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Pete Olson

Pete Olson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Pete Olson
Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 22, Republican
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 22
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Nancy; 2 Children: Kate, Grant
Birth Date: 12/09/1962
Birth Place: Fort Lewis, WA
Home City: Sugar Land, TX
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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 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Pete Olson voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Pete Olson voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Issue Position: Family Values. 15 November 2011. "I am pro-life. I believe that life begins at conception and every life has a soul." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Pete Olson voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Issue Position: Respecting the Sanctity of Life and Marriage. 15 November 2011. "I believe that life begins at conception and every life has a soul. Abortion as a means of birth control horrifies every fiber of my being. Our country should work to protect innocent life and I will vote that way in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Olson Becomes Original Co-Sponsor of Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. 22 January 2009. "We must continue to promote a culture of life in our country. Pro-life American taxpayers like me who hold strong ethical objections to abortion should not see their tax dollars subsidize abortion providers." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Olson. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Pete Olson voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Afghanistan Plan. 3 December 2009. "Mr. Speaker, I commend the President for finally making the right decision to send additional combat troops to Afghanistan. However, I have deep concerns with the President's insistence on a hard July 2011 deadline for withdrawal [¦] The President cannot have it both ways, and I urge him to focus this new strategy on victory and not withdrawal." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Issue Position: National Security. 17 November 2011. "I agree with the President that more troops are needed in Afghanistan [¦] While the strategy in Iraq cannot and should not be exactly replicated in Afghanistan, I am very confident in the ability of our military leadership and the determination of our military men and women on the ground." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Statement On President Obama's Decision On The Future Of Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. "I support the President's long overdue decision to send additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan as requested by General McChrystal on August 30th. I am hopeful that these additional resources will be adequate to successfully complete the mission our troops have been tasked with." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Olson. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Pete Olson voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Pete Olson voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Representative Pete Olson Delivers Floor Speech On War Funding Legislation. 11 June 2009. "I am deeply concerned that Senate and House Democrats and the Administration have opted to compromise the integrity of an issue as important as providing the men and women of our military the support they need to continue the fight against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. I proudly supported the House version of this bill when it originally passed this chamber as a clean measure to provide our troops on the battle field with the equipment and support necessary to complete their mission. However, it appears that Democrats are preparing to use the conference report - that cannot be amended - to load down this bill with unrelated, politically-motivated poison pills." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Olson Votes to Reform Government & Cut Future Debt. 29 March 2012. "Key facts from the House Republican budget: [¦] Prevents crippling cuts to the Pentagon for our national defense, while achieving needed cuts for sequestration." (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • Pete Olson signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Texas and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (www.atr.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 91 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Olson. Olson Statement on State of the Union. 25 January 2011. "The President cannot claim change when the same stifling economic policies remain in place. With record spending and a staggering $5.3 trillion in national debt, he again asks Congress to target 'investment' in costly spending policies that have failed to grow our economy. 'Investing' is simply another term for spending taxpayer money [¦] The President recommended a five year freeze in annual domestic spending. That is a good start, but spending can and should be reduced to 2008 pre-stimulus levels. And only in Washington is a 'freeze' in spending considered a 'cut.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Issue Position: Federal Spending. 15 November 2011. "The United States is facing a looming crisis with respect to the continuing growth of federal spending, and we in government have an obligation to ensure that our children are not stuck paying off our debt. I believe that our federal government spends too much and with very little forethought or restraint." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Olson Statement On $9 Trillion Deficit Prediction. 25 August 2009. "I cannot and will not be party to this fiscal disarray. We must restore sanity to the federal spending process and put a tight leash on our purse strings." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Taxpayer-Funded Spending Spree. 9 July 2009. "We are throwing money at a problem that is not increasing consumer confidence, financial certainty or provide a business environment that will encourage job growth. Democrat policies are clearly, clearly, not creating jobs. I cannot, I cannot in good conscience justify throwing good money after bad." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Olson Statement on 9.7% Unemployment Numbers. 4 September 2009. "President Obama promised that intense federal spending and massive government takeover of major industries was the cure to what ails our economy. Yet today we see that it not only hasn't delivered the jobs and economic recovery this nation needs, but instead we are still seeing record high monthly unemployment numbers and face a staggering $9 trillion deficit over the next 10 years." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Twitter: PeteOlson. 18 October 2011. "Record-breaking federal spending is unsustainable. We must work together to reduce spending." (twitter.com)
  • Pete Olson. Your Deer Park News “ More Freedom, Less Spending Key to Job Creation. 21 June 2011. "So far, the federal government has spent almost a trillion dollars on a failed stimulus package that explicitly promised to keep the unemployment rate under 8%. Despite that promise, our nation's unemployment rate has been at or above 9% for the past two years. We need to change direction." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Pete Olson voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Pete Olson a rating of 97 percent." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Olson. Why I Ran for Congress. 9 September 2010. "Allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire will impose the largest tax increase in American history, these tax increases will hurt small businesses, forcing employers to lay off workers in order to stay competitive." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Olson Statement On 10.2% Unemployment Numbers. 6 November 2009. "American families and small businesses need targeted tax relief and temporary relief from federal minimum wage mandates they cannot afford." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Small Business Certainty. 26 October 2011. "Small businesses deserve certainty from Washington and a tax policy that allows them to keep more of their money to expand, to reinvest in their communities, and to grow jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Tax Hike on Job Creators. 15 September 2011. "Mr. Speaker, tax hikes on job creators like Pinnacle are simply not the solution. Regulatory certainty and reasonable tax rates will do wonders for job creation. I urge my colleagues to stand with the job creators and reject this tax increase." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Your Deer Park News “ More Freedom, Less Spending Key to Job Creation. 21 June 2011. "Small businesses currently face arduous federal regulatory burdens that hinder their ability to grow and expand. Eliminating these regulations will provide needed certainty for our nations' largest job creators. Lowering the tax rate for businesses and for individuals would also provide a greater incentive for American businesses to compete and invest in our economy." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Olson. Education. 28 September 2012. "We must focus our attention on empowering local legislators, teachers, and parents, so that they may prepare our students for the future demands on our workforce and economy. I believe that it is important to have accountability measures for both students and teachers, while providing states with the flexibility to tackle state and local issues that they are more familiar with. We must also find ways to inspire our children to again become world leaders in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics." (olson.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Pete Olson voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Pete Olson voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Pete Olson voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Olson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Pete Olson voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Pete Olson voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Pete Olson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 15 November 2011. "As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, I strongly oppose any attempts to limit the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Too many in Congress would trample the rights set aside for all Americans by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the name of crime prevention [¦] While no one believes that felons should be able to purchase guns, we must not infringe on the rights of honest and law-abiding gun owners to keep and bear firearms. Please be assured that I will continue to fight for gun owners' rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Issue Position: Protecting the Second Amendment. 15 November 2011. "The right to bear arms is a vital element of our Constitution. As a gun owner and a member of the National Rifle Association, I will always vote to protect our Second Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Pete Olson voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Pete Olson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Issue Position: Stopping Illegal Immigration. 1 January 2012. "I believe in strengthening our borders with fences, increased surveillance, increased man power, detention facilities, and an increased commitment to FULLY enforce our laws -- no excuses, no delays, and no second chances for those who break our laws. Amnesty is not an option." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Pete Olson in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Pete Olson voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Olson. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Pete Olson voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Issue Position: Family Values. 15 November 2011. "I also believe in traditional marriage between a man and a woman. In Congress, I have stood up in defense of life and traditional marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Olson. Issue Position: Respecting the Sanctity of Life and Marriage. 15 November 2011. "I am also devoutly pro-traditional marriage. As Senator John Cornyn's Chief of Staff, I helped him lead the fight to pass a Federal Marriage Amendment that would define marriage as being between one man and one woman. In Congress, I would again work to make sure this legislation is passed and traditional marriage is upheld as the law of our country." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Olson. PBS "NewsHour" - Transcript. 7 January 2010. "I was in Afghanistan last month. And meeting with our troops there, talking with our personnel, they have done a good job beating back the al-Qaida threat in that area. But it has moved. And it's moved to Yemen. And that is critically important, becoming a strategic place that we need to be involved in." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

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