Representative Hakeem Jeffries's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 8, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Working Families, Democratic for U.S. House - District 8
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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.

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  • Hakeem Jeffries. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Hakeem Jeffries. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."

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

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

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  • Hakeem Jeffries. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York State Legislative Election Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "5) Do you support raising the income tax for those making $1,000,000 or more?" (votesmart.org)
  • CBS New York: Jewish Voters Could Very Well Decide House Battle Between Barron, Jeffries. 25 June 2012. "Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries wants to help close the deficit by taxing the rich." (newyork.cbslocal.com)

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  • Hakeem Jeffries. Politic365 - Hakeem Jeffries: Have His Back. 11 July 2012. "President Obama has proposed a game-changing jobs bill that would strongly encourage hiring in the private sector and re-energize the workforce with much needed infrastructure investment in bridges, parks, roads and tunnels. This measure isnot controversial." (votesmart.org)
  • Hakeem Jeffries. Issue Position: Job Creation. 1 January 2012. "In Congress, Hakeem will fight to pass President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act and will work hard to make sure that NYCHA provides employment opportunities for public housing and community residents as required by Section 3 of the 1968 HUD Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Hakeem Jeffries. Room Eight: Hakeem Jeffries: Moving Forward in a Different Direction. 18 May 2012. "We need a serious investment in infrastructure, transportation and green jobs, and rebuilding America's crumbling economy in ways that would provide good solid strong middle-class jobs. The way that Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt helped to get us out of the Great Depression and turned the American economy around was as a result of the new deal investment in infrastructure and building Bridges Roads tunnels, and cars. We need the same type of investment in this country today to help us revive the American economy. Pres. Obama is committed to that type of infrastructure investment. But he needs partners in the United States Congress who are willing to work with him, not criticize him, in order to advance his agenda." (www.r8ny.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Hakeem Jeffries. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York State Legislative Election Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses."

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  • Hakeem Jeffries. Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries. 13 October 2012. "In the legislature, Hakeem has been a consistent voice on the issue of education reform and charter schools as an alternative for some of the most disadvantaged black and Latino students in the public schools system. He co-sponsored legislation in 2010 that lifted the charter school cap in New York State as part of the successful Race to the Top application that secured approximately $700 million in education funding from the federal government to help poor, urban school districts." (hakeemjeffries.com)
  • Hakeem Jeffries. Hakeem Jeffries Interview: New York 8th Congressional District Candidate Discusses Education and Healthcare. 8 May 2012. Responded "During my time as a state legislator, I've pushed for significant investment in public school districts. In congress, I would look forward to increasing federal public investment in education through initiatives like Race to the Top. As you may know, Race to the Top is the Obama administration's education effort. In the assembly, I co-sponsored the Race to the Top bill, which helped secure $700 million in education funding for students in New York State. In congress, I'll work hard to encourage investment in education, particularly with respect to technology and bridging the digital divide" to the question: "As a junior member of congress, what would you do to help ensure that a quality, affordable education is available to all of your constituents?" (www.policymic.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Hakeem Jeffries. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York State Legislative Election Political Courage Test. Check Support for "b) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc)." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Hakeem Jeffries. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York State Legislative Election Political Courage Test. Check SUPPORT for "g) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming; h) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Hakeem Jeffries. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York State Legislative Election Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "a) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows? and c) Should a license be required for gun possession?;" Selected NO for: "b) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Hakeem Jeffries. Politic365 - Hakeem Jeffries: Have His Back. 11 July 2012. "With a Democratic Congress, President Obama was able to save the American auto industry, pass the biggest piece of Wall Street reform since the Great Depression, strengthen consumer protections and make history with the Affordable Care Act that will insure over 30 million hard-working Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Hakeem Jeffries. Press Release. 28 June 2012. "The Supreme Court has spoken and President Obama's historic health care reform is now the law of the land. As I said during my campaign, I plan to go to Washington to work with the president, and one of my priorities is making sure that this new law is implemented fairly and effectively. I am also hopeful that Congressional Republicans will end their single-minded attempts to overturn or weaken this landmark law. With so many other challenges facing us, Congress needs to start its work on issues that will move our great nation forward." (myemail.constantcontact.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Hakeem Jeffries. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York State Legislative Election Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of New York to pay in-state tuition at public universities." (votesmart.org)
  • Hakeem Jeffries. Twitter: @TeamJeffries. 18 March 2012. "Hakeem says we can "advance and accomplish historic legislation" for immigration reform when Dems control the house." (twitter.com)
  • Hakeem Jeffries. Twitter: @TeamJeffries. 18 March 2012. "Hakeem says @ #DREAMAct that he supports the policy and is co-sponsor of State #DREAMAct and Carib teachers who have come to NYS to teach" (twitter.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Hakeem Jeffries. A 8354. 2011 Legislative Session. Marriage Equality Enactment. Introduced on 14 June 2011. Hakeem Jeffries was a co-sponsor. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Hakeem Jeffries. Project Vote Smart: 2008 New York State Legislative Election Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "b) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

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

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  • Hakeem Jeffries. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2012. "As a member of Congress, Hakeem will continue to fight for additional senior housing under the 202 Program and stand up to protect Social Security and Medicare against efforts by radical right-wing Republicans to destroy these critical programs." (votesmart.org)

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New York State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test

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

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

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

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Abortions should be subject to a mandatory waiting period.
g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles

State Budget: Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.

Greatly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Emergency preparedness
Slightly Increased) Environment
Greatly Increasee) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Increaseh) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories

State Taxes: Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Increasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statuse) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseg) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseh) Vehicle taxes
i) Other or expanded categories
No1) Should there be a cap on school district property taxes?
No2) Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
No3) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
No4) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
Yes5) Do you support raising the income tax for those making $1,000,000 or more?
6) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Do you support limiting the number of terms for New York governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for New York state senators and assemblymembers?

c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?
f) Should New York participate in the federal REAL ID program?
g) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Establish the death penalty in New York.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
e) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
f) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.
Xg) Support hate crime legislation.
h) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) Support state funding of universal pre-K programs.
b) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
Xc) Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students.
d) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
e) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
f) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xg) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
h) Support using a merit pay system for teachers.
Xi) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xj) Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of New York to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
k) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xf) Include gender identity in New York's anti-discrimination laws.
Xg) Increase the state minimum wage.
Xh) Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.
i) Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
j) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xk) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
l) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).
Xc) Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.
Xd) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
e) Support funding for improvements to New York's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xf) Support funding for open space preservation.
Xg) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
Xh) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
i) Other or expanded principles

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

Yesa) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Nob) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Yesc) Should a license be required for gun possession?
d) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
e) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
f) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
c) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in New York.
Xg) Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Yesa) Should New York recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesb) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Yesc) Should New York provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?
d) Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
Noe) Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?
Yesf) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Nog) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
Yesh) Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?
Yesi) Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?
Yesj) Should New York continue affirmative action programs?
Yesk) Do you support state funding of stem cell research?
Yesl) Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?
Nom) Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?
n) Other or expanded principles

Legislative Priorities

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

If re-elected, I will continue my fight for affordable housing in my district, as well as throughout New York City and New York State. We need to increase the quality of schools in our state and to ensure fair elections, we need comprehensive electoral reform.