Representative Adam Kinzinger's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Adam Kinzinger
Current Office: U.S. House - District 16, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 16
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 18, 2014
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 02/27/1978
Birth Place: Kankakee, IL
Home City: Channahon, IL
Religion: Christian
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Issue Positions

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  • Adam Kinzinger. Facebook: Wall. 13 October 2011. "The use of our tax dollars to subsidize abortions and abortion providers is simply unacceptable." (www.facebook.com)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Kinzinger Applauds Passage of the Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Adam Kinzinger in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan B. Anthony List. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Adam Kinzinger in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Adam Kinzinger voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Washington Post: Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.). "Kinzinger believes that abortion should be illegal except in cases of rape, incest or when the mother's life is in danger." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Adam Kinzinger. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Adam Kinzinger voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • National Defense PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Defense PAC endorsed Adam Kinzinger in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Kinzinger Returns from Congressional Delegation to Europe, Afghanistan. 2 May 2011. "I remain committed to protecting democracy, and fighting for a free and secure Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. "I supported President Obama's decision to add more troops to the Afghanistan mission and members of Congress to take the politics out of the situation, which has allowed our military commanders to get the increased violence under control. I hope the Administration rethinks its decision to name a certain timetable for America's mission there. The Taliban have a saying, 'The Americans have the watches. We have the time.' Providing a known timetable for a pullout will only cause the Taliban to wait it out." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Fox News "Fox Chicago Sunday" - Partial Transcript. 3 September 2011. "Continuing to press the fight against terror overseas, whether it's in Afghanistan or elsewhere, areas we can't talk about, I think is the best way to stay on the offensive. We have Al Qaeda on the ropes right now and we need to continue to stay on the offense to keep them there and not here." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Issue Position: Afghanistan. "Afghanistan is one of the vital fronts in the war on terrorism where we face many challenges. I commend President Obama for understanding the importance of continuing America's mission in Afghanistan by sending 30,000 additional troops to quash the increased violence. Our military commanders can now effectively begin the process of preparing for the additional troops in reversing the Taliban's momentum. I hope the Administration remains committed to the difficult mission ahead by refusing to place a firm timetable for troop withdrawal. The Taliban have a saying, 'The Americans have the watches. We have the time.' Providing a timetable for a pullout will only cause the Taliban to wait it out. Any future troop reductions should depend on current conditions on the ground and advice from our commanders." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. 17 May 2012. "Think of the sacrifice that our troops have made in Afghanistan. Now, we understand it's been too long, but think of the sacrifice they've made. Now we're getting ready--very quickly, with the passage of an amendment, if this passes--to say we're just getting out; we're not going to leave the commanders on the ground with the authority to say how we do it or what we do. What are we going to say to our troops if this passes, and what are we going to say to Bibi? Bibi is a young woman in Afghanistan who at the age of 12 was sold into slavery because somebody committed a crime in her family and the Taliban required her to be sold into slavery. She escaped and had her nose and ears cut off. Her uncle and her family turned their back on her as she tried to crawl to safety. She went to an American forward operating base, where she was granted safety and freedom. What are we going to say to Bibi when we pick up and say, you know what, we've had enough, we're just going to pick up and leave today? This is a big deal. I would urge my colleagues to oppose this ill-thought-out amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Victory in Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "But last night I saw that all the surge troops are going to be pulled out of Afghanistan, magically, by Election Day. As a military pilot and an Air National Guard pilot, I can tell you the soldiers are weary of war. The American people are weary of war. But leadership is not about saying, We're tired, we're going to quit. It's about standing up for freedom and standing against those that would destroy our way of life." (votesmart.org)
  • Vets for Freedom PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Vets for Freedom PAC endorsed Adam Kinzinger in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Adam Kinzinger voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • National Defense PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Defense PAC endorsed Adam Kinzinger in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Adam Kinzinger voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Lori Montgomery.. GOP compromise on debt: Cut military spending?. 26 June 2011. "Kinzinger, an active-duty Air National Guardsman who flew missions in Iraq, fought successfully last month to cut a request for $100 million to buy new flight suits for Air Force pilots. The old ones, he argued, are good enough. Defense spending is 'a pillar of Republican strength. It's a pillar of national strength. Look, I know there are sacred cows,' Kinzinger said in an interview. 'But we cannot afford them anymore.'" (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Bloomington Pantagraph Editorial “ Kinzinger strikes blow for curbing defense spending. 7 June 2011. "Adam Kinzinger was able to combine his insight as a military pilot with his relatively new role as a congressman to gain House approval of a proposal that would save taxpayers about $100 million over the next seven years. Kinzinger, an Air National Guard pilot elected to Congress in November was discussing possible budget cuts with fellow pilots before being sworn in. But rather than just complain about the possible hits the defense appropriation might take, they also discussed places where money could be saved [¦] Testifying in support of his amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to eliminate funding for the project, Kinzinger said, that during this time of difficult budgets, 'we must make tough decisions with regard to military needs and military wants' and added 'we must work together to ensure that money we don't have isn't spent on government programs we don't need.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012. 13 July 2011. "Mr. Chairman, there is no bigger supporter, I don't think, in this body of the Air Force than me. I am an Air National Guard pilot. I have been an Air National Guard pilot for awhile now, and continue to be even during my service in Congress. But part of what we have to do in this body is we have to find areas of essential versus nonessential spending [¦] Make no mistake, I am committed to ensuring our military is the strongest and best equipped in the world. However, we must make tough decisions with regard to military needs and military wants. I was sent to Washington to make difficult decisions, even those that require the military to prioritize its spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Kinzinger Statement on the Revised Budget Control Act. 1 August 2011. "I share many of the same concerns as our senior military commanders who have expressed apprehension over the possibility of deep cuts to our national defense. In order to preserve the security of our country, it is imperative that there are members with a formidable national security background included on the the joint committee. Our Department of Defense cannot tolerate additional significant cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Adam Kinzinger voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adam Kinzinger signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "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." (s3.amazonaws.com)

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  • Adam Kinzinger. Verdict on Current Economic Policies: More Job Loss. 27 April 2010. "Even their Stimulus Bill that was rammed through Congress has failed to create economic growth, but did add to our nation's crushing debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. One Year Later: Do These Numbers Get Your Attention? 27 April 2010. "Last Spring, Congresswoman Halvorson said that her support of the Stimulus bill would create 'an estimated 8600 new jobs' in our district in the near future. That number of jobs got my attention...Unfortunately, the reality a year later is that residents of the 11th Congressional District are coping with much more troubling numbers -- significantly higher unemployment and record federal debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Video: Weekly Republican Address 6/11/11: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). 9 June 2011. "I can tell you that here in the President's home state, every day we hear about a company that is thinking about leaving or is already out the door. Why? Because taxes are too high, regulations are too burdensome, and the Government wont stop spending money it doesn't have [¦] What happened to the stimulus we heard so much about?" (youtu.be)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Fox Business "America's Nightly Scoreboard" - Transcript. 14 September 2011. "I mean, the federal government does not create jobs. And I don't know why it's so difficult to learn that, but we don't create jobs. We can create a job-creating environment, though." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. GOP Freshman Hour. 3 November 2011. "But the American people have been so conditioned to believe that if there is any difficulty, the answer is a giant government expenditure package, a giant bill with a lot of money spent. We've been conditioned to believe that. So if the economy is bad, it obviously is because the government is not spending enough. Well, that's not true. The reality is we built this country--and this is what I hear from people--we built this country based on people just having an idea and going out and getting it done. That's what we're talking about, that idea." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Jobs. 25 October 2011. "Now the President is coming out with a plan that says we can't wait, that we can't wait to pass stimulus version 2. Really, if you look at the depths of what the jobs plan is, it's stimulus 2. It's, in essence, a carbon copy of stimulus 1 but a little bit smaller. I've heard people in this Chamber argue, actually, that the problem with the first stimulus is it wasn't large enough. Now, I disagree. I think that's the wrong answer, but let's say for a moment that that's right. Let's say the problem is it wasn't large enough. Why would you introduce a second stimulus that's even smaller and say, This is the miracle bullet right here, this is how we're going to pull ourselves out?" (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. We Need to Get People Back to Work. 15 June 2011. "We can create an environment for job creation, but the Federal Government doesn't create jobs, and that's been the problem, because in the last 2 years we've been counting an $800 billion stimulus as a miraculous job recovery bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Video: Fox Chicago Sunday: Adam Kinzinger. 7 May 2010. "We have to get the economy rolling again, I mean, that's key...The first thing I would do for an immediate hit is I'd cancel the unspent stimulus...The vast majority of economy experts say this has had little to no impact on the economy." 4:22. (www.myfoxchicago.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adam Kinzinger. News Tribune - Congressional Candidate Outlines Views on Economy, Debt. 15 April 2010. "'But you'd never know that from watching our congresswoman or her party leaders in Washington. Instead of creating incentives for businesses to grow, to invest and to create new jobs, Congresswoman Halvorson and her colleagues have obsessed on forcing through their health-care legislation,' Kingzinger said [¦] To return the focus to jobs, Kinzinger outlined a multi-point agenda for economic recovery that he said includes common bipartisan steps that reflect a new approach toward business on the part of the federal government [¦] Encourage business investment. Kinzinger encouraged the implementation of tax incentives, similar to those instituted after 9/11, that would permit businesses to write off vehicle and equipment costs purchased within one year in the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Morris Daily Herald - Kinzinger Turns Focus to Economy. 15 April 2010. "Kinzinger said the nation is getting deeper and deeper in debt, with businesses becoming more and more nervous about any new investment. The candidate outlined his five-step agenda for getting the economy rolling once again [¦] Third is encouraging business investment through tax incentives [¦] 'This agenda will lead to real jobs and make all the difference to workers and employers in the 11th District and the country,' he said." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. 1 January 2012. "Over 80 percent of new job growth comes from small businesses. We must provide tax incentives for small businesses to invest in their own companies, thereby putting them in a position to hire new employees. We must also release small businesses from burdensome regulations and government compliance laws that inevitably hinder job growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 14 November 2011. "To further encourage investment, Congress should consider business tax incentives similar to what was implemented following the post-September 11, 2001 recession. Specifically, businesses were permitted to immediately write-off the entire cost of new vehicles, computers, and other investments purchased within a year and within the United States, if possible [¦] 'This agenda will lead to real jobs and make all the difference to workers and employers in the 11th District and throughout the country,' Kinzinger said." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)

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  • Adam Kinzinger. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. "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." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)

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  • Adam Kinzinger. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Adam Kinzinger voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Adam Kinzinger. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Adam Kinzinger voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Steve Stout. Ottawa Times: Concealed carry issue may be reloaded soon in Springfield. 2 September 2011. "Rather than listening to the voice of the Illinois constituency, Quinn made desperate 11th-hour phone calls to sway Illinois Democrats to get his way and block vital legislation to allow concealed carry here in Illinois." (mywebtimes.com)
  • Adam Kinzinger. WJBC Radio Interview: Adam Kinzinger: Shooting has led to new tone in Washington. 11 January 2011. "Scott Laughlin: Do we need a clip for a 9mm Glock that holds 30 bullets? Adam Kinzinger: It's a good question. I agree with the second amendment. I think frankly people do have a right to have that...If those magazines were illegal, [Jared Lee Loughner would] find a way to get 'em...the only people that are usually prevented are law abiding citizens." (wjbc.com)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Concealed Carry Laws. 13 July 2011. "Madam Speaker, last Friday something actually very great happened. Wisconsin became the 49th State in the Union to approve concealed carry. Well, that means that leaves my home State, Illinois, as the only State to oppose that constitutional right to concealed carry...The Constitution of the United States and 44 States, common law, and laws of all 50 States recognize the right to use arms in self-defense. In 1895, the Supreme Court case, Beard v. U.S., the Court approved the common law rule that a person `may repel force by force' in self-defense and concluded that, when attacked, a person is entitled to stand his ground and meet any attack made upon him with a deadly weapon [¦] Right-to-carry laws have proven to be effective." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 14 November 2011. "As a member of the National Rifle Association and the Illinois State Rifle Association, I will be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Kinzinger Applauds Supreme Court Protection of 2nd Amendment. 28 June 2010. "The Supreme Court [McDonald v. Chicago] has re-affirmed that our Constitutionally-protected 'right to keep and bear arms' must be preserved and defended at all levels of government. As Congressman, I will vote to defend those rights as well, and support leaders who do the same." (votesmart.org)

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  • Adam Kinzinger. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Adam Kinzinger voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Jo Ann Hustis. Morris Daily Herald “ Jobs, Taxes Among Concerns of Business. 29 April 2010. "Regarding illegal immigration, he said the problem is there because the government does not enforce immigration laws. Also, that the Democrats in Washington will merely put up an amnesty bill before Congress. 'Come over the border illegally, and we'll grant you amnesty," he said. "We need to quit talking about it, and make tough decisions.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "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. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration [¦] This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades. This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)

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  • Adam Kinzinger. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 11: Adam Kinzinger. 14 November 2011. "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and support the federal Defense of Marriage Act." (www.suntimes.com)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Adam Kinzinger in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Adam Kinzinger. Kinzinger Statement on the Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. ICYMI: Dold, Colleagues Issue Letter to Sec. of State Hillary Clinton on Yemen. 22 June 2011. "Yemen is of great importance to the United States, given its geopolitical significance, and it is becoming a primary base of operations for Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP). It is essential for Yemen to remain a focal point for U.S. anti-terrorism efforts [¦] The radical American-born cleric Anwar al Awlaki, who is linked to these terrorist plots, is currently hiding in Yemen. AQAP continues to be a critical threat to our nation's security, and our policies need to reflect the urgency of this threat [¦] With that in mind, Madame Secretary, we urge you to take action to prevent the Yemeni government from spiraling into complete anarchy. The stability of Yemen is not only important for the security of the Yemeni people, but it is also a matter of U.S. national security." (votesmart.org)

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  • Adam Kinzinger. AARP: Voter Guide, Illinois House 11. "...I strongly oppose efforts to privatize Social Security." www.thevoterguide.org/v/aarp/race-detail.do?id=195460439.
  • Adam Kinzinger. Issue Position: Social Security. 14 November 2011. "I do not support privatizing Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 14 November 2011. "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." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Halvorson Throws 'Hail Mary' Social Security Attack. 24 September 2010. "I have been consistent in my views that I do not support privatization of Social Security, do not support increasing the payroll tax and do not support raising the retirement age. We must keep the promises that we have made to our seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Adam Kinzinger. Pathway to Prosperity. 9 September 2010. "I will vote to ensure that the federal government keeps the promises it has made to seniors and those who have paid into Social Security and Medicare." (votesmart.org)

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