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Pete Olson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 22, Republican
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Pete Olson 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. Pete Olson is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/322929/issue-position-respecting-the-sanctity-of-life-and-marriage#.VZVSU3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pro-life and pro-traditional marriage." http://www.olsonforcongress.com/issues (www.olsonforcongress.com)
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (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

  • "I, Pete Olson, 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 rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VZVTB3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Forcing tax hikes on small businesses and job creators in a weak economy is a recipe for disaster. So is an attempt at a short-term fix designed to aid the President's re-election bid, which is what today's announcement is." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/721628/olson-slams-potus-tax-proposal#.VZVTY3UVhHw (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.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "You can count on me to fight for a smaller government that costs less. I look forward to joining with other Budget Hawks to fight excessive spending, excessive earmarking, and excessive taxation being heaped on families in order to pay for new programs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/322927/issue-position-reducing-the-size-of-government#.VZVUlnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The President's historic 'stimulus' spending spree and his refusal to support meaningful spending reductions are why our nation is falling deeper into a financial crisis." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/721628/olson-slams-potus-tax-proposal#.VZVTY3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Less Spending – because we cannot bankrupt our future generations." http://www.olsonforcongress.com/issues (www.olsonforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Less Taxes – because Washington doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem" http://www.olsonforcongress.com/issues (www.olsonforcongress.com)
  • "I, Pete Olson, 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 rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VZVTB3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Forcing tax hikes on small businesses and job creators in a weak economy is a recipe for disaster. So is an attempt at a short-term fix designed to aid the President's re-election bid, which is what today's announcement is." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/721628/olson-slams-potus-tax-proposal#.VZVTY3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing you urge you to remove previously House-passed language included in Sen. AMDT. 4575 that solely discriminates against our State. Again, this amendment singles out only the state of Texas. […] According to the Congressional Research Service, the State's share of the $10 billion is estimated to be over $830 million. By adding the additional two-year requirement, the House language only punishes Texas students and teachers." http://burgess.house.gov/uploadedfiles/08-06-10_letter_to_speaker_pelosi_on_ed_funding.pdf (burgess.house.gov)
  • "Members of the Texas Republican Congressional delegation, led by Congressman Michael C. Burgess (R-Lewisville), today introduced legislation to repeal language in last month's education funding bill that discriminates against only the state of Texas, and could prevent Texas from receiving its fair share of the federal education funding." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/551996/texas-republicans-introduce-legislation-to-repeal-doggett-education-language#.VZVU43UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbemR3V3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "For 2,349 days President Obama has delayed and refused to make a decision on approving the Keystone XL pipeline. Today, he said no to the shovel ready jobs he asked for with his costly stimulus bill when he first took office. He said no strengthening our economy and energy security, and he said no to the labor unions looking for work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961924/olson-slams-obama-veto-of-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=xl#.VZVWbnUVhHw (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

  • "We must also encourage and create incentives right now in order to expand alternative energy sources like nuclear power, wind, solar, geothermal, oil shale, hydrogen fuel cells, and next generation batteries." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/486117/issue-position-energy-independence-for-america#.VZVW6XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Infrastructure is critical for energy production. Whether it's crude oil being piped into our refineries or wind power coming to the center of our cities, it all relies on modern infrastructure." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/885122/olson-votes-to-increase-access-to-north-american-energy#.VZVX6XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "More importantly, we believe that the authority to limit carbon emissions, even if that were actually a necessity, rests in neither the Constitution nor the Clean Air Act but in the true free market of individual choices made by the American people." http://jeffduncan.house.gov/sites/jeffduncan.house.gov/files/Duncan%20Carbon%20Emission%20Letter%20to%20EPA.pdf (jeffduncan.house.gov)
  • "I'm extremely disappointed in the Supreme Court ruling, which upheld the EPA's flawed and unfair Cross State Air Pollution rule. The lower courts appropriately determined this to be a fundamentally broken regulation. I agreed wholeheartedly with the lower court that EPA's rule, by design, forced costly, deeper-than-needed cuts in some states to the benefit of others." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/877629/olson-rebukes-supreme-court-ruling-on-epa-air-pollution-rule#.VZVXMHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/322930/issue-position-protecting-the-second-amendment#.VZVYeHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As we begin year two of life under Obamacare, I remain convinced that full repeal of this disastrous law is the best solution. This law moves America's health care system in the wrong direction, transferring decisions about your family's health care from you to Washington bureaucrats." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961911/olson-votes-for-full-repeal-of-obamacare#.VZVZKHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VY7rIvlVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • "Today the House took an important step to stop President Obama's dangerous and unlawful executive amnesty," Rep. Olson said. "The US Constitution demands that any changes to immigration or other federal laws must be passed by Congress and enforced by the president." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962410/olson-votes-to-rein-in-obama-amnesty-efforts#.VbeoBXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/322922/issue-position-stopping-illegal-immigration#.VZVZgnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/322929/issue-position-respecting-the-sanctity-of-life-and-marriage#.VZVSU3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/102008/pete-olson/76#.VZVaKHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pro-life and pro-traditional marriage." www.olsonforcongress.com
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/500762/#.VbepwnV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Iran's record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran. […] Any inspection and verification regime must allow for short notice access to suspect locations, and verifiable constraints on Iran's nuclear program must last for decades." http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/sites/republicans.foreignaffairs.house.gov/files/03.20.15%20-%20Iran%20Letter%20-%20POTUS.pdf (foreignaffairs.house.gov)
  • "I am committed to making sure they have the resources they need, the manpower necessary to win, and a Congressman who will stand up to support their mission to kill or capture terrorists wherever they may be hiding, training, or plotting attacks." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/322919/issue-position-winning-the-global-war-on-terrorism#.VbeqWXV3k1M (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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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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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