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Kathleen Rice's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 4, Democratic

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Kathleen Rice has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2020 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

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  • "In the face of staunch extremist opposition, Kathleen has been a vocal advocate for overhauling New York's restrictive and outdated abortion laws. In congress, Kathleen will fight back against extremists bent on eliminating a woman's right to reproductive healthcare and denying women a voice in conversations about their own health and well-being." (votesmart.org)
  • "This is even less surprising than K.T. McFarland's emails. #GOPTaxScam: Cut taxes for the rich, explode deficits, then say we need to pay for it by cutting health care, education, Social Security, etc." (twitter.com)
  • "My opponent wants to take a different approach. Bruce Blakeman supports a Republican budget that would cut taxes for millionaires and raise taxes on middle-class families by an average of $2,000 a year. When it comes to tax policy, we know the Blakeman record. When Bruce Blakeman had a chance to set middle-class tax policy, he raised our property taxes by nearly 10 percent. When he had a chance to cut the county deficit, it soared to more than $200 million and our bond ratings were downgraded to near junk status. Bruce Blakeman can't spend his life as a tax-raiser and deficit-grower and expect us to send him to Washington as a financial watchdog for the middle class." (votesmart.org)
  • "On my way to vote AGAINST the #GOPTaxScam. The leaders of the "People's House" are about to cut taxes for corporations & the rich, add trillions to the deficit & make the middle class pay for it. Every American should be outraged." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "Kathleen will fight back against all efforts to privatize Social Security and dismantle the most effective, financially healthy social insurance program we have in this country." (votesmart.org)
  • "Kathleen will keep working to protect and improve Medicare so that it remains effective and financially secure for future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • "The costs of health care and housing have kept climbing over the past year, making it harder and harder for seniors to make ends meet. But despite the rising costs of living, the Social Security Administration recently announced that there would be no increase in Social Security benefits for 2016. Without an increase, millions of seniors could struggle to afford basic necessities. Those who rely on Social Security should get benefits that reflect their needs -- that's why benefits are typically adjusted to the cost of living. Here's the problem: when the Social Security Administration does the math, it looks at the cost of living for all Americans, not seniors in particular. And while cheaper gas has been a big help to working families, it's far less beneficial to retirees. After a lifetime of working hard and paying into the system, seniors deserve to get the benefits they were promised. That's why I'm standing up for American seniors and calling on Congress to give them benefits that reflect their cost of living." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "With public funds come public responsibilities and any company receiving federal tax dollars should be required by Executive Order to fully disclose their political spending in a timely and accessible manner." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "As we know all too well, Americans trust in government is nearing an all-time low.[3] Driving this historic mistrust is the public's belief that concentrated money in politics has undue influence on our political system. In fact, a recent survey found that Americans -- from across the political spectrum -- identified money in politics as the number one cause for dysfunction in Washington, D.C. [4] In the face of this reality, it would be unconscionable to exploit the must-pass FY18 omnibus spending agreement to further erode our nation's campaign finance system." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - For the People Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "I was proud to cosponsor this bill, which proposes reforms to the qualified immunity standard, bans the use of chokeholds, creates a National Police Misconduct Registry and modifies the mens rea standard to hold officers accountable, among other critical policy changes." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "In addition to dramatically growing our overall investments in infrastructure, we also believe a significant increase in federal project-based funding will give our communities the flexibility to meet their unique local needs." (votesmart.org)
  • "On my way to vote AGAINST the #GOPTaxScam. The leaders of the "People's House" are about to cut taxes for corporations & the rich, add trillions to the deficit & make the middle class pay for it. Every American should be outraged." (twitter.com)
  • "I am pleased that Congress has finally reached a bipartisan compromise and passed this urgently-needed $2 trillion stimulus package. This bill provides immediate support to Long Islanders in several ways, including increased funding for New York's hospitals, direct stimulus checks to qualifying families, expanded unemployment insurance, and new grant and loan funding for small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our priorities are to protect our environment and natural resources, to continue recovering from superstorm Sandy, and to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels by investing in clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar power." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "We need action to hold polluters accountable. That’s why I’m supporting the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act, a bipartisan #climatechange bill that will reduce our carbon emissions by 90% by 2050." (twitter.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "The amicus brief, filed by Congressional Democrats today, argues that the Clean Power Plan rule is consistent with the text, structure, and legislative history of the Clean Air Act (CAA). Further, it argues that the rule is consistent with the goal of the CAA to "protect the Nation's air resources so as to promote the public health and welfare and the productive capacity of its population." Indeed, according to the brief, the Supreme Court has already affirmed that the EPA has clear authority to combat carbon pollution and regulate greenhouse gasses under Massachusetts v. EPA and American Electric Power v. Connecticut." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "But if we want real progress on gun violence in our communities -- if we want to keep illegal guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals -- then we need representatives in Washington who will work together and take action at the federal level." (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] it's still up to Congress to close those loopholes completely and reform gun laws at the federal level." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Public Health Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "This is what happens when you have the Trump Admin actively working to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. The federal government should be supporting state health care exchanges & protecting people's coverage, not putting more burden on working families." (twitter.com)
  • "Last night, I voted to pass the coronavirus response agreement to provide free testing, paid leave, unemployment benefits, and expanded food assistance to American families. The time is now to protect our communities and save lives." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 1% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: " As the negotiations for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill are ongoing, we urge you to: (1) include the bipartisan Dream Act; (2) reduce funding appropriated to DHS's detention and deportation machine, specifically funding for detention beds, deportatoin agents operating under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customers and Border Protection (CBP), and border militarization; and (3) oppose any funding that expands the construction of walls or fencing at the southern border, and to instead allocate border security resources to modernize the infrastructure and technology at our ports of entry." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: " As the negotiations for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill are ongoing, we urge you to: (1) include the bipartisan Dream Act; (2) reduce funding appropriated to DHS's detention and deportation machine, specifically funding for detention beds, deportatoin agents operating under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customers and Border Protection (CBP), and border militarization; and (3) oppose any funding that expands the construction of walls or fencing at the southern border, and to instead allocate border security resources to modernize the infrastructure and technology at our ports of entry." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 1% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We remain hopeful that with astrong U.S. leadership, we can ensure vigorous enforcement of the JCPOA, as well as the implementation of non-nuclear and multilateral sanctions, including CAATSA, to keep the American people secure and safeguard American interests." (votesmart.org)
  • "Kathleen believes the U.S. must play a central role in preventing a nuclear-capable Iran. We need to implement aggressive sanctions tied to the immediate destruction of Iran's well-documented program to develop a nuclear arsenal, and we must refuse to ease these sanctions in the face of anything less than full, independently verified cooperation from the new regime in Iran." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our goal in seeking an agreement with Iran must be to eliminate the Iranians' routes to a nuclear bomb, not merely obstruct them for some period of time. Any final deal must strictly limit Iran's uranium stockpile and require Iran to significantly dismantle its nuclear infrastructure, not merely disconnect equipment that could be rapidly reconnected in the future. We must make it clear to Iranian leaders that even after an agreement may expire, we will stop at nothing to keep their paths to a nuclear weapon forever closed." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)
  • ""I am proud to support the updated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement which will defend American jobs, support workers' rights, and add important protections and resources to safeguard our environment," said Representative Rice. "The deal also closes key loopholes and gives the United States authority to ensure our trading partners are following the agreement. The provisions in USMCA will benefit business in Long Island, and I am grateful to my Democratic colleagues in the House who worked so hard to strengthen this bipartisan agreement." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • "I am proud to support the updated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. #USMCA is a transformative new trade agreement that will defend American jobs, support workers’ rights, and protect our environment." (twitter.com)

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