Representative Gregory W. Meeks's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Gregory W. Meeks
Current Office: U.S. House - District 5, Democratic
First Elected: 02/03/1998
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 5
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 24, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Simone-Marie; 3 Children: Ebony, Aja, Nia-Aiyana
Birth Date: 09/25/1953
Birth Place: New York City
Home City: Far Rockaway, NY
Religion: African Methodist Episcopal
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Issue Positions

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Vote Smart's Research

  • 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 Gregory Meeks a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Gregory Meeks voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. 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."
  • Gregory Meeks. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Gregory Meeks. 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."
  • Gregory Meeks. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Gregory Meeks. Letter to President of the United States of American George W. Bush. 16 May 2006. "Around the country, state legislators are introducing bills that would restrict a woman's access to birth control. We are concerned that those who seek to restrict or eliminate safe, legal abortions are expanding their goals and now also seek to restrict access to emergency contraception and other forms of prescription birth control." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Gregory Meeks voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Gregory Meeks voted Did Not Vote on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Gregory Meeks voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Gregory Meeks voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Gregory Meeks in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Gregory Meeks voted Did Not Vote on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gregory Meeks. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks Reacts to President Obama's Plan for Afghanistan. 3 May 2012. "The President laid out a 5- point plan for what happens now and guides the future of our relationship with Afghanistan. This includes: transitioning to full Afghan responsibility for their country's security and completing his previously announced draw down of American combat forces by 2014; narrowing our mission there to counterterrorism and training Afghan security forces; economic assistance; seeking a negotiated peace with the Taliban; mobilizing a global consensus in support of peace and stability in South Asia. I believe this is a responsible and realistic course for ending the war in Afghanistan that avoids the mistake we made at the end of the 1980s when we abandoned Afghanistan once Soviet occupation ended. Moreover, the President's plan reinforces Afghanistan's sovereignty, lays out a path to long term military and non-military cooperation; and envisions an international coalition in support of regional peace, security, stability, and sustainable development." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of Peace Action West 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of the Peace Action 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gregory Meeks. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Gregory Meeks voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Gregory Meeks voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Gregory Meeks voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Gregory Meeks voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Gregory Meeks voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Gregory Meeks voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Gregory Meeks voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gregory Meeks. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks Supports President Obama's Compromise for Tax Cuts. 15 December 2010. "I firmly believe the Obama Tax Cuts will fuel growth by reducing uncertainty for small businesses, while the pay roll tax relief will increase the amount of disposable income in the hands of every working American. That enormous benefit to our economy cannot be underestimated. This is a compromise, and the nature of negotiations inevitably yields results both sides will disagree with. Though I have reservations about the impact on the deficit resulting from a tax cut for millionaires and an estate tax package that is overly generous, taken as a whole, I believe this deal will have a strong, stimulative effect on the economy. My constituents are hurting. My district in Southern Queens has a 15% unemployment rate -- over 20%, when including underemployment -- which is much higher than the national average, and people at home are struggling to put food on the table and pay their mortgages. The deal the President has reached will provide essential relief to my constituents. That is why I intend to support the President's compromise on extending tax cuts for every American family." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. Twitter: @GregoryMeeks. 22 November 2011. "Republican math:tax cuts for rich + politics before people=American dream deferred for millions but not millionaires #supercommittee #fail" (twitter.com)
  • Rich Bockman. Times Ledger: Rosedale man runs for seat held by Meeks. 13 April 2012. "Meeks said he missed the budget vote for personal reasons, but if he had been present, he would have voted against it. 'I am unalterably opposed to attempts to address our nation's debt by only trying to balance the budge on the backs of the middle class and the most vulnerable Americans,' he said, adding he would have preferred a plan that required the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes." (www.timesledger.com)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. CNBC Interview “ Transcript. 24 February 2009. "MS. HERERA: And, Congressman Meeks, very quickly, the president has also said, in addition to solving the economic crisis, one of his goals is to cut the deficit dramatically. How is he going to do that with all of the spending that's contained in some of these measures? How is that going to work, do you think REP. MEEKS: Well, I think that when you look at where we are now, and we moved back -- and he's already talking about allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire. That's going to bring some more money back into the budget so that we can begin to reduce the deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. MSNBC "Hardball with Chris Matthews" “ Transcript. 19 November 2010. "Number one, 97 percent of Americans--well, actually, all Americans will receive a tax cut under what is proposed, because I think that one of the things that"s not clear, when you talk about the $250,000 per family, it's a middle-income tax cut, so everybody up to $250,000 will get a tax cut. So, if you're a millionaire, up to that first $250,000, you get the same tax cut. If you"re a family under $250,000, that means everybody gets that tax cut. You can deduct your entire tax cut for the entire salary." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks Applauds Accomplishments of the 111th Congress. 29 September 2010. "AMERICAN JOBS AND CLOSING TAX LOOPHOLES ACT, to promote American jobs by restoring credit to small businesses, extending tax incentives for American R&D and tax relief for middle class American families, rebuilding American infrastructure, and expanding jobs for young people; and to close tax loopholes to make Wall Street billionaires pay their fair share of taxes." (meeks.house.gov)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gregory Meeks. Congressman Gregory Meeks lauds passage of the Emergency Economic Stablization Act of 2008. 3 October 2008. "Today, the House considered the Senate passed economic rescue legislation that included a number of tax cuts for Americans on Main Street. Among the provisions of the bill include clean renewable American energy tax incentives which are critical to creating and saving half a million green jobs and helping us achieve energy independence, tax cuts for 20 million families who could be hit by the Alternative Minimum Tax, extensions of expiring business and family tax cuts, disaster relief, mental health parity to end coverage discrimination, and other provisions." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Gregory Meeks. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks Applauds Record Breaking Achievements for 111th Congress. 7 June 2010. "HIRE ACT, creating 300,000 jobs with tax incentives for businesses hiring unemployed Americans and to spur small business investment, and unleashing investments to rebuild infrastructure. (Signed into Law)" (meeks.house.gov)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gregory Meeks. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Gregory Meeks. Issue Position: Education. 27 October 2011. "Working Hard to Strengthen Our Educational System. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks believes that to maintain strong communities and America's global influence, then American must invest in its future by strengthening our public schools. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has been the major federal policy influencing public education since 2001. The Congressman is promoting the passage of a NCLB reauthorization bill that will increase students' access to quality educational instruction and facilities, improves the way that schools are held accountable through use of proper measuring methods, and to improve student performance in language arts, mathematics, and science." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. Issue Position: Education. 27 October 2011. "Education is the cornerstone to building America's future. We must make a national commitment to education by strengthening our schools, investing in Head Start, fully funding special education, and modernizing our classrooms." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Gregory Meeks. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Gregory Meeks. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Defense -- Slightly Decrease"
  • Gregory Meeks. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Small Bus. Dev. -- Greatly Increase"
  • Gregory Meeks. 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."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gregory Meeks. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Gregory Meeks voted Did Not Vote on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Gregory Meeks voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Gregory Meeks voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Gregory Meeks in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Gregory Meeks voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Gregory Meeks. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Gregory Meeks. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Gregory Meeks. 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."
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Gregory Meeks in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Gregory Meeks in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Gregory Meeks in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Gregory Meeks a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Gregory Meeks in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. 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."
  • Gregory Meeks. 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."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. 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."
  • Gregory Meeks. 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."
  • Gregory Meeks. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Gregory Meeks. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Gregory Meeks. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks Statement on the Senseless Shooting Death of College Bound Student Patrick Hernandez. 10 October 2010. "Many reasons are given for the increase in gun violence and the toll it is taking on individuals, families, communities, hospitals, and costs to society [¦] Some insist that it is the availability of guns. All of these reasons may be factors in the alarming increase in gun violence. There's no question that the availability of illegal guns is part of the mix. The recent landmark Supreme Court ruling overturning a law banning handguns in Washington, DC may have gone to far and backfire right in our communities. There are an estimated 250 million guns in circulation in America. That's more than one gun for every adult in America 18 years of age or older. [¦] I will continue to work with my colleagues in the State and City government to collaborate on strategic problem solving approach to reduce gun violence and other crimes in our community." (www.congressmangregorymeeks.com)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks Announces Impact of Repealing Health Care Reform Law to New Yorkers in the Sixth Congressional District. 19 January 2011. "By repealing Health Care Reform House Republicans will take away the opportunity for many American families to have quality and affordable health insurance and increase the long-term debt by over $1 trillion. At a time when the country is suffering from an unemployment rate that is higher than the national average, Congress's time is better spent focusing on discussing legislation that will create jobs and stimulate the economy. My constituents and those across this country deserve to be in charge of their healthcare choices and not to be denied coverage by insurance companies because of pre-existing conditions." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks On New Outreach Campaign to Protect Seniors from Scams and Medicare Fraud. 9 June 2010. "The more educated our nation's seniors are about health reform, the better protected they will be from fraud and scams and the more informed they will be to take advantage of their benefits. It is important that our seniors know that the Affordable Care Act will provide better primary care, lower drug costs, provide access to free preventive care, extend the Medicare Solvency Trust Fund to ensure that Medicare can cover every American as they get older and provide tighter oversight." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks Votes In Favor Of House Health Care Reform. 7 November 2009. "Passage of this bill puts us steps away from beginning to repair our broken health care system. I am proud to have voted for this bill that will help to pay for coverage for 132,000 families in the 6th District and to finally provide much needed health insurance for the 60,000 uninsured 6th CD residents. For the 377,000 of my constituents who get their health care coverage through work, I voted to free them from unjustifiable rate increases and to insure that neither the government nor their employer nor their insurance company can force them to have to change their health care plan. I voted to help the 6,400 seniors in my district that are in the Medicare part D prescription drug donut hole by cutting it $500 right away, and closing the donut hole completely over time. I voted to ensure the long-term viability of Medicare, including Medicare Advantage and for improved services for those on Medicare. And for our country, my vote went to reduce the deficit by $104 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. MSNBC "The Ed Show" “ Transcript. 10 September 2009. "I think the president was correct when he said many presidents have tried to deal with health care, he intends to be the last. So, we've got to make sure, because the president has, and the bill that came out of the House and the Senate is loaded with a lot of good things that the American public needs, and we've got to make sure that those provisions are passed. And I believe the public option is absolutely necessary." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. Project Vote Smart: 1998 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."
  • Gregory Meeks. 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."
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gregory Meeks. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Gregory Meeks voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. 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. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 89 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Gregory Meeks voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Gregory Meeks voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Gregory Meeks voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. Pelosi, Nadler, 143 House Members File New Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 7 September 2012. "None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest: Denying recognition to couples already married under state law does not further an interest in 'procreation and responsible child-rearing.' DOMA does not prevent same-sex couples from marrying and an estimated 132,000 couples have now done so, with many of these couples raising children together. There is no logical connection between the denial of federal recognition to these same-sex couples, who already are married, and the marital or parenting behavior of different-sex couples. It is irrational to claim that Congress needs to or should harm these families in order to benefit others, particularly as those families receive federal recognition regardless of DOMA. While Congress has a legitimate interest in the welfare of children, Section 3 does not serve that interest. Children of married heterosexual couples are not affected by this law, and Section 3 actually undermines legitimate child welfare interests by harming children of married same-sex couples. Congress should maximize the stability and security of these children, just as it does for children of married different-sex couples, by recognizing and respecting their parents' lawful marriages." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)

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  • Gregory Meeks. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks Statement On the Successful Operation Against Leaders of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. 2 October 2011. "All Americans together with people across the Arabian Peninsula and the wider Middle East feel a sense of relief and additional security with the news of a joint U.S.-Yemen intelligence initiative that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, the leader of external operations for Al Qaeda in the peninsula, and several other of the terrorist group's operatives -- including Samir Khan, co-editor of an Al Qaeda online publication that plays a prominent role in recruiting English-speakers to terrorism [¦] Once again, President Obama and his national security team have demonstrated strength, relentlessness, determination, and precision in pursuing the goal he set upon taking office of destroying and dismantling the terrorist network responsible for 9/11." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Gregory Meeks supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Gregory Meeks. 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."
  • Gregory Meeks. 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."
  • Gregory Meeks signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)

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Congressional Election 1998 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

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

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
Xb) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xi) Other

Partial Birth Abortions should be available if the mother's health is in danger.

1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only.

Slightly Increasea) AIDS programs
Maintain Statusb) Arts funding
Greatly Increasec) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increased) Environmental programs
Slightly Increasee) Foreign aid
Greatly Increasef) Housing projects
Greatly Increaseg) Job training programs
Maintain Statush) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusi) Medicaid
Slightly Increasej) Medicare
Maintain Statusk) NASA
Greatly Increasel) Student loan programs
Slightly Decreasem) Welfare
n) Other

Small Bus. Dev. -- Greatly Increase

o) Other

Defense -- Slightly Decrease

p) Other

2) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following defense-related categories. Select one number (level) only.

Maintain Statusa) Armed Forces personnel training
Slightly Decreaseb) CIA appropriations
Slightly Increasec) Defense plant conversion
Slightly Decreased) Development of new weapons
Slightly Decreasee) Military hardware
f) Military space shuttle missions
Maintain Statusg) National Missile Defense Program
Slightly Increaseh) Pay for active duty personnel
i) Other
Undecided3) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?

4) Indicate how you would apply the expected federal budget surplus.

Xa) Social Security
b) Medicare
c) Tax cuts
d) Federal debt reduction
e) Other

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

a) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
b) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns.
Xc) Provide public funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
d) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
Xe) Strengthen and enforce legislation that encourages full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
f) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
Xg) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
Xh) Ban the unregulated campaign contributions known as soft money.
Xi) Pass legislation banning issue advocacy commercials by outside groups within 60 days of an election.
j) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making contributions to federal campaigns.
k) Other

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

a) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Expand funding for community policing programs.
f) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
g) Prosecute youths accused of a felony as adults.
Xh) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
i) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
j) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
k) Other

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

a) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
b) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
c) Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Xd) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
Xe) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
f) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xg) Increase funding for border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
h) Other

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

Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
Xb) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
c) Reduce government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xd) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
e) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the minimum wage.
g) Pass legislation that encourages employers to offer their employees the options of flex-time scheduling, comp-time and unpaid leave to attend to their family responsibilities.
Xh) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide on-site child care.

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

Xa) The federal government should consider race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs only if such programs do not include quotas.
c) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xd) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
Xe) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
f) The federal government should include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.

Xa) Support national standards and testing in reading and math.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
d) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any publicly funded school.
e) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
f) Support creation of more charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit.
Xh) Support voluntary teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xi) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
j) Other
Yes2) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to guarantee the right to religious expression and voluntary prayer in public places, including schools?

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

a) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xb) Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
c) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
d) Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
e) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the fees charged to mining companies using federal lands.
Xf) Encourage development of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xg) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
h) Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels.
Xj) Impose stricter national air quality standards.
k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change.
l) Strengthen the restrictions on clear-cutting on federal lands.
m) Other

Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.

Federala) Border security
Federalb) Civil rights enforcement
Statec) Education
Stated) Environmental cleanup
Locale) Job training
Localf) Law enforcement
Localg) Low-income housing
Stateh) Medicaid
Federali) Medicare
Federalj) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Federalk) Welfare
l) Other

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Bosnia/former Yugoslavia.

a) The U.S. should lift the arms embargo against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
b) The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina with a certain deadline for withdrawal.
c) The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina without a certain deadline for withdrawal.
d) Other

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

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

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

a) The U.S. should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
b) The U.S. should contribute less funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
c) The U.S. should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
d) The U.S. should not commit military troops to UN peacekeeping missions.
e) The U.S. should withdraw from the UN completely.
Xf) The U.S. should pay its debt to the United Nations.
g) Other
Yes4) Should the U.S. have diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba?
Undecided5) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?

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

a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Xg) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Other

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

a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
d) Support health care strategies focused on prevention, including health education and natural medicines and remedies.
Xe) Support legislation to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xf) Allow small business owners, the self-employed and workers whose employers do not provide health insurance to have the same deductibility for health costs as corporations and large employers.
g) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
h) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
i) Allow states and local communities to use federal funds for needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of HIV.
j) Classify nicotine as a drug and cigarettes as drug delivery devices, which should be regulated by the Federal Food and Drug Administration.
k) Provide citizens age 55-65 the option of purchasing Medicare health coverage.
Other

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

a) Decrease the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Increase the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. HUD housing, food stamps).
c) Require the Immigration and Naturalization Service to reduce to six months the time between applying for citizenship and taking the oath of allegiance.
Xd) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
Xe) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship.
g) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
h) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States government.
i) Other
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. On an attached page, in fifty words or less, explain what you will do as a member of Congress to address this concern.

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

a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government.
c) Invest Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to finance the program in its current form.
Xe) Invest a portion of the budget surplus into the Social Security trust fund.
f) Increase the minimum age that determines when retirees are able to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
h) Limit Social Security benefits based on recipients' other income and assets.
i) Require individuals to pay the Social Security tax on income above $68,400, which is currently exempt.
j) Other

1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only.

Income Taxes:

Maintain Statusa) Retiree income over $40,000
Slightly Decreaseb) Family income less than $25,000
Slightly Decreasec) Family income $25-75,000
Slightly Decreased) Family income $75-150,000
e) Family income over $150,000

Other Tax Issues:

f) Alcohol taxes
g) Capital gains taxes
h) Charitable deductions
Slightly Increasei) Child tax credit
j) Cigarette taxes
k) Corporate income taxes
l) Earned Income Tax Credit
m) Estate taxes
Greatly Increasen) Medical expense deductions
o) Mortgage deductions
p) Other
q) Other
Undecided2) Do you support replacing the U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Undecided3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?
Undecided4) Do you support instituting a national sales tax?
Yes5) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
Undecided6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?
7) Other
No1) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?

If you support term limits, how many terms should each serve?

Senator (# of 6 yr. terms)
Representatives (# of 2 yr. terms)
Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries in the western hemisphere?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
No6) Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?
Undecided7) Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority?

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

Xa) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
Xb) Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
Xc) Increase funds for housing assistance for welfare recipients who need housing to get or keep a job.
Xd) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
Xe) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through block grants.
Xf) Eliminate federal funds for welfare programs at the federal, state or local levels.
g) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
h) Convert government-funded low-income housing projects into private housing, managed and owned by the residents.
i) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
j) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.