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Kirsten E. Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Kirsten E. Gillibrand
Office: U.S. Senate (NY) - Jr, Democratic
First Appointed: 01/23/2009
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2018
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Jonathan; 2 Children: Theodore, Henry
Birth Date: 12/09/1966
Birth Place: Albany, NY
Home City: Brunswick, NY
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Kirsten Gillibrand refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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

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  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand Working With NARAL Pro Choice America to Protect A Woman's Right to Choose. 22 April 2009. "We can never let up in our efforts to ensure all women have access to the family planning resources and education they need. NARAL is on the frontline, fighting tirelessly to protect women's right to choose, and I am committed to working to ensure all women and their families have access to the resources they need to make health care decisions that are right for them." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Kirsten Gillibrand supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Kirsten Gillibrand supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Kirsten Gillibrand supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Kirsten Gillibrand supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 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 Kirsten Gillibrand a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Slaughter, Gillibrand Introduce Legislation To Give Women In Uniform Same Reproductive Rights As Civilians. 6 June 2011. '"It is an outrage that the women in our military do not have the same basic protections for reproductive health care as women across the U.S.' said Senator Gillibrand. 'We must put an end to this egregious injustice and allow our women in uniform to exercise their right to reproductive health care.' Currently, servicewomen are not allowed to pay for abortion services with their own funds in military medical facilities, except in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother. Privately funded abortion care was available to servicewomen until 1988, when the Department of Defense rescinded the right. Women serving overseas are perhaps most affected by this policy, as they may be forced to rely on unsafe local facilities. Failing that, a servicewoman would need to request permission from her supervisor to leave her combat mission and return to the United States or another country where abortion care is available." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Senate Democrats Speak Out Against Republican Efforts to Restrict Women's Access to Health Care. 8 February 2011. "Republicans claim that they want to keep government out of people's lives, but they insist on asserting their authority in the lives of women. They've been in power only a few weeks, yet the Republicans have already made depriving women of the medical care they need and deserve one of their primary goals. This agenda disregards women's rights and restricts the ability of women to access affordable health care. Clearly, the Republican House is not focusing on creating jobs or growing our economy, but making the degradation of women's health care a top priority." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Military Construction, Veterans Affairs And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010. 10 November 2009. "However, there is one aspect of the House bill about which I wish to voice my strong disagreement--the Stupak-Pitts amendment. While proponents of the measure say this is a continuation of current Federal law, this amendment will, in fact, bring about significant change and dramatically limit reproductive health care in this country. This is government invading the personal lives of many Americans, establishing, for the first time, restrictions on people who pay for their own private health insurance. We all agree it is important to reduce abortions in this country and I have and will continue to work on many ways to reduce unintended pregnancies and to promote adoption. However, the Stupak amendment prohibits the public plan as well as private plans offered through the exchange, if they accept any subsidized customers, from covering abortion services, effectively banning abortion coverage in all health insurance plans in the new system, whether they be public or private. This ban puts the health of women and young girls at grave risk. Proposing that women instead purchase a separate abortion rider is not only discriminatory but ridiculous. It would require women to essentially plan for an event that occurs in the most unplanned and sometimes emergency situations.There are currently five States that require a separate rider for abortion coverage, and in these five States it is nearly impossible to find such a private insurance policy. In one State, North Dakota, one insurance company holds 91 percent of the State's health insurance market and refuses to even offer such a rider. A lack of access to full reproductive health care puts the lives of women and girls at grave risk. This anti-choice measure poses greater restriction on low-income women and those who are more likely to receive some kind of subsidy and less likely to be able to afford a supplemental insurance policy. Denying low-income women reproductive coverage in this way is discriminatory and dangerous. Without proper coverage, women will be forced to postpone care while attempting to find the money they need to pay for it--a delay that can lead to increased costs and graver health risks, particularly for younger girls, or these women will be forced to turn to dangerous, back-alley providers. Women and girls deserve better." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Issue Position: Right to Choose. 13 June 2011. "I will always protect a woman's right to choose - no matter what." -Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator Senator Gillibrand believes that a woman's medical decisions should always be made between her, her family, and her doctor - not by politicians. Senator Gillibrand is committed to protecting and defending women's access to the full range of reproductive health care. Her support for reproductive rights has earned her a 100 percent rating from the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood, and NARAL: Pro-Choice America." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Issue Position: Always Protecting a Woman's Right to Choose. 13 June 2011. "Kirsten Gillibrand is committed to always protecting a woman's right to choose. During her time in Congress, she has become a national leader working to protect reproductive rights and provide women and girls with full access to reproductive health care. Kirsten knows that a woman's medical decisions should be between her, her family and her doctor, not Washington politicians. Kirsten Gillibrand's advocacy on the part of women's reproductive rights has earned her 100% ratings from the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood and NARAL: Pro-Choice America as well as the early and enthusiastic endorsements of Planned Parenthood, NARAL and EMILYs List.During the Senate health care debate, Kirsten was a leader in the effort to defeat the dangerous Stupak amendment in the Senate health care bill, which, as she said at the time, "would likely prevent women from purchasing insurance with reproductive care even with their own money" and "put the health of millions of women and young girls at grave risk." Kirsten will continue to do everything in her power to oppose the efforts of those who seek to roll back women's reproductive freedom. While she believes it's important to reduce abortions in this country and will continue to work on many ways to reduce unintended pregnancies and promote adoption, Kirsten believes that we must always protect a woman's right to choose." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand, Maloney, Quinn, Gloria Steinem and Dozens of Women Leaders Join Together to Protest Anti-Choice Stupak Amendment in Health Reform Bill. 16 November 2009. "A lack of access to full reproductive health care puts the lives of women and girls at grave risk. This anti-choice measure poses greater restriction on low-income women and those who are more likely to receive some kind of subsidy and less likely to be able to afford a supplemental insurance policy. Denying low-income women reproductive coverage in this way is discriminatory and dangerous. Without proper coverage, women will be forced to postpone care, while attempting to find the money they need to pay for it. Or these women will be forced to return to dangerous, back alley providers. Women and girls deserve better." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand Takes Action to Protect Women's Right to Choose. 9 April 2011. "U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today took action to support President Obama's proposal to rescind dangerous anti-choice regulation that was instituted in the waning months of the Bush Administration. The so-called "Conscience Rule" undermines a woman's right to vital services such as access to emergency contraception and family planning information. The anti-choice rule takes power away from women and allows certain individuals in the health care industry to refuse to provide any services they feel are contrary to their religious and moral beliefs. Senator Gillibrand joined with her colleagues to sign a letter to Acting HHS Secretary Charles E. Johnson pledging their support for the agency's "Rescission Proposal" that would fully reverse this backward and unnecessary regulation. " (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Kirsten Gillibrand. S Amdt 4204. 112th Congress. Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable. Kirsten Gillibrand voted Yea on 05/27/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Kirsten Gillibrand supported the interests of Peace Action West 85 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Kirsten Gillibrand supported the interests of the Peace Action 85 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Kirsten Gillibrand. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Kirsten Gillibrand voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Kirsten Gillibrand voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Statement of U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-20) On Her Reaction To President Bush's Budget Plan. 5 February 2007. "The amounts being requested for Iraq and defense are extraordinary sums. We must fully fund our national defense, but we cannot afford to simply accept the President's request without providing the requisite oversight and accountability our constitution requires. I believe America's spending priorities should be a reflection of our shared values. Unfortunately President Bush does not appear to share this view. The President's proposal sends billions more to Iraq, but slashes funding for Medicare and Medicaid, and a host of other domestic priorities." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kirsten Gillibrand voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (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

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  • Kirsten Gillibrand. New Unemployment Data: 40,000 NY Jobs, 200,000 Nyers At Risk -- Gillibrand Urges Extension Of Emergency Unemployment Assistance. 2 December 2010. "What we are seeing right now is failed economic leadership and failed moral leadership. The stonewalling is disastrous for unemployed workers and bad for our entire economy. Republicans want to borrow $700 billion from China to extend Bush tax giveaways to millionaires and billionaires and simply turn their back on thousands of Americans who are sick and dying from 9/11 related diseases, middle class families who need tax cuts, and 200,000 New Yorkers who will lose unemployment assistance by the end of the year." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. With 55,700 Unemployed Western New Yorkers, Gillibrand Fights To Extend Emergency Unemployment Assistance For Struggling Families. 5 December 2010. "Emergency unemployment assistance is not only vital for families across New York, it is critical for our overall economy. For many families, this assistance is the sole source of income, and their only way to put food on the table and meet basic needs during the Winter season. They can't afford to be cut off now. We need to make sure we're providing emergency assistance for New Yorkers who are out of work by no fault of their own. Instead of looking out for those most in need or for our overall economy, Republicans would rather continue Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. That's the kind of spending our economy can't afford." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Kirsten Gillibrand supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 3 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Kirsten Gillibrand supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand on Extending Bush Tax Cuts To Wealthy: Wrong For Economy, Wrong for Future Generations. 13 December 2010. "Although this deal includes important measures I have fiercely advocated for, extending Bush tax cuts for the very wealthy will saddle our children with billions of dollars of debt. With unemployment near 10 percent and a growing budget deficit, every dollar in this deal should be spent in a way that creates jobs and gets our economy growing, and tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires do not create jobs and will not help our economy grow. This kind of fiscal recklessness is bad for our economy and bad for future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Letter to The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader United States Senate. 19 October 2009. "We hope that you will agree with us that it is far more important to provide $250 in emergency relief to senior citizens and disabled veterans than it is to provide an average tax break of over $100,000 a year to taxpayers earning more than $1 million a year. Congress will soon be debating the extension of the Bush tax cuts and whether or not we should be providing $700 billion in tax breaks over the next ten years to the top 2 percent of income earners. We should note that the estimated $13 billion cost of emergency relief this year to our seniors is only a fraction of the $70 billion in average annual tax breaks over the next decade that would go to the wealthiest two percent of Americans if all of these tax breaks are extended." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Senator Gillibrand: President Obama's Budget Has Right Priorities -- Jobs, Education, Security. 1 February 2010. "Over the past year, I have met with New Yorkers across the state and the number one concern is the economy. New Yorkers expect Washington to be focused on solutions. The President's budget is focused on creating jobs, improving education, and giving our local communities the tools and resources they need to keep us safe. I do not support some of the cuts made to some critical services for New York, and will work diligently over the coming weeks to ensure that New York taxpayers are protected." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Kirsten Gillibrand voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. S Amdt 3301. 112th Congress. Ending the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Kirsten Gillibrand voted Nay on 01/21/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Kirsten Gillibrand 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 Kirsten Gillibrand a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand Working To Secure Economic Recovery Dollars For Biodiesel Facility At Port Of Oswego. 15 October 2009. "U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today pushed for federal economic recovery dollars for the Auburn Biodiesel Corporation to develop and expand the ports at Oswego and Montezuma, New York, to add new biodiesel capabilities at both locations. The federal dollars would be allocated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which Senator Gillibrand helped pass earlier this year. The project is expected create up to 300 long-term jobs and provide an economic boost for local farmers, according to the Port of Oswego. 'During these tough economic times, we must make strategic investments that will create good paying jobs right here at home,' said Senator Gillibrand. 'This is a great example of public-private partnership here in Central New York that can deliver long term economic opportunity in our communities. The proposal by Auburn Biodiesel is truly a win-win-win for New York - our farmers would have a new market, we would create much needed jobs, and we would be investing in renewable fuel and inter-modal transportation.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Higgins Joins Gillibrand Announcing New Proposal to Spur Innovation and Job Creation in Buffalo and Western New York. 10 January 2011. "My number one focus is on creating good-paying, family-supporting jobs. By supporting research and development, we can help our businesses become more competitive and create the high tech jobs of tomorrow. Our state is already home to the universities, businesses, laboratories, researchers and the bright minds we need for long-term economic strength. This proposal would leverage more private investment in our high-tech sector, creating good paying jobs right here in Buffalo and across Western New York." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Issue Position: Economy. 13 June 2011. "Creating jobs and getting our economy turned around is Senator Gillibrand's number one priority. Senator Gillibrand believes the best way to create jobs is by increasing lending and cutting taxes for small businesses, making aggressive investments in infrastructure, and transitioning from foreign fossil fuels to an economy powered by clean, American energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Press Conference With New York Governor David Paterson And Senator-Designate Kirsten Gillibrand. 23 January 2009. "We will pass a wide-ranging stimulus package, which will create jobs in New York and help revitalize our economy by increasing the share of Medicaid dollars the federal government pays back to New York; by making new investments in infrastructure, in mass transit, high-speed rail throughout western and upstate New York -- (applause) -- (inaudible) -- my western colleagues -- which Congresswoman Slaughter has taken a leading initiative on. She formed the Upstate Caucus so that we can meet with the Department of Transportation to specifically create the plans today to how we create high- speed rail from New York to Albany to western New York, so we have a triangle corridor that can actually increase our economic growth in this state." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Senator Gillibrand Statement on New Unemployment Numbers. 8 May 2009. "I am hopeful that we are seeing a bottoming in the current recession and I am working with President Obama, Senator Schumer and the rest of the New York delegation to put New Yorkers back to work. Stimulus funds will put federal dollars into shovel-ready infrastructure projects, provide aid to the jobless, and invest in education." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Senators Schumer, Gillibrand Ask Obama to Send Unwanted Funds to New York. 23 February 2009. "New York receives 78 cents from the federal government for every dollar we send to Washington. If other states are willingly refusing federal support in this time of economic crisis, New York should benefit given our 'donor state' status. If any governor - Democrat or Republican - leaves stimulus money on the table, then we respectfully request that funds be distributed to New York. We will put the money to good use, investing in education and new infrastructure, such as health care IT and high speed rail." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand Announces New Proposal To Spur Innovation And Job Creation In Syracuse And Central New York. 10 January 2011. "U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a new proposal to spur innovation and job creation in Syracuse and Central New York. After touring the Tech Garden, Senator Gillibrand detailed a new proposal to expand, simplify, and make permanent the Research and Development Tax Credit. With leading research institutions, cutting edge businesses, and highly-skilled entrepreneurs, New York is poised to lead America's high tech economy. More than 2,000 New York companies could take advantage of the R&D credit. Making it permanent could increase private investment in R&D by more than $7.5 billion across the country. 'My number one focus is on creating good-paying, family-supporting jobs,' Senator Gillibrand said. 'By supporting research and development, we can help our businesses become more competitive and create the high tech jobs of tomorrow. Our state is already home to the universities, businesses, laboratories, researchers and the bright minds we need for long-term economic strength. This proposal would leverage more private investment in our high-tech sector, creating good paying jobs right here in Syracuse and Central New York.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. S 3816. 112th Congress. Tax Law Amendments. Kirsten Gillibrand voted Yea on 09/28/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. With 10.2 Percent Unemployment Nationwide, Senators Gillibrand, Feingold, Casey, Levin, Lieberman, Stabenow, Shaheen Call For Tax Credit For Businesses That Create New Jobs. 2 December 2009. "Families across New York have been hit hard by this economic crisis, leaving thousands without jobs and reduced income to pay bills and put food on the table. The job creation tax credit would encourage businesses to begin hiring immediately instead of waiting for the economy to stabilize further - a delay which puts the recovery itself at risk. It would create millions of new jobs at a time when unemployment is continuing to rise and nearly 850,000 New Yorkers are out work. Giving the private sector an incentive to create jobs is a good way to strengthen the economy, providing jobs for those hit hardest by this recession." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. To Put New Yorkers Back To Work, Gillibrand Helps U.S. Senate Pass New Bipartisan Jobs Bill. 24 February 2010. "The U.S. Senate today passed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act -- legislation to cut taxes for businesses that hire new workers, invest in infrastructure projects and reduce financial burdens on small businesses to put more Americans back to work starting right now. 'No one is feeling the burden of this economic downturn like New York families,' Senator Gillibrand said. 'After months of continued job loss, it's time to do whatever it takes to put New Yorkers back to work and help families survive. The legislation we passed today cuts taxes for businesses when they make new hires, cuts costs for small businesses and gives states and local governments the resources they need to continue updating our infrastructure, creating construction jobs and supporting future economic growth. It's commonsense legislation that makes smart, targeted investments to create jobs right now and continue rebuilding our economy for the long term.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. On Veterans Day, With More Than 14 Percent Of Young Veterans Unemployed, Gillibrand Makes Personal Pitch To Businesses: Hire A Vet, Get A Tax Break. 10 November 2009. "To provide additional economic assistance for veterans, Senator Gillibrand is also introducing the Veterans' Business Center Act of 2009 - legislation that would help veterans gain access to capital and federal grant money to start new businesses and grow existing ones, as well as new a proposal to provide assistance for homeless veterans. 'Too many veterans are coming home to a very bad job market and unable to find work. They fulfilled their duty to our country, and now it's time for us to fulfill our duty to them by making sure they have access to a good-paying job. The tax breaks we put in place earlier this year are a win-win for businesses and veterans, but we need to make sure businesses know they are available and take advantage of them by hiring more veterans. I'm making a personal pitch to the business owners I meet to hire a vet and take advantage of the tax credit.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Issue Position: Middle Class Tax Cuts. 13 June 2011. "An original co-sponsor of the Business Tax Relief Act of 2007, Congresswoman Gillibrand is pushing for incentives to create jobs in our part of New York. This bill was signed into law and gives five tax breaks to small businesses looking to expand and create jobs. Furthermore, the Economic Stimulus Package that was passed by Congress and championed by Congreswoman Gillibrand contained a provision that doubles the amount small businesses can immediately deduct for capital investments made in 2008. This tax cut will allow small businesses to grow and create new jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Issue Position: Economy. 13 June 2011. "Government doesn't create jobs, businesses do. And small businesses are one of the best economic engines we have -- responsible for half of all private sector job creation and 70 percent of all new jobs in the past decade. To bolster small business growth, Senator Gillibrand helped pass the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, legislation to cut taxes for businesses that hire new workers, and co-sponsored additional legislation to eliminate capital gains taxes on investments into small businesses to attract new capital, help small businesses grow, and create jobs for New Yorkers who are ready to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand, Hall, Hudson Valley Veterans Announce New Push To Make Tax Cut For Businesses That Hire New Veterans Permanent. 30 August 2010. "Too many Hudson Valley veterans are still coming home to a very bad job market and struggle to find work. They fulfilled their duty to our country, and now it's time for us to fulfill our duty to them by making sure they have access to a good-paying job. The tax breaks we put in place are a win-win for businesses and veterans, and now we need to make them permanent so we can continue supporting businesses, create jobs, and put more of our Hudson Valley veterans to work as they come home to their families so they can succeed in the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand Praises Obama For Supporting New Tax Cut For Small Businesses To Encourage Hiring. 8 December 2009. "America is facing a long term unemployment crisis and I applaud President Obama for endorsing new proposals that will create jobs immediately and help families who are struggling. Right now, there are more than 5.4 million people who have been looking for work for six months or more - the highest in at least 60 years. I am especially pleased the President announced his support for a tax cut similar to legislation I am developing with several of my Senate colleagues for a new job creation tax credit. This proposal would provide real incentives to small businesses to grow and hire new staff immediately. Giving the private sector an incentive to create jobs is the right way to strengthen the economy, and one of the most efficient ways to address the unemployment crisis that is affecting millions of Americans." (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

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  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Issue Position: Expanding Educational Opportunities for Our Children. "Kirsten Gillibrand is committed to reforming No Child Left Behind by providing additional funding for our schools, increasing local control and avoiding the practice of solely teaching to standardized tests. As a mother of two young sons, Congresswoman Gillibrand has been a strong advocate for increasing access to early childhood education programs. She voted for legislation that would reform and expand the successful Head Start program and she authored legislation that would double the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (DCTC) for middle-class families. These initiatives will allow more families to place their child in a high-quality, early childhood education program." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand: Race To The Top A Big Win For NY. 24 August, 2010. "As the Obama Administration awards New York State as much as $700 million in the second round of Race to the Top funding, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: 'This is a big win for New York. It took enormous effort, but New Yorkers came together and delivered for our children. This investment will improve our schools and help prepare students for college and the jobs of the future. I worked hard with my colleagues to secure this investment for New York, and I will keep fighting to make sure New York gets its fair share from Washington.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Issue Position: Quality Public Schools. "Like every parent, Kirsten wants her children to have access to quality schools, well-paid and well-equipped teachers, and a curriculum that prepares students for future challenges. As a U.S. Senator, she is working hard to provide educational opportunities. During tough economic times, investing in education is one of the most important investments we can make. For Kirsten, preventing cuts to public schools during these times is critical to our recovery. Kirsten worked in the House of Representatives and Senate to secure an additional $2.5 billion this year for New York schools to prevent teacher layoffs and protect students from budget cuts. She worked to provide $52.9 million in education technology funding so that New York schools could enhance student performance and fund school safety measures. Kirsten says that No Child Left Behind must be revised to support teachers and provide adequate funding for urban and rural schools that need assistance." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Letter To The Honorable Tom Harkin, Chairman, And The Honorable Michael B. Enzi, Ranking Member, Committee On Health, Education, Labor And Pensions. 26 April 2010. "We are pleased that the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee recently began a series of hearings on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). We look forward to working with you on the reauthorization and these hearings are an important first step toward the law's eventual reauthorization. As you well know, the ESEA is the main federal education law governing our nation's elementary and secondary schools and addresses a wide range of issues including: testing, school improvement, teacher quality, afterschool programming, school counseling issues, the unique needs of rural schools, and other important issues. Unfortunately, the law has not been revised by Congress since the passage of NCLB in early 2002 and is sorely overdue for revision and improvement. We all strongly support accountability in our nation's schools and continued work toward closing the achievement gap that exists in far too many of our nation's cities, towns, and rural communities. But we have also heard from many of our constituents about the need to revise many aspects of the law dealing with accountability, testing, and sanctions. Improvements to these key provisions will better help schools, districts, and states meet NCLB's stated goal of closing the achievement gap and ensuring every student in America has access to a high quality education." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand Announces Support of Historic American Energy Legislation. 16 August 2008. "'This bipartisan legislation addresses our energy crisis with a comprehensive approach,' said Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, a Member of the House Armed Services Committee. 'Energy issues are central to our economic development, national security, and our ability to combat global climate change.' H.R. 6988 will allow for offshore energy exploration for much of the east and west coasts from 100 miles offshore or more. States may choose to opt-in for energy exploration from 50-100 miles from shore. Drilling 50 miles from shore and under would be prohibited. This would potentially open up to 80% of the offshore areas currently off-limit to drilling - hundreds of millions of acres of new lands for exploration." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana Carlton. The Times-Union: Obama offshore drilling plan goes too far for environmentalists, not far enough for Republicans. 5 April 2010. "Obama's announcement opened the door to new development in areas of the mid- and south-Atlantic, as well as the eastern Gulf of Mexico [¦] Senator Kirsten Gillibrand D-N.Y. said she supports efforts to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, but 'drilling alone in not the answer.'" (blog.timesunion.com)
  • Denise Richardson. The Daily Star: Gillibrand: Moratorium needed for offshore drilling. 9 June 2010. "Off-shore oil drilling should be banned until protective measures are in place, a federal lawmaker from New York said Tuesday. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., called for a moratorium and also for subpoena power for the commission investigating the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to determine if criminal charges are warranted." (thedailystar.com)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand Calls for Expanded Domestic Energy Production. 16 June 2008. "In reaction to their continued inaction, Congresswoman Gillibrand announced that she is an original sponsor of legislation that would impose fees on the oil companies for refusing to use the permits they asked for. The Responsible Ownership of Public Lands Act imposes a $5 per acre fee on oil companies for the first three years the companies have leases but are not using for production, and increase to $25 per acre for the fourth year, and $50 per acre for subsequent years. These fees would be used to invest in alternative energy research and development and to ensure funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). 'We can't drill our way out of this problem, but for the oil and gas companies to continue to make record profits while Upstate families are struggling with record prices at the pump, and not to increase production from the leases they currently have, is unacceptable,' said Congresswoman Gillibrand, a Member of the House Armed Services Committee. 'It is time for American energy policy to be dictated by the consumers and not the oil and gas industry.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. S 953. 112th Congress. Offshore Production and Safety Act. Kirsten Gillibrand voted Nay on 05/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Kirsten Gillibrand supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. S J Res 26. 112th Congress. Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule. Kirsten Gillibrand voted Nay on 06/10/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. 2010. The Times Union Voter Guide: US Senate 1-Albany Voter Guide. Responded: "The biggest environmental threat we face today stems from our dependence on fossil fuels. We are addicted to coal and oil and we must invest and create new, renewable technologies to ensure our long-term energy sustainability and protect our national security. By fostering new energy technology, we will not only limit the pollution that harms the air we breathe and the water we drink, but we will create the new good-paying jobs of the future that we need to get our economy thriving again. Clean energy is critical to improving air quality, bringing down asthma rates, and reducing poisons like Sulfur Dioxide and Nitrogen Oxide that destroy our environment through acid rain for example," to the question: "What's the primary environmental threat to the nation, and how would you address it?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Chairman Boxer and EPW Colleagues' Statement on Inhofe/Upton Bill that Would Permanently Block Protections from Carbon Pollution. 3 March 2011. "Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said: 'We need strong protections for the air we breathe and the water we drink. These extreme attacks on the Clean Air Act protect polluters while putting the public health at risk. There is overwhelming, nationwide support for the Clean Air Act. This assault on our environmental protections moves us in the wrong direction.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Hearing Of The Senate Committee On Environment And Public Works - "Legislative Hearing On S. 1733, Clean Energy Jobs And American Power Act." 27 October 2009. "Just as important as what is in this legislation, is what is not. S. 1733 does not include provisions that were part of the House-passed version that I believe are detrimental to reaching the goals of comprehensive climate change legislation. The Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act preserves Clean Air Act authority to regulate the nation's oldest and dirtiest coal plants. These protections are critical to New Yorkers, as we are on the receiving end of air pollution from many of these plants - contributing to acid rain, harming natural resources such as the Adirondacks, increasing contamination in our waterways, limiting the number of fish we can eat, and increasingly growing asthma rates that raise our health care costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Increasing The Statutory Limit On The Public Debt. 12 January 2010. "This assault on the Clean Air Act would handcuff the Environmental Protection Agency, stripping it of its authority to regulate dangerous greenhouse gases. This amendment would let large scale polluters off the hook by scrapping requirements for electric generation facilities to use modern technology to reduce emissions and produce cleaner energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Letter To Senator John Kerry, Senator Lindsey Graham, And Senator Joseph Lieberman. 6 April 2010. "In the letter the Senators call for additional actions to reduce transportation emissions and oil consumption and improve the nation's transportation infrastructure. 'While we support your work to develop comprehensive legislation, we are concerned that your approach may not result in sufficient emission or oil consumption reductions from the transportation sector and may inadvertently hinder our efforts to pass a surface transportation authorization bill this year,' wrote the Senators. According to Environment Protection Agency (EPA), previous climate bills will not significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions or oil consumption from the transportation sector. To accomplish more significant reductions, travel efficiency measures -- such as high-speed rail, mass transit, smart growth, and intermodal freight -- should be part of any comprehensive climate change strategy. The EPA has stated that travel efficiency measures alone can reduce transportation emissions by 16 percent in 2030. Not only do travel efficiency measures reduce emissions, but they also create thousands of green jobs that help our economy recover and put Americans back to work. 'Travel efficiency measures alone will not solve the climate problem. However, we believe that comprehensive climate legislation cannot be successful if it does not provide additional transportation mobility options for Americans,' wrote the Senators." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Senator Gillibrand Blasts Murkowski Amendment As "An Assault On The Clean Air Act". 21 January 2010. "Mr. President, I rise today to speak against the proposed Amendment from the Senator from Alaska. Mr. President, this resolution of disapproval goes against good public health policy and poses a serious threat to my constituents in New York - and all Americans -- undermining our ability to advance efforts to clean our air and water and leave our world a better, healthier place. This assault on the Clean Air Act would handcuff the Environmental Protection Agency, stripping it of its authority to regulate dangerous greenhouse gases. Mr. President, this amendment would let large scale polluters off the hook by scrapping requirements for electric generation facilities to use modern technology to reduce emissions and produce cleaner energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Kristen Gillibrand. 2010. League of Women Voters: Smart Voter. Responded: "I support aggressive action to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050. Capping emissions and investing in green technologies will the stem the effects of climate change and drive private-sector investment in clean and efficient energy sources," to the question: "What legislation do you support to reduce CO2 emissions?" (www.smartvoter.org)
  • Kristen Gillibrand. Issue Position: Renewable Energy. 13 June 2011. "Senator Gillibrand supports aggressive action aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050, in an effort to reverse the effects of global climate change. It is critical that we take immediate action to address climate change while ensuring that the concerns of our most vulnerable communities are central to the development of this vital legislation. Senator Gillibrand believes we can stem the effects of climate change and drive private sector investment in clean and efficient energy sources. The Senate Environment & Public Works is the central Committee in the development of global warming legislation, and Senator Gillibrand will work with her colleagues to champion legislation that will encourage the development of clean, alternative energy sources, grow the new energy economy, and reverse the effects of climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Issue Position: Combating Global Climate Change. 8 July 2011. "Kirsten is following in the footsteps of great New York senators like Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Hillary Rodham Clinton, who also served on the important Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, giving New York a seat at the table on critical issues from protecting clean air and water to reversing the effects of climate change. [¦] To stem the tide of global climate change, Kirsten is working to relieve America's dependence on carbon-based energy and invest in clean, homegrown energy sources. Those investments will not only address global climate change, but will spur economic growth, create green collar jobs and move America forward on a path to energy independence. Kirsten supports aggressive action aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050. Capping emissions and investing in green technologies is Kirsten's strategy to stem the effects of climate change and drive private-sector investment in clean and efficient energy sources." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Letter to Majority Leader Reid. 21 July 2010. "Dear Majority Leader Reid, Thank you for your continued work to bring comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation to the Senate floor. As you work to assemble a comprehensive bill we wanted to share with you some of our key principles for this legislation [...] Principle IV: Make Polluters Pay “ The single most important action we can take to reform our energy policy and make the United States a leader in the global clean energy economy is to make polluters pay for the pollution they emit. President Obama has consistently called for establishing a price on carbon as part of any comprehensive clean energy legislation Congress passes. Putting an effective price on carbon will drive investment in clean energy technology and create the well-paid jobs that will revitalize our economy and sustain it for generations to come. A carbon price will also provide certainty in the energy market, and allow American businesses to make the investment decisions that will allow them to compete in and win the global race for clean energy technology leadership." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Kirsten Gillibrand. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Kirsten Gillibrand voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Kirsten Gillibrand a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. S Amdt 1067. 111th Congress. Allowing Loaded Guns in National Parks. Kirsten Gillibrand voted Nay on 05/12/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Facebook: Wall. 7 June 2011. "I'm proud to be a sponsor of the Fix Gun Checks Act with Senator Chuck Schumer & Rep. Carolyn McCarthy to require a background check for every gun sold in America. Preventing guns from getting into the wrong hands is essential if we're going to protect our families and keep our communities safe. I hope you'll join us in urging Congress to pass this common sense legislation." (www.facebook.com)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. NBC "Today" - Transcript. 26 January 2011. "My mom's a hunter. My dad's a hunter. My brother's a hunter. I tend to just do fishing. But for them, it's a passion. It's part of our culture. It's part of our heritage. But there's a big difference between protecting hunters' rights and some of the other things that are so important to these downstate communities and to the communities of cities. Obviously we want to reduce gun violence. And I'm going to work with the leaders in our caucus who are at the forefront of that regulation. I hope to work with Congresswoman McCarthy specifically on her legislation to improve background checks." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Schumer, Gillibrand: Gun Background Check Records Destroyed After Only 24 Hours, Leaving No Way to Trace Gun Purchases When Investigating Major Gun Crimes. 19 April 2009. "As New York's newest Senator, and more importantly, a mother of two young sons, I want to do everything in my power to give law enforcement the tools they need to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and other dangerous people and reduce gun violence, said Senator Gillibrand. "I will work with Senator Schumer and President Obama towards common sense solutions that can help solve the problems we face." The Amendments, named after Congressman Todd Tiahrt of Kansas, are a series of restrictions on the use of data gathered by the of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) This data play a critical role in cracking down on gun trafficking and other gun crimes. Specifically, one of the Tiahrt Amendments requires the FBI to destroy certain National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) background check records within 24 hours. Schumer and Gillibrand are urging the President to support a return to the more sensible 90-day retention period that existed before the 24-hour rule was put in place in 2004. Under current law, it is illegal for anyone to purchase a gun if they fall into any one of several categories, including being a convicted felon, having serious mental illness, being an illegal alien, or having a domestic violence conviction. The NICS check system searches an individual's background for such information." (gillibrand.senate.gov)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Year In Review -- Gillibrand Pushes Her Agenda To Create Jobs And Improve The Lives Of All New Yorkers. 3 February 2010. "This fall, Senator Gillibrand and Representative McCarthy unveiled the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2009, which will empower local, state, and federal law enforcement to investigate and prosecute gun traffickers and their entire criminal networks, while protecting responsible, law-abiding gun owners. The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act makes it illegal to traffick or assist in the trafficking of a firearm, making it unlawful to deliver or receive two or more firearms where the individual knows or has reason to believe that the firearms are being, or will be, used in a felony. The legislation establishes stiff penalties that are a much-needed deterrent to gun trafficking. Under this bill, traffickers could face up to twenty years in prison and be fined a significant sum of money." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand Urges Colleagues to Oppose Concealed Carry Amendment. 21 July 2009. "This legislation would move concealed carry permitting to a new national lowest common denominator. Incredibly, this bill would even allow individuals ineligible for a permit in their own state to shop around for lower standards in the many states that offer permits to out-of-state residents, undercutting laws that would otherwise render the applicant ineligible." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Issue Position: Reducing Gun Violence. 13 June 2011. "She is taking the lead in Congress to enact strong laws to reduce gun violence and keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Tougher Background Checks. As a member of the House, Kirsten was proud to vote in support of Representative Carolyn McCarthy's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Improvement Act. This legislation was the first major gun violence prevention to pass the House in more than 10 years. It authorized incentives to states to input records of people adjudicated as dangerously mentally ill and convicted felons. Cracking Down on Illegal Gun Trafficking. In the Senate, Kirsten will continue to advocate common sense measures to combat gun violence. Most recently, she worked closely with New York law enforcement, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, the Brady Campaign and Representative Carolyn McCarthy to draft the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2009, which is the nation's first-ever comprehensive legislation to deal with illegal gun trafficking [¦] On July 22, Senator Gillibrand voted against the Thune amendment which allows an individual who has a carry conceal permit issued by any State, or is a resident of any State that allows for concealed carry without a permit, to carry a concealed weapon in any other State that grants conceal carry permits [¦] Gillibrand Voted Against Amendment to Strip DC's Gun-Control laws. On February 26, Senator Gillibrand voted against an amendment that went beyond what was called for in the D.C. v. Heller decision and repealed common sense gun regulations." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. S Amdt 1618. 111th Congress. Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines. Kirsten Gillibrand voted Nay on 07/22/2009. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Kirsten Gillibrand. S Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Repealing the Federal Health Care Law. Kirsten Gillibrand voted Nay on 02/02/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Kirsten Gillibrand supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand Praises Senate Health Care Vote. 13 November 2009. "There are some that wish to continue on our current path, leaving millions without insurance, and paying for it through a hidden tax that all insured Americans pay to cover the cost of emergency care. But the majority of Americans think that the status quo is unacceptable and that it is time to truly address the health care crisis in this country. This bill is not perfect, but it will end discriminatory insurance practices, control costs, and make quality care affordable and accessible to all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand Statement On Passage Of Health Care Reform: "A Historic Christmas." 24 December 2009. "Today is a great day for New York families. There are 2.7 million New Yorkers who are now one step closer to getting affordable, quality health care coverage, which will also reduce the hidden tax to New York for caring for the uninsured. Now, that is a historic Christmas. This legislation will provide coverage to 31 million uninsured people across the country and lower costs for everyone. In fact, 1.6 million New York residents and 249,000 small businesses will receive premium tax credits to help them purchase health coverage. America's small businesses will receive tax credits worth $37 billion. More than a half a million New York seniors who are currently being denied prescription drug coverage because they fall into the Medicare Part D 'doughnut hole' will now get coverage for their medicine, saving New York seniors $1.3 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2011. "The ­­­Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and will create the transformation within the health care system necessary to contain costs. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has determined that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is fully paid for, will provide coverage to more than 94 percent of Americans while staying under the $900 billion limit that President Obama established, bending the health care cost curve, and reducing the deficit over the next ten years and beyond." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Issue Position: Providing Health Care to 30 Million More Americans, Lowering Costs For Everyone. 13 June 2011. "Kirsten believes health care is a right, not a privilege, and came to the U.S. Senate determined to fix health care, cover the uninsured, cut costs and crack down on insurance company abuses. And that's exactly what she's doing. While Kirsten believes this bill is a historic step, she will continue to fight to establish a "Medicare for All" system that would let Americans pay a percentage of their income into a public health plan -- making health care accessible and affordable for all Americans for generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Facebook: Notes. Repealing the Affordable Care Act is Wrong for America. 20 January 2011. "I believe the message the American people sent in November was for Congress to work together to get things done. That's why I was particularly disappointed that the House went through with their vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act yesterday. This vote is not what the country needs right now, nor is it what Americans want. The fact is, the protections contained within the health care reform law really matter to New Yorkers and all Americans. By passing the Affordable Care Act, we ensured that insurance companies can no longer drop anyone due to pre-existing conditions. In addition, we made sure that children are able to be covered on their parents' plans up to age 26, we made prescription drugs more affordable for seniors by closing the donut hole, we gave tax breaks for small businesses to make care more affordable for them, and we made sure everyone has access to preventive care. That's not to say the bill is perfect. There is room to improve the Affordable Care Act and I am confident that if my colleagues were to come to the table with good faith suggestions of how to improve it, they would find willing partners across the aisle. Instead, yesterday the House voted to repeal the bill altogether, to roll back these important protections that Americans count on. The American people deserve better from their leaders in Washington." (www.facebook.com)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Facebook: Wall. 13 April 2011. "Today, I was proud to join my Democratic women Senate colleagues to speak out against GOP amendments that would defund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act. We'll be voting on these extreme GOP amendments tomorrow and I will vote against both of them. We need to get back to a debate about creating jobs and getting our economy moving again." (www.facebook.com)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand Praises Senate Health Committee for Passing Comprehensive Health Reform Bill with Public Option. 15 July 2009. "We can't afford to wait any longer to finish the job in the full Senate. More than 46 million Americans are uninsured. Health care costs are crippling businesses of all sizes and pushing families in every corner of America to the brink. It's time now to finally fix the broken health care system and pass comprehensive reform legislation. As I've said before, a not-for-profit, public plan option absolutely must be included in comprehensive health care reform. I will continue to push for a ˜Medicare for all' plan that anyone could buy into to ensure every American has access to quality, affordable health care regardless of income. In 2009, it is unconscionable that in the world's wealthiest nation, people are being dropped and turned away from coverage because of pre-existing conditions, and that families are just one illness away from bankruptcy." (gillibrand.senate.gov)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Kirsten Gillibrand supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Executive Session. 17 December 2010. "The DREAM Act allows young people with good moral character who attend college or provide significant service to our military with an earned path to citizenship. These are young people who received all their education in the United States and know only the United States as home. We need comprehensive immigration reform, but this is an instance where current law is unfairly penalizing thousands of young adults who did nothing wrong." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Issue Position: Immigration. 13 June 2011. "Senator Gillibrand supports creating a real path to citizenship with strict accountability. We must uphold America's security and the rule of law, while working to right-size our immigration system to unite families and provide the hard working people needed by our farms and businesses. Senator Gillibrand will work closely with the Obama Administration to fix America's immigration system and treat all immigrants and workers with respect." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Issue Position: Stopping Illegal Immigration. 13 June 2011. "In Congress, Congresswoman Gillibrand has been a firm opponent of any proposal that would give amnesty to illegal aliens. The federal government must provide the necessary resources to secure our borders, which is critical for America's economic and national security. She strongly supports legislation that would significantly increase the number of border patrol agents and place sophisticated technology along the Southern border to catch human and drug smugglers." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. On May Day, Gillibrand Blasts Arizona Law, Renews Call For Comprehensive Immigration Reform. 1 May 2011. "America, and particularly New York, was built by the contributions of immigrants, and our diversity only adds to the greatness of this country. I think that we must take action on balanced, comprehensive immigration reform that treats immigrants with dignity. Arizona's harsh and unreasonable law seeks to criminalize undocumented immigrants and to turn local police forces into immigration enforcement agencies. This abhorrent law undermines basic civil rights by inviting profiling of both lawful immigrants and U.S. citizens. It is a step in the wrong direction for our nation and is yet another example of why we need a federal solution for our broken immigration system." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Small Business Contracting Program Improvements Act. 30 October 2007. "My amendment to this bill is very simple: businesses that continue to break the law by hiring illegal aliens should not be eligible for Federal contracts. Mr. Chairman, we must reward businesses that play by the rules and punish those who do not. It is important that we fix our broken immigration system, and an important component of that is to cut off availability of jobs for undocumented workers, which can only be done when employers refuse to hire them. There are an estimated 12 million illegal aliens in this country; and if jobs are not available to them, then there will not be an incentive for them to come or remain here in America illegally. Hiring illegal aliens is against the law in America, and my amendment ensures that employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens cannot have access to the over $400 billion in Federal contracts that are awarded each year. This amendment will ensure accountability with taxpayers' money by preventing businesses who hire illegal aliens from receiving Federal contracts." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand Joins Durbin, Reid, Menendez, 30 Others in Introducing the DREAM Act. 11 March 2011. "Current law unfairly punishes thousands of young people who grew up here and know only America as their home, holding them back from making a contribution to our country's military and economy. These young people deserve better. They deserve a chance at the American dream “ to work hard, get a good education, serve in the military, earn their way to legal status, help grow our economy and keep our country safe. It's time for Congress to put politics and ideology aside and strengthen our nation's future and national security by passing the DREAM Act." (gillibrand.senate.gov)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Kirsten Gillibrand supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Kirsten Gillibrand supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Kirsten Gillibrand supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Kirsten Gillibrand voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. 2011. CBS News: Schumer, Gillibrand join campaign supporting same-sex marriage. 24 March 2011. "'Hi, I am Kirsten Gillibrand, senator from New York and I am proud as a New Yorker to support full marriage equality,' says Gillibrand in her 30-second spot for HRC's 'New Yorkers for Marriage Equality' campaign. 'Every generation in America has stood up against the injustice of their day. This is our moment. This is our fight. We must stand up against inequalities and fight for justice for all.'" (www.cbsnews.com)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Facebook: Wall. 13 June 2011. "Momentum continues to build for marriage equality in New York. I'm thrilled that Democratic State Senators Addabbo, Huntley and Kruger as well as Republican State Senator Alesi have all announced their intention to support the legislation when it comes up for a vote perhaps as soon as this week. But we must continue to push. Please call your state senator today and urge them to support marriage equality." (www.facebook.com)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand Statement on Speaker Boehner's Move to Defend Unconstitutional DOMA Law. 4 March 2011. "I am disappointed that Speaker Boehner has decided to waste taxpayers money by initiating action in the House to defend the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. At this critical economic time in our nation's history, it is imperative that we as legislators do not devote resources to defending an antiquated and unconstitutional law. The pursuit of this case is a drain on resources, time, and energy and is not in America's economic and social interests. I urge the Speaker to focus on creating jobs and addressing the challenges facing our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand, Senate Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Repeal DOMA. 16 March 2011. "Every loving, committed couple deserves the basic human right to get married, start a family, and have access to all the same rights and privileges that my husband and I enjoy. I look forward to the day when all states accept this basic principle of fairness. I will work with my Senate colleagues to end the discrimination currently enshrined into US law and make marriage equality a reality for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand: If Iowa Can Do It, So Can We. 16 April 2009. "Today, as Governor Paterson introduces legislation to legalize gay marriage in New York, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement: 'New York and the nation are ready to start a new chapter. The time has come for full marriage equality. I commend the Governor for his leadership on this important issue. If Iowa can do it, so can we.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Issue Position: Marriage Equality. 13 June 2011. "As a New York progressive, Kirsten strongly believes in equal rights for all. Since her days in Congress, Kirsten has spoken out in favor of full marriage equality, becoming one of the first members of the U.S. Senate to favor full marriage equality and the first from New York State. For far too long, marriage and the basic rights of recognized relationships have been limited to straight couples. Kirsten wants New York to be at the forefront of providing gay and lesbian couples full marriage equality. Being part of a family is a basic right, and Kirsten looks forward to the day that our country accepts this basic principle of fairness. Civil marriage is a government institution, not a religious one. When a couple is granted a marriage license in a state, they are subsequently granted more than 1,000 federal rights and hundreds of additional state rights, including medical treatment, hospital visitation, employee benefits for families, parenting rights and custodial protections." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Senator Feinstein Introduces DOMA Repeal Legislation. 16 March 2011. "Every loving, committed couple deserves the basic human right to get married, start a family, and have access to all the same rights and privileges that my husband and I enjoy," Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said. "I look forward to the day when all states accept this basic principle of fairness. I will work with my Senate colleagues to end the discrimination currently enshrined into US law and make marriage equality a reality for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Issue Position: Same-Sex Marriage. 14 June 2011. "Sexual orientation discrimination has no place in American law. I commend the Obama administration for upholding this American value today by concluding this statute is unconstitutional. The fact is that history is moving in a direction that ensures gay and lesbian couples are offered the same basic rights as everyone else “ the right to get married, start a family and receive the full benefits that come with it, and be counted the same as everyone else. I look forward to the day when New York and all states accept this basic principle of fairness. The time for Congress to repeal DOMA is now, and I will work hard to make sure marriage equality becomes a reality for all." (gillibrand.senate.gov)
  • Kristin Gillibrand. 2010. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, LGBT Elected Officials from Across New York State Endorse Gillibrand for Senate. 29 January. "I am honored to have the endorsement of Speaker Quinn and so many outstanding elected officials in the LGBT community who have shown such great leadership in the fight to ensure justice and equality for every New Yorker. These are fundamental rights, and we won't stop fighting until every single New Yorker has the same rights, the same benefits and the same opportunity to serve their country freely and openly." (www.kirstengillibrand.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Letter to Secretary Hillary Clinton. 25 March 2012. "Counter-terrorism efforts have already been proven to be highly effective in dismantling al Qaeda. Under President Obama's watch, not only has Osama bin Laden been killed, but so have 28 other high value targets such as Anwar al-Awlaki (ahn-wahr al-aw-lah-kee), leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula, Ilyas Kashmiri (ihl-yas kash-mee-ree), a top al Qaeda commander, Abd al-Rahman (ab-dal-rah-man), bin Laden's deputy, and many others." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Senator Gillibrand Opening Statement for Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Yemen. 20 January 2010. "The conflict, corruption and poverty in Yemen have made it a breeding ground for Al Qaeda. It is critical that we confront and prevent future Yemen-based terror attempts. But we must not stop here. I want to be sure we are evaluating all areas and properly allocating resources across the globe today to respond to tomorrow's threats." (votesmart.org)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand. Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Department Of Defense Appropriations Bill Includes $2 Million For Military Drone Project Through Rochester Institute Of Technology. 21 September 2010. "U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Department of Defense appropriations bill includes $2 million for the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to perform research for the U.S. military that will improve the current fleet of unmanned drones and surveillance aircraft that are currently being used in Afghanistan and other places around the world to combat terrorists and other enemies. 'RIT is a world-class institution conducting cutting-edge research into unmanned surveillance and drones,' Senator Gillibrand said. 'This critical investment would help save the lives of our men and women in uniform and enhancing our national security.'" (www.gillibrand.senate.gov)
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Vote Smart's Research

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