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Grace Meng's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 6, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic, Women's Equality for U.S. House - District 6
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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 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "She will protect a woman’s right to choose." http://gracefornewyork.com/dev/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/MENG_Intro14_mp.pdf (gracefornewyork.com)
  • "In Congress, Grace Meng will stand up to right-wing extremists to protect women’s access to health care — from lifesaving preventative screenings to mammograms and contraception." http://gracefornewyork.com/dev/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/0100P12M_Meng_WomensHealthcare10_jh.pdf (gracefornewyork.com)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/69157/grace-meng#.V0SYp3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/69157/grace-meng#.V0SYp3UrIfl (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must recapture lost revenue by ending subsidies to oil companies and corporations that ship jobs overseas, and implement tax reforms like the Buffet Rule so that those who have benefited most from society do their part to help improve it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738918/issue-position-tax-fairness/?search=fair%20share#.V0Sf2HUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "She will demand large corporations pay their fair share of taxes and keep more jobs here at home, instead of exporting them overseas." http://gracefornewyork.com/dev/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/MENG_Intro14_mp.pdf (gracefornewyork.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? 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 Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I propose immediate federal stimulus to state and local governments to hire more policemen and firemen; this is a straightforward way to improve public safety and put people back to work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738922/issue-position-public-safety/?search=stimulus#.V0SgF3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I have a clear vision […] Federal transportation dollars -- and transportation-related jobs -- to Queens. I will seek appointment to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in order to achieve this objective." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738916/issue-position-jobs-for-queens#.V0SgWHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "She will support tax breaks and availability of credit for small businesses so they can create more good-paying jobs." http://gracefornewyork.com/dev/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/MENG_Intro14_mp.pdf (gracefornewyork.com)
  • "She will demand large corporations pay their fair share of taxes and keep more jobs here at home, instead of exporting them overseas." http://gracefornewyork.com/dev/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/MENG_Intro14_mp.pdf (gracefornewyork.com)
  • "In Congress, she will fight to provide Queens families not just jobs but real careers by […] Providing tax breaks for companies that keep jobs here in America." http://gracefornewyork.com/dev/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/0097P12M-Meng-Jobs7_ec.pdf (gracefornewyork.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am extremely pleased that New York has been awarded these critical funds which will go a long way towards supporting Pre-K programs in our city and state […] I applaud these funds and I will continue my efforts in Congress to create additional grant programs for states to prepare, develop and support early childhood educators." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/942169/governor-cuomo-announces-25-million-to-expand-pre-k-in-communities-with-high-student-needs/?search=test#.V0Sg1nUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H. R. 3 "Northern Route Approval Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.V0SLn3UrIfJ (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Addressing America's reliance on fossil fuels by investing in renewable-energy sources is essential for protecting our environment and ensuring our nation's energy security. I will continue to work to ensure expanded domestic energy production does not come at the expense of protecting the environment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855009/issue-position-energy-and-environment/?search=renewable#.V0Sh9XUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am proud of my record as an advocate for protecting the environment during my time in the New York State Assembly, especially my role in supporting a bill that would have instituted a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in New York State." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855009/issue-position-energy-and-environment/?search=renewable#.V0Sh9XUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/69157/grace-meng/37#.V0SY9HUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/69157/grace-meng/37#.V0SY9HUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Without repealing, delaying, or defunding the Affordable Care Act, reasonable elected officials were able to avert a crisis that would have plunged the U.S. into another economic abyss, possibly worse than the Great Recession." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/820844/meng-issues-statement-on-reopening-of-the-federal-government-raising-of-the-debt-ceiling/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.V0SdoHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I rise today in strong opposition to this 38th attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Our country needs affordable care. My constituents in Queens, New York, need affordable health care." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/803806/the-affordable-care-act/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.V0SdMHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Providing a pathway to citizenship, improving enforcement of immigration laws and modernizing the legal immigration system are critical to any overhaul of our nation's immigration laws. And any serious legislative package must address a way to reduce the backlog for legal immigrants, a problem for which I have long argued must be fixed." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761508/meng-issues-statement-on-obama-congressional-immigration-reform-proposals#.V0Sc73UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Families belong together. We are here today because we want the release of mothers and their children from detention facilities. Our wish for the Holidays is for the Administration to release mothers and children from detention. It is the right thing to do." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1067867/congressional-immigration-leaders-and-children-call-for-ending-family-detention-as-a-wish-for-the-holidays#.V0ScR3UrIfl (votesmart.org)
  • "By establishing the DREAM Fund, New York State will serve as a model and reminder as to why we call our nation the land of opportunity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/716563/grace-votes-for-dream-fund-legislation#.V0Scv3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] we continue to see efforts by right-wing extremists to restrict ballot access to people of color and deny members of the LGBT community basic civil rights. These tactics are antithetical to our nation's core values of liberty and equality, and I will fight in Congress to make sure that all Americans -- regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation -- are afforded the same protections under the law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738920/issue-position-civil-rights#.V0Sb0XUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am proud to stand in support of equal rights for all Americans, and I cannot be happier to celebrate today's historic decisions that finally provide same-sex couples with the equality they deserve." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/796432/meng-issues-statement-hailing-the-supreme-courts-decisions-on-doma-and-prop-8#.V0ScC3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/69157/grace-meng/76#.V0SZWHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As we bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, we must be sure to remain on the offensive against terrorism. I support the continued use of drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia as a means to gather intelligence and target terrorists." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738921/issue-position-national-security-and-foreign-policy/?search=terrorism#.V0Sfi3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "She will fight Republican efforts to privatize Social Security" http://gracefornewyork.com/dev/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/MENG_Intro14_mp.pdf (gracefornewyork.com)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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