Representative Daniel 'Dan' B. Maffei's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Daniel 'Dan' B. Maffei
Current Office: U.S. House - District 24, Democratic, Working Families
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Abby
Birth Date: 07/04/1968
Birth Place: Syracuse, NY
Home City: DeWitt, NY
Religion: Catholic
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Dan Maffei refused to tell citizens where he 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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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Dan Maffei supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Maffei. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Dan Maffei voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Dan Maffei supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Dan Maffei supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Dan Maffei in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Dan Maffei in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Dan Maffei supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Maffei. Iraq and Afghanistan. 9 October 2012. "The war in Afghanistan is now America's longest war. It was begun with a clear purpose: to remove the Taliban, which harbored Al Qaeda, and eliminate a threat to the security of our country. That mission was completed years ago thanks to the courage and competence of our armed services. Endless nation-building was never our goal, and now we should exit Afghanistan as safely and responsibly as possible." (www.maffeiforcongress.com)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Dan Maffei supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Dan Maffei supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Maffei. Dan Maffei shares his vision for getting Central New York and the nation back on track. 19 August 2012. "Finally, we need to stop nation-building and bring our troops home as quickly and safely as possible." (www.maffeiforcongress.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Maffei. The Budget Deficit. 1 January 2012. "Eliminate Wasteful Spending and Give-Aways to Special Interests. Americans of every stripe are demanding accountability and a return to fiscal common sense, which is why I am committed to stand as our sentry over government spending. I will work to end the Republican culture of corruption and eliminate the "back-door" spending, no-bid contracts to Republican cronies such as Haliburton, inflated defense pork projects that do not actually support defense priorities, and special interest tax give-aways such as tax cuts and royalty relief to oil and gas companies at a time of record profits." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Maffei. Fighting for Central New York Jobs. 17 May 2012. "Hundreds of local workers find their jobs in jeopardy because the House Appropriations Committee "rejected the Pentagon's $400.8 million budget request for a missile defense program that has supported 235 jobs at Lockheed Martin's plant at Electronics Park in Salina." This program is a valuable cooperative effort among a number of allied countries to design more advanced defensive measures [¦] This same program came under threat when I was in office, and we worked hard to make sure it wasn't cut. I spoke repeatedly with the Department of Defense and Secretary McHugh, and we worked closely with the Appropriations Committee to do our best to keep these jobs in Syracuse. Fighting for your district is just part of the job description." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Maffei. Dan Maffei shares his vision for getting Central New York and the nation back on track. 19 August 2012. "We must cut waste and fraud, but it's also time we ask those making more than $1 million a year to return to their Clinton-era tax rates." (www.maffeiforcongress.com)
  • Dan Maffei. Syracuse.com: Congressional race heats up as Dan Maffei attacks Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle's record. 27 July 2012. "I think the Bush tax cuts should be extended for any income under $1 million [¦] We need to pay down the debt, but we need to do it the right way. Not on the backs of the middle class, by raising taxes on them through the payroll tax hike. Or whether its senior citizens, by making Medicaid a voucher program [¦] But we do need more revenue." (www.syracuse.com)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Dan Maffei supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 13 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Maffei. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Dan Maffei voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike McAndrew. Syracuse.com: Congressional race heats up as Dan Maffei attacks Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle's record. 27 July 2012. "He said President Barack Obama's $787 billion stimulus program did not stimulate the economy enough because the United States did not borrow and spend enough. 'The problem was we didn't keep going. Mainly, we didn't do enough in the infrastructure area. Route 81 is already falling down,' Maffei said. 'They're doing the minimum they can to make sure it's safe. Wouldn't it be better to go ahead and figure out what we're going to do and get that done and spend the money now instead of continuing a Band-Aid approach on it?'" (www.syracuse.com)
  • Dan Maffei. Facebook: Wall. 27 January 2012. "Rebuilding our nation's crumbling roads and bridges is hugely important to keeping commerce flowing and giving our farms, professionals and businesses access to markets. However, we also need to be looking to the future, and making decisions on new investments in infrastructure that will serve our economy for generations. Here in Central New York, we must decide on the future of I-81, we must improve Hancock Airport, and we must lay the groundwork to bring real high speed rail to our communities. These projects will put people to work today, and they will drive the growth of our economy for generations to come. For too long we have been putting off these hard decisions. Every year of delay costs American jobs, and prolongs our recovery from this recession. The President and Congress must work together this year to pass a bill that serves American families today, and provides a strong foundation for our children's economy." (www.facebook.com)
  • 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 Dan Maffei a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Dan Maffei supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Maffei. Jobs. 11 September 2012. "To get our economy back on track, we've got to create an environment that makes it easier for small businesses to create jobs. That means cutting pointless regulations and red tape wherever we can, and providing smart tax incentives for those small businesses that create new jobs." (www.maffeiforcongress.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Maffei. Education. 1 January 2012. "Working to Provide Resources for Educational Achievement and Success. The No Child Left Behind Act called for improved accountability for teachers and schools in an effort to improve academic performance. Sadly, Republicans in Congress have failed to follow through on the law's promises, short-changing schools by failing to fund the law by nearly $27 billion over three years. Dan Maffei strongly believes in the value of an effective partnership that holds schools and educators accountable for achievement goals while being equally firm with a government that should be responsible for delivering on its commitments." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Maffei. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Dan Maffei voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Terreri. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Western New York Political Races Reflect National Trend. 29 October 2012. "Sweetland supports expanded drilling, while Maffei said he would not support one until he was convinced expanded drilling would help consumers, not only oil companies." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Maffei. Exxon Mobil Announces Biggest Quarterly Profit Ever. 31 July 2008. "My opponent has complained that we need to provide easier access to protected areas so Big Oil can drill without having to invest too much. I think the profits Exxon posted today prove they have more than enough to spend on research and development, and they don't need anymore favors from Washington D.C." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Maffei. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Dan Maffei voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Dan Maffei supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Dan Maffei in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Dan Maffei supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Maffei. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Dan Maffei voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Dan Maffei supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Dan Maffei in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Maffei. Video: Congressional Q & A: Schumer, Maffei on Gun Control 4/13/09. 13 April 2009. "Q: Specifically, Congressman Maffei, one of them asks, 'What position does Congressman Maffei hold on the 2nd amendment?' Maffei: Well, I support the 2nd Amendment, of course. It's part of the Constitution [¦] And it's very important to protect all our Constitutional rights. That's one of the reasons I'm not for more gun control. I do think reasonable regulations “ as the Supreme Court said last year, it can be regulated just as free speech can be regulated “ so you have to do that, and you have to enforce those regulations. And if we do that, I think that'll lower gun crimes, but I definitely have to protect the 2nd Amendment. That's part of my oath [¦] Q: Some of the people that wrote in said they're law-abiding citizens and there are proposals right now to restrict the 2nd Amendment. They're saying the serial numbers on ammunition, restrictions on the amount of ammunition. Where do both of you stand on this proposed bill? [¦] Maffei: I'm actually still weighing the bill, so I'd appreciate if the person who wrote you the question writes to me; I'd like to know what they think [¦] I do agree with Senator Schumer, though, on Binghamton. You know, sometimes a senseless crime is just a senseless crime. I don't know if anything could have prevented that. It seemed like the perpetrator there was just irrational and he would've figured out some way to get weapons." [0:27] (www.9wsyr.com)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Dan Maffei in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Dan Maffei supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Maffei. Facebook: Wall. 28 June 2012. "Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, Congress needs to focus on getting our economy back on track. It is important that insurance companies are held accountable by prohibiting them from denying coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. But for too many Central New Yorkers and small businesses, health care is still unaffordable. It is essential to the future of our middle class that we work together to hold down costs for the middle-class and our small businesses so that they can grow and hire workers -- to get our economy moving in the right direction." (www.facebook.com)
  • Robert Harding. Auburn Citizen: Maffei: Buerkle, House GOP should focus on economy, not repealing 'Obamacare'. 26 July 2012. "Maffei says instead of trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans should work with Democrats to improve the health care law. 'Maybe they might want to consider working with Democrats to improve the things that need to be improved and work together to both improve health care, but also get to the economy and the ever-important jobs creation agenda that they are not getting to in the meantime,' he said." (auburnpub.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Maffei. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Dan Maffei voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Dan Maffei supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Dan Maffei supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Dan Maffei supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Maffei. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Dan Maffei voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Maffei. Facebook: Wall. 9 May 2012. "I applaud the President for his statement today, every American deserves equal rights, including those rights associated with marriage. I am pleased that the President has followed New York State's example, and that we already recognize these rights. While we still have a long way to go, it is great to have the support of the President." (www.facebook.com)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Dan Maffei supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

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Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Maffei. Retirement Security. 11 September 2012. "Social Security and Medicare are essential to the retirement security of Americans, and must be preserved and strengthened for future generations. I will oppose any and all attempts to privatize or weaken these programs." (www.maffeiforcongress.com)

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