Representative Stephen Lynch's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (MA) - District 8, Democratic
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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. 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. Stephen Lynch is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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.

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  • 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)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053 (votesmart.org)
  • "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)
  • "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)

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  • "Drug addiction affects every city and town in our country and reaches across every demographic. It shatters lives, breaks up families and, according to one report, costs over $600 billion annually. But drug courts have begun to make a real difference in Massachusetts by not only providing support, treatment and monitoring, but also reinforcing the grave consequences of recidivism by adopting a robust system that puts offenders in jail who refuse to get clean and who remain a threat to the public." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/696059/house-approves-lynch-amendment-to-increase-drug-court-funding (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • "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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053 (votesmart.org)
  • "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)

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  • 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)

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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)
  • "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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of HR 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VY1zQPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "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)

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  • "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)
  • "I am encouraged by today's Senate vote to consider compromise gun control legislation, and I commend Senators Manchin and Toomey for their bipartisan amendment to expand background checks. As the Senate moves forward on this debate, I continue to support common sense measures to reduce gun violence, and I am hopeful that House Republican Leadership will allow an up or down vote on this legislation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/776538/statement-of-congressman-lynch-on-senate-vote-to-proceed-with-gun-control-debate (votesmart.org)

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)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.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)

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  • "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)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign Position on Marriage http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220#.VY1tevlViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

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

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)
  • Rated 99% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/4844/stephen-lynch/53 (votesmart.org)

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