Representative Nita M. Lowey's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 17, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Working Families, Democratic for U.S. House - District 17
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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Nita Lowey in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Nita Lowey in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Nita Lowey in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Nita Lowey. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Support" for: "Women should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Support" for: "Federally funded abortions should be permitted."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Nita Lowey. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (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 Nita Lowey a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Nita Lowey in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Nita Lowey. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of the Peace Action 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Lowey Statement on Drawdown of Troops from Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "I commend President Obama for his commitment to bring home 10,000 American troops by the end of 2011 and an additional 23,000 by next summer. Thanks to the brave and effective service of the men and women in our Armed Forces, the ability of extremists in Afghanistan to target Americans has been severely diminished. We must now redouble efforts to transition responsibility for providing security and basic services to Afghans themselves and remain committed to diplomacy and effective development that are critical to sustaining military gains in Afghanistan and stability in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Foreign Affairs. "The brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces have performed admirably in Iraq and Afghanistan. Although violence persists, the skill, bravery, and selfless dedication of our men and women in uniform - and their families at home - has made it possible to decrease our footprint and transfer security and governing responsibilities to Iraqis and Afghans [¦] Congresswoman Lowey also supports responsible withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan while maintaining capability to target remnants of Al Qaeda intent on attacking the United States and assist with the transition of security and governance responsibilities." (lowey.house.gov)
  • Nita Lowey. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. National Defense"
  • Nita Lowey. 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." If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Other or expanded principles: "Eliminate fraud and waste in selected and targeted government programs."
  • Nita Lowey. Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 14 April 2011. "Mr. Speaker, the fiscal challenges our nation faces are the result of the irresponsible policies of the Bush administration and costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as necessary measures that continue helping our economic recovery after the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression [¦] The federal government must operate more efficiently, eliminate waste, and find cost-savings and efficiencies that jeopardize neither vital services on which Americans rely, nor critical investments in our economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Economic Recovery and Reinvestment. "To govern is to make tough choices, and Lowey is working with her colleagues in a responsible and bipartisan way to protect vital services and investments that grow our economy while reducing the deficit. American families have to live within their means, and Congress must do the same. That is why Congresswoman Lowey [¦] Voted to block $369 million for a new F-22 aircraft the Pentagon didn't want, and to end an unnecessary $450 million alternate engine for the Joint Strike Fighter." (lowey.house.gov)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Defense & International Affairs. 11 October 2012. "A Strong Military: Nita is determined to support our armed forces and ensure that our nation maintains the strongest, best fighting force in the world. She has worked to provide fair compensation for our service men and women, additional assistance for military families, and procurement reform to cut down on wasteful spending." (www.loweyforcongress.com)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Not a Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nita Lowey. 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."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Nita Lowey. Economic Recovery and Reinvestment. "Congresswoman Lowey also supports: Making the income tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003, and extended in 2010, permanent for middle-class families." (lowey.house.gov)
  • Nita Lowey. Middle-Class Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2004. 5 May 2004. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today on behalf of the more than 2 million taxpayers who are unfairly burdened by the alternative minimum tax. As we know and it was explained today, it was designed in 1969 to ensure that the wealthiest Americans would still pay a fair share of taxes. The AMT now ensnares many middle income Americans in what was once envisioned as an alternative minimum tax has become nothing short of a mandatory maximum tax. And those it sought to protect have become its greatest victims. [...] I support the fiscally responsible Rangel substitute and urge my colleagues to help put an end to the inequities of the alternative minimum tax." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Tumulty. The Journal News: Democrats lack consensus on tax-cut plan. 26 September 2010. "President Barack Obama wants to extend the Bush-era tax cuts only for families earning up to $250,000 and singles earning up to $200,000. [¦] Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, agreed that Obama's income cutoff is too low. 'I am aggressively working to raise the income cap to between $350,000 and a million,' she said in a phone interview." (www.lohud.com)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. 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."
  • Nita Lowey. 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."
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. 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."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nita Lowey. 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."
  • Nita Lowey. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • 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 Nita Lowey a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. 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."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Nita Lowey. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Lowey and GIllibrand Push Federal Support for Small Business. 22 March 2009. "Small businesses are the engine that will drive our economic recovery and growth. Small businesses create 70 percent of new jobs, and the federal government should make it easier for them to hire new employees and make capital investments. I am particularly pleased that we can point to initiatives in our own community that have successfully trained and prepared prospective small business owners to run successful enterprises." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Create "empowerment zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing government grants and federal assistance, in addition to tax credits, to new and expanding businesses."
  • Nita Lowey. Issue Position: Small Business. 1 November 2011. "Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and economy. [...]. Congresswoman Lowey is committed to improving the competitive position of small businesses by increasing their access to affordable capital and technical assistance, opening the federal contracting system, and reducing paperwork burdens. Lowey supported substantial tax cuts enacted in 2007 to provide $7.1 billion over five years in tax cuts for small businesses, including an extension of the 'expensing' benefit allowing the deduction of outlays for machines and equipment. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which allows employers to receive a tax credit for hiring employees from specific groups such as veterans and high-risk youth, was also extended." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Create "enterprise zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing tax credits for new and expanding businesses."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Nita Lowey. Issue Position: Expanding Economic Opportunity. "Nita Lowey understands that investment in new and existing businesses is essential to job creation and a productive economy. She voted to provide businesses with $32 billion in tax incentives to encourage new capital investments. Nita cosponsored legislation to cut capital gains taxes for small business investments. And Nita supported the Community Renewal Act, which provided $26 billion in tax incentives to promote private investment in impoverished inner cities and rural areas." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Lowey Calls for Job-Creating Tax Deductions. 1 September 2011. "'Keeping taxes low for millions of working Americans will help to spur economic growth as they use that extra money to purchase goods and services,' said Lowey.'"Reducing the cost of hiring new workers will make it easier for corporations, organizations, and other employers to create the jobs that our state and nation need' [¦] In December 2010, Congress approved a reduction in the employee-paid portion of the payroll tax to 4.2 percent, but that reduction will expire at the end of 2011, raising taxes for millions of working Americans [¦] An extension of this employee tax benefit and a reduction in the employer portion of the payroll tax would encourage job creation and promote economic growth." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nita Lowey. Issue Position: Improving Education. November 2010. "Nita Lowey understands that investments in elementary and secondary education are essential to providing children with the instruction they need and deserve. Nita championed after-school programming and successfully increased federal funding for this priority from just $1 million in 1996 to $1 billion today. As a result, more youngsters will receive safe and enriching supervision past traditional school hours. Nita is the leading advocate in Congress for school modernization, so that the classroom keeps pace with the technological innovations and challenges of the 21st Century. She cosponsored legislation to reduce class sizes by hiring 100,000 new teachers. In addition, Nita helped secure funding for magnet schools in many local communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Issue Position: Education. November 2010. "Rep. Lowey believes that improvements in the quality of education are essential to ensure that young Americans become productive members of the workforce. She has cosponsored legislation to reduce class sizes by hiring 100,000 new teachers, was instrumental in securing funding for afterschool programs that provide a safe and secure learning environment, and wrote the first bill to provide federal funding for school modernization so students can learn in 21st century classrooms." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • Nita Lowey. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Nita Lowey. 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."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math." 1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "school modernization - federal support to local districts to offset the cost of bonds used to finance school construction."
  • Nita Lowey. 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."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Nita Lowey. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Nita Lowey voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nita Lowey in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey 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 Nita Lowey in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Nita Lowey. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nita Lowey in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Nita Lowey. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Support" for: "A mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun." Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose? Other or expanded principles: "Toughen certain sentencing."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Nita Lowey. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Nita Lowey. 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." Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose? Other or expanded principles: "Toughen certain sentencing."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Nita Lowey. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Nita Lowey. MSNBC Interview “ Transcript. 25 March 2009. "Ninety percent of the guns that are used in Mexico to kill people, to decapitate people are purchased here in the United States. I think it's essential that we evaluate the laws and make a decision that's going to control this transfer of weapons. Then, the money comes back here in the United States with the drugs and then the actual money of the sale of drugs goes back to the Mexico to the cartels. We have got to do something about it. It's unacceptable that 90 percent of the weapons used in Mexico are purchased here in the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Lowey Calls for Rejection of Bill Gutting NY Gun Safety Laws. 22 November 2011. "Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) was joined today by Westchester County mayors, law enforcement officials, and gun safety advocates in calling on the U.S. Senate and President Obama to prevent dangerous federal legislation invalidating New York gun safety measures from becoming law. 'Our state has strong and appropriate laws preventing violent individuals from gaining permits to carry concealed firearms,' said Lowey. 'This is critical for the safety of both law enforcement and the general public. It is outrageous that instead of focusing on America's top priority -- job creation -- the Republican majority is spending its time on divisive efforts to invalidate common-sense restrictions states like New York have imposed on gun possession by violent residents of other states [¦] I stand with over 600 mayors, police organizations, and domestic violence organizations in strong opposition to this legislation that threatens New Yorkers' safety and usurps our state's ability to make and enforce its own laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey 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 Nita Lowey in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Nita Lowey a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Nita Lowey in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nita Lowey. 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."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Lowey Statement On Health Insurance Reform. 21 March 2010. "Today's historic vote for health insurance reform ensures no American is denied their right to affordable, high-quality health care. This bill will give all Americans the same health insurance options as Members of Congress, while reining in the most egregious practices of the insurance industry and strengthening Medicare. I fought successfully for changes to treat New York fairly, and I am proud to support this fiscally and morally responsible health reform legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Issue Position: Healthcare. 1 November 2011. "Rep. Nita Lowey is determined to provide every American with quality, affordable health care. She is a strong supporter of a universal health care system -- the ideal solution. Under Congress' piecemeal approach, she has aggressively worked to bring down the costs of prescription drugs, helped to make insurance more portable for individuals changing jobs, and supported the creation of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Rep. Lowey also authored legislation to extend coverage under the children's health program to pregnant women and is a cosponsor of a package of bills that would provide health insurance to well over half of the nearly 47 million uninsured Americans by expanding Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Nita Lowey. 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."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Nita Lowey. 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."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Nita Lowey. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Nita Lowey. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Nita Lowey voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Nita Lowey voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "I am opposed to a constitutional amendment that would discriminate against any American. In more than 200 years of American history, the U.S. Constitution has been amended only 17 times since the Bill of Rights-and in each instance, it was to extend the rights and liberties of the American people, not restrict them. The Federal Marriage Amendment could deny gay and lesbian couples and their children basic rights, protections, and benefits like hospital visitations and inheritance. It could also overturn civil unions and domestic partnership rights already enacted by some state and local governments. This amendment runs counter to my strong belief that all people should be entitled to equal protection under the law, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey.. Pelosi, Nadler, 143 House Members File New Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 7 September 2012. "None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest: Denying recognition to couples already married under state law does not further an interest in 'procreation and responsible child-rearing.' DOMA does not prevent same-sex couples from marrying and an estimated 132,000 couples have now done so, with many of these couples raising children together. There is no logical connection between the denial of federal recognition to these same-sex couples, who already are married, and the marital or parenting behavior of different-sex couples. It is irrational to claim that Congress needs to or should harm these families in order to benefit others, particularly as those families receive federal recognition regardless of DOMA. While Congress has a legitimate interest in the welfare of children, Section 3 does not serve that interest. Children of married heterosexual couples are not affected by this law, and Section 3 actually undermines legitimate child welfare interests by harming children of married same-sex couples. Congress should maximize the stability and security of these children, just as it does for children of married different-sex couples, by recognizing and respecting their parents' lawful marriages." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Nita Lowey voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nita Lowey. Lowey Statement on Death of Moammar Qadhafi. 21 October 2011. "In the past six months, Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, and Moammar Qadhafi have been killed. In three different countries, in three unique operations, the Administration has taken a leading role in neutralizing the threat posed by terrorists who have proven willing to target American citizens, troops, and interests at home and abroad. President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and the U.S. Armed Forces deserve the thanks and praise of the American people for decisive and judicious actions that have made our nation more secure." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Lowey Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "The innocent men, women, and children who died on September 11th will forever be in our thoughts and prayers, and no victory on the battlefield can erase the sorrow for their loss. However, we can take comfort knowing the mastermind of these evil acts has been brought to justice [¦] As President Obama stated last night, this is an important step in defeating global terrorist entities, but it is not the final step. Risks to innocent men, women, and children still exist at home and abroad, and we must stay on the offense against those who seek to do us harm." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Nita Lowey supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Nita Lowey. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Nita Lowey 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 2000 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.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support.
Xc) Abortions should always be legally available.
d) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
e) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
f) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
g) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion.
i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xj) Support "buffer-zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least five feet from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
Xk) Provide funding for family planning programs as a means to decrease the number of abortions.
l) Other

Budgetary Priorities

Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories.

Slightly Decrease Fundinga) Agricultural
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Arts
Maintain Funding Statusc) Defense
Greatly Increase Fundingd) Education
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Environmental
Slightly Increase Fundingf) International aid
Maintain Funding Statusg) Law enforcement
Greatly Increase Fundingh) Medical Research
Slightly Decrease Fundingi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Maintain Funding Statusj) National Parks
Slightly Increase Fundingk) Scientific Research
Maintain Funding Statusl) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusm) Welfare
n) Other
2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?

Defense Spending

Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories.

Maintain Funding Statusa) Armed Forces personnel training
Slightly Decrease Fundingb) Covert intelligence operations
Maintain Funding Statusc) Defense plant conversion
Slightly Decrease Fundingd) Military hardware
Slightly Decrease Fundinge) Military space shuttle missions
Slightly Increase Fundingf) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Decrease Fundingg) National Missile Defense Program
Maintain Funding Statush) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Maintain Funding Statusi) Programs to improve military retention rates
Maintain Funding Statusj) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Funding Statusk) Troop and equipment readiness
l) Other

Budget Surplus

Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus.

Not a Prioritya) Defense
Medium Priorityb) Education
Low Priorityc) Federal debt reduction
High Priorityd) Medicare
Highest Prioritye) Social Security
Lowest Priorityf) Tax cuts
g) Other

Taxes

Indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories.

Income Taxes - Family Income

Eliminatea) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $25,000 - $75,000
Slightly Decreasec) $75,000 - $150,000
Maintain Statusd) Over $150,000
e) Other

Income Taxes - Retiree Income

Slightly Decreasef) Over $40, 000
g) Other

Other Taxes

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Inheritance taxes
Eliminateg) Other

Marriage Penalty

Deductions/Credits

Maintain Statusa) Charitable deductions
Slightly Increaseb) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusc) Mortgage deductions
Slightly Increased) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasee) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increasef) Student loan tax credit
Greatly Increaseg) Other

College tuition

Taxes

No2) Do you support replacing the current U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Yes3) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
Yes4) Would you cut taxes if there were an operating surplus?
No5) Would you cut taxes and use Social Security surpluses to supplement the difference?
6) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance issues.

Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for Congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
Xd) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
Xe) Ban unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
f) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making soft money contributions to national parties or party committees.
Xg) Require full disclosure of funding sources of issue advocacy commercials which appear within 60 days of an election.
Xh) Make campaign spending limits mandatory for all federal candidates.
i) Remove all contribution limits on federal candidates and parties, but require complete and immediate disclosure via the Internet.
j) Require Congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.
k) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

a) Broaden the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xf) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
Xg) Increase funding for community policing programs.
Xh) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xi) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
j) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
k) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
l) Provide block grants to states for implementation of programs to combat juvenile crime.
m) Impose harsher penalties for youths convicted of violent offenses.
Xn) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for juvenile offenders.
Xo) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
p) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.

a) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
b) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
c) Support capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Xd) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
e) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xf) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
g) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
h) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12).

Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
e) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xf) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit.
Xh) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
Xi) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xj) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
Xk) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs.
Xm) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
n) Eliminate federal financial aid for individuals convicted of drug offenses.
Xo) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xp) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
q) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action.

Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
Xb) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xd) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
e) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xh) Provide tax credits for businesses that offer on-site child care.
i) The federal government should consider race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
Xj) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
k) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
l) The federal government should utilize merit and qualifications in making government contracting decisions.
m) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.

Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Waive environmental review requirements for grazing permits.
Xd) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the fees charged to mining companies using federal lands.
e) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.
Xf) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xg) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xh) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels.
Xi) Strengthen logging restrictions on federal lands.
j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment.
k) Give states added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environment regulations.
l) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal guns.
Xh) Hold gun owners responsible for crimes committed with their guns by children age 16 and under.
Xi) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
Xj) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
Xk) Require a license for gun possession.
l) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support health care strategies focused on prevention, including health education, and natural medicines and remedies.
Xd) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xe) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
f) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xg) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
h) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for purposes other than medical costs.
i) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xj) Allow states and local communities to use federal funds for needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of HIV.
Xk) Provide citizens age 55-65 the option of purchasing Medicare health coverage.
Xl) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xm) Increase funding for AIDS programs.
n) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Increase the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
Xc) Require the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to reduce the time between applying for citizenship and taking the oath of allegiance to six months.
Xd) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally.
Xg) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
h) Establish English as the official national language.
i) Support the separation of the INS into two bureaus: one administering naturalization and one administering border patrol.
j) Increase state autonomy in handling immigration issues.
k) Reimburse states for providing services to illegal aliens.
l) Other

International Aid

Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U.S. International Aid.

Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the U. S.
Xc) Aid should be granted to countries that are close allies of the U. S. and in need of financial/military assistance.
d) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
e) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated except for extraordinary circumstances.
f) Other

International Policy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.

a) The U.S. should resolve future disputes with Iraq only through diplomatic means.
Xb) The U.S. should take unilateral military action if Iraq does not comply with all accepted United Nations resolutions.
c) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
d) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.
e) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
Xf) The U.S. should continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
g) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.

Xa) The U.S. should participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
b) The U.S. should not commit military troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
c) The U.S. should withdraw completely from the United Nations.
Xd) The U.S. should pay its debt to the United Nations.
e) Other
No3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
Yes4) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with China?
Yes5) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Yes6) Should the US maintain ground troops in Kosovo?
Yes7) Do you support the cooperative threat reduction programs with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to unfriendly nations?
No8) Do you support modifying the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in order to deploy the National Missile Defense System?
Other

International Trade

Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes4) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
Yes5) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Undecided6) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with the United States?
Yes7) Do you support normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with Vietnam?
8) Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority in trade negotiations?
No9) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Do you believe there has been a decline in moral and ethical standards in America over the last four decades?
If Yes, please explain what you would do as a member of Congress to address this concern.

Violence and incivility occupy too prominent a place in our popular culture. It is important that parents be empowered to protect their children from objectionable messages and images. At the same time, we must encourage individual responsibility by promoting work, stable family relationships, and respect for our neighbors.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Limit Social Security benefits based on recipients' other income and assets.
g) Require individuals to pay the Social Security tax on incomes above $68,400 (which is currently exempt).
Xh) Support a lock box measure, limiting Congress's ability to spend Social Security and Medicare surpluses on any other federal programs except Social Security and Medicare, until each program's long-term solvency is guaranteed.
i) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology.

Xa) Continuing the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
Xc) Support on-line voter registration.
d) Support voting on-line.
e) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xf) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes such as hacking and Internet violence.
Xg) Support strong Internet privacy laws.
h) Regulating the Internet should not in any way be controlled by the federal government.
i) Other
NoDo you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.

Xa) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
Xb) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through TANF block grants.
Xd) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
Xe) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.
f) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.
Xg) Provide continued Medicaid benefits for those welfare recipients who have moved from welfare to work.
h) Require states to return any unused welfare block grant funding to the federal government.
i) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based or other non-profit organizations.
j) Other
Please explain what your top two or three priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

We must utitilze the federal budget surplus to protect and ensure the long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. We should also ensure that all children have access to a quality education by reducing class sizes, modernizing our schools, and making college tuition tax deductible. Finally, we must improve health care by passing a Patients' Bill of Rights, adopting a prescription drug benefit under Medicare, and increasing funds for biomedical research.