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Louise Slaughter's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 25, Democratic
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Louise Slaughter has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Louise Slaughter is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Louise Slaughter voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Louise Slaughter in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Louise Slaughter voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Louise Slaughter voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Louise Slaughter voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Louise Slaughter voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Louise Slaughter in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Louise Slaughter voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Louise Slaughter in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Louise Slaughter voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Louise Slaughter voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Louise Slaughter voted Did Not Vote on 06/22/2000. (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 Louise Slaughter a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Louise Slaughter. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. 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?"
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "2. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the tax levels for each of the listed categories. Income Taxes on Families Earning $140,000 or More"
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "state income tax deductions -- Maintain Status"
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. f) $350,001 and above"
  • Louise Slaughter. 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?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "state income tax deductions -- Maintain Status"
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. e) $180,001-$350,000"
  • Louise Slaughter. Slaughter Stands Up For Social Security, Votes No on Tax Cut Extension. 17 December 2010. "Secondly, the addition of $858 billion to the debt to provide tax cuts to the top 2 percent of Americans, and an estate tax that costs $25 billion to benefit 6,600 families, is an atrocious giveaway in a nation riddled with debt and unemployment." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Slaughter Says Stimulus Package Provided 25 Major Tax Cuts To Families This Year. 14 April 2010. "When we passed the Recovery Act, we gave 95 percent of working Americans one of the largest tax cuts in history and provided incentives to attend college, make energy-saving home improvements, purchase a home for the first time or buy a new car." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Pathway to Job Creation Through a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code Act of 2012. 2 August 2012. "Let me end by expressing my utter disbelief at how difficult House Republicans are making it to pass the middle class tax cuts right now. They make clear they intend to hold the middle class tax cuts hostage to the tax cuts for the top 2 percent of Americans, though we agree that earnings of $250,000 and below should not see any tax increases." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Slaughter Leads Charge to Pass Middle Class Tax Relief. 12 October 2012. "Today the Majority proposes that we continue failed policies by extending the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2%. Doing so would cost us nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, would force us to continue borrowing billions of dollars from China, and would force us to make cuts in vital programs like Medicare and student loans. Unlike the proposal from the Majority, the Democratic proposal to cut taxes for the middle class is something both sides already agree upon. The Majority's strategy of holding middle-class tax cuts hostage in exchange for tax cuts for the top 2% is outrageous, and it has to end." (www.louise.house.gov)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?" Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Other or expanded principles: "Eliminate space station, grazing subsidies, mining subsidies"
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Louise Slaughter voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Louise Slaughter voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (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 Louise Slaughter a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Louise Slaughter. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Louise Slaughter voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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"
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Mining subsidy -- Eliminate"
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Space Station -- Eliminate"
  • Louise Slaughter. 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"
  • Louise Slaughter. 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." 8. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to change America's public education system? Other or expanded principles: "Give more flexibility to local school districts."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly 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)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "mining subsidy "
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly 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)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Space Station "
  • Louise Slaughter. 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"
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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: "Localities should decide whether national standards, charter schools, and teacher testing are appropriate"
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly 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)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "grazing subsidy "
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "grazing subsidy -- Eliminate"
  • Louise Slaughter. Slaughter Sponsors Legislation to Fix Inequities in Education Funding To Benefit Upstate City School Districts. 15 July 2011. "While the funding formula currently used by the Department of Education was intended to be fair, it isn't and the students in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse have suffered for it. The only fair thing to do is fix the formula. What may seem like an unintended algorithmic consequence is really a matter of books and computers in classrooms. This bill would readjust the formula to ensure that all of our students are given the tools needed to succeed -- regardless of the how big or small their school district is." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Issue Position: Education. 8 November 2011. "Rep. Slaughter believes that it is essential to ensure equal access to quality education for all Americans. She advocates high goals, tough standards, and sufficient safety measures for schools, teachers and students. She also wants to provide students with a safe place, with productive activities, to go after the school day ends. In addition, Rep. Slaughter wants to see schools gain the technological resources necessary to move students forward successfully into the information age." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Louise Slaughter in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Louise Slaughter in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits." 7. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the environment? Other or expanded principles: "Stimulate research into environmental technology, especially cost-effective recycling."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation." 7. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the environment? Other or expanded principles: "Stimulate research into environmental technology, especially cost-effective recycling."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Louise Slaughter voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Louise Slaughter in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Louise Slaughter. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Louise Slaughter. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Louise Slaughter in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Louise Slaughter voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Louise Slaughter a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons." 1. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of crime? Other or expanded principles: "Establish databases of released felons; Stricter sentences for sex crimes and child molestation."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors." 1. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of crime? Other or expanded principles: "Establish databases of released felons; Stricter sentences for sex crimes and child molestation."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Issue Position: Gun Safety. 1 January 2010. "Louise has been a long time supporter of improved gun safety. She is leading the fight in Congress against the powerful gun lobby to pass proposals that would require non-licensed gun sellers to conduct criminal background checks on buyers at gun shows, restrict access to guns for juveniles, and mandate child safety features on handguns. The Congresswoman cosponsored and successfully fought for enactment of the Brady Handgun Purchase Waiting Period and Assault Weapon Ban laws. Since 1995, these laws have successfully blocked 1.8 million purchase attempts by dangerous people from a gun dealer. Louise is a cosponsor of legislation to reauthorize a ban on assault weapons that will help keep guns out of the hands of people who committed violent crimes as juveniles." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Louise Slaughter in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Louise Slaughter voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Louise Slaughter. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. 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.""
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 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." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care. Other or expanded principles: "I fully support embryonic stem cell research and increased funding for NIH."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Louise Slaughter. Issue Position: Health care. 8 November 2011. "Representative. Slaughter is proud to have supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, P.L. 111-148, March 23, 2010). Health care reform will dramatically improve the quality of health care services for seniors, reduce prescription drug costs, and improve access to preventative services." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Republicans Shouldn't Tamper With New Health Care Reform Law. 29 November 2010. "Repealing health care reform would be expensive and short-sighted. Thanks to reform, we prevented a trillion-dollar burden from being placed on our children and grandchildren. At the same time, we improved the quality of care for all, and opened doors to insurance for 32 million more Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Slaughter Says Affordable Care Act a "Game Changer" for Consumers. 23 March 2011. "I am proud to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act. This landmark law has a strong and positive impact for Western New Yorkers and families throughout the United States. As we celebrate the one year anniversary, I continue to fight to perfect the law and defend against special interest efforts to roll back the invaluable protections provided to consumers." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Slaughter Says Health Care Repeal Would be Especially Harmful to Women. 18 January 2011. "Health care reform was a major victory for women and any attempt to repeal or defund it is simply unfair to our daughters, our mothers, and our grandmothers. It took us decades to finally make it illegal for insurance companies to charge women 48 percent higher premiums just for being a woman, and to stop the egregious practice of discrimination against domestic violence victims. It's unfathomable to vote against these protections. The Republican majority is wrong, and I will continue to fight against their attempts to sabotage vital protections for women." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "The choice is clear. For the health and well-being of our Nation's women, we must end this ill-advised attempt at repeal, and implement the valuable protections of the Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Louise Slaughter voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Support gender-based asylum claims."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Louise Slaughter. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Louise Slaughter voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 89 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Louise Slaughter voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Louise Slaughter voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 16 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform. Other or expanded principles: "Assuring opportunities to vote is critical to our democracy that is why I support multiple day and weekend voting."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Louise Slaughter. Issues: Leading the Fight for Equality for All. 21 September 2012. "Louise is a strong supporter of equality. She believes same sex partners have a right to marry; she voted against the Defense Against Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996 and also voted against proposed constitutional amendments in 2004 and 2006 that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman." (www.votelouise.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 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."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Louise Slaughter supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2006 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2002 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2004 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. 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."
  • Louise Slaughter. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Louise Slaughter 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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New York Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage 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.
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.
f) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
1) Budget Priorities
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Greatly Increaseb) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
f) FEMA
g) Homeland security
h) International aid
i) Law enforcement (Federal)
j) Law enforcement (State)
Greatly Increasek) Medical research
Maintain Statusl) National parks
Greatly Increasem) Public health services
Slightly Increasen) Scientific research
Maintain Statuso) Space exploration programs
Greatly Increasep) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusq) United Nations
Slightly Increaser) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories
2) Defense Spending
a) Armed forces personnel training
b) Intelligence operations
c) Military hardware
d) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
e) National missile defense
f) Pay for active duty personnel
g) Programs to improve troop retention rates
h) Research and development of new weapons
i) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
3) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
Family Income Taxes
Eliminatea) Less than $12,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $12,001-$40,000
Slightly Decreasec) $40,001-$100,000
Maintain Statusd) $100,001-$180,000
Slightly Increasee) $180,001-$350,000
Slightly Increasef) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Increasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits
Maintain Statusa) Charitable contribution deduction
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
e) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
6) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
b) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
c) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
d) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
e) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
f) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
g) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
h) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
Xi) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
j) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) 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.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
g) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xh) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
Xe) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
Xf) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
Xg) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xh) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
i) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
Xc) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xd) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xe) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xg) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
Xh) Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) 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) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xd) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xe) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
Xg) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
h) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
i) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
Xj) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
k) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
Xl) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.
On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.
Slightly Increasec) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Slightly Increased) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
b) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xc) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
Xd) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
e) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xf) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) 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) Support a temporary worker program.
d) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.
Xa) Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

While I believe human rights are very important, nearly every nation has some human rights abuses. I believe we must look at each nation individually on a case-by-case basis and determine if multilateral aid, rather than bilateral aid, is an effective means for ensuring people in need get basic humanitarian services. For example, the Sudan has gross human rights violations. The US should not be giving aid to the Khartoum government, but the US has an obligation to provide humanitarian aid via NGOs to internally displaced persons and those living in inhumane conditions in Darfur.

International Policy
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
b) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesd) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
Noe) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
Yesf) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

I believe we must have concrete deadlines for withdrawal from Iraq as soon as possible and we must focus our efforts to fight the war on terror in Afghanistan.

Yesh) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
Yesi) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
Yesj) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
Nok) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
l) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
m) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Yesn) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Yeso) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
p) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
Yesq) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
r) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
Yesa) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
Yesb) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
c) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
Yesd) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles

I support free trade if it is truly free and not one sided at the expense of American workers, like many of our FTA are now. We need agreements that are pro-laborers and pro-environment. The US also has an obligation to better enforce compliance with FTA, so that US businesses do not shut their doors because of unfair trade practices.

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 law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
Nof) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
Nog) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
Noh) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Yesa) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Nob) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Yese) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Yesf) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
Yesg) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) 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 that they manage themselves.
b) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
Xd) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
e) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
f) Other or expanded principles

I support preserving the current social security system and exploring ways to ensure its solvency beyond 2040. I oppose any proposals to privatize social security.

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) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xc) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
d) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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