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Nydia Velázquez's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 7, Democratic
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Nydia Velázquez has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Nydia Velázquez is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 2014, 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

  • Nydia Velázquez. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Nydia Velázquez voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Nydia Velázquez in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Nydia Velázquez voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Nydia Velázquez voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (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 Nydia Velázquez a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Nydia Velázquez in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Nydia Velázquez voted Did Not Vote on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Nydia Velázquez in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Nydia Velázquez voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006. 6 December 2006. "Mr. Speaker, in these last days of the 109th Congress, the anti-choice majority is lobbing a parting shot at American women. We shouldn't be wasting our time on bills that impede access to healthcare and impose further burdens on women seeking abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Nydia Velázquez voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Nydia Velázquez voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Nydia Velázquez voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Nydia Velázquez voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Nydia Velázquez voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (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

  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. Good Evening. 26 August 2008. "John McCain would not just hold back female entrepreneurs, he would hurt all small businesses. He has pledged to continue the Bush tax cuts that favored Fortune 500 companies over entrepreneurs. In fact, only four percent of small firms saw a penny more. It's this practice of neglecting small businesses that has resulted in unemployment rates skyrocketing to a four-year high. We can't afford more of the same." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. Press Release: MoveOn.org Political Action Endorses Nydia Velázquez for Congress. 19 June 2012. "I'm proud to receive the grassroots endorsement of MoveOn's 25,000 members in the new 7th District," said Velázquez upon hearing of her endorsement. "For years, MoveOn members have leant critical support on the issues I've spent my career working on: providing good jobs and quality healthcare for working families, ensuring millionaires pay their fair share in taxes, and reining in corporations' influence in our democracy." (www.nydiamvelazquez.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Nydia Velázquez voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. Senator Clinton and Congresswoman Velázquez Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Safety Net for Unemployed Workers. 18 September 2008. "Strengthening the food stamps program will encourage growth in our communities by quickly driving millions of dollars into local businesses. This legislation offers a proven stimulus that will help turn our economy around." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. Statement of Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez in Reaction to President Bush's Final State of the Union Address. 28 January 2008. "The economic stimulus package that the House leadership worked with the President to formulate is a beginning. We need to further this commitment by creating new jobs at home, bolstering the housing market, and better protecting the American worker and small business owner." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. Representative Velázquez Hails Passage Of Economic Recovery Bill. 13 February 2009. "The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009" to create or save 215,000 jobs in New York State, including 8,400 in the 12th Congressional District alone. The comprehensive legislation makes investments in urban areas that will strengthen public housing, mass transit, education, and provide other important resources for New York City's hard-working families. Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) hailed the funding and tax cut package as the best way to get people back to work while investing in the long-term health of the City. 'We need this economic recovery package to stop the cycle of job loss that has crippled New York City and the entire nation. Only if we get people back to work and help them afford their basic needs, will spending start up again and our economy begin to recover,' said Velázquez. Infrastructure projects and other targeted spending will get New Yorkers back to work and jumpstart the economy. The State is expected to receive $2.7 billion to fund public schools, $1 billion for highway construction projects, $1.3 billion for mass transit, and $403 million to help seniors and families reduce energy bills by weatherizing their homes [¦] 'This bill provides a major investment in New York City - from renovating public housing buildings to making sure our schools are equipped with 21st century technology,' said Velázquez. 'We are focused on creating a bright future for our children, and putting New Yorkers to work now making the improvements.'" (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 Nydia Velázquez a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nydia Velázquez. Velázquez Calls for Improved Language Education. 23 June 2007. "The importance of learning the English language, and receiving a good education, cannot be underestimated. It is difficult enough today to learn math and science, let alone if you don't understand the language that it is being taught to you in. That is why we need to ensure that our school systems are equipped to help these students. My legislation will enable schools to develop a solid program aimed and helping our youth master the English language." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Nydia Velázquez voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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  • Voted Yea - H Amdt 515 - Prohibits the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act from Taking Effect During the Sequester - Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 1900 that prohibits the bill from going into effect while the federal government budget operates under requirements of the sequester
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nydia Velázquez in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nydia Velázquez in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Nydia Velázquez voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nydia Velázquez in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. Letter to President of the United States George W. Bush. 15 May 2006. Reduce our dependence on fossil fuel through investments in renewable energy and energy conservation. By moving toward energy conservation and investing in renewable and alternative energy sources such as biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, ethanol, solar and wind we can eliminate our reliance on Middle East oil by 2020, and move away from polluting fossil fuels in general. For example, by increasing CAFE standards for cars to 45 miles per gallon and SUVs and light trucks to 34 miles per gallon over the next decade we could save consumers about $80 billion per year at the pump, 3 billion gallons of oil a year, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1.5 trillion pounds a year." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nydia Velázquez in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Nydia Velázquez voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Nydia Velázquez a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Nydia Velázquez 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 Nydia Velázquez in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Nydia Velázquez voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Nydia Velázquez in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. Velázquez Applauds Health Care Passage. 22 March 2010. "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will deliver better choices -- not just for New Yorkers, but for all Americans. With the passage of health care reform, we are finally answering a decades-long cry for help. We are finally empowering the American people with quality, affordable options that put them in the driver's seat, and I urge support of this landmark legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. President Determined To Lay Foundation For Future Growth. 25 February 2009. "Far too many New Yorkers lack health insurance coverage, with the largest stress placed on our minority and low-income communities. Our nation is on path to becoming a far better place for all Americans with a President who does more than talk and actually makes these long-awaited changes a reality." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 8 January 2011. "I urge a 'no'' vote. And I hope that we spend the remainder of this Congress on measures that truly get small businesses hiring and creating jobs. What we need is to get this economy back on track. By repealing health care reform, we will not achieve that." (votesmart.org)
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Nydia Velázquez voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Nydia Velázquez voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. Velázquez on Same Sex Marriage. 25 June 2011. "Recognition of same sex marriage in New York is a historic step forward for human and civil rights. I commend Governor Cuomo for his steadfast leadership on this issue. Now, we must continue working at the federal level to repeal similar discriminatory policies like the Defense of Marriage Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Nydia Velázquez voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. Pelosi, Nadler, 143 House Members File New Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 7 September 2012. "None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest: Denying recognition to couples already married under state law does not further an interest in 'procreation and responsible child-rearing.' DOMA does not prevent same-sex couples from marrying and an estimated 132,000 couples have now done so, with many of these couples raising children together. There is no logical connection between the denial of federal recognition to these same-sex couples, who already are married, and the marital or parenting behavior of different-sex couples. It is irrational to claim that Congress needs to or should harm these families in order to benefit others, particularly as those families receive federal recognition regardless of DOMA. While Congress has a legitimate interest in the welfare of children, Section 3 does not serve that interest. Children of married heterosexual couples are not affected by this law, and Section 3 actually undermines legitimate child welfare interests by harming children of married same-sex couples. Congress should maximize the stability and security of these children, just as it does for children of married different-sex couples, by recognizing and respecting their parents' lawful marriages." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez. Velazquez on Defense of Marriage Act Court Ruling. 31 May 2012. "Today's ruling is yet another important milestone in our journey toward a more perfect union. The Court's ruling makes clear that the time for repealing the Defense of Marriage Act is long past due. This backward thinking, discriminatory law remains a barrier to justice and should be eliminated." (velazquez.house.gov)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 97 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez 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

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

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Nydia Velázquez supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Nydia Velázquez 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)

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