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Stephen Lynch's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MA) - District 8, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 8
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Stephen Lynch has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Stephen Lynch is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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 issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have also supported reinstating the tax rates which were in place during the Clinton administration, which would have allowed a small increase in taxes for individuals earning more than $250,000 and couples making over $500,000." http://lynch.house.gov/press-release/statement-debt-ceiling-negotiations (lynch.house.gov)
  • “We agreed that 98 percent of Americans needed a tax break continued.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/578061/tax-relief-unemployment-insurance-reauthorization-and-job-creation-act-of-2010#.VaPcu3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "To give our economy a much-needed jolt, Congressman Lynch worked with Democrats in Congress to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which created more than 2 million jobs, cut taxes for 95% of American families, and invested in our nation’s critical infrastructure, right when our economy needed it most." http://lynch.house.gov/issue/economy (lynch.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ('Stimulus Bill')" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/23644#.VY1yEPlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Taxes should be used to improve our communities and provide necessary services. They should be levied in a progressive way that does not punish success, but respects the needs of those who are not wealthy.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/736498/tax-cuts#.VaPTMHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "To give our economy a much-needed jolt, Congressman Lynch worked with Democrats in Congress to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which created more than 2 million jobs, cut taxes for 95% of American families, and invested in our nation’s critical infrastructure, right when our economy needed it most." http://lynch.house.gov/issue/economy (lynch.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in January 2002 with the promise that tough new accountability standards would be combined with enough money to ensure that our schools could complete the job. Congressman Lynch voted for this legislation because he believes that clear demands for better results, along with additional funding, will substantially improve public education in this country.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/372674/issue-position-education#.VaPgCHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "'This is wonderful news for our schools and communities and I congratulate all those whose hard work and dedication made this possible,' Congressman Stephen F. Lynch said. 'Massachusetts has some of the highest educational standards in the country and I am proud that these funds will be used to implement reforms that will further improve our schools.'" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/547832/#.VY7RJvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "As you know Massachusetts has the highest educational standards in the country. That is why we were disturbed to learn that Massachusetts' Race to the Top Phase 1 application was docked 15 points because of the Commonwealth's refusal to accept anything lower than the high standards we have set for our students. In the Race to the Top Phase 1 and Phase 2 application states are asked to accept a set of national standards to be set by the Department of Education. […] Given that Massachusetts has the nation's highest education standards we are concerned that future national standards may not be as strict. Without having that information it would be inappropriate for the Commonwealth to accept anything less than the high bar it has set for our students' achievement." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/516378/#.VY7RjPlViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VY1rQPlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Lynch supports efforts such at the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions (NAT GAS) Act of 2011. The bill will accelerate the production and use of more natural gas-fueled vehicles, thereby reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil and simultaneously reducing greenhouse gases and urban pollution." http://lynch.house.gov/issue/energy-environment (lynch.house.gov)
  • "Stephen Lynch believes that the federal government must take an active role in reducing our energy consumption and dependence on foreign oil, and create a secure and sustainable energy future. He supports the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which moves us toward these goals by promoting renewable, clean energy resources, energy efficiency, reducing global warming pollution, and transitioning to a clean energy economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/556295/issue-position-renewable-energy/?search=renewable%20energy#.VY7TcvlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Throughout this legislative session Congressman Lynch has voted against bills that will prohibit the EPA from adequately regulating green house gas emissions, emissions from incinerators, industrial boilers and cement production facilities, and the disposal of highly toxic coal ash from power plants." http://lynch.house.gov/issue/energy-environment (lynch.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of HR 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VY1zQPlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 7% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/4844/stephen-lynch/37#.VaPgznUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “I am proud to stand with my Massachusetts colleagues in support of universal background checks and I applaud Mayor Menino's leadership on this issue.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/773604/mass-delegation-unanimous-in-support-for-universal-gun-background-checks#.VkpEsGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign To End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/4844/stephen-lynch/37#.VaPgznUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against HR 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VY1sd_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Thus far in the 114th Congress there have been numerous bills and amendments offered to repeal the law or parts of it. Congressman Lynch has maintained his commitment not to repeal, but to improve the bill, and work towards bringing about real health care reform." http://lynch.house.gov/issue/health-care (lynch.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of HR 5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955#.VY1u1_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We write to urge you to enact legislation that would reform our nation's broken immigration system and ensure a reformed system includes robust protections for U.S. and foreign workers. We strongly support key reform elements that include: 1) broad and humane treatment of the 11 million aspiring Americans, including DREAMers, and an earned path to citizenship making it possible for them to fully integrate into the nation's social and economic fabric." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/818671/letter-to-speaker-john-boehner-and-leader-nancy-pelosi-comprehensive-immigration-reform-with-strong-labor-protections/?search=immigration#.VY7UoflViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign Position on Marriage http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220#.VY1tevlViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Today’s Supreme Court decision is a giant step towards equality for the LGBT community. The Court has sustained our commitment to the principle of equal protection enshrined in the Constitution. Gay and lesbian couples and their families deserve to be treated with equality, respect, and dignity under the law across the United States." http://lynch.house.gov/press-release/lynch-statement-supreme-court-ruling-marriage-equality (lynch.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “H.R. 490 would implement a monitoring system and continuous evaluation across the federal government so that we can immediately identify and address significant red flags that arise in a security clearance holder's background.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/948210/lynch-introduces-bill-to-reform-security-clearance-process#.VaPi8HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “The first responsibility of our government is the security of every American. In this era of unprecedented and unpredictable dangers, we must be prepared for any threat.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/372660/issue-position-homeland-security#.VaPifnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Lynch is absolutely opposed to privatizing social security.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/556299/issue-position-social-security-and-retirement-security#.VaPja3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no question that something must be done to strengthen Social Security for the long term, but privatizing benefits would destroy the very heart of the program." http://lynch.house.gov/issue/social-security-retirement-security (lynch.house.gov)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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