Representative Al Green's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Al Green
Current Office: U.S. House - District 9, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 9
Primary March 4, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Single
Birth Date: 09/01/1947
Birth Place: New Orleans, LA
Home City: Houston, TX
Religion: Baptist
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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

  • Al Green. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Al Green voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Al Green voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Al Green voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Al Green voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (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 Al Green a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Al Green in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Al Green voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Al Green voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Al Green voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)

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  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Al Green voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. Congressman Al Green Supports The President's Decision About Troops Deployment In Afghanistan. 2 December 2009. "Congressman Al Green (TX-09) expressed his support today for President Obama's decision to deploy 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan. This troop surge is a component of the Administration's ongoing war strategy to protect the United States from international terrorism and to ultimately end U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. Congressman Green acknowledged that in his speech, President Obama emphasized the importance of maintaining an open-ended war while addressing cadets at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point. 'There is an urgency about the war in Afghanistan that requires our immediate attention,' commented Congressman Green. 'Our recommitment to war in Afghanistan will provide the Afghan government and its people with the opportunity to shape their country's future. By strengthening the capacity of their security forces, the U.S. can begin to transfer responsibility to the Afghans and bring our troops home.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of the Peace Action 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Al Green. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Al Green voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Al Green voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Al Green voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. Iraq Needs To Defend Itself. 17 January 2007. "Mr. Speaker, it is time for the Iraqis to stand up and defend themselves. Mr. Speaker, we have freed them from a ruthless dictator. We have lost more than 3,000 lives. We have more than 20,000 wounded. We have helped them to construct a constitution, to reestablish their constabulary. We have helped them hold an election, and we are spending more than $177 million, not per year, not per month, not per week, but per day." (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Al Green voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Al Green voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Al Green voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Al Green voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Al Green voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. Congressman Al Green Helps Taxpayers File For Earned Income Tax Credit. 20 March 2010. "It can really help low to moderate income families by giving them a tax credit, which can either reduce their tax liability or increase their tax refund. In turn, families can use their refundable credit to not only purchase food, clothing and shelter, but to also meet their healthcare and educational needs.' 'One of the key features of EITC is that it has no effect on certain benefits, making it appealing to families and individuals.'It is a very useful resource for working parents and it can add up to $5,657 on a family's income tax refund. From my experience, EITC provides a much-needed infusion of cash for parents raising children and earning less than 50,000 a year." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Al Green. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Al Green voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Al Green voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (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 Al Green a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Al Green. Congressman Al Green Statement On Passage of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. 3 October 2008. "In addition to providing for tax assistance for middle class families, tax incentives to spur energy independence and green jobs, and $9 billion in assistance for areas impacted by recent disasters such as Hurricane Ike, the bill provides mental health parity. This is an issue that we have been working to resolve for decades." (votesmart.org)

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  • Al Green. Congressman Al Green Votes for Final Passage of the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act. 10 August 2010. "To provide our students with the opportunity to learn we must guarantee that they have access to a first class education system so that our nation will be a leading competitor as they enter the global job market. This bill sets the tone for an improved and academically competitive education system." (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. Issue Position: Education. 20 October 2011. "I am committed to fighting for educational opportunities for our young people. There are so many talented youth who are unable to afford the increasing costs of higher education or who find themselves surrounded in mountains of debt following the completion of those educational pursuits. I would like to see increased scholarship opportunities, expanded and reformed financial aid opportunities, and a host of partnerships that begin during the educational foundation period that inspire students early on to use education as a springboard to future successes and opportunities. Our public school systems are inundated with problems due to a lack of resources and increasing frustration by our educators who attempt to stretch the minimal dollars they receive. I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to address the concerns of educators and administrators and to increase the level of funding so that our deserving children will not suffer as a result of a constrained fiscal budget." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Al Green voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Al Green voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Al Green voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. Boren Joins Call to Increase Domestic Energy Production as Gas Prices Soar. 11 March 2011. "As new offshore drilling permits still slowly trickle from BOEMRE, it's important that we extend oil and gas leases that haven't been in production first because of the moratorium and now as they try to receive guidance from the Department of Interior on applying new environmental and safety regulations," said Congressman Green. "This production is vital to reducing our dependence on foreign oil and is integral to countless livelihoods dependent on the Gulf energy economy." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Al Green voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Al Green voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Al Green a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Al Green voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Al Green voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Al Green voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Al Green in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Al Green. Congressman Al Green Supports Maintaining the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. 19 January 2011. "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is one of the great achievements of the 111th Congress because, among other things, it provides medical coverage to more than 30 million Americans who did not have it. Passing the bill was the right thing to do last March and fighting to keep it was the right thing to do today. 'The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is designed to give more Americans better access to health care. It advances health care over sickness care by promoting preventive care. I will do all I can as a Member of Congress to maintain it." (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Al Green voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 3962, the Affordable Healthcare for America Act. I would like to thank the Democratic Leadership and the Chairmen of the committees of jurisdiction for their unwavering commitment to this important cause. Today, we are faced with a historic opportunity to accomplish meaningful change in the lives of millions of Americans. I am in support of this bill because I believe in improving the quality of care, the accessibility of care, and the affordability of care [¦] In passing this legislation, we put an end to the days when 14,000 Americans lose their coverage every day. The time has come when we, in Congress, are faced with a decision to either change the course of this country, to shift its direction towards accessible and affordable healthcare, or continue down an unsustainable path, one wrought with uncertainty. With so many American families struggling to support themselves, I am proud to support this legislation." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Al Green. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Al Green voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Al Green voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Al Green voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Al Green voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Al Green voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • KOLO News: Rep. Barney Frank Marries Long-time Partner. 7 July 2012. "Rep. Al Green, (D) Texas, said 'I think it's a great day for this country to recognize the civil ceremony. It's a wedding ceremony and he and his partner have been together for some time. This is an opportunity for them to do what so many others have been free to do for years and years in this country.'" (www.kolotv.com)
  • Tim McLaughlin. Reuters: Congressman Barney Frank weds in same-sex marriage. 8 July 2012. "'Barney was beaming,' said Green, who attended the ceremony. He added that Frank, a champion of gay rights and the sweeping reform of Wall Street, shed a tear during the ceremony. After exchanging their vows, Frank and Ready embraced each other, Green said. 'It was no different than any other wedding I've attended when you have two people who are in love with each other.'" (www.reuters.com)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Al Green. Congressman Al Green Implores The Intelligence Community To Remain Vigilant In Fight Against Terrorism At Hearing On Homeland Security. 27 January 2010. "The failed bombing attempt on Christmas Day shows that we must remain vigilant in our fight against terrorism. In doing so, we must create a multi-layered security system that can detect and apprehend not only the Umar Farouk Abdulmutallabs of the world, but those who are not suspects but intend to do us harm as well." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Al Green supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Al Green signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "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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