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Dan Donovan, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 11, Republican
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Dan Donovan, Jr. 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 Planned Parenthood Action Fund http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/127760/dan-donovan-jr#.V0c92rIrIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • "Both parties are guilty of creating a tax code is overly complex, inefficient, and unfair. I support a comprehensive, back-to-the-drawing-board approach in which both parties work together to investigate every loophole and deduction. By streamlining the tax code, we can find ways to lower overall tax rates, simplify our system, and help families and small businesses succeed." https://donovan.house.gov/issues/tax-reform (donovan.house.gov)
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.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Government can’t create a successful private sector – we, as elected officials, should work to enact policies which allow private enterprise to thrive. That means letting you keep more of your hard-earned money because you can decide how to spend it better than government can. It also means finding the right balance between regulations that are truly necessary to protect consumers and the freedom for businesses to grow and succeed." https://donovan.house.gov/issues/jobs-and-economic-growth (donovan.house.gov)
  • "I believe you can spend your money better than the government can spend your money. Government services require revenues, but it's hard to believe that every dollar of this year’s $3.7 trillion budget contributes meaningfully to economic growth or government operations. Every dollar spent inefficiently is a dollar out of your pocket that cannot circulate through the economy, stifling growth and holding back our full potential." https://donovan.house.gov/issues/tax-reform (donovan.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Both parties are guilty of creating a tax code is overly complex, inefficient, and unfair. I support a comprehensive, back-to-the-drawing-board approach in which both parties work together to investigate every loophole and deduction. By streamlining the tax code, we can find ways to lower overall tax rates, simplify our system, and help families and small businesses succeed." https://donovan.house.gov/issues/tax-reform (donovan.house.gov)
  • "Government can’t create a successful private sector – we, as elected officials, should work to enact policies which allow private enterprise to thrive. That means letting you keep more of your hard-earned money because you can decide how to spend it better than government can. It also means finding the right balance between regulations that are truly necessary to protect consumers and the freedom for businesses to grow and succeed." https://donovan.house.gov/issues/jobs-and-economic-growth (donovan.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "First, the best way to realize our economy’s full potential is to ensure every child has an equal opportunity to succeed. That requires giving educators the tools and resources they need to effectively teach our children, and to provide flexibility for local educators to adapt their curriculum to their classroom’s unique strengths." https://donovan.house.gov/issues/education-and-opportunity (donovan.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The President's decision to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline is simply wrong. The project has bipartisan support because it would create jobs, lower energy prices, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil -- and can be done without compromising the environment. The United States must take advantage of every opportunity to accomplish these objectives. Economic and energy policy shouldn't hinge on the whims of legacy creation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1023564/statement-from-congressman-dan-donovan-on-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone#.V0dURLIrIfI (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • "The President's decision to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline is simply wrong. The project has bipartisan support because it would create jobs, lower energy prices, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil -- and can be done without compromising the environment. The United States must take advantage of every opportunity to accomplish these objectives. Economic and energy policy shouldn't hinge on the whims of legacy creation." http://.votesmart.org/public-statement/1023564/statement-from-congressman-dan-donovan-on-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone#.V0dURLIrIfI (.votesmart.org)
  • "Republican Donovan said that projects like the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and hydraulic fracturing -- a method of extracting natural gas from shale referred to as "fracking"-- would help make the country more energy independent. To him, renewable energy sources like solar and wind should supplement such efforts because they aren't yet economically viable." http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/04/donovan_gentile_energy_independence.html (www.silive.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The President's decision to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline is simply wrong. The project has bipartisan support because it would create jobs, lower energy prices, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil -- and can be done without compromising the environment. The United States must take advantage of every opportunity to accomplish these objectives. Economic and energy policy shouldn't hinge on the whims of legacy creation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1023564/statement-from-congressman-dan-donovan-on-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone#.V0dURLIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Republican Donovan said that projects like the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and hydraulic fracturing -- a method of extracting natural gas from shale referred to as "fracking"-- would help make the country more energy independent. To him, renewable energy sources like solar and wind should supplement such efforts because they aren't yet economically viable." http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/04/donovan_gentile_energy_independence.html (www.silive.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A constant thread in tragic mass murders is the mental instability of the shooter. While we have an important debate over the effectiveness of existing regulations in preventing these unspeakable crimes, we need to also focus on mental health strategies that might help prevent the tragedies from happening in the first place." https://donovan.house.gov/issues/gun-control-and-second-amendment-rights (donovan.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Affordable Care Act failed to address many of our system’s problems. Instead, the tens of thousands of pages of regulations contained in the law have increased premiums, cut billions from important safety net programs such as Medicare, and caused many doctors to leave independent practice, reducing access for families. That said, some successful aspects of the legislation should remain in force – for example, allowing children up to age 26 to remain on their parents’ plan, and prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to those suffering from pre-existing conditions – while others require reform." https://donovan.house.gov/issues/health-care (donovan.house.gov)
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

  • "We are all the products of immigration, and the Federal government must achieve a sensible solution immediately, a national solution that recognizes our immigrant heritage and protects our borders. We can not have a chaotic system where each of the fifty states enacts their own immigration laws." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/565624/issue-position-immigration-reform#.V0dV5rIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "That’s a very difficult task to do. I don’t know how we would go about doing that so that should be explored," Mr. Donovan said of deportations. "I just think we should reward the people who are following that process before we reward people who broke the law." http://observer.com/2015/02/eric-garner-prosecutor-would-explore-deporting-undocumented-immigrants/ (observer.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mr. Donovan said that he took a traditional view of marriage, but that he expected same-sex marriage to become legal nationally and called himself "very respectful of people’s privacy."" http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/25/nyregion/staten-island-prosecutor-defends-his-record-as-he-seeks-house-seat.html?_r=0 (www.nytimes.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Unfortunately, the world is growing less safe, with ISIS controlling large swaths of Syria and Iraq; Iran getting closer to a nuclear weapon; and a resurgent Russia brazenly defying NATO in Eastern Europe. To confront these challenges, we need to ensure our military remains the unquestioned power in the world. We must support our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who put their lives on the line to defend us by giving them the very best equipment and training. That means halting further dangerous cuts to our defense that have dramatically reduced the readiness of our forces to respond to the many complex threats that we face." https://donovan.house.gov/issues/security (donovan.house.gov)
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

  • "Finally, we made a promise to our seniors that cannot be broken. I will fight to preserve the Medicare and Social Security benefits on which so many, including my mother, rely, while working with my colleagues to ensure both programs remain available to future generations." https://donovan.house.gov/issues/health-care (donovan.house.gov)

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.

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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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