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Henry Cuellar

Henry Cuellar's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Henry Cuellar
Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 28, Democratic
First Elected: 11/07/2006
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 28
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Imelda; 2 Children: Christy, Catie
Birth Date: 09/19/1955
Birth Place: Laredo, TX
Home City: Laredo, TX
Religion: 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 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henry Cuellar. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Henry Cuellar voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 43 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Henry Cuellar voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. The Department Of State, Foreigh Operations And Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2008. 21 June 2007. "I also would like to be clear that I support your decision to reta in the long-standing provisions in the bill to prohibit U.S. funds from being used to provide or advocate for abortions overseas and place reasonable restrictions on the use of family planning funds." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. FOX News "Your World With Neil Cavuto" 17 March 2010. "The bottom line is, I just want to make sure no federal funds are used to fund abortions." (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 Henry Cuellar a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of the Family Research Council 12 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henry Cuellar. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Henry Cuellar voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jessie Degollado. Ksat.com: Congressmen, voters react to Afghanistan dilemma, Republicans, Democrats weigh now or later withdrawal. 14 March 2012. "Cuellar, who was in Afghanistan in November, said he supports President Obama's timeline. 'For now, my position is, I will stand with our military and say, 'Let's finish to December of 2014,' Cuellar said. 'Or, if there's a way we can move that a little quicker, let's go ahead and do that.'" (www.ksat.com)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of the Peace Action 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henry Cuellar. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. House Passes Troop Funding Plus Jobs Package To Save And Create Jobs. 16 December 2009. "Our military men and women deserve every dime of this funding which ensures they have the equipment and resources they need. We're replenishing our military readiness and strengthening our military capabilities on the ground, in the sky and on the sea." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. Issue Position: Support Our Military. 1 October 2012. "Henry Cuellar supports a strong national defense. Cuellar will fight to ensure that our armed forces have the resources they need to do their job well. Military bases and installations in our area must be protected from cuts and closures." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. Your Valley Voice: Cuellar secures border security language in Defense Appropriations Bill. "In these times of budget cuts, it's even more important that we leverage our resources to their fullest extent"especially with regards to technology and equipment that taxpayers have already paid for. This common sense provision connects the dots between existing Department of Defense resources and present needs along the southwest border with the goal of ensuring we are not letting anything go to waste." (www.yourvalleyvoice.com)
  • Henry Cuellar. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Henry Cuellar voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Henry Cuellar voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • Henry Cuellar. Issue Position: Creating Jobs, Lowering Taxes. 11 November 2011. "Congressman Cuellar believes in lowering taxes for everyday hard-working American families and sparking economic growth to sustain and create new jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. CUELLAR STATEMENT ON TAX CUT EXTENSIONS. 10 December 2010. "Members of Congress across the political spectrum should agree to temporarily extend the tax cuts for every single American. Raising taxes would be an inappropriate burden for hardworking American families as we climb our way out of a deep recession, and would endanger our fragile economic growth." (cuellar.house.gov)
  • Henry Cuellar. Lower Taxes, Larger Refunds This Tax Day. 13 April 2010. "For the majority of Americans, tax refunds are up an average of ten percent thanks to the unprecedented action we've taken to lower taxes. This puts hard-earned money back into the pockets of everyday people." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. Middle Class Tax Cuts Made Permanent. 3 December 2010. "American families simply cannot bear the additional burden of higher taxes in these tough economic times [¦] A tax increase in a fragile economy would stunt the nation's incremental growth by discouraging business investment and job creation, reducing consumer confidence and increasing market uncertainty." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 14 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 15 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. Issue Position: Tax Relief. 11 November 2011. "I support tax cuts for America's working families -- especially when it leads to economic job growth. That's why I support extending the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts for the middle class." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henry Cuellar. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Henry Cuellar 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 Henry Cuellar a rating of 29 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henry Cuellar. Job Bill Passes, Delivers Tax Cuts To Small Businesses. 4 March 2010. "This package immediately helps businesses hire unemployed workers while providing tax cuts to keep small businesses alive. As a former small business owner, I understand how valuable these tax cuts are and how tax breaks can be a lifeline to small businesses in these tough economic times." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. Issue Position: Tax Relief. 1 October 2012. "I have always believed that tax cuts are one of the most important tools that we have for promoting economic growth. Every dollar that we can gain by reducing taxes is a dollar that businesses can use to innovate, expand, and create new jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. Issue Position: Jobs and Economy. 1 January 2012. "By giving tax credits and deductions to American businesses and small businesses, we help keep their doors open while putting Americans back to work. Tax cuts are vitally important to small businesses in hard economic times." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. Issue Position: Support Small Businesses. 1 October 2012. "Henry Cuellar supports small businesses-the backbone of the American economy. Small businesses create the majority of our jobs in our congressional district. Henry will fight to cut taxes and to get rid of duplicate, unnecessary and burdensome federal rules and regulations that stifle small businesses. In Austin, he authored and passed this type of legislation and he will do the same in Washington, D.C." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. Congressman Cuellar Backs Bipartisan Economic Stimulus Plan. 29 January 2008. "Small businesses are the driving force behind our economy. Our bipartisan bill gives these businesses incentive to expand their operations, hire new workers and help our economy get back on track." (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

  • Henry Cuellar. 2007 Budget - Educating the Public. 22 February 2006. "Last year, I co-sponsored legislation that would require the federal government to fully fund programs for low income schools. This year, the law will be $15.4 billion behind as its funding is one of the first to go this upcoming fiscal year." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. Issue Position: Education First. 9 August 2012. "After 14 years as a Texas State Representative and Texas Secretary of State, Henry Cuellar understands how important education is to children and adults throughout Texas. That's why in just the past year alone, he's worked hard to secure over $5 billion in federal funding for Texas public schools, teachers, public colleges and universities." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. Cuellar: Texas School Districts Can Apply for Race to the Top District Program Federal Funds. 22 May 2012. "Education is the great equalizer, so this is good news for Texas schools [¦] By expanding the Race to the Top program to allow school districts to apply, the Department of Education is offering South Texas schools their fair shot at a piece of the $400 million pie should they qualify and win. I am hopeful that eligible schools in our community will take advantage of this opportunity to improve classroom instruction to help close achievement gaps and meet all students' needs." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henry Cuellar. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Henry Cuellar voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Henry Cuellar 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

  • Henry Cuellar. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 70 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. A Climate of Change: Greening America and the Economy Together. 22 April 2008. "The legislation will increase vehicle fuel efficiency standards and help save American families $700 to $1,000 per year at the gas pump. New building, appliance and lighting efficiency standards included in the new law will save consumers $400 billion through 2030. Additionally, the new law will help save 5.3 billion metric tons in energy-related CO2 emissions from 2008-2030 and cut the growth in energy-related emissions of CO2 by 10 percent. The new energy law is a critical first step in reducing global warming." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henry Cuellar. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. Statement: Cuellar Supports Supreme Court Ruling on Second Amendment Rights. 28 June 2010. "I support the Supreme Court's ruling to preserve and apply the Second Amendment throughout this great nation as our Founding Fathers intended. This landmark decision upholds the constitutional rights of Americans and ensures citizens nationwide their individual freedom to keep and bear arms no matter where they live. This ensures state and local governments cannot infringe upon this individual freedom and extends across the country equal value of this law." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Henry Cuellar in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Henry Cuellar a grade of 55." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henry Cuellar. Texas Democratic Members Applaud Passage Of Health Care Reform. 21 March 2010. "As members of the Texas Democratic Congressional Delegation, we joined together today to support this landmark health care reform legislation to deliver coverage to the most uninsured state in the nation and our communities which lead the country in the number of uninsured." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. Facebook: Wall. 25 July 2012. "The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office issued an estimate yesterday that repealing healthcare reform would INCREASE the deficit by $109 billion over 10 years--more evidence that Americans benefit from the healthcare reform law." (www.facebook.com)
  • Henry Cuellar. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. "I think to come today and just say to repeal and not have a health plan in place is not a prudent plan to take. We have to see what works and what doesn't work, and I think that would be the prudent step to take today." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. Twitter: RepCuellar. 20 May 2011. "The Affordable Care Act improves, stabilizes and extends Medicare while the GOP plan destroys and eliminates it." (twitter.com)
  • Henry Cuellar. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Henry Cuellar voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (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

  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 57 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Henry Cuellar voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Henry Cuellar. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 57 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of the Family Research Council 71 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 48 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 60 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Henry Cuellar voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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. "Henry Cuellar supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. Cuellar Stands with Fellow Democrats to Oppose Administration's Proposal to Privatize Social Security. 1 March 2005. "In addition to these benefit cuts and risking our savings on the stock market, privatizing Social Security would bring the federal government even deeper into debt. Switching to a private account system requires borrowing more than $2 trillion from foreign countries and will increase our debt for the next 60 years." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. Issue Position: Protecting Senior Citizens. "Cuellar has pledged to protect Social Security and Medicare and opposed total privatization efforts that would take $1.5 trillion from Social Security to set up private accounts over the next ten years leaving a massive hole in Social Security funding." (votesmart.org)
  • Henry Cuellar. Issue Position: Social Security. "I oppose the creation of private retirement accounts, which I believe will drain money that is badly needed to help maintain the current system. Experts predict that the proposed private accounts would take nearly $5 trillion dollars from the Social Security trust fund, and would require massive new borrowing that would drive up the national debt." (votesmart.org)

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