Representative Earl Blumenauer's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (OR) - District 3, Democratic
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Earl Blumenauer 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. Earl Blumenauer is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

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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

  • "Finally, H.R. 7 would permanently block abortion coverage for low-income women, civil servants, DC residents, and military women by codifying anti-choice provisions throughout federal law. Not only are these alarming policy goals, but I would note that they contradict the Republican view of government by importing government intervention directly into the doctor-patient relationship. It's bad for women, bad for families, and bad for business." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/844052/hr-7#.VZwAXnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/647571/protect-life-act#.VZwCbnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Congressman Earl Blumenauer joined 178 colleagues and signed a discharge petition on H.R. 15, the Middle Class Tax Cut Act. The Middle Class Tax Cut Act would extend all Bush-era tax cuts on income under $250,000 for married couples ($200,000 for individuals) through 2013." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/756936/blumenauer-signs-discharge-petition-to-extend-middle-income-tax-breaks#.VZwSgHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] taxes should not be raised on the majority of working Americans while the economy is in this very difficult situation. But a little more can reasonably be paid by those who are extremely well off." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/657651/equity-in-taxation/?search=income#.Vcu7jHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "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." https://blumenauer.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=342:tax-fairness&catid=46 (blumenauer.house.gov)

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  • "Millions of people have been caught up in the justice system for marijuana offenses, and over 660,000 are arrested each year for possession. Too often people are serving time in jail for using a drug that nearly half the nation’s population feels should be legal for recreational purposes and 70 percent feel should be legal for medicinal purposes." https://blumenauer.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2281 (blumenauer.house.gov)

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  • "Independent analyses show that infrastructure investment is one of the best ways to put people to work and to strengthen the economy, while giving families transportation options and making our communities more livable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/682630/blumenauer-a-budget-is-a-statement-of-values#.VZw7VHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The overhyped fiscal cliff may well be upon us, and we will find $600 billion of deficit reduction with tax increases and spending cuts, and then there will be the howls that we are doing it too abruptly from some of the same people who demanded this system of expiring cuts and sequestration in the first place.Make no mistake. There will be some real damage. We will be squeezing some people who deserve far better, and then we'll be scrambling to refine the budget reductions in a way that makes sense." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/760490/the-fiscal-cliff#.VZw57HUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Earl Blumenauer joined 178 colleagues and signed a discharge petition on H.R. 15, the Middle Class Tax Cut Act. The Middle Class Tax Cut Act would extend all Bush-era tax cuts on income under $250,000 for married couples ($200,000 for individuals) through 2013." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/756936/blumenauer-signs-discharge-petition-to-extend-middle-income-tax-breaks#.VZwSgHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] taxes should not be raised on the majority of working Americans while the economy is in this very difficult situation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/657651/equity-in-taxation/?search=income#.Vcu7jHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We cannot continue to have, by far, the world's largest and most expensive military, the world's lowest taxes, the most expensive and inefficient health care system, and continue to allow our country's infrastructure to fall apart all while America grows and ages." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/760492/a-lost-opportunity-for-reform#.VZwTjHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is overdue for reauthorization. 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. He will also continue to resist cuts for vital education programs such as Title 1 Grants, Even Start programs, Special Education Grants, Pell Grants, Vocational and Adult Education grants and programs, and grants for Workforce Investment Act Job Training." http://blumenauer.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=266&Itemid=148 (blumenauer.house.gov)
  • "No Child Left Behind has left an unfortunate legacy within our nation’s school systems, forcing students, teachers and schools to over-rely on standardized test results that do not reflect the effectiveness of our efforts. We must reform this law to ensure that our children receive a well-rounded education that prepares them for the 21st century." http://blumenauer.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2077:blumenauer-praises-no-child-left-behind-waivers-for-oregon&catid=65:2012-press-releases (blumenauer.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I voted against H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. This legislation sends the wrong signal, short-circuiting the legal approval process for the construction of a pipeline carrying some of the dirtiest oil in the world -- oil extracted from tar sands - from Canada and across the United States to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960034/statement-of-congressman-blumenauer-on-keystone-xl-pipeline-vote#.VZwJzHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VcvCsHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "That's why I have been a staunch supporter of investing in the production of clean renewable energy, energy efficiency, and renewable energy research." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960034/statement-of-congressman-blumenauer-on-keystone-xl-pipeline-vote#.VZwJzHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "He has also helped pass new laws that promote clean energy, fight global warming, and encourage more efficient use of valuable natural resources." http://blumenauer.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=340 (blumenauer.house.gov)

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  • "Today Portland committed to carbon emission reductions, while House Republicans tried to gut federal climate regulations. I voted no on H.R 2042 that would undermine the EPA's Clean Power Plan. Portland gets it right. We must take action to combat climate change." https://twitter.com/repblumenauer/status/613824467341586434 (twitter.com)
  • "We must follow the lead of Portland and other communities to do all that we can to reduce carbon emissions and protect our planet." http://www.freshstarnews.com/news/615660/earl-blumenauer (www.freshstarnews.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Among legislative actions, he advocates implementing a universal gun purchasing background check, restoring a ban on military-style assault weapons, and putting in place a 10-round limit for magazines. He also believes Congress should strengthen laws that punish people who buy guns with the express purpose of selling them to criminals." http://blumenauer.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2164&Itemid=151 (blumenauer.house.gov)
  • "Using the examples of automobile safety and tobacco use, two significant public safety challenges where the government responded in ways that dramatically reduced injury and death, success came from defining the problem, identifying risk factors, testing prevention strategies, and ensuring widespread adoption of effective solutions. By applying that same process we can begin to make incremental progress to reduce gun-related deaths and injuries." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/959998/rep-blumenauer-releases-gun-safety-report#.VZwISXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Blumenauer is proud of his vote in favor of historic health care reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This new law improves access, quality, and affordability of health care for all Americans, while protecting your right to choose your own doctor and health plan." https://blumenauer.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=270:health-care&catid=46 (blumenauer.house.gov)
  • "The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is welcome news. Americans deserve access to high-quality, affordable health coverage." https://www.facebook.com/blumenauer/posts/10153382174706788 (www.facebook.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Blumenauer believes that any comprehensive immigration bill he will ultimately support must address the issue of the 11 million people currently living in the US without documentation by giving them a clear path to citizenship, something that three-quarters of all Americans support." http://blumenauer.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=344 (blumenauer.house.gov)
  • "The President's bold action is the right path forward, bringing millions out of the shadows, strengthening families, and growing our economy. This is no substitute for comprehensive immigration reform, but, until then, this is a critical step in the right direction." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/938580/blumenauer-applauds-presidents-action-on-immigration#.VZwNL3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "America stands on the right side of history today as we celebrate triumph at #SCOTUS for #marriageequality. #loveWINS" https://twitter.com/repblumenauer (twitter.com)
  • "Congressman Blumenauer strongly opposes the Defense of Marriage Act that prevents recognition of same-sex marriage." http://blumenauer.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1892:fighting-for-lesbian-gay-bisexual-transexual-equality&catid=46&Itemid=65 (blumenauer.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will continue to strongly oppose any effort to privatize or weaken the Social Security system." http://blumenauer.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1702:a-clarification&catid=58:op-ed-columns-use-this (blumenauer.house.gov)

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