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Michael Grimm's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Michael Grimm has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests.

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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 issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

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  • Michael Grimm. Rep. Grimm Disappointed in Failure to Outlaw Sex-Selective Abortions. "I find it disappointing that legislation to outlaw the barbaric practice of sex-selective abortions failed to pass the House of Representatives. Beyond my religious and pro-life views, I believe to end the life of an unborn baby girl simply because her parents were hoping for a boy is absolutely disgusting and horrific, not to mention the ultimate betrayal of women's rights.' (
  • Michael Grimm. Rep Grimm Voices Strong Opposition to anti-Religious Obamacare Mandate. 6 February 2012. "Today, Rep. Michael Grimm (R,C-NY) joined colleagues in sending a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius strongly opposing the rule mandating religious-affiliated organizations that offer health insurance to cover contraceptives, sterilizations, abortificacients, even it is a clear violation of their beliefs and conscience rights. 'As a Roman Catholic, I strongly believe in preserving the sanctity of human life, and this mandate completely violates that belief. I will not tolerate the Obama Administration's efforts to challenge the conscience and reproductive rights of the Catholic Church, and will do all I can to ensure that this mandate is overturned. As Americans, we are fortunate to have the right to exercise our religious beliefs free of government intervention, and this case is no exception.'" (
  • Michael Grimm. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Michael Grimm voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (
  • Michael Grimm. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Michael Grimm voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Michael Grimm signed Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of New York and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Michael Grimm. Rep. Grimm Statement on CBO Budget and Economic Outlook Update. 24 August 2011. "Since day one, I have supported policies that cut spending, balance the budget, and remove government-imposed barriers to job creation. House Republicans have put forth several plans that encompass these principles, yet Washington Democrats refuse to act while continuing to repeat the mantra of more government spending as the cure." (
  • Michael Grimm. Rep. Michael Grimm Statement on the Latest Jobs Report. 8 July 2011. "American taxpayers are picking up the tab for a trillion dollar stimulus, our small businesses are burdened with over-regulation, and our nation is faced with massive debt. When will the administration realize this is not a formula for job creation? More government does not create jobs, just a more costly bureaucracy." (
  • Michael Grimm. Rep. Grimm Statement on Today's Vote to Cut Spending By $6 Billion. 15 March 2011. "Today, Republicans moved another step forward in our promise to reign in wasteful and reckless Washington spending by passing a continuing resolution to cut $6 billion. Some may say that's not good enough, and I agree. This is just the next step in a long process of spending cuts and job creation, and we're just getting started. Two weeks ago, we successfully cut $4 billion, and once today's $6 billion in cuts becomes law, Republicans will have cut $10 billion in 5 weeks. This unprecedented cut sends a message that the House Republicans mean business. Now that we have a record to stand on, it's time to stop putting short term band-aids on out-of-control spending. We've laid the groundwork and it's time to focus on a long-term fix. That is why, moving forward, I will oppose any future short-term stopgap bills, but feel very comfortable with our vote today and the position we will be in to negotiate spending cuts moving ahead." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Michael Grimm. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Michael Grimm voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Azi Paybarah. Capital: Grimm argues against banning extended magazines, citing workaround options. 23 July 2012. "Let's first examine what the laws are on the books before I would even consider a new law," he told me. "I think there should be a real and honest discussion about are the laws being effectively enforced." I asked whether he'd consider a ban on the sale of extended magazine clips that facilitate mass shootings. "How many guns was he carrying?" Grimm asked rhetorically. "Four, or something like that. It's not going to stop a maniac from carrying more guns. And if you look at the statistics, a vast majority of crimes with guns are illegal guns. So what you are going to do is you're not going to be able to get them away from people who are getting them illegally. So I'm not sure that that's the answer." (
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Michael Grimm in the 2010 general election. (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Michael Grimm. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Michael Grimm voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (
Unknown Position Unknown 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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  • Michael Grimm. Issue Position: Immigration & Border Security. 27 October 2011. "Realistically, you cannot simply 'round-up' and deport every person among the millions illegally in this county, but there are things we can do to reverse the tide of illegal immigration." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Michael Grimm. Legalizing same-sex marriage in NY seems a matter of when, not if. Published 26 May 2011. "I believe, by definition, that marriage is between a man and a woman, just as President Clinton did in 1996 when he signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law, defining it as such." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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


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