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José E. Serrano

José Serrano's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: José E. Serrano
Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 15, Democratic
First Elected: 03/28/1990
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Mary; 5 Children
Birth Date: 10/24/1943
Birth Place: Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Home City: Bronx, NY
Religion: Roman Catholic
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José Serrano refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, 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

  • José Serrano. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. José Serrano voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed José Serrano in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. José Serrano voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. José Serrano voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. José Serrano voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. José Serrano voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (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 José Serrano a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Support" for: "Federally funded abortions should be permitted."
  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Support" for: "Women should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason."
  • José Serrano. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. José Serrano voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. José Serrano voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. José Serrano voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. José Serrano voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances."
  • José Serrano. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. José Serrano voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. José Serrano voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. José Serrano voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. José Serrano voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. José Serrano voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. José Serrano voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. José Serrano voted Did Not Vote on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. José Serrano voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. José Serrano voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of Peace Action West 71 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. José Serrano voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of the Peace Action 71 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • José Serrano. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. José Serrano voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. José Serrano voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. José Serrano voted Nay on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. José Serrano voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. José Serrano voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. José Serrano voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. José Serrano voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. José Serrano voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. The Serrano Report, Vol. VI, #23. 31 July 2009 "I am supportive of the President's efforts to cut down on wasteful spending in the Defense Department and to make the spending on our ongoing wars more transparent. Therefore, I am pleased that this bill takes steps to fulfill those goals. However, it is long past time that we left Iraq and Afghanistan. I could not vote for a bill that continues to fund the misbegotten war in Iraq and makes an open ended commitment to the war in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. José Serrano voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. José Serrano voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental defense spending."
  • José Serrano. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.[...].Exorbitant spending on failed wars that have killed thousands of Americans must not be exempt from budgetary scrutiny. before we ask American families to pitch in more, let's bring our troops home - and, in the process, our tax dollars home." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Serrano Reacts to State of the Union. 25 January 2011. "I am particularly troubled that the five year freeze the President called for is composed exclusively of cuts to non-security and non-defense discretionary spending. This proposed freeze comes exclusively on the backs of domestic programs which help the middle and working classes, and do not force the military or Department of Homeland Security to make budgetary sacrifices. In my mind, given that defense spending makes up more than 50% of discretionary spending, without even including war spending, it must be part of the equation rather than off limits. People in this nation are hurting and asking them to sacrifice while bloated defense budgets are off limits is the wrong approach." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. José Serrano voted Nay on 05/20/2004. (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

  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for all citizens."
  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000."
  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000."
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Serrano Votes in Favor of Economic Stimulus Package. 8 February 2008. "During the Bush years, the tax cuts and economic help were aimed at the richest in our society. With a new Democratic majority in the Congress, we have refocused the government's economic sights on those who need it most: folks who work for a living, not those who live off their investments. This is a new direction and it is much-needed." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. José Serrano voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Serrano Applauds Extension of Desperately Needed Unemployment Benefits. 22 July 2010. "I was particularly disturbed by Republicans' claims that this unemployment extension would increase the deficit. Such concerns have not stopped them from calling for extensions of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, which would greatly increase the deficit, nor have these concerns stopped them from voting for previous extensions of unemployment benefits. Republicans are playing politics- pure and simple- at the expense of American families." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Issue Position: Economy/ Jobs. 28 October 2011. "In addition, Serrano does not support the extension of President Bush's fiscally reckless tax cuts for the wealthy few. He believes these tax cuts have put our fiscal house out of order, and have been used as a pretext to cut funding from programs that help the poor and needy." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. The Serrano Report, Vol. VII, #24. 3 December 2010. "This legislation will ensure that we don't raise taxes on those who can least afford it. H.R. 4853 will help Bronx families by preserving important tax benefits while also helping our nation reduce our budget deficit. This was the most morally and fiscally responsible vote. I have little doubt that Republicans in the Senate will attempt to block this legislation from moving forward in an effort to preserve lower tax rates for millionaires. They claim that not extending these low tax rates would hurt the economic recovery, but in fact, these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans led us to our current budgetary predicament, by turning an enormous budget surplus into a large budget deficit. More importantly, these tax cuts for upper income Americans did nothing to prevent millions of jobs from being lost. Republicans speak about fiscal responsibility and job creation, but attempting to strong-arm a tax cut extension for our richest Americans that would do nothing for our economy and would greatly increase our budget deficit benefits neither." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise corporate taxes."
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • José Serrano. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. José Serrano voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Support" for: "Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose? Federal investment in America's infrastructure."
  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental domestic spending."
  • 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 José Serrano a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. José Serrano voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • José Serrano. Serrano Denounces "Cap, Cut and Balance' as Political Theater. 19 July 2011. "They claim that businesses need "confidence' and tax incentives to begin hiring. The truth is that businesses first must have customers in order to need new employees. Big corporations are sitting on piles of cash, and tax incentives will do little to change their lack of customers. We can create demand in the economy through stimulus spending--not through severe fiscal austerity plans." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Hearing of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee - Treasury Department Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2012. 18 March 2011. "I am also pleased that in your budget request, you are trying to find innovative ways to help our small businesses and to increase their ability to access credit. Small businesses play a crucial part in job creation and thus our continued economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Extending The Small Business Loan Guarantee Program. 25 March 2010. "As we know, in a very bipartisan way, we have all felt that there is nothing more important we could do right now but to allow for small businesses to thrive as we move to create jobs in our economy. And so I would hope that everybody in a unanimous fashion, Mr. Speaker, can support this bill." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. José Serrano voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. José Serrano voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (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

  • José Serrano. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. José Serrano voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. José Serrano voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Serrano Reacts to State of the Union. 25 January 2011. "I particularly agreed with President Obama's call for targeted investments in education, infrastructure, and job creation. We cannot cut spending in these areas and believe that our nation will come out ahead in the long-run [¦] Our nation needs to get away from a belief that all government spending--no matter what the purpose--is a bad thing." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? Increased national testing."
  • José Serrano. Issue Position: Education. 28 October 2011. "To achieve such broad based success requires that the appropriate resources are provided at every level. School districts need to have the funding to hire good teachers and good support staff. Teachers need to have the resources to provide students with an engaging and high quality education, and a positive learning environment. Funding also needs to be provided for maintaining the school environment so that the teachers, the students and the other people in the building have a safe and well-maintained environment in which to do their work." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? National curricula and standards."
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration."
  • José Serrano. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. José Serrano voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. José Serrano voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. José Serrano voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • José Serrano. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). José Serrano voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed José Serrano in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed José Serrano in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. José Serrano voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano 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 José Serrano in the 2010 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

  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Support" for: "A mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun."
  • José Serrano. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. José Serrano voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. José Serrano voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave José Serrano a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. José Serrano voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed José Serrano in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. José Serrano voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. José Serrano voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Support" for: "A ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons."
  • José Serrano. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. José Serrano voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. José Serrano voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 6842, National Capital Security and Safety Act. 16 September 2008. "The amendment to Delegate Norton's bill is particularly offensive. Under the cover of forcing D.C. to comply with the Supreme Court ruling, it instead guts D.C.'s ability to protect its citizens from unnecessary violence [¦] Unfortunately, this amendment would tie the hands of city officials to impose even the most basic reasonable safety measures and goes far beyond what the Supreme Court has required. It would, for instance, prohibit gun registration, prohibit any ban on purchasing in another State and bringing the gun to D.C., remove a clip limit--now, are you ready for this one--prohibit the D.C. Government from discouraging gun purchase and ownership [¦] In other words, you can tell people not to drink and drive; you can tell them to practice safe sex; you can tell them not to drop out of school; but you can't tell them that it's not a good idea to buy a gun." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Serrano Bill to Strengthen Gun Control in NY State Parks Passes Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation Committee. 4 June 2009. "The Serrano bill (S.4753) would expressly ban concealed weapons in state parks, and thus ban them in New York's national parks as well. On Thursday, it passed the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation Committee “ chaired by the Senator “ and will now proceed to the Codes Committee. 'State parks are safe havens for New York families, and we intend to keep them that way,' said Senator Serrano. 'The gun lobby cannot expect to ram guns into New York parks the very same way it rams language into federal legislation. My colleagues and I will work tirelessly to strengthen laws and close loopholes' [¦] 'If anyone thinks that easing gun control, especially in places with so many children and families, is going to reduce violence: they are dead wrong,' said the Senator." (www.nysenate.gov)
  • José Serrano. Serrano Speaks Up in Support of Gun Control. 23 April 2010. "I feel that sometimes those of us on our side of this issue have tried much harder to understand your position than the other way around. We understand that you want to be able to hunt and to carry a weapon in your state to protect yourself. We get it. And we have compromised on that position. But your side has done very little to try to understand the position of those of us from cities where gun violence is a huge problem. You have done very little to understand that for us, most of the issue revolves around getting guns out of the hands of drug dealers and bad guys, and is not a question of rights. We do not want guns in our community, and we feel resentment that your side has spent so much time arguing (very often successfully) that we must accept guns in our communities to somehow protect your rights. I would ask your side to let us do in our communities what we want." (serrano.house.gov)
  • José Serrano. Serrano Speaks out for Stricter Gun Control. 18 March 2011. "On Tuesday, Congressman Serrano participated in a press conference with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other Members of Congress in support of the Fix Gun Checks Act. This legislation would reduce gun violence by closing several loopholes that allow individuals to purchase firearms without a background check. It would also improve state reporting requirements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check system by imposing penalties on states that do not report, in a timely fashion, those individuals who should be placed on a national do-not-sell list." (serrano.house.gov)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed José Serrano in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. José Serrano voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (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. "José Serrano supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Issue Position: Healthcare Reform. "In 2009, Congressman Serrano proudly voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act, which will bring coverage within reach of millions of American families. As the law's reforms have gone into effect, the law's popularity has increased, and yet Congressman Serrano is still helping to defend it against political attacks that would undermine it." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. José Serrano voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Serrano Votes In Favor Of Health Care Reform Bill. 20 November 2009. "I voted in favor of the health care reform bill this evening in one of the most important votes of my 35 year career in public service. Nothing I have voted for in all those years will change more lives for the better than this bill. We spent much of the year debating the details of this important bill and the resulting legislation is quite significant. It is vital to remember that we are moving to ensure that people in our nation--the richest nation in the world--do not lack for health care. This is at the heart of the American promise -- we are in this together and must look out for our neighbors. Health care is no exception." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Issue Position: Healthcare. 28 October 2011. "As a supporter of healthcare for all, Congressman Serrano was a co-sponsor of various bills which would set up a universal, single-payer health care system in the United States. Though these bills did not become law, Congressman Serrano fought for its provisions to be in the comprehensive health care reform bill that did pass Congress. Serrano is now working to ensure that its provisions are carried out correctly by the federal government and health care providers, so that Americans are extended affordable coverage as the legislation intended." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Serrano Announces He Will Vote For Health Reform Bill. 18 March 2010. "I am proud to announce today that I will be voting in favor of the health care reform package when it comes to the House floor. This is one of the most important votes of my career, and I am humbled to be given the opportunity to help our nation take such a historic and meaningful step toward equality." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "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."
  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "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? No reform necessary at this time."
  • José Serrano. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Elimination 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."
  • José Serrano. Serrano Responds to Supreme Court Health Care Decision. 28 June 2012. "Today, Congressman José E. Serrano expressed his relief and satisfaction that the Supreme Court had upheld key points of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health care overhaul that he voted with Democrats to pass during the last Congress. 'Today's ruling is a relief and validation that our work to extend health care to all Americans was indeed properly carried out. As I said when we passed this law, now our children, the sick, the unfortunate, and the destitute will have a path to decent, affordable health care coverage [¦] Our nation is strongest when we work together and look out for one another. This was the premise of the Affordable Care Act. With today's ruling, I believe our nation will be stronger both in terms of the health and well-being of our citizens, and also people's faith in our system of government. Today we have seen a full and complete victory for the American people." (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

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

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  • José Serrano. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. José Serrano voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. José Serrano voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). José Serrano voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Serrano Supports Equality in Marriage for All Couples. 16 April 2009. "Governor Paterson took a bold step today as he pushed for New York State to join others in the nation in legalizing same-sex marriage. I applaud him for moving forward on this important issue of equality, one in which New York is lagging behind. Our friends and family-members in the lesbian and gay community deserve the same rights in all areas of the law as other couples. Marriage has many benefits, and we should not deny them to couples who are in loving, committed relationships." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Serranos Applaud Obama Decision on the "Defense of Marriage Act'. 24 February 2011. "I have watched as states across the nation as well as the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage and unions. I believe that is progress towards a future where sexual orientation is not grounds for different treatment by the government. The Defense of Marriage Act was not right when it passed and I'm glad that the Administration will no longer be defending it in court or other settings." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Serrano: Marriage Equality a Tremendous Victory. 27 June 2011. "When I watched the vote that the New York State Senate took to pass their same-sex marriage legalization bill late on Friday night, I was very proud of our state. We now join the ranks of states that offer full marriage rights to our LGBT brothers and sisters. This is a deeply moving moment when we have brought yet another segment of our community further towards full equality and justice." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 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

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  • José Serrano. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. "International terrorist networks remain a grave threat to the United States, as Al Qaeda affiliates now have a significant presence in countries like Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan. But maintaining anywhere near 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan is not an effective means of combating a global and decentralized enemy [¦] Ultimately, this war will end not on the battlefield but through political negotiations. As we scale down our military operations in Afghanistan we need to continue our diplomatic efforts, pushing for a negotiated settlement that includes the Government of Afghanistan and other parties interested in establishing peace and stability." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Serrano Votes Against War, Twice. 28 July 2010. "I have deep misgivings about our ongoing involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan [¦] becoming involved in combat in Pakistan is an enormous commitment and we should not allow it to happen without congressional authorization. That said, I must be clear: if there was a vote on congressional authorization for combat in Pakistan, I would vote against that too [¦] In short, I do not want to see our troops continue to fight valiantly in this region when it is clear that our goals will not be met. President Obama has tried to make the best of a war that was bungled and neglected for 7 years prior to his presidency, but at this point it is time to begin to withdraw and cut our losses." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano. Terrorist Activities in Latin America. 5 November 2007. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak about an issue that troubles me quite a bit and I think should trouble a lot of the American people. Certainly it should concern Members of Congress. A resolution was passed this afternoon by voice vote dealing with the alleged involvement and behavior of the President of Iran, therefore, the Government of Iran, in Latin America and supporting, according to this resolution, terrorist activities in Latin America [¦] We're suggesting that Iran is going to fund terrorist organizations in Latin America. [¦] So, I can't understand this desire to lump this together with Iran, present bad information, if not outright lies, and begin to move us towards a confrontation with Latin America at the same time we have confrontation with Iran [¦] And our country is wrong right now in its desire to treat Latin America with hate and disdain and to make of it something that it is not. They are our neighbors and our friends. We should treat them as such. We should extend our hand to them and tell them, you are our neighbor, you are our friends, you are, in fact, members of this family in more ways than one, and we are members of yours. Let's work together." (votesmart.org)
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

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "José Serrano supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • José Serrano 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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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.
XPermitting 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.
XProviding a tax credit for first-time home buyers.
Repealing luxury taxes on limited items.
Providing a temporary investment tax credit.
Other
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
Increase SpendingUnemployment
Increase SpendingAIDS Research
Increase SpendingEnvironment
Decrease SpendingDefense
Increase SpendingEducation
Keep Spending The SameNational 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.
Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000.
Raise corporate taxes.
Do nothing at the present time.
Other
Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose?
Strongly SupportExtending unemployment compensation further.
Strongly SupportFederal support of job retraining programs.
Strongly SupportFederal grants to states for creating jobs in inner cities.
SupportMandating workfare for welfare recipients.
Strongly OpposeMinimizing governmental intervention and letting the market take a more natural course.
Strongly 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.
XImposing tariffs on goods entering the United States from Japan.
XRequiring 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.
Other
Which of the following defense proposals do you support or oppose?
Strongly SupportReduction of the number of American military troops.
Strongly 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?
Elimination 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.
Offering 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.
XIncreased state and local funding.
XImproved teacher recruitment and training.
National 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.
Impose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug dealers.
Impose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug users.
Legalize the possession and use of drugs.
Other
What is your opinion on the following environmental proposals?
Strongly OpposeOpening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.
Strongly OpposeAmending 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.
Strongly OpposeAbortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
Strongly SupportFederally funded abortions should be permitted.
Strongly SupportWomen should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason.
Strongly 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?
Strongly OpposeExpansion of the number of federal crimes punishable by death.
Strongly SupportA mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun.
SupportIncreased federal spending for state and local police programs.
Strongly SupportA ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons.
Strongly OpposeA limitation on habeas corpus appeals for death row inmates.
Other
Whare are your two top priorities if elected to the Congress?
a. What will you do about each priority?

Priority 1: Education Priority 2: Reduction in defense spending

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