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Bill Pascrell, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NJ) - District 9, Democratic

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (NJ) - District 9


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  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood. (votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. Pascrell uses his position on the powerful Ways and Means Committee to offer unceasing support for a woman's right to choose. Pascrell lambasted the Trump administration's decision to implement its domestic gag rule in August of this year. Pascrell also regularly advocates for increased funding for family planning and education and supports prevention-focused legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • "With permanent, deep cuts for corporations and higher taxes for middle-class New Jerseyans, it will be harder to achieve the American Dream." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 8% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "Signed into law OTD 83 years ago, Social Security has endured because it remains a pillar for so many vulnerable Americans. Under threat today, Social Security must be protected and expanded so it can never be taken away from those who need it." (twitter.com)
  • "As your Representative, I will continue to push for solutions which will help seniors including increasing the cost of living adjustments in Social Security and fighting to protect Social Security and Medicare benefits." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 99% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "When it comes to Social Security, I believe that we can find a solution to achieve long-term sustainability without cutting benefits. However, one fact is clear: privatization of Social Security is not the answer. Privatization means that your Social Security benefits would be placed in the hands of the very same Wall Street traders whose irresponsible speculation created the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 87% by Common Cause. (votesmart.org)
  • "Proud to be an original cosponsor of The Government By The People Act. This campaign finance reform legislation would help empower the people and get big money out of elections. We must work to undo the damage to our campaign finance system caused by the Citizens United decision." (www.facebook.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - For the People Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "Our nation today is at a great moral reckoning. The growing divide between our police and the public they are sworn to protect is unhealthy for public safety and untenable for democracy," said Rep. Pascrell. "The Justice in Policing Act gives us both the tools and the systematic change needed to combat the pattern of brutality and racial injustice this moment demands. Our legislation will ban chokeholds. It will end racial profiling. It will finally make lynching a federal hate crime. And with its passage today, the House has loudly proclaimed: Black Lives Matter. Chairwoman Karen Bass and Senator Cory Booker have heroically led this effort and I am proud to have helped pass their legislation today." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (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)
  • Rated 5% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 1790 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Public transportation serves as the linchpin for surface transportation in New Jersey. New Jersey Transit, with funding assistance through the federal government, is critical to congestion relief on our roadways and efficient transportation for commuters." (votesmart.org)
  • "we must pass a long-term transportation reauthorization bill, which will not only create millions of jobs in our construction industry, but simultaneously invest in the infrasturure our nation, and especially our region, needs to lay the foundation for long-term prosperity." (billpascrell.com)
  • "With permanent, deep cuts for corporations and higher taxes for middle-class New Jerseyans, it will be harder to achieve the American Dream." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 8% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "I rise today because I support the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act because it provides immediate and needed assistance for workers, families, small businesses and hospitals across our country weathering the COVID-19 crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "Bill supports the goal of "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) to create an accountability system that helps ensure that all children, regardless of how disadvantaged, are given the education they need to be productive, successful, contributing members of society." (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the House Transportation Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment for ten years, I worked to increase renewable energy production and to protect our environment for future generations. I am proud to have a 94% rating from the League of Conservation Voters." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by American Energy Alliance. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "As such, he was proud to fight for key energy provisions in the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," stimulus legislation signed into law by President Obama. To put people back to work today and reduce our dependence on polluting fossil fuels, this legislation increases renewable energy production and renovates public buildings to make them more energy efficient. It also provided funding to improve the energy efficiency of more than 1 million modest-income homes through weatherization, saving low and middle class families money and lowering our emissions of greenhouse gases." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 91% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 13% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "But even if this bill passes, we still have a long way to go. With the introduction of this bill, which will help strengthen our background check system, Representative Maloney and I are taking the first of many steps in addressing the gun violence epidemic in this country. No longer can Congress fail to address the issue of gun violence, and I hope my House Republican colleagues will join us in supporting this measure." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that we must work together to make our health care system more efficient and affordable. We need to make our health care system about quality of care instead of the quantity of procedures. I will continue to fight to ensure that in this country, health care is a right, not a privilege." (billpascrell.com)
  • "Recently, I was proud to help author the Affordable Care Act, which strengthened the Medicare program and extended the life of the Medicare Trust Fund." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 1% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly support comprehensive immigration reform, which allow millions of immigrants come out of the shadows and become productive, taxpaying contributors to the American economy, creating new jobs and economic growth for everyone." (billpascrell.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "The Joint Chiefs of Staff has now confirmed that the only way to destroy North Korea's nuclear arsenal is through a ground invasion. That is deeply disturbing and could result in hundreds of thousands, or even millions of deaths in just the first few days of fighting. As Veterans, we have defended this nation in war and we remain committed to this country's security. We also understand that entering into a protracted and massive ground war with North Korea would be disastrous for U.S. troops and our allies." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have fully analyzed the viable alternatives. One is military action, that at best would delay the Iranian nuclear program for three to five years and result in the loss of American and Israeli lives. Another is continuing or increasing international sanctions to put further pressure on Iran, which China and Russia have shown they are willing to undermine and promised to veto. Additionally, our most loyal allies in the coalition to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon have shown zero appetite for either option." (votesmart.org)
  • "I look forward to upcoming briefings from the Administration which will give me the opportunity to ask the tough questions to ensure this deal is comprehensive, lasting, verifiable, and puts an end to Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 5% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "While I have yet to see the proclamation, if these reports are true this is certainly a positive step. I never understood why the Trump administration would treat our partners so shabbily so this would be a sensible move. Is it enough to get a new deal over the finish line? Not for me it isn't. Any new NAFTA won't get my support until enforcement of strong labor standards can be assured." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 86% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • "We must determine whether the new NAFTA will create jobs in the US and stem the flow of outsourcing. Anything less would be a failure and a nonstarter in Congress. Let's see more." (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 a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
No b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yes c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yes d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yes e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
I support a woman's right to make a personal medical decision about her reproductive rights. These personal decisions should involve a woman, her family, her faith and her physician. If an abortion is a personal decision, the government should not interfere nor should taxpayers fund such procedures. I do support some limitations in federal policy, including parental notification and late term abortions.

1) SpendingIndicate 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.2) 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
Slightly Increase b) Arts
Maintain Status c) Defense
Slightly Increase 1) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status 2) Military hardware
Slightly Decrease 3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase 4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase 5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status 6) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increase d) Education
Slightly Increase e) Environment
Slightly Increase f) Homeland security
Maintain Status g) International aid
Maintain Status h) Medical research
Slightly Increase i) Scientific research
Maintain Status j) Space exploration
Maintain Status k) United Nations
Maintain Status l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decrease b) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increase c) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decrease d) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status e) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decrease f) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decrease g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increase h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
No 3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes 4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
Yes 5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
As New Jersey's only member on the Ways & Means Committee, I support a fair tax system for the citizens I represent. That is why I would like to eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax, I have introduced legislation to expand the EITC, and I support tax cuts for the middle class. I am also a strong supporter of pay-as-you-go principles, and I believe that they should be maintained within the budget process for both taxes and spending.
No a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
No b) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yes c) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yes d) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yes e) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
No a) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yes b) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
No c) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yes d) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
No e) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yes f) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yes b) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yes c) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yes d) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Yes e) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
There has been a precipitous rise in both gang activity and violence in urban areas. That is why it is vital that the federal government provide the appropriate resources to help our local and state law enforcement, as well as the federal law enforcement, to take on these problems. A specific program that I have supported in the past and believe should be fully funded in the future, is the COPS program. We need a comprehensive approach to combating the scourge of illicit narcotics.
Yes a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yes b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yes c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
No d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yes e) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yes b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yes c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yes d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
No e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yes f) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yes g) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yes b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
No c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yes d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yes b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
No c) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
No d) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
No e) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
I believe we must do more to help physicians with the rising cost of malpractice insurance, which Congress has failed to act upon. I am pleased that health care reform included funding for demonstration projects on malpractice. While I do not support caps on malpractice awards for victims, I am open to looking at proposals that will bring liability premiums down for physicians and will decrease costs for all by reducing the practice of defensive medicine in the health care industry.
Yes a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
No b) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
No c) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
No d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
I support actions like those taken by the State of New Jersey to notify federal immigration officials of undocumented individuals who are arrested in connection with an indictable crime. However, I don't support racial and ethnic profiling and believe such actions create mistrust in the local community and are counter productive. In the end comprehensive immigration reform is the only answer to reversing the number of undocumented individuals in our nation. Reform should also include my legislation to reform the H1-B and L-1 visa program in order to prevent abuse and ensure that jobs are offered first to American workers.
Yes a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yes b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yes c) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yes d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yes e) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yes f) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yes g) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yes h) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yes i) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
The United States should only enter into trade agreements that will create equitable, broad-based growth for all Americans and raise living standards here and abroad. Trade must create a level playing field so that our works can compete, and in order to do this we must insist on protections for workers rights and the environment.
Yes a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yes b) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yes c) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
No d) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
I support the right of same sex couples to form civil unions. Within these civil unions I believe that these same sex couples should have all the same rights as married couples do.
Jobs: We must continue making investments in our aging national infrastructure and help incentivize the new green energy economy that will create new manufacturing jobs for American workers - we need to make things in America again. Tax Reform: As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I believe in scrutinizing the federal tax structure to continue closing offshore tax loopholes, repeal the AMT and provide more tax relief for working-class Americans. Deficit: We must make deficit reduction a priority by continuing Pay-Go principles and examining the expiration of Bush tax cuts for the top two percent of Americans.

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