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Chuck Schumer's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (NY) - Sr, Democratic Minority Conference Vice Chair, Minority Policy Committee Chair
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic, Independence, Women's Equality, Working Families for U.S. Senate
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Chuck Schumer has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Chuck Schumer 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 2016, 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

  • Voted in favor of S. 2578 " Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49362 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26976/chuck-schumer#.Vz-DyXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26976/chuck-schumer#.Vz-DyXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Republicans want to force women to surrender their health decisions to their bosses, and even let employers deny women access to contraception. […] If Republicans keep this up, they are going to drive away independents just like they are driving the moderates out of their caucus." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/672629/schumer-statement-on-senate-defeat-of-gop-proposal-to-restrict-contraception-access#.Vz-EsHUrIfI (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

  • "y ensuring that millionaires and billionaires pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes--a rate similar to many average Americans--we can reinstitute tax fairness in this country, a principle that our Tax Code has sadly lacked since the Bush tax cuts ballooned our debt by cutting taxes for the ultra wealthy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/666021/paying-a-fair-share-act-of-2012/?search=tax%20cuts#.V0TR23UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It would be a huge mistake to take the dollars we gain from closing loopholes and put them into reducing rates for the highest income brackets, rather than into reducing the deficit." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/751034/remarks-by-us-senator-charles-e-schumer-on-tax-reform/?search=tax%20increase#.Vz-R6XUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Now, some of my friends across the aisle have some interesting ways of discussing the principle that millionaires and billionaires should pay the same percent of their income taxes as middle-class families. They call it class warfare; they call it a political stunt. But in reality it is neither of those things. The Paying a Fair Share Act is common sense--the principle that everyone has a right to earn as much money as they can in America, as long as they are contributing their fair share." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/666021/paying-a-fair-share-act-of-2012/?search=bush%20tax%20cuts#.Vz-UFHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We are hemorrhaging jobs. The middle class is losing dollars. The country could edge over into a recessionary spiral downward that actually turns into deflation, which could, God forbid, turn into a depression. Yet while President Obama shows leadership, the other side is still adamantly sticking to policies that do not work. They are arguing for marginal rate cuts and choosing to ignore that the very purpose of a stimulus package is to spend money, to help fill the void left by a dramatic reduction in consumer and business spending." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26976/chuck-schumer/#.Vz-SzHUrIfl (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This bill would make much needed reforms to sentencing for non-violent offenders, resulting in a much fairer criminal justice system. I'm hopeful that we can continue moving the ball forward in a bipartisan way to make the reforms our system needs […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1014922/senators-introduce-landmark-bipartisan-sentencing-reform-and-corrections-act-of-2015/?search=minimum%20sentences#.V0TQ7HUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Every study shows the infrastructure part of the stimulus bill created lots of jobs and left us with better infrastructure. […] I say to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle: Pass this bill, rebuild our ailing and aging infrastructure, create jobs, and make sure what we do here does not increase the deficit by having those whose income exceeds $1 million pay a small, little increase to pay for it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/649269/rebuild-america-jobs-act-motion-to-proceed/?search=stimulus#.Vz-NEnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "mproving and expanding the plaza will do three important things: it will improve safety, alleviate crushing wait times, and create jobs. This project will mean 1,200 new construction and related jobs, and the increased commerce from Canada will protect and sustain countless other jobs all over WNY. This project will be a massive shot in the arm for the Western New York economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1050566/schumer-announces-feds-have-approved-50-million-modernization-project-for-the-us-plaza-at-the-lewiston-queenston-bridge/?search=jobs#.Vz-N2nUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We are hemorrhaging jobs. The middle class is losing dollars. The country could edge over into a recessionary spiral downward that actually turns into deflation, which could, God forbid, turn into a depression. Yet while President Obama shows leadership, the other side is still adamantly sticking to policies that do not work. They are arguing for marginal rate cuts and choosing to ignore that the very purpose of a stimulus package is to spend money, to help fill the void left by a dramatic reduction in consumer and business spending." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26976/chuck-schumer/#.Vz-SzHUrIfl (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "y ensuring that millionaires and billionaires pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes--a rate similar to many average Americans--we can reinstitute tax fairness in this country, a principle that our Tax Code has sadly lacked since the Bush tax cuts ballooned our debt by cutting taxes for the ultra wealthy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/666021/paying-a-fair-share-act-of-2012/?search=tax%20cuts#.V0TR23UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Schumer pointed out that it was a contradiction for some in his party to oppose a lower rate for top earners in the debate over extending the Bush tax cuts, but then endorse the same concept when it is dubbed 'tax reform.'" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/751034/remarks-by-us-senator-charles-e-schumer-on-tax-reform/?search=bush%20tax%20cuts#.V0TSGHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "believe that any federal standards must be accompanied by a greater federal investment in education. We need to learn from the lesson of NCLB-- that imposing new standards on school districts without providing them with the necessary resources doesn't work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/623847/issue-position-education/?search=no%20child%20left%20behind#.V0TRUnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S. Amendment 1537 "Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline Project - Key Vote" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38777 (votesmart.org)
  • "We think the Keystone Pipeline should not be built, and there are several reasons for that, among them that the pipeline may accelerate global climate change." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/948174/keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone#.Vz-KgHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We have to look at green energy, wind, solar. There are tax breaks that encourage these new industries that will employ thousands. We ought to pass them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676106/gasoline-prices/?search=solar#.Vz-L_HUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats would much rather see an energy bill that promotes clean energy sources such as solar and wind, industries which create far more jobs, both construction and manufacturing, using far cleaner energy than the pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/948174/keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone#.Vz-KgHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I join my colleagues in strong opposition to S.J. Res. 26. This is a joint resolution disapproving of the rules submitted by EPA which finds that greenhouse gases threaten the public health and our environment. This resolution, if enacted, would turn back the clock on years of scientific research that tells us greenhouse gases are damaging to our environment and our public health." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/517324/resolution-of-disapproval-of-epa-rule-motion-to-proceed/?search=greenhouse#.Vz-MXXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I support the Clean Air Act and the ability of EPA to curb harmful pollutants. I believe that we must act to curb carbon emissions and urged my colleagues to join me in opposing any attempts to undermine America's efforts to cut dangerous pollution, protect our air quality and spur innovation in clean energy production." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/623848/issue-position-energy/?search=greenhouse#.Vz-MvXUrIfl (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Schumer has been a longtime leading advocate for common-sense gun legislation. Schumer authored the 1993 Brady Bill, which amended the Gun Control Act of 1968 to require background checks before a licensed gun dealer makes a sale." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1050529/schumer-challenges-nra-after-repeatedly-stating-we-must-enforce-the-laws-on-the-books-when-it-comes-to-gun-violence-senator-now-challenges-nra-to-support-presidents-call-for-200-more-atf-agents-present-laws-are-hamstrung-with-continued-cutback-in-atf-agents/?search=background#.Vz-G1HUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26976/chuck-schumer/37#.Vz-FOXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26976/chuck-schumer/37#.Vz-F5nUrIfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "It is absurd, backwards, and dangerous that the CDC is barred from researching the gun violence epidemic that is plaguing our country […] To tackle this problem that is taking tens of thousands of lives every year, we need to more fully understand it so that we can face it head on. Ending this ban on CDC research is a logical, and necessary, first step." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1033414/democratic-senators-and-leading-researchers-push-for-funding-gun-violence-research-at-cdc#.Vz-GYXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, Senator Schumer is working closely with the Obama Administration and key leaders in Congress to reform the health care system so that all Americans can afford to lead healthy, long lives." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/555201/#.Vz-JTHUrIfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "I am proud to support the historic Affordable Care Act -- the 2010 health care reform bill that recently became law and will help over 30 million Americans, including almost 3 million uninsured New Yorkers to gain access to affordable health insurance." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/623850/issue-position-health-care/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.Vz-KWXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "For us on the Democratic side, it has been an important bottom line throughout this process that the path to citizenship not be put in jeopardy. The path is tough, as it should be, but must always be fair." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/793549/border-security-economic-opportunity-and-immigration-modernization-act/?search=cit#.Vz-Id3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] we speak of the DREAM Act. Inevitably, from the time the first settlers came to New York, the English began to displace the Dutch, and the Dutch were upset. But what does America do? We reach out to newcomers and say: Become Americans and contribute to the American dream and work hard." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/574620/dont-ask-dont-tell/?search=dream#.Vz-HPHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As Ecuador recovers from this disaster, the U.S. can help in many ways, including granting Temporary Protected Status to Ecuadorian nationals residing here in the United States. Granting TPS will provide reprieve to those in danger of being deported or in violation of law for overstaying their visas." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1072298/schumer-gillibrand-call-on-obama-administration-to-immediately-grant-temporary-protected-status-to-ecuadorian-nationals-residing-in-us/?search=cit#.Vz-H73UrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% byHuman Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26976/chuck-schumer/76#.Vz-QxnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "After years under a legal cloud, marriage equality is finally the law of the land […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1006878/booker-introduces-historic-comprehensive-lgbt-non-discrimination-legislation/?search=marriage#.Vz-RMXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "ISIS's despicable acts of terror around the globe in recent weeks are harrowing reminders that we must do everything we can to keep our country safe […] This proposal would tighten safety at our airports, help prevent ISIS from radicalizing people living in the United States, and prevent suspected terrorists from buying assault weapons. These are common-sense proposals that I hope will earn bipartisan support." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1028761/senate-democrats-offer-plan-to-enhance-national-security-and-defeat-isis/?search=airstrikes#.V0TO3HUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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Congressional Election 1992 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.
1. Which of the following tax measures, if any, will you support if elected to the Congress in 1992?
Reducing the capital gains tax rate on profits from the sale of stocks, bonds and real estate.
Permitting tax-free withdrawals from IRAs in limited circumstances.
Providing some kind of middle-class tax break.
Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000.
Providing a tax credit for first-time home buyers.
Repealing luxury taxes on limited items.
Providing a temporary investment tax credit.
XOther

Depends on what is in the bill.

Please evaluate the following general program areas and indicate the level of federal funding that you will support if you are elected to Congress.
Increase SpendingHealth Care
Unemployment
Increase SpendingAIDS Research
Increase SpendingEnvironment
Decrease SpendingDefense
Increase SpendingEducation
National Debt Payments
Increase SpendingDrugs
If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt?
XReduce governmental defense spending.
Reduce governmental domestic spending.
Raise personal income taxes for all citizens.
XRaise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000.
Raise corporate taxes.
Do nothing at the present time.
XOther

Reduce some kinds of domestic spending.

Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose?
SupportExtending unemployment compensation further.
SupportFederal support of job retraining programs.
SupportFederal grants to states for creating jobs in inner cities.
SupportMandating workfare for welfare recipients.
SupportMinimizing governmental intervention and letting the market take a more natural course.
SupportFederal investment in America's infrastructure.
Other
Which of the following policies, if any, should be pursued by the federal government in the area of the United States/Japenese trade?
Restricting the overall volume of goods entering the United States from Japan.
Imposing tariffs on goods entering the United States from Japan.
Requiring Japan to eliminate its trade surplus with the United States over a period of five years.
Requiring reciprocal trade agreements between the United States and Japan based on equal dollar values.
Imposing no restrictions on trade between the United States and Japan.
XOther

Requiring reciprocal trade agreements between the United States and Japan.

Which of the following defense proposals do you support or oppose?
Strongly SupportReduction of the number of American military troops.
OpposeContinued funding of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).
Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor?
XElimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada.
XOffering tax incentives to all small employers in return for guaranteed health insurance coverage of all employees and their families.
Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage.
Creation of a fund designed to provide health insurance to the unemployed and supported by additional tax levies on large employers.
A system of tax credits and vouchers to provide health insurance for the working poor and people of moderate income.
No reform necessary at this time.
Other
If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support?
XIncreased federal funding.
Increased state and local funding.
XImproved teacher recruitment and training.
XNational curricula and standards.
XSmaller classes.
Increased national testing.
A "choice" or "vouchers" program.
No major changes are necessary at this time.
Other
If elected to Congress, how will you confront the War on Drugs?"
XProvide federal funds to educate people about the dangers of drugs.
XProvide federal funds to help drug addicts overcome their addictions.
XWork with foreign governments to stop the export of drugs to this country.
XImpose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug dealers.
XImpose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug users.
Legalize the possession and use of drugs.
Other
What is your opinion on the following environmental proposals?
OpposeOpening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.
Amending the Clean Water Act's section on wetlands to provide landowners with greater rights.
SupportReauthorization of The Endangered Species Act in its current form.
Please indicate which of the following positions you support or oppose.
OpposeParental or spousal notification prior to permitting an abortion.
OpposeAbortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
SupportFederally funded abortions should be permitted.
SupportWomen should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason.
OpposeAbortion should be legal only in limited circumstances, for example, when the life of the mother is endangered or in the case of rape or incest.
Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose?
SupportExpansion of the number of federal crimes punishable by death.
Strongly SupportA mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun.
Strongly SupportIncreased federal spending for state and local police programs.
Strongly SupportA ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons.
A limitation on habeas corpus appeals for death row inmates.
SupportOther

Only some limitations are appropriate on habeas corpus appeals for death row inmates.

Whare are your two top priorities if elected to the Congress?
a. What will you do about each priority?

Priority 1: I have more than two priorities. I will finance them in varying ways.

b. How will you finance (when necessary) each priority?
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