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Steve A. King

Steve King's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Steve A. King
Office: U.S. House (IA) - District 4, Republican
First Elected: 11/05/2002
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 4
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Marilyn; 3 Children: David, Michael, Jeff
Birth Date: 05/28/1949
Birth Place: Storm Lake, IA
Home City: Kiron, IA
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Steve King refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 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 issue positions, from the year 2012, 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

  • Susan B. Anthony List. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Steve King in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Iowa State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Steve King. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Steve King voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Steve King voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Steve King in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Steve King voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Steve King a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Robo-Abortions. 16 June 2011. “I am grateful for the strong pro-life majority that this Congress now has, the position that this Congress has taken a number of times, that it is, a lot of us believe, immoral.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Steve King voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. King's Pro-Life Amendment Added to Agriculture Appropriations Bill. 15 June 2011. “I applaud the House of Representatives for passing my important pro-life amendment today," said King. "American taxpayers should not be asked to subsidize abortions, and federal telemedicine grants should not be used to enable abortion providers like Planned Parenthood to dispense the RU-486 abortion drug.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Issue Position: Defending the Culture of Life. 30 September 2011. “I stand firm in the fundamental belief that life begins at conception. A moral society cannot be sustained unless full human rights are extended to the unborn. Success in the pro-life movement will usher in a new era of personal responsibility and moral integrity.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Issue Position: Defending the Culture of Life – Partial Birth Abortion. 30 September 2011. “I serve on the Judiciary Committee, which deals with most life issues. I stand firm in the fundamental belief that life begins at conception and is a sacred gift from God. I am unwavering in my pro-life position.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Issue Position: Families. 30 September 2011. “Human life is the most precious gift we are given. While family law issues are historically, and rightfully, left to the states, Congress is obligated to act as it sees fit to defend the Constitution, liberty, property and life itself. Every American deserves the right to have equal protection under our laws. As a nation, we must adapt to advances in science that have revealed new questions in bioethics. I will always strive to defend our culture of life.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Steve King voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Steve King voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Steve King in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Steve King in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Steve King voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve King. Issue Position: Defense and Veterans. 1 January 2011. “As for Afghanistan, the situation there has been deteriorating for some time, but now is not the time to give up. We know that al Qaeda used Afghanistan as a safe haven from which to plan the devastating attacks of September 11th. We cannot abandon Afghanistan now and let it once again become a safe haven for terrorists.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dar Danielson. Radio Iowa: Congressman King supports Afghan plan, questions time table. 8 December 2009. “He says the goals for the troops of clear, and build, hold and transfer to the Afghan people are the same goals of the Bush administration, and King says in talking with the Afghan prime minister, he agrees with that goal. King says he supports the administration’s plan, but has doubts about being able to accomplish it in the 18-month time frame set as a goal.” (www.radioiowa.com)
  • Steve King. Video: Representative King on President Obama's Address on Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. “Q: 'I want to see what you have to say about John McCain's statement following the President's address last night. Here's what he had to say: “I know that Americans are war-weary and fed up with our unsustainable national debt, but what our country can least afford is the cost of failure in Afghanistan. It remains a vital national interest for the US to succeed.”' King: 'I would agree with that statement. And I think that sometimes the war-weary overcomes our look at the long-distance view of our national destiny. And I'm one in the House who takes a view that once we engage in an operation it's our obligation to succeed […] and I think that's where John McCain and I agree. And I think he would agree with me that for the President to announce deployment of pulling troops out of Afghanistan on a timetable – and that timetable is pretty much consistent with that timetable he announced when e ordered the surge – it is the wrong to tell our enemy that we're going to fight a war by the date on the calendar, by the numbers that are predicted. It tells them what they need to do.” [1:30) (www.c-spanvideo.org)
  • Steve King. America's Role in the World. 18 November 2009. “We did show the resolve when we were attacked, and we showed the resolve after September 11, 2001, and we need to show the resolve in Afghanistan, although it is a much more difficult nut to crack. To that extent, I will give my colleagues in the previous hour their due. My first trip to Afghanistan, it was in the middle of the most difficult times in Iraq, when most didn't see a way out that would be victorious in Iraq. I came back and said, We will be in Afghanistan a lot longer than we will be in Iraq because Afghanistan is a lot closer to the Stone Age than Iraq.” (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Steve King voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. King Statement On President's Afghanistan Speech. 1 December 2009. “I do not believe that announcing an exit strategy can contribute to anything except defeat. We must give our American fighting forces the time, resources and support to complete their mission.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve King. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Steve King voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Steve King voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Bret Hayworth. Sioux City Journal: King predicts overturn of federal health care reform. 2 April 2012. “King said he would seek to hold defense spending free from cuts.” (siouxcityjournal.com)
  • Steve King. King: House Will Prevent Dangerous Defense Cuts. 10 May 2012. “In total, over $1 trillion would be cut from national defense over the next ten years. Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, has suggested that the looming cuts would "devastate" our national security. The cuts were enacted last year as part of the "debt ceiling deal" that was struck by Congress. Set in motion after the so-called "Super Committee" failed to reach agreement on a package of budget cuts and reforms, the reconciliation package being considered this week will replace the automatic, across the board cuts with targeted reductions in specific areas of the federal budget. The ultimate goal is aimed at weeding out wasteful, fraudulent, inefficient and duplicative spending. 'Today the House voted on reconciliation language that will head off debilitating cuts to our national defense,' said King. 'The looming cuts would put 200,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines in the unemployment line and could eventually lead to the demise of the all volunteer force that's been the hallmark of our armed forces for decades. With only a skeleton force to defend our nation, the effort to do so will likely cost more in both blood and treasure in the long run. Secretary Panetta was right to warn about the devastation these cuts would bring. The House is stepping up to the plate to achieve the needed budget savings responsibly, and I was pleased to support that effort on the floor today.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Steve King voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Steve King voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Steve King voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Steve King voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Steve King voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Steve King voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Steve King voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Steve King. King: President's Tax Increase Plan Punts On Debt. 19 September 2011. “Congressman Steve King (R-IA) released the following statement after President Obama proposed a deficit reduction plan that seeks to increase taxes by at least $1.5 trillion dollars. The president called for significant new tax increases during a Rose Garden speech this morning. 'The president's latest proposal to increase taxes by $1.5 trillion on America's job creators has very little chance of becoming law, and he has punted on the debt and deficit issues,' said King. 'Americans deserve a real strategy to tackle our debt crisis and it appears we will not get one until the clock runs out on the Obama administration.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 95 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. “Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. The Role of Government. 1 August 2011. “Another big piece of the solution, Mr. Speaker, is to pass the FairTax, the national sales tax, to end the IRS as we know it, and stop punishing people who are producing. We need people in the private sector that are out there creating a profit by their own nature of industriousness, intuitiveness, and entrepreneurialism. And we need to grow the private sector. We need to reward people for doing that. And instead, we punish them. […] So what we need to do is take all that tax off of productivity, put it over on the consumption side, let everybody go to work and earn all they want to earn, save all they want to save, and invest all they want to invest. They get 56 percent more in their paycheck under the FairTax, 56 percent more. The goods and services that we buy go down in price an average of 22 percent, because in the price of what we're buying is the income tax and the payroll tax of the wages of the people that produced it. Employers have to, companies have to build that price in because they don't pay the tax. Last stop, consumers pay the tax--not corporations, not companies, not producers. They are the collectors. But they are not the payers. They are the tax collectors.” (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 89 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • FreedomWorks. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. FreedomWorks endorsed Steve King in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. “I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” (atr.org)
  • Steve King. American Exceptionalism. 30 November 2011. “Republicans said we're not going to raise taxes and Democrats said we aren't going to do it if you don't raise taxes. They want to punish the people that are producing. They would increase the taxes--you guys over there, you would increase the taxes on the people that are paying the most taxes. You would increase the taxes on the people that are paying the highest percentage. You would argue that it's progressive.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Fair Tax. 18 November 2011. “And I would say to the folks on either side of the argument that disagree, they're both wrong, whether they're from the left or from the right. And the bottom line is this: the Fair Tax does everything good that anybody's tax proposal does that is good; it does them all and it does them all better. And I'm happy to take that debate anywhere in this land and have folks that will try that on and we'll finish second in that debate.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. King: It's Time to Shut Down the IRS. 15 April 2012. “If we want to grow our economy and create jobs, we should stop the harmful practice of taxing work, savings and investments. We need more of all these things, and yet our income-tax code taxes them through the estate tax, the gift tax, capital-gains taxes, the alternative minimum tax, the self-employment tax and corporate and individual income taxes. The FairTax would eliminate these disincentives for productive behavior and unleash the entrepreneurial spirit that has made this nation great. As Americans file their returns this year, they should reflect on whether an agency founded in 1913 remains essential in the 21st century. If they do, they will come to the same conclusion that I have: It is time to pass the FairTax Act and shut down the IRS for good.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Steve King a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Steve King voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Steve King voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Innovative Economic Solutions Needed, Not Massive Government Spending. 29 June 2012. “President Obama understands that America’s strength is its people, but his proposals show a lack of confidence in the free-market system that can keep America a powerful and prosperous country. Bigger government, more wasteful Washington spending, new bailouts for bad decisions and tax increases will not create good-paying jobs or stimulate the economy.” (steveking.house.gov)
  • Steve King. King Unveils Four-Point Plan to Get America Working. 8 June 2012. "Congressman King's four-point plan to get America working is as follows: Repeal ObamaCare. Balance the federal budget through a balanced budget amendment. Produce and harness American-made energy and gain jobs in Iowa's renewable fuels industry. Create jobs by encouraging growth […] 'Washington is addicted to out-of-control spending that is mortgaging our grandchildren's future,' said King. 'A Balanced Budget Amendment, which I have long supported, has received bipartisan support and would give Iowans the opportunity to vote on a Constitutional Amendment that would reign in irresponsible Washington spending.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Free Enterprise, The Foundation of America's Economic System. 26 October 2009. “We know it's possible to have lower unemployed and to create jobs in this country, and we can do it by having government spend less money and cut taxes.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Oppose Overspending. 4 March 2009. “I have opposed these policies of overspending. I opposed the stimulus plan, and I opposed the bailout plan that came in the previous administration.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Issue Position: Economy. 1 January 2010. “Over the last few years Americans have watched as home foreclosures and mortgage defaults resulting from the subprime lending craze become an ever-increasing drag on our economy. Recently, these foreclosures and defaults have begun to threaten the stability of our nation's entire financial system. While some advocate and support increased government control and spending, I do not believe bigger government is the answer.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Issue Position: Responsibility to Taxpayers. 5 October 2011. “When the government is spending your money, I believe we should expect it to be fiscally disciplined and hold it accountable. The only way to reduce our eight trillion dollar national debt is to force the federal government to live within its means. If families must live within their budget, then the federal government should too. That's why I support measures to hold down spending in Congress and demand some common-sense changes to the budget process.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. State of Our Country. 15 September 2011. “We have had this success because we produced. We produced goods and services that had a marketable value both domestically and abroad. That is still what will bring America out of the economic doldrums, producing goods and services that have a marketable value both domestically and abroad, not spending money, not the little sugar high of handing somebody money and saying here are your food stamps, here's your unemployment check. Do nothing except go out and spend the money. That is only at best a sugar high. And for the economy, it's temporary.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve King. King: Hoyer's Tax Hikes Will Punish Small Business. 5 February 2010. "Raising taxes on small business owners will force more layoffs and force some small businesses to close the doors and call the auctioneer. Just in Iowa, small businesses employ 668,226 people per year, and some of these jobs will be lost if tax hikes go through. There are better solutions to grow the economy, create good-paying jobs and bring down the deficit. Long-term tax cuts work for everyone in America, and we need to extend the tax cuts passed which were signed into law on March 28, 2003." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. King's Vote will Aid in Small Business Development. 19 April 2012. “'While Democrats looked for opportunities to increase taxes this week, I remain focused on creating the right environment for businesses to thrive,' said King. 'Today I voted to decrease taxes for small businesses because I know what it's like to make payroll each week and run a small business. One of the reasons I first ran for office was to help create an environment where small businesses can thrive. Getting government out of the way is critical for the American entrepreneurial spirit to survive, and without that, we'll never get our economy back on track.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Steve King voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Issue Position: Economy and Federal Spending. 1 January 2011. “As someone who started and ran his own small business for nearly 30 years, I understand the challenges these businesses face, and, as a member of the House Committee on Small Business, I will continue to push for common sense policies that will reduce the tax and regulatory burden under which entrepreneurs and business owners must operate. If we do this, it will give businesses the incentives to grow and hire more workers, unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of the American people, and promote real, sustainable economic growth.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Congressman King highlights plan to repeal Obamacare, reduce nation’s debt and create an environment for job growth in Fort Dodge speech. 29 June 2012. “We must get government out of the way of our job creators. Job creation is not a partisan issue. Up and down main streets in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, small business owners are being suffocated by government regulations. These small business owners create 67% of all jobs in our country. I supported the JOBS Act and the Small Business Tax Cut Act to make it easier for small business to grow.” (steveking.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Steve King. Issue Position: Families – Education. 30 September 2011. “Many educators and parents in Iowa are concerned about the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act on Iowa's education system ... I do not support No Child Left Behind, because Iowa does not need federal mandates to improve its education; Iowa already has one of the finest education system and the most devoted, caring educators in the nation … Furthermore, we should strive to reduce the role of the federal government while increasing the role of the states in education policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Issues: Traditional & Family Values. 29 June 2012. “I support efforts to take education out of the hands of the federal government and put it back in the hands of state legislatures, local policymakers and parents who know how best to meet the educational needs of their students.” (steveking.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Steve King. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Steve King voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Steve King voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Steve King voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Issues Affecting the World. 24 April 2008. “We need more refineries. We need to drill ANWR. We need to drill the Outer Continental Shelf. We need to drill the non national park public lands in America, and we need to build roads in distribution areas so that we can do that, so that we can deliver that oil to the marketplace.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Issue Position: Energy – Natural Gas. 30 September 2011. “The U.S. is the only developed country in the world that has cut off access to its offshore drilling reserves. Natural gas is cheapest when sold close to the area of production because natural gas requires liquification or pipelines for transport. Countries that have natural gas and produce it have dramatically cheaper prices. The U.S. has abundant reserves of natural gas. We just don't use it […] Therefore, I am supporting the following bills to repeal the moratorium on drilling and leasing for energy resources off the outer continental shelf: H.R.3811, H.R.3918.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Issue Position: Energy – Domestic Oil Supply. 30 September 2011. “Farmers utilize diesel and gasoline to operate their equipment and transport their product. Farmers have had to tighten their belts as prices have increased. Therefore, I am in strong support of energy policy that allows for exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR), which will allow for more domestic supply of oil.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Energy. 20 October 2009. “All energy all the time. Let's drill in ANWR. Why would you leave hydrocarbons underneath Mother Earth? Why would we not go out into the gulf and drill for the natural gas and for the oil that's out there?” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. A Lesson From the Past. 2 March 2011. “We need to drill offshore. We need to drill in the Bakken region in North Dakota and Montana, and it spills over into Canada. And we need to continue to bring Canadian oil down into the United States and refine it here and be the best trading partner for the Canadians that they could possibly ask for.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. King Issues Statement on the General Election. 8 June 2012. “We need to encourage, not prohibit, American energy, including oil shale extraction, offshore drilling, drilling in ANWR, nuclear, clean burning coal and, of course, renewable energy like biofuels and wind which Iowa produces efficiently and effectively.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Steve King. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Steve King voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Steve King voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Energy. 20 October 2009. “When you have a huge policy like cap-and-trade that's built upon a flawed premise such as CO2 emissions by the United States have dramatically increased the temperature on the planet and if we significantly reduce the CO2 emissions in the United States it will turn the Earth's thermostat down, it's a false scientific premise, Mr. Speaker.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. A Future Where We are in Control of Our Own Energy. 25 January 2012. “So the votes aren't there for cap-and-tax, that's true. The EPA is looking to implement it by order of the President, and his public statement that they could implement and promulgate rules and end up with the same thing as cap-and-tax. So underneath that is the almost religious belief by environmental extremists that if you burn petroleum products and these hydrocarbons release into the atmosphere CO2--and it does, by the way. I can concede that point, the CO2 in the atmosphere--they believe that is the cause of global warming. Now, first you have to come to a conclusion that global warming is taking place, and then you have to come to the conclusion that it's an unnatural global warming taking place caused by activity of man. Then you have to conclude the activity of man that causes it is the release and suspension of CO2 into the atmosphere. So I listened to all of that, and I say there's a tough equation to make. And it was really hard for the people in the University of East Anglia and Penn State, Michael Mann and some of those other people to make that case. They had to fabricate, remember? Mr. Speaker, they had to fabricate the case for the actual data that would support even that the Earth was getting warmer, let alone the calculations that it's being caused by CO2 suspended in the atmosphere, let alone that that CO2 is sourced from industry, let alone that that industry is primarily U.S. Industry.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Country Envisioned by Founding Fathers. 1 June 2012. “What unfolded was an effort here in the House that passed cap-and-trade, and we stood here on the floor, Mr. Speaker, over and over again and did battle with cap-and-trade. We called it cap-and-tax. Cap-and-tax was the right way to describe the bill that would tax people who were burning hydrocarbons and, doing so, create a disadvantage for American industry and an advantage for the industries in places like India and China, where they care less about what goes into the atmosphere than we do here in this country.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. King Fights Hidden Energy Tax. 4 March 2010. “Congressman Steve King made the following statement after signing on as a co-sponsor of H.J.Res. 77, a resolution that disapproves of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) attempt to establish a hidden energy tax by labeling carbon dioxide a regulated pollutant under the Clean Air Act. 'The EPA's classification of carbon dioxide as a pollutant is irresponsible and makes no sense. The government cannot seriously expect to regulate the very thing we exhale.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. King Op-Ed: "Cap and Tax" Proposal Will Punish Western Iowa. 13 May 2009. “Liberals on Capitol Hill are currently ironing out the details of so called 'cap and trade' legislation. Their plan would impose new energy taxes on the American economy and American consumers to reduce 'global warming' emissions. […] The energy sources of the future will not be created through massive tax hikes or new government regulations. I will oppose any “cap and trade” bill that caps growth and trades American jobs.” (steveking.house.gov)
  • Steve King. Letter to The Honorable Hillary Clinton. 10 December 2010. “We state categorically that we will do anything and everything within our power to prevent cap-and-trade legislation as it is currently proposed from ever becoming law in the United States.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Steve King a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Steve King in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Steve King voted Did Not Vote on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Steve King voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Steve King voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Immigration. 7 May 2009. “So, we can't hardly outlaw guns in America by following a Mexican law. We have got to defend the Constitution, the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms. The Heller decision, which I would have preferred would have been broader, gives an individual a right to personal protection, not to be denied in an effective fashion by a local jurisdiction.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Video: Steve King 'The Real Reason for the Second Amendment. 13 April 2012. “In my role in life, I get to support legislation that defends our second amendment rights, and today I can tell you that in Congress we have passed out of the House a national right-to-carry legislation […] which would allow you to take […] your concealed weapon permit and go from state to state, as long as you're in compliance with the laws within your state that gives you reciprocity.” (www.youtube.com)
  • Steve King. Video: Steve King on the virtues of 2nd Amendment. 23 July 2011. “Anytime that we are exercising our second amendment rights, we are strengthening the second amendment in the Constitution. […] I go to a lot of second amendment events because I want to help strengthen the defense of our right to keep and bear arms so that day never comes that we have to fear tyrants in the United States of America.” (www.youtube.com)
  • Steve King. Solutions for America. 7 February 2012. “American exceptionalism is built upon those liberties, those rights--the freedom of speech, religion, the press, to keep and bear arms, the protection from double jeopardy, property rights, States' rights, to be tried by a jury of your peers.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. King Introduces BATFE Reform Act. 17 March 2011. “Modernizing federal firearms regulations is necessary because the existing regulatory scheme undermines our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. H.R. 1093 makes significant improvements to BATFE's enforcement regulations that will allow the agency to perform its mission in a manner that upholds the constitutional rights of Americans.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Too Much Government Control. 29 June 2010. “I often come here to this floor and talk about the pillars of American exceptionalism, those essential components that have made America great. And I have listed them: Freedom of speech, religion, assembly, the right of the people to peaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances, the right to keep and bear arms, which thankfully just this week the Supreme Court has reinforced.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. King: Supreme Court Decision a Victory for the Second Amendment. “The Second Amendment to the Constitution clearly states that we have a right 'to keep and bear arms.' This right was enshrined in the Constitution by our Founding Fathers and must not be infringed. Today's Supreme Court decision was a victory for the Second Amendment. The Court upheld the Constitution and affirmed our right to bear arms at the federal, state and local levels.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve King. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Steve King voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. The Role of Government. 1 August 2011. “That's one of the big things that are at stake, and I have staked a lot of my efforts over the last 23 or so months in working to first defeat and then to repeal ObamaCare. And when we passed the repeal here in the House of Representatives and the language that I drafted went over to the Senate, shortly after that, some weeks after that we took up the defunding of ObamaCare and we passed that legislation with the CR over to the Senate, where it was peeled off and voted down.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. State of Our Country. 15 September 2011. “ObamaCare is now the law of the land; but it is repealable, Mr. Speaker, and that gives me great hope.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. King Issues Statement on the General Election. 8 June 2012. "Our first priority after the election will be to pull ObamaCare out by the roots. If you cut a tree down it will grow back from its roots. You have to take the tree out, roots and all. If not, it will become an uglier version of its former self. ObamaCare is choking the life out of our economy and strangling the job-creating desire out of American businesses. Government-run healthcare is having a devastating impact on Iowa families and business. My language to repeal ObamaCare passed the House last year, and I am the only candidate in the 4th Congressional District race who will continue fighting for the 100 percent repeal of ObamaCare.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. King: The Fate of ObamaCare is Not Yet Set. 28 June 2012. “The fate of ObamaCare is not yet set. The House has voted to pass my language to repeal 100% of ObamaCare. Every Republican Senator has voted to do the same. On the other hand, President Obama and Democrats in Congress remain as committed as ever to forcing the unconstitutional law that bears the President's name upon an unwilling and disapproving public. The choice could not be clearer. The American people should be reminded that there is no force more powerful than their voice. After the passage of ObamaCare, the American people made their disapproval known in a powerful way. Today's decision should renew that call and spirit. The Constitution lays out a government of limited, enumerated powers, and the size and scope of our current government, and specifically ObamaCare, are well beyond what our Founding Fathers ever intended.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. America's Debt Ceiling. 22 July 2011. “The American people understand that ObamaCare is a malignant tumor that is metastasizing and consuming the liberty of the American people, and it must be repealed. This House is resolute in their repealing of ObamaCare.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Fiscal Responsibility. 15 July 2011. “The language that I have introduced, the language that Michele Bachmann introduced, and others, Connie Mack comes to mind, with all Republicans voting for it, is this. It is 40 words to repeal ObamaCare and it ends with these words: "as if it had never been enacted.'' That is the language we must put on a President's desk who will sign it.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. King: "Obamanomics is Failing the Country." 20 July 2011. “In order to get Americans back to work, the President could take a variety of positive steps. He could work with me to repeal ObamaCare, a law which the CBO projects will cost 800,000 jobs, instead of fighting my repeal efforts.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Steve King in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Steve King in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Steve King voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Steve King voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Twitter: @SteveKingIA. 24 August 2011. “Obama issues executive amnesty to illegals. Deportation is inconvenient. No criminals deported unless "serious". I insist on Cong hearings.” (twitter.com)
  • Steve King. House Passes King Immigration Amendment. 8 June 2012. “'It is irresponsible for ICE to prioritize the deportation and prosecution of illegal aliens based on the Morton Memo criteria.' said King. 'It is not the government's job to pick and choose which illegal aliens are most fit for deportation. Collectively, these memos are a picture-perfect example of how the President has been using administrative amnesty to get around Congress on immigration issues. The Administration and ICE are continually eroding the Rule of Law when it comes to immigration. The administration has directed law enforcement officials to provide amnesty to illegal aliens unless they pose a threat to the President's reelection. This amendment will begin to reverse the damage already done while setting our nation back on the right path.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. King: The DREAM Act by a Different Name. 31 May 2012. “'The immigration laws of this country have been ignored by millions of illegal aliens', King said. 'I don't believe in rewarding lawbreakers with a path to citizenship. While I do have sympathy for those who may have come to this country illegally with their parents when they broke the law, our country cannot afford to make concessions in immigration policy. The Rule of Law is a much higher priority. First we must secure our borders, shut off the jobs and benefits magnets that attract illegal aliens to the U.S., and enforce the immigration laws that are already on the books.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. FOX News “On The Record With Greta VanSusteren” - Transcript. 7 January 2011. “Once you grant them amnesty, you have undermined the rule of law and you've created a magnet to bring more people into the United States. The anchor baby issue is a magnet for the parents to come in, and amnesty is a magnet to -- for more illegal people to come in.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2011. “I believe we only encourage illegal immigration by discussing amnesty for the 12-20 million illegal immigrants living in the United States today. I adamantly oppose amnesty, regardless of the guise under which it is presented. Amnesty pardons immigration lawbreakers and rewards them with the objective of their crime—citizenship.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. King: Obama Uses Amnesty Proposals to Fire-Up Dispirited Liberal Base. 16 May 2011. “If enacted, the President's amnesty proposals would undermine the Rule of Law, and I will continue to oppose any effort that seeks to reward immigrant lawbreakers with the objective of their crime.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Immigration Reform. 14 June 2010. “And that, Mr. Speaker, is where I stand. I refuse to equivocate, I refuse to compromise on the rule of law, I refuse to grant amnesty. And we should talk about what amnesty is. To grant amnesty is to pardon immigration law-breakers and reward them with the objective of their crimes.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Immigration. 12 July 2011. “Some of them are national leaders in the faith community who argued that we need to find a way to accommodate the 11 million to 20 million illegals that are here in America and give them a path to citizenship. And every one of them said that they thought they should go to the back of the line. They should go to the back of the line, the 11 million to 20 million illegals in America should go to the back of the line, but we should give them a means by which they can earn American citizenship. Well, think about it, Mr. Speaker, go to the back of the line. Which line? … I would submit that if those who are in the United States illegally are to go to the back of the line, it's not a line in the United States. The people in line to come into the United States legally are, by definition, not in the United States. They're outside the United States, they're in their home country, they're following the laws of America, they're lined up to come in the right way--God bless them for doing that.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Steve King in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Steve King in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Steve King in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Steve King voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Steve King voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Steve King voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. King Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee to Oppose Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. 26 July 2011. “Traditional marriage is a sacred institution and serves as the cornerstone of our society. We cannot afford to devalue it with legislation like S. 598 and we must oppose any effort that would diminish the definition of marriage. All of human experience points to one committed relationship between a man and a woman as the core building block to society.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013. 13 May 2012. “The definition of marriage from the beginning of time has been a man and woman joined together, hopefully in holy matrimony, for the purposes of encouraging a family unit and raising children and pouring our values down through that crucible of marriage into the next generation because that's the most successful and effective way that we can advance civilization. Government has an interest in promoting marriage for the purposes of holding together the continuity of our culture and our civilization. It is not a nefarious thing. It's not the government taking over marriage. It is the voice of the American culture and the American people seeking to advance into the following generations the best values that we have. And those that say it is discrimination to determine what marriage is, I would argue instead, Mr. Chairman, that government provides a license. The States provide licenses for marriage. A license is a definition to do that which is otherwise illegal. A license to hunt, a license to carry a gun, a license to fish, for example.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Issue Position: Families – Defending Marriage and Family. 30 September 2011. “I support marriage between one man and one woman. Marriage is the building block of the family, of community and of society. I do not support allowing special legal rights based on sexual orientation. I believe the traditional American family, together with conservative values, forms the bedrock of our free society. States should not be forced to recognize the same-sex marriages of other states.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Issues Affecting America. 16 January 2008. “But it changes the destiny of a country if you destroy marriage […] If you can make the argument in court that two men ought to be able to get married and access all the benefits that are saved right now, preserved, protected and promoted for a man and woman joined together in holy matrimony because the State has an interest in promoting marriage because that is a crucible through which we pour all of our values. But if we open that up to a man and a man or a woman and a woman, what standard do we draw the line upon next?” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. King Statement on Same-Sex Marriage in Iowa. 27 April 2009. “I believe the majority of Iowans are committed to marriage between one man and one woman, one of the essential building blocks of civilization. I will continue to work with the Iowa legislature to pass a Marriage Amendment to the Iowa Constitution, clarifying that marriage is between one man and one woman.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Steve King supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 0 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve King. Video: King Not a Fan of Social Security Plan in Ryan Budget. 22 February 2010. “Generally speaking […] I support President Bush's Social Security reform plan. I believe people should be able to control their own retirement destiny.” (www.youtube.com)

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Iowa State Legislative Election 1996 National Political Awareness 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.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legally available when the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape or when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xd) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xf) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Xg) Require statistical reporting of abortions and miscarriages to the Department of Public Health.
Noh) Should Iowa government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action in Iowa.
Xa) Iowa government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public and private sectors.
Xb) Iowa government should provide no affirmative action programs.
Noc) Do you believe that the Iowa government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Nod) Do you believe that sexual orientation should be added to Iowa's anti-discrimination laws?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding children & family issues in Iowa.
a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
b) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
d) Increase state funding for child-care facilities.
Xe) Support legislation to end no-fault divorce.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime in Iowa.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Expand and promote "community policing" programs.
Xc) Support "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve their full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Institute the death penalty in Iowa.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Require mandatory life sentences for third-time, violent felons.
Xh) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
i) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
j) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such as marijuana.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences associated with drug-related crimes.
Xl) Implement chain gangs in which prison inmates work together in chained work groups.
Xm) Require prison inmates to pay for their incarceration.
Xn) Criminalize the act of assisted suicide.
Xo) Classify a third-time domestic abuse offense as a felony.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address juvenile crime in Iowa.
Xa) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
Xb) Provide state funding for military-style "boot camps" for juvenile first-time felons.
c) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
d) Support state government funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
Xe) Make the availability of juvenile criminal records the same as those of adult offenders.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Iowa's economic development.
a) Increase state funds for improving the state's transportation system, including major roadways, railways, and airports.
b) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for expanding, start-up, or relocating businesses.
c) Expand legalized gambling (e.g. casino gambling, riverboats).
Xd) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
Xe) Remove state government controls or caps from wages, prices, rents, profits, production, and interest rates.
f) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
g) Increase state funding for programs to re-train unemployed workers.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Iowa's education system.
a) Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public school faculty.
b) Endorse teacher-led voluntary school prayer in public schools.
Xc) Encourage private or corporate investment in certain public school programs (e.g. apprenticeships to train high school students who are not college bound).
d) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious, technical).
e) Implement charter schools where teachers and other professionals receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
f) Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all state public schools.
Xg) Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets state health and safety standards.
Xh) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
i) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Xj) Provide state funding for programs which increase Iowa students access to the Internet and other telecommunications networks.
k) Increase state funds for higher education.
l) Increase state funds for vocational education in public high schools.
m) Increase state funds for training teachers in new techniques and technology.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Iowa's environment and natural resources.
a) Enact tougher environmental standards to encourage the sale of cleaner burning fuels throughout Iowa.
b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for polluting industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis be completed on the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require the state to reimburse citizens when state- sponsored environmental regulations limit the use of privately owned land.
e) Provide funding for recycling programs in Iowa.
Xf) Request flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend Iowa's participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Maintain minimum environmental quality as mandated by current federal regulations.
i) Support the creation of a wildlife preserve in Iowa by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department.
j) Provide financial incentives for citizens and industry to use energy-efficient measures (e.g. insulation, compact florescent lighting).
a) Would you support amending the Iowa Constitution to limit the terms of the following Iowa officials?
Yes1) State Senators and Representatives
Yes2) Governors
Yesb) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
Yesc) Do you support requiring limits on individual contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesd) Do you support requiring limits on PAC contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yese) Do you support requiring limits on corporate contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesf) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesg) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noh) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Support expanding the nationwide federal ban on the public sale of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xc) Maintain all state registration procedures and state restrictions on possessing firearms.
d) Ease state procedures and restrictions on the purchase and registration of firearms.
e) Repeal all state bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms.
Xf) Continue to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Iowa's health care system.
a) Expand state funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in the state, including immunizations.
b) Provide tax incentives to assist small businesses in providing health care to their employees.
c) Ensure that Iowa citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
Xd) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
f) Support legislation requiring health insurance providers to cover certain medical services (e.g. 48-hr. hospital stay for mothers after childbirth).
Undecidedg) Should the terminally ill have the right to end their life?
Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of funding for the following categories. Select one option only.
Eliminatea) Abortion
Eliminateb) Affirmative Action
Maintain Statusc) Agriculture
Maintain Statusd) AIDS Programs
Maintain Statuse) Education
Slightly Decreasef) Environment
Maintain Statusg) Health Care
Slightly Increaseh) Law Enforcement
Slightly Decreasei) Welfare
Please indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning Iowa's tax levels. Select one option only.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol Taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Business Taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Capital Gains Taxes
Slightly Decreased) Income Taxes (incomes less than $75,000)
Slightly Decreasee) Income Taxes (incomes greater than $75,000)
Slightly Decreasef) Property Taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Sales Taxes
Slightly Decreaseh) State Fees
Noi) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Iowa's welfare system.
a) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
Xb) Allow welfare recipients to work and still receive state-funded health care and child care (if needed) until they become self-sufficient.
Xc) Require that able-bodied welfare recipients receive job training, attend school, or work in order to receive welfare benefits.
Xd) Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 attend school and live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive welfare benefits.
Xe) Limit the welfare benefits given to recipients if they have additional children.
f) Provide two-parent families living in poverty the same welfare benefits as one-parent families.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare and advocate privately-funded assistance to people in need.
Yesh) Do you support the current two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work?
Explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected to the Iowa General Assembly. If any of your priorities will require additional government funding, explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.

1. Deregulate state government for the purpose of encouraging investment in new business start-ups and profit based new employment in existing businesses.... 2. Rewrite the Iowa drug testing laws for employers. Currently, Iowa's drug testing laws are the fourth most liberal in America. I would also random drug test welfare recipients....

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