Representative Alan Grayson's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Alan Grayson
Current Office: U.S. House - District 9, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 9
Primary Aug. 26, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Lolita; 5 Children: Skye, Star, Sage, Storm, Stone
Birth Date: 03/12/1958
Birth Place: New York, NY
Home City: Orlando, FL
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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. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 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)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (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. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Alan Grayson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 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. Issue Position: National Security. 19 April 2012. "I support ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and bringing our troops home as soon as safely possible." (grayson.house.gov)
  • Alan Grayson. Video: Rockin' Rep. Alan Grayson on "Real Time." 17 October 2009. "We are not safer by being in Afghanistan. People say to me when should we get out I say last year, or the year before that's when we should get out." (www.youtube.com)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of Peace Action West 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of the Peace Action 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Grayson Opposes Escalation Of War In Afghanistan. 19 April 2012. "Continuing the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq is a terrible mistake. We do not need to have troops 8,000 miles from our shore to keep us safe. I hope the President will re-consider this decision." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alan Grayson. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. "The Department of Defense currently takes up almost 56% of all discretionary federal spending, and accounts for nearly 65% of the increase in annual discretionary spending levels since 2001. Much of this increase, of course, is attributable to direct war costs, but nearly 37% of discretionary spending growth falls under the "base" or "peacetime" military budget. Applying the adage that is necessary to "go where the money is" requires that rigorous scrutiny be applied to military spending. We believe that such an analysis will show that substantial spending cuts can be made without threatening our national security, without cutting essential funds for fighting terrorism, and without shirking our obligations as a nation to our brave troops currently in the field, our veterans, and our military retirees." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. District Update. 26 May 2010. "I am proud that my effort to rein in wasteful defense spending unanimously passed the House, as part of the IMPROVE Acquisition Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. How Would You Save $2 Trillion? 22 July 2011. "We could reduce U.S. military spending to a paltry 40% of the world's total, from the current 48%, which would still leave us spending four times as much as any other nation." (www.congressmanwithguts.com)
  • Alan Grayson. Grayson's Effort to Save Money Passes. 28 April 2010. "The gold-plating of defense contracts must end. In my twenty years of experience in government procurement, I saw a substantial overuse of factors other than cost in awarding defense contracts, at a huge expense to taxpayers. Our amendment is a commonsense solution to that problem, which will allow all of us to say that we have fought hard against waste, fraud and abuse." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alan Grayson. Twitter: @alangrayson. 7 June 2012. "You have to be crazy to support extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich." (twitter.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. Video: Grayson on the Economy. 13 April 2011. "You can't have a balanced budget without tax increases." (www.youtube.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)
  • 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)
  • 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. Grayson Votes to Create Jobs. 28 May 2010. "Congressman Grayson said, "The way out of the recession is job creation. We created 12,000 new jobs in Orlando last month alone. But for someone who is unemployed, the unemployment rate is 100%. These bills will translate to jobs, jobs, and more jobs." The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act will create or save more than a million American jobs by: [¦] "extending tax incentives for American research & development and energy," [¦] "Congressman Grayson is an original cosponsor of the COMPETES Act, which invests in modernizing manufacturing, spurs American innovation through basic research and development, and creates jobs with innovative technology loan guarantees for small- and mid-sized manufacturers. "Scientific and technological advances create and support a wide range of highly-skilled, high-paying jobs. The COMPETES Act will ensure we have the great minds needed to conceive the now unknown, and the workers required to create the seemingly impossible," Grayson said." (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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Issue Position: Offshore-drilling. "Offshore drilling in Florida poses a tremendous risk to the environment and to the largest component of our economy, which is tourism. Before we even entertain the possibility of drilling offshore, I want to see tangible benefits for the people of Florida. In advance of any drilling, there should be an agreement as good as the one that the people of Alaska enjoy. Each year, every man, woman and child in Alaska receives a check for more than $1000, in exchange for Big Oil drilling there. If and when the oil companies offer that much or more to Florida, we can consider whether to take the risk." (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Issue Position: Environment. "Alan opposes Florida offshore drilling. The people of Florida simply don't want it. The Arctic Refuge, other coastal waters and other vulnerable areas also should be protected from greedy energy companies. These decisions should be made by the people, not by the oil industry lobbyists who populate the Bush Administration." (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)
  • Alan Grayson. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Alan Grayson voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Alan Grayson voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Alan Grayson. Issue Position: Energy. 16 April 2012. "ban drilling for oil off Florida coasts." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alan Grayson. Issue Position: The Environment. 16 April 2012. "cap and reduce greenhouse gas pollution and carbon emissions." (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)
  • 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)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Alan Grayson supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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. 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)

Vote Smart's Research

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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)

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