Maurice D. Hinchey's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Maurice D. Hinchey
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Allison Lee; 3 Children: Maurice, Josef, Michelle
Birth Date: 10/27/1938
Birth Place: New York, NY
Home City: Hurley, NY
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Maurice Hinchey refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Maurice Hinchey supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Maurice Hinchey supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Maurice Hinchey supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. 2004. Project Vote Smart: Congressional Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal." ; "d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape." ; "e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered."
  • Maurice Hinchey. H Amdt 209 to HR 1815. 109th Congress. An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 109-96 to lift the current ban on privately funded abortions at U.S. military facilities overseas. Maurice Hinchey voted YES on 25 May 2005. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Maurice Hinchey voted NO on 7 November 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. HR 3660. 106th Congress. To amend title 18, United States Code, to ban partial-birth abortions. Maurice Hinchey voted NO on 4 May 2000. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. HR 760. 108th Congress. To prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Maurice Hinchey voted NO on 4 June 2003. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. S 3. 108th Congress. A bill to prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Maurice Hinchey voted NO on 2 October 2003. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund. 2010. Maurice Hinchey is endorsed by Planned Parenthood for the 2010 General Election. (www.plannedparenthoodaction.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maurice Hinchey. 2004. Project Vote Smart: Congressional Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test. Selected NO for: "Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?"
  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Maurice Hinchey supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 2 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. HR 5638. 109th Congress. To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit against the estate tax to an exclusion equivalent of $5,000,000 and to repeal the sunset provision for the estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes. Maurice Hinchey voted NO on 22 June 2006. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. HR 8. 108th Congress. To make the repeal of the estate tax permanent. Maurice Hinchey voted NO on 13 April 2005. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)

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  • Maurice Hinchey. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Maurice Hinchey voted YES on 13 February 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. HR 1424. 111th Congress. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Maurice Hinchey voted NO on 10 March 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Maurice Hinchey supported the interests of the Club for Growth 8 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. Hinchey Statement on House Passage of Revised Bailout Bill. 3 October 2008. "Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today released the following statement regarding the revised Wall Street bailout bill that passed the House today. Hinchey voted against the bill. The congressman also voted against the original bailout bill that was brought to the House floor earlier this week. 'The U.S. economy is in very bad shape. While the notion of "bailing out" Wall Street firms understandably doesn't sit well with many people, including myself, I recognize the potentially severe implications to the credit market and the overall economy if Congress doesn't act swiftly. That said, the $700 billion plan brought to the House floor for a vote today is far too big and ignores the pressing need to directly help working and middle class Americans make ends meet and survive these tumultuous times. The measure also fails to reinstate any real regulatory authority over the financial markets to prevent Wall Street from abusing the system again and creating a similar crisis in the future. We must provide stability to the financial markets. Unfortunately, President Bush and Treasury Secretary Paulson pulled this $700 billion figure out of thin air and I simply cannot give my approval on such an enormous sum of money that is excessive to addressing the situation as it stands currently. Based on testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke, it is clear to me that a much smaller package of $150 billion would be sufficient to enable the federal government to intervene and bring stability to the financial markets over the next several months. Were Congress to pass a $150 billion package instead of a $700 billion figure, we could help stabilize people's retirement accounts, prevent the dramatic loss of revenue for the State of New York as well as local municipalities throughout the state who are facing major budget shortfalls and prevent the very real possibility of raising state and local taxes; and we could do so without placing such an enormous burden on taxpayers. Passing a smaller package would then allow us to reassess the economy and make a determination whether we need to authorize the use of more federal dollars to stabilize the markets. I have worked very hard in Washington to convince my colleagues in Congress to pass a scaled down package, but unfortunately the $700 billion figure remains intact. Any financial rescue plan would be incomplete without an economic stimulus plan attached to it that builds up our economy rather than just allegedly bailing it out. We need to make dramatic investments in our infrastructure, health care system, and education system. All across New York communities are lacking the revenue needed for many important initiatives that help create job growth and will either ignore them or resort to unwanted tax increases to meet those needs. By investing in our own country we will create jobs, spur economic growth, and begin to lift the working and middle class out of this economic mess. Without question, the problems on Wall Street affect Americans on Main Street. However, our solution must not be to just throw money at fixing Wall Street. We must invest directly in Main Street to help strengthen the working and middle class. Because this bill fails to include an economic stimulus component, is far too large in cost, and does nothing to fix the underlying lack of regulatory authority that got us into this mess in the first place, I simply could not support it. However, now that the bill has passed, I will aggressively use my oversight authority to ensure that the measure is enacted and executed as effectively as possibly and will look for ways to strengthen our economy with future supplemental legislation.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. Hinchey Gives Update on Financial Rescue Negotiations & Comments on Passage of Economic Stimulus Bill in the House. 26 September 2008. "Tonight, the House passed an economic stimulus bill that I strongly support. It is exactly what this country needs to get back on track. The bill grows our economy and creates jobs by making investments in our nation's infrastructure -- our transportation systems, schools, and housing structures. The measure extends unemployment benefits for the growing number of Americans who can't find jobs, helps ensure low-income families don't go hungry by expanding Food Stamp assistance, and ensures that Americans don't lose health coverage as a result of state budget crises." (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. Hinchey Statement on Failure of Financial Bailout Bill. 29 September 2008. "Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today released the following statement after the House defeated a $700 billion financial bailout bill. The congressman voted against the measure. 'While I recognize the need for some kind of a financial rescue package to free up the credit markets and restore stability to the entire financial system, I could not in good conscience vote for a bill that gives away $700 billion to the presidential administration that got us in this mess in the first place and doesn't make any sound economic investments in working and middle class Americans who are the ones in need of real financial assistance.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. "Maurice has always made job creation and economic growth the primary focus of his work in Congress. Traveling from community to community across New York's 22nd Congressional District, Maurice has heard from far too many residents who have either lost their jobs, seen their hours, pay, and benefits get cut, or are living in fear that they may be about to lose their job. In the midst of a difficult economic period that has caused hardship for so many New Yorkers, Maurice understands that we need targeted tax cuts for middle class families and small businesses along with investments in businesses and communities that will create jobs now and lay the groundwork for the growth of 21st century high tech, manufacturing businesses right here in our backyard. While the economy was weakening, Maurice didn't sit on his hands and wait for others to act. He worked tirelessly to bring new high-tech, clean energy manufacturing firms to New York. His work has brought and continues to bring real results. Dozens of solar and high-tech manufacturing businesses are moving to our part of New York and creating hundreds of well-paying jobs. " (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maurice Hinchey. 2004. Project Vote Smart: Congressional Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities." ; "d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form."
  • Maurice Hinchey. Issue Position: Keeping Social Security Secure. "President Bush and his allies want to invest portions of our Social Security funds in the stock market, either indirectly through individual accounts or directly through the trust fund. We need only look at the stock market to see how risky this idea is. A new study examines what would have happened if we privatized Social Security three years ago. If just two percent had been carved out for individual accounts and half of that had been invested in the stock market, $29 billion would have been lost since 1999. While we need to take steps to preserve and strengthen Social Security in the long-term, privatizing the system will require that current and future retirees' benefits are cut. Social Security must continue to provide what it has since its inception: a risk-free, progressive monthly benefit that lasts a lifetime and is guaranteed to increase every year with the rate of inflation." (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. Issue Position: Social Security. "The president has proposed a privatization plan for Social Security that would divert up to one-third of a worker's Social Security payroll taxes to a private account, leaving the rest in the Social Security Trust Fund. The president claims that workers would have a choice to stay in traditional Social Security or opt for a private account. But whichever they choose, their benefits will be cut, and once a worker opts into the private accounts, he or she can never opt out... Social Security should never involve risk. Privatization would take this country's safest and most successful insurance program and put it at the mercy of the stock market." (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. Issue Position: Medicare & Social Security. "Maurice was proud to recently celebrate the remarkable success of Social Security on its 75th anniversary. He is a strong supporter of the bedrock program on which more than 50 million Americans, including more than 3 million New Yorkers, count on for their retirement security and to make ends meet. While some have proposed privatizing the program and gambling with seniors' benefits on Wall Street, Maurice has been steadfast in his commitment to protecting Social Security. He is adamantly opposed to any efforts to cut benefits or privatize the system." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Maurice Hinchey supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 90 percent in 2005-2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. H Amdt 497 to HR 2181. 105th Congress. An amendment to add a new section which provides that in further consideration of death sentence recommendations, life imprisonment shall be imposed instead, if the court has any doubt that a defendent actually committed the offense. Maurice Hinchey voted YES on 25 February 1998. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. 2004. Project Vote Smart: Congressional Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maurice Hinchey. HR 1. 107th Congress. To close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice, so that no child is left behind. Maurice Hinchey voted YES on 23 May 2001. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. 2004. Project Vote Smart: Congressional Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students." ; "e) Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers." ; "g) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology)." ; "k) Support affirmative action in public college admissions."; "l) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college." ; "m) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college."
  • Home School Legal Defense Association. 1999-2000. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Maurice Hinchey supported the interests of the Home School Legal Defense Association 20 percent in 1999-2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. Issue Position: Education. "The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), the massive education reform bill, required local schools to comply with new national testing standards. The president, however, did not live up to his commitment to provide adequate funding to improve schools. Under-funding federal education mandates creates a domino effect that ultimately ends at the local property owner's doorstep. Since the federal government won't pay for the programs it requires schools to implement, the cost of NCLB has been passed down to the states. The states in turn pass the burden of education funding down to the local communities and school districts, resulting in both increased property taxes and decreased or diminished school programs. We pay more to get less." (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. Issue Position: Education: "Maurice proudly voted earlier this year for The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), which completely overhauled the federal student loan program, saving taxpayers $61 billion that is now being used to make college more affordable with the most significant college aid investment in American history. SAFRA has changed the way the student loan system functions by originating all new loans through the government's Direct Loan program, instead of forcing students to pay premiums on loans offered by banks on Wall Street. And because all loans that originate from the federal government must be serviced by American workers, the bill is expected to prompt the non-profits and private lenders who service the loans to grow their American workforces. Before these reforms, the federal government was giving big banks billions of taxpayer dollars to encourage them to provide loans to students -- even though the federal government was already guaranteeing the loans in case of default. These reforms cut out the big bank middle man in the federal student loan program and allowed us to improve our student aid programs. Without SAFRA, the maximum Pell Grant was set to be cut in half from $5,540 in 2010 to $2,840 in 2011. Instead, constituents in Maurice's congressional district will now see the maximum grant gradually increase to $5,975. Maurice has long been a supporter of efforts to make college more affordable for middle class families. In 2008, he helped pass the Ensuring Continued Access to Federal Student Loans Act to protect the student loan program from turmoil in the U.S. financial markets. He also voted for the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, which created the American Opportunity Tax Credit -- providing up to $2,500 annually per qualifying student for college tuition and expenses. In order to help keep class sizes small so that children can learn better and get more individualized attention from teachers, Maurice also helped lead the effort in Congress to provide critical support to save teacher jobs and prevent further property tax hikes in New York. In August 2010, he voted for emergency relief that saved 8,200 New York education jobs before the start of the new school year and prevented severe disruptions in our children's education." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maurice Hinchey signed the SEEC Letter to House Leadership on 25 March 2010. "?SEEC feels that it is of the highest priority that any comprehensive energy legislation includes reductions in greenhouse gas emissions necessary to spur private investment in American clean energy technologies, and is consistent with reduction targets in House-passed legislation."
  • Maurice Hinchey. Issue Position: Environment. "It pains me to see President Bush systematically dismantling decades of environmental progress. I continue to fight hard against his potentially devastating moves.... With more and more children suffering from asthma and respiratory illnesses, now is not the time to weaken air standards for big polluters such as power plants, refineries and chemical plants." (www.house.gov)
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Maurice Hinchey supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Maurice Hinchey voted YES on 26 June 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. 18 April 2010. Hinchey Statement On Initiation Of EPA Study On The Risks Hydraulic Fracturing Poses To Drinking Water Supplies. "I applaud the EPA's decision to begin a serious investigation into this matter and will continue working to protect our environment from the chemical concoctions being pumped into the ground by energy companies. Understanding the risks that hydraulic fracturing poses to drinking water supplies is critical to guiding future policies and regulations that will safeguard the public." (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. Issue Position: Energy. "Recognizing that the renewable energy sector will increasingly play a leading role in our economy, Maurice has worked to ensure that New York is at the forefront of the high-tech green manufacturing job revolution. With his goal to make New York a national and international hub for solar energy research and development, Maurice didn't wait for Washington to act and instead took the initiative to help establish The Solar Energy Consortium -- a not-for-profit entity in upstate New York that brings together private solar companies and research institutions throughout the state to develop new ways to efficiently and effectively develop economically viable solar technologies. The results have been extraordinary. In just three years, Maurice and TSEC have attracted numerous companies to upstate New York and helped create more than 400 solar manufacturing and other related jobs with 1,000 jobs expected by the end of next year. As a result of these efforts, New York is gaining the reputation as a premiere place to conduct renewable energy business. While he works to steadily move the U.S. toward a reliance on clean, renewable energy, Maurice recognizes that fossil fuels are not going away over night and that the U.S. needs to produce its own energy to keep itself secure. However, Maurice wants to make sure that any domestic drilling for natural gas and oil is done so in a safe way. Disasters such as the BP Gulf oil spill and the recent blowout of a well just over the border in Pennsylvania are examples of why he wants the oil and gas companies to be held accountable for their actions and be required to follow the same rules that protect drinking water and our overall environment that other industries have to follow. Maurice is the coauthor of the FRAC Act, which would restore the EPA's ability to oversee the natural gas drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing and require energy companies to notify the public of what toxic chemicals they are putting in the ground to extract gas and oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. Issue Position. "Maurice is known as one of the country's most courageous and devoted public servants fighting to protect our communities and our environment. From leading the effort to develop clean energy technologies to protecting our waterways, Maurice, who serves on both the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment, has made environmental protection a top priority.[...]" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maurice Hinchey. 2004. Project Vote Smart: Congressional Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." ; "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns." ; "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows." ; "h) Require a license for gun possession." ; "i) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities."
  • Maurice Hinchey. HR 1025. 103rd Congress. To provide for a waiting period before the purchase of a handgun, and for the establishment of a national instant criminal background check system to be contacted by firearms dealers before the transfer of any firearm. Maurice Hinchey voted YES on 10 November 1993. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. HR 2122. 106th Congress. To require background checks at gun shows, and for other purposes. Maurice Hinchey voted NO on 18 June 1999. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Maurice Hinchey a grade of D-. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2003. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Maurice Hinchey supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 80 percent from 1991 and 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. HR 4296. 103rd Congress. To make unlawful the transfer or possession of assault weapons. Maurice Hinchey voted NO on 5 May 1994. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Maurice Hinchey voted YES on 17 September 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)

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  • Maurice Hinchey. 2004. Project Vote Smart: Congressional Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." ; "c) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes appeal mechanisms when claims are denied." ; "d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied." ; "g) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare. coverage." ; "j) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid." ; "k) Allow 55-65 year-olds to buy into Medicare." ; "l) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells." ; "m) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research."
  • Maurice Hinchey. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Maurice Hinchey voted YES on 7 November 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Maurice Hinchey supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 89 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey signed the Progressive Change Campaign Committee letter. "Representatives Jared Polis and Chellie Pingree are asking other members of Congress to join them in signing this urgent letter to Harry Reid: Dear Majority Leader Reid: As the Senate continues to work on health reform legislation, we strongly urge you to consider including a public option." (whipcongress.com)
  • Maurice Hinchey. Hinchey Statement On House Passage Of The Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "Those who do not receive insurance through an employer or lose their coverage will be able to purchase insurance at group rates through the newly created Health Insurance Exchange that will feature an array of private insurance options along with a new public option. This will provide those people with access to new health insurance choices that were previously unavailable. The Exchange and public option, which will also be open to small businesses, will spur greater competition that will reign in costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. Issue Position: Health Care. "Earlier this year, Maurice voted for the most significant and positive piece of health care reform legislation since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The measure bars insurers from denying coverage to Americans based on pre-existing conditions or dropping individuals when they become sick. The measure also closes the gap in Medicare prescription drug coverage for seniors. For the 415,000 residents Maurice represents who already have health insurance, the law provides immediate safeguards from insurance company abuses and will improve coverage. For those people and families who are self-employed, unemployed, or work for a small business, they will have access to the same types of private health insurance choices that members of Congress have through a competitive health insurance market that keeps costs down. Up to 158,000 families and 15,100 small businesses in Maurice's district will receive tax credits to help them afford coverage. Over 109,000 Medicare beneficiaries will see a dramatic improvement in their benefits and will pay nothing for preventive care, and 68,000 young adults will be able to obtain coverage through their parents' insurance plans until their 26th birthday. The new law will also extend coverage to 47,000 of Maurice's constituents who have, for far too long, gone without care, and guarantee that more than 10,000 people he represents are no longer denied coverage simply because they have a pre-existing condition. These essential reforms will not only alleviate the economic burden of health care felt by families, small businesses, seniors and young adults, but will also help to address our nation's fiscal woes, reducing the budget deficit by $143 billion in the first ten years and then by another $1.2 trillion in the following decade by cutting waste, fraud, abuse and overpayments to insurance companies." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maurice Hinchey. 2004. Project Vote Smart: Congressional Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Increase the number of visas issued for agricultural workers." ; "d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps)." ; "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Maurice Hinchey supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 15 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Maurice Hinchey supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 89 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maurice Hinchey. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Maurice Hinchey voted YES on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Maurice Hinchey supported the interests of Peace Action West 83 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Maurice Hinchey voted YES on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. Hinchey Statement On President Obama's New Strategy For U.S. Operations in Afghanistan. 3 December 2009. "I was pleased to hear President Obama lay out a plan for U.S. operations in Afghanistan that will make that country more secure while also providing a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops so that we no longer have U.S. forces operating there indefinitely. The United States has been fighting in Afghanistan for more than eight years in what until now has been an operation lacking a real plan and timeline. Having visited Afghanistan just last week, it's clear to me that security there needs to be greatly improved so that the Taliban does not retake control of that country and again provide a safe haven for al Qaeda. I agree with President Obama that a U.S. presence is needed to stabilize the country and help train Afghan security forces so that they -- not U.S. forces -- can protect their own country for the long-term. The focus of our engagement in Afghanistan must be to quickly increase the number and quality of Afghani defense forces and I believe President Obama shares that focus. When I first travelled to Afghanistan in December of 2001, Hamid Karzai expressed to me that the most significant contribution that the United States could make in Afghanistan was improved security. With proper security, the nation could effectively focus on its internal needs and better address the threat posed by the Taliban and al Qaeda. Unfortunately, the Bush administration abandoned any effective strategy in Afghanistan and instead chose to invade and occupy Iraq, a nation that we know had nothing to do with the attacks of September 11. As a result of this failed strategy, we are now left to confront the festering problems of an insecure and volatile Afghanistan and the potential of it again falling into the hands of the Taliban. The U.S. didn't have to be in this position. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee released a report on Monday that details how U.S. forces had Osama bin Laden cornered in the mountains of Tora Bora in December 2001, but lost him because their plea for additional forces to seal the perimeter and close in on him was denied by senior Bush administration officials. This Senate report, a history of the events put together by the United States Special Operations Command, as well as my experiences on trips to Afghanistan and the information available to me as a member of Congress, has led me to understand that the previous administration knew it could capture bin Laden at Tora Bora, but failed to do so because it would have made it more difficult to justify its pre-determined plans to invade Iraq. The facts support this argument and it underscores how shifting attention to Iraq instead of remaining focused on Afghanistan has led us to the circumstances we are confronting today. If we were to walk away now, it would be a waste of the last eight years. Afghanistan is where the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks originated from and it is in our national security interest to ensure that the circumstances in Afghanistan that led to those attacks can never occur again." (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. Issue Position: Foreign Affairs & National Security. "As a member of Congress and as a Navy veteran, Maurice understands the solemn responsibility that he has to safeguard our country from foreign threats, to promote peace and freedom around the world in a way that demonstrates the United States' role as a global leader, and to ensure that our troops have the support and resources they need both while in active military service and when they become veterans. Maurice has visited Afghanistan three times, including in December 2001 as a member of the first congressional trip to the country following the September 11th terrorist attacks as well as last Thanksgiving to spend the holiday with our troops who were away from home and their families. Those trips have enabled Maurice to gain a solid firsthand understanding of the situation on the ground and the needs of our servicemen and women. He supported the invasion of Afghanistan following September 11th in order to root out al Qaeda and the Taliban, which provided cover to the terrorist organization. Maurice strongly and vigorously opposed the invasion of Iraq because he felt the U.S. needed to stay focused on Afghanistan -- where the terrorist attacks originated -- and because he did not believe the justifications that former President George W. Bush used as a pre-text for war, namely the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Regardless of his support or opposition for certain military operations, Maurice has consistently supported increased funding for safety equipment and communications gear for our troops who heroically risk their lives on behalf of our nation. With a huge number of U.S. casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan coming from troops heading to and from refueling centers, Maurice has led the effort to make the military more reliant on solar and other forms of renewable energy. By doing so, troops will not have to make nearly as many dangerous trips to refueling centers. And to bring matters full circle, Maurice is working to have local New York companies be the ones that develop the solar and renewable technology for our troops." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maurice Hinchey. HR 3396. 103rd Congress. To define and protect the institution of marriage. Maurice Hinchey voted NO on 12 July 1996. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Maurice Hinchey. 2004. Project Vote Smart: Congressional Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test. Selected NO for: "Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Maurice Hinchey. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Maurice Hinchey voted NO on 18 July 2006. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2004 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) regarding abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
h) Other or expanded principles

Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.

Budget Priorities

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Greatly Increaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasei) Medical research
Greatly Increasej) National parks
Greatly Increasek) Public health services
Greatly Increasel) Scientific research
Maintain Statusm) Space exploration programs
Greatly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseo) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories

Defense Spending

Slightly Increasea) Armed Forces personnel training
Maintain Statusb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Maintain Statusd) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Eliminatee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Maintain Statusg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Decreaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.

Taxes

Income Taxes:

Family Income

Greatly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Maintain Statusc) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Increased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Retiree Income

Maintain Statusf) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes:

Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Increasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits:

Maintain Statusa) Charitable contributions
Greatly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Greatly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Greatly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No5) Do you support eliminating taxes on dividends paid to individual investors?
Yes6) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
7) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Allow ads paid for by soft money that support or attack a candidate for federal office.
f) Allow issue advocacy commercials by corporations, labor unions, and non-profit groups which appear within 60 days of a general election and within 30 days of a primary election.
g) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Noh) Do you support instant run-off voting (IRV)?
Yesi) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Yesj) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Nok) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
c) 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) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
g) Support additional criminal penalties if a fetus is killed in the commission of a federal crime against a pregnant woman.
Xh) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xi) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xj) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.
Xk) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
l) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
m) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xd) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
e) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xg) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
h) Support granting states limited control over Head Start programs.
i) Support changing the mission of Head Start to emphasize improving the math and reading skills of disadvantaged children.
j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xk) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xl) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xm) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
n) Other or expanded principles

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Allow workers to sell company stock and to diversify their company retirement funds into other investment options.
i) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xc) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
Xd) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
d) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
e) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xg) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xi) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
j) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
Xl) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the current level of 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) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xh) Require a license for gun possession.
Xi) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities.
j) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims.
k) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xb) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xd) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
e) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
f) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xg) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
h) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under private managed care plans.
Xi) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xj) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
Xk) Allow 55-65 year-olds to buy into Medicare.
Xl) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
Xm) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
n) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
Xc) Increase the number of visas issued for agricultural workers.
Xd) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
Xe) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States.
f) Support the detention of asylum seekers from countries known to sponsor terrorism.
g) Other or expanded principles

International Aid

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.

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 United States.
Xc) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

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

Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
d) Discuss your proposals for the reconstruction of Iraq. What funding sources would you use to implement these proposals? (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

The US must attempt to repair its relationships with UN members and secure support from partners to share the costs.

e) Other or expanded principles

The US should withdraw troops from Iraq as soon as possible, but not until the country is stabilized and reconstructed

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.

Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Nob) Should the United States use military force to destroy the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
Noc) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Yese) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles

3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.

Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
Yes4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
No5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs"?
Yes6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
No7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles

International Trade

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) 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) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
No5) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes6) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
7) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

Noa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should the United States adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
Noc) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesd) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yese) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Nof) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?
g) Other or expanded principles

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.
Xc) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
Xd) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for when individuals are eligible to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles

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

a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
Xb) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement regulation of Internet content.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xh) Impose regulations on "spam" emails.
i) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Increase funding for child care programs.
c) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for low-income families.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.