Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NM) - District 1, Democratic
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Michelle Lujan Grisham has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

Issue Positions

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

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  • "The right to choose has been a fundamental right enjoyed by women for more than two generations." http://www.michellelujangrisham.com/issues/ (www.michellelujangrisham.com)
  • "Michelle is absolutely committed to supporting a woman's right to choose and will strongly oppose any move to limit access to that right." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/701782/issue-position-womens-rights#.VZQNp3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "In Congress, I will fight for the middle class and make sure that the wealthy pay their fair share." http://www.michellelujangrisham.com/press/2012/07/25/end-the-bush-tax-cuts-for-millionaires/ (www.michellelujangrisham.com)
  • "The last thing we need now is more gifts to special interests, or tax cuts for the wealthiest American." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951912/lujan-grisham-votes-for-modern-infrastructure-bigger-paychecks/?search=Tax%20Cuts#.VipfB2wViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing to urge the Subcommittee to maintain resources for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program and fund it at $250 million. This program has been critical for state and local law enforcement in combating drug abuse in our nation's communities." http://mckinley.house.gov/uploads/FY16%20HIDTA%201.pdf (mckinley.house.gov)

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  • "By investing in critical infrastructure, she believes we are investing in New Mexico’s middle class. From roads, bridges and schools to broadband for all New Mexicans to renewable energy, Congress can take the lead in setting priorities, incentivizing entrepreneurs, and getting people back to work." http://www.michellelujangrisham.com/issues/ (www.michellelujangrisham.com)
  • "What we need right now is a balanced approach that puts New Mexicans back to work. That is why I voted for the democratic alternative that invests in education and infrastructure, supports research and development, and restores cuts to health care for seniors. It is a common sense approach that will reduce ourlong-term deficit, spur growth and create jobs, and protect our most vulnerable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/864323/lujan-grisham-rejects-the-republican-budget-again/?search=invest#.VZQZ2XUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Our tax code should support small businesses and entrepreneurs, not penalize them. That's why I'm proud to introduce the HOME Act in the House of Representatives and that's why I'll continue working to make it easier for small businesses to succeed, grow and create New Mexico jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/846996/lujan-grisham-introduces-legislation-to-support-nm-small-businesses#.VZwC5XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The GOP will raise taxes on the middle class if they can't keep tax breaks for the wealthy. […] The House Republicans' plan means the rich are getting richer and the middle class pays the price. That's not how we grow the economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/729475/end-the-bust-tax-cuts-for-millionaires#.VZwCkXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Teachers and schools must be supported and not subjected to unfunded or underfunded mandates. Diversity in teaching methods and innovation in the classroom must be encouraged. Educators must be allowed to educate, not only be required to assist students in developing testing strategies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/323015/issue-position-education#.VZwDXXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "YDI is committed to changing the lives of children and families in our community for the better and this Early Head Start grant is one more opportunity toward that goal." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951877/lujan-grisham-announces-15-million-for-early-head-start-program#.VZwDLnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted against S.1. "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299#.VZwDx3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "From roads, bridges, and schools to broadband for all New Mexicans to renewable energy, Congress can take the lead in setting priorities, incentivizing entrepreneurs, and getting people back to work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/669807/issue-position-jobs-the-economy/?search=renewable%20energy#.VZQgwHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • " In Congress, Michelle will champion the development of clean energy technologies to protect the planet, our citizens and grow the economy of New Mexico. " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/701779/issue-position-environment#.Vip85mwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "In Congress, I will be a fighter for our environment, leading the way for clean water, clean air and our land. I will end the gridlock in Washington and stand up to corporate polluters who need to do more to reduce greenhouse gas." https://www.facebook.com/mlujangrisham/posts/326443004089412 (www.facebook.com)
  • "Michelle has the experience and energy to end the gridlock in Washington and stand up to corporate polluters who need to do more to reduce greenhouse gas." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/701779/issue-position-environment#.Vip85mwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Salem News "Make no mistake about it, climate change is real and we need to do something about it." http://www.salem-news.com/articles/may022013/climate-change-kp.php (www.salem-news.com)

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  • KOAT Albuquerque "Congress can no longer afford to wait on enacting a ban on assault weapons, including automatic and semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazine clips." http://www.koat.com/news/new-mexico/albuquerque/NM-lawmakers-offer-views-on-tougher-gun-laws/17823942 (www.koat.com)
  • Rated 10% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)

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  • "The Health Insurance Marketplace enables you to shop, compare, and enroll in a health insurance plan. You and your family can explore every qualified insurance plan in your area, along with any tax credits and free or low-cost insurance programs you may qualify for." https://lujangrisham.house.gov/issues/health-care (lujangrisham.house.gov)
  • "The Affordable Care Act is working, and its benefits are being felt throughout the country, especially in my home State." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/784269/opposing-the-repeal-of-the-affordable-healthcare-act/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.VZQmbnUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "[…] I have been working hard to achieve comprehensive reform that keeps families together, provides a tough but fair earned pathway to citizenship, enhances border security, grows the economy and is in line with our core American values." https://lujangrisham.house.gov/issues/immigration (lujangrisham.house.gov)
  • "As a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, I believe the Senate Gang of 8's statement of principles on immigration reform is a first step toward what eventually could be a workable system. As such, it is encouraging to me that there is bipartisan agreement on the need to move forward in a comprehensive manner, which includes helping more than 11 million undocumented individuals get on an earned pathway to citizenship." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761406/lujan-grisham-statement-on-senate-immigration-proposal/?search=immigration#.VZQpxnUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "On this historic day, I would like to congratulate all of the same-sex couples in New Mexico who can now enjoy the same rights and protections of any legally-recognized marriage. Many of these couples have been waiting decades for this day, and I am incredibly happy for them." https://lujangrisham.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/lujan-grisham-statement-new-mexico-same-sex-marriage-decision (lujangrisham.house.gov)
  • "That means not resting until same-sex couples in our state and throughout the nation achieve equal rights. The fight for marriage equality is about recognizing the lifelong commitment that LGBT couples have made to each other. It's about promise, devotion and love. It's about the principles and ideals upon which our country was founded." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/794244/lujan-grisham-statement-on-supreme-court-rulings-on-marriage-equality#.VZQrRXUViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "ISIL poses a serious and direct threat to our national security, and we must respond in a strategic and decisive manner. This effort is warranted to protect Americans citizens abroad and our allies and to eliminate the international terrorist threat posed by ISIL. Going forward, Congress must be vigilant in its oversight and ensure that this operation remains focused and effective." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/929134/lujan-grisham-statement-on-isil-amendment#.VZwFc3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "While I understand the necessity of that type of training for nuclear security personnel, I question the value of extending the same training and DOE resources to local law enforcement agencies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951863/rep-lujan-grisham-calls-on-doe-to-suspend-apd-access-to-elite-military-style-training-facility#.VZwFM3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I strongly oppose any effort to privatize Social Security and Medicare […]." https://lujangrisham.house.gov/issues/seniors-issues (lujangrisham.house.gov)

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