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José Serrano's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 15, Democratic
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José Serrano 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, 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/26981/jose-serrano#.V0cde3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The government has no place in dictating what a woman can and should do with her body." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1018293/the-serrano-report-volume-xii-issue-21#.V0ceOHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26981/jose-serrano#.V0cde3UrIfl (votesmart.org)
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

  • "Our Nation has run into fiscal problems for three reasons […] he Bush tax cuts, foreign wars, and the recession." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/624964/providing-for-consideration-of-hr-2560-cut-cap-and-balance-act-of-2011/?search=bush%20tax%20cut#.V0cfJnUrIfI (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, 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

  • "I am glad to see that the President has not backed down on his belief that the wealthy should not enjoy tax breaks and loopholes not available to working people. I think there should be no debate on this premise--it's about fairness. I think with the moral imperative that everyone must pay their fair share, and the deficit reduction that such moves would enable," http://votesmart.org/public-statement/778038/the-serrano-report-vol-x-8/?search=jobs#.V0cgrXUrIfl (votesmart.org)
  • "In the meantime, the Bronx River cleanup provides a national model for a new federal Urban Waters initiative designed to stimulate local economies, create jobs and protect Americans' health by revitalizing waterways in underserved areas." In the designed to stimulate" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/760392/crains-new-york-business-restoring-waterways-is-crucial/?search=jobs#.V0cgZXUrIfK (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? 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 Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "School districts need to have the funding to hire good teachers and good support staff. Teachers need to have the resources to provide students with an engaging, high quality education, and a positive learning environment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1071687/issue-position-education#.V0ckdXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R. 3 "Northern Route Approval Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VAomPaCW1Kg (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: 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.
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • José Serrano supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009. http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/4874 (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Serrano believes clearing the air and improving the environment is a top priority in the South Bronx." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1071697/issue-position-environment#.V0cnT3UrIfJ (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club endorsed José Serrano in the 2010 general election. http://votesmart.org/interest-group/657/sierra-club (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26981/jose-serrano/37#.V0cn_XUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] guns are designed for killing and must be treated as such. Over the past decade, we have tried the pro-gun lobby's preferred policy of inaction on gun regulation. It is clear that this policy has failed our children and our nation. We must now begin the national conversation on how to limit guns in such a way that our children and communities are safe from these horrors." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/757607/serrano-calls-for-stricter-gun-control#.V0csX3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] he was proud to vote in favor of the Affordable Care Act in 2009." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1071718/issue-position-health/?search=care%20act#.V0cs1nUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2009, Congressman Serrano proudly voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act, which will bring coverage within reach of millions of American families. As the law's reforms have gone into effect, the law's popularity has increased, and yet Congressman Serrano is still helping to defend it against political attacks that would undermine it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/626847/ (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 Serrano strongly supports a comprehensive immigration reform to address these issues, one that includes a path to citizenship for the undocumented […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1071746/issue-position-immigration#.V0ctV3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "José Serrano voted Yea on the DREAM ACT http://votesmart.org/bill/12443/32955/26981/32955/26981/ (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/candidate/evaluations/26981/jose-serrano/76#.V0cttnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I have watched as states across the nation as well as the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage and unions. I believe that is progress towards a future where sexual orientation is not grounds for different treatment by the government. The Defense of Marriage Act was not right when it passed and I'm glad that the Administration will no longer be defending it in court or other settings." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/591232/ (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, 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 100% by the Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26981/jose-serrano/53#.V0ct63UrIfI (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 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.

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. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Congressional Election 1992 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
1. Which of the following tax measures, if any, will you support if elected to the Congress in 1992?
Reducing the capital gains tax rate on profits from the sale of stocks, bonds and real estate.
XPermitting tax-free withdrawals from IRAs in limited circumstances.
Providing some kind of middle-class tax break.
Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000.
XProviding a tax credit for first-time home buyers.
Repealing luxury taxes on limited items.
Providing a temporary investment tax credit.
Other
Please evaluate the following general program areas and indicate the level of federal funding that you will support if you are elected to Congress.
Increase SpendingHealth Care
Increase SpendingUnemployment
Increase SpendingAIDS Research
Increase SpendingEnvironment
Decrease SpendingDefense
Increase SpendingEducation
Keep Spending The SameNational Debt Payments
Increase SpendingDrugs
If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt?
XReduce governmental defense spending.
Reduce governmental domestic spending.
Raise personal income taxes for all citizens.
Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000.
Raise corporate taxes.
Do nothing at the present time.
Other
Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose?
Strongly SupportExtending unemployment compensation further.
Strongly SupportFederal support of job retraining programs.
Strongly SupportFederal grants to states for creating jobs in inner cities.
SupportMandating workfare for welfare recipients.
Strongly OpposeMinimizing governmental intervention and letting the market take a more natural course.
Strongly SupportFederal investment in America's infrastructure.
Other
Which of the following policies, if any, should be pursued by the federal government in the area of the United States/Japenese trade?
Restricting the overall volume of goods entering the United States from Japan.
XImposing tariffs on goods entering the United States from Japan.
XRequiring Japan to eliminate its trade surplus with the United States over a period of five years.
Requiring reciprocal trade agreements between the United States and Japan based on equal dollar values.
Imposing no restrictions on trade between the United States and Japan.
Other
Which of the following defense proposals do you support or oppose?
Strongly SupportReduction of the number of American military troops.
Strongly OpposeContinued funding of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).
Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor?
Elimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada.
Offering tax incentives to all small employers in return for guaranteed health insurance coverage of all employees and their families.
Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage.
Creation of a fund designed to provide health insurance to the unemployed and supported by additional tax levies on large employers.
A system of tax credits and vouchers to provide health insurance for the working poor and people of moderate income.
No reform necessary at this time.
Other
If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support?
XIncreased federal funding.
XIncreased state and local funding.
XImproved teacher recruitment and training.
National curricula and standards.
XSmaller classes.
Increased national testing.
A "choice" or "vouchers" program.
No major changes are necessary at this time.
Other
If elected to Congress, how will you confront the War on Drugs?"
XProvide federal funds to educate people about the dangers of drugs.
XProvide federal funds to help drug addicts overcome their addictions.
XWork with foreign governments to stop the export of drugs to this country.
Impose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug dealers.
Impose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug users.
Legalize the possession and use of drugs.
Other
What is your opinion on the following environmental proposals?
Strongly OpposeOpening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.
Strongly OpposeAmending the Clean Water Act's section on wetlands to provide landowners with greater rights.
SupportReauthorization of The Endangered Species Act in its current form.
Please indicate which of the following positions you support or oppose.
OpposeParental or spousal notification prior to permitting an abortion.
Strongly OpposeAbortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
Strongly SupportFederally funded abortions should be permitted.
Strongly SupportWomen should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason.
Strongly OpposeAbortion should be legal only in limited circumstances, for example, when the life of the mother is endangered or in the case of rape or incest.
Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose?
Strongly OpposeExpansion of the number of federal crimes punishable by death.
Strongly SupportA mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun.
SupportIncreased federal spending for state and local police programs.
Strongly SupportA ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons.
Strongly OpposeA limitation on habeas corpus appeals for death row inmates.
Other
Whare are your two top priorities if elected to the Congress?
a. What will you do about each priority?

Priority 1: Education Priority 2: Reduction in defense spending

b. How will you finance (when necessary) each priority?
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