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Lloyd Smucker's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 16, Republican
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Lloyd Smucker 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.

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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

  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/102454/lloyd-smucker#.VtXUW7IrIfl (votesmart.org)
  • “Halt the unconscionable practice of selling fetal parts for profit.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1044207/issue-position-family-values-and-religious-freedom#.V31Mt3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “End taxpayer funded abortions as part of Obamacare.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1044207/issue-position-family-values-and-religious-freedom#.V31Mt3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/102454/lloyd-smucker#.VtXUW7IrIfl (votesmart.org)
  • “Halt the unconscionable practice of selling fetal parts for profit.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1044207/issue-position-family-values-and-religious-freedom#.V31Mt3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “End taxpayer funded abortions as part of Obamacare.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1044207/issue-position-family-values-and-religious-freedom#.V31Mt3VTQfI (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

  • "Rally support for a flatter, fairer tax code which is simple to understand and closes loopholes." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • "I voted against Governor Wolf’s misguided budget, including unprecedented tax hikes. Furthermore, I championed budgets which held Commonwealth spending in-check for an unprecedented four consecutive years, with no tax increases." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/issues/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • "Rally support for a flatter, fairer tax code which is simple to understand and closes loopholes." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • "I voted against Governor Wolf’s misguided budget, including unprecedented tax hikes. Furthermore, I championed budgets which held Commonwealth spending in-check for an unprecedented four consecutive years, with no tax increases." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/issues/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
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

  • “Support a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1044189/issue-position-government-spending-and-debt#.V31NYHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I voted against Governor Wolf’s misguided budget, including unprecedented tax hikes. Furthermore, I championed budgets which held Commonwealth spending in-check for an unprecedented four consecutive years, with no tax increases." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/issues/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • “Support a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1044189/issue-position-government-spending-and-debt#.V31NYHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I voted against Governor Wolf’s misguided budget, including unprecedented tax hikes. Furthermore, I championed budgets which held Commonwealth spending in-check for an unprecedented four consecutive years, with no tax increases." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/issues/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Rally support for a flatter, fairer tax code which is simple to understand and closes loopholes." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • "Rally support for a flatter, fairer tax code which is simple to understand and closes loopholes." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? 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 Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Reign in EPA’s attempt to use the Clean Water Act to expand federal control while protecting the environmental quality of navigable waters." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.B.80 “Authorizes Civil Action against Local Firearm Laws” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50380#.V31eXHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/102454/lloyd-smucker/37#.VtXVRrIrIfl (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Support legislation to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a system where health insurers must fight for your business, just like any other industry." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • "I WILL VOTE TO REPEAL OBAMACARE, PERIOD." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/issues/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Incentivize the formation of the traditional family structure." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.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

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

  • "Allow younger workers to save for retirement on their own terms through a sanctioned and guaranteed program via Social Security." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)

Key

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

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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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