Representative James 'Jim' P. McGovern's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (MA) - District 2, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 2
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Jim McGovern has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Jim McGovern 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.

Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Jim McGovern in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Jim McGovern voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Regarding "partial birth" abortion: I believe it should be prohibited except in cases where the mother's life or health are at risk."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "Please note that federal funds currently are prohibited from being used for abortion procedures."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "Please note that federal funds currently are prohibited from being used for abortion procedures."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Provide exemption for life and health of mother for late-term abortion prohibition."
  • Jim McGovern. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Jim McGovern voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Jim McGovern in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Jim McGovern voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 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 Jim McGovern a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jim McGovern voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jim McGovern voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Jim McGovern voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Jim McGovern voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Jim McGovern voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Jim McGovern voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Jim McGovern voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Jim McGovern voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Jim McGovern voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Jim McGovern voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Jim McGovern voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Jim McGovern voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: ""Pay-go" must be reinstated and tax policy readdressed so that congress does not spend more than it takes in. Reinstate estate tax on top 3% of decedents."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000" Family Income Other or expanded principles: "Greatly increase over $250,000"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "Spending on Iraq and Afghanistan wars must become part of regular spending - not through annual emergency supplementals."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. d) Over $150,000" Income Taxes - Family Income Other or expanded principles: "Over $250,000"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "In 1997, I voted to decrease capital gains and estate taxes; to increase the child tax credit, charitable deductions, EITC and medical expenses deductions, and to retain the mortgage deduction. Corporate taxes vary upon a variety of matters. Until we see how these changes affect the economy we should not make other major changes."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "In 1997, I voted to decrease capital gains and estate taxes; to increase the child tax credit, charitable deductions, EITC and medical expenses deductions, and to retain the mortgage deduction. Corporate taxes vary upon a variety of matters. Until we see how these changes affect the economy we should not make other major changes."
  • Jim McGovern. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Jim McGovern voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • James P. McGovern. SNAP letter to Biden and Deficit Task Force. 9 May 2011. "I also believe we must revisit the tax code in a more equitable way. Ending the Bush Tax cuts for millionaires is a start, and I encourage you to include an equitable, fair update to the current tax code for individuals, families and businesses." (www.google.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim McGovern. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Jim McGovern voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?" Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues Other or expanded principles: "Bush policies created an economic and federal budget crisis. We need to move as quickly as possible to bring the budget into balance, but it cannot be done immediately."
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Jim McGovern 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 Jim McGovern a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "The majority of federal K-12 education funds should support public schools, where over 90% of America�s children go to school."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "The majority of federal K-12 education funds should support public schools, where over 90% of America�s children go to school."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12). Other or expanded principles: "Increase funds for parental & family support, early childhood development & Head Start."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "Education is a federal, state and local responsibility - all levels must increase funding and other resources and improve the targeting of funds."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "I support national standards, but not national testing in those states that already provide testing equal or superior to the national standards."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "The majority of federal K-12 education funds should support public schools, where over 90% of America�s children go to school."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math." 1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "You don't need vouchers and savings accounts for public schools. More relevant than the above - I support school modernization and construction, reduced class size, and information technology in all classrooms and libraries."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Increase funding for programs to eliminate hunger in the USA and reduce hunger abroad; reduce US poverty"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "To eliminate hunger at home & abroad, reduce poverty."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "The majority of federal K-12 education funds should support public schools, where over 90% of America�s children go to school."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education" Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. Other or expanded principles: "Most of these challenges are too great for any one jurisdiction to handle alone - they can only be handled through federal-state-local collaboration and public and private partnerships."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Jim McGovern. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Jim McGovern voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "Vouchers not necessary for publicly-funded schools since no tuition/fees charged. Education is a local, state and federal responsibility--and all levels need to increase funding and targeting of funds."
  • James P. McGovern. Issue Position. Education. 1 January 2011. "Jim believes that in order to meet the promises made by the "No Child Left Behind" law, we must provide the necessary funding. It's not enough to demand accountability from our schools. We must also provide the resources. Reform without resources is a massive unfunded federal mandate and a crushing burden on our local schools and our children. Coupled with education cuts in the Massachusetts State Budget, our schools are facing some of their most difficult times financially at the very moment they are being required to achieve higher standards and accountability[...] Jim McGovern strongly supports increased funding to improve the quality of education in America's public schools, for increased access to technology, and for modern school facilities so that today's children may successfully lead America in the 21st Century." (votesmart.org)
  • James P. McGovern. Education. 16 October 2011. "Jim McGovern knows that a quality education is essential to preparing our students for the 21st Century economy [¦] He supports investments in early childhood development, providing funds for school construction and modernization, and is working to strengthen the school lunch program. The congressman has also fought to improve classrooms by adding high-speed internet access and other cutting-edge technology." (mcgovern.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Increase funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), including the state-side grants program."
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jim McGovern in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jim McGovern in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jim McGovern in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Jim McGovern voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jim McGovern in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jim McGovern voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Promote clean-up of brown fields, restoring state-side funding for the land and Water Conservation Fund, promote "green" technology and jobs through R&D funding and tax credits."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "We should focus on creating the �green jobs� of the future."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Increase funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), including the state-side grants program."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "States & local communities need flexibility to comply with environmental laws and standards; although they may not violate the law in the name of flexibility. Increase LWCF funding, including state-side."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Fully fund Land & Water Conservation Fund, including the state-side program."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Fully fund Land & Water Conservation Fund, including the state-side program."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "We should focus on creating the �green jobs� of the future."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Promote clean-up of brown fields, restoring state-side funding for the land and Water Conservation Fund, promote "green" technology and jobs through R&D funding and tax credits."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Fully fund Land & Water Conservation Fund, including the state-side program."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "States and communities need flexibility in order to comply with environmental laws and standards; they may not violate environmental law in the name of flexibility."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "States and communities need flexibility in order to comply with environmental laws and standards; they may not violate environmental law in the name of flexibility."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "States & local communities need flexibility to comply with environmental laws and standards; although they may not violate the law in the name of flexibility. Increase LWCF funding, including state-side."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "We should focus on creating the �green jobs� of the future."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "We should focus on creating the �green jobs� of the future."

Vote Smart's Research

  • James P. McGovern. Providing For Consideration of H.R. 6842, National Capital Security and Safety Act. 16 September 2008. "The Childers amendment, among other things, would allow stockpiling of military-style weapons with high capacity ammunition magazines. It would undermine Federal anti-gun trafficking laws. It would prohibit D.C. from enacting commonsense gun laws. It would repeal commonsense restrictions on gun possession by dangerous unqualified persons. It repeals all age limits for the possession and carrying of long guns, including assault rifles. It allows gun possession by many persons who have committed violent or drug-related misdemeanor crimes. It allows many persons who are dangerously mentally ill to obtain firearms. It repeals registration requirements for firearms. It repeals all safe storage laws. Mr. Speaker, it is my view that, if, in fact, we enacted the Childers amendment, that we would create a situation where we put more people in danger. This is not about security for the citizens of D.C. This, quite frankly, is about insecurity. What this amendment is is one big fat wet kiss to the National Rifle Association." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Reinstate and provide substantial funding for cops in schools and safe and drug free schools. Same for the COPS program overall."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Reinstate and provide substantial funding for cops in schools and safe and drug free schools. Same for the COPS program overall."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Reinstate and provide substantial funding for cops in schools and safe and drug free schools. Same for the COPS program overall."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Reinstate and provide substantial funding for cops in schools and safe and drug free schools. Same for the COPS program overall."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jim McGovern. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Jim McGovern 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 Jim McGovern in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Jim McGovern voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Jim McGovern voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Jim McGovern in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Jim McGovern a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Jim McGovern voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • James P. McGovern. Providing For Consideration of H.R. 3193, District of Columbia Personal Protection Act. " I rise in opposition to the so-called District of Columbia Personal Protection Act and to this closed rule [¦] Mr. Speaker, I am a little bit baffled by the previous speaker to imply that somehow the passage of this bill would make the residents of D.C. safer. If this bill is enacted, the following weapons would be lawful to possess: The AK-47, the Israeli Semiautomatic Uzi Carbine, the Bushmaster X-15, which was used by the D.C. area snipers to kill 10 people in 2002; the Barrett M82 A-1 50-caliber sniper weapon, which has the range of about 1 mile and is used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and worldwide to penetrate bunkers, to disable armored personnel carriers, and to take down enemy aircraft. This bill would allow fully-loaded assault weapons to be carried in public. This bill would allow armor-piercing ammunition, including cop-killing bullets. This bill would eliminate the District's registration program even for assault weapons. This bill would allow individuals to carry concealed hand guns in their places of business and property." (votesmart.org)
  • James P. McGovern. Providing for Consideration of S. 397, Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. 18 October 2005. "I oppose this closed rule and the underlying bill. This bill demonstrates how much of a stranglehold that the NRA and gun industry lobbyists have over the majority party. This bill is not being considered today because it is good policy; it is being considered because the majority leadership is bowing down to special interests [...] I have to believe that gun owners all across this country would not object to ensuring that gun manufacturers allow for more responsible practices in terms of protecting what they manufacture. This is not about taking people's guns away. This is about protecting people. Mr. Speaker, I would urge my colleagues to vote ``no'' on the rule and the underlying legislation." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jim McGovern. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jim McGovern voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "On �c�, it depends on who benefits from the expansion: yes for middle-class families; no for the wealthy, who don�t need additional tax shelters. On malpractice, I don�t support frivolous lawsuits or extortionate medical malpractice insurance rates, but I can�t see how to make a �one size fits all� law. Cases vary widely, as do damages."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care. Other or expanded principles: "I support stem cell research, including using both existing and new lines of stem cells, adult and embryonic stem cell lines."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues. Other or expanded principles: "Increase funding for home health care services."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "On �c�, it depends on who benefits from the expansion: yes for middle-class families; no for the wealthy, who don�t need additional tax shelters. On malpractice, I don�t support frivolous lawsuits or extortionate medical malpractice insurance rates, but I can�t see how to make a �one size fits all� law. Cases vary widely, as do damages."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • James P. McGovern. Facebook: Wall. 23 March 2010. "I had the honor today of watching the President sign health insurance reform into law at the White House. Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this happen. My only regret is that Ted Kennedy and Joe Moakley weren't here to witness it." (www.facebook.com)
  • James P. McGovern. Health Care. 16 October 2011. "Congressman McGovern has been a strong proponent of increasing access to affordable health care for our families and small businesses. Jim voted to prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions or raising their premiums when someone gets sick. He supported improving Medicare benefits by closing the "donut hole" in the prescription drug benefit; allowing young people to stay on their parents' insurance until the age of 26; and extending coverage to the uninsured. Congressman McGovern will continue to work hard to make health care more affordable for all by cutting costs for small businesses and investing in new technologies." (mcgovern.house.gov)
  • James P. McGovern. U.S. Rep. McGovern on Supreme Court's ACA Ruling. 29 June 2012. "I am pleased that the Supreme Court today upheld the will of the American people and of the elected branches of government. The Affordable Care Act is already beginning to work on behalf of the American people [¦] We must continue our efforts to ensure that the health care system works for all American families." (mcgovern.house.gov)

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  • Jim McGovern. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Jim McGovern voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "Illegal immigrants should be required to pay a fine, pay their taxes, learn English and only then go to the �back of the line� for citizenship."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "Illegal immigrants should be required to pay a fine, pay their taxes, learn English and only then go to the �back of the line� for citizenship."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "I support comprehensive immigration reform that strengthen border security, regularizes the status of illegal immigrants currently in the US through a system of fines, penalties & citizenship process, and adjust legal immigration."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Provide a process to regularize the status of illegal immigrants who have resided in USA for 10+ years, are employed, and have ties to community--leading to citizenship."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Jim McGovern. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Jim McGovern voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • James P. McGovern. Issue Position. Civil Rights. 1 January 2011. "Jim McGovern believes that the law should protect people from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and disability. He opposes the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. He believes in the separation of church and state. And he believes in strong enforcement of the nation's civil rights laws. " (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Jim McGovern voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Jim McGovern voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Jim McGovern voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • James P. McGovern. Marriage Protection Agreement. 18 July 2006. "Those who have continued to advocate a ban on same-sex marriage are on the wrong side of history. There are some here who claim that they are on some sort of moral crusade to protect the institution of marriage. To them I say worry about your own marriage. I do not need you to protect mine [¦] The fact that same-sex marriage is legal in my home State has had no impact on my marriage except that we were invited to more weddings. Same-sex marriage is a threat to no institution, to no individual." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?" Social Issues Other or expanded principles: "Massachusetts allows gay couples to legally marry, with all the rights and responsibilities that accompany such a legal contract."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"

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  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "We should trade with all countries, unless they are internationally sanctioned. FTAs need to include labor & environmental standards and stop being cookie-cutter copies. I support maintaining, not increasing, economic and development assistance to Afghanistan. We should aid countries that serve U.S. security interests, but not at the sacrifice or exclusion of other interests. Balance is required."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security. Other or expanded principles: "If we provide law enforcement & intelligence agencies with expanded authority for surveillance & information-sharing, then it must be accompanied by accountability measures in order to limit the potential for abuse of these new authorities."

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  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?" Business and Employment Issues Other or expanded principles: "We should not over-regulate or place onerous restrictions on the private sector. But lax regulation and oversight have, in the past, harmed America�s economy and average American consumers."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • James P. McGovern 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)
  • Jim McGovern. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Jim McGovern supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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Massachusetts Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-choiceCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

Please note that federal funds currently are prohibited from being used for abortion procedures.

1) Spending

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Maintain Status1) Intelligence operations
Slightly Increase2) Military hardware
Eliminate3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

2) Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
No4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles

Bush policies created an economic and federal budget crisis. We need to move as quickly as possible to bring the budget into balance, but it cannot be done immediately.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Nob) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

We should not over-regulate or place onerous restrictions on the private sector. But lax regulation and oversight have, in the past, harmed America�s economy and average American consumers.

Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Noe) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Nof) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Noe) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

�Non-violent offender� covers a great deal of criminal acts, such as theft, embezzlement, bank fraud, �white collar� crime, etc. All such convicted criminals should go to prison and serve sentences appropriate to the crime and the harm they caused.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles

The majority of federal K-12 education funds should support public schools, where over 90% of America�s children go to school.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesb) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Noe) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nog) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

We should focus on creating the �green jobs� of the future.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Noc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
c) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Nod) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

On �c�, it depends on who benefits from the expansion: yes for middle-class families; no for the wealthy, who don�t need additional tax shelters. On malpractice, I don�t support frivolous lawsuits or extortionate medical malpractice insurance rates, but I can�t see how to make a �one size fits all� law. Cases vary widely, as do damages.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Noc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Nod) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles

Illegal immigrants should be required to pay a fine, pay their taxes, learn English and only then go to the �back of the line� for citizenship.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Nob) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Noc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Noi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

We should trade with all countries, unless they are internationally sanctioned. FTAs need to include labor & environmental standards and stop being cookie-cutter copies. I support maintaining, not increasing, economic and development assistance to Afghanistan. We should aid countries that serve U.S. security interests, but not at the sacrifice or exclusion of other interests. Balance is required.

NoCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles

Massachusetts allows gay couples to legally marry, with all the rights and responsibilities that accompany such a legal contract.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

We must do everything we can to lower the unemployment rate and put people back to work. We should extend tax cuts for middle-class families, increase small businesses? ability to obtain capital, invest in medical research, medical technology, and the ?green jobs? of the future.
I also believe we need to bring our military involvement in Afghanistan to an end. Instead of nation-building in Afghanistan, we should be doing more nation-building here at home.
Finally, we must address our nation?s long-term budget crisis. Everything must be on the table ? domestic spending, military spending, tax policy, and entitlements.