HIGHLIGHTS of LEE ZELDIN’s RECORD (click www.leezeldinrecord.com for full report)
- Zeldin voted to repeal the ACA and replace it with a bill that would have caused 61,951 people in NY01 to lose their health insurance.
- Insurance companies have donated $267,975 to Zeldin’s campaign since 2014.
- Zeldin voted to let insurers increase premiums for older adults 5 times what they charge younger adults.
- Zeldin’s vote to repeal the ACA put 310,000 constituents (under 65) with pre-existing conditions at risk.
- Zeldin voted against extending CHIP — which insures 66,000 L.I. children
- Zeldin continues to support Trump’s efforts to end Medicaid.
Taxes and the Economy
- An average taxpayer in NY who itemizes State and Local Tax deductions (SALT), could face a tax increase of almost $5,500.
- Lower-earning families with kids would clearly have increased taxes — dramatically so in the case of larger families
- Zeldin’s done little to push for the $1 trillion infrastructure spending that could improve NY1 roads, transportation and cell phone service.
- Zeldin did not oppose GOP tax bill provisions that hurt NY1, including $500 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid
- Zeldin repeatedly voted to restrict abortion rights, including a ban at 20 weeks — directly challenging Roe v. Wade.
- Zeldin voted to block Congress from considering a bill to end the pay gap between men and women.
- Zeldin repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood, which 2.4 million people depend on.
- Zeldin voted for a health care bill that would allow insurers to refuse to cover preventive — often lifesaving — tests
- Zeldin voted against covering newborn care for families.
- Zeldin voted for a bill that would let insurers deny coverage of pre-existing conditions in women.
- Zeldin voted to ban private insurance coverage of abortion and block federal funding for abortion.
- Zeldin voted against background checks and assault rifle ban.
- Zeldin voted against banning people from carrying firearms and ammunition in airports and on public transportation.
- Zeldin has received $61,181 from the NRA since he has been in office.
- Zeldin voted 23 times to block a bill prohibiting suspected terrorists on the FBI’s terror watchlist to buy firearms in the U.S.
- Zeldin supports arming teachers to address school shootings.
- Zeldin has voted to reverse clean air rules, allowing companies to pollute at unsafe levels.
- Zeldin has voted to slash EPA funding and prohibit it from implementing rules requiring oil and gas companies to reduce methane pollution.
- Zeldin accepted $17,000 from companies convicted of illegally dumping toxic waste in Suffolk County.
- Zeldin voted to end significant Clean Air Act standards.
- Zeldin is doing nothing about climate change.
- Zeldin voted for an appropriations bill to cut VA funding by more than $1 billion.
- Zeldin voted “no” on a bill preserving the right for veterans to sue if their mortgages violate anti-predatory lending laws.
HIGHLIGHTS of LIUBA GRECHEN-SHIRLEY on ISSUES (click Liuba for Congress for full statements)
Healthcare is a human right. The U.S. spends more on health care per person than any other advanced nation in the world, yet we have the highest maternal mortality rate and lowest life expectancy rate of any other wealthy country. We are the only industrialized nation without universal health care, and approximately half of American families in bankruptcy are there because of a serious medical problem.
Economy and Jobs
Fighting for Working Families. Everyone deserves a fair chance at achieving the American Dream, but too many Long Island families are struggling to make ends meet. No one working full time in America should be living in poverty. We need an economy that works for all of us – a federal minimum wage of $15 dollars an hour, access to affordable quality education and healthcare, smarter and fairer trade deals, and paid family leave.
Our bodies, our choices. Women’s access to safe affordable healthcare is under attack, and I will fight to protect women’s access a full range of reproductive health care services, including access to contraception, safe legal abortions, and maternity and newborn care. Every woman, regardless of her income level, has the right to make her own decisions about her sexual and reproductive health without government interference.
Ending Gun Violence. Our country has a gun violence problem. This violence has to stop. Your kids and mine should grow up in a country without having to fear for their lives at church, in school, at restaurants, or in movie theaters. There are common sense ons that Congress can take to help put an end to this bloodshed.
Fighting Climate Change. I grew up swimming in and sailing on the Great South Bay. Over the years, however, we’ve seen more instances of brown tide affecting our beaches and our fishing industry. Sea levels are rising, storms have increased in strength, and downpours have become more frequent. Flooding has become more of a common occurrence.
Military, National Security, & Foreign Policy
American leadership. I unequivocally support the men and women in our armed forces and ensuring that they have the resources they need to be successful. That means providing much needed services to our veterans, ensuring stability of US leadership around the world, and working to prevent climate change which is one of the biggest threats to national and global security.
HIGHLIGHTS of JIM GAUGHRAN on ISSUES (click Gaughran 2018 for full statements)
Ending the Opioid Crisis
The opioid crisis is one of the most dangerous problems affecting Long Island and no community has been left untouched by its devastating reach. 20 years ago, I led the charge against the spread of crack cocaine in Suffolk County, today’s battle against opioids is all too familiar. We need to take a multi-pronged approach that focuses both on prevention and rehabilitation. We need to take action against those who help to spread these drugs in our communities, while also working with parents and community organizations to help identify the signs of opiate use and assist those affected with finding treatment for their addictions.
Protecting Taxpayers Hit by the Trump Tax Plan
Long Island already pays some of the highest property taxes in the Country, but the Trump Tax Plan is going to make our tax burden even worse. The new cap on State and Local Tax (SALT) deductions is going to affect more than 300,000 Long Island families by effectively adding a tax on our taxes. By failing to address the need for regional costs factors when writing the tax plain, Washington ignored the realities that the taxes for areas like Long Island are much higher than the rest of the country. Purposefully or not, the Trump administrations actions will create an untenable tax burden for the middle class in New York.
Defending Reproductive Rights
Now more than ever, we need to codify a women’s right to choose here in New York. With the election of Donald Trump and Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, Washington is closer than ever to stripping away the protections guaranteed by Roe v. Wade. The current laws on the books predate that landmark decision, and a sweeping mandate from Washington could potentially strip away the ability of women to make their own reproductive health decisions. I would proudly support and co-sponsor The Reproductive Health Act if elected.
Protecting our Communities from Gun Violence
In the last two decades, far too many communities have become household names for the worst of reasons. There have been too many to list, and too often nothing is done by lawmakers in the aftermath. New York took a good step with the SAFE Act, but there’s more to do. We need to ban bump stock devices that turn ordinary guns into weapons capable of mass murder, establish Extreme Risk Protection Orders to keep guns away from people who are a danger to themselves and others, and extend the background check waiting period from 3 to 10 days so we know exactly who is purchasing guns. We need action, not just thoughts and prayers, to solve the gun crisis in our country.
Protecting our environment
Environmental hazards pose problems more pressing than at anytime in the past. On Long Island, we understand better than most just how vital the environment is to every aspect of our live. We must be vigilant to protect our aquifer from threats that could contaminate our only source of drinking water here on the Island. But we also live here because we love it here, we must be careful to protect and preserve our opens spaces and parklands. If elected to the Senate, I will proudly work with all members of the Senate on legislation such as the Climate & Community Protection Act to advance the quality of New York and allow us to create a more sustainable society.
Fighting Corrupt Politicians
Here in New York – especially on Long Island – too many politicians have abused the public’s trust and brought disgrace to our government. After watching the corruption trials of legislative leaders like Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver, and local officials like Ed Mangano and John Venditto, we can’t allow Albany to continue to do nothing to clean up our political system. We need to start passing real reforms that can root out corruption at every level.