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Nan Hayworth's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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  • Rated 80% by National Right to Life Committee (
  • Nan Hayworth. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Nan Hayworth voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (
  • Meghan Keneally. Westchester Magazine: Physician, Heal Thy Deficit. 01 June 2011. "She thinks that her vote, which would seemingly align her with more conservative Republicans, does not alienate her from her pro-choice supporters. 'They're not incompatible,' she says. 'There's a difference between having the right to do something and having someone else pay for it. By all means exercise your right, but, if someone else is paying for it, you have to respect their wishes.'" (
  • Chris Mckenna. Times Herald-Record: Hayworth's votes on abortion funding spark outcry. 27 May 2011. "Months after the election, abortion has taken a surprisingly prominent role in Washington and state capitols around the country. And Hayworth has sided with House Republican leaders on abortion-related votes " to the dismay of abortion-rights groups. Earlier this month, she joined a unified Republican conference in support of a bill that would make permanent and expand a longstanding ban on the use of federal funds to pay for abortions " the Hyde Amendment, first imposed in 1976 and renewed each year through the budget process. [¦] Hayworth, who said during her campaign that she supported the Hyde Amendment, returns to that stance when asked about her vote. 'I am not taking away a woman's right to choose,' Hayworth said during a May 17 meeting with the Times Herald-Record editorial board. 'But it is her responsibility, or her community's responsibility, if they have chosen to pay for that procedure in other ways. But it is not a federal government tax responsibility.'" (
  • Nan Hayworth. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Nan Hayworth voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (
  • Nan Hayworth signed Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of New York and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (
  • "I will oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and businesses; I will oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reductions in tax rates" (
  • "Our federal government must provide a climate that will foster business growth and hiring, and then respect the good judgment of our citizens to enjoy the rewards of hard work and investment in a better future." (
  • Nan Hayworth. Hayworth Responds to President's State of the Union Address. 25 November 2011. "We all share the laudable goals President Obama spoke of this evening -- commitments to education, infrastructure, and energy innovation. Yet, during the last two years, the President signed into law stimulus' bills that 'invested' hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars into the economy without reducing unemployment. He also signed a new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, which has made health care less affordable and jobs harder to find. Furthermore, reckless government spending is stealing opportunities from future generations." (
  • Nan Hayworth. Hayworth Op-Ed on Debt Ceiling Negotiations. 27 July 2011. "I am working with my colleagues in Congress to find a solution that addresses the current debt crisis, reduces wasteful spending and preserves the full faith and credit of the United States. Our nation has another critical and painful problem that is related to our enormous debt: 14 million Americans need jobs. That number has grown, not shrunk, despite a massive outlay of taxpayer dollars during the past two-plus years of attempted stimulus. Unfortunately, the federal government does not create jobs; our enterprise economy, our businesses small and large, create jobs. We can make our economy grow and create jobs by assuring that the dollars Americans work so hard for are theirs to spend and save and invest." (
  • Nan Hayworth. Hayworth Statement on May Jobs Report. 1 June 2012. "We can and must do better, starting with setting a federal budget--as only the House has done--to make the goverment live within its means, as Hudson Valley families are finding increasingly hard to do. I'll continue to do all I can to assure that our economy can grow by restraining federal spending, lifting regulatory burdens, and making taxes lower and fairer. The House is ready and working; we need the Senate and the President to do the same." (
  • Nan Hayworth. Hayworth Statement on Passage of 2011 Funding Agreement. 14 April 2011. "Rep. Nan Hayworth, M.D. (R-NY) issued the following statement after the House passed the FY 2011 funding agreement to cut spending and keep the government operating for the remainder of the fiscal year: 'We have done what the last Congress failed to do: ensure that the federal government stays open for the remainder of the fiscal year while cutting spending. This agreement isn't perfect, and we need to cut much more. However, the measure passed today will send a signal to job creators that the tide is turning against the culture of reckless spending in Washington. This agreement we passed contains real and significant cuts that will help create jobs and end the uncertainty that is stifling economic growth. Now we will move from returning billions of dollars to our citizens, to returning trillions of dollars to them as we consider the smart, sensible, and responsible budget for 2012, prepared under the leadership of Chairman Paul Ryan.'" (
  • Nan Hayworth. Nan Hayworth 19th Congressional District, R-Mount Kisco. 25 October 2010. "Education should remain primarily an issue of state and local concern. We do not need to further expand the U.S. Department of Education, as the Obama administration seeks to do to exercise more federal control over education. 'Race to the Top' puts too much power in the hands of Washington bureaucrats." (
  • "Our children and our schools are struggling under the rigid and incomprehensible mandates of Common Core because the central planners in Washington are convinced they know how to better educate our children than we do." (
  • "Let’s cut the price of energy by building the Keystone XL pipeline and safely recovering our own oil and natural gas. Spending less on energy means we can spend more on growing jobs." (
  • Nan Hayworth. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Nan Hayworth voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (
  • "We need to ensure that the regulations governing energy production and utilization make economic sense, providing essential environmental protections without incurring needless expense in compliance." (
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Nan Hayworth in the 2010 general election. (
  • 2012 Gun Owners of America - Key Votes Alignment on Gun Rights - Federal Vote Scorecard - 112th Congress 2nd Session 100% National Rifle Association - Candidate Positions on Gun Rights 92% (
  • Nan Hayworth voted Yea (Passage) - HR 822 - Requiring State Reciprocity for Carrying Concealed Firearms Authorizes an individual with a valid license to carry a concealed firearm to do so in any state other than his or her state of residence if the firearm has been transported in interstate or foreign commerce and if the state meets one of the following criteria (Sec. 2):Has a law authorizing its residents to obtain a concealed carry permit; orDoes not prohibit the carry of concealed firearms by its residents.Requires the carrying of a concealed firearm in a state by a nonresident with an out-of-state license to be subject to the same conditions and limitations that apply to the residents of the state (Sec. 2). (
  • Nan Hayworth. John Hall vs. the Constitution, Part III: Constitution wins!. 29 June 2010. "Monday the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Second Amendment-rights case McDonald v. Chicago. The majority opinion, written by Associate Justice Samuel Alito, affirmed what many of us have known all along: that the Second Amendment protects an individual right, not to be infringed by any government, whether federal, state, or local. This elevates the Second Amendment from what law professor Glenn Reynolds calls its status as a neglected stepchild that has been interpreted out of existence,' and finally restores its rightful standing as full-fledged constitutional law, despite John Hall's disappointing absence among its defenders." (
  • Nan Hayworth. Hayworth Supports National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act. 16 November 2011. "As a doctor and a mother, I take very seriously my role in protecting the safety and security of our families, friends, and communities. The Supreme Court has recognized the constitutional right of all law-abiding citizens to defend themselves. Across the United States, years of experience have demonstrated the safety of concealed weapons permits. Much like reciprocity among states for drivers' licenses, the bill we passed in the House of Representatives today simply requires that a concealed-carry permit issued by one state be recognized in all other states that have concealed-carry laws. Further, this bill protects New York state laws governing where and in what manner concealed weapons may be carried. I remain committed to addressing the issue of illegal possession of firearms. As a Member of Congress, I will defend our Second-Amendment right to bear arms, and also work to the best of my ability to assure the safety of our communities." (
  • Nan Hayworth. Nan Hayworth's Extremist Coalition Exposed: Good Americans, Worried About Their Nation. 1 October 2010. "John Hall thinks responsible, law-abiding gun owners across the 19th are extremists, and I'm proud to call them my friends." (
  • Nan Hayworth. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Nan Hayworth voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (
  • "As a doctor who cared for patients in our Hudson Valley for nearly 20 years, I know how important it is to have health insurance that you can afford and that provides the coverage you need. You should be able to see the doctors you trust, and to go to the hospital that you prefer. I firmly believe that in the United States of America, no one should go broke just because they are sick.The goals of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, are right. But the law is wrong.Under Obamacare, our neighbors throughout the Hudson Valley are losing the affordable policies they like, only to find that the replacement policies cost thousands of dollars more.Even though we were told we'd be able to keep our doctors, we're actually finding that our doctors and our hospitals are no longer available in the new policies we are forced to buy.It's time to replace Obamacare with a sensible health care plan that works. My plan would take power from the bureaucrats and insurance companies, and give it back to you and your doctors, where it belongs." (
  • Nan Hayworth. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 November 2011. "I am opposed to a blanket amnesty. We have a long-established procedure in place for becoming a U.S. citizen. We must respect the rule of law. I do support a registration program for illegal immigrants currently within U.S. borders, to be conducted during a defined grace period, and only to be pursued after securing the borders. Such a program would have to include a substantial financial penalty, a guest worker permit and, if the immigrant desires to become a U.S. citizen, abiding by the established citizenship process and waiting periods [¦] Illegal immigrants who are found to be criminals or who do not register and are later apprehended should be deported." (
  • "I do support a registration program for illegal immigrants currently within U.S. borders, to be conducted during a defined grace period, and only to be pursued after securing the borders. Such a program would have to include a substantial financial penalty, a guest worker permit and, if the immigrant desires to become a U.S. citizen, abiding by the established citizenship process and waiting periods. Illegal immigrants who are found to be criminals or who do not register and are later apprehended should be deported." (
  • Nan Hayworth. Radio: WAMC Congressional Corner with Nan Hayworth. 25 July 2011. Responded: "Well, certainly I'm a citizen of New York state and I am content with what our legislators have decided to do on behalf of their constituents, and I certainly want to see everyone who lives in New York state respected for their beliefs and allowed to live their lives in dignity" to the question: "Do you personally agree with the equality in marriage act in New York State?" 0:26 (
  • Nan Hayworth was rated 25% by Eagle Forum (Positions) (
  • Andrew Grossman. The Wall Street Journal: Gay Rights a Tricky Issue for Republican. 3 May 2012. "Ms. Hayworth, who has a 21-year-old gay son, joined the congressional LGBT Equality Caucus in November, making her one of three Republicans in the largely Democratic group. She's one of six Republicans backing a bill to give the health benefits that same-sex partners receive the same tax treatment as those that straight couples receive [¦] Ms. Hayworth hasn't signed on to an effort to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage at the federal level as a union between one man and one woman [¦] Asked about the Defense of Marriage Act repeal, she wouldn't say whether she supports it. Instead, she said she was waiting to see what the Supreme Court does with a challenge to the law that's working its way through the federal court system. Asked about New York's legalization of same-sex marriage last summer, Ms. Hayworth said: 'That's an established fact now in the state of New York, and my job is to think about what the federal role should be. Certainly the state of New York has made its choice.'" (
  • Helene Cooper and Jeremy W. Peters. The New York Times: For Some, Same-Sex Marriage Is Not Politics, It's Personal. 15 May 2012. "On Capitol Hill, Representative Nan Hayworth, a Republican from New York who swept into Congress on a wave of Tea Party support, became one of only a handful of Republicans to join the Congressional gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender caucus. Her son is gay." (
  • Nan Hayworth. Radio: WAMC Congressional Corner with Nan Hayworth. 25 July 2011. Responded: "Well, I've always said, Alan, that this is an issue that belongs to the states rather than having the federal government dictate to the states how they should treat marriage, how they should define marriage" to the question: "Let's talk a little about your reaction to same-sex marriage." 0:05 (
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  • Nan Hayworth. Video: 6 15 10 Hayworth Social Security. 15 June 2010. "Q: Do you support making social security more solvent and secure by allowing people to invest in voluntary, personal accounts? Hayworth: Yes. Yes, ma'am. I would. I think we have to [¦] It's about our having the power, and actually, the obligation, personally, as citizens, to think about what we are doing to be responsible within our own lives. And it is a cultural phenomenon; it is something that our government can influence, through the way in which it institutes entitlement programs. If we don't reward responsible behavior, we'll get less of it [¦] You'll have to make sure that you're taking care of yourself because we're not, as a government, gonna be doing it for you. And that social security option returns us to that kind of frame of mind. That's the most powerful and empowering frame of mind you can possibly have. It makes us stronger, not weaker." (
  • Matthew Jaffe. ABC News: The Rookies: Nan Hayworth Makes Strong Push for Congress in New York. 12 October 2010. "Hayworth denies the charge. 'It's a desperation tactic,' she says, brushing it off as a non-issue. 'I do not advocate for the privatization of Social Security.'" (
  • Nan Hayworth. For another 75 years and beyond. 14 August 2010. "Some people fear significant changes in Social Security, such as "privatization," and it's important to know that we can preserve benefits without mandating a radical restructuring. Instead, it's imperative that we preserve Social Security by reviving our private sector, and that begins by taking a growing federal government off the backs of the employers and businesses that are the source of our economic strength." (
  • "I am committed to taking a positive, constructive approach to solving the challenges we face, so that we can make both Medicare and Social Security sound for seniors today as well as for those who will rely on these crucial programs in the future." (

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