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Kathleen Rice's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 4, Democratic
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Kathleen Rice 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.

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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 2016, 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

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/127653/kathleen-rice#.V0NranUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "In the face of staunch extremist opposition, Kathleen has been a vocal advocate for overhauling New York's restrictive and outdated abortion laws. In congress, Kathleen will fight back against extremists bent on eliminating a woman's right to reproductive healthcare and denying women a voice in conversations about their own health and well-being." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/887189/issue-position-reproductive-health-rights-equality#.V0NrQXUrIfI (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

  • "I'll fight to extend tax cuts for middle-class families, expand child care tax credits for working parents, expand tax breaks for parents who help their kids pay for college and avoid student debt, and expand the Earned Income Tax Credit to support younger workers striving to advance their careers and achieve financial security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/923911/rice-lays-out-tax-relief-plan#.V0SO9nUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Repairing our country’s critical infrastructure is an economic imperative that has enormous potential to create good middle-class jobs and lay the foundation for long-term economic growth." http://kathleenrice.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14890 (kathleenrice.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Kathleen supports comprehensive tax reform and will continue working to bring our tax code into the 21st century and eliminate loopholes that hurt our economy and put small businesses at a competitive disadvantage." http://kathleenrice.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14890 (kathleenrice.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Kathleen is working to raise awareness of the national security risks of climate change so that we follow the military’s lead and take a unified, comprehensive approach to developing renewable energy sources and clean technology." http://kathleenrice.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14892 (kathleenrice.house.gov)
  • "Long Island has the potential to be a national leader in clean energy production, which will create good, green jobs and new opportunities in our district. Kathleen knows we need to capitalize on that potential by making aggressive investments in clean energy sources like wind and solar power […]" http://kathleenrice.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14890 (kathleenrice.house.gov)
  • "Our priorities are to protect our environment and natural resources, to continue recovering from superstorm Sandy, and to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels by investing in clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar power." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1023087/rep-rice-statement-on-the-governors-decision-to-veto-port-ambrose-lng-terminal/?search=solar#.V0OHb3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Just as alarming as the health effects of carbon pollution is its direct connection to rising sea levels. Studies have shown that if we fail to significantly limit greenhouse gas emissions, we face a future in which communities like Freeport could be completely underwater. In the meantime, we will face more extreme weather events […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1023093/long-island-business-news-epa-plan-to-limit-carbon-vital-to-long-island/?search=greenhouse#.V0SP3nUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 10% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/127653/kathleen-rice/37#.V0OFbnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "But if we want real progress on gun violence in our communities -- if we want to keep illegal guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals -- then we need representatives in Washington who will work together and take action at the federal level." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/887176/issue-position-combatting-gun-violence#.V0OEHHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] it's still up to Congress to close those loopholes completely and reform gun laws at the federal level." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1065576/rep-rice-statement-on-presidents-executive-actions-to-reduce-gun-violence#.V0OEa3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Marriage Equality Act provides that an application for a marriage license cannot be denied on the grounds that the applicant parties are of the same sex and the law affords no discretion to public officials charged with granting marriage licenses. Therefore, any such refusal may be subject to criminal prosecution." http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/nassau-da-kathleen-rice-clerks-don-refusing-gay-marriage-licenses-blog-entry-1.1685695 (www.nydailynews.com)
  • "Kathleen fully supports the right of LGBT individuals to marry the person they love." http://kathleenrice.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14900 (kathleenrice.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

  • "Kathleen will fight back against all efforts to privatize Social Security and dismantle the most effective, financially healthy social insurance program we have in this country." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/127653/kathleen-rice/#.V0OGXHUrIfI (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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