On the Issues

  • Has made improving schools and colleges a top priority in Congress.
  • Supported successful student aid reform, which reduced student loan interest rates by cutting wasteful subsidies to banks and lending directly to students.
  • Increased the number and size of Pell Grant scholarships.
  • Wrote the Price Education Affordability Act, which gives parents and students a tax break on their education loans.
  • Authored and passed a law to help recruit top-quality teachers, modeled on North Carolina’s successful Teaching Fellows Program.
  • Authored the Advanced Technical Education Act, which strengthens high-tech worker training through community and technical colleges.
  • Supports common-sense changes in the No Child Left Behind law to improve teacher quality and student performance.
  • Supports a comprehensive energy policy that reduces our dependence on foreign oil and moves us to a clean energy economy.
  • Supports tax incentives and loans for renewable energy technologies, which are being developed right here in the Fourth District.
  • Helped pass tough reforms that would ensure oil companies are responsible for their actions and are held to higher safety standards for offshore drilling.
  • Worked as ranking member of the homeland security funding committee to bolster the Coast Guard’s oil spill response mission.
  • Played a key role in locating the EPA’s major research facility in RTP.
  • Helped President Obama pass the landmark Affordable Care Act creating new health insurance consumer protections for every American.
  • Voted to stop insurance companies from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions, eliminate lifetime caps of insurance benefits so patients don’t lose coverage when they need it most, and empower state regulators to stop unreasonable premium increases.
  • Helped enact tax credits to help small businesses cover their employees.
  • Voted to help 32 million Americans afford health care who do not get it today.
  • Is working to advance stem cell research with appropriate ethical safeguards, which holds great promise for North Carolinians suffering from debilitating illnesses.
  • Serves as Ranking Member on the Homeland Security funding committee in the House, where he works to ensure that America is prepared for all threats and our first responders have the support they need.
  • Opposed the weakening of disaster response during the Bush Administration and has been working to rebuild a strong, effective FEMA.
  • Has used his position to protect critical firefighter, police, and emergency management funding. Under David's leadership the committee expanded a grant program to help cash-strapped communities retain first responders during the recession.
  • Has worked with Democrats and Republicans to combat violent drug cartels on our Southwest border and strengthen border security.
  • Used his influence to make the deportation of criminal aliens a top immigration enforcement priority, leading to record numbers of criminals deported.
  • Authored and passed “Stand By Your Ad” legislation requiring candidates to appear in their political ads.
  • Authored and sponsored “Stand By Every Ad” legislation requiring Super PACs to disclose the identities of their top five donors in their ads.
  • Leading efforts for the overturn of Citizens United, a Supreme Court decision which allows unlimited amounts of corporate cash to influence elections.
  • Authored legislation to mend, not end the presidential public financing system by empowering small donors and reducing the influence of special interests.
  • Helped extend Medicare’s solvency and will fight to protect this critical insurance program for seniors from those who want to eliminate it.
  • Voted to make prescriptions more affordable for seniors by closing Medicare’s gap in coverage.
  • Voted to provide preventive care under Medicare without a deductible or co-pay, including mammograms and colonoscopies.
  • Fought Republican efforts to privatize Social Security and will continue to do so, as the program is once again under attack.
  • Voted to provide critical protections to pension-holders, giving investors more transparency to more safely manage risk in their investment portfolios
  • Voted against the Republican budget to end Medicare as we know it by converting the program to a voucher system.