Representative Nydia Velázquez's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 7, Democratic
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Nydia Velázquez has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

New York Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
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YesIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
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I support a tax increase on the wealthiest individuals.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
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NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
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I support investment in infrastructure to promote job creation and I support providing tax relief to low and middle class working families and small businesses.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
  • None
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
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YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
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Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • None
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
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Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations
  • None
NoShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
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Spending

Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Greatly Increaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
k) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Maintain Statusa) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Small business taxes
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statusf) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasej) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusk) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

New York City faces an unprecedented challenge in affordable housing. The federal government must increase funding for public housing and develop public-private partnerships to increase middle class housing.

We need to recognize the contributions immigrants make to our country, and stop demonizing those seeking a better opportunity. I support common sense reform that keep families together.

We need to raise the national minimum wage to a living wage. We need to demand that our trading partners respect workers and the environment as part of any trade agreement. We need to support our small businesses, which drive job creation.

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