Representative Jason Chaffetz's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Jason Chaffetz
Current Office: U.S. House - District 3, Republican
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 3
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Julie; 3 Children: Max, Ellis, Kate
Birth Date: 03/26/1967
Birth Place: Los Gatos, CA
Home City: Alpine, UT
Religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
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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

  • Jason Chaffetz. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Jason Chaffetz voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Jason Chaffetz supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jason Chaffetz voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jason Chaffetz supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jason Chaffetz voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Jason Chaffetz in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Jason Chaffetz supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: Accountability. 29 September 2011. "We must hold elected officials accountable for how they vote and demand the highest standards of ethics and decency. We must also hold citizens accountable for their actions instead of rescuing them from their choices. Abortion. I believe all human life is sacred. I support overturning Roe v. Wade to allow states the right to set their own abortion policies." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: Abortion: Disappointed in Supreme Court. 24 March 2008. "I am disappointed the Supreme Court today announced it has refused to hear the Arizona case of a county sheriff who objected to transporting jail inmates for elective abortions. By leaving the Arizona ruling in place, we, the taxpayers, are helping to fund these abortions and that is wrong. I believe all human life is sacred. I support overturning Roe v. Wade to allow states the right to set their own abortion policies. Utah should have the right to ban abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Jason Chaffetz supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jason Chaffetz. Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. 2012. 14 June 2011. "I did want to say for the record, I would join with the gentlewoman from Texas, and I have advocated for a long time that we pull out of Afghanistan and that we put that towards deficit reduction. But I also think we have to bring back discretionary spending even further." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: Strong National Defense. 11 October 2011. "I believe it is time to bring our troops home. The troops have fought valiantly and won. Yet, the fight is not over. For generations the United States must continue to hunt and kill terrorists around the world who want death and destruction for the American people. However, if the President believes we must continue to fight in Afghanistan with tens of thousands of our men and women, then let's do so with a full commitment to win by giving the commanders in the field everything they need so they can bring all of our troops home swiftly and safely." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Letter to President Obama. 9 May 2011. "The success of this mission does not change the reality that America still faces a determined and violent adversary. It does, however, require us to reexamine our policy of nation building in Afghanistan. We believe it is no longer the best way to defend America against terror attacks, and we urge you to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan that are not crucial to the immediate national security objective of combating al Qaeda. As our national debt grows, the borrowing and importing from our competitors continues, and the drug-related violence on our borders increases, we must evaluate the best use of our resources. The time has come to acknowledge that the threat posed by Afghanistan no longer justifies 100,000-plus troops on the ground. After fighting the longest war in the history of the United States of America, it's time to redeploy our resources to address our most pressing threats. It's time to bring the formal war in Afghanistan to an end as we adapt to the changing demands of a different kind of war." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy. Other or expanded principles: "Withdrawing troops from Iraq is right, but at the right time. I do not support a random timetable."
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?"
  • Jason Chaffetz. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Jason Chaffetz voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Jason Chaffetz supported the interests of the Peace Action 63 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Jason Chaffetz supported the interests of Peace Action West 63 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. MSNBC "The Rachel Maddow Show" “ Transcript. 27 July 2010. "Well, I make the argument that, look, this is a good conservative position and I think a lot of them are very hesitant to be perceived as being anything but tough on the war on terror. And I've tried to argue, look, we have been very successful over the last nine years, and it"s hardly a cut and run strategy to say, hey, it"s time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. It's the longest war in the history of the United States for goodness" sake." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 17 March 2011. "Now, in many ways we have had success over the course of the years. Let's understand that according to the National Intelligence Estimate, which has been printed in many newspapers, that the Taliban poses no clear and present danger to the current Afghan Government, nor do they pose a danger to the United States of America. Further, we have had our CIA Director state that there are less than 50 al-Qaeda in the entire boundaries of Afghanistan. We have to define the mission. The President of the United States has failed to define success in Afghanistan. We are participating in the business of nation building, and I reject that. We are propping up a government that is fundamentally corrupt, and we all know it. It will not get us to where we want to go. We must redefine the rules of engagement. Even when I was in Afghanistan visiting with General Petraeus, he admitted that we are using smaller caliber rounds. Again, we are trying to be more politically correct instead of actually protecting American lives. Let me also say again that terrorism is a global threat. We must use our forces around the world when there is a direct threat on the United States of America. That is not confined to just the boundaries of Afghanistan. It is happening globally, and it is real. We have to deal with the threats in Iran and not take our eye off the ball." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Chaffetz and Welch continue bipartisan push to end the war in Afghanistan; will offer amendment to Pentagon legislation. 23 May 2011. "It is long past time to bring the war in Afghanistan to an end. After ten costly years, it is crystal clear that the US strategy of nation building in a corrupt country with a minimal al Qaeda presence is not working. Terrorism is a decentralized threat to America's national security and our counter-terrorism strategies should reflect that reality. The surgical mission that located and killed Osama bin Laden should be the model for America's anti-terrorism policy worldwide." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jason Chaffetz. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Jason Chaffetz voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Jason Chaffetz voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. 2012. 14 June 2011. "I did want to say for the record, I would join with the gentlewoman from Texas, and I have advocated for a long time that we pull out of Afghanistan and that we put that towards deficit reduction. But I also think we have to bring back discretionary spending even further." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: National Security.14 October 2011. "We must ensure that our troops have the best equipment, training, and leadership." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Jason Chaffetz. House boosts military budget in time of austerity. 8 July 2011. "Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said there are 'those who want to keep the military as strong as possible, so do I, but that doesn't mean you can't have an exceptionally strong military and cut the budget a little bit.'" (www.msnbc.msn.com)

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  • Jason Chaffetz. Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011. 16 July 2011. "What we're fighting for is more taxpayers, not more taxes. When the President said he was going to veto this bill, it provided a whole lot of clarity to a guy like me. Because if we can't find common ground on balancing the budget--how dare we offer that we want to balance the budget? That's all we ask for in this country, is put us on a trajectory to balance the budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Deseret News - Candidate Questionnaire: GOP Challenger Jason Chaffetz. 10 June 2008. "I have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and can absolutely promise I will not vote to raise taxes during my term. Government does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. FOX "Your World with Neil Cavuto" “ Transcript. 27 July 2010. "It's hard to tell where the Democrats are on this, but this is not the time to raise taxes. They're going to try to frame and phrase this so that it doesn't -- it is not a tax hike. But it is a tax hike. And we don't need this in a time when so many people are suffering. If we want to incentivize and grow business, raising taxes is not the way to go." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Fox News "Your World with Cavuto" “ Transcript. 23 June 2011. "This is not a time to be raising taxes. I think we put forward, for instance, our cut, cap and balance plan that many of us conservatives have signed on to. That's a responsible way to go. We need the president to step up and suggest this is what I want to do. That has yet to happen. But, certainly, this is no time to be raising taxes. That is ridiculous." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. House Republicans' "Path to Prosperity" Budget Proposal For Fiscal Year 2012. 5 April 2011. "As a member of the House Committee on the Budget, I applaud the Committee's proposal to restore fiscal responsibility and to directly address our budget challenges. Our nation is headed for fiscal collapse if we do not reform how our government taxes its citizens and spends our money." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: Limited Government. 11 October 2011. "Let us not mistake the need for a more promising economic future as an excuse to allow further encroachment of Government in our lives. Let us seize this moment in time to secure our liberties by limiting our Government. More Government, more taxes, more spending of the people's money will NOT solve our challenges. Securing liberty will." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Rep. Chaffetz Introduces H.R. 1866 to Prevent Lawmakers from Cheating on their Taxes. 12 May 2011. "Lawmakers have an obvious obligation to the American people to lead by example, and should not enjoy a double standard when it comes to paying their taxes. In fact, they should be held to an even higher standard because of the public trust placed in them. Not even Members of Congress are above the laws they write." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Deseret News: 14 October 2011 Candidate Survey. Responded "In order for the economy to thrive, businesses need some regulatory certainty. With looming tax increases, the healthcare mandates and a myriad of new regulations, businesses don't have the confidence they need to expand and hire. Economic freedom, lower taxes and fewer regulations are the solutions to our economic problems. Some specific actions I'm in favor of are to reduce the capital gains tax rate to 10% and reduce the corporate income tax to a flat 10%. This will eliminate the wide array of corporate loopholes, incentivize business in the U.S.A., increase investment, simplify the tax code and ultimately lead to increased receipts to the federal treasury." to the question: "What can be done to improve the U.S. economy? How will you help?" (www.deseretnews.com)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Jason Chaffetz supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 92 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jason Chaffetz. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 14 April 2011. "There are a lot of needs in this country, but we're broke, ladies and gentlemen. We're broke. And we have got to rein in the spending. And we have got to make the United States as competitive as we can possibly be. Because when we're competitive on the world stage--the United States of America is still the greatest country on the face of the planet--but if we're going to be the military and economic superpower, we have a responsibility to live within our means and to become self-sufficient." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. House Republicans' "Path to Prosperity" Budget Proposal For Fiscal Year 2012. 5 April 2011. "I have stated previously that the federal government has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. Recent increases in federal deficit spending and projected long-term increases in federal spending confirm this fact. The fate of future generations of Americans requires us to make difficult choices regarding federal spending. Our proposal makes the choices that will lead to economic growth and prosperity for our nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. The American People Are the Solution. 4 March 2009. "Now is not the time to be raising taxes. We should not be raising rates, nor should we diminish the benefits for people who are paying their mortgage as they should be. As determined as the Democrats are to raise taxes, you don't fuel the engines of economic growth by penalizing those who are responsible, who do play by the rules, and who don't need a bailout. By reducing the tax reductions for mortgage interest, the Democrats are raising taxes, and they are growing government while reducing economic incentives for those who have resources to invest in a faltering economy. We do have a choice: do you want to keep your money and spend your money, or do you want the government bureaucracy to tax and spend? I believe in the American people; it's their money, not the government's money. Government is not the solution, the American people are the solution." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. This Credit Card Congress. 21 July 2009. "The tax-and-spend, credit-card-driven, Chinese-financed economics driven by the Democrats doesn't work. We need fiscal discipline, limited government, accountability, and a strong national defense. We need to restore liberty for the American people and for small businessmen and -women. That's where you'll find the jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Desert News: 14 October 2011 Candidate Survey. Responded "The greatest problem this country has is out-of-control federal spending. My top priority is to cut wasteful spending, stimulate the economy by lowering capital gains and personal income taxes, and promote economic freedom through less government regulation and intrusion into our lives." to the question: "What is your top priority for the United States?" (www.ksl.com)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Government Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Performance Improvement Act of 2010. 16 June 2010. "We're currently dealing with a stalled economy, high unemployment, record budget deficits, and a debt that seems insurmountable. The challenge this Congress faces cannot be more clear. We must cut wasteful spending. We have to do it. We have no other choice. The Federal Government's spending to reduce our Nation's debt is paramount to our successful future. If we want to be the world's economic and military super power, we're going to have to change the way we do business in Washington, D.C." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Jason Chaffetz voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (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 Jason Chaffetz a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Jason Chaffetz supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: Fiscal Discipline. 29 September 2011. "Congress has to do more with less and that means finding ways to cut government spending. The federal government must live within its means. We cannot be all things to all people. Over the past 12 years annual federal spending has more than doubled, exceeding $3.1 trillion. If deficit spending were the way to prosperity, our economy would be booming. It is not the government's money we talk about and spend, it is the American people's money. This is unacceptable and unsustainable. We cannot afford to continue to run this government on a credit card. I am committed to dramatically reduce the size and scope of the federal budget." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: Limited Government. 30 July 2012. 'If we want to create jobs, we need to remove burdensome government regulations and lower the corporate income tax rate. By doing so, we will create a measure of regulatory certainty that will incentivize investment, ingenuity and job growth." (www.jasonforcongress.com)
  • Jason Chaffetz. This Credit Card Congress. 21 July 2009. "The tax-and-spend, credit-card-driven, Chinese-financed economics driven by the Democrats doesn't work. We need fiscal discipline, limited government, accountability, and a strong national defense. We need to restore liberty for the American people and for small businessmen and -women. That's where you'll find the jobs." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: Limited Government. 13 October 2011. "Education should be left to state and local governments. I will seek to restrict the role of the federal government. I reject No Child Left Behind and see it as a violation of core Republican principles. I will vote to repeal it. The federal government should not be in the public education business." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: Limited Government. 13 October 2011. "Education. I believe many programs currently run by the federal government - such as the Department of Education - should be left to state and local governments." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted."
  • Jason Chaffetz. Letter to the Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary, United States Department of the Interior. 21 July 2011. "The areas we represent are poised to be economic drivers for our country, but only if the Department of the Interior is a willing partner. Responsible energy development and access to traditional uses of public lands will help to create jobs and stabilize our economy to far greater effect than any 'wilderness agenda' could hope to achieve. Towards this end, we invite you and selected staff to discuss this directly with us at a joint meeting of the Western Caucuses. We look forward to hearing how you can work with us to build jobs and restore the nation's economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: National Security. 14 October 2011. "Fueling our future is a national security issue. We must explore all potential forms of energy to ensure our energy independence." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Fox News "Your World with Cavuto" “ Transcript. 23 June 2011. "There are those of us that believe that we really, truly want to solve the problem, that we consume more than we produce. And there are those of us that believe if you truly want to try drive down the cost of gas, if you really want to solve the problem, then you should be pursuing the extraction of our resources that are right here at home, alternative energy and traditional." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Jason Chaffetz voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Jason Chaffetz voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jason Chaffetz supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Jason Chaffetz voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."

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  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Jason Chaffetz. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Jason Chaffetz voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Jason Chaffetz supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jason Chaffetz supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jason Chaffetz voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz signed "Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President Of The United States Of America." 4 February 2010. "The current regulatory regime being pushed by the Department of Interior, Department of Energy, and Environmental Protection Agency are antithetical to the creation of private sector jobs. Limiting American's access to domestic resources, whether it is cutting off water to farmers in California, limiting access to federal lands in Utah and Wyoming, or preventing access to energy in West Virginia and the Gulf of Mexico, is no more helpful than massive new regulatory expansion of government mandates on the private sector. The current policy coming out of the aforementioned agencies is destructive to private businesses' ability to generate wealth and for the private sector to create jobs. Attached to this letter is economic analysis supporting our legislation." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Jason Chaffetz in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Jason Chaffetz a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: National Security. 11 October 2011. "I support the right to own and bear arms as a personal and absolute right. For example, it's wrong that laws restrict our rights to carry guns in National Parks." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Chaffetz Applauds 2nd Amendment Court Ruling. 26 June 2008. "As a gun owner, I applaud the Supreme Court's recognition of the individual right to bear arms. This is a huge victory for the Second Amendment. In my opinion, the Supreme Court correctly held that the Washington D.C. Ban was unconstitutional." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected GREATLY DECREASE for: "d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."

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  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Jason Chaffetz. Deseret News: 14 October 2011 Candidate Survey. Responded "I absolutely oppose Obama Care. We should take a market-based approach to fixing the country's healthcare problems. I favor solutions such as insurance portability, free-market competition and transparency. I will work to repeal Obama Care." to the question: "Do you support the Affordable Care Act (health care reform)? If not, how would you fix America's health care crisis?" (www.deseretnews.com)
  • Jason Chaffetz. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jason Chaffetz voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Jason Chaffetz supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Chaffetz Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Obamacare. 28 June 2012. "Repealing Obamacare now becomes Priority One for the 113th Congress. Having already voted 30 times to repeal the law, I remain committed to full repeal." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: Limited Government. 11 October 2011. "Our goal should be to insure all Americans with private health insurance. A market-based system, not government healthcare, will work! I favor solutions that incorporate health savings accounts, tax deductions and tort reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Jason Chaffetz: Effective from Day One. 11 October 2011. "Health Care A quality healthcare system that helps all Americans is one where everyone has personal ownership of their insurance. Our goal is health care coverage for all Americans, where everyone is able to own their personal insurance policy, without meddlesome middlemen and third-party control, and allowing tax equity for the purchase of health insurance." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Op-Ed: Let States Take Lead On Health Care. 11 September 2009. "President Obama wants Americans to have more choices. So do I. My constituents also want more choices. But they acknowledge what the president and Democratic leaders do not -- that a public option will ultimately result in fewer choices, not more. Asking health insurance companies to compete against their tax- exempt, taxpayer-subsidized regulator is a recipe for disaster. The deck is stacked so heavily against the private sector that a transition to a fully government-run system would only be a matter of time. If President Obama really wants choice and competition in the long run, then his best hope is to jettison the public option. Like my colleagues, I went home during the recess to thousands of constituents who have strong opinions about health care. Although the vast majority of voters in Utah oppose a public option, most recognize that something has to change." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Jason Chaffetz. Deseret News: 14 October 2011 Candidate Survey. Responded "Our first priority should be to legal citizens, and then we should prioritize those who want to come here legally. Our current system is failing by giving those with closest proximity and a willingness to break our laws favor over those who are willing to enter the country legally. It is time to do right. Everyone will benefit. It is for this reason we must elect political leaders willing to solve this difficult issue. I have committed to vote based on these principles: FIX LEGAL IMMIGRATION, REJECT AMNESTY, LOCK DOWN THE BORDER, ENFORCE VISAS, HAVE THE POLITICAL WILL TO ENFORCE THE CURRENT LAWS, GET RID OF REWARDS & INCENTIVES TO BE HERE ILLEGALLY, GIVE BUSINESS THE TOOLS & ALIGN FINANCIAL INCENTIVES, INSIST ON ASSIMILATION." to the question: "Describe your solution to the U.S. illegal immigration problem. What specifically should be done about the over 10-million illegal immigrants who are now in the United States? Do you favor or oppose some kind of pathway to legal status for the current illegal immigrants?" (www.deseretnews.com)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Jason Chaffetz supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Jason Chaffetz in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Jason Chaffetz voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jason Chaffetz supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Jason Chaffetz in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades.This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Rep. Chaffetz Co-sponsors Legal Workforce Act. 21 September 2011. "The Legal Workforce Act will stop illegal immigrants from taking American jobs, while opening up jobs for citizens and legal immigrants. America's unemployment rate is too high. This legislation not only reduces the incentives that drive illegal immigration, but it also benefits both the employer and employee. This bill helps fix legal immigration." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Deseret News - Candidate Questionnaire: GOP Challenger Jason Chaffetz. 10 June 2008. "For those here illegally, the ONLY pathway to U.S. citizenship is to go home to their country of origin and apply from there. Period. However, fixing our legal immigration process is critical. Those who apply legally, the way we want them to, should be able to get a timely answer. The process of immigrating legally should not stretch out for decades as it does now. "I oppose in-state tuition for those who are here illegally. The whole principle is wrong. We should not offer rewards and incentives for those who are here illegally. We must reward those who follow the rules, not those who have broken them." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010. 8 December 2010. "Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this bill. This bill is amnesty. We should not be rewarding illegal behavior. We should be prioritizing Americans. And we should be prioritizing the millions of people who are not willing to break the law. They are trying to do it legally, lawfully, sometimes waiting 20 years to go through the process. We need to fix legal immigration, not reward illegal behavior." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: Accountability. 11 October 2011. "We must hold elected officials accountable for how they vote and demand the highest standards of ethics and decency. We must also hold citizens accountable for their actions instead of rescuing them from their choices. We can't reward illegal behavior. We must hold people accountable when they break our laws. But we must also be accountable for the poor policy decisions that got us where we are. My priorities are to fix legal immigration, reject amnesty, secure the border, and enforce our current laws. We must remove incentives to come here illegally and give businesses the tools to stay in compliance with the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: The Right Plan for Immigration. 11 October 2011. "Restitution is something most of us learned by third grade. If you take a candy bar that is not yours, you need to give it back. Take money that is not yours, you need to return it. Cut in line, you go to the back of the line. I still believe what I learned in third grade. I will not support or vote for amnesty in any way, shape or form. If you are here illegally, there is no pathway to citizenship except to apply from your country of origin." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: The Right Plan for Immigration. 13 October 2011. "Our porous borders open the way for illegal entry, drug trafficking and terrorism. We must appropriate the funding for physical barriers and technology to lock down the border. By some estimates, 40% of the people coming to the United States on a non-immigrant visa fail to depart as directed. This is unacceptable. Further, we should not issue visas, including student visas, for those coming from terrorist nations." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Jason Chaffetz supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Jason Chaffetz supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Jason Chaffetz voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Jason Chaffetz in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Deseret News - Candidate Questionnaire: GOP Challenger Jason Chaffetz. 10 June 2008. "I favor a constitutional amendment as I believe marriage should be exclusively the union of one man and one woman. The American family is the cornerstone of this great country, and I will work tirelessly to protect its sanctity." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: Accountability. 11 October 2011. "We must hold elected officials accountable for how they vote and demand the highest standards of ethics and decency. We must also hold citizens accountable for their actions instead of rescuing them from their choices. The strength of our families is the strength of our nation. Marriage is defined between one man and one woman, there is no other suitable definition or substitute. This is not a political issue, it is a moral one. I will continue to oppose efforts at both the state as well as the national levels to redefine the marriage covenant." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"
  • Jason Chaffetz. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 13 March 2011. "Let me also say again that terrorism is a global threat. We must use our forces around the world when there is a direct threat on the United States of America. That is not confined to just the boundaries of Afghanistan. It is happening globally, and it is real. We have to deal with the threats in Iran and not take our eye off the ball." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Afghanistan: Mr. President, My Recommendations. 30 November 2009. "Potential terrorist attacks are a clear and present danger to the United States of America. Whether they originate in Afghanistan or any other country, we must continue to pour resources into our international efforts to collect and analyze intelligence in real time. While protecting our domestic liberties, ongoing vigilance will be one of our greatest challenges now and for generations to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Chaffetz and Welch continue bipartisan push to end the war in Afghanistan; will offer amendment to Pentagon legislation. 23 May 2011. "It is long past time to bring the war in Afghanistan to an end. After ten costly years, it is crystal clear that the US strategy of nation building in a corrupt country with a minimal al Qaeda presence is not working. Terrorism is a decentralized threat to America's national security and our counter-terrorism strategies should reflect that reality. The surgical mission that located and killed Osama bin Laden should be the model for America's anti-terrorism policy worldwide." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jason Chaffetz. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "X" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: Limited Government. 1 January 2012.. "We have an obligation to fulfill our promises to older generations. That promise should be balanced with policies which provide more personal control for younger generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Washington Has a Spending Problem, Not a Revenue Problem. 11 June 2012. "Clearly, we need to focus on entitlements. Currently, Social Security is the largest single government program, but Medicare will be the single biggest budget buster by 2037. Even though Medicare is the single biggest long-term threat to our fiscal situation, we need to focus on Medicaid and Social Security as well. Of these three programs, Social Security is the easiest to reform, and I've introduced a Social Security reform proposal that slows the growth in Social Security spending while protecting seniors and avoiding tax increases." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffret. Jason Chaffetz: Effective from Day One. 1 January 2012. " All Social Security money must be used only for Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Dennis Romboy. Desert News: Chaffetz unveils Social Security reform, knowing it's a tough row to hoe. 8 November 2011. "Chaffetz said it's clear that any proposal to privatize Social Security, an idea he favors, isn't going anywhere. He said he hopes to jump-start a reform discussion by getting his plan on paper." (www.deseretnews.com)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Effective from Day One. 13 October 2011. "Entitlement Reform Implement personal ownership of retirement security and health care decisions. All Social Security money must be used only for Social Security. We support Medicaid reform that parallels the successful reform of welfare by block granting federal funds to the states." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Chaffetz. Issue Position: Limited Government. 11 October 2011. "We have an obligation to fulfill our promises to older generations. That promise should be balanced with policies which provide more personal control for younger generations." (votesmart.org)

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Utah Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

Xa) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.

1) Budget Priorities

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Decreased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) FEMA
Slightly Increaseg) Homeland security
Greatly Decreaseh) International aid
Slightly Increasei) Law enforcement (Federal)
Maintain Statusj) Law enforcement (State)
Maintain Statusk) Medical research
Maintain Statusl) National parks
Maintain Statusm) Public health services
Maintain Statusn) Scientific research
Greatly Decreaseo) Space exploration programs
Maintain Statusp) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Eliminateq) United Nations
Maintain Statusr) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories

2) Defense Spending

Slightly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Slightly Increasec) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Slightly Increasee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

3) Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.

Family Income Taxes

a) Less than $12,000
b) $12,001-$40,000
c) $40,001-$100,000
d) $100,001-$180,000
e) $180,001-$350,000
f) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Eliminated) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits

a) Charitable contribution deduction
b) Child tax credit
c) Earned income tax credit
d) Medical expense deduction
e) Mortgage deduction
f) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
6) Other or expanded principles

We must get our overall budget expenditures in line with our revenue. I would vote to maintain the Bush Tax Cuts....they worked. Now we must drive down spending.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

Xa) Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
b) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
Xc) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
Xd) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
e) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
Xf) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
g) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
Xh) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
Xi) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
Xj) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

Xa) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xg) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
h) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
e) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
f) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
Xg) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xh) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
Xi) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
Xk) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
Xc) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
d) Increase the federal minimum wage.
e) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
g) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
h) Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xd) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
e) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xf) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
Xg) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
h) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xi) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
k) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
l) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

Xa) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.

On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.

c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Greatly Decreased) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
Xb) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
c) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
d) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xe) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
f) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
Xg) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Establish English as the official national language.
Xc) Support a temporary worker program.
Xd) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
Xf) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles

International Aid

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.

Xa) Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
Xc) Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
Xd) Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.

Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Undecidedd) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
Noe) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
f) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

Withdrawing troops from Iraq is right, but at the right time. I do not support a random timetable.

Yesh) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
Noi) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
Yesj) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
Undecidedk) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
Undecidedl) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
Nom) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Yesn) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Yeso) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
Undecidedp) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
Yesq) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
Undecidedr) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles

International Trade

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

Yesa) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
Undecidedb) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
Undecidedc) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
Nod) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

Yesa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yese) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
Nof) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
Nog) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
Yesh) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Noa) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Yesb) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Nod) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Noe) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Nof) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
Undecidedg) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.
b) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
Xd) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
Xe) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
f) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.

Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
c) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
Xd) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
e) Other or expanded principles

Welfare should be administered by the states

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

Work to reduce our annual deficit and pay down the debt.
Fight to fix and solve the immigration crisis.
Work to solve our national energy crisis and make the USA energy independent within the next 10 years.