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Sean Maloney's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 18, Democratic

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic, Independence, Working Families for U.S. House (NY) - District 18


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  • "His agenda includes guaranteeing women get paid the same as men for doing the same work, establishing national paid family leave, increasing the minimum wage, and preserving women's reproductive rights." (seanmaloney.com)
  • "#GOPTaxBill will force cuts to Medicare and cap your state, local, and property taxes at $10,000 a year all to give big tax breaks to the super-rich and big corporations." (twitter.com)
  • "Sean also believes the middle class shoulders too much of the tax burden, and he wants corporations and billionaires to start paying their fair share." (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington, D.C.-- Days after the fourth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced support for legislation that would create a public matching fund for campaigns to help reduce the influence of secret, big money donors in political campaigns. Financed by closing special interest loopholes, the bill is similar to a successful matching fund system in New York City and the statewide program advocated for by Governor Andrew Cuomo." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "These are common sense steps to improve policing by targeting misconduct, tracking data and increasing accountability. Those who support honest, community-based law enforcement, as I do, can agree that tragedies like the killing of George Floyd require these sensible reforms," (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)
  • "The boom of tourism and economic activity in Woodbury brings new opportunities to invest in our transportation infrastructure here in the Hudson Valley. The reconstructed Maher Lane Park and Ride will help keep our roads safer, less congested, and promote a greener New York. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his work and I'll keep working to bring back federal dollars to put to work in projects like this." (votesmart.org)
  • "Sean also supports making smart investments in infrastructure that lead to more economic growth throughout the Hudson Valley; create an immediate boom of construction jobs; and rebuild American roads, bridges, and mass transit systems that have been falling apart and have become unsafe over the past decade." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "#GOPTaxBill will force cuts to Medicare and cap your state, local, and property taxes at $10,000 a year all to give big tax breaks to the super-rich and big corporations." (twitter.com)
  • "Sean also believes the middle class shoulders too much of the tax burden, and he wants corporations and billionaires to start paying their fair share." (votesmart.org)
  • "About to vote for this $2 trillion relief package. No matter what @RepThomasMassie does or does not do today, we’re going to get this bill passed. We all know the country needs it and is expecting it. Not going to let you down. Stay tuned." (twitter.com)
  • "This bipartisan bill is unprecedented in size and scale, and is like no other stimulus or relief package ever passed by Congress. It will send direct cash payments to millions of New Yorkers, expand unemployment and forgivable small business loan programs, and get urgently needed supplies to our hospitals and clinics on the frontlines." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "Sean also has serious concerns about the state's implementation of new academic standards -- he thinks we need more common sense, not Common Core. He supports a moratorium on implementation until parents and teachers have more input and control over the way we educate our children." (votesmart.org)
  • "Establishing more affordable, reliable and sustainable energy solutions will create new jobs and industry in the Hudson Valley." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by American Energy Alliance. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 89% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • "Last year, Rep. Maloney introduced the Carbon Reduction and Tax Credit Act, which would price carbon and return the proceeds to taxpayers. Specifically, the bill would price carbon at $40 per ton and index the price to inflation. It would then create a tax credit up to $1,000 for each taxpayer and each dependent." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • ""Dangerous people shouldn't be allowed to get their hands on a gun -- that's not a controversial statement," said Rep. Maloney. "Most guns that are used for criminal purposes are obtained by people who are able to go around the normal background check system -- these bills would help address that problem and make our communities safer." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 13% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "During #WomensHealthWeek, I want to make sure everyone knows where I stand: no cuts to @PPFA, no burning down the #ACA & no gutting #Medicaid. I'm working in Congress to protect access to essential health care services provided by @PPMHVAction & Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "This bill was not a compromise. It still holds #DREAMers hostage, slashes legal immigration, and limits access to asylum for innocent people fleeing persecution all while throwing billions of dollars down the drain for Trump's border wall. I voted no. " (twitter.com)
  • Rated 16% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 16% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "Joined together in solidarity, we're sending a message that the Congress must come together right now and pass comprehensive immigration reform, which will reduce our deficit, grow our economy, secure our borders, and create an earned pathway to citizenship," (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "1/ #Iran is a real danger to the U.S. and to the region and we must never let them get their hands on nuclear weapons. My only priority when looking at this deal is whether or not it keeps America and our allies safe from a nuclear-armed Iran." (twitter.com)
  • 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)
  • "Sure, the deal's not perfect -- I've said that since it was brokered -- but you don't have to end the deal to strengthen it. If we scrap the deal, abandon our NATO allies, and the Iranians start racing towards a nuclear weapon, we could easily find ourselves in another ground war in the Middle East. I'd feel better if I knew what the president's plan was for that scenario. I don't think he's thought about it." (votesmart.org)
  • "The War Powers Resolution today will ensure this Admin makes its case for committing our forces as the framers of the Constitution demanded. Going forward, we must advance a strategy that will de-escalate conflict with Iran, while effectively countering their malign actions." (twitter.com)
  • "#Trump’s actions toward Iran and across the Middle East are dragging us into an unnecessary state of #endlesswar that Congress did not approve and the American people do not want. #sotu #NoWar #StateOfTheUnion". (twitter.com)
  • "Increase pressure on Hezbollah. By forcefully and fully implementing the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015, the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2018, and other sanctions aimed at Hezbollah and those who fund it, America can reduce their ability to threaten and challenge Israel. Additionally, we must continue to press UNIFIL to carry out its U.N. Security Council mandate, including investigating and reporting the presence of arms and tunnels on Israel's border." (votesmart.org)
  • ""The Constitution requires Congress to demand a real strategy and authorize it (or not). We can't get involved in another open-ended war in the Middle East. The President -- working with Secretary Mattis -- should devise a strategy and bring it before the United States Congress before any further action is taken. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 550 - No War Against Iran Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • "On balance, the improved USMCA looks like a strong agreement that -- if properly implemented -- will meet my demands for the Hudson Valley and set a higher standard for our neighbors to the north and south. That said, I will monitor the impact this agreement has on families and workers in New York who have been hurt by bad trade policies in generations past." (votesmart.org)

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