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Gerry Connolly's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (VA) - District 11, Democratic
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Gerry Connolly has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Gerry Connolly is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gerald Connolly. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "As you consider Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations legislation, we urge you to protect the District of Columbia's right to self-government as well as the health and reproductive rights of low-income women in the District of Columbia. We respectfully request that you ensure that language that undermines self-government is not included in subsequent legislation as it was in the House Appropriations committee-approved bill. Specifically, 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. The autonomy of the District is necessary for democratic self-governance, and Congress should be mindful not to violate District residents' rights to control their own tax dollars. The Home Rule Act of 1973 was a result of decades of efforts to protect the rights of District residents. Republicans have spent much of the 112th Congress interfering in local District matters. Each time Democrats accede to violations of the District's home rule, we embolden Republicans to continue their attacks 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)
  • Gerry Connolly. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Gerry Connolly voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Gerry Connolly in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Gerry Connolly in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Gerry Connolly supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerry Connolly. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Gerry Connolly voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Gerry Connolly supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Gerry Connolly supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerry Connolly. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Gerry Connolly voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Gerry Connolly supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. Twitter: GerryConnolly. 12 October 2011. Jim_Moran & I signed petition to bobmcdonnell urging the rejection of VA regs to shut down women's health clinics." (twitter.com)
  • Gerald Connolly. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "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)
No Inferred 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

  • Gerald Connolly. $800 Billion In Tax Cuts. 20 April 2010. "The proof of these tax cuts is clearly evident in the latest tax refund data: The average refund in America increased by 10 percent this year, to a record $3,000. Thanks to the tax cuts passed by this Congress, we've returned more money to American taxpayers than ever before." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. House Approves Middle-Class Tax Cuts. 2 December 2010. "The recovery is not sufficiently robust or stable and, until it is, we ought not to raise taxes on anybody." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Gerry Connolly supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 12 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. Falls Church News Press “ Connolly in Sharp-Tongued Rebuke of Job-Obstructing Ideologues. 21 September 2011. "The last thing in the world it is is 'class warfare.' Is Warren Buffet, the second wealthiest man in the U.S., engaging in class warfare when he says it is unfair that he pays taxes at a lower rate than his secretary? It's about paying a fair share." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. Connolly Supports Tax Cuts. 30 July 2010. "We are managing a very fragile recovery, and now is not the time to raise taxes on anyone. The timing is wrong and we should not do anything at this juncture that could jeopardize or slow the nation's economic growth." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gerald Connolly. The Hill: Connolly Asks, "What Would Reagan Do?" 5 June 2012. "'The other notable thing Ronald Reagan did was to preside over a nation with a sharp increase in public sector employment from local, state and federal levels,' Connolly said. 'While today's Republicans may try to argue otherwise, teaching jobs are jobs, firefighters have jobs, police jobs are jobs,' he added. 'Three of the last four economic recoveries had one thing in common " public-sector employment increased.' Connolly said jobs in the public sector increased by 1 to 3.5 percent in the recessions of the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. 'In contrast, today's recovery from the recent recession has seen total public sector [employment] decrease by 2.5 percent, largely because the Republicans have gotten their way in trying to shrink the public sector,' he said. Connolly added that if public-sector employment had remained steady for the last few years, the unemployment rate would be 7.8 percent, not 8.2 percent. And he said that Republican attempts to freeze spending and push for cuts has hurt construction jobs around the country." (connolly.house.gov)
  • Nicholas F. Benton. Falls Church News Press: Falls Church News Press: Connolly to Telephone Town Hall: N. Va. Will Survive Defense Cuts. 4 August 2011. "Because of this region's 'broad economic base,' he added, 'It will keep us vibrant.' He said that the cuts totaling $2.5 trillion in 10 years contained in the bill that passed this week 'cannot be done with a meat cleaver. He have to preserve investment in research and development, in infrastructure and human capital to maintain the ability of the economy to recover.'" (connolly.house.gov)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Gerry Connolly supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Gerry Connolly a rating of 5 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerry Connolly. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Gerry Connolly voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. Congressman Connolly Floor Statement February 10, 2011 On Build American Bonds program. 10 February 2011. "My own state of Virginia issued $3.3 billion in bonds for 45 projects, and nationwide, hundreds of thousands of jobs were created, helping maintain a strong American infrastructure and growing our economy. We can create hundreds of thousands more if we extend the program. So I ask my colleagues, if you're serious about job creation, support H.R. 11. Extend the Build America Bonds program. Create jobs. It's time to move forward and get something done for America." (connolly.house.gov)
  • Gerald Connolly. Digging Out From The Recession. 23 February 2010. "Mark Zandi, a Republican economist [¦] said, 'I don't think it's an accident that the economy has gone out of recession and into recovery at the same time that the stimulus is providing its maximum economic impact.' Mr. Speaker, our job is not finished, but our efforts have saved the economy from complete collapse and half-restored growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. Fiscally Responsible NO Vote on Spending Bill. 3 June 2011. "We are not out of the woods yet, but many of our actions designed to spur economic growth are still working. We should let these programs play out instead of passing new spending bills, no matter how worthwhile they may be, that will add to the deficit and increase the national debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. Successful Government Intervention. 10 September 2010. "And in the midst of this economic maelstrom, in the face of the united opposition from the minority, we took action, immediate action, and passed the Recovery Act to stabilize the economy [¦] Despite the fragile economy, our economy is growing again, and that growth is the direct result of the actions of this Congress to save American taxpayers and to save this economy." (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

  • Gerald Connolly. Issue Position: Change "No Child Left Behind" and Invest in Education. 20 July 2012. "Connolly believes we need to increase federal investments in education so our children learn the skills they need to compete in the global economy. He stood up to the Bush administration to demand that 'No Child Left Behind' be fully funded. In Congress, he'll work with the new administration to change the program and provide necessary funding for the schools that need it most." (votesmart.org)
  • Sandra Abrevaya. Secretary Duncan, Congressman Connolly Visit Riverside Elementary for One Year Anniversary of Recovery Act. 17 February 2010. "Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly highlighted the positive impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) at Riverside Elementary School in Alexandria, Va. To date, Virginia has received $1,372,041,529 in stimulus funding which has been used to support over 5,000 jobs and drive reform. Fairfax County has received over $49 million which has been used to support nearly 600 jobs and drive reform. At Riverside Elementary, the bulk of the $333,000 awarded was used to support a successful extended learning time program and parent workshops [¦] 'In addition to preventing teacher layoffs, the Recovery Act is increasing aid for disadvantaged children, modernizing classrooms and increasing Individuals with Disabilities Education Act funds,' said Connolly. 'With most local and state governments still facing serious budget challenges, these federal resources could not have come at a more critical time for Northern Virginia children.'" (www.ed.gov)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Vote: http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VEZpB6CW29V (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gerald Connolly. Funding the Federal Government. 14 March 2011. "The Republican plan also repeals much of the Clean Air Act, including the EPA's ability to protect us from mercury pollution, soot, and greenhouse gases. In fact, the CR even repeals the ability to monitor and track greenhouse gases [¦] The continuing resolution passed 2 weeks ago is not responsible. It sacrifices our Nation's values, our health, our security, our economy, our transportation needs, our environmental plans, and hundreds of thousands of jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. Green Energy As A Solution To Our Many Crises. 20 May 2009. "If we do not arrest the rising concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere then we will saddle the next generation with ever-rising costs of dealing with climate change and its human costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. Issue Position: Protection Our Environment: The Connolly Environmental Agenda. 18 October 2011. "We must take every possible step to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to levels that scientists believe will avoid the most catastrophic impacts of global warming." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. Regional Impacts Of Clean Energy Legislation. 19 May 2009. "Since we are in the midst of the most severe economic contraction since the Great Depression, the clean energy jobs legislation before us represents not an academic debate but, rather, an opportunity to spur economic growth and to reduce greenhouse gas pollution based in successful policies that have been enacted at home and abroad." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Gerry Connolly supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Gerry Connolly in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gerry Connolly. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Gerry Connolly voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gerry Connolly. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Gerry Connolly voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Gerry Connolly in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Gerry Connolly in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Gerry Connolly supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. Addressing Greenhouse Gas Emissions. 10 June 2009. "I rise in support of the Energy and Commerce legislation that addresses greenhouse gas emissions [¦] If we are going to move forward and stay competitive as a country and if we are going to protect the interests of our consumers and the environment, we need a new platform. This bill provides that." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. Energy Legislation: The Senate Must Join The House In Acting Swiftly. 20 October 2009. "Now that the House has passed this bill, the Senate too must act quickly to pass it so that the United States can take its rightful place as a leading voice in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas pollution." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. Time To Pass Clean Energy Legislation. 12 May 2009. "Now is the time to pass legislation that spurs jobs creation, reduces greenhouse gas pollution and puts money back in the pockets of the people who are suffering as a result of the failed economic policies of the Republican administration that just left town." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Gerry Connolly in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 17 November 2011. "Mr. Chair, after a decade in which 10 to 12 thousand Americans were murdered with guns every single year, the House is considering legislation to protect criminals' ability to carry concealed weapons. This reckless legislation almost certainly would add to our gun homicide rate, which is already 19.5 times higher than other developed countries. This bill will likely add to the gun violence death toll, which totals over 1 million Americans since 1968." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Gerry Connolly in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gerry Connolly. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Gerry Connolly voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. Issues. 18 October 2011. "Gerry Connolly voted for health insurance reform because he believes the current system is too expensive and gives too much power to the insurance companies. Northern Virginia families and small businesses will see lower costs, better quality of care, and meaningful insurance reforms from this legislation." (gerryconnolly.com)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Gerry Connolly supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. "I rise as a member of the Budget Committee to oppose this deficit-busting repeal [¦] I urge my colleagues to remember [the 129 million Americans without health insurance coverage] and vote against this repeal. Do not take away their hope." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2011. "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." (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

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Gerry Connolly supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Gerry Connolly supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerry Connolly. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Gerry Connolly voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gerry Connolly. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Gerry Connolly voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. Article: Transcript of Connolly's Live Chat on The Washington Post Website. 24 September 2009. "All of my public career, I have a passionate advocate for equal rights and a strong opponent of discrimination in any form against any group. As Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, I championed anti-discrimination legislation based on sexual orientation. Here in Congress, I was proud to cosponsor legislation that would allow for domestic partnership benefits for federal employees. I will enthusiastically work to end Don't Ask Don't Tell in the coming months and will look for other opportunities to create and ensure discrimination-free federal policies." (connolly.house.gov)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Gerry Connolly supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Gerry Connolly supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gerald Connolly. Pelosi, 132 House Members File Amicus Brief in Landmark Court Challenge to DOMA. 2 November 2011. "Ensuring "consistency" in federal treatment of marital status cannot justify treating this class of married citizens as unmarried for all federal purposes. There have been non-trivial differences in state marriage laws throughout our Nation's history, and the federal government has proven capable of handling those differences. It is not credible to claim that this is now an interest only when it comes to the treatment of married lesbian and gay couples. Married same-sex and different-sex couples are similarly situated with regard to federal marriage-based benefits, and the Constitution requires Congress to treat them with equal regard." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Donna Cassata. Associated Press: Obama security record gives GOP few openings. 19 June 2012. "'There's nothing like success to quell criticism,' said Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va. 'I think the fact that there have been some successes, ranging from spectacular, Osama bin Laden, to the utter decapitation of al-Qaida to the disruption of violent insurgencies in Yemen, Somalia ... western parts of Pakistan has done much to quiet some of that criticism. ... I think the Republicans are very hard-pressed to criticize that aspect of the president's foreign policy.'" (bigstory.ap.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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gerald Connolly. The Washington Post “ Worried Democrats Courting Elderly Voters as Midterm Elections Near. 20 August 2010. "There are people who think even today that it would be a good idea to privatize Social Security. I will resist to my last breath any attempt to privatize Social Security." (votesmart.org)

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