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Carolyn Maloney's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 12, Democratic

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Carolyn Maloney 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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  • "Protecting A Woman's Right to Choose- The recipient of Planned Parenthood’s Vote For Choice Award and the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association Distinguished Public Service Award, Carolyn is one the nation's leaders in the fight to protect women's reproductive rights. As a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, Carolyn has continually fought to expand access to family planning services and protect a woman's right to make her own healthcare decisions." (carolynmaloney.com)
  • "The GOP's tax plan is a complete and total disaster. It would raise taxes on the middle class, double tax New Yorkers, increase the national debt, and lay the ground work for devastating cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid." (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (votesmart.org)
  • "Our momentum continues: Thanks @StopBigMoney for your endorsement this week. Can't wait to keep working with your grassroots activists to overturn Citizens United and enact real campaign finance reform, modeled on the public-finance system I & others helped create in NYC. #ny12" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - For the People Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "Thank you for reaching out. Yes, I’m a proud co-sponsor of the important legislation to end qualified immunity. Here is a growing list of the bills I’m also supporting to combat this crisis." (twitter.com)
  • "It’s time to end qualified immunity." (twitter.com)
  • 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)
  • Rated 6% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "I could not, in good conscience, support a bill that continues to explode the Pentagon’s budget while too many Americans are suffering, and Congress continues to underfund human needs." (twitter.com)
  • "Carolyn has gotten billions of dollars in federal funding for critical job-creating infrastructure projects in our community. " (carolynmaloney.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "All of this is being done to pay for a partisan proposal to provide tax breaks to big business and the fortunate few." (votesmart.org)
  • "The CARES Act is far from perfect, but delivers billions in emergency relief for NYC hospitals, residents, and small businesses. Much more needs to be done, but I'm thankful for the provisions Democrats achieved #ForThePeople." (twitter.com)
  • "We need to pass this emergency relief legislation to get immediate help to our hospitals, individuals and small businesses. Let me be clear: this is disaster relief to address the immediate crisis in front of us; there is much more that needs to be done to help restart the economy and we will be turning our efforts to that as soon as this $2 trillion relief package is signed into law." (votesmart.org)
  • "Development of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures are critical to meeting these goals, as well as developing policies for clean water and sustainable energy." (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Caucus, as well as the Safe Climate Caucus, Congresswoman Maloney understands that investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives is key to combating global warming." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We applaud and support your Climate Action Plan, the joint announcement with China establishing ambitious carbon pollution reduction targets, and the national commitment to the Green Climate Fund. These actions are critical to protect Americans from the most dangerous effects of climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "The Handgun Trigger Safety Act. Smart guns that can be programmed to allow only the gun's owner to use them can be an effective way to to prevent accidental gun deaths and promote responsible gun ownership. To get wider adoption of this technology, Carolyn has authored a bill to require all handguns to use "smart gun" technology. The Firearm Risk Protection Act. To combat gun violence, we need innovative policies that can help incentivize responsible gun ownership. As one approach to this challenge, Carolyn has authored a bill to require gun buyers to have liability insurance coverage before being allowed to purchase a weapon. We have to have insurance to drive a car or own a home, we should require insurance to own a gun as well." (carolynmaloney.com)
  • "The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act. Our current background check system is full of loopholes that allow thousands of people to buy guns without going through a background check. That's why the ATF and others have identified these events as a "major trafficking channel". To fix that, Carolyn has authored comprehensive legislation to require background checks on all gun sales at gun shows and increase the reporting and inspection standards for these events. The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act. Law enforcement has repeatedly told Congress that it needs better and stronger tools to go after gun traffickers and straw purchasers who buy guns for criminals who cannot pass a background check. Carolyn has introduced legislation to do just that, by authoring a bipartisan bill to boost penalties for straw purchasers and give prosecutors tools to go after trafficking rings that bring illegal guns to our cities." (carolynmaloney.com)
  • "The Affordable Care Act (ACA). Until the ACA became law, 45,000 Americans died every year because they did not have insurance. Carolyn was proud to vote for "Obamacare" and extend healthcare coverage to 21 million Americans, including 2.5 million uninsured New Yorkers in desperate need. The ACA means that young New Yorkers can stay on their parents' insurance until they turn 26. It means women can no longer be charged more than men for the exact same health care plans. And it means no one will be denied medical care for a pre-existing condition they are not responsible for." (carolynmaloney.com)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Signed a letter stating: "A few hours later, I voted to reopen the federal government, which has been partially shutdown for more than two weeks after President Trump changed his mind, had a tantrum over funding for his outrageous border wall vanity project, and refused to support a bipartisan bill to keep the federal government fully running." (votesmart.org)
  • "Guess who's paying for the wall? American taxpayers. That $1.6B would be better spent on just about anything else." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 10% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 10% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Carolyn is a strong supporter of comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform that will keep families together and provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants including DREAMER who entered the United States as children and know no other home." (carolynmaloney.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "North Korea's latest provocation makes it clear that we must exhaust every diplomatic tool available to us to reduce tensions in the region and get North Korea to freeze and dismantle its nuclear and ballistic missile programs." (votesmart.org)
  • "Military action is not a viable solution to the threats posed by North Korea." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 6% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 6% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "We must pass @RepBarbaraLee 's amendment to repeal the #AUMF against Iraq. The amendment exercises our constitutional authority, reflects the will of the American people, & is the first step to ending our endless wars." (twitter.com)
  • "@GOP claimed the #GOPTaxScam would bring $ stashed overseas home & lead to more jobs. Instead, $ went to stock buybacks & into investors' pockets. Now, Trump’s trade war is hurting manufacturers. He can "blast" GM, but GOP policy is the problem." (twitter.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "While we each have our own concerns with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, we are united in our opposition to the agreement and in our belief that the TPP will harm many working and middle-class families in New York and across the country." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, I called for the immediate suspension of all tariffs placed on medical supplies & equipment during the #COVID19Pandemic. Tariffs substantially add to the costs and delays in obtaining life-saving PPE for our healthcare providers & should have been suspended weeks ago." (twitter.com)
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.
The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
X b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.1) Budget Priorities2) Defense Spending3) 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.Family Income TaxesOther TaxesDeductions/Credits

Maintain Status a) Agriculture
Greatly Increase b) Arts
Maintain Status c) Defense
Greatly Increase d) Education
Slightly Increase e) Environment
Slightly Increase f) FEMA
Greatly Increase g) Homeland security
Greatly Increase h) International aid
Greatly Increase i) Law enforcement (Federal)
Greatly Increase j) Law enforcement (State)
Greatly Increase k) Medical research
Greatly Increase l) National parks
Greatly Increase m) Public health services
Slightly Increase n) Scientific research
Slightly Decrease o) Space exploration programs
Greatly Increase p) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increase q) United Nations
Maintain Status r) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories
Greatly Increase a) Armed forces personnel training
Slightly Increase b) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status c) Military hardware
Maintain Status d) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Decrease e) National missile defense
Greatly Increase f) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increase g) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status h) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increase i) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
Eliminate a) Less than $12,000
Eliminate b) $12,001-$40,000
Slightly Decrease c) $40,001-$100,000
Slightly Decrease d) $100,001-$180,000
Maintain Status e) $180,001-$350,000
Slightly Increase f) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Status b) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Status c) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Status d) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status e) Gasoline taxes
f) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Charitable contribution deduction
Greatly Increase b) Child tax credit
Greatly Increase c) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Status d) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Status e) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increase f) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No 4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
I support balanced federal budgets in principle.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

a) Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
b) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
c) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
d) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
e) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
f) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
g) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
h) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
X i) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
X j) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
X c) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
X d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
X g) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
X h) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

X a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
X e) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
X f) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
X g) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
X h) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
X i) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
X j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

X a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
X c) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
X d) Increase the federal minimum wage.
X e) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
X g) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
X h) Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

X a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
X b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
X d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
X e) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
X g) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
h) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
i) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
X j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
k) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
X l) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.

a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.
Greatly Increase c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Greatly Increase d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

X a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
b) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
X c) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
X d) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
X e) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
X f) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program.
d) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
X g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles

International AidIndicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.International PolicyIndicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.International TradeIndicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

X a) Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
X b) Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yes b) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yes c) Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yes d) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
No e) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
Yes f) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.
Yes h) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
Yes i) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
Yes j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
Yes k) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
No l) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
No m) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Yes n) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Yes o) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
No p) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
No q) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
No r) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles
No a) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
Undecided b) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
c) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
Yes d) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

No a) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
No b) Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yes c) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yes d) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
No e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
No f) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
No g) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
No h) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Yes a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
No b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Yes c) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Yes d) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Yes e) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Yes f) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
g) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.
b) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
X d) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
e) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
f) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.

a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
X b) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
X c) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
d) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

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