to follow our immigration laws. It should simplify and stabilize an effective guest worker program, give employers the resources they need to hire a legal workforce and better tools to uphold our laws. It must address border security. And it must bring into fold the 11 million people currently living in our country without documentation. Passing the DREAM Act is an important step toward achieving comprehensive immigration reform and I am proud to support this legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Grijalva Joined By Broad Cross-Section of Members of Congress In Praising Yesterday's First Ever Senate Hearing on The DREAM Act. 29 June 2011. "Providing children who were brought to the U.S. before their 16th birthday, and who demonstrate achievement and good moral character, the opportunity to become permanent residents will not only strengthen our economy, it comports with established American notions of basic fairness. I am proud to co-sponsor the DREAM Act and I hope this Senate hearing will help move this issue forward. Providing a path to citizenship, with benchmarks and accountability, for the best and brightest children is an area where my colleagues on both sides of the aisle can come together for the economic and educational benefit of our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2011. "A comprehensive immigration bill needs to reduce wait-times for people trying to follow our immigration laws, simplify and stabilize an effective guest worker program, address security and border control, give employers the resources they need to hire a legal workforce and better tools to uphold our laws, and bring into fold the 12 million people currently living in the US without documentation. Of particular interest to the Congressman is ensuring that children who have come to the United States with their parents are given a chance to achieve permanent resident status" (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Immigration. 2 November 2011. "It is neither fair nor practical to grant amnesty or automatic citizenship to those who are here illegally. The opposition to amnesty, while emotional on many levels, is understandable and appropriate. Yet almost everyone involved in this debate acknowledges that it is also not practical to imprison or deport 11 to 12 million people. Congress is currently considering a path to citizenship for workers with a long established work history. Ultimately, legislation that offers some people the opportunity to earn citizenship ought to be part of the overall solution." (votesmart.org)

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  • Earl Blumenauer. Twitter: repblumenauer. 9 May 2012. "Obama support for marriage equality huge step forward for America¦. the tide is turning and the current running deeper and faster." (twitter.com)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Earl Blumenauer voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Earl Blumenauer voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Twitter: repblumenauer. 19 July 2011. "Great news: President supports 'Respect for Marriage Act', which would repeal DOMA!" (twitter.com)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Fighting for Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transexual Equality. 1 January 2011. "Marriage Equality: Congressman Blumenauer strongly opposes the Defense of Marriage Act that prevents recognition of same-sex marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Civil and Constitutional Rights. 1 January 2010. "He is strongly opposed to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), joining Congressman Nadler in co-sponsoring legislation that aims to repeal the discriminatory policy, which prevents national recognition of same-sex marriage. Efforts to define 'traditional marriage' as a wedge issue for scoring political points are both obstructive to our democratic process and a civil injustice to those in the GLBT community." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Defense Authorization "Fails To Reflect America's Priorities. 26 May 2011 "The bill continues the misguided affront on civil liberties by further stalling the implementation of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' and requires that 'marriage' for any regulation or benefit program at DoD means only a legal union between one man and one woman. This is a step backwards and unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "And every day gay and lesbian couples in long-term committed relationships, sometimes involving children, have to struggle with the fact that they are not afforded the protections and the resources to be able to deal with the everyday challenges like health care emergencies. That is what they are dealing with. They are not assaulting my marriage or anybody else's. They are trying to deal with a difficult hand that has been dealt to them." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. The End of Don't Ask Don't Tell. 20 September 2011. "The road to equality is long, winding, and will have many bumps along the way. Today, I have the 14,000 discharged service members in my thoughts as we celebrate the end of an era of discrimination. Tomorrow, we will get back to work, fighting for the Employment and Student Non Discrimination Acts, the Safe Schools Improvement Act, and the Respect for Marriage Act that will overturn DOMA." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Gay Marriage Debate. 21 July 2006. "At times, you have to question whether to dignify the spectacle with your participation in the debate. I found myself compelled to add my voice as I listened to outrageous comments about threats to marriage from unelected judges. What is going on across the country is precisely the approach that conservative, limited government advocates would want: states are looking at different approaches. Same sex marriage has been allowed in Massachusetts for two years and civil unions in Vermont since 2000. Other states are considering provisions that would accord gay and lesbian couples certain rights and tools that most Americans take for granted." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Defense and Homeland Security “ Defense. 31 October 2011. "Despite agreement on the need for deep and lasting changes to military strategy, doctrine, and force structure, the Pentagon's focus has been on acquiring new capabilities rather than on re-evaluating current questionable priorities and programs. Congressman Blumenauer believes misdirected funding for activities like the National Missile Defense Program take away from other defense commitments and ignores the fact we are more at risk from terrorists and rogue states." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Foreign Affairs “ Promoting a More Peaceful World. 2 November 2011. "Congressman Blumenauer believes that the United States needs a proactive agenda to address conflict and terrorism. Those extremists who have attacked us in New York and Virginia, as well as our allies from Madrid to Bali, and continue to try to harm Americans because of an implacable ideology of hate must be confronted and defeated. But the broader struggle for security can only be won by dealing with the political conditions that extremists exploit to gain the sympathy of their communities and recruit new followers." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Pakistan War Powers Resolution. 27 July 2010. "Mr. Speaker, I appreciate my colleagues raising the issue of Congressional oversight in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the debate here today. I share their deep reservations about our engagement in the region, though I disagree with their invocation of the War Powers Act in this case. In fact, the targeted cooperation and training that U.S. Special Forces are said to be conducting in the mountainous border area of Pakistan will likely do more to help us in the long run than doubling down with a troop surge in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Earl Blumenauer supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 90 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. A Clarification. 27 August 2010. "I will continue to strongly oppose any effort to privatize or weaken the Social Security system. I also encourage all Americans--whether they're Progressive, Conservative, or somewhere in between--to join me as we have the discussion of how Social Security can remain strong and solvent for generations to come, and how we have a meaningful conversation about what America needs and how to pay for it." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Blumenauer Responds to President's Budget. 7 February 2005. "Our annual deficits of hundreds of billions of dollars will not be made better by borrowing trillions more to extend tax cuts to those least in need and to privatize Social Security. We must begin to address the deficit and long-term financial shortfalls in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without simply passing the bill on to future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Blumenauer Statement on Privatizing Social Security. 9 December 2001. "I support giving America's workers more investment choices, especially low-income individuals who don't have 401(k) plans available to them through their employers. It remains to be seen, however, whether forcing everybody to do this through social security is the best way. The recommendations from this Social Security Committee will create budget problems for the next twenty years and will profoundly affect the standard of living for our retirees for generations to come." (blumenauer.house.gov)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Social Security: At some point in the future, there will be a shortfall in Social Security. What are some of the ways we can fix it? 1 June 2012. "Social Security faced shortfalls in the 1950's, '60s, '70s and '80s. Each of these shortfalls was dealt with, usually with modest tax increases. With the '80s shortfall, a phased-in increase in retirement age was approved by Congress." (blumenauer.house.gov)
  • Earl Blumenauer. Issue Position: Social Security. 2 November 2011. "Social Security was created by President Franklin Roosevelt as part of the New Deal and was expanded under President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. The program is still strong and will continue to be a source of income for retirees, the disabled, and families. Many people do not realize how valuable Social Security is to them. Typically, an individual would have to save an additional $225,000 while working to replace the benefits Social Security provides in retirement. Without any changes, Social Security will be able to pay 100 percent of benefits until 2037. After that, however, Americans will have to make smart choices to ensure that the program continues to keep its promises, while avoiding future budget shortfalls and paying down the national debt." (votesmart.org)

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