Compare Candidates: Ed Markey and Gabriel Gomez

There are real differences between the candidates but information may be hard to find.  Gabriel Gomez’s website is vague on the issues and the candidates have yet to schedule a debate.

Progressive Massachusetts reviewed dozens of interviews, statements, press releases and debates to come up with this summary.

 Job Growth and the Economy 

Issues

Ed Markey

Gabriel Gomez

 

Job Growth & the Economy Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)Rated 13% by the US Chamber indicating an anti-business rating Voted NO on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)Voted YES on TARP bailout for banks (Oct 2008)Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)From his website:Believes we can build on the gains President Obama and Democrats in Congress have made to jump start our economy by investing in our innovation economy to create the jobs of today in the industries of the future.   No specific plans articulated but focuses on government spending, opposes increased regulation and supports lower taxes.From interview with Kudlow:We have economic policies coming from DC that are not business friendly.  We need to have companies that have confidence that the government has their back.  We need to get policies that are business friendly.  For instance…on Dodd Frank, you have small businesses going to banks and dealing more with compliance officers.  We need to get business-friendly policies so the companies can invest in themselves and hire people. We need to have a comprehensive tax reform. I think we need to start looking at corporate tax loopholes.  We should have a tax code that isn’t thousands of pages long.  It should be simpler so people can function and work on the economy.From website:Washington, DC has a spending problem.The Federal government has become a bloated organization with no budget, and runs at an annual loss. Today, we are $16 trillion in debt.It is time now to reach across the aisle and work together to enact meaningful spending reductions in a fair and equitable way, without hurting our military preparedness. 

Education and Workforce Development 

Education & Workforce Development Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)Supports President Obama’s “Race to the Top” program  Nothing on his website or public statements could be found.

Public Safety and Criminal Justice 

Public Safety & Criminal Justice Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)Supports universal background checks, assault weapons ban and limits on high capacity magazines. Supports the second amendment. Does not support universal background checks, or a ban on high capacity magazines or assault weapons. Supports closing the gun show loophole and would have voted for Manchin-Toomey.

Providing for Our Neediest 

Providing for Our Neediest From his website:Opposes any changes to Social Security that would reduce benefits for our nation’s seniors, including misguided proposals to raise the retirement age or reduce cost of living adjustments.  Will always fight against Republicans’ attempts to privatize Social Security.Opposes chained CPI. Supports means testing for social security and slowly increasing the retirement age – he’s talked about one month per year for the next 24 years.Wants to make additional spending cuts without hurting military preparedness. Believes the sequester should be replaced because across the board cuts don’t provide appropriate flexibility.

Affordable Housing 

Affordable Housing Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007) No mention.

Health Care 

Health Care Supported and voted for ACAStrongly opposed the Ryan Budget, which would have ended Medicare as we know it by turning the program into a voucher program. Believes that quality, affordable health care is required for all Americans.Doesn’t support ACA but unwilling to say whether he would vote to repeal.   Says he believes states should enact their own plans like Massachusetts did and that states should be granted the waivers they want.

Energy and the Environment 

Energy Voted NO on the approval for Keystone XL Pipeline (Apr 2012)Co-wrote the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and would help create millions of clean energy jobs Supports the Keystone pipeline
Environment Rated 100% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)Leader on climate issues in Congress. Co-wrote the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and would help create millions of clean energy jobs. It is the only climate change legislation to ever pass either the House or the Senate. States that climate change is real.

Clean Elections and Voting Rights 

Clean Elections & Voting Rights Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002) Supports term limits. Lifetime ban on Senators and Congressmen becoming lobbyists.An additional safeguard against Congressmen using insider information to enrich themselves.

Women's Right to Choose

Women’s Right to Choose Pro choice; 100% NARAL RatingFrom his website:Is pro-choice and a strong champion of a woman’s ability to make her own decisions about her reproductive health. He voted against the “Stupak Amendment,”   Pro-life but believes that Roe v. Wade is settled law. Believes in parental consent laws and a ban on late term abortions. Has offeredcontradictory and confused statements on abortion rights/legislation

Civil and Legal Rights 

Civil and Legal Rights Voted against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Fully supports equal marriage.  Personally, supports equal marriage.  However, believes that issue should be settled by the states.  As a result, he supports Prop 8 – California decision to ban equal marriage and opposes DOMA, a federal law to limit marriage.

Taxes and the Budget 

Taxes/Budget Favors a balanced approach – additional tax increases and reform to help address debt reduction and deficit.Voted against balanced budget amendment Favors a reducing spending only approach – says revenue increases agreed in December 2012 are sufficient. Favors a balanced budget amendment

Immigration 

Immigration From his website:Would fight in the Senate to pass comprehensive immigration reform that encourages individuals who were educated here to innovate here, cracks down on employers who hire undocumented workers, lays out a path to citizenship for the eleven million undocumented immigrants who are already here and allows the DREAM Act’s “dreamers” – those individuals who were brought here at a young age – to earn citizenship by serving in the U.S. military or pursuing higher education. Son of Colombian immigrants. Supports the current “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill.From his website:Serious immigration reform starts with securing our borders. Illegal immigrants with criminal records should be deported.Most undocumented workers are hard workers who contribute to our economy. It is time to bring illegal immigrants or undocumented workers out of the shadows, and offer an opportunity to obtain legal status, even citizenship, if they are willing to pursue it.

Veterans 

Veterans Rated “A” by IAVAPost 9/11 GI Bill Co-SponsorVoted YES for Wounded Warriors AssistanceVoted NO for Expanded Veterans BenefitsVoted Yes for A New GI Bill Served as a Navy Seal.States that he strongly supports programs to help veterans with disabilities including PTSD and to help veterans in their transition to private life.

Foreign Policy 

Foreign Policy Rated 11% by Center for Security PolicyRated 93% by Peace ActionVoted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq  (Oct 2003)Believes that the US should continue to work with the international community to increase pressure on the Assad regime to step down and begin the transition to democracy. We need a closer examination of potential targets in Syria that could be hit from the air, including delivery vehicles such as missiles and aircraft, which could be used to transport chemical weapons.Co sponsor of bill recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirming the United States’ strong support for Israel, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.Signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to send a clear message to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that an upgraded status at the United Nations will set back U.S.-Palestinian relations Would have supported the authorization for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Believes Assad has crossed the “red line” and we should at least send equipment and intelligence to the people we trust in the Syrian resistance opposing Assad.Strong supporter of Israel and believes Israel has an absolute right to defend itself from the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.   Supports a two-state solution that is negotiated by the parties and includes defensible borders for Israel.
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