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John Larson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CT) - District 1, Democratic
On The Ballot: Won, Democratic for U.S. House - District 1
John Larson has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "We strongly oppose efforts to undermine the integrity of the Title X program and harm the millions of people who rely on it for care. Federal health policy should be evidence-based and produced with the best interests of patients in mind. It should not be the result of the political whims of a partisan campaign pledge. " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1244435/letter-to-the-hon-alexander-azar-secretary-of-health-and-human-services-chairman-crowley-sens-warren-murray-and-hassan-and-reps-barbara-lee-and-nita-lowey-oppose-title-x-domestic-gag-rule#.WzFcza3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/17188/john-larson#.VXs2lHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/17188/john-larson#.VXs2lHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We strongly oppose efforts to undermine the integrity of the Title X program and harm the millions of people who rely on it for care. Federal health policy should be evidence-based and produced with the best interests of patients in mind. It should not be the result of the political whims of a partisan campaign pledge. " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1244435/letter-to-the-hon-alexander-azar-secretary-of-health-and-human-services-chairman-crowley-sens-warren-murray-and-hassan-and-reps-barbara-lee-and-nita-lowey-oppose-title-x-domestic-gag-rule#.WzFcza3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/17188/john-larson#.VXs2lHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/17188/john-larson#.VXs2lHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • "Everyone in Washington agrees that preventing a tax hike on working families is the right thing to do in these difficult economic times. Giving Americans some economic certainty and putting money in the pockets of middle-class consumers will help get our economy moving again and build a stronger future. But instead of doing what we all agree on -- extending the middle class tax cut -- Republicans are holding the middle class hostage to protect huge tax breaks for the very wealthiest Americans. Worse, their plan would actually raise taxes on 25 million lower- and middle-income families and add an additional $50 billion to the deficit next year alone," said House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (D-CT). "With a $1-trillion deficit, the country simply can't afford to keep giving out tax breaks to the wealthy and large corporations and still meet our pressing needs. That's why Democrats are insisting that we ask the richest 2% of Americans to pay their fair share so that we can start paying down the deficit, create jobs and put people back to work." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/733462/ways-and-means-democrats-introduce-senate-passed-tax-cut-bill/?search=wealthy#.WzI9kK3SQfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "Everyone in Washington agrees that preventing a tax hike on working families is the right thing to do in these difficult economic times. Giving Americans some economic certainty and putting money in the pockets of middle-class consumers will help get our economy moving again and build a stronger future. But instead of doing what we all agree on -- extending the middle class tax cut -- Republicans are holding the middle class hostage to protect huge tax breaks for the very wealthiest Americans. Worse, their plan would actually raise taxes on 25 million lower- and middle-income families and add an additional $50 billion to the deficit next year alone," said House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (D-CT). "With a $1-trillion deficit, the country simply can't afford to keep giving out tax breaks to the wealthy and large corporations and still meet our pressing needs. That's why Democrats are insisting that we ask the richest 2% of Americans to pay their fair share so that we can start paying down the deficit, create jobs and put people back to work." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/733462/ways-and-means-democrats-introduce-senate-passed-tax-cut-bill/?search=wealthy#.WzI9kK3SQfJ (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "·Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1219049/letter-to-donald-j-trump-president-of-the-united-states-keep-government-open-include-bipartisan-priorities/?search=defense%20spending#.W7yyqmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Overturning the Destructive Citizens United Decision When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United, they opened a Pandora's Box of unintended consequences by allowing nearly unlimited money to flow into our elections. The Supreme Court had their chance to speak, and now the American people will have theirs through the "Democracy Is for All' constitutional amendment, (H.J.RES.22). This constitutional amendment will offer the best chance of overturning the damaging Citizens United decision. It would once again empower Congress to enact strong campaign finance regulations such as laws limiting large contributions and governing campaign spending. It would also give Congress and the States the power to enact common sense laws to restrict the unlimited flow of money into our elections without facing objections from the Court. Promoting Transparency Rep. Larson is a proud cosponsor of the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 430), a direct response to the Citizens United decision intended to pull back the curtain on campaign finance reports. The DISCLOSE Act would mandate timely disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, and other entities, and require those organizations to clearly share such information with the shareholders and members they represent." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1131838/issue-position-free-and-fairer-elections/?search=campaign%20finance#.W7yy12dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "John has long been a vocal proponent for stable, long-term funding for Connecticut's infrastructure. He voted in favor of bipartisan legislation that secured more than $3.5 billion for transportation projects across the state, including expanded rail service to connect Hartford with the rest of New England. These investments will bring jobs, tourism, and growth to Connecticut--but the fight doesn't end there." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1099450/issue-position-infrastructure (votesmart.org)
  • "We are going to keep building with major projects like my infrastructure plan that will create 13 million plus jobs across the country and one on one work with our workers and our businesses." http://larsonforcongress.org/issues/jobs-economy/ (larsonforcongress.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "John has long been a vocal proponent for stable, long-term funding for Connecticut's infrastructure. He voted in favor of bipartisan legislation that secured more than $3.5 billion for transportation projects across the state, including expanded rail service to connect Hartford with the rest of New England. These investments will bring jobs, tourism, and growth to Connecticut--but the fight doesn't end there." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1099450/issue-position-infrastructure (votesmart.org)
  • "We are going to keep building with major projects like my infrastructure plan that will create 13 million plus jobs across the country and one on one work with our workers and our businesses." http://larsonforcongress.org/issues/jobs-economy/ (larsonforcongress.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is not enough to promise investments in infrastructure, John knows we need responsible sources of funding. Large corporations rely heavily on our roads and bridges, often doing considerable damage to their integrity while dumping pollutants into the air. John continues to argue in favor of a carbon tax to make sure corporations pay for the wear-and-tear to our roadways." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1099450/issue-position-infrastructure#.WzI-Sq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It is not enough to promise investments in infrastructure, John knows we need responsible sources of funding. Large corporations rely heavily on our roads and bridges, often doing considerable damage to their integrity while dumping pollutants into the air. John continues to argue in favor of a carbon tax to make sure corporations pay for the wear-and-tear to our roadways." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1099450/issue-position-infrastructure#.WzI-Sq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am proud to join the National Teacher Day Resolution expressing support for a pay increase for public school teachers and greater federal and state investment in public education." https://twitter.com/RepJohnLarson/status/993936939249172482 (twitter.com)
  • "Head Start programs are crucial to our local communities and our children. They provide early education programs that ensure children are ready for Kindergarten when the time comes. Proud that we were able to secure a $610 million increase in funding for these programs." https://twitter.com/RepJohnLarson/status/979456159492067328 (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We can grow jobs in clean energy." http://larsonforcongress.org/issues/energy-the-environment/ (larsonforcongress.org)
  • "We can grow jobs in clean energy." http://larsonforcongress.org/issues/energy-the-environment/ (larsonforcongress.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This fight won’t be easy. The solutions are challenging. My America Wins Act will tax polluters and pollution and will invest that money into our nation;s infrastructure. It is a real plan to deal with this difficult issue." http://larsonforcongress.org/issues/energy-the-environment/ (larsonforcongress.org)
  • "This fight won’t be easy. The solutions are challenging. My America Wins Act will tax polluters and pollution and will invest that money into our nation;s infrastructure. It is a real plan to deal with this difficult issue." http://larsonforcongress.org/issues/energy-the-environment/ (larsonforcongress.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Strides are being made in the United States Senate. Compromise is being offered on something that 92 percent of the American people agree with: universal background checks, universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/777846/lets-do-our-patriotic-duty-and-vote-on-gun-control/?search=gun%20control#.VXHCfXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "That’s why I continue to fight in any way possible to demand sensible changes to our gun laws." http://larsonforcongress.org/issues/gun-violence-prevention/ (larsonforcongress.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/17188/john-larson/37#.VXHFIHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "That’s why I continue to fight in any way possible to demand sensible changes to our gun laws." http://larsonforcongress.org/issues/gun-violence-prevention/ (larsonforcongress.org)
  • "Strides are being made in the United States Senate. Compromise is being offered on something that 92 percent of the American people agree with: universal background checks, universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/777846/lets-do-our-patriotic-duty-and-vote-on-gun-control/?search=gun%20control#.VXHCfXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/17188/john-larson/37#.VXHFIHUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The goal of Republicans hasn't changed: they shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act; they threatened to take the nation to the brink of default over the Affordable Care Act, and once again they have offered a Trojan Horse amendment to raise insurance premiums on the masses and block the president's and Democrats' efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/828672/larson-on-attempt-to-scrap-affordable-care-act/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VXtJ8XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The goal of Republicans hasn't changed: they shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act; they threatened to take the nation to the brink of default over the Affordable Care Act, and once again they have offered a Trojan Horse amendment to raise insurance premiums on the masses and block the president's and Democrats' efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/828672/larson-on-attempt-to-scrap-affordable-care-act/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VXtJ8XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "GOP & POTUS r meeting tonight. They control all 3 branches of govt. They must emerge out of this & end the policy of taking kids from their families. Or they must own the responsibility of using kids as hostages as a deterrent & political leverage to build a wall. What a disgrace" https://twitter.com/RepJohnLarson/status/1009118965786972160 (twitter.com)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Democrats stand with the President on this issue. Congress needs to act on the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform based on the values that helped make our nation of immigrants so great, so we can build a stronger future together." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/707517/#.VXtGvnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats stand with the President on this issue. Congress needs to act on the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform based on the values that helped make our nation of immigrants so great, so we can build a stronger future together." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/707517/#.VXtGvnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The President also reminded the nation of the work we have left to do and the responsibility of Congress to get the job done. Right now, the House has a comprehensive immigration reform bill ready for a vote. We could deal with this immediately if House Republican Leadership were to put the measure to the floor where it would pass. We cannot continue to ignore the rising moral and economic costs of inaction and must work together to finish the job and build a fair, effective and commonsense immigration system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939894/larson-on-president-barack-obamas-immigration-announcement/?search=Immigration#.VXHFzXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The President also reminded the nation of the work we have left to do and the responsibility of Congress to get the job done. Right now, the House has a comprehensive immigration reform bill ready for a vote. We could deal with this immediately if House Republican Leadership were to put the measure to the floor where it would pass. We cannot continue to ignore the rising moral and economic costs of inaction and must work together to finish the job and build a fair, effective and commonsense immigration system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939894/larson-on-president-barack-obamas-immigration-announcement/?search=Immigration#.VXHFzXUViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "No matter how targeted the decision to train and arm moderate rebels in Syria, any action taken in isolation misconstrues the larger responsibility of Congress. I voted no because furthering what may become a costly, complex, and open-ended military engagement without an exit strategy is wrongheaded." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/930415/larson-statement-on-vote-to-arm-syrian-rebels (votesmart.org)
  • "No matter how targeted the decision to train and arm moderate rebels in Syria, any action taken in isolation misconstrues the larger responsibility of Congress. I voted no because furthering what may become a costly, complex, and open-ended military engagement without an exit strategy is wrongheaded." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/930415/larson-statement-on-vote-to-arm-syrian-rebels (votesmart.org)

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