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Donald Norcross' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NJ) - District 1, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 1
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S. 2899 "Medicaid Coverage for Family Planning Services" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/35157#.VZrnd3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "$155 billion over 10 years has to be borrowed and paid back by taxpaying Americans if this loophole is not slammed shut." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/914238/norcross-calls-for-immediate-closure-of-corporate-tax-dodge-loophole#.VZroIXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of A3201 "Increases the Income Tax Rate on Incomes Over $1 Million" http://votesmart.org/bill/15548/40867/116277/increases-the-income-tax-rate-on-incomes-over-1-million#.VYglDHUViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] I want to focus on research and development grants to make Rutgers, Rowan, and Stockton, as well as our county colleges, hubs for business innovation and high-tech job creation." http://www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com/issues (www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com)
  • "[...] I urge my colleagues to vote for the Democratic alternative that will provide the tools students and families will need to survive and succeed in our economy, create jobs by investing in research and infrastructure, properly fund a strong national defense, and make good on our promise to our seniors by strengthening Medicaid and Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/964332/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2016#.VYgsgXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The final tool to create opportunity is a fair tax system that rewards hard work. This means putting more money back in the pockets of hard working families so that they can invest in their own their children’s education; so that they can spend money at stores and restaurants in our communities; and they can take trips and vacations that stimulate the US’s tourism economy in places like the Jersey Shore." https://norcross.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-norcross-opening-statement-fy16-budget-resolution-markup (norcross.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "By investing in education and childhood development, we are taking another step forward in building new opportunities for South Jersey's students and communities […]." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/950556/south-jersey-to-share-in-175m-federal-pre-k-grant#.VYg0GHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "A robust early education program is essential for young learners to achieve their full potential. This grant will make sure that our young students have the tools they need to be ready for their introductory school years – a critical point in the learning process." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/950556/south-jersey-to-share-in-175m-federal-pre-k-grant#.VZrph3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I'm following through on my commitment to be an independent voice for South Jersey because we need to work together to create good American jobs and become less dependent on the Middle East for our energy." http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2014/11/keystone_pipeline_approval_gains_support_from_new_rep_donald_norcross.html (www.nj.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In Congress I will work to continue to […] work to bring the benefits of American-made renewable energy to our area." http://www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com/issues (www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com)
  • Voted in favor of S 2036 "Offshore Wind Economic Development Act" ftp://www.njleg.state.nj.us/20102011/S2500/2036_R2.HTM
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The EPA performs many vital functions in New Jersey, helping to keep the Jersey Shore beautiful to keeping our air clean and drinking water clear. The EPA, like any organization, deserves access to the best information and the best experts available to inform their decisions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/964770/rep-norcross-opposes-harmful-anti-environment-bills#.VZrrWHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.1322 "Requires Participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative" http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/S1500/1322_I1.HTM (www.njleg.state.nj.us)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 7% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116277/donald-norcross/37#.VYg_eHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of A2006 "Reduces the Maximum Capacity of Ammunition Magazines" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/48419 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[…] Norcross said he believes the Affordable Care Act has resulted in tremendous improvements in the nation's health care system, including coverage for people with preexisting conditions and young adults." http://www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com/burlington_county_times_norcross_hopes_to_change_dysfunctional_family_atmosphere_in_washington (www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com)
  • wbgo.org "While some in Congress still aim to repeal Obamacare, Norcross says he favors some fixes to the Affordable Care Act." http://www.wbgo.org/newsarticle/donald-norcross-is-njs-newest-congressman (www.wbgo.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[…] I am urging us to reject what I think is one of the most cruel things we can do to those who come to our country and want to be American citizens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/976142/providing-for-further-consideration-of-hr-1735-national-defense-authorization-act-for-fiscal-year-2016/?search=deport#.VYhELXUVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "If the Gallego amendment on DREAMers that we are debating here later today were in effect, my grandson wouldn't be here. My granddaughter wouldn't be here." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/976142/providing-for-further-consideration-of-hr-1735-national-defense-authorization-act-for-fiscal-year-2016#.VZrtA3UVhHx (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am proud to know that in America, all those in committed, loving relationships, regardless of their sexual orientation, have equal rights." http://norcross.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-norcross-supreme-court-s-marriage-equality-ruling-affirms-rights-our (norcross.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage" http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/S0500/1_I2.HTM (www.njleg.state.nj.us)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "So as we talk about the threats in Armed Services, we are 48 hours from shutting down Homeland Security. Let's say that again: 48 hours from shutting down the security at our airports, at our train stations, at our ports. This is unthinkable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/964320/dhs-shutdown#.VZrtvnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In many ways, America’s national defense hinges on our mission right here at South Jersey’s joint base. Passage of today’s bipartisan budget reflects the crucial role the joint base has in protecting our freedom, in particular its highly efficient, battle-tested KC-10 program." http://norcross.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-norcross-supports-579-billion-defense-budget (norcross.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In Congress, I will ensure that we honor our commitments to seniors and protect the Social Security and Medicare programs that they have worked hard to fund." http://www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com/issues (www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com)
  • "Donald Norcross’ leadership on issues such as preserving and protecting Social Security and Medicare from privatization and benefit cuts ensures these programs will be around for current and future generations." http://www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com/gary_cobb_s_position_on_senior_issues_moves_residents_to_confront_him_for_answers_seniors_remind_cobb_they_re_people_not_pets (www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com)
  • "[...] I urge my colleagues to vote for the Democratic alternative that will […] make good on our promise to our seniors by strengthening Medicaid and Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/964332/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2016/?search=social%20security#.VYhNanUViko (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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