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Michael Arcuri's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Michael Arcuri refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Michael Arcuri supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Michael Arcuri voted NO on 7 November 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. Michael Arcuri on the Issues. "The Constitution protects an individual's right to privacy. I support a woman's right to choose." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Michael Arcuri supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund. 2010. Michael Arcuri is endorsed by Planned Parenthood for the 2010 General Election. (www.plannedparenthoodaction.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Michael Arcuri supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Michael Arcuri supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 20 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Michael Arcuri supported the interests of the Club for Growth 0 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Michael Arcuri voted YES on 13 February 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. HR 1424. 111th Congress. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Michael Arcuri voted YES on 10 March 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. Issue Position: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act . "Last year, I voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Bill), which was signed into law by President Obama in February 2009, as a direct response to the economic crisis. ...While many of Recovery Act projects are focused more immediately on jumpstarting the economy, others, especially those involving infrastructure improvements, are expected to contribute to economic growth for many years." (arcuri.house.gov)
  • Michael Arcuri. Issue Position: Jobs/Economy. "In two separate June 2010 studies by Time Magazine and CNN-Money.com our region is leading the nation's economic recovery in several key sectors, including personal expendable income, housing and jobs. Mike's hard work and vision is paying off for us. He has said many times that it's not the government's job to create jobs, it's the government's responsibility to create an environment where business can thrive which, in turn, vitalizes our economy and creates jobs. Mike is fighting for immediate action in response to China's manipulation of their currency and unfair trade practices which affects upstate New York manufacturers. Joining his colleagues in the House, Mike sent a letter in March to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke urging immediate action and he co-sponsored the Fair Trade Act to enforce it. In December he protested use of stimulus bill monies being used to buy Chinese made wind turbines for a Texas wind farm. Through the American Recovery and Restoration Act, Mike has ensured that millions of dollars have flowed into the district to revitalize our communities and businesses. But he also again broke with party lines to vote against Cap and Trade, a bill that would hurt our manufacturers, potentially costing jobs. In June Mike voted for the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to end the "too big to fail" taxpayer funded bailouts and protect consumers from predatory lending and inject transparency into our financial system to help prevent another crisis. Protecting our existing business base has been paramount to Mike. He fought to keep defense items in federal budgets for Unison, saving jobs. His stand against currency manipulation is keeping the playing field even for companies like Nucor Steel, Guardian Glass and Revere Copper. He crossed the aisles to help successfully amend state laws that would allow Remington Arms to compete for additional federal contracts, not only saving jobs at Ilon, but adding to date over 200 positions. And his diligence in helping our farm and dairy producers, has among other things, generated new sources of income and funded construction of grape genetics research center in Geneva, adding jobs and R & D capabilities to that growing industry." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. Arcuri Supports Bipartisan Economic Stimulus Package. 29 January 2008. "U.S. Representative Michael A. Arcuri (D-Utica) voted today for a bipartisan economic stimulus package which would provide tax rebates to 7.3 million New York families, expand financing opportunities for Americans in danger of losing their homes and help small businesses invest in new equipment and technology. 'To avoid an economic downturn, economists said we needed to do two things: get money to people who would spend it and get it to them as quickly as possible,' Arcuri said. 'I'm proud that Democrats, Republicans and the Bush Administration came together to create a plan to give our economy a much needed boost and help communities across Upstate New York.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. Evening Telegram - Failed Bailout Causes Fallout. 29 September 2008. "Representative Michael Arcuri (D-24th district) voted for the failed legislation. He explained the stabilization act would have allowed the Treasury to immediately purchase $250 billion in distressed mortgage-backed securities and other troubled assets, with an additional $100 billion able to be authorized by the President. 'I am gravely disappointed that we even had to consider this economic stabilization plan - and even more distressed that my colleagues failed to pass this critical legislation - but the cost of doing nothing is too great for the American people, our nation's financial industry and New York to bear,' stated Arcuri in an e-mail." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Arcuri. Arcuri Pledges To Protect Social Security From Privatization. 14 October 2006. "Social Security is a promise we made to seniors 71 years ago, and nearly 180,000 thousand New York families in the 24th District rely on it-the most out of any district in the state. I will never support any effort to privatize or otherwise endanger this critical program," said Arcuri. "In Congress, I intend to work with my colleagues to address the solvency issue-but I think rather than making Social Security a partisan football, we should be trying to make this program stable for generations to come." Arcuri signed Citizen Action's pledge to "work to keep the promise of Social Security and publicly oppose the President's July 2006 proposal to divert $721 billion from the Social Security Trust Fund to create private accounts." The pledge also says that Arcuri will oppose any Social Security plan that "cuts guaranteed benefits to pay for private accounts; weakens the system by diverting money from the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for private accounts; increases the federal deficit to pay for private accounts; and/or increases the retirement age." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. The Bush-Hanna Plan for Social Security: Privatize and Abolish. 23 September 2008. "In his 2006 campaign, Arcuri was the only candidate to sign a pledge to oppose any efforts to privatize Social Security and has kept that promise to Upstate seniors. The 24th Congressional District is home to the most seniors reliant on Social Security of any congressional district in New York state." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Arcuri. Issue Position: Education. "I believe we must fully fund No Child Left Behind and fund the IDEA program at the 40% level that federal government originally agreed to." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. Issue Position: Education. "As a father of school aged children you would expect education to be important to Mike. But his accomplishments for our young people, teachers and school systems in our district are remarkable, bringing in much needed funding and services while keeping our children safe. Through Title 1, he secured over $50 million in federal funding for 50 school districts in 7 counties across the district. The crucial funding helped retain teachers and address other needs without having to raise local property taxes during the economic downturn. [...]" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Michael Arcuri supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. Issue Position: Clean Air Act. "While these actions by EPA are required by the Supreme Court's decision and represent steps towards addressing this important issue, I believe it would be far better if the plan for dealing with GHG emissions from stationary sources were developed by Congress, and not the EPA. While the EPA has the ability to regulate emissions, only Congress has the power to also lessen the economic impact of any plan by including incentives or credits to assist consumers and businesses in achieving reduced emissions. Congress is currently considering legislation aimed at achieving this goal and I remain committed to working with other Members to achieve the right balance on this issue." (arcuri.house.gov)
  • Michael Arcuri. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Michael Arcuri voted NO on 26 June 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. Issue Position: Climate Change. "I consider environmental stewardship to be one of my top priorities and believe that we can address climate change by focusing not only on limiting irresponsible energy consumption practices, but also on investing in clean and renewable technologies. Still, as you may know, I voted against the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454), commonly referred to as "Cap and Trade," last year. I was elected to Congress to protect the welfare of my constituents above all else and in doing so, I could not vote for a bill that is likely to have such a negative impact on jobs and the economy in Upstate New York. Our region is still home to a number of energy-intensive manufacturing industries, including glass, steel, and copper. Quite simply, the "Cap and Trade" bill would dramatically increase, what are already excessive, energy costs and almost certainly result in job losses in our region. Additionally, the bill's provisions did not give proper recognition to states like New York that have already made considerable investment in clean, renewable energy sources. New York currently attains 17% of its electricity from hydropower that would NOT have been counted as "renewable" under this Act - thus, unfairly penalizing our state's citizens and businesses. I am confident that we can find a solution to climate change that will reform America's energy consumption without having a disproportionately negative impact on our economy." (arcuri.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Michael Arcuri a grade of D-. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Michael Arcuri voted YES on 17 September 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. Issue Position: Michael Arcuri on the Issues. "As a district attorney, my office has prosecuted many illegal gun cases, and we know it is not the legally-possessed guns that cause danger to our citizens but the illegally- possessed guns. We don't need more gun laws; we need better enforcement of existing gun laws and more funding for police to enforce those laws." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ackerman, Bryon. 2009. Utica Observer-Dispatch: Citizens out in force for Arcuri town hall meeting at MVCC. 19 August 2009. "When questions arose about the public option, or health insurance provided by the government instead of a regular company, Arcuri said he would support a bill that includes the option if it made sense within the rest of the plan. Arcuri also didn't rule out that he would support a bill without the public option. Arcuri, however, said he will push for an amendment that would require all members of the U.S. Congress to use the public option for their health care if it becomes available. And if the amendment doesn't pass, he'll choose the public option anyway, he said." (www.uticaod.com)
  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Michael Arcuri supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 78 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Michael Arcuri voted YES on 7 November 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. Issue Position: Health. "I believe we need a bipartisan health care solution to ensure quality, affordable, health care is available to the people of the 24th district and all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. MSNBC "Hardball With Chris Matthews" - Transcript. 2 August 2009. "Well, you know, Chris, I think a lot depends on what the final bill looks like. I personally think it is absolutely necessary that we have health care reform. The present system is unsustainable. And I happen to support a public option. I think, you know, we need to make sure that we come together, that the that the bill is deficit-neutral, that it you know, that it is affordable for us, that it talks about things like preventative care, home health care, incentivizing primary care physicians. Those are the things that I will be looking for." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Michael Arcuri supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 57 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Michael Arcuri supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 23 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Arcuri. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Michael Arcuri voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. Arcuri Statement Regarding President Obama's Plan For The Future of US Military Involvement in Afghanistan. 2 December 2009. "The War on Terror began in Afghanistan and we now have a clear path forward to see that it ends there. I am pleased that President Obama has sought the council of his generals on the ground to come to this decision regarding the Afghanistan conflict. After hearing the President's speech, I am confident that America is doing what is necessary to protect our troops on the ground and keep Americans safe from the real threat of Al Qaeda and the Taliban. In my two trips to Afghanistan as your Congressman, I have seen firsthand the willingness of the Afghan people to take control of their own national security and this plan provides them the training and time necessary to do just that. While an increased military fighting force is absolutely necessary we also need to provide an increase in 'soft power' which will provide for an improved relationship with the Afghan people. The President has laid out a clear plan for victory in this lengthy conflict to ensure that we also don't lose track of the fact that we need to build up our nation here at home. We are fortunate to have strong leaders in our military like Generals McChrystal and Petraeus who have worked directly with the President on this plan which has received the unanimous support of the National Security Council. As I have said from the very beginning regarding Afghanistan and Iraq, I am concerned about staying involved in these conflicts for an indeterminate amount of time. However, I am concerned with setting an arbitrary date of July 2011 to begin the withdrawal of American forces. It is my hope that the President's plan will allow enough time for us to finish the job and drive back the Taliban and Al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We are so fortunate in this country to have the best and bravest men and women in uniform protecting our freedoms and this plan will allow for their long-term safety and success in Afghanistan so that they can return home to their families as quickly as possible. I will not let a day go by without honoring the commitment and sacrifice of our men and women in the armed services and I know that the President had their best interests in mind when he met with his generals and formulated this plan." (arcuri.house.gov)
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Michael Arcuri supported the interests of Peace Action West 46 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Arcuri. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Michael Arcuri voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Arcuri. Hot Race in the New York 24th Congressional District. 12 July 2006. "When asked about New York's recent denial of the right to marry to gays, Arcuri said, "Our children will look back on this and wonder what we were thinking, just as we cannot understand why women were once denied the right to vote." He considers the ban on gay marriage to be a "ridiculous prohibition" and that government should not be in people's bedrooms. He would never support a Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage." (www.culturekitchen.com)
  • Michael Arcuri. Michael Arcuri on the Issues. "I oppose unwarranted government interference in the private lives of consenting adults, and I support laws that provide equal benefits, for all citizens, to health and life insurance, inheritance and other basic rights like hospital visitation." (votesmart.org)

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