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Tom Reed II's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 23, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Conservative, Independence, Reform, Republican for U.S. House - District 23
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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 2014, 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

  • Tom Reed. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Tom Reed voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (
  • Tom Reed. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Tom Reed voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (
No 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

  • Tom Reed signed Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of New York and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Tom Reed supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (
  • Tom Reed. Issue Position: Spending Cuts and Debt. 1 January 2011. "Congressman Reed believes that tough choices need to be made now to reign in the federal government's excessive spending. We have a responsibility to our children and grandchildren to be better stewards of taxpayer dollars. We cannot leave them a legacy of debt and the potential of a national bankruptcy." (
  • Tom Reed. Issue Position: Stimulus Plan, Budget, and Deficit. 4 October 2012. "The so called stimulus plan was a horrible mistake. It was voted on less than 24 hours after it was printed. Its passage was the largest single spending plan in United States history. It amounted to $862 billion in borrowed money -- an amazing amount that can barely even be conceptualized." (
  • Tom Reed. Reed Disappointed by President Obama's 2012 Budget; Calls Proposed Spending Increases a "Non-Starter". 14 February 2011. "'We're grappling with making very difficult cuts in the remainder of 2011 because it is the responsible thing to do for future generations,' Reed continued. 'To see increased spending proposed for 2012 is a non-starter and a denial of the perilous state of the nation's finances.' The President's proposal represents a 24 percent increase in non-defense discretionary spending since 2008 (before the failed stimulus). 'The long term security of the United States is more important than politics or 2012 elections,' Reed declared. 'We have to take our heads out of the sand and begin dealing with the problem.'" (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Tom Reed. Issue Position: Education. 8 November 2011. "I firmly support the Tenth Amendment and will fight to restore local control to our school districts. Standards and curriculum should be set by states and local educators. The federal government does not know better than those who work with our children every day. I also feel we need to place more responsibility on parents and empower them to really get involved in their children's education. They should have a larger role in selecting and participating in the learning environment that works best for their family. Another important point is allowing teachers to teach by removing red tape. We need to let them teach according to their students' needs and do so creatively. Finally, I believe in protecting our taxpayers by eliminating programs that don't work." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Tom Reed. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Tom Reed voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Tom Reed. TOM REED RECEIVES NRA ENDORSEMENT. 5 October 2012. "I appreciate being recognized as a strong supporter of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and receive the NRA's endorsement," said Reed. "I remain committed to protecting our constitutional freedoms and opposing infringements on our Second Amendment rights." (
  • Tom Reed. Expressing Concerns Regarding the Negotiation of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. 12 July 2012. "Our Second Amendment rights are fundamental individual rights that must be protected." (
  • Bob Recotta. The Leader: U.S. Rep. Tom Reed responds to concerns about Arizona shooter and guns. 11 January 2011. "U.S. Rep. Tom Reed remains a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment Tuesday in light of the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead and 14 wounded, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. 'Obviously when a tragedy occurs it will bring these issues back onto the table,' Reed said. 'There will come a time and place when that debate is appropriate. You know my feelings on the Second Amendment. To me it's an individual, fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution. This tragedy hasn't changed my philosophy.' The Corning Republican said he backed the right to bear arms even in cases involving armor piercing bullets, which many police organizations are seeking to have banned. 'I stand with the Second Amendment as an individual right and we'll talk with the police and make sure they're protected,' Reed said during his weekly teleconference. Reed was hesitant to limit gun ownership for those with mental illnesses. 'You get into issues of who's going to make that determination,' Reed said. 'Are we going to trust the police to go into every person's house and do a field visit and sit down and hire a psychiatrist to come in?'" (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Reed. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Tom Reed voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Tom Reed supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tom Reed supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Tom Reed supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (
  • Tom Reed. Finger Lakes Daily News: Reed, Clinton React to Gay Marriage Vote. 28 June 2011. "I do personally believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. However, I have been a strong supporter of states' rights and I will continue to be a supporter of states' rights [¦] I will live with [same sex marriage] if that is the law of our state." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.


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