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Stephen F. Lynch

Stephen Lynch's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Stephen F. Lynch
Office: U.S. House (MA) - District 8, Democratic
First Elected: 10/16/2001
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Democratic for U.S. House - District 8
Primary Sept. 9, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Margaret; 1 Child: Victoria
Birth Date: 03/31/1955
Birth Place: South Boston, MA
Home City: South Boston, MA
Religion: Roman Catholic
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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 issue positions, from the year 2013, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stephen Lynch. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Stephen Lynch voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Stephen Lynch voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of the Family Research Council 18 percent in 2010." (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 Stephen Lynch a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Stephen Lynch voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 57 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen F. Lynch. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 17 February 2011. "I am a pro-life Democrat. I am a pro-life Democrat, and my faith informs my position on this issue. There used to be, I think, a general agreement, as divisive as this debate is and has been in this country for years, there has been a level of agreement that we have reached where I think we agreed at one point in this country that the best way to reduce abortion in this country is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. We used to agree on that. This bill, this amendment, will increase the number of abortions in this country." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen F. Lynch. House Democrats Release Historic Catholic Statement of Principles. 28 February 2006. "We envision a world in which every child belongs to a loving family and agree with the Catholic Church about the value of human life and the undesirability of abortion-we do not celebrate its practice. Each of us is committed to reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies and creating an environment with policies that encourage pregnancies to be carried to term. We believe this includes promoting alternatives to abortion, such as adoption, and improving access to childrens healthcare and child care, as well as policies that encourage paternal and maternal responsibility." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of the Peace Action 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen F. Lynch. Afghanistan. 25 September 2012. "As the United States begins withdrawing its troops, Stephen Lynch supports an orderly transition. As part of his oversight duties, Lynch has visited Afghanistan eight times, meeting with Afghan government officials and U.S. military leaders and soldiers. As a result of his numerous trips to Afghanistan, Lynch has a keen understanding of the conditions on the ground. Stephen Lynch will continue to be actively involved in the oversight of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and orderly drawdown of troops as the United States continues to transition power to the Afghan government." (www.stephenlynchforcongress.com)
  • Stephen F. Lynch. Issue Position: Afghanistan and Pakistan. 1 January 2009. "In December 2009, President Obama announced his new strategy for Afghanistan, with the goals of preventing al Qaeda from using the region to launch future attacks against the United States and bringing greater stability to Afghanistan. This strategy includes the deployment of 30,000 additional American forces, which will bring the U.S. troop presence to almost 100,000. Congressman Lynch believes that this is an important and necessary initiative, particularly since the first eight years of U.S. operations in Afghanistan were severely under-resourced and not given the priority needed to be successful." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stephen Lynch. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Stephen Lynch voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Stephen Lynch voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Stephen Lynch voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Stephen Lynch voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Stephen Lynch voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Stephen Lynch voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Stephen Lynch voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen F. Lynch. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 30 June 2011. "Republican efforts to slash Medicare and Medicaid while leaving untouched tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, unnecessary subsidies for oil companies, and a bloated defense budget is unjust and irresponsible. Accordingly, we respectfully request that you reject any such proposals if they are presented as part of the ongoing discussions." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Eisenstadter. The Dedham Transcript: Congressman Stephen Lynch talks with constituents in Dedham. 17 October 2011. "Lynch himself voted in favor of $180 billion dollars worth of reductions to defense department cuts of programs the Department of Defense didn't want. Congressmen in districts containing workers who construct weapons related to those programs fought against it, Lynch said." (www.dailynewstranscript.com)
  • Stephen F. Lynch. Statement on Debt Ceiling Negotiations. 28 July 2011. "Throughout this debate, I have supported a balanced approach to deficit reduction. For example, I have voted to reduce non-combat related funding for the defense department by over $300 billion." (lynch.house.gov)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Stephen Lynch voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (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

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 12 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen F. Lynch. Statement on Debt Ceiling Negotiations. 28 July 2011. "Throughout this debate, I have supported a balanced approach to deficit reduction. For example, I have voted to reduce non-combat related funding for the defense department by over $300 billion. 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." (lynch.house.gov)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stephen Lynch. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 11 percent in 2010." (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 Stephen Lynch a rating of 15 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Stephen Lynch voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stephen Lynch. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen F. Lynch. Letter to the Honorable Sander Levin, Chairman Committee on Ways and Means. 25 May 2010. "There is a vast potential for American manufacturing to revitalize our economy through renewable energy tax credits. For example, there are 204 tons of steel in a single wind turbine, and tax incentives for wind energy can immediately start up our idling American steel factories." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stephen F. Lynch. Kerry, Brown, Entire Ma Delegation: Massachusetts Wins Race To The Top Competition. 24 August 2010. "Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, together with the entire Massachusetts Congressional Delegation today announced that Massachusetts has won the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top Competition. Massachusetts was one of 18 states to advance to the second round and is among ten winning applicants." [¦] '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.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen F. Lynch. Letter to The Honorable Arne Duncan. 1 June 2010. "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. This is an admirable goal and we applaud the efforts of the administration to try and lift many failing states and encourage them to meet higher standards. 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. In the absence of language clearly stating that these national standards would be equal to or higher than what Massachusetts has set for itself, the Commonwealth is unfortunately forced to decline accepting these standards." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stephen Lynch. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Stephen Lynch voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Stephen Lynch in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Stephen Lynch in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Stephen Lynch voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Stephen Lynch in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Stephen Lynch in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Stephen Lynch a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. Lynch Touts Life, Gun Stance In Primary. 18 October 2001. "I'm Stephen Lynch, and Cheryl Jacques wants you to believe I'm against gun control. But five years ago, my cousin Brian was shot nine times just down the street from my family's home. He died. The idea that I don't support getting guns off the street couldn't be more wrong. I voted for the assault weapons ban, the toughest gun control law in the country. My family, like far too many of yours, has suffered from gun violence. In Congress, I'll never forget that." (www3.nationaljournal.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stephen F. Lynch. Issue Position: Health Care. 28 November 2011. "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became Public Law 111-148 on March 23, 2010. While Congressman Lynch appreciates that it will add 32 million people to the insurance rolls, he believes that we still need to figure out how to control the costs of the current system, and pay for this massive expansion of services, as prices continue to rise precipitously. For this reason, Congressman Lynch remains committed to working with his colleagues in Congress to fix and improve this legislation moving forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen F. Lynch. Health Care. 25 September 2012. "Congressman Lynch voted against The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act when it passed the House of Representatives on March 25, 2010, because he did not believe it would achieve real reform. In a private meeting with President Obama at the White House prior to the vote, Congressman Lynch told the president that he could not support the bill, but if it passed would not vote to repeal it, and work to improve it. Thus far in the 112th 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." (lynch.house.gov)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen F. Lynch. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 1 November 2011. "While not all policy riders are objectionable, many of those included this year are not only controversial but blatantly partisan. Included riders would block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act [¦] These appropriations bills appear to any knowledgeable observer as an attempt to push through both chambers an extreme, partisan agenda outside the regular order you so strongly advocated in the Pledge to America, which declares an end to 'the practice of packaging unpopular bills with must-pass' legislation to circumvent the will of the American people." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stephen Lynch. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Stephen Lynch voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 17 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stephen Lynch. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Stephen Lynch voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 91 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of the Family Research Council 28 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 28 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 76 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Stephen Lynch voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of the American Family Association 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Lynch. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Stephen Lynch voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Wirzbicki. Boston Globe: Gay-marriage advocates praise Lynch. "Lynch said that while his views had shifted to support gay marriage since his election to Congress, his role in allowing gay marriage to become law in the district stems more directly from a belief that the city deserves a greater degree of autonomy." (www.boston.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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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

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Stephen Lynch supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen F. Lynch signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. (no date) "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)

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