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Sean Maloney's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 18, Democratic
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Sean Maloney 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?

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/interest-group/1578/rating/8843 (votesmart.org)
  • "Sean has consistently supported a woman’s right to choose." http://seanmaloney.com/post/96995722470/women-and-families (seanmaloney.com)
Yes 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

  • "[...] he worked across the aisle to cut middle-class taxes – twice. Sean also believes the middle class shoulders too much of the tax burden, and he wants corporations and billionaires to start paying their fair share. That’s why he’s voted to close loopholes for companies that outsource American jobs to other countries and reform the tax code so billionaires no longer pay lower tax rates than most working Americans." http://seanmaloney.com/post/96995599245/balancing-the-budget-and-taxes (seanmaloney.com)
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

  • "Sean also supports making smart investments in infrastructure that lead to more economic growth throughout the Hudson Valley; create an immediate boom of construction jobs; and rebuild American roads, bridges, and mass transit systems that have been falling apart and have become unsafe over the past decade." http://seanmaloney.com/post/96995764675/jobs-and-the-economy (seanmaloney.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "That’s why he worked across the aisle to cut middle-class taxes – twice. Sean also believes the middle class shoulders too much of the tax burden, and he wants corporations and billionaires to start paying their fair share. That’s why he’s voted to close loopholes for companies that outsource American jobs to other countries and reform the tax code so billionaires no longer pay lower tax rates than most working Americans." http://seanmaloney.com/post/96995599245/balancing-the-budget-and-taxes (seanmaloney.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Sean also has serious concerns about the state’s implementation of new academic standards – he thinks we need more common sense, not Common Core." http://seanmaloney.com/post/96995680820/college-affordability-and-education (seanmaloney.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3 "Northern Route Approval Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VAomPaCW1Kg (votesmart.org)
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

  • "I will fight to protect our environment, sustain our natural resources, and keep our communities safe for generations to come. Establishing more affordable, reliable and sustainable energy solutions will create new jobs and industry in the Hudson Valley." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/831990/issue-position-energy-and-the-environment#.V0cJcHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will fight to protect our environment, sustain our natural resources, and keep our communities safe for generations to come. Establishing more affordable, reliable and sustainable energy solutions will create new jobs and industry in the Hudson Valley." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/831990/issue-position-energy-and-the-environment#.V0cJcHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I am absolutely opposed to fracking in the Hudson Valley." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/843351/maloney-opposes-legislation-that-would-eliminate-fracking-oversight#.V0cJ63UrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/139760/sean-maloney/37#.V0cFmnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "He also wants to repeal and replace the health care reform bill, a piece of legislation he said was a missed opportunity for true reform crippled by partisan politics and which will seriously hurt small businesses as they deal with skyrocketing premiums and more mandates they can't meet." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/563658/the-record-gibson-murphy-vying-for-20th-district-seat#.V0Yqh3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • "The Senate has passed an overwhelmingly bipartisan bill securing our borders and allowing those in the shadows to earn their citizenship -- it's time for the House to move forward with commonsense reform." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/797746/maloney-statement-on-passage-of-bipartisan-senate-immigration-reform#.V0cHQXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220 (votesmart.org)
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

  • Rated 89% by the Alliance of Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/interest-group/959/rating/8899 (votesmart.org)
  • "Sean is committed to protecting Social Security and Medicare for future generations; in Congress, he has opposed efforts to end Medicare’s guaranteed benefits, privatize Social Security, or raise the retirement age." http://seanmaloney.com/post/96995812220/social-security-and-medicare (seanmaloney.com)

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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