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Bill Enyart's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 12, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 12
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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 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • William Enyart. Video: 12th Congressional Debate. 20 September 2012. "I believe that there is money that is wasted, and as a general I know how to find it. I'm not afraid to grill a general in a Congressional hearing and find out where they are wasting money and trim that waste." (youtu.be)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • William Enyart. Video: 12th District Debate- Marion. 20 September 2012. "Warren Buffet said it better than I can, It's not fair than my secretary pays a higher tax rate than I do." (youtu.be)
  • William Enyart. Video: General Bill Enyart for Congress "Level." 25 September 2012. "Unlike my opponent I'll fight unfair trade deals like NAFTA, end tax breaks for millionaires, [¦] cut taxes for the middle class and small businesses." (youtu.be)
  • William Enyart. Video: IL12; August 12, 2012; WSIU Debate. 12 August 2012. "There is no tax fairness. Let's call the Bush tax cuts what they really are: They really are Millionaires tax cuts, and Mr. Ryan's budget only exacerbates the problem." (youtu.be)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown 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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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • William Enyart. Video: IL12; August 12, 2012; WSIU Debate. 12 August 2012. "Automatic weapons have been banned in this country since the 1930's, and should be very very tightly controlled." (youtu.be)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Fitzgerald. BND.com: Enyart promises to fight to strengthen Scott AFB. Published 2 July 2012. "In response to questions from the media, Enyart said he would vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act if he's sent to Congress. The health-care reform law, which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld, "is not perfect legislation," he said, "but certainly it's got provisions that I think are necessary to protect American families." Examples of such provisions are rules that allow young adults up to age 26 to remain on their parents' health insurance, and that bar insurers from dropping policyholders with pre-existing health conditions, Enyart said." (www.bnd.com)
No 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

  • William Enyart. 12th District Debate- Marion. 20 September 2012. "One of the provisions of the DREAM Act is that if someone enters military service, takes that oath to defend our country, to defend our constitution, then that person gets an expedited route to citizenship. [...] If someone is willing to take that oath, and someone is willing defend our country, and willing to put their life on the line, for our freedoms and our constitution then it's wrong to deny them citizenship. So I wrote a letter endorsing the DREAM Act at Sen. Durben's request, because of that. I thought it was the right thing to do." (youtu.be)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • William Enyart. 12th District Debate- Marion. 20 September 2012. "I would be opposed to same sex marriage." (youtu.be)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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