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Tom Reed II's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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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 2020.

  • Rated 85% by the National Right to Life Committee. (
  • "All life is sacred. I care about the unborn children of America" (
  • "As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Tom has been fighting to enact real tax reform that will allow working families in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. Tom believes that hardworking families deserve tax relief. He proudly supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which was signed into law by President Trump and will allow our neighbors to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. A fairer, simpler tax code will lead to a stronger economy and more jobs for upstate New York." (
  • "He proudly supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which was signed into law by President Trump and will allow our neighbors to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "We clearly need Social Security reform that addresses the needs of Americans today and the needs of Americans down the road. But raising payroll tax rates is not only bad for small business and our economy, it also unfairly hurts young people." (
  • Rated 6% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "Instead of taking critical resources away from our police, we should provide law enforcement with more tools, funding, and support to do their jobs effectively. Working together in a bipartisan fashion, we can develop real solutions that will encourage positive reforms, improve training protocols, and facilitate the removal of bad apples in the force." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Proud to vote for #NDAA. Giving troops the largest pay increase in 8 years. It ensures that our military will be fully equipped and improves our military's readiness by providing nearly $700 billion in funding." (
  • "We care about making sure our troops have the resources they need to stay safe and complete their missions," said Reed. "After sacrificing so much for us, it's only right that we come together and ensure they have the funding they need." (
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  • "Airports are an important driver for our regional economy and a vital part of our national transportation infrastructure," Tom said. "This grant will ensure the Ithaca airport will remain safe and efficient while boosting jobs in our community. We will continue to use our position in Washington to advocate for funding for all the communities we represent." (
  • "Our mission is to find bipartisan solutions to our nation's most pressing issues, which include making drastic improvements to our infrastructure," said Congressman Reed. "Like the rest of the country, New York is long overdue for the positive effects this will also have on job growth and our economy. We are thankful to gain insight and support from Governor Rendell and Secretary LaHood and look forward to continuing our work to build a better future." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (
  • "Today, the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world, making it harder for U.S. companies to grow and compete in the global economy. Comprehensive tax reform would foster the right climate to invest and create jobs in America instead of shipping those jobs overseas." (
  • "A fairer, simpler tax code will lead to a stronger economy and more jobs for upstate New York." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We need to continue our promise to all of America's small businesses and we must deliver real results for all our constituents and mitigate, to the best of our ability, the economic harm this health crisis has created." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6074 - Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. (
  • "I firmly support the Tenth Amendment and will fight to restore local control to our school districts." (
  • "Standards and curriculum should be set by states and local educators. With the geographic and cultural differences across our country, federal influence in education can have drastically different impacts in urban areas, such as New York City and Los Angeles, compared to more rural areas, such as the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes." (
  • "As we continue toward the path of energy security, I favor an all-of-the-above approach to our energy needs. We must use all available resources to diversify our energy portfolio and support the American economy." (
  • "We must unleash the greatest asset we have available to prevent this pending crisis -- the power of American ingenuity and innovation. This tactic has proven time and time again to solve world problems -- and this situation will be no different. By offering a tax incentive for new energy technologies we will increase energy on the grid, ensure unneeded energy is not financially rewarded and thus unnecessarily produced, help cutting-edge technologies break into the market, incentive older energy sources to innovate and slash global emissions." (
  • "Tom believes that low-cost energy is another key driver of job creation and economic growth. It's why he supports an all-of-the-above approach to our energy needs to improve our nation's energy infrastructure, incentivize energy exploration and promote the development of the workforce of tomorrow." (
  • "As a supporter of an 'all of the above' energy approach, this caucus will help foster a beneficial, bipartisan conversation on the climate issues we face. We will work to find a sensible path forward regarding clean energy sources," (
  • Rated 17% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • Voted in favor of H Con Res 119 - Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy. (
  • "The Green New Deal will: Smother our Great Economy Destroy America's Drive for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Eliminate Air Travel We must reward clean energy innovation to HELP our environment, IGNITE our growing economy even further and GROW jobs. #gopHEAT". (
  • "We know the "Green New Deal" is not the solution to climate change, but the answer is simple: Incentivize energy entrepreneurs. Upend the status quo of tax breaks for old technologies. Give next-generation clean energy an even playing". (
  • Rated 92% by the National Rifle Association. (
  • "As a gun owner and avid sportsman, Tom believes in the right to keep and bear arms, recognized by our Founding Fathers and expressly protected by our Constitution. Tom does not support the New York SAFE Act, and was the first elected official to sign the SCOPE pledge calling for its repeal, because he believes it is an example of an over-reach at the state-level. He also co-sponsored the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act which would make concealed-carry permits valid across state lines. He will continue to stand firmly in protecting our Second Amendment rights and fight the many one-size-fits-all proposals from Washington." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017. (
  • "Obamacare is more than a broken website, it's a failed solution to spiraling healthcare costs." (
  • "Tom voted in favor of repealing and replacing Obamacare and, as co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, put forward a bipartisan set of solutions to stabilize our health insurance markets and provide relief to individuals, families and small businesses." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6136 - Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018. (
  • Rated 23% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "We need bipartisan immigration reform like the Problem Solvers Caucus proposed last Congress: $25 Billion for border security." (
  • "I do not support amnesty. However, I do believe a path to a solution exists that would provide legal work status to those here illegally, and at the same time ensure our national security remained intact." (
  • Rated 23% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "While I do not support amnesty, a path exists to providing legal work status to those here illegally while at the same time ensure our national security remains intact. I know from listening to constituents a pathway to such status, as opposed to unconstitutional amnesty, is a compromise that can work." (
  • "Additionally, the House passed a larger proposal which blocks a controversial provision in the President's Iranian Nuclear Agreement by preventing Iran from purchasing commercial aircraft from American companies. This legislation also prevents American financial institutions from financing Iranian purchases of commercial aircraft from companies outside the United States. The efforts come in recognition of Iran's contributions to the conflict in Syria. Iranian aircraft have been used to support Syrian President Assad's regime through the transport of troops and weapons into the conflict." (
  • "Allowing Iran to grow as a nuclear power under the Iran Deal is unacceptable. Stand with me against this deal! " (
  • "I believe President Obama's Iran Deal is unsafe for America." (
  • "I support @POTUS 's decision to not enter into Pres. Obama's flawed deal with Iran. We in Congress must work w/ admin to impose sanctions." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "President Trump was wise to articulate a clear policy on South Asia, including a shift in strategy for winning the war in Afghanistan. After the last administration's disastrous exit from Iraq, I welcome a return to respecting our generals and military experts' experience in order to extricate us from the quagmire of the last 16 years." (
  • "Peace in the Middle East ensures a more secure world for everyone and that's why we must stand with Israel," said Reed. "The UN resolution that the Obama Administration failed to stop isn't just a deviation from American foreign policy and common sense, but it makes the world a far more dangerous place." (
  • "Reed opposes the TPP trade agreement because it does not open foreign markets to U.S. dairy products, particularly in Canada, leaving New York dairy farmers behind." (
  • "We have to look at the big picture beyond tariffs. This is an issue of fair and reciprocal trade that will help the American worker," (
  • "We were proud to secure this deal because we care about critical industries like our dairy farmers, especially as they face new financial challenges because of COVID-19. Moving forward, we will continue to advocate for smart trading practices that hold our international partners accountable, deliver new economic opportunities, and create jobs for our communities." (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (

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