Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Steve Israel

2nd District, New York Congressman

Steve Israel

Congressman                New York                    Democrat
Elected 2000

Ratings for 2010:

ADA    Americans for Democratic Action                                                   90
            Liberal:             less defense spending   
                                      protect civil liberties, human rights

ACLU  American Civil Liberties Union                                                        88
            Protect individuals from legal infringements on rights

AFS     American Federation of Government Employees                       100       
            Liberal labor

LCV    League of Conservation Voters                                                     100
            Pro-environmental protection

ITIC     Information Technology Industry Council                                        100
            Promote electronic commerce and innovation

NTU    National Taxpayers Union                                                                    6
            Pro-taxpayer rights

COC    US Chamber of Commerce                                                             25

ACU    American Conservative Union                                                            0
            Conservative:    foreign policy
                                       social and budget issues

CFG    Club for Growth                                                                                     0
            Pro-tax limitation

FRC     Family Research Council                                                                    0
            Conservative:    promotes marriage and family
                                       oppose abortion

Votes in 111th Congress:           2009 - 2010

Yes      Overturn Ledbetter
            Extend statute of limitations in pay discrimination
Yes      $820 billion stimulus   
            Funds to revive U.S. economy
No       Let guns in national parks
            Permit people carrying guns in parks
Yes      Cap and Trade
            Industry measure to reduce greenhouse gases               
No       Bar federal abortion funds
            No federal funds for health plans covering abortion
Yes      Health Care Bill
            Provides insurance for people without health insurance              
Yes      Financial Firm Regulation
            Regulations on financial services firms
Yes      Pass tax cuts for some
            Bush era tax cuts to continue for incomes under $250,000
Yes      Stop detainee transfers
            Prohibit defense funds used to transfer detainees to U.S. facilities                      
Yes      Legalize Immigrants’ Kids
            Give children of illegal parents path to legal status
Yes      Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
            Lift ban on openly gay people in military           
Yes      Limit Campaign Funds
            Requires sponsors of campaign ads to identify themselves

Year                 Candidate                     Vote                                         Campaign Chest

2010                Steve Israel (D)              94,694  56%                          2,547,657
                        John Gomez (R)             72,115  43                                404,965

2008                Steve Israel (D *)         161,279  67%                          1,436,880
                        Frank Stalzer (R, C)       79,641  33                                  15,500
2006                Steve Israel (D *)         105,276  70%                          1,167,026
                        John Bugler (R, C)          44,212  30                            

2004                Steve Israel (D *)         161,593  67%                          1,077,719
                        R. Hoffman (R, C)          80,950  33                                  11,679

2002                Steve Israel (D *)           85,451  58%                          1,416,138
                        J. Finley (R, C ,RTL)      59,117  40

2000                Steve Israel (D)              90,438  48%                          1,055,977
                        Joan Johnson  (R)           65,880  35                             1,015,225
                        Robert Walsh (RTL)       11,224    6                                  47,609
                        R. Thompson (C)           10,824    6                                  38,967
                        D. Bishop (Grn *)           10,266    5                                350,653

2000 primary    Steve Israel (D)                6,004  45%
                        David Bishop (D)                5,449  41
                        Ghenya Grant (D)                1,785  13

                        * Ind, WF

                        C         Conservative Party
                        Grn      Green Party
                        Ind       Independence Party
                        RTL     Right To Life Party
                        WF      Working Families Party

Population 2010:                      679,893
Change since 2000:                   up 3.9%

Urban:                                      100%
Rural:                                            0

Median Income:                           91,515
Median Home Value:                456,300

Private Employment:                 79%
Government Employment:         16
Self-Employed:                             5
Blue Collar:                              18
White Collar:                            66

Median Age:                            39
Over 65:                                   13%
Under 18:                                 26

High School Graduates:            88%
College Graduates:                   34
Graduate Degree:                     15

Veterans:                                    7%

White:                                      63%
Black:                                       10
Hispanic:                                  21
Asian:                                         5         

2008 Presidential Vote:
Barack Obama (D) -                164,106           56%
John McCain (R) -                    125,978           43

2004 Presidential Vote:
John Kerry (D) -                      148,625           53%
George W. Bush (R) -            127,626           45

Steve Israel's Voting History

Votes in 110th Congress:           2007 – 2008

Yes      Increase Minimum Wage
            Raise minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour
Yes      Expand SCHIP
            Expand State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Yes      Raise CAFE Standards
            Increase fuel efficiency to 35 mpg by 2020
Yes      Bail Out Financial Markets
            $700 billion to bail out financial industry
No       Share Immigration Data
            Bar funds to governments refusing to share immigration information
No       Foreign Aid Abortion Ban
            Bar funds for abortions in foreign aid programs
Yes      Ban Gay Bias in Workplace
            Prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation
No       Repeal DC Gun Law
            Repeal local prohibition of firearms
Yes      Withdraw Troops 8/08
            Requires withdrawal of troops by August, 2008
*          No Operations in Iraq
            Bar military funds for contingency operations in Iraq
Yes      Free Trade with Peru
            Implement free trade agreement with Peru
No       Overhaul FISA
            Overhaul Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

*          Absent

Votes in 109th Congress:           2005 – 2006

Yes      Estate Tax Repeal
            Permanently repeal federal estate and gift taxes
No       Limit CAFE standards
            Less stringent auto fuel efficiency standards
No       FY06 Spending Curb
            Curb federal entitlement spending
No       Drilling in ANWR
            Oil and gas leases for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
No       Limit Interstate Abortion
            No minors across state lines for abortions without parental consent
No       Extend Patriot Act
            Reauthorize USA Patriot Act expanding law enforcement authority
No       Bar Same Sex Marriage
            Amend Constitution to define marriage as between man and woman
Yes      Stem Cell Research Funds
            Override veto to fund embryonic stem cell research
Yes      Build Border Fence
            700 miles of fencing along border with Mexico
No       CAFTA
            Approve Central American Free Trade Agreement
No       Oppose Iraq Withdrawal
            Oppose setting date for withdrawal of US forces from Iraq
No       Detainee Tribunals
            Create military tribunals to try detainees
Votes in 108th Congress:           2003 – 2004

No       Drilling in ANWR
            Permit oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
No       Approve Bush Tax Cuts
            Reduce taxes by $350 billion through 2013
No       Medicare/Rx Bill
            Medicare prescription drug legislation
Yes      Bar Overtime Pay Regulations
            Oppose federal overtime pay regulations
No       DC School Vouchers
            Funds for private schools in DC
No       Ban Human Cloning
            Criminal sanctions for human cloning
No       Restrict Gun Liability
            Restrict liability lawsuits against gun manufacturers, sellers
No       Ban Partial Birth Abortion
            Criminal sanctions for “partial birth” abortions
No       Ban Same-Sex Marriage
            Amend Constitution to ban same-sex marriage
Yes      Fund Iraq War
            Approve appropriations for U.S. military operations in Iraq
Yes      Bar Cuba Embargo Funds
            Prohibit funds to enforce economic embargo of Cuba
Yes      Intelligence Reorganization
            Reorganize intelligence agencies; create national director

Votes in 107th Congress:           2001 – 2002

Yes      Approve Bush Tax Cuts
            $1.35 trillion in tax cuts
No       Limit Patients’ Bill of Rights
            Limit non-economic damages in liability awards
Yes      Campaign Finance Reform
            Eliminate most uses of soft money; limit pre-election advertising
Yes      Ban ANWR Development
            Protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil development
No       Faith Based Charities
            Federal incentives for religious social services
No       Bar Gays in the Boy Scouts
            Do not enforce anti-discrimination rulings against Boy Scouts
No       Ban Partial Birth Abortions
            Criminal penalties for “partial birth” abortions
Yes      Arm Commercial Pilots
            Commercial pilots able to carry fire arms in flight
No       Trade Promotion Authority
            Authority for president to negotiate international trade agreements
No       Bar Funds for International Court
            No federal funds for International Criminal Court
Yes      Authorize Force in Iraq
            Authorizes U.S. military force in Iraq
No       Deny Home Security Department Union
            Deny employees of Homeland Security from joining union

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