Representative Joseph 'Joe' Crowley's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Joseph 'Joe' Crowley
Current Office: U.S. House - District 14, Democratic
First Elected: 11/03/1998
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Working Families, Democratic for U.S. House - District 14
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Kasey; 3 Children: Cullen, Kenzie Louise, Liam
Birth Date: 03/16/1962
Birth Place: Woodside, Queens
Home City: Elmhurst, NY
Religion: Roman Catholic
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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

  • Joseph Crowley. Issue Position: Women. 1 January 2011."'As the father of a young daughter, it is incredibly important to me that all women -- both here and around the world -- are provided with equal opportunities and protections. I am committed to expanding the rights of women and girls to ensure they are paid fairly, can make their own family planning choices, and are never discriminated against.' Crowley Supports a Woman's Right to Choose: * Active member of the Pro-Choice Caucus in the House of Representatives. * Supporter of striking current law prohibiting women in military facilities overseas from obtaining abortion services with their own funds." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Joe Crowley in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Crowley. Committees and Caucuses. "I also serve on a number of caucuses, including: [¦] Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus." (crowley.house.gov)
  • Joe Crowley. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Joe Crowley voted Nay 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 Joe Crowley a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Joe Crowley voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Crowley. House Democrats Release Historic Catholic Statement of Principles. 28 February 2006. "We envision a world in which every child belongs to a loving family and agree with the Catholic Church about the value of human life and the undesirability of abortion-we do not celebrate its practice. Each of us is committed to reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies and creating an environment with policies that encourage pregnancies to be carried to term. We believe this includes promoting alternatives to abortion, such as adoption, and improving access to children's healthcare and child care, as well as policies that encourage paternal and maternal responsibility." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Crowley. Crowley Calls Plan B Delay an "Assault on Women's Rights". 3 November 2005. "The unnecessary delay in FDA passage of Plan B over the counter sales is yet another example of the assault on women's rights by the Bush Administration. The Administration has dragged its feet throughout this entire process, putting politics ahead of public health policy. The facts are that Plan B is safe, Plan B is effective and Plan B is an essential tool in limiting the number of abortions and giving women the choices they deserve." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Joe Crowley in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Joe Crowley voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Crowley. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Joe Crowley voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Crowley. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Joe Crowley voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Joe Crowley voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Joe Crowley voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Crowley. Congressman Crowley Opposes Misguided Republican Budget Legislation. Access 22 September 2012. "This Republican Congress has no vision, but they have one favorite trick: balancing our nation's books on the backs of children, seniors and our most vulnerable citizens while providing the wealthiest of Americans with a free ride. In the case of today's vote, Republicans went back on their promise to cut big spending areas, like defense, and instead are now pushing for deeper cuts to middle-class families, children and seniors" (crowley.house.gov)
  • Joe Crowley. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Joe Crowley voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Joe Crowley voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Joe Crowley voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Joe Crowley voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Joe Crowley voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 15 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Crowley. Issue Position: Economy. 27 October 2011. "I believe that the work of government is to create economic opportunities to help the families of the Bronx and Queens, not provide tax cuts to millionaires" (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Crowley. Crowley Applauds House Passage 2009 Federal Budget. 13 March 2008. "Tax Relief for the Middle Class Ensures tax cuts for 23 million middle class Americans by ending the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) which would cause New Yorker's income taxes to rise by over $2,800 for people in Queens and the Bronx. Provides for an extension - instead of repeal as advocated by the Bush tax laws of 2001 and 2003 -- of the child tax credit, marriage penalty relief, extension of the 10% individual income tax bracket and elimination of most estate taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Crowley. Ways and Means Democrats Introduce Senate-Passed Tax Cut Bill. 30 July 2012. "Ways and Means Committee Democrats today introduced legislation identical to the middle class tax cut bill that passed the Senate last week. The measure, H.R. 15, would extend the Bush tax cuts for households with incomes up to $250,000 [¦] 'The GOP tax plan can be easily summed up this way: it's a tax increase on U.S. military families. By ending tax breaks that benefit working, middle class families, our military families will take a direct hit under the Republican plan.' said Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY). 'I really don't see how it's justifiable or sensible to give a tax cut to the wealthiest among us, but at the same time increase taxes on U.S. soldiers. We have an obligation to reject this tax hike on our heroes and, instead, pass the Democratic proposal.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Crowley. Video: Crowley: GOP Tax Plan Will Raise Taxes on Middle Class Families with Children. 30 July 2012. "It's sending a message to the House of Representatives, to the leadership of the Republican party, that if you're serious about getting a tax bill through before the end of the year, here are the parameters. And it's along the lines of what the President has been asking for, that the wealthiest 2% amongst us pay a bit more to secure the country, make sure that we are able to pay our bills, make sure that we're at a point where we know that our deficit is growing exponentially. So if we don't pass this bill, we'll see an increase. If the Republican bill were to pass in the House of Representatives and become law, we'd see an increase of $50 billion towards our deficit. We just can't afford that." (www.youtube.com)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Crowley. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Joe Crowley voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Joe Crowley a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Joe Crowley voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joseph Crowley. Crowley Praises House Passage Of Comprehensive National Economic Recovery Plan. 28 January 2009."Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) praised today's passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of The American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 598) by a vote of 244 to 188. This critical legislation will quickly infuse an estimated $825 billion in relief into our nation's economy. It will create over 3 million new jobs and provide $300 billion in tax incentives for workers and businesses with the goal of putting Americans back to work. 'With the economy in a downward spiral, New Yorkers and the nation cannot afford inaction or partisanship. This package is all about goal number one: jobs, jobs, jobs,' said Congressman Joseph Crowley. 'We lost a staggering 2.6 million American jobs in the last year of the Bush Administration, and it is clear we need to take the nation in a new direction. These critical investments will put New Yorkers back to work, cut taxes for middle-class families, renovate our nation's crumbling infrastructure and invest in our most important commodity - our citizens.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Crowley. Crowley Welcomes Small Business Tax Breaks as Framework for Raising Minimum Wage. 13 February 2007. "In Queens and the Bronx, Restaurant owners, and other small business owners, including those owned by married couples, will particularly be helped by the tax incentives and credits offered in this package to strengthen employment opportunities their employees." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joseph Crowley. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "As the father of three young children, I know the importance of providing all of America's children with best education possible. This means smaller classrooms, better teachers, more modern technology and greater funding for education programs. Education is the key to maintaining our global competitiveness, and I am working every day in Washington to improve our public education system [¦] * Committed to ensuring that the No Child Left Behind Act is improved, not just renewed, and that its programs are fully funded." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Crowley. Issue Position: Education. 27 October 2011. "I believe that all children should have access to the best education possible-Congress needs to increase federal funding to New York City Public Schools. Education is the cornerstone to building America's future. Congressman Joe Crowley has made a commitment to education to strengthen New York's schools, from making the Federal government invest to fully fund Head Start so that every low-income child has the opportunity to start school on the right foot, to fully funding special education and modernizing classrooms in the Bronx and Queens." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Crowley. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Joe Crowley voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Joe Crowley voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Joe Crowley voted Did Not Vote on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Crowley. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Joe Crowley in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Joe Crowley in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Joe Crowley in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Joe Crowley in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Joe Crowley voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Crowley. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Joe Crowley a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Crowley. On National Night Out, Congressman Joseph Crowley Holds Morris Park Anti-Crime Event. 3 August 2004. "Today, there are some serious challenges facing our law enforcement and our residents. Congress has taken some steps over the years to protect our police officers and our communities. One step Congress took 10 years ago, the assault weapons ban, is about to expire. Since its introduction in 1994, the ban has increased public safety and prevented dangerous weapons from falling into the hands of violent criminals, including terrorists. Since the Ban, use of assault weapons has dropped 66% from the pre-ban rate. Today, there is no legitimate reason for civilians to have access to military-style weapons that are useless for recreational activities and only serve the purpose of furthering unwanted criminal activity. The good news is that most Americans agree with this sentiment. I am a proud and vocal sponsor of a bill to make the assault weapons ban permanent." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Joe Crowley in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Joe Crowley in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joseph Crowley. Congressman Crowley Marks One-Year Anniversary of Health Care Law with Event at Queens Senior Center. 23 March 2011. "In just one year, the Affordable Care Act has brought a number of health care benefits to millions of Americans, including seniors, children and small business owners. With the Affordable Care Act, Americans -- not the insurance industry -- are finally in charge of their own health care and soon, all Americans will be able to rely on access to quality, affordable care." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Crowley. Over 60 House Democrats Demand Republicans Who Called for Health Care Repeal to "Walk the Walk'. 23 November 2010. "For months, Republicans have been shoveling out hypocrisy and lies to the American public, and it ends here. It is time for Republicans to put their proverbial money where their mouth is -- if they want to deny Americans access to health care, they should not accept taxpayer-subsidized care for themselves. Every American wants to provide their family with care and as the father of three, I can understand why Rep.-elect Harris was concerned about a lapse in coverage for a period of time. But, the harsh reality is that millions of Americans experience gaps in care for even longer periods of time -- if they even have any coverage at all. And, that is exactly what the Affordable Care Act is about -- giving all Americans access to care." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Crowley. Crowley Offers Motion to End Republican Hypocrisy over Their Own Government Health Care. 5 January 2011. "It is the height of hypocrisy for Republicans to be asking the American people to give up access to high-quality, affordable health insurance, but unwilling to disclose whether they will be taking part in taxpayer-subsidized health care. [¦] Republicans have made the repeal of health insurance reform their first order of business--not job creation, not economic recovery. But today, they added insult to injury when they rejected my motion to require all members of Congress to disclose whether they will personally benefit from taxpayer-subsidized health care by enrolling in the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program. This vote put the American public on notice that the Republican party is not looking out for them." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Crowley. Reconciliation Act Of 2010. 22 March 2010. "Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a historic measure that will put families first when it comes to accessing health care coverage. American families need this bill now more than ever. In the past decade, the cost of health care for American families has skyrocketed. Last year, more than half of Americans postponed care or skipped their medications because they could not afford it." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Crowley. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Joe Crowley voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Joe Crowley voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Joe Crowley voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Crowley. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Joe Crowley voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Crowley. Statements in Reaction to Today's Senate Vote on the Proposed Amendment to the Constitution Banning Gay Marriage. 14 July 2004. "Today the U.S. Senate is focusing on what one of its supporters calls, and I quote, 'the so-called greatest threat to America as we know it,' end quote, an amendment to the Constitution to ban gay marriage [¦] Gays and lesbians are one of the last minority groups in United States society today where it is still publicly acceptable to be hated. But that doesn't make it right [¦] It is time for a Congress that is responsive to the American people and not to the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign. This is a great victory today for all Americans, not only for the people within the gay and lesbian community, but for all Americans, that this resolution to amend our Constitution will not go forward in the U.S. Senate today." (votesmart.org)
  • Julie Bolcer. Advocate: Queens United (Almost) for Marriage. 8 June 2011. "A substantial contingent of elected officials, labor leaders, and other advocates hosted a press conference Wednesday to show support for marriage equality in Queens, N.Y., a borough represented by two undecided state senators key to passage of the legislation. [¦] 'It's about time that we get back on track, back on being, if not first, maybe being the strongest in terms of our advocacy for equal justice under the law,' said Congressman Joseph Crowley. 'That's what this is about. Equal justice under the law.' By positioning marriage equality as long overdue in New York, historically in the forefront of the women's, labor, and LGBT rights movements, Crowley echoed arguments made by Cuomo and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg." (www.advocate.com)
  • Times News Weekly: Qns. Pols Push For Gay Marriage Law. 16 June 2011. "Marriage equality is an issue of rights, not rites," said Crowley. "Let me be clear: nothing in this bill man dates religious institutions to perform or recognize marriage rites. Instead, this legislation is about extending a basic civil right to all Americans. I join my colleagues across Queens in calling upon the state legislature to grant marriage equality to all New Yorkers." (www.timesnewsweekly.com)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Joseph Crowley 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)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Joe Crowley supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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