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Brian Higgins' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 26, Democratic

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (NY) - District 26

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Brian Higgins 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

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.

  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Choice" (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "Higgins is supporting efforts to strengthen protections for those with pre-existing conditions as a cosponsor of the recently introduced Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions and Making Health Care More Affordable Act (H.R. 1884) and is leading an effort to expand Medicare as a buy-in option to those over the age of 50." (votesmart.org)
  • "Throughout his time in Congress, Brian has fought efforts to privatize or threaten Americans' Social Security benefits." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "The Social Security 2100 Act (HR 860): Introduced by Rep. John Larson and cosponsored by Higgins, this bill strengthens Social Security and ensures solvency through the year 2100. The bill would provide a modest increase in benefits for recipients, improve the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) formula to better keep pace with inflation, raise the minimum benefit to ensure low income workers do not retire into poverty, raise the cap on taxable income for high earners making above $400,000, and cut taxes for 12 million middle-income beneficiaries." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "It is a basic function of government to keep the peace and protect the public. But, for most of our country's history, Black Americans have not felt the benefits of this protection. Recent events have exposed how widespread and urgent of a change is needed. The Justice in Policing Act begins to deliver that change." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Absent a bipartisan agreement to avoid sequestration, across the board cuts to defense and nondefense spending will disrupt the most essential functions of our government and drastically increase economic uncertainty." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "We have made tremendous progress in strengthening the base. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 resulted in two major victories for NFARS. The legislation allows the Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing to transition to a new remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) mission, that could bring in hundreds of new jobs. Additionally, it included $6.1 million in funding for a new full-motion C-130 flight simulator to be built at the base. This will be the only C-130 flight simulator in the Northeast, serving six C-130 Airlift Wings across the Northeastern U.S. resulting in new jobs, and 400 military personnel coming to the area each year for training." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "Investing in our infrastructure has historically been a non-partisan issue and is something we should embrace and advance as a national priority. In recent years we've spent more rebuilding the roads and bridges of Iraq and Afghanistan than here in the U.S. The time is now for nation building here at home." (votesmart.org)
  • "We are told that these tax cuts would pay for themselves through the magic of dynamic scoring, or rebranded supply side trickle-down economics. Obviously, that has not worked, and it's not going to work here." (votesmart.org)
  • "We have 150 American corporations, American businesses, who say they need a tax cut from 35% to 20%. One hundred-fifty of them pay between 0% and 10% in corporate taxes every single year. And 50 of those American corporations have a negative tax liability. Meaning they get a rebate every year because of the loopholes that exist. This is not tax reform. This is a tax scam that's intended to take money from middle America and give it to corporate America unjustifiably." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today we passed the #CARESAct, the third House approved emergency package aimed at combating the #coronavirus outbreak. The legislation continues the process of responding to the urgent needs of our hospitals and emergency response teams, while beginning the process of providing relief to workers and small businesses devastated economically by the #COVID19 pandemic. There will be more work ahead, but this meets our immediate goal of keeping people alive." (www.facebook.com)
  • Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Family separation, a Muslim travel ban, and building a wall all appeal to the tribal instincts which run directly counter to the values that made this country great time and time again. #NoBanNoWall " (twitter.com)
  • Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not want the United States to be involved in another war in the Middle East. However, if Iran pursues a nuclear weapon in the future, military action may be required. If that is the course we ultimately take, it will be critical to that effort that we have exhausted every opportunity to resolve the matter peacefully." (votesmart.org)
  • "The agreement when signed represented a marked step toward stabilizing some of most salient risks posed by the extremist regime that controls Iran. It also reflected steadfast efforts of our allies and adversaries to quell this nuclear threat. No one said the agreement was perfect - it was a start - but all signals indicated the regime was complying." (votesmart.org)
  • "We are pleased to see the renegotiated NAFTA deal includes, as it should, one of our greatest allies and trading partners, Canada. The NAFTA of 1994, was a bad deal, leading to American job loss, that lacked the enforcement measures necessary to hold partners accountable and was in desperate in need of fixing." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "With historically low dairy prices across the United States, our farmers are depending on increased access to the Canadian market in order to sell their world-class dairy products. We urge Ambassador Lighthizer to stop rushing the NAFTA renegotiation process, and focus on getting the best deal possible with both Canada and Mexico. The arbitrary deadlines the Administration claims to face are deadlines of their own; we should not be rushed to complete NAFTA renegotiations at the expense of a good outcome." (votesmart.org)
This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.
Pro-choice Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
I support simplifying the tax code for all Americans, while closing loopholes that allow some wealthy Americans to avoid paying their fair share.
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yes Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yes Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
No Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Yes Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Yes Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
I support federal efforts to raise educational standards across the country because our global competitors are doing so and we need to keep pace. But these programs must allow for local decision making and recognize the important roles that both the family and the teacher play in educational outcomes.
No Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Yes Do you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Yes Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
No Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Yes Do you support same-sex marriage?
No Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
Yes Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
No Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?

SpendingIndicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.TaxesIndicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Decrease a) Agriculture
Maintain Status b) Arts
Slightly Decrease c) Defense
Greatly Increase d) Education
Slightly Increase e) Environment
Slightly Increase f) Homeland Security
Maintain Status g) International aid
Greatly Increase h) Medical Research
Greatly Increase i) Scientific Research
Maintain Status j) Space exploration
Maintain Status k) United Nations
Maintain Status l) Welfare
Slightly Increase a) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Status b) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decrease c) Small business taxes
Maintain Status d) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Status e) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Status f) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decrease g) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decrease h) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increase i) Income taxes (high-income families)
Maintain Status j) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Status k) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
I support and have proposed a robust investment in American transportation, energy, and water infrastructure.
I support an increased investment in American infrastructure and medical research, and a stronger federal commitment to solar energy and cross border commerce.

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