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Nicola 'Niki' S. Tsongas

Niki Tsongas' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Nicola 'Niki' S. Tsongas
Office: U.S. House (MA) - District 3, Democratic
First Elected: 10/16/2007
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Democratic for U.S. House - District 3
Primary Sept. 9, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Widowed; 3 Children: Ashley, Katina, Molly
Birth Date: 04/26/1946
Birth Place: Chico, CA
Home City: Lowell, MA
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Niki Tsongas 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 issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Issue Position: Women's Issues. 1 January 2011. "Reproductive Rights. Each year, half of the more than six million pregnancies in the United States are unintended, and nearly half of those end in abortion. I know this is an issue that individuals take very seriously and I respect those who may come to a different conclusion than I do. I believe that women should have the right to make their own health decisions in consultation with their doctors, and I am working hard so that the need for an abortion is rare." (votesmart.org)
  • Niki Tsongas. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Niki Tsongas voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (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 Niki Tsongas a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. 6 May 2011. House Proposal Would Severely Restrict Women's Reproductive Rights. "Earlier this week, the House voted on H.R. 3, legislation which places unprecedented restrictions on women's health. The legislation would raise taxes on any American whose employer-sponsored health care plan provides coverage for abortion, and on small businesses throughout our country. It also eliminates Americans' right to use their own funds in Health Savings Accounts for a legal abortion unless they can prove to the IRS that they were victims of rape or incest, and spurs the IRS to audit victims of these crimes." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Niki Tsongas. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Niki Tsongas voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Niki Tsongas. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Niki Tsongas voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Niki Tsongas in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. House Proposal Would Severely Restrict Women's Reproductive Rights. 6 May 2011. "Earlier this week, the House voted on H.R. 3, legislation which places unprecedented restrictions on women's health. The legislation would raise taxes on any American whose employer-sponsored health care plan provides coverage for abortion, and on small businesses throughout our country. It also eliminates Americans' right to use their own funds in Health Savings Accounts for a legal abortion unless they can prove to the IRS that they were victims of rape or incest, and spurs the IRS to audit victims of these crimes." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Tsongas Votes To Support Affordable Healthcare For America Act. 7 November 2009. "As with any undertaking of this magnitude, the legislation is not perfect. I am very disappointed that the final bill included language that severely restricts access to reproductive health services for women. By effectively ensuring that plans offered on the health insurance exchange do not offer abortion services, the bill discriminates against low-income women, and goes so far as to prevent those who want to buy a plan that covers abortion services with their own money from making that choice. I will be working with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to change this unreasonable and unwarranted language in conference." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Niki Tsongas. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Niki Tsongas voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nicola S. Tsongas. House Passes Bill to Increase Funding for Improved Body Armor for Troops in the Field. 23 July 2012. "'Despite the significant gains for Massachusetts and our troops contained in this bill, I am disappointed that House Republicans ignored the advice of our Generals and enacted defense spending levels that far exceed the needs of our military. This bill provides $3.1 billion in funding for the Defense Department above the Administration's request, which the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff both termed as unnecessary. I believe this comes at the cost of other vital priorities for our country such as rebuilding our infrastructure, making college more affordable, and reducing our deficit,' Tsongas added." (tsongas.house.gov)
  • Niki Tsongas. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Niki Tsongas voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Niki Tsongas. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Niki Tsongas voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) and-WILL. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) and-WILL endorsed Niki Tsongas in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. NECN on Sunday. 8 October 2011. "It has been known for quite some time that defense spending was going to decrease in the coming years, due to our pending withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan, and must decrease in order to help reduce our deficit. But these cuts must be carefully considered and be made with a scalpel as opposed to a meat cleaver."
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. "International terrorist networks remain a grave threat to the United States, as Al Qaeda affiliates now have a significant presence in countries like Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan. But maintaining anywhere near 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan is not an effective means of combating a global and decentralized enemy. Our economic vitality is a crucial component of our national security. The nearly decade-long war in Afghanistan drains our resources, even as we face serious economic challenges at home. To date, we have spent nearly half a trillion dollars on the Afghan war, and that price tag increases by $10 billion every month we remain. When we calculate the long-term costs of this war, including servicing our debt and caring for our veterans, the dollar figures are almost inconceivable. These funds are needed for rebuilding our own economy, reducing the deficit and generating jobs for Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Deficit Reduction Committee Begins Work. 23 September 2011. "Failure on the part of the Super Committee to reach consensus on $1.5 trillion in savings over the next decade would result in automatic and deep cuts to both discretionary and defense spending that would not only harm many essential government programs but our economy as well." (votesmart.org)
  • Niki Tsongas. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Niki Tsongas voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Niki Tsongas. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Niki Tsongas voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Tsongas Votes Against $25 Billion Tax Increase On Middle Class. 3 March 2011. "Earlier this year, by a vote of 81-17, the Senate passed a reasonable 1099 repeal. Because repealing this requirement would re-open a $19 billion hole, the Senate repeal cut an equivalent amount of federal spending to fill that budgetary gap. Instead of bringing this sensible bipartisan legislation to the floor for a vote, the Republican majority instead offset the costs with a provision that would significantly increase taxes on middle- and low-income Americans. Such a tax increase is wholly unacceptable to me." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Tsongas supports budget compromise for fiscal year 2011. 14 April 2011. "I believe we need to build on reforms that lower costs while strengthening the promise of Medicare and Medicaid, we need to address defense spending, and we need to close tax loopholes that allow some of the wealthiest citizens and corporations to pay the smallest tax burden." (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Problems with extending Bush tax cuts permanently. 5 December 2012. "The math is clear. We will face a serious budget crisis even if the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest expire on schedule. But there is simply no way to extend them permanently"at a cost of $800 billion over the next ten years"without reducing hard-earned benefits for our nation's seniors and veterans [¦] That is why tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans must be allowed to expire as planned at the end of next year"returning tax rates for the top 2% of Americans to their levels during the 1990's when we enjoyed both record budget surpluses and robust economic growth." (tsongas.house.gov)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Niki Tsongas. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Niki Tsongas voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Niki Tsongas. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Niki Tsongas voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • 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 Niki Tsongas a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Why We Need the American Jobs Act. 21 October 2011. "The legislation would authorize $50 billion to fix our broken infrastructure, an investment which not only benefits the individual worker but our economy at large. The bill also provides tax cuts to small businesses that hire new workers and provides out of work veterans with new opportunities and job training." (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Tsongas introduces legislation to provide tax relief to small businesses. 18 April 2008. "On tax day, Massachusetts Fifth District Congresswoman Niki Tsongas announced the reintroduction of the Small Business Tax Relief and Retirement Restoration Act, legislation that would provide immediate tax relief to small businesses. Under Tsongas' bill, small business owners who were forced to make withdrawals from their 401(k)s and IRAs to keep their businesses going can treat their withdrawal as a loan and can file an amended tax return to receive refunds for any income taxes and early-withdrawal penalties they may have paid to the IRS." (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Why We Need the American Jobs Act. 21 October 2011. "Shortly after Labor Day, President Obama came before a joint session of Congress to put forward the American Jobs Act as a means to address the nation's unacceptably high unemployment rate. He urged swift passage of the bill given that its central components have been proven to create jobs and have traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support." (www.votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Tsongas Urges Support for Early Childhood Education in Budget Resolution. 2 April 2009. "As we all know, state and local governments around the country have been forced to lay off teachers, cut programs, and reduce the number of children able to participate in early education and after-school programs [¦] Education provides access to a better life, and early childhood education sets the foundation upon which later academic success is built. These funds are critical because an active federal partner can play a strategic role in concert with local and state partners to keep the education pipeline firm". (www.votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Letter to The Honorable Arne Duncan. 1 June, 2010. "The Race to the Top competition challenges states to positively reform their education systems rewarding them from an overall budget of $4.35 billion in critically needed education money. Race to the Top awards go to States that are leading the way with ambitious yet achievable plans for implementing coherent, compelling, and comprehensive education reform. Race to the Top winners help trail-blaze effective reforms and provide examples for states and local school districts throughout the country to follow." (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Issue Position: Education. 11 November 2011. "I was a strong supporter of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provided local school districts with desperately needed resources to train good teachers, reduce class sizes, fund after-school programs, and produce real improvements in academic performance. The Recovery Act alone provided the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with over $500 million in direct federal funds to help cover budget shortfalls, ensuring a quality education for our children even in the midst of the recession.  Throughout the district, I heard from superintendents, teachers, and parents that the Recovery has helped keep teacher in classrooms. Recognizing the need for further aid while state budgets remained tight, I called for additional education funding and I voted in favor of an education jobs package that was offset with other spending cuts." (tsongas.house.gov)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Issue Position: Education. 11 November 2011. "A quality education is the foundation upon which we build a vibrant economy and I am fully committed to building an educational system that will help us realize our individual and national goals. Education is the best way to compete and to make a long term difference in the quality of life. I will work to improve our public schools and make the opportunity of higher education available to all." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Tsongas Outlines Plans for Strengthening Education. 12 June 2007. "At a time when local resources are so limited," noted Tsongas, "the federal government should be stepping forward to play a strategic national role. Our national security and economic well being depend on it." Tsongas said her priorities would include an emphasis on teaching career incentives, early childhood education, basic science and math initiatives, and making college more affordable.
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Niki Tsongas. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Niki Tsongas voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Niki Tsongas. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Niki Tsongas voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Niki Tsongas. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Niki Tsongas voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Niki Tsongas. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Niki Tsongas voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Niki Tsongas. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Niki Tsongas voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Niki Tsongas in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Niki Tsongas. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Niki Tsongas voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Issue Position: Homeland Security. 7 November 2011. "Restore the Assault Weapons Ban. On September 13, 2004, the Assault Weapons Ban expired. This ban took some of the most dangerous weapons off the street. That's why virtually every federal, state and local law enforcement agency supported the ban. And that's why I do too. In the years following the bill's first passage, use of assault weapons has dropped 66% from the pre-ban rate. I strongly support restoring this sensible legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Niki Tsongas a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Niki Tsongas in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Niki Tsongas. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Niki Tsongas voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. America's Affordable Health Choices Act. 28 July 2009. "The America's Affordable Health Choices Act has helped our Nation begin to tackle this issue in a meaningful way [¦] If we do not take the steps to regulate insurance industry practices now, American families will see their coverage shrink and costs go up. (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Health Care. 27 October 2009. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to discuss the important responsibility in front of us on health care reform. We are at a momentous time in our history. For the first time, we have a bill that has been approved by all five committees of jurisdiction. And although there are still details to be worked out, for the first time the majority of us have consensus on the structures and goals of this bill. We have never gotten this far, and I feel privileged to be in the House of Representatives at this time. So now is not the time to say ``no,'' to instill false fear, and to derail this important effort. We must work together to make sure that what we end up passing is the best it can be for the American people because the cost of doing nothing is too great. Without reform, the cost of health care for the average American family is expected to rise $1,800 every year, with no end in sight. If we don't act now, this problem is only going to get worse. If we don't act, 14,000 Americans will continue to lose their health insurance every single day. We are in a unique moment." (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. In Support Of The Affordable Health Care For America Act. 3 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the Affordable Health Care for America Act. This bill represents tireless negotiation, compromise, and input from Americans all across the country. We have been trying to reform our health care system since Harry Truman's Presidency, so this bill by no means represents brand new ideas; rather, it has been a work in progress for decades. Attempts to reform our health care system in the past have failed because of false claims that this is socialized medicine. And, of course, these are the same arguments that the bill's opponents are making today. But it won't work this time because the American people are tired of unaffordable premiums, of unfairly losing coverage, and the fine print that prevents them from getting the care they need. It gives the power back to the patient by creating a more transparent, more competitive health insurance market." (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Issue Position: Social Security and Retirement Security. 1 January 2011. "Protecting Medicare through health care reform. In March of this year, I voted in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the bill to reform our system of health care, which made several improvements to the Medicare program and extended its solvency. This bill closes the prescription drug "donut hole" and ensures that all seniors who fall into this prescription drug coverage gap receive a $250 check in the mail to help them until the donut hole is gone for good. The new law also ensures that Medicare fully covers preventive benefits such as checkups, vaccines, and preventive tests." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Niki Tsongas. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Niki Tsongas voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Facebook: Wall. 7 September 2012. Proud to join colleagues in the House today on another amicus brief challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. There is no legitimate federal interest in denying rights to same-sex couples and I am hopeful that this discriminatory law will soon follow ˜Don't Ask Don't Tell' and become a relic of a bygone era. (www.facebook.com)
  • Niki Tsongas. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Niki Tsongas voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Niki Tsongas. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Niki Tsongas voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Tsongas Applauds Legislature for Defeating Amendment. 14 June2007. "Three years ago I rallied on the steps of the State House with my daughter in support of same-sex marriage, and today the work of thousands of people dedicated to marriage equality has finally paid off. I am pleased that the legislature reflected the will of the majority of Massachusetts's residents by recognizing that constitutional amendments should not limit rights but expand them. We can all be proud that we live in a state where the civil rights of all our citizens will be protected. Our state and nation are stronger for this commitment to defending the rights of all people and for putting a high value on the principles of tolerance and human dignity." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Congresswoman Tsongas Responds to District Needs; Releases Federal Funding Requests for Projects in the Fifth District 11 April 2008. "Biometric Terrorist Watch-List Data Base Management Development Department of Defense This project would continue work by the interagency Technical Support Working Group (TSWG), to enhance and improve biometrics-based identification tracking and analysis systems. These systems include fingerprint and retinal identification, allowing for the warfighter to obtain real-time intelligence on captured terrorists or enemy combatants. This project is being developed in Billerica." (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Tsongas Applauds Approval of National Defense Authorization Act Which Provides Funding to Fight War on Terror; Protect Homeland and Service members. 20 May 2010. "The approval of the Fiscal Year 2011 National Defense Authorization Act provides our men and women with the tools they need to protect our country and effectively find and hold accountable those who wish us harm. This bipartisan measure supports the ongoing efforts of our armed forces to seek out and destroy terrorist networks, keep up the fight against extremists, and sustain nuclear weapons non-proliferation efforts. These efforts have helped keep America safe and secure over the last two years, and this bill will continue to build on this record. Equally as important, the NDAA includes important protections for our servicemembers who we ask to carry out these difficult missions and sacrifice on our behalf." (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas. Tsongas Supports Legislation To Give Intelligence Community Needed Tools To Keep America Safe. 26 February 2010. "The Intelligence Authorization Act will strengthen and improve America's intelligence capabilities by funding a variety of intelligence activities including enhanced collection and counterintelligence capabilities -- vital tools that have been under-resourced in recent years. I supported this legislation because we must ensure that the intelligence community has the tools it needs and adequate oversight in place to help prevent terrorist attacks like the one planned for Christmas Day. I believe this bill takes important steps to investigate that incident and bolster our intelligence efforts. It also includes provisions to enhance the nation's cybersecurity efforts and to better fight the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. These much needed investments enhance national security, support and assist the Armed Forces, and facilitate U.S. foreign policy." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Niki Tsongas supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Nicola S. Tsongas signed 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)

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