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America has an unacceptably high rate of gun violence. George believes there are several aspects of our nation's gun laws that need close scrutiny and reform. He knows there are reasonable steps that Congress can take to keep deadly weapons and ammunition out of the hands of those who would misuse them and harm innocent victims and law enforcement officers. For example, he supports legislation to close the ‘gun show’ loophole by requiring criminal background checks on all gun buyers. He supports the prohibition of large capacity ammunition clips like the ones used in Arizona when Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot. And he supports requiring child safety locks or storage containers for handguns and tough trigger lock standards to keep children safe.
Congressman Miller has a long track record of fighting to reduce the influence of money in our political process. He is a long-time supporter of publicly financed elections, and he was an early and ardent supporter of a ban on unregulated "soft money" donations to national parties in the 1990’s, as well as a strong proponent of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform that was enacted in 2002.
More recently, Congressman Miller believes the Citizens United decision is one of the most damaging by a Supreme Court in decades because it has unleashed a flood of new special interest money in politics. In response, he cosponsored H.J.RES.90 in the 112th congress -- Rep. Ted Deutch’s constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and ban corporate spending in our elections, and plans to support that bill again when it is introduced this Congress. The amendment makes clear that corporations are not people but private entities prohibited from using their general treasury funds to influence voters. The resolution also restores legislators’ authority to limit and require disclosure of all political spending by individuals, unions, nonprofits, wealthy self-funded candidates, and all other sources.
George is also co-sponsoring bills by Reps. David Price, John Sarbanes and John Yarmuth to provide for public financing to get big money out of politics, as well as the DISCLOSE Act, offered by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, which would require special interests to disclose the names of contributors who give more than $10,000 for use in political campaigns.
George believes that same-sex couples should be able to be married and that the government should not interfere in the personal relationships between two loving and consenting adults. He spoke out in favor of President Obama’s support of equal rights for gay marriage. He supports repealing the decades-old discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to ensure that the federal government recognizes all marriages – including same-sex marriages performed in the states that currently allow for it.
In addition, George is supportive of additional legislation important to LGBT families, including supporting and moving the Employment Non-Discrimination Act through his Education and Workforce committee, co-sponsoring legislation that would ensure that same sex partners have access to their partner’s health benefits in the same way married couples do, and legislation that would prohibit discrimination against adoptive parents.
Pro-Choice / Abortion
George is sensitive to the many different and strongly held views on abortion. His view is that abortion should remain safe and legal so that a woman and her doctor can make the right decision about whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term. George has always believed that at the same we must do everything we can to reduce the rate of unwanted pregnancies. Restricting access to safe and legal abortion could endanger the lives of women who might be forced to seek an unsafe procedure.
George believes that our county must pass comprehensive immigration reform. Comprehensive reform means that workers would be protected, businesses would have greater certainty, families could be reunited, and a path to citizenship could be created. He supports President Obama’s call for a bipartisan effort to fix our immigration system, but understands that obstructionist Washington politics make reform a tough reality at this time. He knows that Band-aid solutions can't address the 12 million undocumented immigrants currently here, the enormous backlogs in our legal immigration system.
George is a strong supporter of the Federal DREAM Act to allow immigrants who were brought here as children through no fault of their own to earn a path to citizenship. He voted for the Act when it passed a Democratic-held house in 2010, but the bill was blocked by Senate Republicans. George is supportive of President Obama’s historic announcement on June 15 to allow DREAMer students to apply for “deferred action” and has held workshops to help the nearly 3,500 students in his district who are eligible for deferred status. Read more about George’s work for DREAMers.
Legalization of Marijuana
George has a history of supporting some efforts to eliminate federal penalties for responsible marijuana use. George believes that we can no longer afford to spend money on an ineffective drug enforcement strategy of criminalizing responsible personal adult marijuana use that the public no longer supports and which consumes law enforcement's limited resources and time. He is a long-time supporter of legislation by Rep. Barney Frank to eliminate a federal prohibition on federal financial aide for any person with a drug conviction, believing it is against our interests to deny an education to young people who want to improve their lives and participate on our economy.