Representative Grace Meng's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Grace Meng
Current Office: U.S. House - District 6, Democratic, Working Families
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Working Families, Democratic for U.S. House - District 6
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Wayne; 2 Chilldren: Tyler, Brandon
Birth Date: 10/01/1975
Birth Place: Corona
Home City: Flushing, NY
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Issue Positions

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  • Grace Meng. Women's Organizations Announce Support for Grace. 16 August 2012. "The leaders of all the most prominent women's organizations across the country have endorsed Grace Meng's historic candidacy for Congress. Grace has been endorsed by Emily's List, the political action committees of the NYS National Organization for Women (NOW) and National NOW, NARAL Pro-Choice NY and NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the Women's Campaign Fund. These organizations endorsed Grace because she will be a fighter for women's rights, and hailed her as the only candidate who could be counted on to advocate for women's access to comprehensive health care, equal pay for equal work, helping women-owned small businesses prosper and protecting women from violence." (gracefornewyork.com)
  • Grace Meng. Issues. 8 October 2012. "The continuous right-wing assault on women's rights in Congress should be cause for alarm for all American families. Providing women with access to reproductive health care [¦] and protecting women from sexual violence and domestic abuse are not Democratic or Republican priorities “ they are American priorities." (gracefornewyork.com)

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  • Grace Meng. Issue Position: National Security and Foreign Policy. 1 January 2012. "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. But we must also seek new partnerships and demand more from our NATO allies in combating global terrorism." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michael Gannon. Queens Chronicle: Meng taking it to the wire in 6th CD. 11 October 2012. "Meng said she would support a number of cuts to the military budget, and that the troop drawdown in Afghanistan would save billions of dollars per month. She also believes the Navy does not need 11 aircraft carrier strike groups. 'Eliminating even one would save a lot of money,' Meng said, adding that numerous Pentagon weapons systems should be reviewed." (www.qchron.com)
  • Joe Anuta. Times Ledger: House rivals clash on issues. 27 September 2012. "Meng suggested cutting defense spending to put more money in the government's piggybank." (www.timesledger.com)

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  • Grace Meng. Issue Position: Tax Fairness. 1 January 2012. "Republicans in Washington insist on cutting spending for vital programs that provide relief to society's most vulnerable citizens, while refusing to budge an inch on increasing revenue by requiring wealthy individuals and corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Grace Meng. Press Release. 30 July 2012. "Yet again, the Republican Majority is playing games with the financial security of America's working, middle-class. Instead of standing up for our neighborhoods, families and small businesses, the Congressional Majority continues to hold vital tax cuts for the middle-class hostage in the interest of protecting the wealthiest 1% of Americans. The last thing this country needs is more political stunts pandering to multi-millionaires and corporations. [¦] If tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy actually meant more jobs, our local and national economies would be thriving, Meng continued. Americans don't resent economic success “ we admire it and aspire to it. But the time has come for the middle-class to stop shouldering the burden of this grinding recession on their own while multi-millionaires continue to be handed tax breaks and benefits. [¦] It's time Washington stands up for the right priorities and votes to ensure that the wealthiest 1% of Americans pay their fair share. By doing so, and making sensible cuts to the budget, we can begin to help our nation out of debt while still investing in critical economic, educational and infrastructure projects and initiatives. [¦] In New York City, and other higher cost-of-living areas, the definition of stressed middle-class is different than in other parts of the country. That's why I propose raising taxes on those who make over a million dollars a year, while keeping taxes low for working, middle-class families and small business owners “ a similar tax structure to the one I voted for as Assemblywoman alongside Governor Andrew Cuomo." (gracefornewyork.com)
  • Grace Meng. Queens Borough President Claire Shulman Discuss Key Issues at Clearview Senior Center Assemblywoman Vows to Protect Medicare and Social Security: "A Non-Negotiable Position." 25 May 2012. "We can continue to fully fund Social Security and Medicare in the long-term by reforming the tax code to capture lost revenue sources, repealing the Bush-era tax cuts for millionaires, reducing subsidies for big oil corporations, and promoting job growth." (votesmart.org)

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  • Grace Meng. Issue Position: Jobs for Queens. 1 January 2012. "I have a clear vision and 4-point plan for bringing jobs back to Queens: 1.Immediate federal aid to local and state governments to hire more teachers, police officers and firefighters. 2. 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. 3. Tax credits for small businesses that hire new workers. 4. Investment in technological advancement and initiatives that will help Queens thrive as a technology corridor." (votesmart.org)

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  • Grace Meng. Issue Position: Jobs for Queens. 1 January 2012. "I have a clear vision and 4-point plan for bringing jobs back to Queens: 1.Immediate federal aid to local and state governments to hire more teachers, police officers and firefighters. 2. 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. 3. Tax credits for small businesses that hire new workers. 4. Investment in technological advancement and initiatives that will help Queens thrive as a technology corridor." (votesmart.org)
  • Grace Meng. Press Release. 21 August 2012. "Small businesses have always been the engines of job creation and community development in Queens, and are moving us out of this grinding recession [¦] We're already seeing more start-ups, more hiring, and more entrepreneurs striking out on their own. Nowhere is the growth of women-owned businesses more evident than here in New York State, New York City, and in Queens. Critical to supporting and sustaining this trend for small business owners is ensuring access to credit and capital as well as tax credits for hiring and healthcare through the Affordable Care Act. These will be my priorities in Congress." (gracefornewyork.com)

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  • Grace Meng. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "As a product of the New York City schools, I appreciate the value of a strong public education system. In Washington, I will oppose Republican attempts to marginalize our traditional public education system. I will fight for funding to keep schools open, save after-school and extracurricular programs, and hire more teachers in Queens." (votesmart.org)

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  • Grace Meng. New York League of Conservation Voters: 2011-2012 Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "Yes" to the question "Do you support protecting oceans, coasts, beaches and the businesses that depend on them by limiting offshore drilling to areas currently impacted by this type of ocean development?" (nylcv.org)

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  • Grace Meng. New York League of Conservation Voters: 2011-2012 Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "Yes" to the question: "Do you support the Clean Air Act in its entirety and oppose these efforts to block, weaken, or delay action to clean up pollution?" Responded "Yes" to the question: "Do you support federal legislation that achieves reductions in global warming pollution of at least 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 and a fair, binding, and ambitious global climate deal that supports these goals?" (nylcv.org)

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  • Grace Meng. Issue Position: Public Safety. 1 January 2012. "We must also pass sensible, pro law enforcement gun legislation. In Congress I will fight for legislation: Requiring all new semiautomatic pistols be capable of microstamping ammunition so that investigators can use bullet shell casings to identify perpetrators of gun violence; Ensuring that all individuals prohibited from buying a firearm are uploaded to the national instant criminal background check system; Requiring a background check for every firearm sale; Requiring employees of dealers in firearms submit to criminal background checks." (votesmart.org)
  • Grace Meng. Press Release. 16 July 2012. "Assemblywoman Grace Meng today called for immediate action on the part of state and federal elected officials to pass a series of pro-law enforcement gun laws that would, among other things, require all new semiautomatic pistols to be capable of microstamping ammunition [¦] Assemblywoman Meng pledged advocacy for legislation that would call for a number of other gun safety provisions, including, but not limited to: ·Giving judges the authority to strip individuals of their guns and permits to possess them if they are involuntarily committed to an institution, forced into outpatient treatment, or acquitted of a crime by reason of mental illness or defect; ·Protecting victims of domestic violence by requiring judges issuing orders of protection to ask about the existence and location of firearms owned or possessed by defendants; ·Enforcing existing Federal law by ensuring that all individuals prohibited from buying a firearm are uploaded to the national instant criminal background check system; ·Requiring a background check for every firearm sale; ·Requiring all new semiautomatic handguns be capable of microstamping; · Requiring employees of dealers in firearms and gunsmiths submit to criminal background checks." (gracefornewyork.com)

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  • Grace Meng. Issue Position: Health Care and Social Security. 1 January 2012. "As a Member of Congress, I will oppose the right-wing assault on the health care and senior citizen programs that are so crucial to the fabric of our society. I believe that every citizen should have access to quality, affordable health care; that individuals with pre-existing conditions should not be denied coverage; and that young people should continue to be able to stay on their parents' insurance until they are 26." (votesmart.org)
  • Grace Meng. Press Release. 28 June 2012. "I am encouraged by the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “ a vital piece of legislation which ensures that Queens families, and all Americans, have access to affordable healthcare. The Supreme Court recognized a necessary, practical, and comprehensive overhaul of the largest sector of our economy. The Affordable Care Act will cut the costs of healthcare for all Americans, and positions our nation to continue its global economic leadership in the 21st century. This important law provides critical protections for our most vulnerable neighbors, supports small businesses with tax credits encouraging hiring, covers our family members with pre-existing medical conditions, and protects young people and students. By expanding the pool of insured, health outcomes for everyone will greatly improve, costs will be contained and shrink, and efficiencies will grow. Health care in America is a $2 trillion-plus economy, with hundreds of billions of dollars in care unpaid for every year. Ambitiously engaging the dangerous shortcomings of this massive market, which impacts everybody everywhere regardless of their family finances, was an appropriate decision by the president and can now proceed. After so many long, costly, and sometimes bitter discussions around this law and litigation, it is time to move onward and upward. At this crucial moment for our economy, we must now work together to create jobs, develop our infrastructure, and foster new industries and technologies to ensure the wellbeing of our citizens and American global leadership in the 21st century. The benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “ some already being realized and many soon to be realized “ are an important part of this progress." (gracefornewyork.com)

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  • Grace Meng. Grace Votes for DREAM Fund Legislation. 1 January 2012. "As a child of immigrants, I am deeply aware that this country depends on those who come here seeking opportunities that are available nowhere else in the world. To deny opportunities to some young people -- who want nothing more than to get a good education and become productive members of society -- is unacceptable and un-American. 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 [¦] As your next member of Congress, I will work tirelessly to bridge the gaps that divide us and promote common-sense policies that are good for all Americans -- policies like the federal DREAM Act." (votesmart.org)

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  • Grace Meng. Issue Position: Civil Rights. 1 January 2012. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Grace Meng. Press Release. 24 May 2012. "I am very pleased to receive the endorsement of The Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, particularly in light of the historic events of this past year. Our success in New York is a harbinger of what's to come in the country. In Washington I will fight to advance LGBT rights and repeal DOMA and look forward to continuing to work with both The Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens and Councilman Dromm in pursuit of these goals." (gracefornewyork.com)

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  • Grace Meng. Issue Position: National Security and Foreign Policy. 1 January 2012. "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. But we must also seek new partnerships and demand more from our NATO allies in combating global terrorism." (votesmart.org)

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  • Grace Meng. Literature. 8 October 2012. "The Republican plan to privatize Social Security and Medicare could gamble away seniors' hard-earned retirement. Our nation's retirees deserve better." (gracefornewyork.com)
  • Grace Meng. Press Release. 17 June 2012. "Assemblywoman Meng's plan for Social Security entails: Eliminating the FICA exemption within three years, once the economy is farther along in its recovery, but not now, while it is in such a precarious state;Spurring economic growth, creating more jobs and undertaking comprehensive immigration reform in order to have more people contributing more dollars toward Social Security;Exploring millionaires paying an even higher percentage of their earnings into the Social Security fund. Removing the FICA exemption within the next three years will create solvency in the system with plenty of time to spare. Eliminating FICA tomorrow is neither sensible nor realistic. Taking a prudent, medium-term approach may not be as politically expedient as ignoring a problem or promising a quick fix, but our middle-class families and senior citizens will be better off for it in the long run." (gracefornewyork.com)

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