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Ann Marie Buerkle's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Ann Marie Buerkle refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, 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

  • Ann Buerkle. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Ann Buerkle voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Buerkle. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Ann Buerkle voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan B. Anthony List. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Ann Buerkle in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Weiner. Syracuse.com: U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle Call Abortion Opponents "Heroes" At National Rally in Washington. 23 January 2012. "Ladies and gentlemen, every life regardless of the circumstance has intrinsic value because it was created by God. We know that. We now need to convince the rest of the country. We stand for life." (www.syracuse.com)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Ann Buerkle in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ann Buerkle. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Ann Buerkle voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Marie Buerkle. Buerkle Statement Marks One Year Anniversary of Osama Bin Laden's Death. 2 May 2012. "Despite Osama bin Laden's death, terrorism remains a very real threat to the United States and to nations across the world. I am pleased that President Obama visited Afghanistan and addressed the American people. As America's role in Afghanistan continues to evolve, one thing remains certain: we must be vigilant. The United States needs to be prepared for a future attack from both foreign and domestic enemies. We must not sway from the mission to protect America." (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Marie Buerkle. Buerkle Statement on Afghanistan Attack. 20 June 2012. "The attacks on American and coalition soldiers by insurgents dressed as members of the Afghan Police are disturbing. These killings are tragedies. They are also causing tension and extremely complicating efforts for a smooth transition of power from Western forces to Afghan forces. This growing trend needs to be taken seriously. We must do all that we can to protect troops from future attacks of this nature. We must continue to be vigilant in protecting our soldiers as we continue to prepare Afghanistan to provide security for its own country as Western forces continue to withdraw." (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Marie Buerkle. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. 27 May 2011. "Ms. BUERKLE. Mr. Chair, I rise in opposition to the Chaffetz Amendment to H.R. 1540, the Defense Authorization Bill. The amendment, if passed, would require the immediate withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan with certain limited counterterrorism operations permitted to remain on the ground. I appreciate the motivation behind the amendment because I too question the wisdom of our continued presence in Afghanistan. We are engaged in a protracted war there, and unlike our operations in Iraq, have yet to see stability and a solid foundation for independence emerge from the sacrifice of our men and women serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. While I believe that it is time to commence a timely discussion regarding Afghanistan, I do not believe that this amendment to the defense bill is the answer. The amendment short circuits the process necessary for thoughtful action and does not regard seriously the impact of the unintended consequences of immediate withdrawal on the stability of the region [¦] How successful further action can or will be is unclear. Al-Qaeda may be able to regroup and revitalize. Regardless, immediate withdrawal will bring neither clarity nor stability to a region in which the United States has offered its highest currency, the blood of our young men and women in uniform." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ann Buerkle. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Ann Buerkle voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Marie Buerkle. Buerkle Supports Transparency in Sequestration Process. 20 July 2012. "I have opposed sequestration from the beginning and I continue to urge our government to prevent these catastrophic cuts. While there is undoubtedly waste, fraud, and abuse that must be cut from the Department of Defense budget, these cuts should be made with a scalpel, not a hatchet." (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Marie Buerkle. Issue Position: Defense and National Security. 1 January 2011. "The primary responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the common defense. America must be capable of proactively protecting the nation and its citizens. This can be achieved by giving the military the resources it needs to keep us safe and maintain freedom." (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Marie Buerkle. WRVO Public Media - Could Sequestration Hurt Local Economy? 13 August 2012. "While it's not completely clear what the Department of Defense would cut to reduce their budget to the required number, central New York Congresswoman Buerkle is worried about how the cuts might effect defense contractors in the area. 'We have several defense companies in the district, the number of jobs, they're good jobs, that's of concern,' she said. 'And the bigger picture, we've got national security issues, and not giving our military state of the art equipment, not having enough resources for a military is also a concern to me.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Buerkle. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Ann Buerkle voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (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

  • Ann Marie Buerkle 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." (www.atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Anne Marie Buerkle. Buerkle: American Businesses Show Faith in New Congress. 4 March 2011. "My top priority is jobs. The reason I went to Congress was to get our region of New York working again. This is a step in the right direction, but we need to keep fighting to free the hard-working people who create jobs from the burdens of a too costly and intrusive government." (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Marie Buerkle. Issue Position: Spending and Taxes. 1 November 2011. "Lower taxes, lower government spending and less government interference is the formula for economic growth. It is the prescription for more jobs." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ann Marie Buerkle. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 1 January 2012. "The tax code needs reform. Successful small business owners and professionals--those who contribute positively to the communities in which we live and create jobs--are burdened with the highest tax rate, while extremely wealthy citizens escape paying their fair share through diversified income options that elude most Americans. Corporations all-too-often find loopholes to escape their tax liability." (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Marie Buerkle. Issue Position: Spending and Taxes. 1 November 2011. "Lower taxes, lower government spending and less government interference is the formula for economic growth. It is the prescription for more jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Forrest Jones. Money News: Former Biden Adviser Bernstein: All Americans Must Pay More Taxes. 10 August 2012. "Some Republicans disagree, including U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-New York, who says uncertainty over taxes prevents businesses from hiring, which slows recovery. 'If we're going to get our businesses back on their feet and have them invest and have them hire, then what we've got to do is create some certainty for them. Uncertainty is the enemy of growth,' Buerkle told The Auburn Citizen. 'By passing these tax rate extensions and not increasing taxes on them and giving them some certainty for the next year, that's exactly what this does. Not only does it give them some certainty, it doesn't raise their taxes. It allows them to hang on to more of their money and to invest it, to hire and to buy more equipment.'" (www.moneynews.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ann Marie Buerkle. Issue Position: Education. 1 November 2011. "We need to decrease the role of the federal government in education, recognizing that successful education policy begins locally. We need to demand fiscal accountability from state departments of education with respect to federal monies, and allow parents to make the best possible decisions for their children's education." (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Marie Buerkle. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "More Federal control of education is not the answer. In fact, more education decisions need to be made at the local and state level, empowering our teachers to practice their craft with the knowledge that their efforts are being made in conjunction with real conditions. Bureaucrats in Washington do not know what is best for our children--parents and teachers know how to make the most important difference in a child's life." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ann Buerkle. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Ann Buerkle voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Marnie Eisenstadt. The Post-Standard: People pack Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle's first town hall meeting in Wayne County. 3 February 2011. "Then she pressed Buerkle on whether she felt the government should restrict the size of ammunition private citizens can buy. She wondered if that might have prevented some of the deaths in the Arizona shootings. Buerkle said she did not support any restrictions on gun rights, and that the shooter was mentally ill and would have gotten a gun one way or another. 'It's a fact that Americans have the right to bear arms,' she said." (www.syracuse.com)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Ann Buerkle in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ann Buerkle. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Ann Buerkle voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Ann Buerkle in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Marie Buerkle. NYCFPAC Endorses Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle. 3 October 2012. "New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms Political Action Committee (NYCFPAC), New York's only statewide Christian PAC, has endorsed pro-life, pro-family conservative Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-C, Syracuse) for Congress in the newly-created 24th Congressional District [¦] Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of NYCFPAC, stated: 'In her very first term in Washington, D.C., Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle has demonstrated, time and again, that her constituents made a wise decision in electing her [¦] The Congresswoman has courageously voted in favor of [¦] a ban on federal funding for a directive allowing chaplains to perform same-sex ˜marriages' on Navy bases.'" (www.buerkleforcongress.com)
  • Douglass Dowty. The Post-Standard: Central New Yorkers react to Obama's support of same-sex marriage. 10 May 2012. "But Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill, said Obama's decision has no impact on New York, which has already legalized same-sex marriage. She views the issue as one that should be decided by the states." (www.syracuse.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ann Marie Buerkle. Issue Position: Defense and National Security. 1 January 2011. "In addition to projecting strength, we must protect our borders and stop terrorists before they can strike. Terrorists need to be treated for what they are -- enemy combatants. As such they do not deserve to be protected by the same Constitution they seek to undermine." (votesmart.org)
  • Ann Marie Buerkle. National Security. 4 October 2012. "Our military men and women ask little and sacrifice much. They're on the front lines everyday 24/7 serving and protecting the American people. Our armed forces must be ready to act anywhere in the world where vital national interests are threatened. They can't be in a constant state of readiness if they lack necessary resources [¦] America must project strength to the world, foe and friend alike. We can't do this if we limit our choices for dealing with the enemy. President Obama has mentioned several times recently that in regards to the economy, all choices are on the table. I believe that the national security interests of the country should be viewed in the same light." (www.buerkleforcongress.com)
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

  • Ann Marie Buerkle. Social Security. 12 October 2012. "I oppose changing Social Security and Medicare benefits for anyone 55 or older. The long-term sustainability of Social Security and Medicare will require some reform as to how these programs are administered. For those who are under 55, there is a real danger that these programs will not exist. If we do not examine these programs, those who today are children or young adults will simply have no benefits when they reach retirement age. We can all work together to find a common-sense solution to the insolvability of Social Security and Medicare. I am open to any and all proposals from either side of the aisle, and I invite your feedback as these we have these important debates." (buerkle.house.gov)

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Candidate Answer

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Inferred Answer

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