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Donald Norcross' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NJ) - District 1, Democratic
Donald Norcross has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116277/donald-norcross/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "I have consistently supported progressive efforts that benefit women and families, from equal pay and family leave to protecting funding for women's health providers like Planned Parenthood." http://www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com/issues (www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com)
  • Rated 0% by Campaign for Working Families https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116277/donald-norcross#.WuDPu2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116277/donald-norcross/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "I have consistently supported progressive efforts that benefit women and families, from equal pay and family leave to protecting funding for women's health providers like Planned Parenthood." http://www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com/issues (www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com)
  • Rated 0% by Campaign for Working Families https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116277/donald-norcross#.WuDPu2dyIfI (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

  • "$155 billion over 10 years has to be borrowed and paid back by taxpaying Americans if this loophole is not slammed shut." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/914238/norcross-calls-for-immediate-closure-of-corporate-tax-dodge-loophole#.VZroIXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "$155 billion over 10 years has to be borrowed and paid back by taxpaying Americans if this loophole is not slammed shut." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/914238/norcross-calls-for-immediate-closure-of-corporate-tax-dodge-loophole#.VZroIXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of A3201 "Increases the Income Tax Rate on Incomes Over $1 Million" http://votesmart.org/bill/15548/40867/116277/increases-the-income-tax-rate-on-incomes-over-1-million#.VYglDHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of A3201 "Increases the Income Tax Rate on Incomes Over $1 Million" http://votesmart.org/bill/15548/40867/116277/increases-the-income-tax-rate-on-incomes-over-1-million#.VYglDHUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a Member of the Budget Committee, I am working with my colleagues to achieve a responsible budget that properly funds national defense […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1061369/issue-position-budget/?search=defense#.W5lgrHX5gfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We must do everything we can to ensure service members, veterans and their families are cared for in return for their service to our country. Proper defense budgeting ensures our soldiers are best equipped to get the job done. Maintaining the readiness of our military also upholds our nation's commitment to respond to security conflicts." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1061389/issue-position-national-security/?search=defense%20budget#.WuDRQ2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We must do everything we can to ensure service members, veterans and their families are cared for in return for their service to our country. Proper defense budgeting ensures our soldiers are best equipped to get the job done. Maintaining the readiness of our military also upholds our nation's commitment to respond to security conflicts." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1061389/issue-position-national-security/?search=defense%20budget#.WuDRQ2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "And he is advancing legislation to renew the Voting Rights Act and restore campaign finance transparency to ensure that our elections remain open and fair." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1064801/remarks-from-rep-norcross-after-president-obamas-final-state-of-the-union-address/?search=campaign%20finance#.WuDRxmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "And he is advancing legislation to renew the Voting Rights Act and restore campaign finance transparency to ensure that our elections remain open and fair." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1064801/remarks-from-rep-norcross-after-president-obamas-final-state-of-the-union-address/?search=campaign%20finance#.WuDRxmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I've repeatedly called for a long-term fix, and today Congress finally acted. For far too long, we've been kicking the can down the road with short-term fixes. It's time to stop just patching potholes and start paving new roads. This five year, $281 billion spending plan gives the American public hope that urgently needed dollars will flow into their communities to ensure crumbling roads, bridges and rails will get the attention they need to ensure everyone's safety [...] Furthermore, this funding keeps the hardworking men and women of South Jersey on the job to complete critical projects like the ongoing redesign of I-295 in Bellmawr. This also provides relief and predictability for businesses as they consider long-term investments in our local economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1064744/finally-a-long-term-transportation-deal (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I urge my colleagues to vote for the Democratic alternative that will provide the tools students and families will need to survive and succeed in our economy, create jobs by investing in research and infrastructure, properly fund a strong national defense, and make good on our promise to our seniors by strengthening Medicaid and Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/964332/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2016#.VYgsgXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I've repeatedly called for a long-term fix, and today Congress finally acted. For far too long, we've been kicking the can down the road with short-term fixes. It's time to stop just patching potholes and start paving new roads. This five year, $281 billion spending plan gives the American public hope that urgently needed dollars will flow into their communities to ensure crumbling roads, bridges and rails will get the attention they need to ensure everyone's safety [...] Furthermore, this funding keeps the hardworking men and women of South Jersey on the job to complete critical projects like the ongoing redesign of I-295 in Bellmawr. This also provides relief and predictability for businesses as they consider long-term investments in our local economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1064744/finally-a-long-term-transportation-deal (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I want to focus on research and development grants to make Rutgers, Rowan, and Stockton, as well as our county colleges, hubs for business innovation and high-tech job creation." http://www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com/issues (www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com)
  • "[...] I urge my colleagues to vote for the Democratic alternative that will provide the tools students and families will need to survive and succeed in our economy, create jobs by investing in research and infrastructure, properly fund a strong national defense, and make good on our promise to our seniors by strengthening Medicaid and Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/964332/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2016#.VYgsgXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I want to focus on research and development grants to make Rutgers, Rowan, and Stockton, as well as our county colleges, hubs for business innovation and high-tech job creation." http://www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com/issues (www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The final tool to create opportunity is a fair tax system that rewards hard work. This means putting more money back in the pockets of hard working families so that they can invest in their own their children's education; so that they can spend money at stores and restaurants in our communities; and they can take trips and vacations that stimulate the US's tourism economy in places like the Jersey Shore." https://norcross.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-norcross-opening-statement-fy16-budget-resolution-markup (norcross.house.gov)
  • "The final tool to create opportunity is a fair tax system that rewards hard work. This means putting more money back in the pockets of hard working families so that they can invest in their own their children's education; so that they can spend money at stores and restaurants in our communities; and they can take trips and vacations that stimulate the US's tourism economy in places like the Jersey Shore." https://norcross.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-norcross-opening-statement-fy16-budget-resolution-markup (norcross.house.gov)
  • "This is the tax break working families need. New Jersey families rely on the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit to help make ends meet. Meanwhile the American Opportunity Tax Credit helps make college affordable for middle class students and parents […] Today Congress acted on behalf of America's families, helping them provide for today and plan for the future." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1064760/congressman-donald-norcross-supports-bipartisan-tax-relief-for-families-students-workers-and-businesses (votesmart.org)
  • "This is the tax break working families need. New Jersey families rely on the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit to help make ends meet. Meanwhile the American Opportunity Tax Credit helps make college affordable for middle class students and parents […] Today Congress acted on behalf of America's families, helping them provide for today and plan for the future." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1064760/congressman-donald-norcross-supports-bipartisan-tax-relief-for-families-students-workers-and-businesses (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116277/donald-norcross/27#.WjKNBWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116277/donald-norcross/27#.WjKNBWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Act, which has broad bipartisan support, reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the flawed 'No Child Left Behind Law.'" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1064733/a-vote-for-education-a-vote-for-our-future/?search=no%20child#.WuDSrWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Act, which has broad bipartisan support, reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the flawed 'No Child Left Behind Law.'" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1064733/a-vote-for-education-a-vote-for-our-future/?search=no%20child#.WuDSrWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to ensure that the Earth is healthy and strong for future generations. Environmentally sustainable policies and investments in renewable energy will reduce dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil, but it can also help us address climate change." http://www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com/issues (www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com)
  • Rated 93% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116277/donald-norcross#.WuDTrWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "In Congress I will work to continue to […] work to bring the benefits of American-made renewable energy to our area." http://www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com/issues (www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com)
  • "We need to ensure that the Earth is healthy and strong for future generations. Environmentally sustainable policies and investments in renewable energy will reduce dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil, but it can also help us address climate change." http://www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com/issues (www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com)
  • Rated 93% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116277/donald-norcross#.WuDTrWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "In Congress I will work to continue to […] work to bring the benefits of American-made renewable energy to our area." http://www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com/issues (www.donaldnorcrossforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1322 "Requires Participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative" http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/S1500/1322_I1.HTM (www.njleg.state.nj.us)
  • Rated 93% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116277/donald-norcross/30#.WjKNIGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.1322 "Requires Participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative" http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/S1500/1322_I1.HTM (www.njleg.state.nj.us)
  • Rated 93% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116277/donald-norcross/30#.WjKNIGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The EPA performs many vital functions in New Jersey, helping to keep the Jersey Shore beautiful to keeping our air clean and drinking water clear. The EPA, like any organization, deserves access to the best information and the best experts available to inform their decisions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/964770/rep-norcross-opposes-harmful-anti-environment-bills#.VZrrWHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The EPA performs many vital functions in New Jersey, helping to keep the Jersey Shore beautiful to keeping our air clean and drinking water clear. The EPA, like any organization, deserves access to the best information and the best experts available to inform their decisions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/964770/rep-norcross-opposes-harmful-anti-environment-bills#.VZrrWHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116277/donald-norcross/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "Doing nothing on gun safety is not an option." https://twitter.com/DonNorcross4NJ/status/746098930316804097 (twitter.com)
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116277/donald-norcross/37 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of A2006 "Reduces the Maximum Capacity of Ammunition Magazines" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/48419 (votesmart.org)
  • "Doing nothing on gun safety is not an option." https://twitter.com/DonNorcross4NJ/status/746098930316804097 (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of A2006 "Reduces the Maximum Capacity of Ammunition Magazines" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/48419 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "Consequently, we request that you immediately call on Congress to provide emergency appropriations to combat the opioid epidemic and to cease their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1183378/letter-to-president-donald-j-trump-kuster-leads-letter-to-president-trump-calling-for-action-on-the-opioid-epidemic/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.WuDVzGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Consequently, we request that you immediately call on Congress to provide emergency appropriations to combat the opioid epidemic and to cease their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1183378/letter-to-president-donald-j-trump-kuster-leads-letter-to-president-trump-calling-for-action-on-the-opioid-epidemic/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.WuDVzGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "The Administration's IFRs severely undermine congressional intent under the ACA. The ACA's fundamental goal is to expand access to affordable insurance that covers a core set of health benefits." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1203023/letter-to-the-hon-steven-mnuchin-the-hon-alexander-acosta-and-the-hon-eric-hargan-reverse-birth-control-access-rollback/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.WuDUe2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "The Administration's IFRs severely undermine congressional intent under the ACA. The ACA's fundamental goal is to expand access to affordable insurance that covers a core set of health benefits." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1203023/letter-to-the-hon-steven-mnuchin-the-hon-alexander-acosta-and-the-hon-eric-hargan-reverse-birth-control-access-rollback/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.WuDUe2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116277/donald-norcross#.WuDWhmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116277/donald-norcross#.WuDWhmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "And it funds smart security priorities that will actually keep us more secure, instead of misguided proposals like a border wall." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1183529/norcross-statement-on-government-funding-bill/?search=border%20wall#.WuDWGWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "And it funds smart security priorities that will actually keep us more secure, instead of misguided proposals like a border wall." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1183529/norcross-statement-on-government-funding-bill/?search=border%20wall#.WuDWGWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by the Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116277/donald-norcross/40#.WjKNNWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "If the Gallego amendment on DREAMers that we are debating here later today were in effect, my grandson wouldn't be here. My granddaughter wouldn't be here." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/976142/providing-for-further-consideration-of-hr-1735-national-defense-authorization-act-for-fiscal-year-2016#.VZrtA3UVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116277/donald-norcross/40#.WjKNNWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "That is why I am urging us to reject what I think is one of the most cruel things we can do to those who come to our country and want to be American citizens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/976142/providing-for-further-consideration-of-hr-1735-national-defense-authorization-act-for-fiscal-year-2016/?search=deport#.VYhELXUVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "If the Gallego amendment on DREAMers that we are debating here later today were in effect, my grandson wouldn't be here. My granddaughter wouldn't be here." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/976142/providing-for-further-consideration-of-hr-1735-national-defense-authorization-act-for-fiscal-year-2016#.VZrtA3UVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "That is why I am urging us to reject what I think is one of the most cruel things we can do to those who come to our country and want to be American citizens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/976142/providing-for-further-consideration-of-hr-1735-national-defense-authorization-act-for-fiscal-year-2016/?search=deport#.VYhELXUVikp (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support medical marijuana as a way to provide compassion for those suffering from terrible diseases, and decriminalization of the drug will go a long way toward fixing serious issues in our criminal justice system." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1061355/issue-position-civil-rights/?search=marij#.WuDW0mdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I support medical marijuana as a way to provide compassion for those suffering from terrible diseases, and decriminalization of the drug will go a long way toward fixing serious issues in our criminal justice system." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1061355/issue-position-civil-rights/?search=marij#.WuDW0mdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Allowing Iran to develop or acquire nuclear weapons capability is unacceptable. This not only presents an existential threat to Israel, but also a grave threat to regional and global stability. Hamas and Hezbollah would be emboldened, and states throughout the region would feel compelled to engage in an arms race. Most disturbingly, these circumstances increase the chance that nuclear arms will fall into the hands of terrorists. [...] Finally, Iran must recognize that America will always reserve its right to use military force when our interests are in jeopardy and all other options are expended. I strongly support both America's and Israel's right to self-defense in the face of such profound threats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/887063/issue-position-israel/?search=nuclear%20weapon#.WuDXy2dyIfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "Allowing Iran to develop or acquire nuclear weapons capability is unacceptable. This not only presents an existential threat to Israel, but also a grave threat to regional and global stability. Hamas and Hezbollah would be emboldened, and states throughout the region would feel compelled to engage in an arms race. Most disturbingly, these circumstances increase the chance that nuclear arms will fall into the hands of terrorists. [...] Finally, Iran must recognize that America will always reserve its right to use military force when our interests are in jeopardy and all other options are expended. I strongly support both America's and Israel's right to self-defense in the face of such profound threats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/887063/issue-position-israel/?search=nuclear%20weapon#.WuDXy2dyIfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "I oppose the nuclear deal with Iran because, as the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism, Iran must never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon when it continues to threaten and vilify the people of Israel and America." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1250572/issue-position-protecting-communities/?search=nuclear#.W5lhS3X5gfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In 2015, I traveled to the Middle East on three separate occasions and saw firsthand how the evils of terrorism are shaping our national security policies. Murderous, extremist organizations like ISIS and Al Qaeda must be defeated, and I have no doubt that by working together, we will prevail." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1061346/issue-position-national-security/?search=middle%20east#.W5lhqXX5gfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It is imperative that the US continue to strongly support Israel's right to exist, prosper, and defend itself from threats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/887063/issue-position-israel/?search=nuclear%20weapon#.WuDXCmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It is imperative that the US continue to strongly support Israel's right to exist, prosper, and defend itself from threats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/887063/issue-position-israel/?search=nuclear%20weapon#.WuDXCmdyIfI (votesmart.org)

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