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Eliot L. Engel

Eliot Engel's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Eliot L. Engel
Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 16, Democratic
First Elected: 11/08/1988
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Patricia; 3 Children
Birth Date: 02/18/1947
Birth Place: Bronx, NY
Home City: Bronx, NY
Religion: Jewish
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Eliot Engel refused to tell citizens where he 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

  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Eliot Engel. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Eliot Engel. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Eliot Engel a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Eliot Engel in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eliot Engel. Rep Engel - End of Iraq War by 2012. 21 October 2011. "I applaud President Obama for his decision to bring our troops home. I hope in the not-so-distant future he can do the same in Afghanistan. After nearly nine years, the war in Iraq is finally coming to a close [¦] This action is long overdue, and has my full support. Unfortunately, the lasting legacy of this war is the emboldening of Iran, the loss of American lives, and the sacrifices we must now demand in order to pay the bills and take care of America's veterans. I fully believe the war in Afghanistan could have ended long ago, if we didn't divert attention and resources to Iraq." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Congressman Eliot Engel on the 10th Anniverary of US Forces in Afghanistan. 7 October 2011. "This war has already been extremely costly -- in lives and dollars -- and it is time to move on. I applaud President Obama for bringing a more effective strategy to our campaign against the terrorists, and for moving forward with withdrawal, but I urge him to complete this process more quickly." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of the Peace Action 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eliot Engel. H.R. 6365. 13 September 2012. "I voted against H.R. 6365, the National Security and Job Protection Act - yet another Republican attempt to weasel out of the deficit reduction plan they pushed through. This bill would exempt defense from the sequestration cuts, while leaving vital domestic programs on the chopping block. Our economy has no time for such blatant hypocrisy. Neither do the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. National Defense"
  • Eliot Engel. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"
  • Eliot Engel. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Eliot Engel. Congressman Eliot Engel on the 10th Anniverary of US Forces in Afghanistan. 7 October 2011. "This war has already been extremely costly -- in lives and dollars -- and it is time to move on. I applaud President Obama for bringing a more effective strategy to our campaign against the terrorists, and for moving forward with withdrawal, but I urge him to complete this process more quickly." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012. 10 May 2012. "I voted against the Budget Control Act because it was an unbalanced budget that put the responsibility of balancing the budget on the backs of the middle class. But at least it was an agreement that put both defense and discretionary spending up for equal cuts. It was an agreement that both parties came to, recognizing the need to cut Federal spending. Now the Republicans are trying to back out of that. And in backing out of that, they are protecting the wealthiest among us, hurting the middle class. This is the wrong way to go. It is a shameful document." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
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

  • Eliot Engel. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • Eliot Engel. Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. 18 November 2011. "I think that if we're going to get our budget to balance, it's not only cuts in programs that we need, although my friends on the other side of the aisle fret about defense cuts. We need to cut spending, yes. We also need to raise taxes on those who can most afford to do it, the 1 percent. I think that's something we should consider." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Rep. Engel Votes for the Middle Class. 2 December 2010. "Today, House Democrats stood with working families in voting to extend tax cuts for individuals earning $200,000 per year or less, and families making less than $250,000. As our nation recovers from the devastating economic crisis -- which occurred after eight years of Bush policies, six of which with a Republican-controlled Congress - it is imperative that these families and small businesses keep their tax breaks to help continue our economic recovery. Let me be clear; with this legislation people would only pay more taxes on what they earned over $200,000 for individual earners and $250,000 for families. No one in that income bracket faces any significant hardship paying another 4.6 percent and only on income over a quarter of a million dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Engel Named A Best Representative For Children. 14 February 2007. "I won this designation because I voted consistently against the Republican agenda of tax breaks for the rich and the estate tax reduction at the expense of people in need, and for legislation that would help the poor in areas such as housing and nutrition. That unseemly agenda of making the rich even richer came at a cost to the middle and working classes, the poor, the needy, and the young." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Engle Hits GOP on Tax Hypocrisy Don't Tax the Rich, Just the Middle Class. 25 August 2011. "Many of the same Republicans who threatened to close the government to keep the George W. Bush-era income tax cuts from expiring now say this tax-cut should end. By any definition, especially a Republican one, this is a tax increase. The difference is, it doesn't affect the wealthy, just the middle and working classes. This tax-cut helps the 47 percent of all Americans who owe no federal income taxes but who pay a 'payroll tax' on practically every dime they earn. It hardly affects the 400 richest families who now hold as much wealth as the bottom 50 percent of the country combined. It also does not close the corporate tax loopholes so dear to Republican hearts. The hypocrisy of Republicans fighting a middle class tax cut while protecting these tax loopholes is beyond belief." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Millionaire Tax Makes Tax Burden Fair for Working Families, Middle Class. 19 September 2011. "I have said for a long time that the middle class cannot continue to shoulder the tax burden, while suffering the most from budget cuts. I am pleased to see the President has agreed with my great concern that a $250,000 earning threshold for paying a higher tax rate would be hurtful for New Yorkers. Having the threshold at $1 million will not penalize high cost-of-living states, and will still generate the kind of revenues we need to address our long-term debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Rep. Engel - "Shameful" House Majority Still Doesn't Get It. 23 September 2011. "If they so desperately want to include an offset, why not repeal the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthiest of Americans. They could remove tax breaks for oil companies and industrial polluters. Instead, they chose to gut programs designed to promote job growth in clean energy industry." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Rep. Engel - Tax Deal has more Problems than Benefits. 21 December 2010. "I voted against the Bush Tax Cuts in 2001 and 2003, as I do not subscribe to the trickledown theory where more money in the hands of billionaires will reflect in any gains for the middle class. It is this very policy which has nearly bankrupted our country. I find it curious that Republicans have masqueraded as deficit hawks for the last two years, but as soon as billionaire tax cuts are involved, they are perfectly fine with deficit spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Rep. Engel -- GOP Needs to Work with Democrats, President Obama Instead of Obstructing. 8 September 2011. "The Recovery Act of 2009 halted the downward spiral of our economy and helped keep things from turning far worse. Of the $787 billion included in the Recovery Act, $299 billion went to tax cuts, almost half of the entire amount spent. The tax benefits come in various forms, including the Making Work Pay tax credit, COBRA Continuation Coverage Assistance, and tax incentives for businesses, in addition to the $70 billion which went to the Alternative Minimum Tax fix. I find it hard to believe my Republican colleagues continue to say the Recovery Act was a failure, despite tax cuts which help the middle class." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "2. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the tax levels for each of the listed categories. Income Taxes on Families Earning $140,000 or More"
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000" Family Income Other or expanded principles: "surtax on millionaires"
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "I believe that any plan to balance the budget must include holding the line on spending as well as ensuring that we have enough money coming in to meet our obligations. I also support a "pay-as-you-go" rule which prevents enactment of any tax cuts or spending increases that are not paid for while rolling back some of the reckless tax cuts for the rich."
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eliot Engel. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Eliot Engel a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (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

  • Eliot Engel. Rep. Engel: Unemployment Rate Holds Steady; Private Sector Jobs Increase. 6 August 2010. "This year the House repeatedly passed legislation to create jobs, extend unemployment benefits and provide tax cuts to support the recovery. This includes the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act and the Home Star Act, which are both currently awaiting action." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Create "enterprise zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing tax credits for new and expanding businesses."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Create "empowerment zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing government grants and federal assistance, in addition to tax credits, to new and expanding businesses."
  • Eliot Engel. Bipartisan Letter Urges Renewable Energy Incentives for Non-Profits. 23 June 2011. "Extending CREBs or providing comparable tax incentives for renewable energy would ensure that not-for profit utilities are provided the tools to help solve the nation's energy problems, simultaneously creating thousands of jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. House, President Obama Advance Jobs Agenda While Senate Republicans Stall. 25 June 2011. "The House-passed jobs bill is designed to create or save more than a million jobs, preserve benefits for those currently seeking employment and close loopholes in the system which helped lead to recent economic hardships. The legislation will restore credit to small businesses, extend tax incentives for American research and development, rebuild infrastructure, expand summer jobs for young people, and provide tax relief for middle class Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Eliot Engel. Rep. Engel - Almost $700 Million for New York Schools. 25 August 2010. "Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) announced that New York State was among the 10 winners in the second round of the Federal Race to the Top competition [¦] 'As a former educator, I am very pleased to see New York benefit from this program. The stimulus passed last year not only saved hundreds of teaching jobs in the district and throughout the state, but it will now bring almost $700 million more into our schools. This additional funding will give our children better educational opportunities, while providing teachers with more resources to ensure a quality education. I truly believe education is absolutely the key to guaranteeing the success of New York's youth to better prepare them for challenging times ahead. I will continue to work in Washington to find more ways to enhance our education system, and to provide a bright future for our children and for New York State.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "When I voted for the No Child Left Behind law in 2001, I was assured that the law would be fully funded. However, since NCLB was enacted, the law has never been fully funded. I believe that if we are gong to set high standards for schools but not give them the resources to achieve those goals, then we are setting up our schools to fail."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Defense "
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them." 8. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to change America's public education system? Other or expanded principles: "Expand school-to-work programs that teach job skills to students who are not college bound; Expand Head Start."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Eliot Engel. Issue Position: Education. 1 November 2011. "As a former guidance counselor, school teacher and father of three children, I am an ardent supporter of quality public education and education reform. I strongly oppose cuts in education funding proposed by the Bush administration, and prefer instead the renewed and expanded provisions for education programs, such as Head Start, as determined by the Democrats' funding choices for this Congress. In addition I am a longtime supporter of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), for which I is in favor of reauthorization legislation that will provide $12 billion for the fiscal year 2008 and will increase funding for free public education for special-needs children each subsequent year." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Eliot Engel. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Eliot Engel. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eliot Engel. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Eliot Engel voted Did Not Vote on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eliot Engel. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Eliot Engel in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Eliot Engel voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Eliot Engel in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Eliot Engel in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "I have introduced H.R. 4409, the bi-partisan Fuel for American Security Act. This bill sets goals to reduce dependence on imported oil by 2.5 million barrels per day by 2015 and 5 million barrels per day by 2025. It encourages production and consumer purchase of oil saving technologies and fuels nationwide, without adversely impacting air quality. The most effective means to achieve these goals is by providing incentives to encourage manufacturers, distributors and consumers to utilize domestic resources to bring to the market a full range of 21st Century vehicles and fuels based on clean, renewable, non-oil based technologties."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "I have introduced H.R. 4409, the bi-partisan Fuel for American Security Act. This bill sets goals to reduce dependence on imported oil by 2.5 million barrels per day by 2015 and 5 million barrels per day by 2025. It encourages production and consumer purchase of oil saving technologies and fuels nationwide, without adversely impacting air quality. The most effective means to achieve these goals is by providing incentives to encourage manufacturers, distributors and consumers to utilize domestic resources to bring to the market a full range of 21st Century vehicles and fuels based on clean, renewable, non-oil based technologties."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup."
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Eliot Engel. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Eliot Engel a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Eliot Engel. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Engel Announces Legislation to Ban Cop Killer Five-Seven Pistols. 3 March 2005. "It is common sense that five-seven handguns should be banned because the weapon exists only to kill law enforcement officers. If you support police officers, then you should support my legislation to ban this cop-killer weapon. Police officers wear bullet-proof vests to get them home safe to their families and loved-ones. We owe it to those brave men and women to help ensure their bullet-proof vests cannot be pierced by readily available five-seven handguns. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is going to try and kill this legislation, and the NRA's most vocal supporters are in the House of Representatives. I expect the strongest opposition to this bill in the House, but will fight any opposition because it means the difference between a cop being killed or returning home from their shift." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Engel Reintroduces Legislation to Stop the Sale of Faulty Gunlocks. 25 May 2005. "When parents put a gunlock on a firearm, they should have confidence that the lock will prevent their children from firing the gun. Congress has the responsibility to ensure that the gunlocks purchased by American consumers will protect their children from deadly consequences. Whether or not one thinks there should be guns in the house, the reality is that some American families keep firearms at home for their protection. Too many kids have been killed after they find Mom's or Dad's weapon. Those guns must be fully secured with an effective gunlock." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Eliot Engel in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Congressman Eliot Engel On Gun Control. 23 November 2009. "I proudly wear the 100 percent rating I received from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a campaign devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all of us are safe at school, at work, in our communities, and in schools. I also proudly wear the 'F' grade I received from the NRA. It claims to be only defending the Second Amendment rights but in reality this allows even criminals and the mentally unstable to buy automatic weapons.[...]. There is no reason for handguns and automatic weaponry to be so easily available. No one needs these weapons for hunting or any other legitimate activity. We cannot allow these weapons to flow freely to gang members and the mentally unstable." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Eliot Engel. Rep. Engel Slams GOP for Endangering Citizens. 18 November 2011. "With over 30,000 Americans losing their lives every year to gun violence it is inconceivable we would even consider allowing more guns to cross state lines into regions seeking to stem the tide of gun violence. This would have been a blatant attempt to cripple states like New York who are trying to curb the flow of guns and eliminate gun violence." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Issue Position: Gun Safety and Control. 1 November 2011. "I believe that reasonable gun control legislation is an important device to prevent dangerous firearms from getting into the hands of criminals. As the father of three children, I feel the scourge of crime in our neighborhoods is intolerable. My support for reasonable federal gun control legislation stems from my desire to do everything in my power to control this fatal situation. Gun control, however, is not an end in itself. It is, after all, the criminal who ultimately pulls the trigger. I believe, therefore, the approach must be multi dimensional. Tough laws and vigorous police enforcement are necessary to fight crime." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Eliot Engel in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. American's Health Care Already Improving Due to Affordable Care Act. 23 September 2011. "The Affordable Care Act has put Americans and their families, not the health insurance companies, back in charge of their health care. The Act is already improving lives, including young adults, children with pre-existing conditions, owners of small businesses, and seniors, along with all of the 165 million Americans who have private insurance. As more and more Americans benefit from the Affordable Care Act, the House Republican Majority has spent the greater part of 2011 voting to repeal these benefits, rather than pursuing ways to create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Health Care Law, One Year Later. 24 March 2011. "This law makes health care affordable for the middle class and halted the steady rise in costs from health care that has lead to much of our budgetary woes over the years. For all of their talk of the sky falling, Republicans have repeatedly failed to provide any alternative ideas that would come remotely close to accomplishing what the Affordable Care Act does. They had six years of control of the House, Senate and White House and provided no leadership on this issue. All they have provided are false platitudes and alarmist sound bites." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Rep. Engel - Hopeful for a Productive 112th Congress. 5 January 2011. "As the Republican Majority takes control of the House, I am hopeful that they will focus on governing rather than on scoring political points for their base. Democrats want to fix the unemployment problem and help Americans get back to work and feed their families. However, the Majority is first trying to turn back the clock and repeal health care. We want to look forward rather than dwell on the past." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Rep. Engel - Taking Away Health Care from 30 Million Americans is a Waste of the People's Time. 20 January 2011. "Repeal of the Affordable Care Act has as much of a chance of becoming law as I have of becoming King of England. It is a waste of the people's time to be here today voting on a purely political bill which has a snowball's chance of passing the Senate, and no chance of being signed into law by the President." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Rep. Engel Fights Health Care Repeal, Calls the Republican Bill "Political Theater". 7 January 2011. "This repeal would act as a virtual death sentence for too many Americans, and will result in inevitable bankruptcy for others. It is irresponsible governing and diverts the focus from putting Americans back to work, and instead manages to put millions of others out of work." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Rep. Engel Highlights 45th Anniversary of Medicare. 1 July 2011. "Over the last 45 years, Democrats have fought vigorously to protect and strengthen Medicare. When we held the majority, we enacted legislation to extend Medicare's solvency -- most recently in the Affordable Care Act that extended Medicare's solvency. I will continue to work to strengthen Medicare and ensure that the promise we made to our seniors remains for future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Eliot Engel. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Eliot Engel. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Eliot Engel voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Eliot Engel voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform. Other or expanded principles: "Civil unions should enjoy all the legal rights and responsibilities of marriage"
  • Eliot Engel. Rep. Engel Calls For The Repeal Of DOMA. 15 September 2009. "The federal government should not be in the practice of passing laws which discriminate and remove benefits and rights from our citizens. Equal treatment under the law is not just lip service to me, and only by repealing DOMA will same-sex couples around the country be able to say they are receiving equal treatment. DOMA meddles with the laws passed by the states granting marriage rights to same-sex couples, and may not be constitutional. Congress should promptly move to correct this mistake and support repeal." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Eliot Engel voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "Frankly, I fail to understand why gay marriage threatens my wife's and my 24 years of marriage, or anybody else's marriage, or why it would undermine the Republic. Gay and lesbian Americans want their secular government to legally recognize their committed relationships. They want their secular government to provide equal benefits in tax law, access to health care, Social Security, and death benefits. They want the same benefits as other Americans. Some of my friends on the other side of the aisle are being disingenuous by saying they simply only want to define the institution of marriage. If that is their only motive, then why do they also oppose domestic partnerships and civil unions, which would give gays and lesbians the same rights as other Americans?" (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Eliot Engel. Congressman Engel's Reaction to the New York Ruling on Gay Marriage. 6 July 2006. "I was disappointed with the ruling from the New York court today on gay marriage. I think it's simply a matter of basic human rights. As I have said many times before, I don't see how anyone else's marriage is threatened by two people who want to have a stable relationship." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Rep. Engel: DOMA Ruling is Long Overdue. 9 July 2010. "Same-sex couples, who married in those states which allow it, are the same as every other family in the nation. They work hard and pay their taxes, they contribute to charity and try to raise their family as best as they can. They are our friends, family and neighbors, and should never have been treated differently in the first place. This civil-rights issue should be treated as such, and the rights and privileges deserved by all Americans should be maintained." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Statement From Representative Engel - Granting Benefits To Same-Sex Couples A Good First Step. 17 June 2009. "Defending the rights of the LGBT community is very important to me. I led the charge to have the Office of Special Council restore the rights of LGBT federal employees and to remove Scott Bloch from his leadership position, after he had taken the initiative to remove their anti-discrimination protections. His anti-gay rhetoric was not only offensive, but dangerous. Annually, I sponsor a resolution in support of the National Day of Silence, to provide a voice to the plight of some members of the LGBT community. I also remain hopeful the New York State Legislature will be able to overcome its divide and finally deliver to Governor David Paterson a bill to permit same-sex marriage in New York." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Support For New York State Assembly Same Sex Marriage Bill. 13 May 2009. "I applaud the decision by the New York State Assembly to pass legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in New York State. The measure easily passed by an vote of 89-52. I urge the State Senate to follow suit and deliver the bill to Governor Paterson for his signature. Everyone deserves equal rights under the law, and the LGBT Community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) has been unable to have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else for far too long. It is a matter of basic human rights." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Eliot Engel. Congressman Eliot Engel on the 10th Anniverary of US Forces in Afghanistan. 7 October 2011. "Our original mission, to cripple al Qaeda, has been largely successful, and the group's affiliates have moved to Yemen and North Africa. We no longer need massive forces to hunt and kill al Qaeda; intelligence, SEAL teams, and drones have been more than sufficient. President Obama deserves great credit for how he has successfully taken the fight to Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants. Today, bin Laden is dead, as are many of his murderous followers, many of whom were found outside of Afghanistan. Our efforts against the 9-11 criminals have evolved, and it is time for our involvement to evolve as well." (votesmart.org)
  • Eliot Engel. Rep. Engel Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of Bin Laden's Death. 1 May 2012. "Almost 3,000 people did not return to their families on September 11, and one year ago, Osama bin Laden's terrible crime caught up to him on May Day. This marked a new season for people in America, and worldwide, who believe in freedom and denounce terrorism. I applaud President Obama and our men and women in uniform, and our entire intelligence community, for finally ending this monster's reign of terror. They deserve all of the gratitude our country can offer. But others are seeking to carry out bin Laden's objective to destroy our country, and we must remain vigilant as we maintain our security and defend our homeland." (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

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  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Eliot Engel. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Eliot Engel signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Eliot Engel supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
Budget Priorities
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasei) Medical research
Maintain Statusj) National parks
Greatly Increasek) Public health services
Slightly Increasel) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasem) Space exploration programs
Greatly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statuso) Welfare
Greatly Increasep) Emergency preparedness
q) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
Slightly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Decreasee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
Greatly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Slightly Decreasec) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Increased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories
Retiree Income
Maintain Statusf) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
Maintain Statusa) Charitable contributions
Maintain Statusb) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusc) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusd) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?
6) Discuss your proposals for balancing the federal budget. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

I believe that any plan to balance the budget must include holding the line on spending as well as ensuring that we have enough money coming in to meet our obligations. I also support a "pay-as-you-go" rule which prevents enactment of any tax cuts or spending increases that are not paid for while rolling back some of the reckless tax cuts for the rich.

7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
f) Require Section 527 organizations to register with the Federal Election Commission as Political Action Committees.
Undecidedg) Do you support instant run-off voting?
Yesh) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Noi) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with educational, vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xf) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xg) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of corporate crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
a) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
Xc) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xd) Allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
Xg) Support a federal law to standardize testing and penalties for steroid use in professional sports.
h) Other or expanded principles

I have introduced the Drug Testing Integrity Act of 2005, which would make it unlawful to knowingly manufacture, market, sell, ship or otherwise provide an individual with any product designed for the purpose of assisting in defeating a drug test. This law, to be implemented and enforced by the Federal Trade Commisssion (FTC), would prevent the growing traffic in these deceptive and fraudulent drug test subversion products, and would subject violators to stiff civil penalties and fines.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Reward teachers with merit pay for working in low-income schools.
Xf) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
Xg) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xh) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xi) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
j) Other or expanded principles

When I voted for the No Child Left Behind law in 2001, I was assured that the law would be fully funded. However, since NCLB was enacted, the law has never been fully funded. I believe that if we are gong to set high standards for schools but not give them the resources to achieve those goals, then we are setting up our schools to fail.

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.
Xa) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xc) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants.
d) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
e) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
f) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xh) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xj) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xk) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
Xm) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming.
n) Other or expanded principles

I have introduced H.R. 4409, the bi-partisan Fuel for American Security Act. This bill sets goals to reduce dependence on imported oil by 2.5 million barrels per day by 2015 and 5 million barrels per day by 2025. It encourages production and consumer purchase of oil saving technologies and fuels nationwide, without adversely impacting air quality. The most effective means to achieve these goals is by providing incentives to encourage manufacturers, distributors and consumers to utilize domestic resources to bring to the market a full range of 21st Century vehicles and fuels based on clean, renewable, non-oil based technologties.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Xa) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xg) Require a license for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xb) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
d) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xe) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xf) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xg) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
Xh) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
Xi) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
Xc) Support a temporary worker program that would enable illegal immigrants to work in the United States legally.
Xd) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using government funded social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
Xe) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.
Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) International Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Undecidedb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
c) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
Nod) Should the United States send more troops to Iraq?
e) Discuss your proposals for an exit strategy in Iraq. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

I think we have to work our way out of Iraq because our troops are caught in the middle of what is rapidly becoming a civil war. Our troops cannot stay in Iraq forever, and this war must end in the foreseeable future, but I don't believe we can leave immediately. We should have an exit strategy with goals and a timeline that can lead us to withdrawal, but we should avoid an arbitrary deadline so that those who oppose us hold their attacks until the day after we depart.

f) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.
Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Undecidedb) Should the United States use military force to dismantle the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
Noc) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Yese) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles

I would not advocate military action in North Korea. We should give diplomacy a chance to work. We are not at the point where military action should be considered.

3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.
Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
No4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
No5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs?"
Yes6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles

Our policy to reduce the global AIDS crisis must include comprehensive science-based, effective prevention and teatment programs.

International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)?
Undecided3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Undecided4) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
Yes6) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes7) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
8) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Undecideda) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yese) Do you support the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in U.S. custody?
Undecidedf) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security?
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles

The Social Security program was created to ensure that those who worked all their lives to make this country great would not fall into poverty late in life. As such, the program has been extremely successful. Please be assured that I will oppose any plans to privatize the Social Security system and will do all in my power to protect Social Security for you and for future generations.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
b) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement government regulation of Internet content.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Increase funding for child care programs.
c) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 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.
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