John Fleming, Jr.'s Political Positions

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John Fleming, Jr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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.

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  • "I have been unwavering in voting to support the value of life, beginning with conception. I fully support the investigative work of the Select Panel on Infant Lives, which has exposed the abortion industry's selling of baby body parts. This panel has provided further evidence to justify the votes we've taken to defund America's abortion giant. We've also passed legislation to prevent the abortion of infants after they can feel pain at the 20-week threshold. These bills strengthen our resolve to care for our future: our children." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1124440/minden-press-herald-fleming-supporting-the-value-of-life (votesmart.org)
  • "From a scientific perspective, it is an inarguable fact that when an egg and sperm are united, a unique member of the human species results. This human life has a unique DNA blueprint that is deserving of our protection." http://fleming.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=12231 (fleming.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/108811/john-fleming-jr#.VYsgS3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "The Fair Tax will replace the income tax, corporate taxes, capital gains taxes, and estate and inheritance taxes with a national sales tax." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/367695/issue-position-the-fair-tax#.VYsq33UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "On Wednesday, January 23rd, I signed the Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge. I have committed in writing that I will not increase marginal tax rates, or vote for any new taxes whose net result is that Americans pay more in taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/367695/issue-position-the-fair-tax#.VYsq33UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • The ability of the federal government to enforce federal drug laws even in states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use "Support" http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF14J59.pdf (downloads.frc.org)

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  • "I have never believed in the fallacy that the federal government can buy its way out of economic troubles through needless spending. For that reason, I am proud to oppose 'stimulus' packages and endless corporate bailouts, which will do little but weaken the long term integrity of the American economy." http://fleming.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=9956 (fleming.house.gov)
  • "This is a major win not just because we have a clear path to completing I-49N, but because the state stepped up and decided to fund it without waiting for the disorganized and inefficient federal system to do the job, which could have easily taken another decade." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/606511/rep-fleming-applauds-full-funding-for-i-49-north-in-shreveport (votesmart.org)

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  • "The Fair Tax will replace the income tax, corporate taxes, capital gains taxes, and estate and inheritance taxes with a national sales tax." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/367695/issue-position-the-fair-tax#.VYsq33UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In my opinion, the surest road to economic recovery lies in reducing the tax burden on our families and small businesses, which employ an overwhelming majority of the workforce in Louisiana." http://fleming.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=9956 (fleming.house.gov)

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  • "First and foremost, education is a parental right, and a state and local responsibility. […] Education reform should also empower parents to choose the best available school for their children, and taxpayers who choose to send their children to private schools should see some of their tax dollars travel with them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/990133/issue-position-education#.V7HtkHVTQfI (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_k33RfVP2Q (www.youtube.com)
  • "The Keystone Pipeline should not be a victim of the short-sighted politics of a blame-shifting president whose policies are destroying our country’s climate for job creation." http://fleming.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=275342 (fleming.house.gov)

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  • "We have got agenda-driven, uneconomical renewable energy projects being funded directly by the Federal Government, and if they fail, taxpayers are on the hook once again." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/901555/energy-and-water-development-and-related-agencies-appropriations-act-2015/?search=Renewable%20Energy#.VYswynUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to 'Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units' " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • "I am committed to cutting regulations and fighting irrational environmental policies that give other countries the power to cut us off. I believe it's a matter of national security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1120241/issue-position-energy#.V7HubnVTQfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "During my first year as a Congressman, I successfully worked my colleagues to enact legislation strengthening Second Amendment protections." http://fleming.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=9961 (fleming.house.gov)
  • "Besides looking like hippies in a 60's photo-op, Democrats are willfully denying important facts during their 'sit-in' today demanding gun control legislation. […] for them it's never really been about terrorism; it's only ever been about taking away our Second Amendment rights, one bullet at a time if necessary." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1102729/fleming-responds-to-house-democrat-sit-in#.V7HwCHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/108811/john-fleming-jr/37#.VYszt3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 45 "Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44099 (votesmart.org)
  • "In addition, I’m gathering signatures for a letter to Speaker Boehner calling on him to use a process that would prevent Senate Democrats from blocking a repeal vote. These are all important steps in getting us to a place where we can finally end Obamacare, address health care costs, and restore patient-centered health care." http://fleming.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394775 (fleming.house.gov)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "I will continue to oppose amnesty. The people of Louisiana have made it clear they want executive amnesty defunded." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/998599/fleming-votes-no-on-bill-to-fund-presidents-amnesty/?search=social%20security#.V7Hz5XVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Additionally, I support making English the official Language of the United States, reforming Social Security to ensure that benefits are received only by those who pay into the system, , and removing any possibility of amnesty for those that break our laws." http://fleming.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=9962 (fleming.house.gov)

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  • "Marriage between one man and one woman is a fundamental building block of our civilization and it is the ideal model from which we raise our children. Together, mothers and fathers offer the complementary roles which best meet a child's needs and which benefit society." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/794257/fleming-the-supreme-court-got-it-wrong#.V7HyhHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am also a strong defender of traditional marriage." http://fleming.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=12231 (fleming.house.gov)

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  • "Most aren't offering specific policy recommendations. One exception is Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, who is calling for sending 10,000-30,000 troops, 'not putting them on the frontlines', but to work with the Iraqi military and local militias to take on ISIL." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/998736/nolacom-jindal-louisiana-gop-congressional-members-want-revamp-of-us-response-to-islamic-militants (votesmart.org)

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  • "Unless Social Security is reformed, young workers will not be able to depend on Social Security to provide for their retirement. […] we must put Social Security on sound fiscal footing. Comprehensive reform can be achieved without adversely affecting any current or near-retiree." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/674057/issue-position-social-security/?search=social%20security#.V7H0InVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Simply stealing from the Social Security Trust Fund to fabricate a rescue of the Social Security Disability Program is irresponsible and dangerous, and merely accelerates the default date of Social Security itself. This country is in dire need of concrete entitlement reform, an element sorely lacking in today's closed-door deal." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1021172/fleming-budget-deal-grants-white-house-demands-to-increase-federal-spending/?search=social%20security#.V7H0mHVTQfI (votesmart.org)

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