Representative Richard 'Rick' Ray Larsen's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Richard 'Rick' Ray Larsen
Current Office: U.S. House - District 2, Democratic
First Elected: 11/07/2000
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 2
Primary Aug. 5, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Tiia; 2 Children: Robert, Per
Birth Date: 06/15/1965
Birth Place: Arlington, WA
Home City: Lake Stevens, WA
Religion: Methodist
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Rick Larsen. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Rick Larsen voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Rick Larsen voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (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 Rick Larsen a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. 2nd Congressional District: Koster, incumbent Larsen focus on economy — very differently. 3 July 2010. “Larsen has consistently supported abortion rights and backed the expansion of legal protections for same-sex couples that Ref. 71 sought to repeal.” (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Rick Larsen voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Rick Larsen voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Rick Larsen voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Rick Larsen in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Rick Larsen voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Rick Larsen voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Pushes For Long-Term Budget Solution. 7 April 2011. “U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) released the following statement after voting against a short-term budget bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. […] 'The majority's short-term budget bill also includes ideological policy requirements that have no place in this kind of legislation, including a prohibition of DC funds to cover abortion in the District of Columbia. Why is that in the budget? I don't know.'" (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Rick Larsen in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Statement on Incident in Afghanistan. 11 March 2012. "Reports of the jaw-dropping incident of a US soldier opening fire on Afghan families are shocking and incomprehensible. Nothing can justify these acts. Given recent problems in Afghanistan, this horrible act could result in circumstances spinning out of control in a country where we have seen order easily spin out of control […] However, I reiterate my call for an accelerated drawdown in Afghanistan. Our military efforts have largely driven al-Qaeda from that country. It is time for our troops to come home and our focus to turn to training Afghan troops and government to take over operations." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Statement On President Obama's Plan For Afghanistan And Pakistan. 27 March 2009. “President Obama's review makes it clear that success in Afghanistan will require a substantial and sustained commitment from the United States military, civilian agencies, and our allies around the world. Our immediate goal must be to deny safe havens to terrorists who would do us harm. In Afghanistan, the United States military must combine police training with anti-corruption and reconstruction efforts. The Afghan National Army (ANA) must increase in size and capability so the Afghan government can control its own security. Our commitment must be more than military and will require a surge of civilian experts in agriculture and education, engineering and law to help rebuild Afghanistan.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Statement on U.S. Transition Strategy in Afghanistan. 16 November 2010. "I am pleased that the U.S. and NATO are preparing to announce a strategy for transitioning areas of Afghanistan from NATO to Afghan leadership. This is an important step forward. The U.S. must also develop a bilateral strategic framework that addresses how we will help Afghanistan take the lead in security operations and economic development while demonstrating our ongoing commitment to provide the country with necessary aid. This framework should not be an open-ended commitment of troops and resources, but it should reassure the Afghan people that the U.S. is a strong and reliable partner. The U.S. strategy moving forward should continue to build on the progress we have made towards the shared goal of both Americans and Afghans: letting the Afghan people build their own country.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Issue Position: Military Affairs. 1 January 2011. “I believe a secure and stable Afghanistan is in the direct national security interests of the United States. We cannot allow Afghanistan to once again become a safe haven for terrorists to plan attacks against America and our allies. Our operations in Afghanistan must disrupt, dismantle, and destroy al-Qaida and other terrorist groups who threaten the U.S. Success in Afghanistan will require our military and civilian forces to work together to protect the population from attacks by the Taliban and other terrorists, reduce corruption in the government, and train Afghan security forces to provide security over the long-term.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Blog: Larsen: It is Time for a Change in Afghanistan. 21 June 2011. “It is time for us to move forward in our relationship with Afghanistan. It is time to start a responsible transition from troops to trade; in other words, the nature of the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan will remain strong, yet it should change. When President Obama addresses the nation tomorrow, I fully expect for him to announce how we will turn over control of key provinces and areas to Afghan forces and how we will strengthen and expand our partnership with the Afghan government and the Afghan people. I also expect him to lay out a plan for bringing our troops home, including a substantial reduction of forces by the end of this year. As I said previously, I believe we must start an accelerated transition of forces from Afghanistan. I support having at least the 33,000 surge troops redeployed from Afghanistan by the end of 2012. For that reason, last month I voted for the bipartisan McGovern-Jones Amendment to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment required a plan and timeframe for an accelerated transition of military operations to Afghan authorities as well as a plan and timeframe on negotiations leading to a political solution and reconciliation in Afghanistan. […] It is time to close the chapter on significant U.S. military presence and open the chapter on U.S. diplomacy and trade with our partner.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Rick Larsen voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Votes Against Defense Bill that Sets Irresponsible Defense Strategy. 18 May 2012. “"In perhaps the most amazing move, House Republicans refused to allow a vote on setting a timetable to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. Instead they pushed through a requirement that our troops stay in Afghanistan until 2016, a position our top military leaders do not even support" (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Statement On President Obama's Afghanistan Strategy. 1 December 2009. "Tonight, President Obama outlined a comprehensive strategy to stabilize Afghanistan and reduce security threats to America. […] The President also made it clear that stability in Afghanistan also depends on improvements in governance and economic opportunities for the Afghan people. This speech sends a clear message to President Karzai that he must undertake significant, credible reforms to reduce corruption and improve services. Afghan security forces must be prepared to sustain improvements in security and stability achieved by the United States and our allies. […] The President announced that the United States will deploy an additional 30,000 service members to help implement his strategy. Our NATO and non-NATO allies must recognize that Afghanistan-based terrorists present a global threat and increase their deployments to the country as well. I recognize that additional deployments of U.S. military and civilian personnel to Afghanistan will place strain on our service members and their families and increase our country's deficit. I will continue my work on the House Armed Services Committee and House Budget Committee to support military families and improve our fiscal health.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Votes To Eliminate Wasteful Spending, Save Taxpayer Dollars. 28 April 2010. “Today, U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted for the Implementing Management for Performance and Related Reforms to Obtain Value in Every (IMPROVE) Acquisition Act (H.R. 5013). 'Every dollar wasted in the defense acquisition system is a dollar that can not be used to support our service members and their families,' said Rep. Larsen. 'The IMPROVE Acquisition Act will reduce waste, fraud and abuse in our defense acquisition system to save valuable taxpayer dollars and get our men and women in uniform the equipment they need, when they need it. […] Last year, I joined with my colleagues to enact the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to address wasteful spending on weapons systems that were over-cost and behind schedule,' Larsen continued. 'The IMPROVE Acquisition Act will build on that work and require the Department of Defense to apply similar rigor when purchasing other equipment and services to support our men and women in uniform.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Votes Against Defense Bill that Sets Irresponsible Defense Strategy. 18 May 2012. “I have supported the National Defense Authorization Act for the past 11 years, because I know how important it is to make sure our troops receive the equipment and support they need. I wish I could continue that record now. But this bill makes the wrong choices. It expands the debt. It heightens the threat of nuclear escalation. And it tramples on our Constitutional civil liberties. House Republicans decided to disregard the bipartisan Budget Control Act and add $8 billion to defense spending over the cap. Rather than maintain our commitment to cutting the deficit, this bill balloons it […] I want to make sure our troops have the resources they need overseas and here at home. I am open to voting for the final version of the bill if we successfully improve it. But for now I must vote against it." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen: Issue Position: Deficits and Debt. 16 September 2011. “Deficits and debt matter. That is why I have voted to cut nearly $50 billion from the President's 2011 budget and I expect to have to make additional cuts. […] Congress also needs to change its spending ways. All new federal spending or tax cuts need to have a source of funding identified to pay for them. I back a three-year spending freeze on all general non-defense spending in the budget. Congress needs to restore fiscal responsibility and accountability to the defense procurement process.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. 18 May 2012. “I rise in opposition to the Duncan Amendment to prevent appropriations from being used to implement the Convention on the Law of the Sea. As Ranking Member of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee and as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I know the importance of this treaty for both the Coast Guard and the Navy. Signing the Convention would allow both military services to prevent potential conflicts at sea with other nations. It would also lock in critical navigational rights that will ensure the timeliness and operational readiness of the services.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Rep. Rick Larsen issues sharp critique of GOP spending strategy. 11 May 2012. “House Republicans could not be more clear about where they stand. They want to shelter the richest Americans and let out-of-control spending continue at the Pentagon, all while cutting vital services for seniors, students and middle class Americans […] The bill Republicans approved today would give the Defense Department a free pass while cutting Meals on Wheels for 1.7 million seniors, cancer screenings for hundreds of thousands of women, and reducing or eliminating food stamps for nearly 50 million of the most vulnerable Americans. The ideological and stubborn support for unfettered growth in defense spending is as irresponsible as it is unnecessary. The Government Accountability Office recently reported that major defense programs had more than $44 billion in cost overruns last year. The Republicans now want to throw $8 billion more on top of that. We need to reshape the force for 21st century challenges, not just keep throwing good money after bad.” (blogs.bellinghamherald.com)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Votes to Protect Food Aid, Care for Seniors in Budget Fight. 10 May 2012. “Larsen voted against a Republican bill that seeks to eliminate automatic cuts to defense spending and replace them with greater cuts to domestic spending […] 'Virtually every member of Congress I know agrees that we should replace automatic spending cuts with a structured deficit reduction package. I have long advocated for a bold and balanced approach to cutting the deficit. That will include a mix of spending cuts in defense and domestic spending as well as increasing revenue through fairer tax rates for the highest earners and elimination of tax subsidies to oil and gas companies and big agribusiness.'” (larsen.house.gov)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Rick Larsen voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Rick Larsen voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Rick Larsen voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Rick Larsen voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Rick Larsen voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Rick Larsen voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Rick Larsen voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rick Larsen voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Rick Larsen voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Rick Larsen voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Conference Report On S. 454, Weapon System Acquisition Reform Act Of 2009. 21 May 2009. “In recent years, the Defense Department's spending plans have been unrealistic and unsustainable. Much of the growth in our defense budget has been driven by weapons programs that cost too much and take too long to develop. According to a Government Accountability Office study released this year, cost overruns from ninety-six Department of Defense weapons programs have totaled $296 billion. These same programs were, on average, 21 months behind schedule. President Obama has said that procurement reform could save taxpayers as much as $40 billion each year. Our current approach asks, 'how much money can we get for the weapon?' But we ought to ask, 'how much weapon can we get for the money?' Every dollar that we spend on an over-budget weapons system is a dollar that cannot be used to support the urgent needs of our servicemembers and their families. Cost overruns alone would pay the salaries for our active-duty military and health care for them and their families for two and a half years. The WASTE TKO Act will address deep-seated and systemic problems in how we procure weapons. This bill will require the Department of Defense to provide more realistic estimates of how much weapons will cost and punish those programs which are failing to meet schedule and cost goals.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Votes for Defense Bill to Strengthen Readiness, Protect Our Troops, Raise Military Pay. 17 May 2007. “Rick Larsen (WA-02) applauded the passage of H.R. 1585, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. […] In total, it authorizes $503.8 billion in budget authority for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the national security programs of the Department of Energy (DoE), as well as $141.8 billion to support ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. […] 'I am working to meet the needs of the men and women in our military. This bill sends them a strong message of support by authorizing a 3.5 % across-the-board pay raise for U.S. military personnel. Unfortunately, the Bush Administration has sent a different message by calling our military pay raise 'unnecessary' and threatening a veto. […] This bill will strengthen our military readiness and our ability to fight terrorists around the world. Specifically, we provide $13.6 billion for the Army and $8.4 billion for the Marine Corps to address equipment reset requirements, $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment, and $250 million to address training shortfalls throughout the Armed Services.'” (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Larsen. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Rick Larsen voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry Cornfield. House Dems Extend Tax Cuts for Most, Not All. 3 December 2010. "Middle class families need this financial relief and will actually use the tax break to spend money and help fuel our local economy. "While I support an immediate tax cut for middle class families, I cannot support a proposal that will blow a $700 billion hole in the national debt just to cut taxes for people who make over $250,000.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen: Super Committee Failure a Disappointment; Will Continue to Seek Real Deficit Reduction. 21 November 2011. "At the end of the day, this committee failed because Republicans on the panel refused to consider a balanced approach to deficit reduction. Democrats were willing to put major spending programs on the table, but Republicans insisted on protecting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans while asking fixed-income seniors to sacrifice more through cuts to Social Security and Medicaid. That makes no sense at all.” (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 83 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry Cornfield. Everett Herald. House Dems Extend Tax Cuts for Most, Not All. 3 December 2010. Larsen said: "'Today, I supported immediately extending tax cuts for middle class families. Middle class families need this financial relief and will actually use the tax break to spend money and help fuel our local economy. While I support an immediate tax cut for middle class families, I cannot support a proposal that will blow a $700 billion hole in the national debt just to cut taxes for people who make over $250,000. I heard a loud and clear message from folks in Northwest Washington this fall: 'get control of the debt.' I am working to find the right balance between extending the tax cuts to the middle class and controlling the exploding federal debt and deficit.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Kyung M. Song. Seattle Times. Narrow win doesn't change Rep. Rick Larsen's view of tax cuts. 30 November 2010. “U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen narrowly avoided losing his seat this month to a tea-party challenger who railed against deficit spending and higher taxes. […] Back in Congress after his slimmest victory in six elections, Larsen defended his support for allowing tax rates on the wealthiest Americans to rise. He said the $700 billion in revenue that would bring in over the next decade should be used to pay down the deficit. The GOP opposes it. 'Earlier this year, every Republican was worshipping at the altar of lowering the deficit. But now they don't care,' Larsen said. Now 'the Republicans have made this about tax cuts and want to ignore fiscal responsibility.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Everett Herald – Separate debt ceiling vote from deficit reduction talks. 18 July 2011. “I believe we must take a balanced approach to balancing the budget. Spending cuts that include cutting agriculture subsidies and an accelerated drawdown from Afghanistan, combined with closing tax loopholes for oil and gas companies and returning to the tax rates on high end incomes that existed in the high-growth 1990s, is the beginning of a formula that will test each party's mettle and commitment to deficit reduction.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Supports Tax Relief for Middle Class Families. 9 November 2007. “The passage of a one-year AMT fix sends two important messages: Democrats continue to be the party of middle-class tax relief, and we continue to be the party of fiscal responsibility. The alternative minimum tax was originally intended to eliminate loopholes and make sure wealthy Americans paid their fair share of taxes. But because AMT legislation failed to take inflation into account, millions of middle-class families face a tax hike this year if Congress fails to act. This legislation will make a real difference for middle-class families. In 2005, 3,572 families in Northwest Washington paid the alternative minimum tax. But if Congress fails to take action this year, 46,067 middle-class families in Northwest Washington will be burdened by the alternative minimum tax.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Votes Against Reckless Tax Cuts. 10 May 2006. “Today U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted against the final version of the Tax Reconciliation Bill (H.R. 4297). 'I strongly support tax relief for the middle class. But this bill is fiscally reckless and shortchanges middle class taxpayers in favor of tax breaks for the wealthy. This legislation extends the capital gains and dividends tax breaks until 2010. A middle class family earning less than $50,000 will save an average of $10 per year from the extension of this tax benefit. In contrast, American families earning over $1 million will save an average of $41,400 a year. […] We were handed a bill that favors the wealthy and eliminates deductions that benefit the middle class.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Votes To Create Jobs And Help Americans Hit Hard By The Recession. 16 December 2009. “U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted today to pass […] the Jobs for Main Street Act (H.R. 2847). 'A year has passed since the economic crisis hit, but too many people are still out of work and struggling to make ends meet. And while the recovery package continues to help stem the tide of job loss, more needs to be done. […] This jobs package is about putting people back to work; helping small businesses gain access to credit; helping teachers, firefighters and local law enforcement to keep their jobs serving our communities; and building infrastructure that will help strengthen our future economic growth.' […] The jobs package passed by the House today includes $35.9 billion to invest in our nation's roads, bridges and transit, including nearly $500 million for Washington state; $23 billion for an Education Jobs Fund to create or retain an additional 250,000 education jobs, $1.18 billion to support an additional 5,500 law enforcement officers, and $500 million to retain, rehire and hire firefighters across the United States.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Issue Position: Deficit and Debt. 1 January 2011. “Deficits and debt matter. That is why I have voted to cut nearly $50 billion from the President's 2011 budget and I expect to have to make additional cuts. However, you cannot have credibility on cutting the deficit and controlling the debt unless the economy is growing. That is why I am working to implement a forward thinking plan that invests in our economic growth to create jobs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen: Issue Position: Deficits and Debt. 16 September 2011. “Deficits and debt matter. That is why I have voted to cut nearly $50 billion from the President's 2011 budget and I expect to have to make additional cuts. […] Congress also needs to change its spending ways. All new federal spending or tax cuts need to have a source of funding identified to pay for them. I back a three-year spending freeze on all general non-defense spending in the budget. Congress needs to restore fiscal responsibility and accountability to the defense procurement process.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Votes to Help Small Businesses Create Jobs. 17 June 2010. “Today, U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted to increase lending to small businesses so they can create jobs in Northwest Washington. [...] 'Small businesses are the number one source of new job growth in this country, but the credit crunch has prevented them from accessing the capital they need to grow and create jobs. [...]This bill will help community banks provide much-needed capital to local small businesses so they can access the tools and resources they need to grow and start hiring again.' This legislation establishes a $30 billion lending fund which uses performance-based incentives and safeguards to ensure that the funds go to American small businesses. The fund is full paid for and will save taxpayers $1 billion over the next ten year. The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act also offers tax incentives to spur investments in American small businesses. These reforms will lower the capital gains taxes on small business investments, and increase tax deductions to help entrepreneurs to recover more start-up expenses.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Statement on the State of the Union Address. 24 January 2012. “The President laid out a strong agenda to create jobs and strengthen America […] To create jobs in Northwest Washington, we need to invest in transportation, promote our exports, and strengthen our manufacturing workforce. These are the right steps to not only create jobs today, but to secure the future of our economic recovery and the United States' global leadership." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Schwartz. Skagit Valley Herald. Larsen: Plenty to do Before New Session Starts. 2 December 2010. “Deficit reduction and job creation must be on Congress' agenda if its members are to act on the message sent by voters last month, Larsen said. And deficit reduction is not about raising taxes or cutting spending, he said. 'Step 1 is to grow the economy,' he said. 'We need to focus on creating jobs in the Northwest, like landing the Air Force tanker (for Boeing).' To create jobs, Larsen will focus -- not in this session, but the next -- on reauthorizing a major transportation funding bill that was due for an update more than a year ago. The bill would provide money to state and local governments for road and bridge construction and repair, and for mass transit. […] 'Some people who are just engaging on this issue say it's just another stimulus bill. This has been the work of Congress for the last 50 years,' Larsen said. 'There are projects all over Skagit County that'll be good long term and great in the short term because private-sector construction companies will be doing the work.' Larsen remains a supporter of earmarks, even in the face of opposition from Republicans and some Democrats. Republicans in the Senate unsuccessfully tried to enact a ban on earmarks earlier this week.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Rick Larsen a rating of 11 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Rick Larsen voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Rick Larsen voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Announces $4.15 Million Grant for Skagit County Regional Airport Runway Modernization. 4 June 2012. “Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today announced a $4.15 million federal grant to modernize the Skagit County Regional Airport runway. The Federal Aviation Administration grant will be awarded to the Port of Skagit. 'This investment in the Skagit County Regional Airport will create jobs and help keep Skagit County moving,' Larsen said. 'Smart investments in our transportation infrastructure like this create jobs, improve safety, and provide the base for future economic growth. I am fighting for a robust transportation funding so we can continue investing in projects like this that create jobs and improve our community.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. It's About the Economy in Western Washington. 7 August 2004. “We need to renew our commitment to innovation by investing in science, engineering and math in order to promote the research that is the foundation of our economic growth. […] An investment in local transportation infrastructure is an investment in our local economy. I am working to ensure that there is adequate federal support for our local transportation needs. Every $1 billion in transportation investment creates 47,000 direct and indirect jobs. In addition, I am working to increase transportation alternatives to lessen congestion. Less congestion helps employers move the freight and goods they need and lets employees spend less time caught in traffic and more time at home.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Highlights Tax Cuts For Hardworking Families, Small Businesses. 15 April 2010. "Since April 15, 2009, I have fought to make key investments in our roads, bridges and highways that have put our friends and neighbors back to work, and to protect consumers from the worst abuses in the health care industry and to make college affordable for thousands of students. I have supported legislation that has provided over $200 billion in tax relief to working families and small businesses across America. These tax cuts have created jobs, enabled families to purchase their first home, and helped small businesses get the tools they need to grow and start hiring again. Tax breaks I supported have helped save or create as many as 1.4 million jobs across the nation, according to a report released this week by the Council of Economic Advisors.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Slams Budget Proposal For Jeopardizing Economic Growth. 5 April 2011. "We need a responsible budget that protects the economic progress we have made and lays a foundation for future economic growth. This year I have voted with Republicans and Democrats to cut nearly $50 billion from the President's 2011 budget and I will continue to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to identify further areas we can responsibly cut as we build our budget for 2012. It is critical that we protect the initiatives that help our long-term economic recovery: Pell Grants that help students afford college tuition and vital infrastructure projects that keep our economy moving and fuel private sector job growth. If we make many of the cuts proposed in this budget, we harm our ability to grow the economy and create private sector jobs and make it more difficult -- if not impossible -- to cut the debt and deficit.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Votes to Help Small Businesses Create Jobs. 17 June 2010. “Today, U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted to increase lending to small businesses so they can create jobs in Northwest Washington. [...] 'Small businesses are the number one source of new job growth in this country, but the credit crunch has prevented them from accessing the capital they need to grow and create jobs. [...]This bill will help community banks provide much-needed capital to local small businesses so they can access the tools and resources they need to grow and start hiring again.' This legislation establishes a $30 billion lending fund which uses performance-based incentives and safeguards to ensure that the funds go to American small businesses. The fund is full paid for and will save taxpayers $1 billion over the next ten year. The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act also offers tax incentives to spur investments in American small businesses. These reforms will lower the capital gains taxes on small business investments, and increase tax deductions to help entrepreneurs to recover more start-up expenses.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Rick Larsen voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Issue Position: Healthcare. 16 September 2011. “The high cost of health insurance is often the single most important problem for small businesses. […] My plan for small business health care includes group pooling arrangements and tax breaks while maintaining high-quality standards in coverage. In 2006, I cosponsored a bill that would expand coverage for small businesses by creating purchasing pools and a 50 percent tax credit to help small businesses of under 50 employees and the self employed with their health insurance costs. As a new member of the Small Business Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues to develop legislation that would expand coverage and drive down costs for small businesses.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. January 1 2011. “Small businesses are a critical part of our economic recovery. Small businesses are the number one source of new job growth in our nation and have created 65 percent of all new jobs in the last decade. I am working to extend and enhance programs to support small businesses and create jobs. I support tax breaks for small businesses and increasing tax deductions for start-up expenditures. For example, recently Congress allowed a 100 percent deduction in 2010 for capital investments and equipment purchases for small businesses. I also worked to extend certain Small Business Administration (SBA) lending programs like the 7(a) and 504 loans that help small businesses grow and create jobs. So far, during fiscal year 2010, there were 123 SBA 7(a) loans worth over $39 million and 26 504 loans worth over $13 million provided to small businesses in the 2nd district allowing them to expand and modernize -- 149 loans, $52 million total.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Votes for HIRE Act to Create Jobs. 4 March 2010. “U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted for the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act. […] 'My number one priority is getting Americans back to work,' said Rep. Larsen. 'This legislation will create and save hundreds of thousands of much-needed jobs for workers who were hurt most by this recession.' The HIRE Act will spur private sector hiring by providing a payroll tax holiday for businesses that hire unemployed workers and an income tax credit for businesses that retain these employees. The bill also provides tax cuts to small businesses that will allow them to expand and will make key investments in infrastructure by extending the Highway Trust Fund and increasing the bond subsidy for cash-strapped states. 'Far too many people remain out of work and struggling to make ends meet,' said Rep. Larsen. 'The HIRE Act will send people back to work and help build a foundation for long-term economic growth. […] I am pleased that the HIRE Act is fully paid for and will not add a dime to the deficit,' said Rep. Larsen.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Press Release. Larsen Applauds Passage of Small Business Tax Cuts. 16 February 2007. “U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted today in favor of the Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2007 (H.R. 976) which includes $1.3 billion in tax cuts to help small businesses grow and hire new workers. [...] 'Small businesses are the heart and soul of Northwest Washington's economy,' said Larsen. 'This legislation will provide welcome tax relief, help small businesses grow and create family wage jobs.' The Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2007 extends small business expensing under Section 179 for one year - increasing both the amount small businesses can deduct from their taxes (from $112,000 to $125,000) and the number of small businesses that can take these deductions (by increasing the income limits for businesses taking the deduction from $450,000 to $500,000). This legislation is fiscally responsible and fully paid for in accordance with the House's new pay-go rule.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Larsen. 57 Members of Congress Join Representative Watson in Opposing Administration's Weakening of Title IX Education Programs. 30 April 2004. “We are concerned that the Department has decided to tamper with civil rights law with no mandate to do so from Congress, parents, educators, or the public. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) already allows local education agencies to use innovative program funding 'to provide same-gender schools and classrooms (consistent with applicable law),' and directed the Department to issue guidelines on how schools could use such funding in a manner consistent with Title IX and the Constitution. The Act did not call for a reexamination and reformulation of Title IX regulations.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen: Impact Aid Funded at $45 Million for 2012. 20 December 2011. “The Impact Aid program to help fund school districts serving children living on military bases or Indian reservations will receive $45 million in 2012, Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, said today. The funding was included in H.R. 2005 which Congress passed with Larsen's support last week. The funding includes $5 million for schools serving children with severe disabilities. 'Impact Aid is vitally important for school districts in Oak Harbor, Ferndale and Marysville,' Larsen said. 'While I am pleased we were able to increase the funding from the original House bill, it still is not as much as I would have liked. I am also continuing to fight for legislation that would make sure school districts receive the funds they are due in a timely manner.' Larsen's bill, the Impact Aid Timely Repayment Act of 2011 (H.R. 2094) would require the Department of Education to pay school districts their Impact Aid funds in as little as two years instead of the five years currently required.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Hails Race to the Top Grant for Early Education Programs in Washington. 16 December 2011. “Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today hailed the up to $60 million federal grant that Washington state will receive to increase access to high-quality early education programs. Washington is one of nine states to be awarded the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. 'I know how important support for early childhood education is,' Larsen said. 'My wife worked for a local non-profit actively involved in early childhood development. She made sure I understood its importance. With this grant, Washington will not only serve its families, but will serve as a model for the nation as we improve early childhood education for all Americans.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Seeks Ways to Ensure Oil Spill Cleanup Trust Fund Can Handle Future Spills. 2 November 2011. “The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was a major human and environmental disaster of potentially unprecedented proportions. The message today is the same as it was when we heard from the National Commission on the BP Oil Spill eight months ago: undertaking deepwater drilling requires a fuller understanding of the risks that accompany the clear benefits of deepwater drilling. We need to provide federal agencies with adequate resources to minimize the odds of another such tragedy from happening again, and to respond efficiently and effectively should we have to. The public depends on federal agencies to ensure the safety of deepwater drilling and the safety of the men and women who work on those platforms." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Votes to Strengthen Oil Spill Pollution and Response Laws. 1 July 2010. "Today, I voted to strengthen our oil spill pollution and response laws so we can better respond to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and help prevent another tragedy like this from happening in the future. I am pleased the Oil Spill Accountability and Environmental Protection Act of 2010 includes several provisions that I called for, including measures that will ensure oil companies are fully responsible for any spills or leaks they cause. This bill will lift the liability caps in the Oil Pollution Act in order to match the potential magnitude of spills and leaks. We must hold the oil companies--not taxpayers- accountable for the costs of cleanup. Today's vote is an important step towards strengthening our nation's oil spill response and prevention laws. I am committed to continuing to investigate the impacts of this massive environmental disaster and examining the best ways to ensure any future offshore drilling will live up to oil companies' claims of safety and reliability.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Votes Against Legislation that Abandons Offshore Drilling Safety Precautions. 11 May 2011. “Today, U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) released the following statement after voting against two pieces of legislation that will expand offshore drilling in way that abandons environmental and safety precautions. 'While we should continue to allow offshore drilling in locations where it is already occurring, we need to ensure that we are strictly enforcing safety protocol and being mindful of the lessons we learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill last year. Both of the bills that I voted on today violated the basic premise that offshore drilling needs to be consistent with the increased safety and environmental requirements that were enacted to minimize the likelihood of another catastrophic oil spill.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Pushes Need to Protect Oil Spill Prevention and Response From Budget Cuts. 11 February 2011. “I welcome the opportunity to discuss the recommendations of the National Commission on the BP Oil Spill. […] Congress should act to ensure that our policies for offshore drilling are rigorous, safeguard workers, benefit the economy and protect the environment. Too many lives are at stake, and too many jobs are at risk, for the Congress to fail to act. If we cannot tap our offshore resources in a way that protects lives and the environment, there will be pressure to restrict the use of those resources. That would be devastating to the maritime industry, the jobs they support, and our economy as a whole. […] the Deepwater Horizon oil spill exposed the real risks and costs of energy production on the Outer Continental Shelf. We have before us the opportunity to make a necessary course correction in our production of offshore energy. I urge that we not let the current debate on the Federal budget or regulations deter us from making necessary investments to ensure that offshore drilling can be done safely, efficiently and with minimal harm to the environment.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Applauds House Passage of Comprehensive Energy Bill. 17 September 2008. “U.S. Representative Rick Larsen released the following statement today on The Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 6899) […]: 'From talking to constituents in my district, I know that working families aren't getting pinched at the pump, they are getting punched. For too long, our country has had an energy policy that doesn't put American consumers and taxpayers first. That needs to change. […] Last night, the House took the next step and passed a landmark energy bill to: -Lower gas prices for consumers; -Create good-paying American jobs; -Make a historic investment in renewable energy sources to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and increase our national security; -Ensure that taxpayers get their fair share of energy royalties; -expand domestic drilling, offshore and on land. This legislation is absolutely critical, and I urge the Senate to pass it and the President to sign it.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Issue Position: Energy & Gas Prices. 20 September 2011. “Right now, sixty-eight million acres of federal oil reserves that are available for drilling are not being used. And while the amount of land available for drilling has increased dramatically in the last decade, the cost of gas has tripled. I support legislation to require oil companies to 'use it or lost it' - start drilling on the land they have already leased or let someone else take over who will. Opening more land for drilling is not the answer, whether it's drilling off the Pacific Coast, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or in other pristine lands.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Rick Larsen voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Rick Larsen voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Rick Larsen voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Rick Larsen in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Rick Larsen in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Rick Larsen voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Rick Larsen in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Rick Larsen voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Rick Larsen in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Rick Larsen in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. House Passes Energy Bill, Historic Increase in Fuel Efficiency for Cars and Trucks. 6 November 2007. “'The Energy Independence and Security Act makes a landmark investment in energy independence and national security,' said Larsen. 'This legislation invests the energy of our country in the energy of the future. By increasing fuel efficiency standards for American cars and trucks and reducing U.S. dependence on foreign sources of oil, this bill will strengthen our national security and reduce greenhouse gases to fight global warming.' […] Key provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act: -Increases the efficiency of vehicles to 35 miles per gallon by 2020, the first congressional increase in 32 years; -Makes a historic commitment to American-grown biofuels, making agriculture part of the energy solution; -Requires for the first time that 15 percent of our electricity come from renewable sources; […] -Invests in clean renewable and alternative energy tax incentives to help reduce greenhouse gases and create jobs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Votes for First Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Increase in 32 Years, President Expected to Sign it. 18 December 2007. “U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted today with a majority of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass landmark energy legislation that will increase the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks for the first time in 32 years [...]. 'Instead of getting pinched at the pump, consumers today are getting punched at the pump,' said Larsen. 'High energy costs are a real burden on families trying to balance their checkbooks, especially during the holiday season. This historic energy bill will increase fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks so Northwest Washington families can spend less on gas and keep more money in their pockets,' Larsen concluded. The Energy Independence and Security Act will: -Increase the average fuel efficiency of vehicles to 35 miles per gallon by 2020, the first increase passed by Congress in 32 year.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen: Energy Bill Builds Clean Energy Economy, Creates Jobs In Northwest Washington. 26 June 2009. “Since Congress began crafting comprehensive energy reform, we have made great progress for the 2nd District, Washington state and the Pacific Northwest. […] Here are some of the local issues I have worked on in this bill. Most of them boil down to one word: jobs: […] I support a provision (the Inslee-Doyle provision) to help protect jobs at Alcoa's Ferndale smelter and other energy-industries from being shipped overseas by giving them the emissions allowances they need to continue doing business here in the Unites States. […] I have worked hard to ensure that my constituents' pocketbooks are protected in this legislation, and that Washington state is rewarded, not punished, for its long-standing use of zero-carbon electricity. I am pleased that some emissions allowances will be awarded to utilities based on how many households are served, a provision that is beneficial for our area.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Letter to Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. 16 June 2010. “We are writing to express our deep disappointment and concern over the EPA's decision in its final PSD Tailoring Rule to depart from the government's consistent past practice of excluding biomass combustion emissions in calculating GHG emissions. This decision contradicts federal precedent regarding the carbon neutrality of biomass combustion and will discourage the responsible development and utilization of renewable biomass that could and should play a more significant role in our nation's energy policy. […] The EPA Inventory states biomass combustion emissions are of 'biogenic origin' and are not currently included in national emissions totals. The Inventory explicitly excludes biogenic emissions because 'it is assumed that the carbon released during the consumption of biomass is recycled as U.S. forests and crops regenerate, causing no net addition to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.' The EPA's reversal of this established position by including biomass combustion emissions in the final PSD Tailoring Rule appears to directly contradict previous EPA policy.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 50 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Rick Larsen a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Rick Larsen voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Rick Larsen voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Rick Larsen voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen: District of Columbia Must Comply with Supreme Court Decision Overturning Handgun Ban. 17 September 2008. “I strongly support the 2nd Amendment and the right of law-abiding citizens to own and carry guns. I supported the National Capital Security and Safety Act as originally written. This legislation instructed the District of Columbia to bring local law in line with the Supreme Court's decision. The District of Columbia must comply with the Court's decision to overturn the handgun ban. However, I believe that the Childers amendment oversteps congressional authority in dictating local law. The District of Columbia has the right of self-government and the authority to write its own local laws, as do cities across the country. Congress must respect that authority. It is the responsibility of the local government - not Congress -- to pass legislation necessary to comply with the Supreme Court's decision. I will continue working to ensure that law-abiding citizens have the right to bear arms, a right guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution." (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Statement on Supreme Court's Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act. 28 June 2012. "With regards to health care, there's no going back to 2009 or 1789 […] Improvements to our health care are taking root right now, and that progress will continue for Northwest Washington and the rest of America. The Supreme Court's decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act is a welcome result for middle class families across Northwest Washington and will bolster the necessary changes taking place in health care." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Rick Larsen voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Statement On Introduction Of New House Health Care Reform Legislation. 29 October 2009. “After an initial review of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, I am pleased to see that many of the principles I support have been included in the bill. […] This bill includes language to fix the long-standing Medicare reimbursement problems that have hurt access to health care in Washington state. I am also pleased that this bill bans discrimination for pre-existing conditions, age and gender. It is just plain unacceptable to deny an individual coverage, or charge them through the roof, because of their age or gender, or because they have a pre-existing condition such as diabetes or cancer. The bill will protect people's choice of doctors and health plans, and will expand access to quality, affordable health insurance options. And the bill includes a public option that works for Washington state.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Supports Repealing Burdensome Reporting Requirements in Health Care Law to Help Small Businesses. 8 February 2011. “Today, U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) became a cosponsor of legislation that was introduced today to help small businesses by repealing new 1099 requirements established by the Affordable Care Act. […] 'The 1099 reporting requirement in the new health care law is a burdensome requirement that is forcing small business owners to do paperwork instead of providing affordable health care to their employees. I am working to repeal this requirement to cut red tape for small businesses so they can focus on growing and creating new jobs in the community.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Votes For Historic Health Care Reform Bill. 7 November 2009. “The Affordable Health Care for America Act will give hard working individuals and small businesses access to affordable health coverage, and give families and businesses some stability and security during these hard economic times. I support the Affordable Health Care for America Act because it is a good bill for Washington state, and a good bill for our small businesses, families and seniors.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen: Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2011. “On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed health care reform legislation into law. The new health care reform law will immediately start lowering the cost of health care to make coverage more affordable for families and ensure small businesses no longer have to choose between health care and hiring. […] The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirms that the law is fiscally responsible and will reduce the deficit by $138 billion in this decade and by $1.2 trillion in 20 years. This law helps us build a foundation for long-term growth by tackling the unsustainable cost of health care and providing much-needed financial relief for families and businesses. […] Another resource available to you is healthcare.gov. This first-of-its-kind website makes it easier to find health care coverage and clearly explains how the Affordable Care Act will benefit you, your family, or your business.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Larsen. Letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Homeland Security, and Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General. 27 September 2011. “We applaud the August 18, 2011 announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to close many low-priority immigration deportation proceedings. We especially commend DHS for stating that it will consider the family ties of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a factor in determining cases that merit relief from deportation, including for gay and lesbian foreign nationals who are the spouses and partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. We write to you today with two requests that will further the enforcement of this important mandate […] We ask that consideration of LGBT family ties be communicated in the guidance being prepared by the new DHS/DOJ working group […] Additionally, we ask that the working group include a member experienced in working with LGBT immigrants and their families to ensure that these factors are recognized and understood in the working group's case-by-case review of all individuals currently in removal proceedings as well as its review of new cases placed in removal proceedings. The vulnerability of LGBT immigrants -- the historical stigmatization of whom both within and outside the U.S. is well-documented -- makes knowledgeable review a necessity. The announcement on August 18 constitutes a major step forward in ensuring that immigration enforcement resources prioritize enhancing border security, national security, and public safety as well as in exercising discretion when warranted.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Rick Larsen voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Rick Larsen voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Issue Position: Border Security. 1 January 2011. “I do not support amnesty. We must enforce our laws against those who enter without permission. If someone is here illegally, they must go to the back of the line in order to become eligible to earn legal status. They must pay penalties and taxes, learn English, and admit responsibility for breaking the law. They must also pass criminal background checks, and if they are found to have a criminal record they should be deported.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Supports DREAM Act to Help Young People Serve our Country. 9 December 2010. "The DREAM Act is about allowing young people to serve our country. Folks who grew up in the United States should have the opportunity to contribute to our country through either military service or attaining a college education. […] At a time when we have troops on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq, we should not be turning away qualified individuals who want to serve our country. […] The DREAM Act will help increase our military recruitment and readiness." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Votes to Limit Illegal Immigration, Protect Borders. 16 December 2005. "The Border Protection, Antiterrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act takes us a step forward in addressing the illegal immigration problem in the U.S. It ends the ludicrous 'catch and release' process that allows arrested aliens to be released from detention and asked to appear before an immigration judge. An estimated 75 percent of these arrested and released immigrants fail to return for hearings, an obvious loophole in our enforcement system. […] I hope that as this bill moves forward, House and Senate leaders seriously consider the unsustainable implications on law enforcement, taxpayers, and our criminal justice system if this bill actually forces us to try, prosecute and imprison every illegal immigrant in this nation.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Larsen. Facebook: Wall. 13 February 2012. “Breaking News: Governor Gregoire has signed gay marriage into law. This is a historic day for Washington state. One that I am happy to see.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Rick Larsen. Facebook: Wall. 16 November 2011. “Please join me in supporting the Washington United for Marriage Coalition. It is time to support full marriage equality for all the citizens in Washington state.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Rick Larsen. Facebook: Wall. 23 February 2012. “A federal judge ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. I applaud that decision. I am a co-sponsor of Rep. Baldwin's Respect For Marriage Act.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Rick Larsen voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Rick Larsen voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 91 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Rick Larsen voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Facebook: Wall. 23 September 2011. “I am a co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act that repeals the Defense of Marriage Act. After righting the wrong of Don't Ask Don't Tell, it seems only right to work for equality in marriage.” https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=223738171016092&id=20809300888. (thomas.loc.gov)

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  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Calls for Partial Withdrawal from Iraq. 18 January 2007. “I have concluded that the United States has a choice: we can keep a lid on Iraq's civil war or we can devote enough time and attention to fighting terrorists wherever they are and save Afghanistan from slipping back to the bad days of Taliban rule. I choose the latter.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Blog: Larsen: It is Time for a Change in Afghanistan. 21 June 2011. “Last month I voted for the bipartisan McGovern-Jones Amendment to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. […] Importantly, the amendment did not prohibit the President from attacking Al Qaeda forces wherever they are located, from gathering, providing, or sharing intelligence with U.S. allies operating in Afghanistan or Pakistan, or from modifying US military operations during redeployment. Our goal still ought to be to deter, disrupt and defeat Al Qaeda.” (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Larsen Votes for Defense Bill to Raise Military Pay, Support Troops and Families, Strengthen National Security. 28 May 2010. “The National Defense Authorization Act creates a smart defense budget that focuses on the right priorities to protect America and support our troops. This bill provides the resources we need to defeat terrorists. This budget will help America fight terrorists by investing in Special Operations forces, supporting the use of Predator drones, and expanding our ability to assist foreign militaries build their own capacity to fight terrorists.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Rick Larsen. Facebook: Wall. 1 August 2011. “You asked that I protect Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps and othe programs that help the middle class, seniors and the needy. I am pleased to report that this package does protect them. You may be hearing reports that say otherwise. These reports are wrong. We were successful in protecting these key programs.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Rick Larsen supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 89 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Larsen. Rep. Larsen to Rally Against Privatizing Social Security. 26 April 2005. "'Today's rally gives me the opportunity to stand united with my colleagues in D.C. and my constituents in Washington state who are also rallying today to say 'No' to President Bush's plan to privatize Social Security. […] I will continue to do my part in Congress and at home to protect and strengthen Social Security for the future.' […] Before the rally, Larsen will sign a 'Declaration of Unity' with other Democrats that reads: 'Social Security guarantees Americans that if they work hard, contribute, and play by the rules, they have earned the right to retire in dignity, and their families will be protected in the event of disability or death. We are united in our commitment to strengthen Social Security, not privatize it. We will work to improve the retirement security of all Americans and will oppose any scheme for deep benefit cuts or massive debt to fund risky private accounts.'” (votesmart.org)

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