Representative Steve King's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (IA) - District 4, Republican
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Steve King has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Iowa Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
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NoIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
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NoDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
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YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
NoDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
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NoInferred Answer Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/389604/issue-position-families-education#.VXmlx3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Americans have spoken out in strong opposition to these national, one-size-fits-all standards known as Common Core. These standards are destroying our education system and the way our students learn. The decision about what students should be taught and when it should be taught has enormous consequences for our children [...]" https://steveking.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/king-sends-letter-to-block-funding-for-common-core (steveking.house.gov)
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
NoDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
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NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
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YesInferred Answer Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/706130/house-passes-king-immigration-amendment/#.VXmxSXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As a sovereign nation, we must control and secure our borders. It is troubling that the levels of illegal immigration continue to rise and that the Rule of Law is not being enforced. I believe we only encourage illegal immigration by discussing amnesty for the 12-20 million illegal immigrants living in the United States today." https://steveking.house.gov/issues/immigration (steveking.house.gov)
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
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YesInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations
  • "We need to be arming the Kurds with everything that we can get to the Kurds, everything the Kurds can use. And that doesn't mean send it through Baghdad to get the Baghdad stamp of approval. It means directly to the Kurds along with special operation forces that could be on the ground with the Kurds and call in airstrikes and support the Kurds as one jaw of the vice that will squeeze ISIS in Iraq and in Syria." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1000945/national-security-the-rule-of-law-and-planned-parenthood-videos (votesmart.org)
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
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Spending

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

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Eliminateb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Greatly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Eliminatel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

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.

Eliminatea) Capital gains taxes
Eliminateb) Corporate taxes
Eliminatec) Small business taxes
Eliminated) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Eliminatee) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Eliminatef) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminateg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Eliminateh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Eliminatei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatej) Inheritance taxes
Eliminatek) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories

I support eliminating the current tax system, abolishing the IRS, repealing the 16th Amendment and creating a national sales tax otherwise known as the FairTax.

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.

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