Representative Carolyn McCarthy's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 4, Democratic
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Carolyn McCarthy 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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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

  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Carolyn McCarthy in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Carolyn McCarthy in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Letter to President of the United States of America George W. Bush. 16 May 2006. "Around the country, state legislators are introducing bills that would restrict a woman's access to birth control. We are concerned that those who seek to restrict or eliminate safe, legal abortions are expanding their goals and now also seek to restrict access to emergency contraception and other forms of prescription birth control." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (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 Carolyn McCarthy a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Carolyn McCarthy in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Carolyn McCarthy in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Carolyn McCarthy. Rep. McCarthy Statement on President Obama's Plan for Troops in Afghanistan. 22 June 2011. "Tonight the nation heard what we've been wanting to hear for a long time, that after some successes in fighting terrorism in and around Afghanistan we'll finally be bringing some of our troops home. This is a good start. I just pray for the day when we can bring even more of our men and women out of harm's way while at the same time making sure that terrorists, hell-bent on hurting Americans, don't take hold in the region again." (carolynmccarthy.house.gov)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Armed Services/Veterans. "Over the years, Afghanistan has proven to be a hotbed for insurgency and terrorist activity. The Congresswoman believes the United States must do all that it can to ensure stability in Afghanistan in the hopes of fostering increased regional and global security. President Obama, over the course of several weeks of deliberation amongst the Joint Chiefs of Staff and several senior advisors, concluded that sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan would be in our national security interests in order to foster stability as well as disrupt, dismantle, and defeat Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and the border regions of Pakistan. Congresswoman McCarthy stands in support of the President's decision because the troop increase, coupled with a more tailored national objective in the region, will give the United States its best opportunity to stop the Taliban's momentum, train Afghan security forces, and eventually transfer lead security roles back to the Afghani people in a responsible manner. A December 2010 White House review of our involvement in Afghanistan indicates that the United States has made progress in the region in fighting Taliban insurgency. At the same time, it acknowledges the challenges we continue to face in the region including, but not limited to, laying down a structured and stable Afghani government. The review asserts that the current course is on track with the President's commitment one year ago to wind down our involvement in Afghanistan by July 2011. The Congresswoman is committed to the President's plan in Afghanistan and will work closely with both her colleagues in Congress as well as the Administration regarding the United States' efforts abroad." (carolynmccarthy.house.gov)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. 27 May 2010. " Some provisions that particularly stand out are the funding authorizations that support the President's agenda in Afghanistan. This bill takes steps to address prior shortfalls of our efforts in Afghanistan under the Bush Administration. Specifically, the bill outlines resources that will give U.S. commanders in the field the tools they need for success, as well as the means to forge meaningful strategic partnerships with neighboring nations so as to both facilitate victory and a swift and safe return for our brave service men and women." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of the Peace Action 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of Peace Action West 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Newsday - Lawmakers React to Ending War in Iraq. 22 October 2011. "It is time to shift course in Afghanistan to a counterterrorism mission with an aggressive drawdown of combat troops." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Carolyn McCarthy. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. 27 May 2010. "Each year, Congress acts to authorize national defense spending. Matters of defense spending have been one of my highest priorities throughout my time in Congress. Especially during times of war, we, in Congress, have the utmost obligation to ensure our service men and women have the adequate resources they need to serve both honorably and safely [¦] There are many provisions of this $567 billion authorization to be proud of. This bill strengthens four pivotal national objectives including, but not limited to, counterterrorism efforts, missile defense, nuclear nonproliferation, and benefits and care to our nation's service members and their families." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Armed Services/Veterans. 10 October 2010. "Congresswoman McCarthy has been a steadfast supporter of defense appropriations that ensure that our active servicemen and women are both adequately trained and equipped in the field. As Congress continues to deliberate long-term funding levels for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 and then subsequently considers the President's 2012 budget proposal, she will work to ensure that the federal defense budget reflects the needs of troops." (carolynmccarthy.house.gov)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. McCarthy Votes on Numerous Bills to Cut the Deficit and Reduce Wasteful Government Spending. 8 August 2010. "Throughout the 111thCongress, Congresswoman McCarthy has passed legislation to help bring down the deficit and set a path toward long-term fiscal balance [¦] The Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act (enacted into law), saves taxpayers money by cracking down on Pentagon waste and cost overruns, which GAO says amount to $296 billion just for the 96 largest weapons systems." (www.votemccarthy.com)
  • Michael Cohn. Accounting Today: Congressional Democrats Want Agencies to Revise Fiduciary Rule. 12 May 2011. "When we're talking about deficit reduction, we want to make sure that everything is on the table," she said. "Everybody has to pay their fair share, especially with the amount of money the oil companies have made over the first quarter. They're getting a free ride. I think we all have to pull in our belts. We've already seen the amount of money we're cutting out of defense." (www.accountingtoday.com)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Carolyn McCarthy. McCarthy Reminds Eligible Constituents to Claim Their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). 8 February 2011. "'The Earned Income Tax Credit has traditionally helped millions of Americans who have been struggling to make ends meet,' said Rep. McCarthy. 'The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island will help to ensure that thousands of families and individuals receive their full refund and I encourage residents to take the time to determine if they are eligible for this, or any other available tax credits.' The EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low- to moderate- income working families and individuals. Congress originally approved the tax credit legislation in 1975, in part to offset the burden of social security taxes and to provide an incentive to work. In 2010, Congress voted to increase the funding available for community Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs which provide free tax assistance and related financial services to individuals and families with a household income of $50,000 or less." Http://votesmart.org/speech_detail.php?sc_id=641385.
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Issue Position: Financial Services. 1 January 2012. "Recent economic times have brought uncertainty and instability for many American families and to the business community. As our nation continues on the track to recover, we must continue to implement measures that will ensure that this does not happen again in the near future. Carolyn has cosponsored the following bills: [¦] Bailout Bonus Tax Bracket Act of 2009, H.R. 1518: Amends the Internal Revenue Code to impose an additional income tax on bonuses paid to employees of entities that received financial assistance under the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP)." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 83 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "Regarding 4): not at this time First and foremost, paygo (pay as you go) must be implemented and applied to both spending increases as well as tax cuts. Then, a thorough review of spending and tax policy must be conducted."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Carolyn McCarthy. 111th Congress Accomplishments. 1 July 2010. "AMERICAN JOBS & CLOSING TAX LOOPHOLES ACT, to prevent corporations from shipping jobs overseas at U.S. taxpayer expense, make Wall Street billionaires pay their fair share of taxes, and promote American jobs by restoring credit to small businesses, extending tax incentives for American R&D and tax relief for middle class American families, rebuilding American infrastructure, and expanding summer jobs for young people." (carolynmccarthy.house.gov)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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 Carolyn McCarthy a rating of 3 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Rep. McCarthy Statement on President Obama Signing the Small Business Jobs Act. 27 September 2010. "With the President's signature today, the Small Business Jobs Act will become law, and we will mark a great victory for America's small businesses. Congress voted for, and the President has now signed into law, a bill that will spur economic growth and create new jobs by encouraging the development of American small businesses. The Small Business Jobs Act increases much-needed lending to millions of small businesses, and offers 8 new tax incentives to companies, so that they may expand, hire, and fuel our economy [¦] Small businesses are the foundation of our economy and are an integral part of creating jobs and rebuilding the economy for the future [¦] Increased access to capital and new tax cuts will not only keep jobs in America, it will allow small businesses to make it in America." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Rep. McCarthy Supports Long Island's Small Businesses. 22 October 2010. "Over the last decade and a half, small businesses have created nearly two-thirds of the new jobs in our nation. On Long Island, we know the importance of these companies, and as a member of the House Financial Services Committee, I have been proud to pass legislation to help our ailing small businesses. During the 111th Congress, I have been proud to support legislation that has put in place sixteen tax cuts for small businesses. Responsible and thoughtful tax cuts have historically freed up credit, restored liquidity, and most importantly preserved and created jobs nationwide. I have consistently supported measures to help our nation's small businesses. Earlier this Congress, I supported incentives including: immediate tax write offs in 2009, a payroll tax holiday for those small businesses that hired unemployed workers and a $1,000 income tax credit for those that retained the employees long-term [¦] Most recently, the Congress has passed and the President has signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act. This bill contains eight important tax cuts, all of which are effective immediately and applicable to this year's taxes. Among other provisions, the bill provides for a 50% bonus depreciation through 2010 for small businesses, increases from 75% to 100% an exclusion on capital gains taxes for the remainder of 2010 for key small business investments if held for five years or longer." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "I support greater funding for Head Start and for Head Start to emphasize math and reading skills of disadvantaged children."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Carolyn McCarthy voted Did Not Vote on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "Education is the cornerstone in building America's future. We need to ensure that all students receive the same access to a first rate education in order to prepare them for the demands of the 21st century. Strengthening our schools, fully funding special education, modernizing our classrooms, and ensuring that we have qualified teachers with the best training are some of the essential steps towards reaching this goal [¦] Carolyn has introduced the following bills: [¦] Turning Around Low-Performing Public High Schools Act, H.R. 5467 Authorizes a program within the Department of Education to provide grants to established, non-profit, tested and successful public high school turnaround organizations to continue and expand comprehensive, scalable, high school transformation programs nationwide [¦] Keep Our Pact Act, H.R. 1102 In 2002, Democrats helped pass bipartisan legislation, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. The Bush administration then bungled early implementation of this law. The law has been severely underfunded. Congresswoman McCarthy is working to fully fund No Child Left Behind, while Congress is working to reform this law so that we close the achievement gap so all children are able to get the skills they need to succeed. That is why she is a cosponsor of H.R. 1102, the Keep Our Pact Act, to fully fund NCLB, as well as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) [¦] Prescribe A Book Act, H.R. 1526 Authorizes a competitive grant program to support a pediatric literacy initiative." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. McCarthy, Holt Introduce "METRICS Act" To Improve Data Sharing To Improve Student Achievement. 14 April 2010. "This legislation will provide competitive grants to states and districts to improve the use of their statewide data systems. Funding will be used to link data throughout the education system and across state agencies. This effort will improve access to and use of statewide data. If we are to ever have a true picture of a student's progress, the dropout rate, and college and workforce preparedness, we must have data that will track a student year after year. Longitudinal data is far more valuable than the data currently available and I am proud to work with Rep. Holt to see that through." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. McCarthy Leads Letter in Support of New York Grant Application. 13 January 2010. "The Race to the Top grant is for States that are leading the way with plans for implementing coherent, compelling, and comprehensive education reform. 'New York stands to get hundreds of millions of dollars for our children,' said McCarthy. 'This money will allow our schools, led by our teachers, to improve the educational outcomes of all our students quickly and comprehensively. I am pleased to do all that I can to help New York State get this funding.' The Race to the Top grant presents a unique opportunity to build on the unrivaled strengths of the University of the State of New York (USNY), which includes not only schools and colleges, but also libraries, museums, archives and public broadcasting, to bring profound changes that will make a real difference in the educational achievement of all of our State's students. The unique Board of Regents governance structure will ensure that RTTT dollars are used to drive improved, college-ready educational achievement for all students, with a particular focus on historically under-served priority populations including low-income students, African American students, Hispanic students, English Language Learners (ELL), and Students With Disabilities (SWD)." (carolynmccarthy.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Carolyn McCarthy in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Carolyn McCarthy in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Carolyn McCarthy in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Carolyn McCarthy in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. 10 February 2004. "Our constituents are entitled to have their voices heard on these regulations, which could seriously impact regional air quality and public health. The rules published by the EPA on January 30, 2003, which would reclassify mercury as a Criteria rather than Hazardous Air Pollutant, would significantly lengthen the timetable for achieving emissions reductions. Levels of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, would be almost seven times as high as those mandated in the Clean Air Act. It is imperative that the formal mercury rule, which is expected to be published shortly in the Federal Register, provide 90 days for public comment and require at least one public hearing in New York." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy Announces $5.8 Million Dollar Grant for MTA Nassau County Compressed Natural Gas Station Upgrade. 1 November 2010. "This grant is awarded by the Department of Transportation, and is part of an ongoing program that assists Clean Air Act nonattainment and maintenance areas in achieving or maintaining the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and carbon monoxide, and supports emerging clean fuel and advanced propulsion technologies for transit buses and markets for those technologies. 'I am pleased that we have more fedral dollars coming home to the District and that this money will go to Nassau County to improve service for our busses, as well as make our transit system safer for the environment,' said Congresswoman McCarthy. 'The environment is one of our greatest treasures and we have a responsibility to protect it for our children and future generations to come.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy Votes For The American Clean Energy And Security Act. 26 June 2009. "'This bill is an important first step in the right direction toward making our nation more energy independent, our environment cleaner and freeing us from our dependence on foreign oil. The American Clean Energy and Security Act will create jobs when our economy needs them the most and help industry transition to more sustainable practices that will ultimately cut global warming pollution,' said Rep. McCarthy. [¦] Reduces Pollution: The Act reduces dangerous pollution by limiting carbon emissions from electric utilities, oil refineries and other major sources. These limits are ambitious, achievable and will be fairly enforced. It will reduce carbon emissions from major U.S. sources by 17% by 2020 and over 80% by 2050 compared to 2005 levels. Complementary measures in the legislation, such as investments in preventing tropical deforestation, will achieve significant additional reductions in carbon emissions." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Issue Position: Environment. 27 October 2011. "Congresswoman McCarthy is a cosponsor of the Climate Stewardship Act (HR 620), which would deal with the problem of global warming by creating a market-drive program to reduce greenhouse gases." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Rep. McCarthy Response to Pres. Obama Op-Ed on Gun Violence. 14 March 2011. "As a longtime supporter of strengthening our national background check system, I commend President Obama for leading the nation in a commonsense conversation about reducing gun violence based on things every American can agree upon: too many of us die and get injured by gunfire every year, and we can do more to keep lethal weapons out of the hands of the most dangerous individuals. I hope that this conversation expands to include a comprehensive approach that incorporates limiting access to the most dangerous tools of destruction, like the high-capacity magazines used in so many mass murders recently, but I'm encouraged that our President is advocating for the importance of working actively to reduce gun violence." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Carolyn McCarthy a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Costs of Violence 4 April 2006. "Gun rights advocates have as much stake in this as anybody else. Many see gun violence as an inner-city problem. But let's not forget that gang violence and drug crime also started out as an inner-city problem. We acted too late, and now gangs and drugs are commonplace in suburbs and rural communities. So as we head home for the spring recess, I ask my colleagues to do something we don't do very often or very well: listen. It is time to listen to the people being affected by gun violence. Listen to our young people in under-served communities. Listen to our police departments who are losing officers to illegal guns every week. And listen to the families who have lost loved ones due to gun violence." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Issue Position: Gun Safety. 27 October 2011. "Congresswoman McCarthy will continue to take a lead role in pressing for action on H.R. 2324, which would close the loophole in our gun laws allowing anyone to purchase a gun at a gun show without undergoing a background check." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Issue Position: Preventing Gun Violence. 27 October 2011. "I believe law-abiding people should be able to own guns for sport and self-defense. However, there are too many guns on the market that are only designed to kill. Assault Weapons Ban - With the demise of the federal assault weapons ban in 2004, I re-introduced legislation calling for a new, stronger federal ban on assault weapons. Assault weapons, such as AK-47s, Uzis and Tec-9s, have no place in our society and pose a particular risk to law enforcement. .50 caliber sniper rifle - I also support legislation to ban the .50 Caliber Rifle, a gun so accurate and powerful that it can hit a target at 2,000 yards and when used with incendiary or armor-piercing ammunition make armored personnel carriers, airplanes, chemical fuel tanks and rail cars vulnerable. These guns pose a serious homeland security risk and should be taken off the market." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. MSNBC "The Rachel Maddow Show" “ Transcript 13 January 2011. "No. Everybody, certainly, in Congress knows my story. They know I came to Congress to reduce gun violence in this country, and they respect me for that. They might not agree with me, but they do respect me for that." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "I support requiring gun manufacturers to provide child safety locks on all guns, strengthening the NICS database system to help determine who should and who should not possess a firearm."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "I support requiring gun manufacturers to provide child safety locks on all guns, strengthening the NICS database system to help determine who should and who should not possess a firearm."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "I support requiring gun manufacturers to provide child safety locks on all guns, strengthening the NICS database system to help determine who should and who should not possess a firearm."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "a) "except . . . hunting" enclosed in parentheses"
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "I support requiring gun manufacturers to provide child safety locks on all guns, strengthening the NICS database system to help determine who should and who should not possess a firearm."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "a) "except . . . hunting" enclosed in parentheses"
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "a) "except . . . hunting" enclosed in parentheses"
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Carolyn McCarthy in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Carolyn McCarthy in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy Announces the Distribution of $250 Payments for Seniors in the Donut Hole. 9 June 2010. "There's been so much misinformation about health reform--and understandably, seniors are concerned. The $250 payment is one of the first benefits to seniors in the health reform legislation, but it not the only one. We will work to get the word out that the Affordable Care Act not only reins in drug costs, but extends the solvency of Medicare by over a decade. Americans have earned these Medicare benefits with a lifetime of work--and this Congress will make sure that the benefits will be there for them when they need them. Reform will also mean better chronic care for seniors, with doctors coordinating more on your treatment, and free preventive care. It will help more seniors stay in their homes with expanded access to community-based care. For early retirees, reform means important new benefits to help them and their employer afford coverage." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Repealing The Job-Killing Healthcare Act. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to H.R. 2, a bill that would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act, signed into law in March of 2010, is an important first step in reforming our health insurance system, a system that everyone knows is broken. The Affordable Care Act provides access to the insurance market for millions of Americans, puts in place important consumer protections, and reduces our country's deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy 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. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Carolyn McCarthy voted Did Not Vote on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Carolyn McCarthy voted Did Not Vote on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Carolyn McCarthy voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 96 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform. Other or expanded principles: "I believe a union should be between a man & a woman, but laws should be made by the states, not the Federal Govt. Am opposed to a constitutional amendment."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform. Other or expanded principles: "I believe a union should be between a man and a woman but laws pertaining to this should be made by the states. I am opposed to any constitutional amendment."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Carolyn McCarthy voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest: Denying recognition to couples already married under state law does not further an interest in "procreation and responsible child-rearing." DOMA does not prevent same-sex couples from marrying and an estimated 132,000 couples have now done so, with many of these couples raising children together. There is no logical connection between the denial of federal recognition to these same-sex couples, who already are married, and the marital or parenting behavior of different-sex couples. It is irrational to claim that Congress needs to or should harm these families in order to benefit others, particularly as those families receive federal recognition regardless of DOMA [¦] There have been non-trivial differences in state marriage laws throughout our nation's history, and the federal government has proven capable of handling those differences. It is not credible or sufficient for equal protection purposes to claim that this is now an interest only when it comes to the treatment of married same-sex couples. Married same-sex and different-sex couples are similarly situated with regard to federal marriage-based benefits, and the Constitution requires Congress to treat them with equal regard." (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn McCarthy. McCarthy Receives High Congressional Scorecard from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Human Rights Campaign. 28 October 2010. "Additionally, the Human Rights Campaign gave Congresswoman McCarthy a score of 95% for her consistent voting record protecting the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and pro-equality legislation." (carolynmccarthy.house.gov)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 81 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Carolyn McCarthy. In Memory: Septemtber 11, 2001. 11 September 2011. "September 11th awakened our country to the fact that we are engaged in a global war on terror. We must be committed to fighting the evil that seeks to destroy us simply because we are Americans. As we have proven over the last decade, we are resolute in combatting the root of that evil, whether it is Osama bin Laden or others." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Carolyn McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Carolyn McCarthy 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)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Carolyn McCarthy supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

I am pro choice but have always advocated abstinance, responsibility, and adoption when possible.

Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.

Budget Priorities

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Greatly Increasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasei) Medical research
Maintain Statusj) National parks
Greatly Increasek) Public health services
Slightly Increasel) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasem) Space exploration programs
Greatly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statuso) Welfare
Greatly Increasep) Emergency preparedness
q) Other or expanded categories

Defense Spending

Slightly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Slightly Increasec) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Slightly Increasee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.

Taxes

Income Taxes:

Family Income

Slightly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Slightly Decreasec) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Decreased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Retiree Income

Slightly Decreasef) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes:

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits:

Slightly Increasea) Charitable contributions
Greatly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Greatly Increasee) Mortgage deduction
Greatly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?
6) Discuss your proposals for balancing the federal budget. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

Regarding 4): not at this time
First and foremost, paygo (pay as you go) must be implemented and applied to both spending increases as well as tax cuts. Then, a thorough review of spending and tax policy must be conducted.

7) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

a) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Xf) Require Section 527 organizations to register with the Federal Election Commission as Political Action Committees.
Undecidedg) Do you support instant run-off voting?
Noh) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Noi) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?
j) Other or expanded principles

I believe a union should be between a man and a woman but laws pertaining to this should be made by the states. I am opposed to any constitutional amendment.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with educational, vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xf) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
g) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of corporate crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Other or expanded principles

I also favor truth in sentencing for violent criminals so they serve a full sentence with no chance of parole.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.

Xa) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xd) Allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
Xg) Support a federal law to standardize testing and penalties for steroid use in professional sports.
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

Xa) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Reward teachers with merit pay for working in low-income schools.
Xf) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
Xg) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xh) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xi) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
j) Other or expanded principles

I support greater funding for Head Start and for Head Start to emphasize math and reading skills of disadvantaged children.

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.

a) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xc) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants.
Xd) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
e) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
f) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xh) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xj) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xk) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
Xm) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming.
n) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

Xa) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xg) Require a license for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles

I support requiring gun manufacturers to provide child safety locks on all guns, strengthening the NICS database system to help determine who should and who should not possess a firearm.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
d) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xe) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xf) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xg) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
Xh) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
Xi) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
j) Other or expanded principles

Regarding d): Some limitation might help, but the limits would have to be fair to the plaintiff. Current proposals of a $250,000 limit are not reasonable.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program that would enable illegal immigrants to work in the United States legally.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using government funded social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Other or expanded principles

I am a strong supporter of increased border security, holding employers accountable and providing a legal avenue to obtain citizenship without impacting U.S. citizens.

International Aid

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.

Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) International Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.

Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Undecidedb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Noc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
Undecidedd) Should the United States send more troops to Iraq?
e) Discuss your proposals for an exit strategy in Iraq. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

Iraq is a very complex issue, given the dynamics of the Middle East and the possible effect Iraq could have on it. We cannot continue along the same path. The military must devise an exit strategy. I do not favor an immediate withdrawal, but I do favor one as soon as possible.

f) Other or expanded principles

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.

Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Nob) Should the United States use military force to dismantle the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
Noc) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Nod) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Undecidede) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles

3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.

Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Undecidedc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles

Re:c) depends entirely on the particulars of the peace keeping mission.

Yes4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
Yes5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs?"
Yes6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles

International Trade

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)?
No3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
No6) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes7) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
8) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

Yesa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Undecidedb) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yese) Do you support the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in U.S. custody?
Undecidedf) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security?
g) Other or expanded principles

Re: B). - It all depends on how such surveillance is conducted and why.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.

a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
Xb) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement government regulation of Internet content.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

Re: D)- I do support limitations on what can be viewed over the public airwaves but am not in favor of government control over cable or other for-profit means.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.

Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.