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Kathleen 'Kathy' Courtney Hochul

Kathy Hochul's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Kathleen 'Kathy' Courtney Hochul
On The Ballot: Running, Independence, Working Families for Lieutenant Governor
Running, Democratic for Lieutenant Governor
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Bill; 2 Children: Bill, Caitlin
Birth Date: 08/27/1958
Birth Place: Buffalo, NY
Home City: Hamburg, NY
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Kathy Hochul 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-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kathy Hochul. The Batavian: 2011 Questions on social issues for NY-26 hopefuls. Responded "This is obviously a difficult decision between a woman and her doctor, and I don't think anyone should take this decision lightly. I do, however, believe abortion should be safe, legal, and rare, and think the federal government should not be involved in making medical decisions. I support the continuation of Roe v. Wade, which has been the established policy on this issue since 1973." to the question: "What is your position on abortion, addressing your position on when if it should be legal at all, or only in early and/or late stages of pregnancy and the circumstances of a pregnancy (age of the mother, whether rape or incest), also as it relates to federal funding either directly or indirectly of abortion and/or agencies that may be involved in providing abortions." (thebatavian.com)
  • Kathy Hochul. Kathy Hochul Recieves the Endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice New York. 29 April 2011. "I am deeply grateful for the support of NARAL Pro-Choice New York. Once in Congress, I will fight alongside NARAL Pro-Choice New York to ensure women have access to safe and adequate health services, without any interference from the federal government." (www.kathyhochul.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jerry Remski. Daily News: Hochul speaks of 'good progress' after quick trip to Afghanistan. 24 May 2012. "The U.S. military is making headway in its 11-year war in Afghanistan and should be ready to withdraw its troops on schedule by 2014, Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul said Thursday after returning from a whirlwind 36-hour trip to the country. 'A year ago, 50 percent of the country was still under Taliban control; now it's down to about 25 percent,' said Hochul, D-Amherst. 'That's progress. That's good progress.' Hochul based her assessment on the comments of U.S. military leaders in Afghanistan, who told her that they are pleased with the progress they've made in training the Afghan military to keep the peace once the U.S. leaves." (india.nydailynews.com)
  • Kathy Hochul. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Kathy Hochul voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kathy Hochul. The Washington Post - Democrat Kathy Hochul Sworn In as Newest House Member. 1 June 2011. "As the White House and congressional leaders continue to work toward a comprehensive deficit-reduction plan, Hochul said that when it comes to addressing the national debt, entitlement reform, defense spending and tax increases should all be on the table." (votesmart.org)
  • Kathy Hochul. MSNBC "Rachel Maddow Show" “ Transcript. 25 May 2011. "[The voters in my district] knew that I"m also an independent Democrat, someone who understands we do need to get our deficit under control. And I've said that all along. But the difference between myself and my opponent was really clear when it came to how we do that. I"m willing to have everything on the table--entitlement reform, defense spending, as well as revenues." (votesmart.org)
  • Kathy Hochul. Sequester Transperency Measure Passed, Hochl Urges Long-Term Solution. 18 July 2012. "I believe that Congress' time would be much better spent working to find a long-term solution to balancing our budget the right way. Many local businesses rely on the federal government for defense contracts. The possibility of massive defense cuts has already affected their hiring decisions. By avoiding the tough issues, this Congress continues to kick the can down the road and create even more uncertainty." (hochul.house.gov)
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

  • Kathy Hochul. Balance the Budget. 10 September 2012. "It's also important that we ask everyone to pay their fair share, which is why I've called for the closing of tax loopholes that reward corporations to ship jobs overseas, and I support allowing the Bush era tax cuts to expire for people making more than $500,000 a year." (www.kathyhochul.com)
  • Kathy Hochul. MSNBC "Rachel Maddow Show" “ Transcript. 25 May 2011. "[The voters in my district] knew that I'm also an independent Democrat, someone who understands we do need to get our deficit under control. And I've said that all along. But the difference between myself and my opponent was really clear when it came to how we do that. I'm willing to have everything on the table--entitlement reform, defense spending, as well as revenues." (votesmart.org)
  • Kathy Hochul. Video: Rep. Hochul Urges Congress To Permanently Extend Tax Cuts for the Middle Class. "It seems simple to me- if we want to cut our deficit, we cut spending, we also ask those who've benefited from tax breaks for the last decade to pay their fair share." (www.youtube.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kathy Hochul. REBUILD Western New York Revitalizing our Economy through Business, Infrastructure, and Local Development. 24 August 2012. "I recognize that the engine of our economy will always be our local businesses. However, I also believe that government plays an important role in creating the conditions necessary for economic growth"to ensure a level playing field and create incentives that allow private enterprise to adapt and succeed in an ever-changing marketplace." (www.google.com)
  • Kathy Hochul. Issue Position: Support Local Business. 1 January 2012. ""I come from a business family, so I understand that government doesn't create jobs"businesses do. However, government can help to create the conditions for economic growth"ensure a level playing field and to create incentives to encourage private enterprise to adapt in the changing global economy. In Congress, I have introduced a plan to renew Western New York's economy through targeted investments in infrastructure, energy, education and small business, and I've worked to create fair tax policies that encourage companies to stay and grow in the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Kathy Hochul. On House Floor, Hochul Urges Congress To Pass Jobs Bill And Improve Nation's Bridges. 24 October 2011. "Today, on the House floor, Congresswoman Kathy Hochul urged Members of Congress to support the American Jobs Act, which will put the nation's middle-class families back to work, while at the same time enhancing public safety by improving and repairing America's bridges and roads. [¦] Hochul added, 'We can invest in job-creating projects to improve our nation's bridges, roads and other transportation systems just by passing the American Jobs Act. This one bill would not only get our economy back on track, but will do so by increasing safety for all Americans.'" (hochul.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kathy Hochul. Issue Position: Support Local Business. 1 January 2012. "I come from a business family, so I understand that government doesn't create jobs"businesses do. However, government can help to create the conditions for economic growth"ensure a level playing field and to create incentives to encourage private enterprise to adapt in the changing global economy. In Congress, I have introduced a plan to renew Western New York's economy through targeted investments in infrastructure, energy, education and small business, and I've worked to create fair tax policies that encourage companies to stay and grow in the United States. To that end, I have crossed party lines to pass small business tax cuts, and I voted for a bi-partisan plan to extend the payroll tax cut for middle class Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Kathy Hochul. WBTA - Hochul Pushes "Make It In America" Plan. 20 July 2012. "The Make It in America plan is an idea Hochul says will create jobs, help American manufacturers grow and compete with the global economy. The overall plan encompasses another bill Hochul has proposed, the Workforce-Ready Educate America Act. 'To encourage partnerships between business and educational institutions and give employers a tax credit and participate in a program that will help students get on the job training,' Hochul said. The overall plan also includes legislation that will give tax cuts to U.S companies that bring jobs back to the United States. Hochul said the tax incentives will help people 'Make it in America.'" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kathy Hochul. As Energy Prices Fluctuate, Rep. Hochul Unveils Comprehensive Energy Plan. 30 May 2012. "To save taxpayer dollars and cut the deficit, Hochul's plan will end wasteful tax loopholes for oil companies who are enjoying record profits. The plan also supports efforts to spur more energy development on federal land, including efforts to increase offshore oil and natural gas development, as well as to expedite federal approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. In addition, Hochul's plan includes a commitment to renewable energy, like the new methane digester in Wyoming County and the Niagara Power Project." (votesmart.org)
  • Kathy Hochul. Congresswoman Hochul's Plan for American-Made Energy and Lower Gas Prices. 10 September 2012. "Rep. Hochul also helped pass the PIONEERS Act, which would increase offshore oil and natural gas development. This bill would help lower gasoline prices and is projected to create over 1.2 million jobs and raise over $4.3 billion in new federal revenues." (hochul.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? 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 Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kathy Hochul. One Year Highlights.1 June 2012. "Defending Gun Rights: Rep. Hochul has consistently voted to protect the Second Amendment." (hochul.house.gov)
  • Kathy Hochul. The Buffalo News: Hochul receives backing of national guns rights group. 4 October 2012. "As a county clerk, I was a staunch advocate for sportsmen, and I have carried through on my commitment to protect their rights in Congress." (www.buffalonews.com)
  • Kathy Hochul. Hochul Has Been Bucking the Party Line. 24 July 2012. "It didn't make sense to Hochul, either, to bar people with a concealed-carry gun permit in one state from carrying that gun into another state " so she voted with Republicans to force states to honor such out-of-state permits. 'I think government has a role to play,' she said of gun control, 'but I think it should not be excessive,' she said." (www.kathyhochul.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kathy Hochul. Statement from Representative Hochul On Supreme Court Health Care Ruling. 28 June 2012. "I am hopeful that today's ruling will help to focus our country on the need for more effective policies that drive down the cost of care and ensure that all Americans"especially children, seniors and veterans"have access to quality and affordable health care. I stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to continue to improve the law and find appropriate solutions to the rising cost of health care in this country." (hochul.house.gov)
  • Kathy Hochul. Statement from Representative Hochul On the Vote to Repeal Affordable Care Act. 11 July 2012. "Like many Western New Yorkers, I am of the belief that government is rarely the answer to our nation's problems. And certainly, the Affordable Care Act is far from a perfect solution to the rising costs of health care. That is why I have worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to repeal the financially unsustainable CLASS Act and to eliminate an unelected Independent Payment Advisory Board with the power to ration health care for our seniors. It is also why I recently voted to roll back the medical device tax, which stifles innovation and limits job growth for American manufacturers. However, today I voted against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act because House leadership offered no alternative other than to return our country to a broken, unsustainable health care system under the rigid control of the insurance industry." (hochul.house.gov)
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.
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kathy Hochul. The Batavian: 2011 Questions on social issues for NY-26 hopefuls. Responded "I don't think the federal government should involve itself on issues of who can marry whom, that needs to be determined by the states. I believe everyone should be afforded equal rights under federal law. I do support the civil institution of marriage for gay couples, with absolutely no requirements placed on religious institutions" to the question: "What is your position on marriage? Should the federal government involve itself on issues of who can marry whom? Should the federal government provide the same benefits to heterosexual couples as well as gay couples?" (thebatavian.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

  • Kathy Hochul. Osama bin Laden Dead. 1 May 2011. "The subsequent war in Afghanistan has now waged on for nearly a decade and this evening, in a targeted operation in Pakistan, the United States has accomplished their ultimate goal and killed Osama bin Laden. As President Obama said, this is the "most significant achievement, to date, in our nation's effort to defeat al Qaeda.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Kathy Hochul. Pakistan is a Safe Haven for the Taliban and Al Qaeda. 6 June 2012. "Conversations with generals, diplomats, and the troops on the ground confirm that Pakistan remains a safe haven for the Taliban and al Qaeda. First it was proved to the world when Osama Bin Laden was found to be hiding there for a lengthy amount of time. But on Monday, a drone strike just over the Pakistani border killed al Qaeda's number 2 in command, further proving beyond all doubt that Pakistan continues to harbor terrorists. If Pakistan is unwilling to condemn these international terrorists and work with the United States to find them, they should not be eligible for foreign aid. Period. End." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Kathy Hochul. Protect Seniors. 10 September 2012. "That is why I have fought against efforts to privatize Social Security and Medicare that would end these program as we know them, and why I've introduced legislation to strengthen Medicare by cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse." (www.kathyhochul.com)
  • Kathy Hochul: RepKathyHochul. 14 August 2012. "77 years ago today, President FDR signed the @SocialSecurity Act into law. I will always work to protect this important program." (twitter.com)

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