Representative Jerry Nadler's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 10, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic, Women's Equality, Working Families for U.S. House - District 10
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New York Congressional Election 2016 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.

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?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
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?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

I have supported certain tax incentives, such as the payroll tax cut. But I do not generally support corporate tax breaks or loopholes proposed under a false claim of job creation.

NoInferred Answer Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
  • Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26980/jerry-nadler/#.V0S5dXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
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 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?
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 generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred 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
  • Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26980/jerry-nadler/#.V0S5dXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations
  • Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26980/jerry-nadler/#.V0S5dXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

If all other alternatives have been exhausted, I would support using military force to prevent a country
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

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.

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
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.

Greatly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Small business taxes
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Greatly Increasef) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly 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.

My top priorities are: Continuing the push for civil rights and civil liberties; increasing investment in transportation that will grow the economy, create jobs and save energy; pursuing intelligent economic policies that will stimulate our economy and promote economic growth and maintain a diverse middle class.

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