Nydia Velázquez's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)
Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 7, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic, Working Families for U.S. House (NY) - District 7
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New York Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test
|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 a tax increase on the wealthiest individuals.|
|Yes||Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?|
|No||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?|
|I support investment in infrastructure to promote job creation and I support providing tax relief to low and middle class working families and small businesses.|
|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 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.
|Maintain Status||a) Agriculture|
|Greatly Increase||b) Arts|
|Slightly Decrease||c) Defense|
|Greatly Increase||d) Education|
|Greatly Increase||e) Environment|
|Maintain Status||f) Homeland Security|
|Maintain Status||g) International aid|
|Greatly Increase||h) Medical Research|
|Slightly Increase||i) Scientific Research|
|Maintain Status||j) Space exploration|
|k) United Nations|
|Slightly Increase||l) Welfare|
|m) Other or expanded categories|
|Maintain Status||a) Capital gains taxes|
|Slightly Decrease||b) Corporate taxes|
|Greatly Decrease||c) Small business taxes|
|Slightly Increase||d) Excise taxes (alcohol)|
|Slightly Increase||e) Excise taxes (cigarettes)|
|Maintain Status||f) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)|
|Greatly Decrease||g) Income taxes (low-income families)|
|Greatly Decrease||h) Income taxes (middle-income families)|
|Greatly Increase||i) Income taxes (high-income families)|
|Slightly Increase||j) Inheritance taxes|
|Maintain Status||k) Payroll taxes|
|l) Other or expanded categories|
|New York City faces an unprecedented challenge in affordable housing. The federal government must increase funding for public housing and develop public-private partnerships to increase middle class housing. We need to recognize the contributions immigrants make to our country, and stop demonizing those seeking a better opportunity. I support common sense reform that keep families together. We need to raise the national minimum wage to a living wage. We need to demand that our trading partners respect workers and the environment as part of any trade agreement. We need to support our small businesses, which drive job creation.|
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