Representative Steven Horsford's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NV) - District 4, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 4
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Issue Positions

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Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Steven Horsford in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Horsford. State Senator Horsford Campaigns in Pahrump. 21 March 2012. "I support a woman's right to choose. I respect my wife and I respect her decision with the consultation of her doctor to decide what she does with her body." (pvtimes.com)
  • Steven Horsford. Twitter: stevenHorsford. 1 Feb 2012. "Planned Parenthood provides so many vital services. I #standwithPP because they support #Nevada families!" (twitter.com)

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  • Steven Horsford. Facebook: Timeline. 9 July 2012. "I support the President's call for an extension of tax cuts for the middle class and small businesses. We need tax fairness and relief for working families, and we can responsibly balance the budget by targeting tax cuts for the middle class and having billionaires and Wall Street CEOs pay their fair share." (www.facebook.com)
  • Steven Horsford. Twitter: @StevenHorsford. 19 April 2012. "Just finished speaking to the AFL-CIO. Enjoyed talking about job creation, education and the Buffett Rule." (twitter.com)
  • Steven Horsford. Twitter: @StevenHorsford. 17 April 2012. "Today is tax day. We need to pass the Buffett Rule because billionaires shouldn't pay lower tax rates than their secretaries." (twitter.com)
  • Steven Horsford. Facebook: Timeline. 17 April 2012. "Today is tax day. I refuse to tell people who work for a paycheck that they should sacrifice more to cut the deficit while stock market billionaires get a free pass from paying their fair share. Billionaires shouldn't pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. We need to pass the Buffett Rule!" (www.facebook.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steven Horsford. State Senator Horsford Campaigns in Pahrump. 21 March 2012. "There is a role for government to play, not in being the only factor in creating jobs but in helping support an environment for job creation and job expansion." (pvtimes.com)
  • Steven Horsford. Twitter: @Stevenhorsford. 22 October 2011. "Great program as usual @cunninghamshow on @power88_lv about ª#jobsnow¬ and the American Jobs Act. Thanks for having me on." (twitter.com)
  • Steven Horsford. Facebook: Notes. 7 February 2011. "We passed a blueprint during the February 2010 Special Session showing how the Legislature can spark private sector job creation. SB5, of the 26th special session, is successfully funding some twenty projects, providing more than 2,500 private sector jobs in the hardest-hit industry in this recession, construction." (www.facebook.com)
  • Steven Horsford. Issue Position: Jobs. 1 January 2012. "When he is in Congress, Steven will fight for a jobs plan that [¦] Repairs our roads and highways transit, passenger rail and aviation services to move people and products faster and safer. This triple win makes Nevada a better place to live and run a business -- while putting thousands of Nevadans to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Horsford. Twitter: @Stevenhorsford. 22 October 2011. "Great program as usual @cunninghamshow on @power88_lv about ª#jobsnow¬ and the American Jobs Act. Thanks for having me on. " (twitter.com)
  • Steven Horsford. Twitter: @Stevenhorsford. 29 June 2012. "It took too long but I'm happy a student loan hike was averted & transportation funding was approved 2 create & save jobs for NV. ª#nv04" (twitter.com)
  • Steven Horsford. Facebook: Notes. 15 February 2011. "During the first week of the legislative session, the Senate introduced two major job-creating proposals that would make a big difference by putting Nevadans back to work, in tandem with other job creating proposals from the Assembly and the Governor. Senator Ruben Kihuen, chairman of the committee working on job-creation legislation, sent a memo to press today about two key proposals: The Nevada Jobs Fund would put thousands of Nevadans to work and help build the modern infrastructure we need to position Nevada for economic success. Putting Nevadans' Skills to Work would help with nearly half of our unemployed neighbors from the construction industry needing job placement and retraining." (www.facebook.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • J Patrick Coolican. Las Vegas Sun: Horsford seeking education overhaul. 15 March 2009. "A responsibility of the superintendent, no matter who it is, Horsford said, would be cleaning up the flawed System of Accountability Information in Nevada, a statewide database that traces individual student achievement so the state can comply with the federal No Child Left Behind law [¦] Throughout the interview, Horsford offered a brutal assessment of the state of Nevada schools, citing abysmal graduation rates and Iowa standardized test scores in which Nevada fourth graders perform slightly above national averages, only to fall below average in seventh grade and well below average in 10th grade. 'Who should be held accountable for those poor results?' he said. 'The Nevada Department of Education, and our role in the Legislature is to hold them accountable for better results.'" (www.lasvegassun.com)
  • Steven Horsford. A Note from State Senator Steven Horsford. 5 March 2012. "A good education is the cornerstone of opportunity for our kids and a strong economy for our state. So while our job creation bills are working their way to Governor Sandoval's desk, we have focused on education reform. Our schools need both reform and adequate funding. That's why we introduced legislation that will make sure our kids are achieving, and give them extra help if they are falling behind." (nvrdc.wordpress.com)
  • Sean Whaley. Nevada News & Views: Horsford Urges Nevada Officials To Immediately Seek Race to the Top Funds. 11 December 2011. "State Sen. Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, urged a legislative panel today to push Nevada to apply in the first round of federal Race to the Top funds to improve student performance by a Jan. 19, 2010 deadline [¦] 'Those funds would help us move our state forward with much needed improvements in our K-12 education system, enhancing our children's skills in critical fields such as science and mathematics, as well as offering more help to schools that are struggling to meet academic standards,' Horsford said. 'Race to the Top also can help us buffer our education system from the effects of a protracted recession.'" (nevadanewsandviews.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steven Horsford. Twitter: @StevenHorsford. 22 April 2012. "NV is such a beautiful place to live with so many natural treasures. We need to protect it for generations to come. Happy ª#EarthDay¬. ª#nv04" (twitter.com)
  • Steven Horsford. Twitter: @StevenHorsford. 24 April 2012. "We need an overall energy policy that is cleaner, cheaper and full of new jobs. NV is a great place to start. ª#NV04¬ ª#jobs" (twitter.com)
  • Steven Horsford. Facebook: Notes. 22 April 2011. "Senate approves four environmental protection and clean energy bills CARSON CITY"Today, on the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, the Senate passed four pieces of Democratic legislation designed to protect the environment and promote the development of the green economy... SB281 establishes the Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program. This legislation requires the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to establish incentives for consumers to purchase environmentally-friendly electric vehicles that reduce greenhouse gas emissions." (www.facebook.com)
  • Steven Horsford. About Steve. 16 July 2012. "Steven was elected to the Nevada State Senate in 2004 and got right to work. He wrote and passed the "Clean Energy Jobs Initiative" because he believes Nevada can be the nation's leader in renewable energy technology, and all the good jobs that come with it." (www.stevenhorsford.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jonathan Humbert. KLAS TV “ Las Vegas: Fighting Gun Violence in Nevada Schools. 6 August 2012. "Horsford says in the past month, five guns have shown up at valley schools. Now, he's taking a stronger stand and upping the ante for these kinds of crimes. The senator's bill would make it a Class E felony to bring a gun on campus. If convicted, that would mean one to four years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine. And if the criminal is a juvenile, he or she may be forced to have counseling." (www.8newsnow.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steven Horsford. Twitter: @StevenHorsford. 28 June 2012. "I am happy w/todays decision on ª#ACA¬: those w/pre-existing conditions are covered, women dont pay more than men & srs save on medicine ª#nv04" (twitter.com)
  • Steven Horsford. Facebook: Timeline. 28 June 2012. "I am happy with today's Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. This law covers Nevadans with pre-existing conditions, makes sure women don't pay more than men for care, and allows Nevada seniors to save on prescription drugs. Now I hope the Republican Congress will stop playing political games and start working on getting our economy moving and creating jobs for Nevadans." (www.facebook.com)
  • Steven Horsford. Twitter: @StevenHorsford. 11 June 2012. "Nevadans need jobs now and instead the House GOP votes for the 31st time to repeal health care 4 those who need it most? That is crazy ª#nv04" (twitter.com)
  • Steven Horsford. Facebook: Timeline. 11 July 2012. "Today, instead of focusing on creating jobs for Nevadans, Republicans in Congress voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the 31st time. They want to repeal protections for patients with pre-existing conditions, for seniors with skyrocketing prescription drug costs, and for young adults with no option but to stay on their parents' insurance. Nevada families deserve better and I promise to be a voice for the middle class and to focus on getting Nevada back to work." (www.facebook.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steven Horsford. Twitter: @StevenHorsford. 15 June 2012. "Speaking w Hispanic students about the need for the Dream Act. Their stories are moving. Congress needs to act!" (twitter.com)
  • Laura Myers. Las Vegas Review-Journal: Tarkanian accuses Obama of using Hispanics as political tool. 18 July 2012. "Horsford, an early Obama backer, supports the president's immigration policies and has advocated for the DREAM Act." (www.lvrj.com)
  • Steven Horsford. Facebook: Timeline. 25 June 2012. "I'm pleased that the Supreme Court struck down parts of Arizona's misguided anti-immigration law. But I'm disappointed they upheld the most discriminatory part of the law. The fact is our immigration system is completely broken and Congress needs to stop the petty politics and get to work passing comprehensive immigration reform." (www.facebook.com)
  • Steven Horsford. Twitter: StevenHorsford. 15 June 2012. "I join the President in calling for the passage of the DREAM Act to protect young people making great contributions to our country." (twitter.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jason Whited. Las Vegas CityLife: Gay Old Party? 22 July 2010. Horsford said Democrats in the 2009 Legislature displayed incredible courage in opening doors for gays and other minorities 'when those doors were closed, whether it was for people of color or people with different sexual orientations and lifestyles. He recalled the battle over Senate Bill 283, passed in the 2009 legislative session, which gave Nevada gays and lesbians the right to enter into domestic partnerships. 'As a result of that legislation, lesbian and gay partners are now able to enter domestic partnership contracts to provide for each others' children, jointly own property and share their assets, as well as share decisions around medical issues,' Horsford said. 'What you might not know is the political courage it took to get that legislation through in the form it is today.'" (archives.lasvegascitylife.com)
  • Jason Whited. Las Vegas CityLife: Gay Old Party? 22 July 2010. "Horsford said Democrats in the 2009 Legislature displayed incredible courage in opening doors for gays and other minorities 'when those doors were closed, whether it was for people of color or people with different sexual orientations and lifestyles. He recalled the battle over Senate Bill 283, passed in the 2009 legislative session, which gave Nevada gays and lesbians the right to enter into domestic partnerships. 'As a result of that legislation, lesbian and gay partners are now able to enter domestic partnership contracts to provide for each others' children, jointly own property and share their assets, as well as share decisions around medical issues,' Horsford said. 'What you might not know is the political courage it took to get that legislation through in the form it is today.'" (archives.lasvegascitylife.com)
  • Steven Horsford. Video: Nevada Congressional District 4 Debate: Steven Horsford and Danny Tarkanian. 15 October 2012. "I'd support marriage equality for all people, and I also agree with the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell." (www.youtube.com)

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steven Horsford. Issue Position: Social Security and Medicare. 1 January 2012. "Steven has a simple answer for Republicans who want to privatize Social Security and end Medicare as we know it: No." (votesmart.org)
  • Sandra Chereb. Washington Times Nevada 2012 Election Center: Steven Alexzander Horsford. 19 July 2012. "Horsford favors the 2010 health care reform bill and was "happy" with the Supreme Court's June 2012 decision to uphold the bill. He opposes privatization of Social Security or cuts to Medicare." (www.washingtontimes.com)

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