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Larry Kissell refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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

  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Issue Position: Less Government: Efficiency, Ethics and Personal Freedoms. 31 October 2011. "I am a pro-privacy candidate for Congress. The concept of "privacy" means that neither our government, nor any others, can make our most personal decisions for us. I therefore recognize all the prevailing laws of our land as derived from the Constitution, including the reproductive sovereignty of women, the right to bear arms and the fundamental right of religious freedom, including the traditional value of seperation of church and state. We must not legislate any ideology that intrudes on our individual freedoms as Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Larry Kissell voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Larry Kissell voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Larry Kissell voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Larry Kissell. The Courier-Tribune - Hayes, Kissell square off for U.S. House seat. 29 October 2008. "America's armed forces are without question the finest on Earth. We must now begin the process of redeploying from Iraq, require the Iraqis to govern and defend their own soil and freedom, and to begin to prepare our armed forces and our nation for the many other challenges that face us around the world, including the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Congressman Kissell Leads Congressional Delegation to Afghanistan. 7 June 2010. "As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, it is important for me to see first-hand the progress our forces continue to make. We must involve the Afghans in our decisions and ensure the Afghan leaders are truly leading. While in Kandahar City, I met with Coalition Force Trainers working hand-in-hand with the Afghan National Police. I remain realistically optimistic about Afghanistan. The incredible professionalism of our Forces and our Coalition partners from all ranks fuels my optimism." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Congressman Kissell Visits Troops in Afghanistan. 29 March 2011. "Through the leadership of our commanders and the hard work of our troops, we are continuing to see signs of progress in Afghanistan. Even since my last visit to the region, we're seeing more and more responsibility shifting to the Afghan people as the transition of responsibility continues. Our troops are working closely with the Afghan Army and police to provide order throughout all levels of society, maintaining the safety and security of the nation, and helping to make the necessary steps to ensure long term stability as we withdraw our troops." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Stanly News And Press: Congressman Kissell Visits Afghanistan, Meets With Troops. 4 November 2009. "Our military leaders have told me they need more troops to be successful in their mission. They believe that we have a limited window of opportunity. I agree we should give them the troops needed to finish this mission and protect U.S. interests. At the same time, we must be firm that this must be done with the goal of bringing this war to an end sooner, not later. We cannot lose sight of the many priorities at home that we need to focus our resources on." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Larry Kissell voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 19 January 2010. "Our nation is facing serious challenges as we struggle to right the economic crisis and finish the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More and more people are becoming involved in their government and paying attention to the legislative process. As a former civics teacher, it is wonderful to see." (votesmart.org)

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  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 13 January 2012. "As we work to rein in spending and get our nation's debt and deficits under control, I've heard from many of you who are concerned about proposed cuts affecting our active duty military and veterans. Across-the-board cuts often have the unintended consequence of hurting programs and agencies that are effective, while not doing enough to eliminate some of the flawed and inefficient aspects of government that we can surely do with less of, or do without altogether. I'm an advocate for smaller government, and I believe we can shrink government and cut spending without sacrificing the safety or readiness of our troops. I have long advocated for smart cuts to programs we know do not work. But cuts which endanger the men and women who defend our nation and our freedom are unacceptable. Just as we fight to keep the promises we've made to seniors through Social Security and Medicare, we must also vow to honor the sacrifices and service of our military and to never leave those who serve wanting for adequate pay, benefits, training and equipment. As part of my work on the House Armed Services Committee, I am proud to serve on the Readiness subcommittee"responsible for the single largest account within the Department of Defense's budget: our nation's ability to protect itself. Whether overseeing military training and logistics or making the right decisions on military construction, this subcommittee has taken a bipartisan approach to making sure that our troops are properly trained and their equipment is properly maintained"measures to ensure they're successful in their mission. I never again want to hear the stories of soldiers having to buy and install their own armor to vehicles while deployed"that simply cannot stand. We can continue to promote peace through strength, but we must always equip and protect those who serve... I've heard from many folks who are concerned about these across-the-board cuts, with a considerable amount of attention paid to the effects on our military forces and our nation's standing in the world. Please know I realize we must work to shrink our national deficit and growing debt, and we have plenty of room to cut from the waste, fraud and abuse of so many government agencies. I'll continue to work to make sure we are fiscally responsible as we protect our troops and our nation." (kissell.house.gov)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 8 June 2012. "Just as our military uses precise targeted actions to eliminate threats and keep us safe, our government must use the same precision and planning in all dealings with our defense budget. The men and women of our military do not ask us for nearly so much as we ask from them, and our budget should reflect a respect and appreciation for that selfless service. It is the least we can do to honor the memory of those who have fallen and the lives of those we are so lucky to still have with us." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Larry Kissell voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Larry Kissell voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week In Washington. 17 August 2009. "Earlier this year, Gov. Perdue's office and the N.C. Military Business Center announced that U.S. Department of Defense spending in North Carolina had increased 22 percent in 2008. More than $3.6 billion in defense-related spending took place in 2008, a $657 million increase from 2007. The total economic impact is said to be near $23.4 billion statewide. It has become even more important to focus on expanding our defense industry. Fort Bragg continues to grow. The 2005 Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) is relocating Force Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command headquarters to the base by 2011. BRAC will bring thousands of new families to our district." (votesmart.org)

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  • Larry Kissell. Kissell Votes to Extend Middle Class Tax Cuts. 2 December 2010. "While I am happy we were able to permanently extend the middle-class tax cuts, during these economic times we must extend tax relief for all Americans. Passing a two year extension for households that earn over $250,000 will help give our small businesses the opportunity to help hit our economy with all that we've got to get things back on track. My main focus has been, and will continue to be job creation, and to not temporarily extend this relief to all income levels does a great disservice to that commitment. Now is not the time to raise taxes on any American." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 26 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 10 December 2010. "This week, the debate continued on the extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, commonly referred to as the "Bush Tax Cuts." Now more than ever, we need to do all we can to keep our economy on the path to recovery. As our economy continues to take steps towards that recovery, one thing remains clear to me -- now is not the time to raise taxes on anyone. I have voiced my strong support of extension of these cuts, and I was glad to see that a framework was reached to not only extend the cuts, but also to help extend unemployment benefits to help Americans stay afloat as they look for work, which we must do." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 3 December 2010. "As I'm sure you may have heard, Congress is back in what they call a "Lame Duck" session. This week, the topic of taxes has dominated most discussions, with debate of extension of the often mentioned "Bush Tax Cuts." I wanted to let you know of what we've been able to accomplish, but also the important work still left to be done. This week marked passage of the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010, a bill providing a permanent extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax rates for households earning less than $250,000 a year. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, our work is not done. I've called on the Senate to work to include language to also bring a temporary two-year tax cut extension for all income levels, in a committed effort to do all we can to help jump start our economy. While we continue to see some signs of progress in the form of employment gains and business expansion announcements, we must do all we can to leave all hard earned money out of the hands of the Federal government, and in the hands of the people creating jobs. Small business is the engine of our prosperity, and making sure they can keep their earned income and spend it on hiring new workers, purchasing equipment, and expanding their businesses potential, is money well spent. It is my firm belief that right now, while our economy continues along on its recovery, is not the time to raise taxes on any American." (votesmart.org)

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  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 22 June 2012. "We can cut costs by shifting tax payer dollars into programs that help us right here in our communities, putting people to work and protecting the industries we rely on, and end the wasteful spending that does nothing to provide or guarantee a safe food supply for our nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 23 March 2012. "It is crucial that our tax dollars come back home and be put to work here in the 8th District. That's why I've worked to help secure millions of dollars in grants for projects to improve our infrastructure to attract businesses here. Government should spend less and spend wisely, but when funds are available I want to bring them home to bolster our economic prospects." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 28 January 2011. "Now more than ever, our government must come together to invest our capital wisely, in real infrastructure projects that will not only rebuild our nation but also take steps to rebuild our economy. We can set an environment that allows for the creation of the real and long-term jobs that we so desperately need. Our government must set only the guidelines that allow our small businesses to do the one thing they know how to do best--create jobs and prosper--and then it must get out of the way. I will continue to work to make sure that every opportunity exists for the small businesses of our nation to grow and be successful." (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 Larry Kissell a rating of 24 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Larry Kissell voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week In Washington- May 11, 2009. 11 May 2009. "The American Reinvestment and Recover Act provided millions in Title 1 and IDEA funds for our district, but it is not nearly enough. The Stimulus package was a good start. It helped bring funds home to the district, and that is a major reason why I voted for it, but it cannot stop there." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Letter to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. 13 January 2009. "The infrastructure of rural economies is in crisis. The economic recovery and reinvestment plan must invest significantly in maintaining and upgrading infrastructure in rural and other distressed communities, which will create local jobs. Among other viable options, the quality of life in rural America can be improved by expanding broadband technology, public transportation, and water and sewage systems." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 16 June 2010. "The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loophole Act of 2010 will help create or save more than one million American jobs. It restores credit to small businesses, extends tax incentives for American research and development, rebuilds failing American infrastructure, expands summer job programs for young people and provides tax relief for middle class families. It also extends unemployment insurance benefits to millions of Americans who are still desperately trying to support their families as they look for jobs in an economy that has just recently begun to show signs of improvement. This bill will also prevent corporations from shipping jobs overseas and sticking taxpayers with the bill. It closes a tax loophole for investment fund billionaires on Wall Street, and makes the oil industry pay to ensure sufficient funds to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week In Washington. 17 June 2011. "Americans are hurting. The sacrifice is falling almost entirely on our working families. Instead of coming together and creating a national manufacturing strategy or promoting tax incentives for companies to keep and create jobs here in the United States, folks in Washington are reverting to failed cookie cutter NAFTA free trade deals and devoting a mid-summer marathon session to hastily rush them all through." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Letter to the Honorable Sander Levin, Chairman Committee on Ways and Means. 25 May 2010. "As you continue to draft renewable energy tax legislation, we urge you to take all efforts to ensure that the tax credits create American jobs and put American manufacturing back to work." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Larry Kissell. The Post - Kissell Wants to Keep the American Dream Alive. 23 September 2008. "I am a great supporter of the educational system. We have to take care of our kids and their health care. We have got to strengthen the educational system. One of the greatest Federal takeovers ever was the takeover of the educational system with the initiation of the "No Child Left Behind" Program. It was a great name but a terrible system." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Kissell Earns Key Endorsements. 27 March 2006. "As a high school teacher, I know the struggles public schools are facing today. Republicans like Robin Hayes are out of touch. Their 'No Child Left Behind Act' is so bad that they cut funding to it. When I'm elected I will vote to fix 'No Child Left Behind' and get back to common-sense public education. Smaller classes, more technology in the classroom and reasonable funding is what our children need in order to be prepared for the jobs of the 21 st century." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Montgomery Herald - Kissell Goes Door to Door in Troy. 23 September 2008. "No Child Left Behind is not the answer; we need to listen to and respond to teachers and put the emphasis on real education, creative thinking and working in groups, not high stakes testing." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Kissell Lesson Plan. 24 August 2006. "We need a Congressman who realizes that it is our children's needs that are important. Give our schools the funding and the flexibility to adapt for whatever challenges may arise and our schools will begin to truly leave no child behind." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Chairman John Boehner (OH) Joins Rep. Robin Hayes for "No Child Left Behind" Damage Control Series in District 8. 30 November 2005. "Apparently some of the dissatisfaction that has appeared relating to the severe strain that No Child Left Behind legislation has created in our school system is finally getting some attention from those in Congress who have been blindly praising this massive, under-funded federal intrusion into public education. Education had clearly been in the past a "reserved area" of state regulation and administration, but, in fact, it has become another contradiction of an administration that touts less federal government intrusion and regulation. While educators have no argument with the concept of no child left behind, the legislation itself has proven to be confusing and awkward in its implementation." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Issue Position: Less Government: Efficiency, Ethics and Personal Freedoms. 1 November 2011. "Massive new programs, even if well meaning, such as federal intrusion into the traditional area of state interest with No Child Left Behind, the creation of the enormous and lumbering Homeland Security Department and the confusing boondoggle of the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan all demonstrate the contradiction of what was promised versus delivered." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Why Congress? 1 November 2011. "Education - There has not been any federal intervention like No Child Left Behind since 'Brown v. Board of Education,' which was unquestionably needed, but is this level of complication really helping or hindering? As an educator, it's difficult to argue with the concept of NCLB, as you want every child to succeed, but the devil is in the 'under funded' details." (votesmart.org)

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  • Larry Kissell. The News-Journal - Congress Candidate Kissell Stumps Here. 3 September 2008. "I'm for drilling. We have got 68 million acres of leased land and 33 million leased is offshore. Drill here drill now… keep the product in the United States. We are Americans, we solve our problems, we don't pass them on to the next generation," he said. "We have got to create competition." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 16 June 2010. "I have long opposed the opening of new offshore drilling sites, knowing the technology to clean up a spill was nowhere as advanced as the technology to drill for oil. The spill in the Gulf has proven this to be true. Since oil companies are allowed to extract our natural resources and take unlimited profits in the process, we must make those companies more accountable for these types of catastrophic failures, and ensure that the American people are not left holding the bag, and paying the bill, for these companies' reckless practices." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Montgomery Herald - Kissell Goes Door to Door in Troy. 23 September 2008 "'The answer to energy is competition and pursuing alternative energy,' he said. He's not opposed to offshore drilling, noting that there are 68 million acres of public land already leased to oil companies for drilling, 33 million of which is off shore. 'Drill that now,' he says, adding that the oil companies capped 'tens of thousands of wells' when the price was low, which could be now used profitably at the higher prices." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Independent Tribune - Put American Know-How to Work to Meet our Needs. 28 September 2008. "America must begin aggressively and immediately drilling for oil on the 68 million acres, 33 million of which are offshore, where oil companies hold leases. We must stand up to the energy companies and not only demand they start drilling, but that they make American oil available to Americans first." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Larry Kissell voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Larry Kissell voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported the interests of Environment America 83 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 60 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Larry Kissell voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Robin Hayes Doesn't Think Jobs and Economy Are Top Issues In the Eight District. 28 July 2008. "For Mr. Hayes to imply that allowing oil companies to drill wherever they want to is his top priority is an insult to the 50,000 people currently drawing unemployment in our district. That Mr. Hayes thinks allowing oil companies to continue to expand their wealth and influence is his top priority shows just how out of touch he is with the suffering of the tens of thousands of unemployed and underemployed people who live in the 8th District. It is not the oil companies who need Mr. Hayes' concern for their interests, it is the people of the 8th District. And he has failed them." (votesmart.org)

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  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 14 May 2010. "We have to get serious about making investments in the technology of the future and reducing not only our greenhouse gas emissions, but also ending our dependence on foreign oil. Not only will it help put our nation on a course to getting our folks back work, it is vital to our national security." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 60 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsed Larry Kissell in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported the interests of Environment America 83 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Larry Kissell voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Larry Kissell voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Op-Ed: This Week In Washington. 6 July 2009. "Last week, I voted against the Cap and Trade legislation. The Cap and Trade legislation put American jobs at risk and could lead to increased energy costs. I could not vote for a bill which may cost hard-working folks in the Eighth District jobs and increase energy costs for our families. Here at home in the Eighth District, we face staggering unemployment numbers. Most counties are in double-digits with some edging ever closer to 20 percent unemployment. That is unacceptable. We must do everything we can to reserve this troubled economy. Some said that the energy bill might have created new jobs in green technology, but I could not support that without protections against employers in our district taking jobs overseas. It is my responsibility to protect our district and this bill could cost more jobs... Many of you reached out to my offices to express your interest in this vote, and your voices were heard. I voted no to cap and trade because I believe it was not right for our district." (votesmart.org)

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  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Larry Kissell a grade of 64." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Larry Kissell in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Issue Position: Less Government: Efficiency, Ethics and Personal Freedoms. 31 October 2011. "I am a pro-privacy candidate for Congress. The concept of "privacy" means that neither our government, nor any others, can make our most personal decisions for us. I therefore recognize all the prevailing laws of our land as derived from the Constitution, including the reproductive sovereignty of women, the right to bear arms and the fundamental right of religious freedom, including the traditional value of seperation of church and state. We must not legislate any ideology that intrudes on our individual freedoms as Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. The Post - Kissell Wants to Keep the American Dream Alive. 23 September 2008. "I am a member of the NRA. I support the Second Amendment. This is a right of all law-abiding citizens." (votesmart.org)

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  • Larry Kissell. Kissell Opposes Full Repeal, Supports Fixing Health Care Law. 19 January 2011. "It is quite clear that the Senate will not act on any repeal measure, nor will the President sign such a bill. This law is not perfect. There are elements within it that are beneficial as well as elements that still seriously concern me. We have a choice: we can look backward and have the same fight all over again, or we can move forward determined to make things better and focus on our economy. I choose to look forward and work to make things better. I voted against the health care bill last year due to my concerns of cuts to Medicare. It is my job to make sure that those concerns, as well as other concerns, including the unfair 1099 tax filing requirements on small businesses, are addressed. Everyone agrees that we cannot return to the same broken system. We need to get this settled and return our focus to creating jobs and bolstering our economy. I will continue to remain focused on doing just that." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 60 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Larry Kissell voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Letter to The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, United States House of Representatives: Congressman Kissell's Letter To Speaker Pelosi On The Health Care Reform Plan. 24 July 2009. "I am gravely concerned about the proposed cuts in home health care reimbursements in the current House health care reform plan. I am worried that the impact of these cuts will deny life saving care to seniors and will also devastate home health care and hospice programs, especially in rural communities, where they are a vital part of the business and social fabric." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 18 March 2011. "I have also cosponsored bipartisan legislation to block the creation of a proposed Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a provision in the health care bill that would grant an unelected 15-member board the authority to allow or deny funding to Medicare without the consent of Congress, a drastic change from the current Payment Advisory Board that makes thorough recommendations to Congress. We must take steps to ensure that Medicare will provide high-quality low-cost care to our seniors. We must leave as much of the decision making surrounding healthcare where it belongs -- between patients and their doctors." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 29 July 2011. "From working to block the automatic pay raise for members of Congress, to ending the unfair 1099 tax filing requirements for small businesses buried deep within the health care bill, I'm proud to have worked with folks on both sides of the aisle to accomplish real things to get our country back on track--and I know we can do more. Recognizing what is right, finding common ground and doing what the American people want is not a partisan issue." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 7 January 2011. "Much of the talk in Congress this week has centered on repealing the health care bill. This bill has been a polarizing and divisive issue over much of the past year and a half in our country. When it comes to talk of reversing the new law, simply put: we must live in a reality-based world. It has become quite clear that the Senate will not act on any repeal measure, nor will the President sign such a bill. Those who are saying they are able to repeal the law are ultimately misleading the people." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Morrill and Franco Ordoñez. Charlotte Observer: Democrat Kissell bucks party on votes, won't back Obama. 2 July 2012. "Last week, Kissell was one of 17 Democrats who voted with Republicans to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress. And next week, he plans to vote with them again to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. 'I've heard from hundreds and hundreds of people from my district about their opposition to the health care law,' Kissell told the Observer Monday. 'I voted against it originally and I will vote to repeal it.'" (www.charlotteobserver.com)

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  • Larry Kissell. Kissell Backs Representative Shuler's SAVE Act. 6 November 2007 "Congressman Shuler's bill takes the right steps to help stop illegal immigration by securing our borders and enforcing our nation's laws. I have always said that the solutions to our country's immigration crisis have to be grounded in sound public policy, not hate. Heath's plan is fair, and will allow legal immigration to continue while protecting our borders from those who do not follow the law. His plan is pure and simple common sense." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Larry Kissell voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 67 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 14 January 2011. "Representing a district that lies along our southern border with Mexico, Gabby understands the importance of securing our borders and protecting our nation. I was proud to join her in the fight to bring additional funding to the U.S.-Mexico border and those that protect it. It's important that as we work to better enforce our immigration laws, we fund the fight accordingly. Additional resources to hire more Border Patrol agents, crack down on illegal goods and drugs entering our country and help local law enforcement agencies work best in conjunction with our efforts is vital to protecting the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 27 May 2011. "This week, I was proud to join my colleague from North Carolina, Congressman Heath Shuler, in introducing H.R. 2000, the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement Act of 2011, or SAVE Act. I was proud to support this important legislation last Congress, and will do all I can to see that it comes to the House floor for a vote. This bill would establish a three point plan to combat illegal immigration by securing our border, ending unlawful employment, and supporting and enhancing the enforcement of our current anti-immigration laws." (votesmart.org)

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  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Larry Kissell supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Larry Kissell voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • Larry Kissell. Congressman Kissell Visits Troops in Afghanistan. 29 March 2011. "The security and stability of Pakistan is critical for our own national security here at home. We must ensure that Pakistan does not become a haven for Al-Qaeda or any other terrorist group whose intent is to harm America. The men and women of our military understand the importance of this mission, and they are doing everything in their ability to establish and secure stability in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington “ 5/6/11. 6 May 2011. "The terrorist threats to Israel are no different than those posed to us here at home. While we have finally brought an end to Osama bin Laden's reign as figurehead and leader of al-Qaeda, we must remain aggressive in our defense. Our nation has been tested, and our resolve is strong. We will bring those who harm us to justice, and fight to forever continue the way of life our nation was founded on. God bless America." (votesmart.org)

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  • Larry Kissell 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)
  • Larry Kissell. Congressman Kissell Rejects Plans For Privatizing Social Security And Dismantling Medicare. 6 February 2010. "Congressman Larry Kissell (NC-08) adamantly rejected today any plans that would privatize Social Security and dismantle Medicare. "It is unacceptable that these proposals would even be considered, especially during these tough economic times. The plans being proposed by some of my Republican colleagues would endanger our seniors and take away the stability and security as well as the peace of mind that Social Security and Medicare have provided to generations of folks who have worked hard and paid into the system," Kissell said. "This is the time both parties should be working together to protect Social Security and Medicare. I made a commitment to protect our seniors, and I will not waiver in that conviction. I will not stand by and let anyone put our seniors at risk."" (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. Richmond County Daily Journal - Hunt: Election is Critical. 24 September 2008. "Kissell said that privatizing Social Security is not an option and that Congress needs to get control of its spending before Social Security is gone. "We need to tell Congress to keep its hands off of it," Kissell said." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 28 January 2011. "As we work to trim the fat out of our budget, we must also make sure that we maintain our commitment to the very people who made our nation what it is today: our seniors. I will continue to fight to preserve Social Security and Medicare and ensure that our seniors are taken care of. I believe that a promise made should be a promise kept, and my commitment to that very trust is firm." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Kissell. This Week in Washington. 31 December 2010. "When it comes to important promises our nation must keep, the promise of Social Security must be forever upheld. Those before us have contributed into this system under the pact that their hard earned money would be safely returned to them when they needed it. I will continue to fight any plan to privatize Social Security, or any risky plan to leave the wellbeing of our seniors up to the whims of Wall Street. We must make sure that our promises made are promises kept, and that we give those who gave so much to us all that they deserve and are owed. In light of the recent announcements of a lack of Cost-Of-Living-Adjustment for Social Security recipients in 2010 and 2011, I will continue to fight to make sure this harsh burden is not placed on the backs of our seniors." (votesmart.org)

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