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

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 23, Republican
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Tom Reed II has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Tom Reed II is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 89% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/127046/tom-reed-ii#.V0XsmnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "All life is sacred. I care about the unborn children of America […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/988490/reed-supports-pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act#.V0XsS3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "Congressman Reed strongly believes that the tax burden on American families and businesses should be reduced. Particularly in a tough economic environment, the last thing families or employers can afford is more taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/627000/issue-position-tax-reform/?search=tax%20burden#.V0YCWXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Taxpayers deserve a simpler, fairer tax code that closes loopholes and puts everyone on a level playing field. One tax reform proposal that Tom supports would save a typical family in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes an average of $600 annually. A simpler tax code means a stronger economy and more jobs for upstate New York." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1071301/issue-position-taxes#.V0XtoHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed pledge stating "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business" http://www.atr.org/list-taxpayer-protection-pledge-signers-a6959 (www.atr.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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Reed believes that tough choices need to be made now to reign in the federal government's excessive spending." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/127046/tom-reed-ii/ (votesmart.org)
  • "I care about making sure our local airports are in good shape as they provide quality, family sustaining jobs to our region and also boost our local economy by helping local businesses have a global reach close to home […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1018929/reed-announces-federal-grant-for-finger-lakes-regional-airport/?search=jobs#.V0Xu-3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The so called stimulus plan was a horrible mistake. […] We are bankrupting the United States for our children and grandchildren. We must reduce spending at all levels of government and live within our means. Any future proposed spending increases must be paid for by reducing other government spending." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/548642/#.V0YAunUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Reed strongly believes that the tax burden on American families and businesses should be reduced. Particularly in a tough economic environment, the last thing families or employers can afford is more taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/627000/issue-position-tax-reform/?search=tax%20burden#.V0YCWXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Tens of thousands of parents have already chosen to allow their children to opt out of required public school testing. It simply wasn't fair to threaten to take away the resources they need or shift the financial burden to local property tax payers […] This bill corrects this problem and will do much more to put an end to Common Core once and for all." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1056054/reed-fights-for-students-house-passes-sweeping-education-reforms-limits-common-core/?search=common%20core#.V0YBgnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Besides the lack of good economic news for the region, I was further disappointed that there was no mention of repealing other Cuomo dictates such as the Safe Act, which attacks our Second Amendment rights or Common Core, which destroys local control of our schools. It is not fair we are denied these rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/957142/my-initial-thoughts-state-of-the-state/?search=common%20core#.V0YB7nUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It's about focusing on people, getting them back to work, committing ourselves to a vision of energy independence, which is so critical to our future, and also so critical to our future in the manufacturing sector, because if we can get energy from domestic supplies here, and we can secure those energy sources long term […] And the Keystone pipeline is but an example of that." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/666927/keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=jobs#.V0XuH3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted Yes on H.R. 3 "Northern Route Approval Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VAomPaCW1Kg (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

  • "We need to use every resource we have to meet America's energy needs, not just oil and natural gas, but wind, solar and even nuclear." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1018927/reed-demands-lower-gas-prices-calls-for-increased-domestic-production/?search=solar#.V0YDenUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Sources of renewable energy that I believe need to be considered include: nuclear, wind, hydro, solar, tidal, biomass, biofuel and geothermal." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/626992/issue-position-energy/?search=solar#.V0YDqXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In the long term, I believe that the United States needs to develop domestic, renewable technologies to meet our energy needs and reduce our carbon dioxide emissions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/626992/issue-position-energy/?search=carbon#.V0YEKHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] the U.S. cannot take extreme unilateral measures will other carbon-emitting nations such as China do not. Unilateral job-killing, budget-busting regulations will only further damage our economy with no meaningful positive impact on the earth's environment as a whole." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/548644/issue-position-energy-and-cap-trade/?search=solar#.V0YD0nUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/127046/tom-reed-ii/37#.V0YEXHUrIfl (votesmart.org)
  • "Besides the lack of good economic news for the region, I was further disappointed that there was no mention of repealing other Cuomo dictates such as the Safe Act, which attacks our Second Amendment rights or Common Core, which destroys local control of our schools. It is not fair we are denied these rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/957142/my-initial-thoughts-state-of-the-state/?search=common%20core#.V0YB7nUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] I rise today to stand strong for repeal of ObamaCare." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/725722/repeal-of-obamacare-act/?search=obamacare#.V0YFPXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Obamacare is more than a broken website, it's a failed solution to spiraling healthcare costs. It has led to cancelled insurance policies, job losses and reduced hours for workers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1071296/issue-position-healthcare/?search=obamacare#.V0YEw3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor on H.R. 2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill." http://votesmart.org/bill/12465/33026/127046/33026/127046/ (votesmart.org)
Yes 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 do not support amnesty. However, I do believe a path to a solution exists that would provide legal work status to those here illegally, and at the same time ensure our national security remained intact." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939766/reed-responds-to-president-obamas-executive-action-on-immigration#.V0YFl3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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."http://fingerlakesdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=16&id=2198 (fingerlakesdailynews.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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

Vote Smart's Research

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

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.

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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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