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Steven 'Steve' M. Reilly

Steve Reilly's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Steven 'Steve' M. Reilly
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Cathy; 2 Children: Michael, Savannah
Birth Date: 04/21/1961
Birth Place: Milton, MA
Home City: Norcross, GA
Religion: Catholic
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Georgia Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I oppose abortion after the fetus had established a heart beat, unless the mother's life is endangered.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

I support a background check of gun purchasers to avoid sales of weapons to criminals.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • Steve Reilly. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Georgia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "NO ANSWER" for: "Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?" Immigration Other or expanded principles: "Some illegal immigrants, such as those younger people whose situation is contemplated by the Federal "Dream Act" should have a potential path to citizenship without deportation first, as should others who have been in the United States for an extended period and have been otherwise law abiding citizens."
  • Steve Reilly. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. "On June 15th, President Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security would stop deportation of some young immigrants and allow them temporary legal status [¦] The President's decision is neither unlawful nor unconstitutional. It does not grant citizenship nor permanent legal status. It gives a limited number of young people a limited reprieve from deportation and allows them to work. The decision is within the federal government's authority to decide how to enforce our immigration laws, as the U. S. Supreme Court recently ruled in Arizona v. United States. Most of all, it is humane and just. Ultimately, we need comprehensive immigration reform from Washington. Such reform will require continued deportation of some illegal immigrants and a robust enforcement of our southern border. It will also need to include a path to citizenship for some immigrants who have been in our country for an extended period of time who have been employed, and have otherwise been law-abiding residents. Such a path to citizenship should include some payment by immigrants of back taxes and a requirement that they learn the English language." (votesmart.org)
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
NoDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

[Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?] Some illegal immigrants, such as those younger people whose situation is contemplated by the Federal "Dream Act" should have a potential path to citizenship without deportation first, as should others who have been in the United States for an extended period and have been otherwise law abiding citizens.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Maintain Statusd) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Greatly Increasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

1) Increase growth of jobs nationwide. An additional, but smaller, federal stimulus plan for additional infrastructure improvements would help. We should maintain the current tax reductions on middle income earners, along with the payroll tax reduction, but should increase taxes for high income earners.

2) Long term budget agreement to get our federal deficits under control. A variation of the Simpson-Bowles plan is needed with longer term budget cuts, tax reform, and some tax increases on higher earners over a ten year period in lieu of an immediate austerity plan.
(We want to avoid the impact of immediate austerity on...

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