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Jim Banks' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: Elected to U.S. House (IN) - District 3, Republican
State Senate (IN) - District 17, Republican
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Jim Banks 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. Jim Banks is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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

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

  • "There are few ways you can throttle the economy and restrict growth faster than increasing taxes. Jim Banks has been fighting tax increases at every level of government from the time he was elected to his county council through his service in the state senate." http://www.jimbanks.us/issues/taxes (www.jimbanks.us)
  • "One of the most anti-growth tax policies is the estate tax. This tax punishes many small business owners and farmers who seek to pass on their investments of time and effort as a legacy to their children. Once he was elected to the State Senate, Jim was a leader in the fight to eliminate Indiana's Death Tax -- one of only six states in the country that still assessed an inheritance tax at the time. Jim was recognized by many conservative groups and the Wall Street Journal for his work to repeal the state death tax and is the only candidate at the time of this writing who has signed a pledge to repeal the Federal estate tax as well." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1042994/issue-position-taxes (votesmart.org)
  • "Jim was named chairman of the Indiana Taxpayer Protection Caucus, a project supported by Americans for Tax Reform that worked to encourage Indiana legislators to sign a pledge to not raise taxes. In this campaign for Indiana's Third District Jim Banks is the only candidate who has signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge to not raise taxes if he should be elected and has challenged his opponents to do the same." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1042994/issue-position-taxes (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.B.1006 "Amends the Criminal Code" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45118 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "One of the most common reasons legislators are called upon to raise taxes has to do with out of control government spending. A quick and effective way to prevent the need for tax increases is to reduce spending." http://www.jimbanks.us/issues/taxes (www.jimbanks.us)
  • "I will support efforts to stop the alarming growth of government through property tax caps and other restrictions on government spending." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/524256/issue-position-taxes-and-spending (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There are few ways you can throttle the economy and restrict growth faster than increasing taxes. Jim Banks has been fighting tax increases at every level of government from the time he was elected to his county council through his service in the state senate." http://www.jimbanks.us/issues/taxes (www.jimbanks.us)
  • "One of the most anti-growth tax policies is the estate tax. This tax punishes many small business owners and farmers who seek to pass on their investments of time and effort as a legacy to their children. Once he was elected to the State Senate, Jim was a leader in the fight to eliminate Indiana's Death Tax -- one of only six states in the country that still assessed an inheritance tax at the time. Jim was recognized by many conservative groups and the Wall Street Journal for his work to repeal the state death tax and is the only candidate at the time of this writing who has signed a pledge to repeal the Federal estate tax as well." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1042994/issue-position-taxes (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? 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 Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today President Obama vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline […] I stand in firm opposition to President Obama's calculated political decision that aligns the President with environmental extremists and costs the country thousands of jobs." http://www.jimbanks.us/posts/news/jim-banks-disappointed-president-obamas-veto-keystone-pipeline (www.jimbanks.us)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? 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 Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? 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 Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of S.B.259 "Authorizes General Assembly Employees to Carry Handguns in the Statehouse" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55112 (votesmart.org)
  • "One after another, our rights have been under attack by liberals who hope to control every aspect of our lives. Our Second Amendment rights have not been immune from these attacks and are usually the first to be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness." http://jimbanks.us/issues/second-amendment (jimbanks.us)
  • "His advocacy for the Second Amendment and votes on issues that impact gun rights has earned him an 'A' rating from the National Rifle Association." http://www.jimbanks.us/issues/second-amendment (www.jimbanks.us)
  • Rated 100% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116801/jim-banks/37 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Jim Banks opposes implementation of the Affordable Care Act and will do everything he can to implement policies to repeal Obamacare." http://www.jimbanks.us/issues/healthcare (www.jimbanks.us)
  • "I have consistently voiced my opposition to President Obama's efforts to work around Congress to fund programs without the people having their voice heard. This case cites a prime example of this behavior. President Obama used public funds to pay for Obamacare subsidies that weren't appropriated by Congress for that program. House v. Burwell is an effort to enforce the authority of Congressional appropriations when it comes to making funding decisions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1092617/jim-banks-statement-on-house-v-burwell-ruling (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Banks' immigration proposals include: - Finish 700 miles of walls on our southern border - Eliminate federal funding for sanctuary cities - Deport all criminal illegal aliens - Oppose any immigration legislation that will result in amnesty for illegal aliens" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1070206/jim-banks-releases-detailed-immigration-policy-position (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.J.R.3 "Defines Marriage as Between 1 Man and 1 Woman" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46831 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While we must always be prepared to defend our national interests, a strong foreign policy that establishes American strength abroad without seeking involvement in unnecessary conflicts is vital to ensure that brave Americans are not unnecessarily placed at risk. " http://www.jimbanks.us/issues/national-defense (www.jimbanks.us)
  • "ISIS is the most glaring example of a non-state actor that endangers Americans overseas and our trade with other nations and should be addressed decisively. […] America's refusal to take timely action against ISIS creates opportunities for our geopolitical rivals to make advances into the Middle East and exert additional influence there." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1043006/issue-position-israel-and-the-middle-east#.VthwBrIrIfl (votesmart.org)
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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