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David 'Dave' W. Loebsack

Dave Loebsack's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: David 'Dave' W. Loebsack
Office: U.S. House (IA) - District 2, Democratic
First Elected: 11/07/2006
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 2
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Terry; 4 Children: Jennifer, Sarah, Marcos, Madeleine
Birth Date: 12/23/1952
Birth Place: Sioux City, IA
Home City: Mount Vernon, IA
Religion: Methodist
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Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dave Loebsack. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Dave Loebsack 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 Dave Loebsack a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Dave Loebsack supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Dave Loebsack voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Dave Loebsack. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Dave Loebsack voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Dave Loebsack supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Dave Loebsack in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Dave Loebsack in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Dave Loebsack supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • David Loebsack. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. “By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in.” (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Dave Loebsack supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Loebsack. The Hawkeye - Loebsack has Support of Convention. 1 May 2012. “Loebsack also reaffirmed his stance on the war in Afghanistan, saying it's time to bring the troops home. 'I think we had a legitimate right and reason to do what we've done there,' he said. 'But we've taken care of Osama bin Laden. We've built up the Afghan security force. We are safer now as a result of what we did in Afghanistan.'
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Dave Loebsack supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Dave Loebsack supported the interests of the Peace Action 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Dave Loebsack voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. “We urge a significant and sizable reduction of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan beginning July 2011. With Osama bin Laden killed and Al Qaeda largely driven from Afghanistan, it is time to accelerate the transfer of security responsibilities to the Government of Afghanistan and to reduce the U.S. military footprint there.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Loebsack Statement on the President's Plan to Begin Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan. 22 June 2011. “ […] We must ensure that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists, but I have long said that an open ended commitment does not benefit our security. As we focus on our economic recovery here at home and the global security threats that face our nation, it's time for the Afghan people to take responsibility for their country. The President's announcement tonight was a first step but I believe we should bring our troops home as quickly as we can responsibly do so […] ” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?"
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Loebsack.Congressman Loebsack Statement on FY11 Continuing Resolution. 19 February 2011. “Living within our means is part of a responsible fiscal strategy that will put our country back on track. That is why I voted to cut over $1.57 billion in unneeded funding from the bill, including eliminating Pentagon boards and commissions that the Secretary of Defense identified as unnecessary or redundant and cutting unneeded programs that are proven to be ineffective or duplicative.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Dave Loebsack. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Dave Loebsack voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Dave Loebsack voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dave Loebsack voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Dave Loebsack voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Dave Loebsack voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Supporting Our Troops. 29 February 2012. “As part of the Congressman's commitment to providing the support and treatment necessary to members of our armed services, he has worked with his colleagues on the following pieces of legislation: […] FY 2008 Defense Appropriations, H.R. 3222, includes numerous provisions that strengthen America's military, including investing in improved military readiness; providing the National Guard and Reserve with much needed equipment; funding a 3.5% military pay raise, larger than the President's; upgrading military health care; and providing more support for military families. […] FY 2009 Defense Authorization Act, H.R. 5658, contains numerous provisions to help restore our nation's military readiness; provides additional equipment to protect our troops in harm's way; provides a 3.9% military pay raises; and contains provisions to reform military contracting.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. “Our economic vitality is a crucial component of our national security. The nearly decade-long war in Afghanistan drains our resources, even as we face serious economic challenges at home. To date, we have spent nearly half a trillion dollars on the Afghan war, and that price tag increases by $10 billion every month we remain. When we calculate the long-term costs of this war, including servicing our debt and caring for our veterans, the dollar figures are almost inconceivable. These funds are needed for rebuilding our own economy, reducing the deficit and generating jobs for Americans.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Video: Congressman Dave Loebsack at the 2010 JJ Dinner. 20 October 2010. “And on the Armed Services Committee, you know Senator Harkin likes to joke about, you know sir, how somebody from Iowa got on the Armed Services Committee, kind of an unusual thing. But I am very proud of the work that I've done for our National Guard troops, to make sure that those twenty-eight National Guard troops who are on their way to Afghanistan got the training, they got the equipment they need. I'm very proud of the work that I've done to make sure their families are taken care of when they're there and to make sure that when they come back as veterans that they are treated with the dignity and the respect they deserve. I'm very proud of the work I've done on that.” (youtu.be)
  • David Loebsack. Video: F16s. 28 February 2012. “I am deeply concerned about the budget proposals affecting the entire Air National Guard as well, which would bear, my understanding is, 59% of the total air craft cuts and see most of their personnel reductions occur in FY13 if I'm not mistaken, which provides little leeway to reverse course from a strategy that it stated to be meant to be reversible. Given that the Air National Guard also plays a critical Homeland Security role for our states and our country, at lower basing personnel and life cycle cost to the taxpayers, I have a couple of questions related to these issues.” (youtu.be)
  • Eric Timmons. Quad Cities Online: Congressmen warn defense cuts could mean Arsenal job losses. 4 June 2012. “Rep. Loebsack said it made no sense to impose large cutbacks in defense spending without first studying the problem. 'If we can't think about this clearly and rationally, then we are in big trouble,' he said.” (www.qconline.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000" Family Income Other or expanded principles: "Repeal Bush tax cuts for wealthy Americans"
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "To balance the budget we need to repeal the Bush tax cuts for wealthy Americans. I support the Common Sense Budget Act (HR 4898) as a good measure to invest in social programs while bringing spending under control. "
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. e) $180,001-$350,000"
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. f) $350,001 and above"
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Dave Loebsack supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Dave Loebsack supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Congressional Candidate Details Economic Plan. 25 September 2006. “'Iowans have suffered enough as a result of the priorities of the George Bush and the Republican Congress. It's time to reinvest in the American people. Budgets are about values. I will fight for a budget that represents Iowa values, not Washington, DC politics.' Loebsack detailed his support for repealing the Bush administration's tax cuts for the wealthy, eliminating corporate welfare, ending tax loopholes, and immediately beginning the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. Loebsack's plan consists of the following measures: Repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Congressional Candidate Questions Republican Priorities. 31 August 2006. “None of this should be surprising. We have national economic policies being driven by people who want to reward the rich for being rich. In the meantime, the Bush administration and the Republican-controlled Congress have chosen to ignore the basic needs of hardworking Americans.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Tax Relief. 8 March 2012. “I believe we must do all that we can to lower the tax burden on Iowa families and businesses. Many steps have been taken to lessen the burden on the drivers of our economy - small businesses and consumers -- through tax incentives and reductions. These measures gave 99% of Iowans a tax cut last year, and a recent Bureau of Economic Analysis report showed that in 2009 Americans paid the lowest tax rate since 1950. From tax incentives for small businesses that hire new workers to tax credits for first-time homebuyers, I am dedicated to helping Iowa families get back on their feet.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Loebsack: Brinksmanship Leads to Tax Increase for Iowans. 20 December 2011. “As one of only six members of the entire House of Representatives who bucked the leaders of both parties to support putting the paychecks of working families ahead of politics, I have demonstrated my willingness to compromise. Congress must end these games and support middle class families. This holiday season, the American people cannot afford a $1000 tax increase and I have called on Speaker Boehner to keep the House in session until this crisis is averted.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Video: Loebsack Reaction to the State of the Union Address. 24 January 2012. “I believe the first thing Congress needs to do this year is extend the payroll tax holiday so that Iowans will not see a tax increase come March 1st.” (youtu.be)
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "The guiding principle for any budget should be fairness, especially for those who have little or no power in our political system. Budgets should never be balanced on the backs of the poor and middle class. "
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Economic Recovery. 7 October 2011. “Congressman Loebsack is dedicated to finding long term solutions that make critical investments in economic development, renewable energy, and education so we can create new jobs and once again establish an economy that works for all Iowans. To begin this effort, Congressman Loebsack has supported the Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act, H.R. 5140, provides 117 million working families, 20 million seniors, and 250,000 disabled veterans cash up-front to help with everyday expenses.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Tax Relief. 19 September 2011. “Already, the Congressman has worked with his colleagues to bring tax relief to middle class Iowans by supporting:Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act, H.R. 5140, provides 117 million working families, 20 million seniors, and 250,000 disabled veterans cash up-front to help with everyday expenses. In Iowa, the average family received $917.00, many of whom have young children. The legislation also doubled the amount small businesses can write off their taxes for new investments to get our local economy growing and to help create new jobs.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Loebsack Votes to Help Hardworking Iowans on Main Street. 26 September 2008. “Today, Congressman Dave Loebsack voted in strong support of the Job Creation and Unemployment Relief Act, H.R. 7110 to address the financial challenges facing Iowa families and our small businesses. This economic stimulus package will help boost our economy, create jobs, and help provide additional relief to families who are struggling during this current economic uncertainty. 'During these uncertain economic times Iowans are struggling now, more than ever, just to make ends meet,' said Congressman Loebsack. 'I understand that too many folks are working harder for less and paying more for health care, college, gas, and other necessities. The measures included in this legislation are critical to providing relief to Iowa families, jumpstarting the local economy, and creating new jobs through expanded investments.' […] The Job Creation and Unemployment Relief Act aims to jump start the economy by making critical investments that not only help struggling families, but also quickly produce economic expansion at all levels of the 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 Dave Loebsack a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Dave Loebsack supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Dave Loebsack voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Dave Loebsack voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Congressman Loebsack Responds to President Bush's Final State of the Union Address. 28 January 2008. “Tonight, during his final State of the Union Address, President Bush discussed the bipartisan Economic Stimulus plan that was jointly created by Congress and the White House. Congress fought hard to negotiate a compromise that covers as many hard working families and seniors as possible. This plan, while not perfect, provides real relief. It will give middle-class, working folks, cash up-front to help with everyday expenses. These are the people that truly need help, they have been left behind for too long.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Tax Relief. 26 September 2011. “I believe we must do all that we can to lower the tax burden on Iowa families and businesses. Many steps have been taken to lessen the burden on the drivers of our economy - small businesses and consumers – through tax incentives and reductions. These measures gave 99% of Iowans a tax cut last year, and a recent Bureau of Economic Analysis report showed that in 2009 Americans paid the lowest tax rate since 1950. From tax incentives for small businesses that hire new workers to tax credits for first-time homebuyers, I am dedicated to helping Iowa families get back on their feet.” (www.loebsackforcongress.org)
  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Tax Relief. 19 September 2011. “Already, the Congressman has worked with his colleagues to bring tax relief to middle class Iowans by supporting: Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act, H.R. 5140, provides 117 million working families, 20 million seniors, and 250,000 disabled veterans cash up-front to help with everyday expenses. In Iowa, the average family received $917.00, many of whom have young children. The legislation also doubled the amount small businesses can write off their taxes for new investments to get our local economy growing and to help create new jobs.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Letter to the Honorable Sander Levin, Chairman Committee on Ways and Means. 25 May 2010. “There is a vast potential for American manufacturing to revitalize our economy through renewable energy tax credits. For example, there are 204 tons of steel in a single wind turbine, and tax incentives for wind energy can immediately start up our idling American steel factories.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Jobs. 19 September 2011. “I believe in a comprehensive approach to moving Iowa and the rest of the country forward. In order to strengthen our nation, we must invest in the true drivers of the American economy -- small businesses. To that end, I have worked on numerous measures that provide tax relief and assistance to small businesses and working families. I have helped provide tax relief for small businesses that hire and retain new employees; expand financing opportunities for small businesses; and crack down on offshore accounts for corporations that ship jobs overseas.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • David Loebsack. Reducing Barriers to Education Act of 2007. 4 August 2007. “The bill creates a grant program for State Education Agencies to build the capacity of Local Education Agencies to develop programs and personnel dedicated to removing barriers to learning. These grants will help recruit and retain coordinators at the local level; establish and expand instructional support services programs; and provide technical assistance regarding the effective implementation of instructional support services programs. The bill also establishes an Office of Specialized Instructional Support within the U.S. Department of Education. This office will administer, coordinate, and carry out programs and activities concerned with providing specialized instructional support services in schools.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Rep. Loebsack Ensures Access to Head Start for More Iowa Families. 14 December 2007. “I commend Chairman Miller, Mr. Mckeon, Mr. Kildee, and Mr. Castle on their impressive work on this truly bipartisan legislation. This Conference Report is proof positive that when we put our minds to it and work together we can get things done. Head Start offers comprehensive early childhood development services to our nation's neediest children. These comprehensive services are key to the programs success. Head Start engages parents and the community in students lives and provides important health, nutritional, and social services. Studies show that children who enroll in Head Start excel academically, have fewer health problems, and adapt better both socially and emotionally. I'm proud to say that over 9,600 children are enrolled in the program in Iowa.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Education for the 21st Century. 21 September 2011. "As an educator, I know that the key to expanding opportunity is to provide every American with a world-class education. As we face increased competition in the global economy, we need to continue to set the highest standards for our children. At the same time, many aspects of the No Child Left Behind legislation need reform. For instance, it is counterproductive to deprive underperforming schools of the very resources they need to educate their students. And while we all agree we need the best teachers for our kids, we need to rebalance the demands made on a teacher's time to complete the mountains of paperwork required of NCLB and the time required to educate our children." (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Education. 26 September 2011. “I grew up in poverty and know first-hand the doors that education can open. I would not be where I am today without education. I am committed to working with students, educators, parents, and administrators to improve our education system so that our students can compete in a global economy and have to tools to successfully achieve their goals. I believe that education is the cornerstone of our society. I am working on several education initiatives that will spur industry growth through workforce development and help lay the groundwork for our students to excel in the industries of tomorrow. My initiatives will spur the economic development needed to save and create jobs, and I look forward to continuing to push for education initiatives that help jumpstart the economy.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Energy. 19 September 2011. “ […] Yet, despite the advances we've made in Iowa, America continues to import renewable energy technology. This is unacceptable and puts us at a disadvantage in a growing industry that will be part of tomorrow's economy. We should become a nation that exports cutting edge technology, with a workforce trained to build it, and a manufacturing sector that will help to lead us into the 21st century economy. We must craft an energy policy that bolsters our national security and keeps and grows jobs here in America. We need to grow the clean energy economy in the US and reinvigorate the US industrial and manufacturing base. We need to stop sending money overseas for foreign oil to hostile nations. Our energy policy must be a comprehensive plan that ensures 21st century clean energy jobs in the US and increased domestic production of energy, enhances our national security, and reduces our dependence on foreign oil. I look forward to continuing to work toward these goals.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Letter to Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Leader Cantor and Whip Hoyer. 7 December 2011. “We write to urge extension of the highly successful grant program for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits (the "1603 Treasury Grant Program") before it expires on December 31, 2011. Since enactment, this program has leveraged more than $22.8 billion in private sector investment for 22,000 projects across the clean energy industry, including solar, wind, biomass, fuel cells, combined heat-and-power, and hydro, in all 50 states. Extension of this successful and effective program will create jobs, spur economic growth, and promote private sector development of clean energy technologies. Prior to the 2008 financial crisis, clean energy project developers primarily relied on tax equity partnerships with investors to utilize clean energy tax incentives. Since 2008, however, the availability of tax equity declined dramatically. According to a report issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center in March 2011, the number of tax equity investors shrunk by nearly half, with associated tax equity financing tumbling over 80 percent from $6.1 billion in 2007 to $1.2 billion in 2009. This decline severely limited the financing available for energy projects. Congress enacted the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to restore the availability of financing for renewable energy projects and to create domestic jobs in a hard hit sector of the economy. Under the program, developers receive a federal grant in lieu of the tax credit--changing the timing of when the energy incentive can be claimed. This change in timing, however, provides the liquidity and funding needed to develop domestic energy projects. As a result, the program underpinned strong growth in the renewable energy sector during the current economic downturn. Despite some improvement, the tax equity market is still unable to support the clean energy industry adequately. In July 2011, the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance surveyed tax equity investors and found that expiration of the program would shrink the total financing available for renewable energy projects by 52 percent in 2012. Allowing the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to lapse would eliminate tens of thousands of jobs across all clean energy industries. Given the program's importance, as well as its proven record of success, we urge you to include its extension in any year-end legislation considered by the House.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. CONGRESSMAN HEEDS THE CALL: LOEBSACK REACHES OUT TO CONSTITUENTS DURING TELEPHONE TOWN HALL TUESDAY. 25 June 2012. “Loebsack said he supports opening up more areas for drilling, including Alaska and offshore tracts, so long as they’re not too close to U.S. Coastline.” (loebsackforcongress.org)
  • Ed Tibbets. Quad-City Times: Political tensions rise with gas prices. 28 February 2012. “Loebsack said he’s backed offshore drilling in the past, but he added: 'There’s already opportunities out there at this point that are not being taken advantage of.' In the short term, he said, there should be a ban on the export of Alaskan oil outside the United States and the government should give 'some serious thought' to releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. He also says he supports 'sending a signal' to the energy markets that the government will crack down on gouging.” (qctimes.com)
  • David Loebsack. Rep. Loebsack Votes to Reform Our Nation's Energy Industry and Bring Down Gas Prices. 16 September 2008. “Permit Responsible Leasing for Oil and Gas Drilling between 50 and 100 miles offshore if a costal state opts-in' to allow leasing off its coastline by enacting a state law.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Energy Independence. 29 February 2012. “To fundamentally overhaul our nation's energy policy, Congressman Loebsack supports expedited drilling and pipeline development in National Petroleum Reserve (an area already approved for drilling); expanding the development of traditional energy sources in an environmentally responsible manner; increasing the fuel efficiency of cars driven on our streets; and most importantly increasing investment in renewable energy sources, including Iowa's homegrown fuels- like wind, solar, and biofuels, so we can also create new jobs in our state and bring increased economic development to our rural areas.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Dave Loebsack voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Dave Loebsack voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Dave Loebsack voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Dave Loebsack supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "CAFE standards for vehicles need to be raised to at least 40mpgs. I support giving the EPA the authority to regulate carbon as a pollutant. While I support the Kyoto Protocol but it should be amended to include countries like China and India. "
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "CAFE standards for vehicles need to be raised to at least 40mpgs. I support giving the EPA the authority to regulate carbon as a pollutant. While I support the Kyoto Protocol but it should be amended to include countries like China and India. "
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "We are in an energy crisis that is hurting Iowa families, businesses, and farmers. We must work together to find a comprehensive solution that reduces gas prices and our dependence on foreign oil. To change our nation's energy policy we must begin by clamping down on speculation; expediting drilling and pipeline development in Alaska's Energy Reserve; cracking down on price gouging by big oil; expanding the development of energy sources in an environmentally responsible manner; and increasing investment in renewable energy, including homegrown fuels so we can also create new jobs in and bring increased economic development to rural areas."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "We are in an energy crisis that is hurting Iowa families, businesses, and farmers. We must work together to find a comprehensive solution that reduces gas prices and our dependence on foreign oil. To change our nation's energy policy we must begin by clamping down on speculation; expediting drilling and pipeline development in Alaska's Energy Reserve; cracking down on price gouging by big oil; expanding the development of energy sources in an environmentally responsible manner; and increasing investment in renewable energy, including homegrown fuels so we can also create new jobs in and bring increased economic development to rural areas."
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Dave Loebsack in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Dave Loebsack in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Dave Loebsack supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Dave Loebsack supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Dave Loebsack voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Dave Loebsack voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Congressman Loebsack Issues The Following Statement On New Renewable Fuel Standard. “The RFS2 also required analysis of renewable fuels to determine if they achieve significant greenhouse gas emission reductions in comparison to the fossil fuels they replace. 'During these tough economic times, it is critical that we do all that we can to make sure that the industries of tomorrow are able to grow right here in Iowa. Iowa has always been a national leader when it comes to renewable energy, and this ruling recognizes the contributions of Iowa's ethanol, biodiesel, and advanced biofuels industries. The RFS2 rule is a workable program that will help advance economic opportunities in our state.'” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Loebsack Applauds President Obama's Actions to Standardize Fuel Efficiency Standards. 19 May 2009. “The new program will require an average fuel economy standard of 35.5 mpg in 2016. The result is a projected reduction in oil consumption of approximately 1.8 billion barrels over the life of the program and a projected total reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 900 million metric tons. 'For too long we have let special interests in Washington prevent forward movement within the auto industry. By bringing everyone to the table to reach an agreement we have taken an important and substantial step forward. When you bring together leaders in the auto industry, the conservation community, and American workers to broker a deal, great progress will be made.'” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Rep. Loebsack Votes to Create New Jobs Through Renewable Energy Investment. 6 December 2011. “'By making a significant investment in the development of renewable energy, this legislation takes an important step forward in helping to increase the use of Iowa's homegrown fuels, create new jobs in our state and bring increased economic development to our rural areas. Today we changed our nation's energy policy for the better. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure even greater exploration and development of renewable energy sources.' […] Specifically, this legislation will: […] The bill overall will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 35 percent of what is needed by 2030 to save the planet.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Protecting Our Environment. 19 September 2011. “All Americans deserve to live in safe, healthy communities. Everyone deserves to drink clean water, breathe clean air and live in a toxin free environment. I will work hard to protect our natural resources and open spaces. I believe in encouraging conservation so we can protect America's wild heritage for our children. The Republican controlled Congress and the White House are working hard to weaken environmental laws that protect our families. They want to make it easier for corporations to pollute our air and water and harder for American families to enjoy the outdoors and lead healthy lives. They are ignoring scientists' warnings about the catastrophic effects of climate change and they are propagating the myth that we can drill our way to energy independence. We need a change in leadership. We need elected officials who will work for the people and not the powerful special interests.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Dave Loebsack in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Dave Loebsack a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Dave Loebsack voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Fighting Crime. 19 September 2011. “The Congressman has supported the following legislation to help give local law enforcement the resources necessary to protect us and take drugs off our streets and out of our schools: […] NICS Improvement Act, H.R. 2640, improves the accuracy of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) by giving grants to states for automating and sharing with NICS the records of those barred from purchasing a firearm under the 1968 Gun Control Act.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Dave Loebsack supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Dave Loebsack voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Dave Loebsack: 'Donut-Hole' Checks on the Way to Medicare Recipients, Warns Seniors to Beware of Scams. 9 June 2010. “I grew up in poverty and know how hard it is to live on a fixed income. Prescription drug prices place a big burden on our seniors, and end up costing many Iowans thousands of dollars a year. The new health care law will reduce prescription drug costs for seniors, starting with this check and eventually closing the donut hole altogether.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 1 November 2011. “While not all policy riders are objectionable, many of those included this year are not only controversial but blatantly partisan. Included riders would block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, roll back important clean air and clean water protections, and place new restrictions on women's access to a full range of medical and health services, among others.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Loebsack Issues The Following Statement On Passage Of Health Care Reform. 21 March 2010. “This health care bill will put patients over insurance company profits, and reverse the increasingly disturbing trends in our health care system. This bill ends the worst insurance industry practices, and takes steps towards giving Iowans with insurance, as well as those without insurance, the piece of mind that comes with having stable, quality health care. With the cost saving measures included in this bill, and the Medicare agreement that I was able to help secure yesterday, we are taking serious strides towards reigning in exploding health care costs and giving taxpayers more for their money.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Health Care. 26 September 2011. “The health care reform law will take steps toward giving Iowans with insurance, as well as those without insurance, the peace of mind that comes with having good, quality care that can't be taken away. With the cost saving measures included in this bill, and the Medicare agreement that I was able to secure to help ensure that doctors are reimbursed for quality care, not the quantity of it, we are taking serious strides towards reigning in exploding health care costs and giving taxpayers more for their money.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Seniors. 26 September 2011. “The health care reform law has many provisions that will help Iowa's seniors. Supported by the AARP, this law will help ensure that more money is spent on benefits and care. For Medicare enrollees, the health reform bill lowers prescription drug costs, makes preventive care free, ensures that you can keep your doctor, improves the quality of your care, and extends the program's solvency by nearly a decade.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Dave Loebsack 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. "Dave Loebsack supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Dave Loebsack voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory R. Norfleet. West Branch Times Online: Loebsack fields questions on immigration, war, peace. 16 January 2008. “Loebsack bristled at the term Republicans have used to characterize ideas that would allow illegal immigrants to stay in America under certain conditions. 'I’m not for amnesty,' he said. 'I favor a path to citizenship.' Loebsack said he would require illegal immigrants to learn English, among other requirements.” (www.westbranchtimes.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Dave Loebsack supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 91 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Dave Loebsack supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Dave Loebsack voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Loebsack. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Dave Loebsack voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. 19 September 2011. “I also believe it is important that we guarantee full civil rights and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"
  • David Loebsack. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. “In the wake of the horrific September 11th attacks, the U.S. resolved to eliminate terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and to bring those who would harm innocent civilians to justice. Our troops have fought bravely, and now fewer than 100 Al Qaeda operatives are estimated to remain in Afghanistan. The recent killing of Osama bin Laden, for which you and members of our military and intelligence communities should be commended, is the capstone of that initial mission. International terrorist networks remain a grave threat to the United States, as Al Qaeda affiliates now have a significant presence in countries like Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan. But maintaining anywhere near 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan is not an effective means of combating a global and decentralized enemy.”
  • David Loebsack. Loebsack Issues the Following Statement Upon Passage of the Defense Bill. 28 May 2010. “The bill also includes critical counterterrorism funding to help protect our country and combat extremist ideologies and terrorist groups. This bill included $1.6 billion for the Chemical Biological Defense Program and $26.5 million to support strategic communication programs to undermine the spread of extremist ideologies by terrorist groups. To help combat the spread of rhetoric that threatens our national security and encourages acts of terrorism, we included funds to undercut the use of the Internet by violent extremist groups such as al Qaeda and the Taliban.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Keeping America Safe. 19 September 2011. “The most important function of our government is to keep our nation safe. Everyone agrees we need to protect our homeland from both internal and external forces that are intent on doing us harm. Homeland security is critical to our national defense and we should do all we can to secure our ports, mass transit facilities, and other potential targets of terrorism and sabotage. Overseas, we need to engage in activities that limit the capabilities of those who would carry out attacks against Americans at home and abroad.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Dave Loebsack. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Dave Loebsack supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack. Issue Position: Retirement Security. 26 September 2011. “I will never vote to privatize Social Security. The system is in need of significant reform but it is not in crisis. The Bush administration's attempts to privatize this most vital and successful of social programs are misplaced and threaten the retirement security of millions of Americans.” (votesmart.org)
  • David Loebsack 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)
  • David Loebsack. 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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Iowa Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.

Abortions must remain safe, legal, and rare. A woman's right to choose must never be taken away, Roe v. Wade must never be overturned. However, we must do more to reduce unwanted pregnancies through improved education, increased access to health care services, and enhanced support for new mothers.

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
1) Budget Priorities
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) FEMA
Slightly Increaseg) Homeland security
Maintain Statush) International aid
Slightly Increasei) Law enforcement (Federal)
Slightly Increasej) Law enforcement (State)
Slightly Increasek) Medical research
Maintain Statusl) National parks
Slightly Increasem) Public health services
Slightly Increasen) Scientific research
Slightly Decreaseo) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasep) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusq) United Nations
Maintain Statusr) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories
2) Defense Spending
Slightly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Slightly Increasec) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Decreasee) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Statush) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
3) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
Family Income Taxes
Slightly Decreasea) Less than $12,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $12,001-$40,000
Slightly Decreasec) $40,001-$100,000
Maintain Statusd) $100,001-$180,000
Slightly Increasee) $180,001-$350,000
Slightly Increasef) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits
Maintain Statusa) Charitable contribution deduction
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
6) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
Xb) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
c) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
d) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Xe) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
f) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
Xg) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
h) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
Xi) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
Xj) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xg) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xh) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
Xe) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
Xf) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
Xg) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xh) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
Xi) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
Xc) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xd) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xe) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xg) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
Xh) Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xd) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xe) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
Xg) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
Xh) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
i) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
Xj) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
Xk) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
Xl) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

We are in an energy crisis that is hurting Iowa families, businesses, and farmers. We must work together to find a comprehensive solution that reduces gas prices and our dependence on foreign oil. To change our nation's energy policy we must begin by clamping down on speculation; expediting drilling and pipeline development in Alaska's Energy Reserve; cracking down on price gouging by big oil; expanding the development of energy sources in an environmentally responsible manner; and increasing investment in renewable energy, including homegrown fuels so we can also create new jobs in and bring increased economic development to rural areas.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.
On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.
Maintain Statusc) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Maintain Statusd) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
b) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xc) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
Xd) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xe) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xf) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program.
d) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles

Repairing the immigration system in our country is a priority for our national security and our economy. A comprehensive and truly bipartisan debate on immigration is needed in order to move forward with systematic reform that protects American jobs, workers, and wages.

International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.
Xa) Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesd) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
Noe) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
Yesf) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.
Yesh) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
Yesi) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
Yesj) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
Nok) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
Nol) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
Yesm) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Yesn) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Yeso) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
Yesp) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
Yesq) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
Yesr) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
a) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
b) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
c) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
d) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles

Responsible trade agreements are essential to our national economy. However, I strongly believe that free trade agreements must not come at the expense of American jobs; must include built-in labor and environmental protections; and must not condone the "offshoring" of American companies that would otherwise pay American taxes. Free trade agreements must benefit America's workers and America's economy.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
a) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Noe) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
Nof) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
Yesg) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
Noh) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Nob) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Yese) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Yesf) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
Yesg) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.
Xb) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
d) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
e) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
f) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xc) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
d) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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