Representative Alan Grayson's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 9, Democratic
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Alan Grayson has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Alan Grayson is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Alan Grayson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops: 2012 Candidate Questionnaire Project. Responded "OPPOSE" to the question: "Prohibiting the use of federal funds to pay for or provide insurance coverage for elective abortions?" (www.flaccb.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Alan Grayson voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Alan Grayson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops: 2012 Candidate Questionnaire Project. Responded "OPPOSE" to the question: "Prohibiting the use of federal funds to pay for or provide insurance coverage for elective abortions?" (www.flaccb.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Alan Grayson voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alan Grayson. Video: Grayson on the Economy. 13 April 2011. "You can't have a balanced budget without tax increases." (www.youtube.com)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 8 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Twitter: @alangrayson. 7 June 2012. "You have to be crazy to support extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich." (twitter.com)
  • Alan Grayson. Video: Grayson on the Economy. 13 April 2011. "You can't have a balanced budget without tax increases." (www.youtube.com)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 8 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Twitter: @alangrayson. 7 June 2012. "You have to be crazy to support extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich." (twitter.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alan Grayson. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Alan Grayson voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Alan Grayson a rating of 7 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Alan Grayson voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. MSNBC: The "Ed Show." 14 July 2010. Responded "Of course, it has. What do they think they did with that $1.6 trillion, burying in somebody"s backyard? They spent it. It"s created jobs. If not for that, unemployment would be 20 percent instead of ten percent. Isn"t that obvious? It"s just simple economics." to the question "Has the stimulus package done good things for our economy?" (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Press Conference on the Economic Stimulus Package. 28 January 2009. "This bill is a reflection of new priorities. This is a bill that spend 75 times as much on money for education and health as it does for the military. It's a bill that spends 12 times as much on transportation and housing as it does for the military. In short, what this bill does is it meets human needs. It does what a just society does; it feeds the hungry, it shelters the homeless, and it heals the sick. It helps us to look forward to a day when we beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks; and when nation does not lift up sword against nation anymore. That's the change we need and that's the change we've got." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. MSNBC: The "Ed Show." 14 July 2010. Responded "Of course, it has. What do they think they did with that $1.6 trillion, burying in somebody"s backyard? They spent it. It"s created jobs. If not for that, unemployment would be 20 percent instead of ten percent. Isn"t that obvious? It"s just simple economics." to the question "Has the stimulus package done good things for our economy?" (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Press Conference on the Economic Stimulus Package. 28 January 2009. "This bill is a reflection of new priorities. This is a bill that spend 75 times as much on money for education and health as it does for the military. It's a bill that spends 12 times as much on transportation and housing as it does for the military. In short, what this bill does is it meets human needs. It does what a just society does; it feeds the hungry, it shelters the homeless, and it heals the sick. It helps us to look forward to a day when we beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks; and when nation does not lift up sword against nation anymore. That's the change we need and that's the change we've got." (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 Alan Grayson a rating of 7 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alan Grayson. Issue Position: Education. 26 July 2012. "As your Congressman, Alan will [¦] fully fund any federal education requirements, such as No Child Left Behind." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Issue Position: Education. 26 July 2012. "As your Congressman, Alan will [¦] fully fund any federal education requirements, such as No Child Left Behind." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

Vote Smart's Research

  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Alan Grayson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 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 Alan Grayson in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Alan Grayson voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Alan Grayson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Issue Position: The Environment. 16 April 2012. "cap and reduce greenhouse gas pollution and carbon emissions." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Alan Grayson in the 2010 general election. (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 Alan Grayson in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Alan Grayson voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Alan Grayson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Issue Position: The Environment. 16 April 2012. "cap and reduce greenhouse gas pollution and carbon emissions." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Alan Grayson in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Alan Grayson in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alan Grayson. Health Care Bill is Good for You if You're Over 65. 19 April 2012. "Here is what it will do for you: First of all, it will dramatically reduce--and in most cases eliminate--copayments for you. That's right, for you. Because the Democrats understand that a $10 or $20 or $50 copayment, that is a lot of money for you. And if it keeps you from going to the doctor when you need to get help, when you need medical care, that's a shame, it shouldn't happen. The second thing that the bill does for you is that it eliminates the doughnut hole, that's right, the doughnut hole that torments people into choosing between paying for their rent or paying for the medicine that they need to stay alive. That will no longer be true." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Health Care Reform. 19 April 2012. "We need universal, comprehensive, affordable health care in America." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. 20 April 2012. "Madam Speaker, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is a triumph for American consumers of health insurance and health care." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Health Care Bill is Good for You if You're Over 65. 19 April 2012. "Here is what it will do for you: First of all, it will dramatically reduce--and in most cases eliminate--copayments for you. That's right, for you. Because the Democrats understand that a $10 or $20 or $50 copayment, that is a lot of money for you. And if it keeps you from going to the doctor when you need to get help, when you need medical care, that's a shame, it shouldn't happen. The second thing that the bill does for you is that it eliminates the doughnut hole, that's right, the doughnut hole that torments people into choosing between paying for their rent or paying for the medicine that they need to stay alive. That will no longer be true." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. 20 April 2012. "Madam Speaker, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is a triumph for American consumers of health insurance and health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Health Care Reform. 19 April 2012. "We need universal, comprehensive, affordable health care in America." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alan Grayson. Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops: 2012 Candidate Questionnaire Project. Responded "SUPPORT" to the question: "Legislation that ensures the integrity of our borders, fosters family reunification and provides a path to citizenship for the undocumented who have lived in the United States for a number of years, and do not have a criminal record?" (www.flaccb.org)
  • Alan Grayson. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Alan Grayson voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops: 2012 Candidate Questionnaire Project. Responded "SUPPORT" to the question: "Legislation that ensures the integrity of our borders, fosters family reunification and provides a path to citizenship for the undocumented who have lived in the United States for a number of years, and do not have a criminal record?" (www.flaccb.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Leticia M. Diz: Strengthening America. 7 December 2010. "As Americans, we have a moral obligation to address the immigration issues facing our country. The DREAM Act would be a great start to much-needed reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Alan Grayson voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Leticia M. Diz: Strengthening America. 7 December 2010. "As Americans, we have a moral obligation to address the immigration issues facing our country. The DREAM Act would be a great start to much-needed reform." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alan Grayson. Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops: 2012 Candidate Questionnaire Project. Responded "OPPOSE" to the question: "Defining marriage as the exclusive union of one man and one woman?" (www.flaccb.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Alan Grayson voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops: 2012 Candidate Questionnaire Project. Responded "OPPOSE" to the question: "Defining marriage as the exclusive union of one man and one woman?" (www.flaccb.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Alan Grayson voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alan Grayson. 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)
  • Alan Grayson. 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)

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