Representative Tom Reed II's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 23, Republican
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Tom Reed II has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

What is the Political Courage Test?

This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Vote Smart.

Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, 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.

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  • Rated 89% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/127046/tom-reed-ii#.V0XsmnUrIfI (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)

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  • "Congressman Reed strongly believes that the tax burden on American families and businesses should be reduced. Particularly in a tough economic environment, the last thing families or employers can afford is more taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/627000/issue-position-tax-reform/?search=tax%20burden#.V0YCWXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Taxpayers deserve a simpler, fairer tax code that closes loopholes and puts everyone on a level playing field. One tax reform proposal that Tom supports would save a typical family in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes an average of $600 annually. A simpler tax code means a stronger economy and more jobs for upstate New York." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1071301/issue-position-taxes#.V0XtoHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed pledge stating "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business" http://www.atr.org/list-taxpayer-protection-pledge-signers-a6959 (www.atr.org)

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

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  • "The so called stimulus plan was a horrible mistake. […] We are bankrupting the United States for our children and grandchildren. We must reduce spending at all levels of government and live within our means. Any future proposed spending increases must be paid for by reducing other government spending." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/548642/#.V0YAunUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Reed believes that tough choices need to be made now to reign in the federal government's excessive spending." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/127046/tom-reed-ii/ (votesmart.org)
  • "I care about making sure our local airports are in good shape as they provide quality, family sustaining jobs to our region and also boost our local economy by helping local businesses have a global reach close to home […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1018929/reed-announces-federal-grant-for-finger-lakes-regional-airport/?search=jobs#.V0Xu-3UrIfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "Congressman Reed strongly believes that the tax burden on American families and businesses should be reduced. Particularly in a tough economic environment, the last thing families or employers can afford is more taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/627000/issue-position-tax-reform/?search=tax%20burden#.V0YCWXUrIfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "Tens of thousands of parents have already chosen to allow their children to opt out of required public school testing. It simply wasn't fair to threaten to take away the resources they need or shift the financial burden to local property tax payers […] This bill corrects this problem and will do much more to put an end to Common Core once and for all." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1056054/reed-fights-for-students-house-passes-sweeping-education-reforms-limits-common-core/?search=common%20core#.V0YBgnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Besides the lack of good economic news for the region, I was further disappointed that there was no mention of repealing other Cuomo dictates such as the Safe Act, which attacks our Second Amendment rights or Common Core, which destroys local control of our schools. It is not fair we are denied these rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/957142/my-initial-thoughts-state-of-the-state/?search=common%20core#.V0YB7nUrIfI (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted Yes on H.R. 3 "Northern Route Approval Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VAomPaCW1Kg (votesmart.org)
  • "It's about focusing on people, getting them back to work, committing ourselves to a vision of energy independence, which is so critical to our future, and also so critical to our future in the manufacturing sector, because if we can get energy from domestic supplies here, and we can secure those energy sources long term […] And the Keystone pipeline is but an example of that." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/666927/keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=jobs#.V0XuH3UrIfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "We need to use every resource we have to meet America's energy needs, not just oil and natural gas, but wind, solar and even nuclear." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1018927/reed-demands-lower-gas-prices-calls-for-increased-domestic-production/?search=solar#.V0YDenUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Sources of renewable energy that I believe need to be considered include: nuclear, wind, hydro, solar, tidal, biomass, biofuel and geothermal." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/626992/issue-position-energy/?search=solar#.V0YDqXUrIfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "In the long term, I believe that the United States needs to develop domestic, renewable technologies to meet our energy needs and reduce our carbon dioxide emissions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/626992/issue-position-energy/?search=carbon#.V0YEKHUrIfI (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)

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  • "Besides the lack of good economic news for the region, I was further disappointed that there was no mention of repealing other Cuomo dictates such as the Safe Act, which attacks our Second Amendment rights or Common Core, which destroys local control of our schools. It is not fair we are denied these rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/957142/my-initial-thoughts-state-of-the-state/?search=common%20core#.V0YB7nUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/127046/tom-reed-ii/37#.V0YEXHUrIfl (votesmart.org)

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  • "Obamacare is more than a broken website, it's a failed solution to spiraling healthcare costs. It has led to cancelled insurance policies, job losses and reduced hours for workers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1071296/issue-position-healthcare/?search=obamacare#.V0YEw3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I rise today to stand strong for repeal of ObamaCare." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/725722/repeal-of-obamacare-act/?search=obamacare#.V0YFPXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor on H.R. 2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill." http://votesmart.org/bill/12465/33026/127046/33026/127046/ (votesmart.org)

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  • "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)

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  • "I do personally believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. However, I have been a strong supporter of states' rights and I will continue to be a supporter of states' rights [¦] I will live with [same sex marriage] if that is the law of our state."http://fingerlakesdailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=16&id=2198 (fingerlakesdailynews.com)

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

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

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