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Brad Miller refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brad Miller. HR 760. 108th Congress. To prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Miller voted NO on 4 June 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. H Amdt 209 to HR 1815. 109th Congress. An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 109-96 to lift the current ban on privately funded abortions at U.S. military facilities overseas. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Miller voted YES on 25 May 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Miller voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Miller supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Miller supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Miller supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. S 3. 108th Congress. A bill to prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Miller voted NO on 2 October 2003. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Miller supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 3 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. HR 5638. 109th Congress. To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit against the estate tax to an exclusion equivalent of $5,000,000 and to repeal the sunset provision for the estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Miller voted NO on 22 June 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. HR 8. 108th Congress. To make the repeal of the estate tax permanent. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Miller voted NO on 13 April 2005. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Miller supported the interests of the Club for Growth 0 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Miller voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. HR 1424. 111th Congress. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Miller voted YES on 10 March 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. Issue Position: Trade, Jobs, & the Economy - Economic Stimulus. "On February 8th, I voted to pass H.R. 5140, the Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus Act. This bill will inject nearly $152 billion into the economy this year and more than $16 billion next year by providing one-time tax rebates of up to $600 for individuals or $1,200 for couples, plus $300 for each child. The economic stimulus plan is not perfect. As enacted, it does not include some important benefits that I support like unemployment assistance and funding for low-income Americans who cannot afford their energy bills. Nonetheless, by providing cash to consumers and targeted tax relief to businesses seeking to invest in job growth, the stimulus bill will be an important step in relieving some of mounting pressure on American taxpayers and our nation's economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. News-Record - Miller and Webster Offer A Clear Choice in the 13th District. PVS Public Statements. 14 October, 2008. "Miller, although calling it a 'bitter pill,' voted for it." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. Representative Brad Miller Votes Yes On The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act. 18 February 2009. "This is going to be a tough economy for at least another year. This package gives us at least a fighting chance to turn things around." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brad Miller. Indyweek.com Candidate Survey. RESPONDED: "Social Security and Medicare are critically important to our nation's seniors, and I am committed to defending these programs. Before these programs were created, most American workers lived their last years in desperate poverty. But with the establishment of Social Security in 1935 and Medicare 30 years later, we have been able to improve greatly the health and living conditions of America's seniors." to the question: "What changes, if any, do you support in federal entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans programs, etc.)" (www.indyweek.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Miller supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 50 percent in 2005-2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. Indyweek.com Candidate Survey. RESPONDED "I support the death penalty in cases of the most extreme circumstances, such as Timothy McVeigh's murder of hundreds of innocent people, many of them children." to the question: "What is your position on capital punishment?" (www.indyweek.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brad Miller. Remarks of Representative Brad Miller Democratic Radio Address to the Nation. 31 January 2004. "Last year, President Bush's budget cut the promised funding for No Child Left Behind programs by $9 billion, and the programs that were hardest hit were the very programs that help children most in danger of being left behind." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. Issue Position: Education: No Child Left Behind. "No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was a promise of a major increase in the federal commitment to public education from kindergarten through the 12th grade, and of a new era of achievement for our public schools. Much of the Act was patterned on reforms adopted in North Carolina while I served in the legislature. I support the stated goals of NCLB with my whole heart. Without adequate funding, however, the Act is little more than cynical political posturing. I believe that federal funding levels for public education are shamefully inadequate, which is why I have consistently voted in favor of increasing education funding.Congress will likely take up reauthorization of NCLB in 2008. During reauthorization, we must maintain our commitment to the goals of the No Child Left Behind: closing the academic achievement gap and helping all children learn. However the current law needs to be changed in order to move away from one-size-fits-all testing and all-or-nothing scoring of schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. Issue Position: Education. "The public schools are where we deliver on the promise of equality of opportunity. I know because I have lived it. Every opportunity I have had, including the opportunity to serve in the United States Congress, I owe to the education available to me in North Carolina's public schools. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was a promise of a new era of a federal commitment to education. The tenets of NCLB, that we must hold schools accountable and that we must close achievement gaps, are ones that I whole heartedly support. However, without adequate funding, No Child Left Behind is little more than cynical political posturing. This is why I have consistently voted in favor of increasing education funding. No Child Left Behind has also taken a rigid approach to measuring student achievement and has trapped the very schools most in need of federal assistance in a cycle of punitive measures that have only drained their resources. The next congress will be responsible for reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. Any NCLB reauthorization bill should include fairness and flexibility for schools, support for teachers and principals, school accountability and greater financial investment in our schools." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brad Miller. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Miller voted YES on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Miller supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 2007. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Miller supported the interests of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. Issue Position: Energy - Energy Bill - December 2007. "On December 19, 2007, the President signed into law the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act. This bill is designed to take on our energy challenges by increasing energy efficiency standards and developing a larger supply of renewable fuels... I voted for the final version of the bill, even without the RPS and tax provisions, because it represents a big step forward in American energy policy - one that does not rely on foreign imports of oil or domestic drilling of fossil fuels. This energy legislation includes the first increase in corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards in more than 30 years. Cars and light trucks will be required to raise fleet-wide average fuel economy to 35 miles per gallon by 2020, a 40% increase over the current standard. This mandatory increase in CAFE is supported by the automotive industry. The CAFE standard will be complemented by a Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that requires 36 billion gallons of biofuels to be blended with conventional fuels by 2022, and requires increased use of biofuels derived from materials other than corn." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. Issue Position: Environment-Global Warming and Climate Change. "I believe the United States, as the world's leader in science and technology, has a responsibility to develop solutions that protect our planet's resources without adversely affecting economic and social progress. As Chairman of the Science and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, I have had the opportunity to hold hearings relating to climate change. I plan to continue using my subcommittee as a bully pulpit for promoting sensible policies that can reduce the threat global warming poses to our planet. I believe that we need to focus more of our resources towards climate research and am a cosponsor of the Climate Stewardship Act. This legislation would call for the reduction of emissions for six greenhouse gases from anticipated levels beginning in 2010. It would require that greenhouse gas emissions from covered entities be limited to year 2000 levels." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. Issue Position: Environment: Energy--CAFE Standards. "I am concerned about our nation's dependence on foreign sources of oil and the energy sources we utilize. The decisions we make on energy today will certainly affect our environment, health, and economy in the future. I strongly support improving energy efficiency standards to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels....I am a cosponsor of the Fuel Economy Reform Act, which would require cars and light trucks to achieve an average fuel economy of 27.5 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2012 and 35 mpg by 2018. These levels are consistent with both the President's call for a 4% per year increase in fuel economy standards and with the findings of a 2002 National Academy of Sciences report that concluded that it is possible to achieve these standards through commercially available technology.Additionally, the Energy Bill, signed into law by the President in December 2007, included the first increase in CAFE standards in more than 30 years. Cars and light trucks will be required to raise fleet-wide average fuel economy to 35 miles per gallon by 2020, a 40% increase over the current standard. This mandatory increase in CAFE is supported by the automotive industry." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. Issue Position: Energy. "This country clearly needs to be on a path to energy independence that will benefit our nation's security and environment, as well as our wallets. I believe that a balanced approach is necessary to meet America's energy needs. We must make a significant investment in developing new energy technologies. An investment into energy technology could open up entirely new industries, creating new jobs and decreasing our reliance on foreign sources of oil. Like the Apollo project of the 1960's, a large investment in exploring the new frontiers of energy is essential to cementing US leadership in this global economy." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brad Miller. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Miller voted NO on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Brad Miller a grade of F-. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2003. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Miller supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1991 and 2003. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Miller supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Miller voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. News-Record - Miller and Webster Offer A Clear Choice in the 13th District. 14 October 2008. "Miller says the country needs a 'big fix,' universal coverage. He also says that Medicare and Medicaid must pay more to doctors. Those agencies' payments have been essentially flat for years while doctors' expenses have increased, Miller says, so the agencies must pay doctors enough money that they are not squeezed financially." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. Rep. Brad Miller's Statement On The Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "Millions of Americans live without the security of health care that they can rely on and that can never be taken away. Families shouldn't have to make a choice between putting food on the table or having health care when they are sick. Insurance companies continue to raise premiums while cutting benefits, cancel policies for those who get sick and need care the most and deny coverage for anything they want to call a pre-existing condition. The bill will put a stop to some of those practices. It will establish a health insurance exchange so that the uninsured and small businesses can purchase coverage at affordable group rates - offering both a public and a private option. It will not change our current system of employer-based coverage, but the loss of a job will no longer mean the loss of health care coverage." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. Issue Position: Health Care. "It is inexcusable that in a country as prosperous as the United States, so many of our citizens are not able to afford health care. More than 45 million Americans lack any health insurance and millions more are underinsured. More than 18,000 Americans die every year who would not have died if they had health insurance. Last year I voted to ensure that there was enough funding in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover the more than 120,000 currently in the program. SCHIP covers more than 3.8 million children, including the children of American soldiers, but without reform these children are in danger of losing their health coverage. I voted for legislation that would reform and expand SCHIP, but President Bush vetoed this bill. I have supported mental health parity, so that people with mental illness will receive the same health benefits as those with physical illness. I also voted to make sure that doctors who see Medicare patients are adequately reimbursed. However we still have much more to do. The next President and the next Congress must address the issue of health care and work towards universal coverage for all Americans. We must do this in a way that leaves major decisions in the hands of patients and their doctors. We can begin to cut costs and improve quality through preventative medicine, improving the quality of health care provided and investing in electronic health information technology, but these are only the first steps." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brad Miller. Issue Position: Immigration. "Congress needs reform our immigration system. The first step is to secure our borders. Funding is a simple place to start. We must adequately fund the agencies responsible for protecting our borders. Congress must also provide enough funding for the agencies that process the paperwork of people seeking to enter our country to determine who should and should not be here. It feels wrong to reward illegal behavior with citizenship, but it is impossible to calculate the burden on law enforcement to round up 12 million illegal immigrants when our Immigration and Customs agents don't even have the resources to deport more than 600,000 incarcerated illegal felons. We should deport immigrants convicted of crimes. Others who have worked hard, paid taxes, learned English and obeyed the law should have some way to become citizens - but they should have to earn it. At the same time we must provide employers with new, reliable tools to check the status of workers, force employers to verify their status, and punish those who knowingly hire illegal immigrants."
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Miller supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 8 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Miller supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 71 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. Issue Position: Immigration Reform. "We need to control illegal entry into the United States, both by better security at our borders and by internal enforcement directed at employers. I have voted to hire more Border Patrol agents and provide increased funding for the equipment to do their job. I've also voted to build a security fence along the 700 miles of our border that is most frequently crossed illegally.... We certainly should not repeat the mistake of the Reagan Administration and simply shout 'olly olly oxen free' and declare an unconditional amnesty. Some illegal immigrants should be deported, starting with those convicted of crimes. Others who have worked hard, paid taxes, are learning English, and otherwise obeyed our laws should have some way to earn a legal immigration status. It goes against the grain for anyone to benefit from violating the law. Illegal immigrants who are allowed a legal immigration status should be required to pay fines and fees, make good on any unpaid taxes, and suffer penalties if they do not comply with all legal requirements." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brad Miller. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Miller voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Miller voted YES on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Brad Miller supported the interests of Peace Action West 46 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Miller. U.S. Representative Miller Travels To Afghanistan To Evaluate Security, Reconstruction Efforts. 5 May 2010. "We are seeing some success in Afghanistan. It's not just the military surge of thirty thousand additional troops, it's a civilian surge of a thousand civilians working to strengthen the local government, to provide basic services and to develop the economy. The standard of living in areas that have been secured in Afghanistan has gone up dramatically. Afghanistan has been in conflict for thirty years -- conflict destroys the economy and standard of living. Afghans are tired of that and want security, they want to carry on a normal life." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brad Miller. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Brad Miller voted NO on 18 July 2006. (votesmart.org)

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