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Jerrold 'Jerry' L. Nadler

Jerry Nadler's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Jerrold 'Jerry' L. Nadler
Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 10, Democratic
First Elected: 11/03/1992
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Joyce; 1 Child: Michael
Birth Date: 06/13/1947
Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY
Home City: New York, NY
Religion: Jewish
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What is the Political Courage Test?

New York Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test


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Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

Abortions should always be legal in the first two trimesters, and at all times when the health or life of the mother is endangered.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

I favor an immediate withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan as rapidly as possible while protecting the safety of the troops as they withdraw.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
NoIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

We must pass the DISCLOSE Act, re-establishing realistic public funding for Presidential campaigns and establish a public funding system for Congressional and US Senate campaigns.

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
NoDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

I oppose the extension of the Bush tax cuts for people over $250,000. I support the extension of the payroll tax cut.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

Federal funds should not be used to coerce states to alter their education polices. States should have flexibility on the use of Federal funds. The Federal government should not give funds that could be used only for charter schools. That should be a state or a local decision.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
NoDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

We should repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and should recognize same sex marriages on an equal basis with all other marriages.

We should pass the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) to humanize immigration law and stop the separation of LGBT families.

NoInferred Answer Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations
  • Jerry Nadler. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "f) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian State? Yes, but only as the outcome of an agreement negotiated directly with Israel, and only if de-militarized and with strong security guarantees for Israel. i) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements? We should negotiate only fair trade agreements. All the free trade agreements since NAFTA have been one-sided and have helped export jobs from the United States and generated our tremendous trade deficit."
  • Jerrold Nadler. Letter. 25 May 2011. "Today, the House will begin consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act. Section 1034 of this 920-page bill contains perhaps the broadest authorization for use of military force (AUMF) Congress has ever considered. This monumental legislation will affirmatively and preemptively give the president unprecedented power to launch attacks anywhere in the world, even within the United States. The bipartisan Amash-Lee-Conyers-Jones-Nadler-Paul amendment (No. 50) strikes this provision, and we ask that you stand with us and support this amendment on the floor. Section 1034 authorizes American military force against a broad and unknown class of persons. Unlike the AUMF Congress passed in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the new authorization targets "al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces"--an undefined and potentially limitless group. "Associated forces" don't need to be connected to 9/11. "Associated forces" don't need to have fought against the United States. "Associated forces" even may include American citizens." (votesmart.org)
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

If all other alternatives have been exhausted, I would support using military force to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
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.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Increaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland Security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Slightly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
Greatly Increasem) Other or expanded categories

Transportation and infrastructure.

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.
Greatly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

We should enact a large stimulus to increase aggregate demand to reduce unemployment and get the economy out of the deep recession it's in. We must let the Bush tax cuts expire for the top 2% of the population ($250,000 income). And re-establish an estate tax for estates over $3.5 million ($7 million per couple). We must not reduce social security or medicare benefits in anyway. We should tax capital gains at the same rate as wage income as did the 1986 Tax Reform Act under President Reagan.

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.

My top priorities are: Continuing the push for civil rights and civil liberties, such as the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passage of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) to humanize immigration law and stop the separation of LGBT families, reforming the state secrets privilege, and reforms of PATRIOT Act abuses. Increasing investment in transportation that will grow the economy, create jobs and save energy. And pursue intelligent economic policies that will stimulate our economy and promote economic.

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