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Tim Bishop's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Tim Bishop has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Tim Bishop 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

  • Tim Bishop. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Tim Bishop voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Tim Bishop in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Tim Bishop in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Bishop. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Tim Bishop voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Bishop. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Tim Bishop voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Bishop. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Tim Bishop voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Tim Bishop in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Bishop. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Tim Bishop voted Did Not Vote on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Bishop. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Tim Bishop voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Bishop. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Tim Bishop voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Timothy Bishop. Letter to President of the United States of America George W. Bush. 16 May 2006. "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)
  • Brendan O'Reilly. East Hampton Patch: Tim Bishop Talks Abortion Rights, Federal Spending. 9 September 2012. "'The notion that a women would have to carry the child of her rapist or have to carry the child that results from incest is extreme, and, as I say, I think it's cruel,' Bishop said. 'Choice is a legitimate issue on which reasonable people can disagree. My own view is that I am pro-choice but I share the formulation that President Clinton used, which is that abortion should be safe, legal and rare, and the emphasis on rare.'" (easthampton.patch.com)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (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 Tim Bishop a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (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

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Timothy Bishop. Bishop Votes for Middle Class Tax Cuts and $930 Million in Deficit Reduction, Opposes Budget-Busting Republican Bill. 2 August 2012. "Congressman Tim Bishop voted yesterday to cut taxes for all Americans, while extending current tax rates for all income below $250,000 for joint filers, including current rates for the American Opportunity Tax Credit for college, Child Tax Credit, and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Allowing tax rates to expire for income earned above $250,000 will reduce the federal deficit by $930 billion over 10 years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The plan Bishop supported (H.R. 15) provides a tax cut to all Americans, but focuses relief on middle and working class families who are more likely to return the extra money to the economy, including 7.4 million families in New York. It would also protect taxpayers from the Alternative Minimum Tax for 2013 [¦] 'Everyone agrees that we should preserve the tax rates for 98% of Americans. Let's do that and send it to the President for his signature. Then we can sit down and discuss tax policy for the remaining wealthiest 2%,' Bishop said." (votesmart.org)
  • Timothy Bishop. Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 27 July 2011. "Mr. Chairman, the extension of the Bush tax cuts give the average millionaire a $139,100 tax break in 2011. That's a tax break of $2,700 per week or $380 per day. Let me be clear: I'm talking only about tax breaks for millionaires--not tax breaks for the middle class--and only for millionaires, using not the $250,000, but the million. If our Republican colleagues were to set aside ideology and agree to eliminate the tax breaks for just those millionaires, we could reestablish our commitment to clean water and economic development within 12 days. The Bush tax cuts give millionaires across the Nation such a deal that we could completely shore up the $1.4 billion deficit in the Clean Water SRF and begin to address the needs outlined by Administrator Whitman in less than 2 weeks. Even if Congress gave the Bill Gates and the Warren Buffetts of this world the Bush tax breaks for the remaining 353 days of the year, we could put tens of thousands of men and women back to work, protect clean water, and protect the economies that depend on clean water and pristine beaches." (votesmart.org)
  • Timothy Bishop. GOP Budget Doubles Down on Ending Medicare Guarantee, Proposes Tax Break for Outsourcing. 22 March 2012. "Despite its draconian cuts to every segment of the budget except Defense and reliance on accounting gimmicks, the Ryan-Cantor budget is so laden with tax cuts it cannot claim to come into balance until 2040. The plan reduces income tax rates for top earners by $1 trillion, providing Americans with incomes over $1 million per year with an average tax cut of at least $150,000 [¦] 'Incredibly, once again the GOP demands that America's seniors and middle class families scrape by with less to finance a massive reduction in tax rates and giveaways to special interests like Big Oil and corporate outsourcers,' said Congressman Bishop. 'This budget doesn't tackle the deficit problem, and would dramatically accelerate the decay of the middle class that has resulted from Republican policies over the last thirty years.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Timothy Bishop. Better off this Tax Day. 15 April 2010. "I opposed the Bush tax cuts which went overwhelmingly to America's wealthiest families and led to record deficits and a stagnant economy. Instead, I support letting the wealthiest Americans pay the same rates they were paying under President Clinton, and cutting taxes for middle-class families who form the foundation of our economy and consumer spending." (timbishop.house.gov)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 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. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Bishop. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Tim Bishop voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (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 Tim Bishop a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Timothy Bishop. Bishop Backs Bipartisan Economic Stimulus Plan. 29 January 2008. "The stimulus package we passed today is a pragmatic compromise that will quickly put money in the hands of those Americans who most need it and who are most likely to spend it. Most economists agree that this is the best way to boost our economy. Additionally, this bill contains important assistance to homeowners which will benefit high cost-of-living areas, such as Long Island." (votesmart.org)
  • Timothy Bishop. Issue Position: Creating Jobs and Expanding the Economy. 27 October 2011. "The stimulus money that Congressman Bishop brought to our district has helped fund local infrastructure improvement projects, provide much-needed relief to areas ravaged by severe winter storms, and save the jobs of our teachers, police and firefighters." (votesmart.org)
  • Timothy Bishop. Newsday - Local Politicians React to Obama Speech. 26 January 2011. "Ensuring our future prosperity means out-innovating and out-educating the rest of the world. We need to unite behind a fiscally responsible strategy that invests in education, clean energy and infrastructure to create jobs and lay the foundation for American success." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Bishop. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Tim Bishop voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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

  • Timothy Bishop. Bishop Announces Nearly $700 Million in Education Aid for New York. 24 August 2010. "Congressman Tim Bishop announced today that New York schools will receive $696,646,000 in federal funding as part of the Department of Education's competitive "Race To The Top" (RTTT) grant program [¦] 'Competing in the global economy is truly a race to the top, and young New Yorkers should finish first,' said Bishop, a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor. 'I pushed hard for this funding and the reform agenda it supports to help ensure all Long Island students are learning the skills they need for a successful future [¦] This funding will help ensure that Long Island's schools remain accountable to students and continue to be counted among the best in the country.'" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted Yea - H Amdt 956 - Prohibits Pending Pipeline Permit Applications from Receiving Automatic Approval - Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 3301 that exempts pending projects from the provisions of the bill that prohibit a Presidential permit from being required for any oil or natural gas pipeline or any cross border segment with Canada or Mexico.vote: (votesmart.org)
  • Voted Yea - H Amdt 515 - Prohibits the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act from Taking Effect During the Sequester - Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 1900 that prohibits the bill from going into effect while the federal government budget operates under requirements of the sequester. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted Yea - H Amdt 513 - Removes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Permit Issuance Requirement - Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 1900 that removes the provision of this bill that requires the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to automatically issue an agency's permit for a prefiled natural gas pipeline project if the agency does not approve or deny the permit within 90 days.vote: (votesmart.org)
  • " Mr. Speaker, the Bishop-Capps amendment is the final amendment to the bill. It will not kill the bill or send it back to committee. If adopted, the bill will immediately proceed to final passage as amended.Our amendment, which is similar to amendments offered during our committee markups of H.R. 3, corrects a massive loophole in current law that exempts Keystone XL pipeline tar sands from paying millions of dollars into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. [...] Our amendment will ensure that TransCanada certifies to the President that Keystone XL pipeline tar sands will be subject to the per barrel excise tax that funds the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, ensuring that they pay their fair share." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Tim Bishop in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Tim Bishop in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Tim Bishop in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Bishop. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Tim Bishop voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Timothy Bishop. Bishop Votes for Historic Increase in Fuel Efficiency, Cutting Energy Costs. 18 December 2007. "'This legislation is the most important step Congress has taken in more than three decades to break America's addiction to foreign oil,' said Bishop. 'We know that America cannot drill our way to energy independence, but we can take major steps to get there by using less oil. As cars and SUVs improve their fuel efficiency, we will save Long Island families money.' The Energy Independence and Security Act will increase vehicle fuel efficiency to 35 miles per gallon by 2020 -the first congressionally mandated increase in 32 years- and slash U.S. oil consumption by more than 4 million barrels per day by 2030. This will reduce greenhouse gases in an amount equal to taking 28 million of today's average cars and trucks off the road." (votesmart.org)
  • Timothy Bishop. On Earth Day, Bishop Heralds Recent Progress for Environment. 22 April 2008. "'Every American has a role to play in preserving our environment and that includes leaders in Washington. After years of neglect and pro-pollution policies by the Bush Administration and its allies in Congress, the new majority has literally been a breath of fresh air for those of us fighting to preserve our natural resources for future generations.' Bishop voted for the bipartisan Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which has become law. The legislation will increase vehicle fuel efficiency standards and help save American families $700 to $1,000 per year at the gas pump. New building, appliance and lighting efficiency standards included in the new law will save consumers $400 billion through 2030. Additionally, the new law will help save 5.3 billion metric tons in energy-related CO2 emissions from 2008-2030 and cut the growth in energy-related emissions of CO2 by 10 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Bishop. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Tim Bishop voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop 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 Tim Bishop in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Tim Bishop in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Bishop. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Tim Bishop voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Tim Bishop in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Bishop. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Tim Bishop voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Bishop. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Tim Bishop voted Did Not Vote on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Karl Grossman. Shelter Island Reporter: Suffolk Closeup: Aurora massacre has East End pols talking gun control. 5 August 2012. "As to the federal representative from this area, Tim Bishop, his Communications Director Oliver Longwell says: 'Congressman Bishop believes Second Amendment rights are compatible with common sense regulations to protect the public. Generally, laws currently in place in New York State, including a ban on assault-type weapons and large capacity magazines, are an appropriate standard for the nation.'" (shelterislandreporter.timesreview.com)
  • Timothy Bishop. Crackdown on Illegal Guns. 9 March 2010. "Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota and Congressman Tim Bishop (D-NY 1st) announced today the arrests of five men for the illegal sale of handguns following an eight-month investigation by the district attorney's office. [¦] 'I was pleased to be able to secure this funding to support the District Attorney's tireless efforts to keep our neighborhoods and our children safe,' said Bishop. 'Every gun we take off the streets potentially saves a life.'" (timbishop.house.gov)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Tim Bishop 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 Tim Bishop in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Bishop. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Tim Bishop voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Timothy Bishop. Bishop Highlights New Benefits of Health Reform and Cost of Repeal to New Yorkers. 5 January 2011. "On top of all this, repeal would add $143 billion to the deficit over ten years and nearly a trillion over the next twenty according to the Congressional Budget Office. The American people know the cost of repeal is unaffordable: that's why they don't support it and neither do I. It's discouraging that the new majority has made it their top priority despite the desperate need to continue the Democrats' focus on job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Timothy Bishop. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "The Affordable Care Act has been referred to as a 'job-crushing law.' This is simply not honest as my colleagues across the aisle disregard the fact that, since it was signed into law last March, over 1 million private sector jobs have been added to the economy, with 207,000 of those jobs coming from the health care sector. Some speak of the repeal as if eliminating health care reform would have no meaningful fiscal consequences. This, too, is not honest. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated full repeal would increase the deficit by $230 billion over 10 years and another $1.2 trillion in the following decade. Mr. Speaker, simply replacing the positive impact the Affordable Care Act has had on American families with inaccurate arguments does not solve our problem. I urge my colleagues to vote 'no' on the legislation." (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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Bishop. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Tim Bishop voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Timothy Bishop. Shelter Island Reporter - Congressional Race Focused On Economy. 6 November 2008. "Mr. Bishop supports the four-part plan in McCain-Kennedy: 'stricter border enforcement, cracking down on employers, a reasonable guest worker program and a path to earn legalization.' That path would require a clean criminal record, working on a temporary permit for 10 years or more, paying all back taxes and a fine, and learning English and civics. [¦] 'I don't see how any reasonable person can call that amnesty.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Bishop. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Tim Bishop voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 86 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Timothy Bishop. Bishop Statement on Marriage Equality. 10 May 2012. "I applaud President Obama's statement that all Americans, despite their sexual identity, should be free to marry the person of their choice. It is an important step forward in the ongoing struggle of LGBT individuals and families for equal protection under the law, and a reflection of the growing support for marriage equality among the American people." (timbishop.house.gov)
  • Tim Bishop. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Tim Bishop voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Bishop. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Tim Bishop voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Bishop. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Tim Bishop voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Timothy Bishop. Bishop Statement on Killing of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "The death of Osama Bin Laden is an important victory in the war on terror and a triumph for justice. It proves that terrorists will find no safe haven, even in the remotest corners of the globe." (votesmart.org)
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Tim Bishop supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Timothy Bishop. Bishop Honors 75th Birthday of Social Security with Pledge to Protect Program. 17 August 2010. "'For 75 years, Social Security has been at the core of dignity and retirement security for retired Americans [¦] I will fight hard to make sure it continues to serve future generations, and that we never, ever engage in risky privatization schemes.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Timothy Bishop. Fighting for Seniors. "Congressman Bishop opposes Republican plans to privatize Social Security. In 2008, retirees would have seen the value of their Social Security benefits plummet as the recession deepened. Instead of privatization, Congressman Bishop supports efforts to strengthen Social Security and ensure its solvency for current and future retirees." (bishopforcongress.com)

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