Laura Richardson's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Laura Richardson
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 04/14/1962
Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
Home City: Long Beach, CA
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Laura Richardson refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Laura Richardson. Letter to President Obama. 3 November 2011. "U.S. support of UNFPA is critical to the program's continued success. Yet, this support is under threat in Congress due to a systematic and baseless campaign of misinformation directed against UNFPA. It is time for the allegations and falsehoods to come to an end, and we want the record to clearly reflect that UNFPA does not support coercion in family planning, coercive abortions or forced sterilizations anywhere. Further, UNFPA rejects "one-child" policies and has vigorously advocated against them. And, since voluntary family planning helps prevent unplanned pregnancies, it also helps prevent abortions. [¦] The U.S. has long been a leader in ensuring safe and secure access for women around the world to contraceptives and other family planning services. From the Global Health Initiative to a strong U.S. commitment to reaching the Millennium Development Goals, we thank you for your unwavering efforts to foster the health and dignity of women worldwide. We remain your partners in ensuring the health and well-being of mothers and children across the globe." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Protect Life Act. 18 October 2011. "Our friends across the aisle are fond of saying they are against government intrusion into the market place, excessive regulation, and limits on personal freedom. But here they are again trying to deny women the right to choose what is best for themselves and their families. Eliminating access to legal abortions denies women the right to make their own health decisions in accordance with their religious and moral beliefs and as a result, infringes on their equal rights. When it comes to attacking women's freedom and privacy, this legislation knows no bounds. It is an extreme attack against women's reproductive rights and undermines women's access to quality healthcare. Mr. Speaker, for these reasons I am proud to stand in strong opposition of H.R. 358, the so-called Protect Life Act and urge my colleagues to join me. This bill is not only unconstitutional, but it is dangerous. A more accurate name for this bill is the "Endanger Women's Lives Act of 2011.'' In a time of such tough economic hardship, we should be concentrated on created jobs and stabilizing the economy, not advancing extreme legislation that is nothing less than the most comprehensive and radical assault of women's health in our lifetime." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Rep. Lofgren & CA Democratic Women Members Respond to Susan G. Komen Planned Parenthood Decision. 1 February 2012. "As the largest number of women legislators in Congress, we have come together to express our concern and displeasure over Susan G. Komen's decision. Caving to a Congressional right-wing witch hunt won't just hurt Planned Parenthood, it sets back women's health. [¦] For the sake of women's health we sincerely hope that Komen will reconsider their decision, and until then, we do not plan to work with the national foundation." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Tax Penalties on Women's Health. 4 May 2011. "Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition to H.R. 3. This deceptively titled legislation is nothing more than an assault on women's access to health care. If enacted, this legislation would severely curtail women's access to reproductive health care services. What would it do? It would impose tax penalties on women. It would narrow the already restrictive areas that the Hyde amendment has dealt with. And further, what I find most alarming, it would attack the coverage for Federal employees, including women who serve in the military. Where is all of our applause now? The Hyde amendment clearly states that no taxpayer dollars are to be used for abortion care and has narrowly provided exceptions that state for rape, incest, and health complications that arise from pregnancy which would put a mother's life in danger. Are we against that?" (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Laura Richardson voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson 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 Laura Richardson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Laura Richardson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "We urge you to not adopt Section 810 of the House bill, which prohibits local tax dollars from being used for abortions for women whose insurance is provided by the District government. [¦] 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)
  • 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 Laura Richardson a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Laura Richardson voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Laura Richardson voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Laura Richardson. Support of H. Res. 391, A Resolution Relating to the Terrorist Attacks Against the Untied States on September 11, 2001. 9 September 2011. "As the troops in the battlefields of Afghanistan begin their withdrawal, we are reminded of the reasons why we entered the war in the first place: to exact justice on those responsible for the attacks on 9/11 and to eliminate their sympathizers' ability to conduct a similar attack in the future. In those two regards, I would argue that we have been extraordinarily successful. [¦] Therefore, I believe that now is the appropriate time to begin a significant withdrawal of troops from war zones in Afghanistan and other parts of the Arab world. Committing millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars to nation building abroad at a time when millions of Americans are unemployed and struggling represents a fundamental misallocation of resources. While keeping the American people safe should always be our top priority, more resources need to be focused protecting our homeland and educating, training and employing the beleaguered American workforce." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Laura Richardson voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. 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. [¦] The American public is weary of a war with no end in sight, and we call upon you to bring the longest war in our nation's history to a close. Beginning in July of this year, we urge a swift, significant and sizable drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of The United States of America. 27 June 2011. "We write to you with serious concerns about the pace of withdrawal of our American troops from Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. We applaud your announcement Wednesday of an initial withdrawal of 10,000 troops this year, but believe withdrawal should be dramatically accelerated. Like all Americans, we are deeply proud of the hard work and incredible sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, and we know they are carrying out the mission in Afghanistan with dedication and extraordinary competence. Throughout this nearly ten-year military campaign, they have done all we have asked of them, and represented our nation's very best values and ideals. But now, especially considering the recent death of Osama bin Laden, we believe the time has come to dramatically accelerate the reduction of our military presence in Afghanistan. We respectfully request that you accelerate your Administration's withdrawal plan so that the so-called 'surge troops' who were deployed in 2009 be redeployed by the end of this calendar year; with the additional goal of developing a plan to bring all of our remaining troops home safely and honorably by the end of next year." (votesmart.org)

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  • Laura Richardson. Letter to President Obama. 15 December 2011. "With a growing chorus of Republicans calling for a rollback of defense sequester cuts scheduled to take effect in early 2013, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) is leading a group of over 80 House Democrats in support of President Obama's threatened veto of any such legislation. Welch and his colleagues oppose unraveling the deal struck in August to raise the debt ceiling -- which included the possibility of a sequester -- outside of a balanced budget compromise. 'We write in full support of your view that the sequester scheduled to take effect on January 2, 2013 should not be repealed absent an agreement to reduce deficits exceeding the amount to be sequestered," Welch and his colleagues write. "The failure of Congress to act must have consequences. We stand ready to work with you over the next year to put America back on a firm financial footing and will vote to sustain your veto of any effort to repeal all or part of the scheduled sequester.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. 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)
  • Laura Richardson. Support of H. Res. 391, A Resolution Relating to the Terrorist Attacks Against the Untied States on September 11, 2001. 9 September 2011. "As the troops in the battlefields of Afghanistan begin their withdrawal, we are reminded of the reasons why we entered the war in the first place: to exact justice on those responsible for the attacks on 9/11 and to eliminate their sympathizers' ability to conduct a similar attack in the future. In those two regards, I would argue that we have been extraordinarily successful. [¦] Therefore, I believe that now is the appropriate time to begin a significant withdrawal of troops from war zones in Afghanistan and other parts of the Arab world. Committing millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars to nation building abroad at a time when millions of Americans are unemployed and struggling represents a fundamental misallocation of resources. While keeping the American people safe should always be our top priority, more resources need to be focused protecting our homeland and educating, training and employing the beleaguered American workforce." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Laura Richardson voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Laura Richardson voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Conference Report on H.R. 1540, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. 14 December 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. This legislation, which provides $662 billion in funding for fiscal year 2012, is not perfect but I will vote in favor of it for three principal reasons. First, it provides for troop and equipment readiness. Second, it provides much needed help and support for military families. Third, it authorizes critical investments in technology to ensure that the United States is prepared to defend against emerging threats now and in the future. Mr. Speaker, it is of utmost importance that our troops deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the world have the equipment, resources, authorities, training, and time needed to successfully complete their missions and return home. This bill does that." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges. We propose: Ending the overseas contingency operations emergency supplementals and on-budget appropriations starting in Fiscal Year 2013, providing $170 billion in Fiscal Year 2012 to fund redeployment, while saving more than $1.8 trillion from current law spending levels over ten years. These reductions are substantial and robust. They will put us on the road to a more prosperous and secure future while advancing our national security interests. Exorbitant spending on failed wars that have killed thousands of Americans must not be exempt from budgetary scrutiny. before we ask American families to pitch in more, let's bring our troops home - and, in the process, our tax dollars home." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Laura Richardson voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Laura Richardson voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013. 29 March 2012. "Mr. Chair, I rise today in strong support of the Congressional Black Caucus Alternative Budget for Fiscal Year 2013. The budget plan outlined by the CBC takes a direct and balanced approach to restoring America's promise, achieves fiscal responsibility and sets a priority to invest in our future [¦] The CBC Budget acknowledges the deficit and pays for domestic priorities by enacting tax reform measures to raise nearly $4 trillion in new revenue over the next decade through the Buffet Rule to ensure that millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share in taxes, and closes corporate tax loopholes and preferences for corporations that ship American jobs overseas." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. "Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable." (votesmart.org)

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  • Laura Richardson. Congresswoman Laura Richardson Returns to Washington, DC for Special House Committee Hearing. 28 October 2008. "'In 1935, Congress and President Roosevelt joined together to build American infrastructure, put people back to work and re-invent the depressed economy. Today, in my District, the unemployment rate surpasses the national average with Long Beach at 7.6% and Compton at 14.1%,' said Congresswoman Richardson. 'There are many highway and bridge projects that are ready to be awarded and implemented within the next quarter in California. With unemployment numbers above the national average and rising, we cannot wait for the economy to fix itself. History tells us working people fuel our economy. For every $1 billion spent on transportation and infrastructure --- over 35,000 jobs are created. I intend to advocate on behalf of the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) and Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) to make sure we get our fair share.' In the past, Congresswoman Richardson was been a strong supporter of Economic Recovery and Job Creation packages that included $12.8 billion in highway infrastructure funding." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee: Investing in Infrastructure: the Road to Recovery. 29 October 2008. "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I'm pleased to join you and Ranking Member Mica and the rest of my colleagues today as we examine the impact of transportation employment stimulus from the federal government that could provide really a shot in the arm to our economy and to the job market. There's no more important issue facing Congress, and I think thank you for holding this timely hearing today. As you know, Mr. Chairman, this is not the first time the House has traveled down this road. As far back as FDR's administration and the 54th Congress, they worked on creating the Works Progress Administration to create construction jobs and to stimulate the economy in the aftermath of the Great Depression. Just last month we passed a job creations package here in Congress. Unfortunately, though, the Senate and the administration did not support its passage and the effort for hard-working Americans failed. Now it's time to take a second bite at that apple. To combat this trend, the Congress has to act responsibly and to act now. We know that for every $1 billion spent on transportation infrastructure projects, it creates over 35,000 jobs. There are thousands of highway projects that can be undertaken that many of us have alluded to this morning. Specifically, in my district, the Southern California Association of Governments, also known as SCAG, which is mandated by the federal government to research and draw up plans to address the region's transportation needs, has transportation initiatives in aviation, goods movement and corridor planning, amongst many others, that could really impact our transportation planning." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. 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." (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 Laura Richardson a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Laura Richardson voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Laura Richardson voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Congresswoman Laura Richardson (CA-37) and New Democrats Unveil Agenda for Improving U.S. Infrastructure and Strengthening Manufacturing. 24 May 2011. "Today, Congresswoman Laura Richardson (CA-37) and members of the New Democrat Coalition met with Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, to collaborate on ideas for creating private sector jobs and helping American businesses and workers compete in the global marketplace. During the meeting with Immelt, the New Democrats unveiled an agenda to foster economic growth and job creation based on policies that strengthen American manufacturing and improve U.S. Infrastructure. 'Investing in our infrastructure is critical to creating jobs and growing our economy. Many of our nation's transit and transportation systems are in urgent need of repair and improving them will provide immediate and much needed relief to the people who travel and live along some of our most heavily congested corridors. Additionally, I believe that a freight mobility strategy focused on creating a more efficient goods movement system is especially important and has the greatest potential to aid small and medium sized businesses expand their reach and compete in the global marketplace,' said Rep. Laura Richardson, New Dem Critical Infrastructure and Manufacturing Task Force Co-Chair." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Congresswoman Richardson Announces New Small Businesses Lending Program. 16 June 2009. "Congresswoman Richardson announced that many area small businesses may be eligible for interest-free loans under a new program created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The 'America's Recovery Capital' (ARC) program, which went into effect on June 15, 2009, allows small firms to take out loans of $35,000 to pay down existing business debts. Borrowers pay no interest on the ARC loans and repayment does not begin for one year. The loan program was established through the economic stimulus, which the President signed into law in February. 'Our small businesses are the backbone of our local economy and it is imperative that we support them during this difficult period,' Congresswoman Richardson said. 'One of the best ways we can help small businesses is to provide access to capital, which is why this new loan program is so important. I recently read an article that interviewed an owner of a bath-installation firm who has had to layoff staff to keep his company from going under,' Congresswoman Richardson added. 'This program will help small businesses like his by providing them with extra breathing room so they can pay operating expenses, make payroll, retain employees, and continue their work as job creators in our economic recovery.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Laura Richardson. Congresswoman Richardson Announces That In Just One Month The Small Business Lending Fund Act Has Already Saved At Least 63 Jobs And Created 10 In The 37th Congressional District. 8 October 2010. "Today, Congresswoman Laura Richardson announced that the newly created Small Business Lending Fund Act has already helped to save 63 jobs and created 10 jobs more in the 37th Congressional District. The Small Business Lending Fund Act, which Congresswoman Laura Richardson voted for and was signed into law by President Obama just weeks ago on September 27, helps to spur economic recovery by creating favorable conditions for the growth of small businesses and closing loopholes that reward corporations that ship jobs overseas. The Small Business Lending Fund Act creates a $30 billion fund that makes capital available to local banks for increased investment in small businesses. This legislation, which is fully paid for over 10 years and will not add to the deficit, gives $12 billion in tax cuts to small businesses. By making loans more available, small businesses are able to increase investment for growth and hire new employees." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Bipartisan Letter Urges Renewable Energy Incentives for Non-Profits. 23 June 2011. "Reps. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), Lee Terry (R-NE) and Ron Kind (D-WI) sent a letter to House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp and Ranking Member Sander Levin, urging for the extension of the Clean Renewable Energy Bond (CREB) program. The request carries strong bipartisan support with seventeen Republicans among the sixty-six signers. CREBs provide not-for-profit utilities access to similar renewable energy incentives that are available to similar, for-profit businesses. The letter explains, 'The CREBs program was extended in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Since the program's inception, electric cooperatives and public power systems combined have applied to the Treasury Department to finance generation projects across the country from wind, solar, biomass, landfill gas and hydropower projects. [¦] As Congress considers tax incentives to drive down the cost of innovative or renewable technologies, we urge you to support CREBs or other incentives that can assure that not-for-profit utility consumers have access to reliable and affordable energy on a basis comparable to consumers of for-profit utilities. [¦] Extending CREBs or providing comparable tax incentives for renewable energy would ensure that not-for profit utilities are provided the tools to help solve the nation's energy problems, simultaneously creating thousands of jobs.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Congresswoman Richardson Acts to Continue American Job Creation, Economic Growth and to Provide Tax Relief to Families and Small Businesses. 28 May 2010. "Today, Congresswoman Laura Richardson acted to improve the lives of Americans by voting for the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, which will save more than a million jobs, provide working families with tax cuts and close tax loopholes that reward companies for outsourcing American jobs. 'This important legislation keeps our nation on the right track by restoring credit to small businesses, rebuilding American infrastructure, providing tax relief for middle class families and extending tax incentives for research and development and energy,' Congresswoman Richardson said." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. On Tax Day, Congresswoman Richardson Highlights Tax Cuts For 37th District Families, Businesses And Students. 14 April 2010. "Today, Congresswoman Laura Richardson urged Californians to take advantage of the 25 different tax cuts in the Recovery Act -- part of the more than $800 billion in tax cuts for working families and small businesses that this Congress has passed since last year. Unlike the Bush tax cuts, which focused on the wealthy, this Congress has enacted more than $800 billion in broad-based tax cuts for working American families. These include the Recovery Act, the largest health care tax cut in history, job-creating tax incentives to spur hiring of out-of-work Americans and tax credits and accelerated write offs for small businesses. Bruce Bartlett, President Reagan's domestic policy advisor, noted that 'federal taxes are very considerably lower by every measure since Obama became president.' 'Most people don't realize that tax cuts are the biggest individual piece of the Recovery Act,' Congresswoman Richardson said. 'President Obama and Congress gave 95 percent of working Americans one of the largest tax cuts in history through the Recovery Act. And as you file your 2009 income taxes, you may qualify for a series of other generous tax cuts, for example, you could save money for attending college, making energy-saving home improvements, purchasing a home for the first time, or buying a new car. I encourage all the residents of the 37th Congressional District to take advantage of these and other tax cuts as they are filing their 2009 taxes. And if you missed out on any of these tax cuts, there is still time to amend your 2009 return to get the full benefits of the Recovery Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Small Business Jobs Act Of 2010. 29 September 2010. "Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 5297, the 'Small Business Lending Fund Act of 2010,' which will generate small business growth and job creation by providing tax relief, enhancing loan accessibility, and cutting inefficient bureaucratic red tape. H.R. 5297 will create 500,000 jobs without adding a dollar to the deficit and is one of the most crucial steps in our recovery. This bill takes unprecedented steps to cut taxes and provide credit for small businesses. It gives small businesses $12 billion in tax cuts by: (1) extending bonus depreciation, (2) allowing for 100 percent exclusion of capital gains on investments in small business, and (3) doubling the deduction for startup expenditures." (votesmart.org)

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  • Laura Richardson. Issue Position: Education Agenda. 5 March 2012. "Dear Mr. President, No child left behind' is a clever slogan, but your failed education policies have left more children behind than ever before. As the new Congressmember from the 37th District of California, I'll fight to put our Federal Government's money where your mouth has been - into real education reform that invests in our children's future, and in so doing, the future of our great nation. 1. Introduce legislation to provide a FREE COLLEGE EDUCATION for Every Qualified Student in America. 2. More FEDERAL dollars to implement FEDERAL mandates like "No Child Left Behind" on the state and local level. 3. More After School Programs to keep our kids away from guns, gangs and drugs. 4. More Local Control for Teachers, Parents and Principals. 5. Set High Expectations for All Students and teach basic life skills such as work habits, being responsible and being on time. 6. Expand Computer, Vocational and Technical programs to provide viable alternatives to students who do not wish to go on to college. 7. Increase apprenticeship programs with local businesses and industries to Provide students with first hand experience in the job market." (votesmart.org)

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  • Laura Richardson. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Laura Richardson voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Letter to The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of Interior. 15 November 2011. "We write in support of a wilderness designation for the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as part of the drift Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Refuge that was released in August. We, the undersigned Members of the United States Congress, urge you to choose Alternative C and to recommend Wilderness designation for the iconic, unparalleled Coastal Plain of the Arctic Refuge. [¦] Oil and gas leasing, exploration, development, and production, including seismic activity, support infrastructure or any geological surveys are entirely incompatible with the purposes of the Refuge, and would permanently harm the values for which the Arctic Refuge was established. The Coastal Plain is the biological heart of the Refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls the coastal plain the 'center for wildlife activity' in the Refuge. Allowing drilling the Arctic Refuge would irreparably disrupt this important ecosystem and forever destroy one of our last great wild places." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011. 23 June 2011. "Mr. Chair, I rise in strong support of the Capps amendment to H.R. 2021. [¦] The Capps amendment corrects a glaring flaw in this legislation by maintaining the rights of states who have already been delegated authority to continue to regulate and monitor air pollution from offshore oil and gas operations that will ultimately affect their residents. H.R. 2021 seeks to degrade state permitting powers by cutting time frames, restricting citizen engagement, and shifting responsibilities back to the Environmental Protection Agency. [¦] For 17 years, the Air Resources Board has regulated and monitored oil and gas operations near my district. The standards they employ were developed over nearly 5 decades of experience, and, most importantly, they remain directly accountable to the people and communities of California. Mr. Chair, I believe that if a state invests time and money towards establishing high standards and creating innovative solutions to a problem, they ought to enjoy the full support of the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Honoring Workers who Perished in Deepwater Horizon Accident. 26 May 2010. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H. Res. 1347, which honors the lives of the 11 workers who were tragically killed in the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil platform off the coast of Louisiana. It also commends the rescue workers who courageously responded to the explosion. They showed tremendous strength by risking their lives to save those of others. [¦] Hopefully, this tragic event can serve as a poignant reminder of the need for strong regulations and workplace protections in the offshore oil and gas industry. Measures must be put in place to ensure that a disaster of this kind never happens again. Offshore oil and gas exploration is a line of work that inevitably carries personal safety risks. However, with frequent safety checks, more stringent regulations, and the implementation of the most modern technologies, we can mitigate these risks and promote the safety and wellbeing of all workers in the industry." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Congresswoman Richardson Releases the Following Statement Concerning the Six Month Deepwater Drilling Moratorium Issued by the Interior Department. 1 June 2010. "The Deepwater Horizon oil leak makes it clear that any new offshore drilling must employ the newest technologies and be subjected to diligent upkeep and careful oversight. President Obama has expressed his firm commitment to making certain that offshore oil and gas exploration is done in an environmentally sound way that protects our natural resources, as well as areas critical to commercial fisheries, tourism, and our national security. Moreover, our nation faces an energy crisis that demands a comprehensive solution. The United States consumes 20 percent of the world's oil; the deposits off the coast of the United States represent less than 3 percent of the world's oil. We need to harness clean domestic energy sources such as wind and solar power, invest in biofuels, and make our cars more energy efficient. Our long term energy strategy should both move us away from carbon-based fuels and protect our cherished natural resources, especially the vital ecosystems in our nation's coastal regions." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Congresswoman Laura Richardson's Statement on the Importance of Improving the Planning and Response of DHS in Regards to the Lessons Learned from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. 22 September 2010. "In response to the Gulf Coast oil spill, I will soon introduce two bills, the OSPREY act and the SHORE act. Together, these bills will 1) establish a legislative preference for restoration over other types of mitigation or compensation; 2) define damages in such a way that the monetary restitution will cover the actual costs of restoration efforts; 3) require operators of oil rigs to prepare a baseline study and clean-up plan that assumes the worst case scenario; and 4) require operators of oil rigs to develop a mitigation plan for restoring areas damaged by oil spills to the status quo." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Laura Richardson voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Laura Richardson voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • Laura Richardson. Letter to Colleague. 26 July 2011. "We are writing to urge you to oppose H.R. 2584, the FY 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill. This bill would severely curtail the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect the public health of the American people and would disproportionately impact those living in the communities we represent. In addition to draconian funding cuts, the bill also includes numerous anti-environment riders that would permit polluters to continue harming the public health. We strongly urge you to oppose this bill to ensure that the EPA is able to protect the public from harmful pollutants like mercury and arsenic." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Laura Richardson voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Laura Richardson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Laura Richardson voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011. 23 June 2011. "Mr. Chair, I rise in strong support of the Capps amendment to H.R. 2021. [¦] The Capps amendment corrects a glaring flaw in this legislation by maintaining the rights of states who have already been delegated authority to continue to regulate and monitor air pollution from offshore oil and gas operations that will ultimately affect their residents. H.R. 2021 seeks to degrade state permitting powers by cutting time frames, restricting citizen engagement, and shifting responsibilities back to the Environmental Protection Agency. [¦] For 17 years, the Air Resources Board has regulated and monitored oil and gas operations near my district. The standards they employ were developed over nearly 5 decades of experience, and, most importantly, they remain directly accountable to the people and communities of California. Mr. Chair, I believe that if a state invests time and money towards establishing high standards and creating innovative solutions to a problem, they ought to enjoy the full support of the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Opposition to H.R. 2417 "Better Use of Light-Bulb Act". 29 July 2011. "Mr. Speaker, H.R. 2417 is a dim idea that should not see the light of day. Because I am focused on spurring innovation, conserving energy, protecting the environment and creating jobs, I strongly oppose H.R. 2417, and urge my colleagues to do likewise. [¦] Mr. Speaker, this bill is harmful to the environment. The efficiency standards that H.R. 2417 would repeal have been shown to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, it is not surprising that H.R. 2417 is strongly opposed by environmental groups like Environment America, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Natural Resources Defense Fund. They understand the detrimental, long-term effects that a repeal of H.R. 2417 would have on our environment, and what that means for the quality of life of our children and families nationwide." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jeneba Ghatt. Politic365: Rep. Laura Richardson Champions Gun Control, Civil Rights. 3 February 2011. "Most recently, people have heard Representative Richardson's name attached to the "Freedom to Serve Without Fear" Act that she introduced in the wake of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords assassination attempt in Tucson, Arizona. If passed, the Act would prohibit guns "at scheduled events where an elected representative is engaging in official acts, representational duties, or campaign activity," according to a written statement from Richardson's office." (politic365.com)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Laura Richardson a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Laura Richardson in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Laura Richardson voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Laura Richardson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Congresswoman Laura Richardson Rises in Strong Opposition of H.R. 822, The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 9 July 2012. "Mr. Chair, I rise today in strong opposition to H.R. 822, the proposed National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. I call on my colleagues to join me in rejecting this ill-considered and unwise legislation which will effectively force all states to accept the lowest-common-standard in concealed carry laws. Passage of this bill is reckless and undeniably a threat to public safety." (richardson.house.gov)

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  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Laura Richardson voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Congresswoman Laura Richardson's Remarks on the One Year Anniversary of the GOP Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act. 19 January 2012. "As we begin the second session of the 112th Congress, I remain committed to providing affordable health care to Americans and I will to continue to fight to keep the Affordable Care Act intact." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Congresswoman Richardson's Statement on the Ceremonial Vote to Repeal "Affordable Care Act" in the U.S. House of Representatives. 21 January 2011. "Today, Congresswoman Laura Richardson (D-CA) issued the following statement regarding the ceremonial vote to repeal the 'Affordable Care Act' in the U.S. House of Representatives. 'Despite the objections by a majority in the Senate and the commitment of President Obama to veto the bill, the new Republican majority put politricks over politics in their vote today. In my district, where 87,000 individuals previous to the Affordable Care Act, did not have health insurance; local hospitals were being uncompensated by $125 million dollars annually for providing care to 101,000 individuals, including 10,000 children All were denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions. The flawed attempt today of passing in only one body the 'Patients' Rights Repeal Act H.R. 2' was simply a demonstration of campaigning and not governing. At a time when 12.4% of Californian's are unemployed and the economy is slowly approaching growth, I look forward to supporting legislation that will strengthen and improve affordable healthcare.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2001. "Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we took measures to lower health care costs without cutting benefits or increasing cost-sharing requirement. While we can make more improvements, we must not abandon that commitment." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition to the rule providing for consideration of H.R. 2, the 'Patient Rights Repeal Act of 2011.' This bill is a giant step backwards for our country. By repealing the landmark achievement of the Affordable Care Act we would be taking away affordable coverage and financial security from thousands of my constituents and millions more across the country. A vote in support of this bill is a vote for insurance companies over everyday Americans; it is a vote to return us to the days when fine print was used to cancel coverage for hard-working people; and it is a vote to take away parents' peace of mind, who will no longer know if their children will be able see a doctor when they get sick. Mr. Speaker, at a time when Americans will soon finally be free from the fear that affordable coverage will not be available to them and their families when they need it the most, repealing the Affordable Care Act would be devastating." (votesmart.org)

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  • Laura Richardson. Grijalva Joined By Broad Cross-Section of Members of Congress In Praising Yesterday's First Ever Senate Hearing on The DREAM Act. 29 June 2011. "The DREAM Act will allow a limited number hard working young men and women to dedicate themselves to our country and communities, and in the process make our nation better, stronger, and safer. That is why this legislation is strongly supported by the military services, the faith community, the business community, leading higher education organizations, and thoughtful commentators on both sides of the aisle, including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Laura Richardson voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010. 8 December 2010. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the ``American DREAM Act.' I am proud to be a co-sponsor of this important legislation which reflects fundamental American values of opportunity, responsibility, and community. This legislation provides an opportunity for certain young men and women who demonstrate the responsible behavior necessary to earn the chance to become a naturalized citizen. [¦] The DREAM Act recognizes that there are a limited number of young people who, through no fault of their own, have been living in the United States illegally since childhood. For the vast majority of these young men and women, the United States is the only country they have ever known and is the one to which they have always pledged allegiance. By providing those who have demonstrated good moral character the ability to integrate fully into American society through military service or a college education, the DREAM Act rewards responsible and productive behavior while at the same time invests in the future prosperity of our great nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Immigration. 17 February 2012. "Congresswoman Richardson believes that our immigration system is broken and she is committed to comprehensive immigration reform to secure our borders, keep our nation safe, uphold the rule of the law, protect our workers, our economy, unite families, and provide a pathway to legalization." (richardson.house.gov)

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  • Laura Richardson. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Laura Richardson voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Laura Richardson voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Gay Issues Key In 37th Race. 6 June 2007. "Assemblywoman Laura Richardson has made good on her pledge to support gay marriage, voting with 41 other Democrats to pass a bill by Mark Leno on the Assembly floor. While Richardson fulfilled a promise, the issue could complicate her campaign to replace the late Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald in Congress. Once an opponent of gay marriage, Richardson changed her mind relatively recently and has taken fire from both sides of the contentious issue. [¦] Richardson's history on the issue is more complicated. Eleven years ago, she sent out an anti-gay mailer in a legislative race, attacking her opponent for supporting a 'radical gay rights agenda' that included gay marriage. Sen. Sheila Kuehl recently unearthed the mailer, which she called 'homophobic and hateful' and put it in a fund raising e-mail for Oropeza. Richardson has acknowledged she took bad advice from a campaign consultant. But she still opposed gay marriage as recently as 2004, when a resolution on the issue came before the Long Beach City Council, where she served as a councilwoman until her election to the Legislature last fall. She voted against the resolution, which failed by one vote, saying she did support civil unions, but not marriage. But when the issue came before the Long Beach City Council again last year, Richardson joined a unanimous vote in favor of gay marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. In Recognition of LGBT History Month. 14 October 2011. "Mr. Speaker, October is LGBT History Month, and I rise to pay tribute to the remarkable achievements of numerous members of this vibrant community and to recognize some of the men and women whose contributions and service have made America better and greater. [¦] I am proud to acknowledge the achievements of just a few of the countless number of Americans who defied the odds and overcame prejudice and discrimination, and intolerance and worked to make everyone including America be a more welcoming place succeeding generations of LGBT community members." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Pelosi, 132 House Members File Amicus Brief in Landmark Court Challenge to DOMA. 2 November 2011. "The brief makes it clear that the House is not united on this issue, that the BLAG lawyers do not speak for the entire institution, and that there is no legitimate federal interest in denying married gay and lesbian couples the legal security, rights and responsibilities that federal law provides to couples who are married under state law. Section 3 does not affect married heterosexual couples and their children, who are recognized regardless of DOMA. And this law affirmatively harms married gay and lesbian couples and their children." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Rep. Laura Richardson Commends White House on DOMA Decision. 24 February 2011. "With its announcement today, the Administration has taken important steps toward ensuring that all Americans are afforded equal rights under the U.S. Constitution regardless of sexual orientation. As a result of this important shift in the White House's position on DOMA, the U.S. government will not defend parts of the law currently being addressed in lawsuits claiming DOMA as discriminatory. I applaud the president's decision to no longer defend the discriminatory statutes laid out in DOMA and I remain committed to work toward upholding national standards of equality for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Who's Going To Washington? 8 June 2007. "The debate was held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Transit Center, and was sponsored by an association of black pastors. The clergy were particularly interested to hear all the candidates' views on gay marriage and abortion. Richardson was forced to explain her vote two days prior in support of gay marriage, which was not a popular position among many in the room. Richardson argued that she believed in free choice, including the choice of gay people to marry but also the choice of ministers not to recognize gay relationships or perform gay weddings." (votesmart.org)

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  • Laura Richardson. Congresswoman Laura (CA-37) Richardson Statement on the Death of Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "After more than a decade of terror and the murders of thousands of people in the United States and throughout the world, the death of Osama Bin Laden marks an important step toward the end of the United States in the War on Terror. I commend President Obama on his leadership, focus and perseverance as well as the bravery of the courageous Special Forces who participated in the heroic operation that lead to the slaying of the world's most wanted man. We owe our military, intelligence community and those who participated in this action our deepest gratitude and appreciation for their tireless efforts, sacrifice and dedication to their mission. [¦] As we mark this historic moment, we must remain mindful that there is still much work to be done. Al-Qaeda and its affiliates and supporters pose continued serious threats to our national security, and as a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, I continue to be a committed advocate for secure borders, emergency preparedness, and sound policies that evolve to match our nation's changing needs and circumstances. All Americans must stay vigilant and alert as we continue to confront the dangers facing our nation at home and abroad. Together, the United States and our global allies will persist in our fight against those who threaten our freedom and liberty." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson. Support of H. Res. 391, A Resolution Relating to the Terrorist Attacks Against the Untied States on September 11, 2001. 9 September 2011. "As the troops in the battlefields of Afghanistan begin their withdrawal, we are reminded of the reasons why we entered the war in the first place: to exact justice on those responsible for the attacks on 9/11 and to eliminate their sympathizers' ability to conduct a similar attack in the future. In those two regards, I would argue that we have been extraordinarily successful. Perhaps the most consequential victory of the War on Terror came earlier this year when Osama bin Laden's life was finally ended by a group of Navy SEALs who deftly carried-out a covert operation at bin Laden's secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. I am extremely thankful for President Obama and his Administration's firm leadership in the effort to bring bin Laden to justice. The sense of victory experienced by Americans after the death of Osama bin Laden was so powerful that it seemed to carry us into a new chapter of the War on Terror, one less concerned with fighting the enemy overseas and one more concerned with protecting our citizens at home." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Laura Richardson supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Laura Richardson signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors Pledge. 9 July 2012. "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)
  • Laura Richardson. 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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