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Elise Stefanik's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 21, Republican
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Elise Stefanik 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.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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 15% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/152539/elise-stefanik#.V0Yb8XUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pro-life with exceptions -- rape, incest and life of the mother." http://poststar.com/blogs/all_politics_is_local/anti-abortion-group-endorses-stefanik/article_f022106e-a557-11e3-bd30-0019bb2963f4.html (poststar.com)
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

  • "Elise will work to pursue fundamental tax reform, make it flatter and fairer for everyone, close special-interest loop holes, and eliminate burdensome regulations that hinder job growth and family savings." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889144/ (votesmart.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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This is wonderful news for Ogdensburg International Airport and our North Country community, and I am happy that my office could assist in securing this important funding […] Furthermore, this important infrastructure project will help facilitate greater commerce with our Canadian neighbors as well." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1018704/stefanik-applauds-funding-for-ogdensburg-runway-extension/?search=jobs#.V0Ydc3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "With this funding, organizations throughout our district will be able to upgrade infrastructure, increase access to goods and services, and provide new jobs for North Country families. These grants are tremendous news for the North Country and I applaud the NBRC for this announcement." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1018693/stefanik-applauds-northern-border-regional-commission-grants/?search=jobs#.V0Ydu3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As the Representative from the 21st District, Elise will fight to make sure parents and teachers in our New York communities are the ones making the best educational decisions for Northern New York students." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889170 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This Congress, the House has passed several job creating initiatives with Congresswoman Stefanik's support, including […] H.R. 3 -- Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1018680/stefanik-discusses-economy-jobs-in-district-visits-today/?search=keystone#.V0YeyXUrIfI (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

  • "Expanding energy exploration and drilling for oil and natural gas where it can be reached; utilizing alternative energy sources like solar and wind; developing more clean-coal and nuclear energy; and keeping government mandates and taxes low on energy suppliers and developers -- these are critical components of an American-made "All of the Above' energy policy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889165/issue-position-energy (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Elise recognizes the critical importance of protecting the Upstate environment and finding a balance between stewardship and clean economic growth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889167 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 86% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/152539/elise-stefanik/37#.V0YfVXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Elise is a gun owner, a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association, and will strongly oppose legislation and executive actions that infringe on the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889155/issue-position-constitution#.V0YfcnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Elise believes we need to repeal Obamacare and replace with common sense solutions; including to allow Upstate families and businesses to shop for insurance across state lines; pursue real tort reform; fight the waste, fraud and abuse that costs our health care system billions each year" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889147/issue-position-healthcare (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

  • "Elise does not support amnesty of any kind for immigrants who have broken the law and entered the country illegally." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889159/issue-position-immigration (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? 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 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.
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

  • "She understands we must address the existing underlying problems in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in order to protect and preserve these programs for seniors and those who need them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889148 (votesmart.org)

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.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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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