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Adam Kinzinger's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 16, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 16
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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 2016, 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

  • "The use of our tax dollars to subsidize abortions and abortion providers is simply unacceptable. Additionally, the Protect Life Act also prohibits the federal government from requiring private insurance companies to cover abortion and protects health care providers from discrimination for refusal to participate in abortions. This legislation makes certain that taxpayers will not foot the bill for abortions or abortion coverage under the President's health care law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/646964/kinzinger-applauds-passage-of-the-protect-life-act/ (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • Signed pledge stating "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Illinois 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." http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/120111-federalpledgesigners.pdf (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • "On March 21, 2013, the House passed a budget introduced by Chairman of the Budget Committee Paul Ryan that reforms our tax code, spurs economic growth, and balances our budget in 10 years. The Path to Prosperity, H.Con.Res.25, brings our country's finances into balance gradually by restricting annual spending growth to 3.5%, down from 5%. In addition, this budget will lower our debt-to-GDP ratio by 21%, saving $700 billion in interest payments over that time." http://kinzinger.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=126778 (kinzinger.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "On March 21, 2013, the House passed a budget introduced by Chairman of the Budget Committee Paul Ryan that reforms our tax code, spurs economic growth, and balances our budget in 10 years. The Path to Prosperity, H.Con.Res.25, brings our country's finances into balance gradually by restricting annual spending growth to 3.5%, down from 5%. In addition, this budget will lower our debt-to-GDP ratio by 21%, saving $700 billion in interest payments over that time." http://kinzinger.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=126778 (kinzinger.house.gov)
  • "Federal spending continues to grow by the trillions despite a debt burden that has reached levels previously thought impossible, undermining the dollar and our place in the global market. The result is more economic uncertainty that the nation cannot afford." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/498486/kinzinger-to-incumbent-what-about-jobs#.VlSOMmwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "You let them keep more of the money they earn so they can go out and they can invest in new products so they can hire people. I'd love to get people back to work. I'd love to empower small business. That's why we want to let them keep more of what they earn." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/687026/small-business-tax-cut-act#.VZLXwXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The last thing we should do in a bad economy is raise taxes. Businesses and manufacturers need certainty in order to place more orders, create more goods, and hire more people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/733645/house-votes-to-extend-all-tax-rates-for-one-year#.VZLX1nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am supportive of bringing more accountability to education dollars spent but we need to ensure that parents do not lose any say in the education of their child. President Obama's Race to the Top Program requires states to lift the number of charter school restrictions and link teacher's pay to student achievement in order to qualify for the $4.35 billion grant money. I support tying federal money to innovations and achievement however, I do have some concerns that the program looks at education reform as a sprint, not a marathon meaning states are rushing to put a short-term plan together in order to compete for the grant money without thoroughly looking toward a long-term approach in improving performance." http://general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com/editorial/adam-kinzinger/ (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXtfrHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I'm committed to seeing the Keystone Pipeline built here in the United States." http://kinzinger.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398855 (kinzinger.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Finally, the 11th District is also one of the nation's leaders in the production of renewable energy -- a rapidly emerging industry that I favor supporting with financial and research incentives. The district is home to the commercial production of renewable energy through wind power, hydropower and bio-diesel." http://general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com/editorial/adam-kinzinger/ (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • "Americans continue to demand Congress take a comprehensive energy approach that creates jobs in the United States, increases energy security through environmentally sound domestic energy production, and develops a long-term 'all of the above' plan that includes clean alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, hydropower and nuclear power. As a member of the Committee on Energy & Commerce, I will work to expand access to affordable energy through streamlining government regulations in order to foster an atmosphere for job creation and strengthen our economy." http://kinzinger.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=126779 (kinzinger.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 910 "Energy Tax Prevention Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/34389#.VZLc8XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I would have opposed the Cap and Trade legislation. I support taking measured, sensible steps to ensure that our environment is protected but not at the cost of our economic prosperity and especially not during uncertain economic times like we are experiencing now. The United States has some of the strictest emission policies in the world but when you start penalizing companies with job-killing regulations like Cap and Trade does, we will only force industries to leave the U.S. to a country with far lesser or no environmental standards, which will ultimately be far worse for the environment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/498492/issue-position-cap-trade#.VYMuaXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116559/adam-kinzinger#.VYMk5nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the National Rifle Association and the Illinois State Rifle Association, I will be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/498495/issue-position-second-amendment#.VYMvNHUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/33026#.VYA7J3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Our country does have a health care crisis of affordability and accessibility. I opposed the bill signed by President Obama as I found it did not address the issue of cost nor address the crisis in a fiscally responsible manner. We should take steps to increase the number of people with health insurance but the answer is not expanding the role of the federal government, cutting Medicare or raising taxes on Americans and businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/498493/issue-position-health-care#.VYMviHUViko (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

  • Signed a letter stating "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/637826/#.VYMwX3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "It is vital we update our antiquated immigration system to better suit the needs of a 21st century economy, but we must not reward those who have come here illegally." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/832996/issue-position-national-defense-homeland-security-and-immigration#.VZLzeXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116559/adam-kinzinger#.VYMk5nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by American Civil Liberties Union http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116559/adam-kinzinger#.VYMk5nUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While the death of Osama bin Laden is great news, it represents one victory in our continuing fight against terror. This fight is not over and we must maintain aggressive efforts to defend our nation against any potential terrorist enemies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/606277/#.VYMx2HUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "We must continue to provide leadership in an ever-volatile world by showing our allies and enemies alike that America stands by its values. This means ensuring our troops are equipped with the best technologies available while maintaining a mobile, reactive fighting force capable of responding to threats at a moment's notice." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/832996/issue-position-national-defense-homeland-security-and-immigration#.VZL3XXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred 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

  • "I look at the issue of Social Security with several basic principles: opposing an increase on the payroll tax on employers and employees, as it will hurt small business owners and low-income families, opposing any change to the benefit formula and opposing any efforts to privatize." http://general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com/editorial/adam-kinzinger/ (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • "I do not support privatizing Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/545523/issue-position-social-security#.VZL45HUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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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

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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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