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

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 11, Republican
Dan Donovan, Jr. 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

  • Rated 7% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/127760/dan-donovan-jr#.V0c92rIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act] defends innocent babies by simply requiring medical physicians to provide the same standard of care to all children, no matter the situation surrounding their birth. Against all odds, some infants survive abortion procedures, and I think we can agree that any living, breathing baby deserves a chance to live the life they were given. This isn't about politics or ideological differences. It's about humanity and compassion." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1220553/donovan-house-vote-to-protect-life#.WxWiF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/127760/dan-donovan-jr#.V0c92rIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act] defends innocent babies by simply requiring medical physicians to provide the same standard of care to all children, no matter the situation surrounding their birth. Against all odds, some infants survive abortion procedures, and I think we can agree that any living, breathing baby deserves a chance to live the life they were given. This isn't about politics or ideological differences. It's about humanity and compassion." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1220553/donovan-house-vote-to-protect-life#.WxWiF63SQfI (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

  • "We need to cut taxes and reform the burdensome regulations that are killing jobs and economic growth. Reforming the tax code to make it flatter and simpler, peeling back excessive regulations and creating a balanced budget will spark the economy and unleash the entrepreneurial spirit." http://dandonovanforcongress.com/the-issues/#1474037339002-e2962ff0-88e2 (dandonovanforcongress.com)
  • "We need to cut taxes and reform the burdensome regulations that are killing jobs and economic growth. Reforming the tax code to make it flatter and simpler, peeling back excessive regulations and creating a balanced budget will spark the economy and unleash the entrepreneurial spirit." http://dandonovanforcongress.com/the-issues/#1474037339002-e2962ff0-88e2 (dandonovanforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)
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

  • "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)
  • "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 corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • " 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)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support giving parents more school choice and repealing Common Core, which has been a disaster for both teachers and students. We can, and must improve standards, but there is a better way." http://dandonovanforcongress.com/the-issues/#education (dandonovanforcongress.com)
  • "I support giving parents more school choice and repealing Common Core, which has been a disaster for both teachers and students. We can, and must improve standards, but there is a better way." http://dandonovanforcongress.com/the-issues/#education (dandonovanforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A good example of this dual strategy is the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, which I co-sponsored. The legislation improves the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to help keep guns away from criminals, allows information on mental health disorders to be shared with NICS, and creates a commission to study mass violence." https://donovan.house.gov/issues/gun-control-and-second-amendment-rights (donovan.house.gov)
  • "A good example of this dual strategy is the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, which I co-sponsored. The legislation improves the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to help keep guns away from criminals, allows information on mental health disorders to be shared with NICS, and creates a commission to study mass violence." https://donovan.house.gov/issues/gun-control-and-second-amendment-rights (donovan.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Sadly, Obamacare did not accomplish that. Obamacare has caused premiums to go up an average of 5% for New Yorkers, while many people have lost their doctors and are paying more out-of-pocket. Obamacare also puts unnecessary burdens on small businesses, who are being forced to hire less people because of mandated costs. We should keep the positive aspects of the law, like prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on their parent’s plan until age 26, while reforming other parts like medical malpractice and increasing competition by allowing people to purchase insurance across state lines." http://dandonovanforcongress.com/the-issues/#healthcare-reform (dandonovanforcongress.com)
  • "Sadly, Obamacare did not accomplish that. Obamacare has caused premiums to go up an average of 5% for New Yorkers, while many people have lost their doctors and are paying more out-of-pocket. Obamacare also puts unnecessary burdens on small businesses, who are being forced to hire less people because of mandated costs. We should keep the positive aspects of the law, like prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on their parent’s plan until age 26, while reforming other parts like medical malpractice and increasing competition by allowing people to purchase insurance across state lines." http://dandonovanforcongress.com/the-issues/#healthcare-reform (dandonovanforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I fully support both bills that are expected to be brought to the floor today, which will secure our borders, fund the wall, curb illegal entries, better support our frontline defenders, and enact a merit-based system. These pieces of legislation deliver the strong solutions President Trump has called for, and I look forward to voting to repair our system." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1259841/statement-from-congressman-dan-donovan-on-supporting-immigration-reform-bills/?search=wall#.W6JtrmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
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, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • "This is a volatile time for the world, particularly in the Middle East. ISIS is growing bolder, Iran is on a path to nuclear proliferation and Russian aggression is increasing. All of this is a huge threat to world safety. America must be a leader on the world stage. We need to maintain and strengthen our defense system and stand by our allies. We must listen to our military leaders to develop a real strategy to defeat ISIS once and for all." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1255574/issue-position-foreign-affairs/?search=nuclear#.W6Ju5WdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This is a volatile time for the world, particularly in the Middle East. ISIS is growing bolder, Iran is on a path to nuclear proliferation and Russian aggression is increasing. All of this is a huge threat to world safety. America must be a leader on the world stage. We need to maintain and strengthen our defense system and stand by our allies. We must listen to our military leaders to develop a real strategy to defeat ISIS once and for all." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1255574/issue-position-foreign-affairs/?search=nuclear#.W6Ju5WdyIfI (votesmart.org)

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Inferred Answer

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