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Tom Reed II's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 23, Republican
Tom Reed II 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-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "All life is sacred. I care about the unborn children of America" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/988490/reed-supports-pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act#.V0XsS3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 87% by the National Right to Life Committee https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/127046/tom-reed-ii#.WxVJkq3SQfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "All life is sacred. I care about the unborn children of America" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/988490/reed-supports-pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act#.V0XsS3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 87% by the National Right to Life Committee https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/127046/tom-reed-ii#.WxVJkq3SQfJ (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • "As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Tom has been fighting to enact real tax reform that will allow working families in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. Tom believes that hardworking families deserve tax relief. He proudly supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which was signed into law by President Trump and will allow our neighbors to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. A fairer, simpler tax code will lead to a stronger economy and more jobs for upstate New York." http://tomreedforcongress.com/ (tomreedforcongress.com)
  • "As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Tom has been fighting to enact real tax reform that will allow working families in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. Tom believes that hardworking families deserve tax relief. He proudly supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which was signed into law by President Trump and will allow our neighbors to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. A fairer, simpler tax code will lead to a stronger economy and more jobs for upstate New York." http://tomreedforcongress.com/ (tomreedforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Proud to vote for #NDAA. Giving troops the largest pay increase in 8 years. It ensures that our military will be fully equipped and improves our military’s readiness by providing nearly $700 billion in funding." https://twitter.com/RepTomReed/status/930815789216780289 (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Tom is fighting for more efficient and responsible government spending. He is committed to growing the economy, balancing the budget and has a record spotlighting and helping cut wasteful spending. Tom has sponsored legislation like the Buy Smarter and Save Act of 2017 that would reduce costs for federal agencies, and continues to work to hold government bureaucrats accountable and reduce wasteful spending." http://tomreedforcongress.com/ (tomreedforcongress.com)
  • "Tom is fighting for more efficient and responsible government spending. He is committed to growing the economy, balancing the budget and has a record spotlighting and helping cut wasteful spending. Tom has sponsored legislation like the Buy Smarter and Save Act of 2017 that would reduce costs for federal agencies, and continues to work to hold government bureaucrats accountable and reduce wasteful spending." http://tomreedforcongress.com/ (tomreedforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A fairer, simpler tax code will lead to a stronger economy and more jobs for upstate New York." https://tomreedforcongress.com/#issues (tomreedforcongress.com)
  • "Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York and their success is critical to ensuring economic prosperity for generations to come. As part of his commitment to fight for our jobs and our future, Tom authored the bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI), which was signed into law. RAMI creates a network of regional institutes to create jobs and make the U.S. a leader in manufacturing again, while also working to provide tax and regulatory relief for small business. " https://tomreedforcongress.com/#issues (tomreedforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am especially concerned with federal intrusion of our local schools through efforts like Common Core" https://reed.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14890 (reed.house.gov)
  • "I am especially concerned with federal intrusion of our local schools through efforts like Common Core" https://reed.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14890 (reed.house.gov)
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

  • "Tom believes that low-cost energy is another key driver of job creation and economic growth. It’s why he supports an all-of-the-above approach to our energy needs to improve our nation’s energy infrastructure, incentivize energy exploration and promote the development of the workforce of tomorrow." http://tomreedforcongress.com/ (tomreedforcongress.com)
  • "Tom believes that low-cost energy is another key driver of job creation and economic growth. It’s why he supports an all-of-the-above approach to our energy needs to improve our nation’s energy infrastructure, incentivize energy exploration and promote the development of the workforce of tomorrow." http://tomreedforcongress.com/ (tomreedforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] the U.S. cannot take extreme unilateral measures will other carbon-emitting nations such as China do not. Unilateral job-killing, budget-busting regulations will only further damage our economy with no meaningful positive impact on the earth's environment as a whole." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/548644/issue-position-energy-and-cap-trade/?search=solar#.V0YD0nUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] the U.S. cannot take extreme unilateral measures will other carbon-emitting nations such as China do not. Unilateral job-killing, budget-busting regulations will only further damage our economy with no meaningful positive impact on the earth's environment as a whole." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/548644/issue-position-energy-and-cap-trade/?search=solar#.V0YD0nUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a gun owner and avid sportsman, Tom believes in the right to keep and bear arms, recognized by our Founding Fathers and expressly protected by our Constitution. Tom does not support the New York SAFE Act, and was the first elected official to sign the SCOPE pledge calling for its repeal, because he believes it is an example of an over-reach at the state-level. He also co-sponsored the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act which would make concealed-carry permits valid across state lines. He will continue to stand firmly in protecting our Second Amendment rights and fight the many one-size-fits-all proposals from Washington." http://tomreedforcongress.com/ (tomreedforcongress.com)
  • "As a gun owner and avid sportsman, Tom believes in the right to keep and bear arms, recognized by our Founding Fathers and expressly protected by our Constitution. Tom does not support the New York SAFE Act, and was the first elected official to sign the SCOPE pledge calling for its repeal, because he believes it is an example of an over-reach at the state-level. He also co-sponsored the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act which would make concealed-carry permits valid across state lines. He will continue to stand firmly in protecting our Second Amendment rights and fight the many one-size-fits-all proposals from Washington." http://tomreedforcongress.com/ (tomreedforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Tom voted in favor of repealing and replacing Obamacare and, as co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, put forward a bipartisan set of solutions to stabilize our health insurance markets and provide relief to individuals, families and small businesses." http://tomreedforcongress.com/ (tomreedforcongress.com)
  • "Tom voted in favor of repealing and replacing Obamacare and, as co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, put forward a bipartisan set of solutions to stabilize our health insurance markets and provide relief to individuals, families and small businesses." http://tomreedforcongress.com/ (tomreedforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes 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

  • "I do not support amnesty. However, I do believe a path to a solution exists that would provide legal work status to those here illegally, and at the same time ensure our national security remained intact." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939766/reed-responds-to-president-obamas-executive-action-on-immigration#.V0YFl3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not support amnesty. However, I do believe a path to a solution exists that would provide legal work status to those here illegally, and at the same time ensure our national security remained intact." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939766/reed-responds-to-president-obamas-executive-action-on-immigration#.V0YFl3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • "If Kim Jong-un does not commit to peace it will only leave the United States with the option of military force. Watch my CNN interview on the topic below" https://twitter.com/RepTomReed/status/1014905542593204225 (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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Inferred Answer

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