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Albio Sires' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NJ) - District 8, Democratic
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Albio Sires 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 http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/22510/albio-sires/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "Currently, federal funding of abortions is already prohibited, and women purchasing plans with abortion coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace must already use their own private money for such coverage. We must prioritize legislation that creates jobs and grows the economy, not bills that roll back healthcare choices for women." http://sires.house.gov/media-center/washington-reviews/washington-review-january-23-2015 (sires.house.gov)
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

  • "A comprehensive tax reform plan should ensure that everyone pays their fair share. For too many years, the tax code has benefited the wealthy at the expense of the majority of Americans." http://sires.house.gov/issues/tax-reform (sires.house.gov)
  • "It also would make permanent tax cuts for the middle class and call for the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share of income taxes […]." http://sires.house.gov/press-release/sires-votes-protect-medicare-and-middle-class (sires.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053 (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

  • njspotlight.com "[…] he also said federal action is necessary to help those still struggling, such as extending unemployment assistance and continuing the cut in payroll Social Security taxes." http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/10/27/rivals-in-8th-district-share-similar-roots-but-branch-off-on-government-spending/ (www.njspotlight.com)
  • "I support long-term investment in our nation’s transportation infrastructure and believe it is imperative that Congress works towards finding a long-term solution that addresses these needs. Additionally, the renewable energy sector has the potential to create millions of quality American jobs throughout the next decade. In the past, I have supported policies that provide the necessary incentives to promote the renewable energy sector. Supporting initiatives that curb our nation’s energy use and encourage the development of renewable energy sources not only protects the future of our planet, but is a smart way to create jobs in emerging industries." http://sires.house.gov/issues/economy (sires.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3630 "Extends Payroll Tax Cut" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38274 (votesmart.org)
  • "In many cases, families that are struggling to make ends meet are actually paying a higher tax rate than millionaires and billionaires. For example, under the proposed 'Buffet Rule,' people making over a million dollars would be asked to contribute more into the tax system to level the playing field, while those making less would not see an increase in their taxes. In addition, it is imperative that we also close tax loopholes for corporations that ship jobs overseas." http://sires.house.gov/issues/tax-reform (sires.house.gov)
  • "This bill not only permanently extends the middle-class tax cuts, but it extends credits for working families to help provide economic certainty during these difficult times." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761211/sires-votes-to-make-middle-class-tax-cuts-permanent#.VZsUkHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is the main source of federal aid to K-12 education. Initially enacted in 1965, this law was amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) to achieve accountability of school systems for improving student achievement outcomes. However, some requirements have become burdensome and punitive. As Congress looks for ways to reform the ESEA, I will continue to work to ensure the needs of our nation's children are put first." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1062234/issue-position-education (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While the Keystone XL Project cannot solve America's energy crisis alone, it is necessary step for the U.S. economy, U.S. national security and U.S. energy needs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/652642/letter-to-president-obama/?search=keystone#.VY2C3nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.1. "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/19390/50944/22510/a-bill-to-approve-the-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VY2CrHUViko (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

  • "New Jersey has taken a leadership role in solar energy technology – we are second in the nation in producing solar energy and have the second highest number of solar installations […]." http://sires.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=450&Itemid=128 (sires.house.gov)
  • "[…] we must reevaluate our Nation's energy policy to prioritize renewable energy sources and focus on a clean energy economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/529463/renewable-energy-for-a-clean-energy-economy/?search=renewable%20energy#.VY2DoXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A top priority of the 111th Congress has been tackling tough environmental challenges, such as climate change, through investments in a clean energy economy to wean our nation off of our dangerous dependence on foreign oil and create green American jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/501816/4222010-sires-celebrates-the-40th-earth-day/?search=climate%20change#.VY2FxnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Furthermore, climate change and ocean acidification have already begun to stress the Atlantic environment and ecosystem. Sea level rise and extreme weather events, exacerbated by warmer air and ocean temperatures, already threaten coastal communities." http://price.house.gov/press-releases/price-spearheads-letter-opposing-atlantic-drilling/ (price.house.gov)
  • "To further help curb the effects of global warming, I have supported several environmental bills. I am a cosponsor of H.R. 1590, the Safe Climate Act of 2007. To further help curb the effects of global warming, I have supported several environmental bills. I am a cosponsor of H.R. 1590, the Safe Climate Act of 2007." http://sires.house.gov/sites/sires.house.gov/files/images/stories/enewsletter/090208.html (sires.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must begin to have a meaningful discussion not only about gun control, but about the state of security in our schools, as well as the access to mental health care services. While one bill won’t end all evil actions, Congress must begin to work together to improve the safety of our citizens." http://sires.house.gov/sandy-hook-elementary-tragedy (sires.house.gov)
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/22510/albio-sires/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "I am encouraged by the President's recent executive actions to combat gun violence in our country. These executive actions include common sense measures that will expand the use of background checks by all sellers of firearms, regardless of whether they sell firearms in stores, on the Internet, or at gun shows. The steps taken by the President will also make the background check system more effective and efficient. Furthermore, the President's executive actions will facilitate the reporting of mental illnesses to the background check system, increase mental health treatment across the country for those in need, and drive new research into gun safety measures." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1062239/issue-position-gun-violence-prevention (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is frustrating that Congress has yet again chosen to vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, instead of bringing bills to the Floor that create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and ensure bigger paychecks." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951147/washington-review-february-9-2015/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.VY2JpXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Every American deserves access to quality, affordable health care. It is crucial that we work together to make our health care system effective and efficient in order to serve all Americans. That is why I joined my colleagues in enacting the Affordable Care Act to reform our nation’s health care system. The Affordable Care Act works to protect people’s choice of doctors and health plans, as well as guarantee that Americans across the country have access to quality, stable, and affordable health care." http://sires.house.gov/issues/health-care (sires.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (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

  • "[…] Congressman Albio Sires voted in favor of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act. The DREAM Act would make it possible for those brought to this country as young children to remain in the United States if they pursue higher education or military service." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/574358/sires-supports-passage-of-dream-act#.VZK_vnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Immigrants are an integral part of the communities we represent. They go to our schools, work in our businesses, pay taxes, serve as the primary breadwinners in their families, and help to give our communities their unique character. Our communities continue to be damaged by this growing collaboration between police and immigration enforcement." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/656300/letter-to-president-obama#.VZK_VHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2965 "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act" https://www.congress.gov/bill/111th-congress/house-bill/2965 (www.congress.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/22510/albio-sires/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "We believe that standing up for the rights of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, reflects the fundamental precepts of our country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/655840/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-foreign-discrimination-against-lgbt-community/?search=lgbt#.VY2MW3UViko (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

  • "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566228/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-social-security/?search=social%20security#.VY2SCXUViko (votesmart.org)

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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

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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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