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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 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. 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 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)
  • 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)
  • 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. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Pete Olson voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (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

  • 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)
  • 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. 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 9.7% 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. 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. 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)
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 building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • vote: http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VAtRoaCW1Kg (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

  • Pete Olson. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Pete Olson voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Pete Olson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (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

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

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