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 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Alan Grayson is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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

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  • Huffington Post "So I wrote a quick corrective amendment, to allow federal funds for abortions in cases of both incest and rape. Obviously, since I'm pro-choice, I regard that as far too narrow." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-alan-grayson/hyde-amendment_b_5876252.html (www.huffingtonpost.com)
  • "Planned Parenthood provides extraordinarily valuable health services to women in Central Florida, and throughout the country. Roughly one out of five American women have relied on Planned Parenthood's care. Such care is particularly important to poor women, like the 500,000 women in Florida excluded from Medicaid by the Republicans' malicious refusal to extend Medicaid to them. The Agency for Health Care Administration's (AHCA's) attack on Planned Parenthood is, in reality, an attack on women's healthcare, and women's health." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1012777/grayson-condemns-florida-ahca-attack-on-planned-parenthood (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/68184/alan-grayson/2 (votesmart.org)

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  • "You have to be crazy to support extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich." https://www.facebook.com/alangrayson/posts/371881892873568 (www.facebook.com)
  • "Our country can no longer afford to let the rich get richer through tax breaks, at the expense of the middle class. It has been more than a decade since the Bush tax breaks for the rich were enacted." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/766615/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy (votesmart.org)
  • "You can't have a balanced budget without tax increases." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9yTwNbht7c&feature=player_detailpage#t=229s (www.youtube.com)

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

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  • "SunRail Funding – Working with fellow Central Florida lawmakers, Congressman Grayson helped secure a $93 million grant from the federal government to expand the passenger train system 17 miles south into Osceola County." http://senatorgrayson.com/achievements (senatorgrayson.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "This bill is a reflection of new priorities. This is a bill that spends 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/404989/press-conference-on-the-economic-stimulus-package/?search=stimulus#.VlTf2WwVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/534049/msnbc-the-ed-show-transcript/?search=stimulus (votesmart.org)

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  • "We cannot afford to let these tax relief provisions lapse right now. We want businesses to continue to hire veterans. We want students to be able to deduct their tuition payments." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/844111/grayson-introduces-bills-to-extend-tax-deductions-for-mortgages-tuition-business-research-and-more#.Vba3BnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act will create or save more than a million American jobs by […] providing tax relief for middle class American families, and closing tax loopholes, which lead to companies exporting jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/519804/grayson-votes-to-create-jobs#.Vba2xnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "The Republicans punish schools that are already struggling and stigmatize kids who don't fit the test-taking mold. The No Child Left Behind Act has put states like Florida on a financial tightrope with mandates that are under-funded and has left educators and parents with little say in what can happen in their local schools." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/358363/issue-position-education#.VbeQLeRMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • "One of the most important roles of a government is to provide a quality education for the future leaders of America. That is why I voted in favor of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which delivered more than $200 million to the school districts in my district." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/766608/issue-position-education#.V2K8lbpTQfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "The Keystone XL Pipeline deal is an earmark to a foreign corporation, plain and simple […] House Republicans claim to have been incredibly keen on ridding our legislative system of Congressional earmarks--yet here they are--hypocritically sneaking one in for a foreign corporation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/787092/representative-offers-resolution-to-prohibit-consideration-of-keystone-bill/?search=keystone#.VlTg82wViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.Vabg1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VbJLUXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "We need to encourage greater use of renewable resources. For the same reason that we have fuel economy standards for cars, we need renewable electricity standards for utilities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/358365/issue-position-environment/?search=renewable#.VlTiUGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "We send more than $400 billion a year to foreign countries to pay for imported oil. I want to use incentives to spark the development of energy-efficient cars, appliances and buildings. America is capable of developing domestic energy resources like solar, wind, geothermal, clean coal and hydropower. That’s why I supported the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, which will create approximately 95,000 jobs in Florida alone. If we produce more energy at home, we can break our dependence on foreign oil." http://grayson.house.gov/index.php/issues/energy-and-environment (grayson.house.gov)

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  • Signed a letter stating, "We write today to encourage the Environmental Protection Agency to finalize standards to limit methane emissions in the oil and gas sector from new and modified sources. Colorado finalized first-in-the-nation methane controls for oil and gas in 2014, and Pennsylvania and California are now taking steps toward regulating sources of methane emissions. We are pleased to see the EPA pursuing a complementary suite of regulations for new and modified sources and urge you to take further action to regulate existing sources of methane emissions this year." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1071440/letter-to-the-honorable-gina-mccarthy-administrator-of-the-environmental-protection-agency-call-to-take-action-on-sources-of-methane-emissions (votesmart.org)
  • "We can unleash American ingenuity to not only lower the cost of energy, but also to mitigate the ill-effects of energy production on the environment." http://grayson.house.gov/index.php/issues/energy-and-environment (grayson.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of HR 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VafLKPlViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "We have to prevent guns from falling into the hands of criminals. Universal background checks are a step in the right direction." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/772362/grayson-americans-support-commonsense-solutions-to-end-gun-violence#.VlTjgmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Today I call on my colleagues in the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, to ban assault rifles permanently." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1102747/orlando-congressman-alan-grayson-urges-his-colleagues-in-congress-to-ban-assault-weapons (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/68184/alan-grayson/37 (votesmart.org)

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  • "The Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction, but we cannot stop there. I support a strong public option." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/766613/issue-position-health-care#.VbeUA-RMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.Vabj2PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H.R.45 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.Vabj2PlViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "We must set forth a straightforward route to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants who already live in our communities, work for our businesses, and want to give back to the country that they call home." http://grayson.house.gov/index.php/issues/immigration (grayson.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955#.VlTkCmwVikp (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/68184/alan-grayson/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "Marriage equality has finally come to Florida. At 12:01 a.m., Jan. 6, when the Osceola County Clerk of Courts began conducting ceremonies, I was there to congratulate the happy couples." http://grayson.house.gov/index.php/newsroom/in-the-news/359-florida-s-promised-land-marriage-equality (grayson.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Alan Grayson and Osceola County Commissioner Cheryl Grieb are asking state attorney Jeff Ashton to affirm that county clerks of court will not be prosecuted for issuing marriage licenses Jan. 6." http://grayson.house.gov/index.php/newsroom/in-the-news/357-grayson-to-state-attorneys-don-t-arrest-clerks-for-gay-marriage (grayson.house.gov)

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  • Signed a letter stating "Iran's record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran […] Any inspection and verification regime must allow for short notice access to suspect locations, and verifiable constraints on Iran's nuclear program must last for decades." http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/sites/republicans.foreignaffairs.house.gov/files/03.20.15%20-%20Iran%20Letter%20-%20POTUS.pdf (foreignaffairs.house.gov)
  • "I hope that I'm wrong, but I predict that our air attacks, without international Arab League 'boots on the ground,' will not defeat ISIS in western Iraq or in eastern Syria. I also predict that this war will fade from the news, just as the earlier war in Iraq did. I also predict that we will continue to throw half a trillion dollars each year at the military-industrial complex, which has now successfully transitioned from Osama bin Laden's corpse to a new bogeyman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/923329/isis-you-cant-defeat-somebody-with-nobody (votesmart.org)
  • "If the Iraqis and the Syrians won't protect themselves from ISIS, then we should not go to war to protect them from ISIS." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922602/orlando-sentinel-local-lawmakers-have-mixed-response-to-syria-airstrikes (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "Given the state of popular opinion and the impending retirement savings crisis facing this nation, we respectfully urge you to include proposals to expand Social Security benefits for millions of Americans to your policy brief at the upcoming Conference." http://www.budget.senate.gov/democratic/public/_cache/files/52b0f60f-d996-47d3-89a4-f186bc32545c/ssletter-edited-7-12-15.pdf (www.budget.senate.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating "We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566228/letter-to-the-honorable-barack-obama-president-the-united-states-of-america/?search=privatize#.VakamvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/68184/alan-grayson/53 (votesmart.org)

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