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Bill Flores' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 17, Republican
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Bill Flores has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Bill Flores 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 2014, 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

  • Bill Flores. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Bill Flores voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Flores. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Bill Flores voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Flores. Issue Position:Pro-Life and Pro-Traditional Marriage. 11 November 2011. "I believe life begins at conception and every life has a soul. Government policies should be focused on the protection of this innocent life and I will ALWAYS vote this way in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Flores. What I Believe. 22 July 2010. "I believe every life is precious and has a soul that must be protected under the law." (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

  • Bill Flores signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Texas 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." (www.atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Flores. Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011. 19 July 2011. "We have almost 40 million Americans on food stamps, the most ever. We have spent $1 trillion on a stimulus plan, but we still have one out of every six working-age Americans either underemployed or unemployed. This is what Mr. Obama calls `winning the future.' That's what he threatened in his veto of Cut, Cap, and Balance." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Flores. Email: Chet Says He Read the Stimulus. 25 October 2010. "We know that the 'stimulus' bill has been a clear failure." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Flores. Flores Marks Anniversary of President Obama's "Stimulus' Failure. 17 February 2011. "Today marks the two year anniversary since President Obama signed his crippling 'stimulus' package into law, but according to progress reports, American taxpayers still have nothing to celebrate." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Flores. Flores Statement on President Obama's Jobs Speech. 8 September 2011. "The Obama administration's economically unsound policies, unfulfilled promises and massive spending programs have failed to create an environment conducive to job creation and economic growth. Our national unemployment rate is currently at 9.1 percent and the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that it will remain above 8 percent until 2014. After two and a half years of record spending, job-destroying taxes and an oppressive regulatory regime, President Obama and Washington Democrats have continuously abdicated their responsibilities and left struggling Americans with no plan to lead our country out of this spending and debt-driven economic crisis. In his speech tonight, President Obama proposed the same failed idea that Washington can grow jobs and restore the economy. However, the American people know that the government does not create jobs or economic growth. So-called government stimulus spending only wastes hard-earned taxpayer dollars. The private sector needs certainty to invest in people, property and equipment." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Flores. Flores Statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address. 25 February 2011. "Tonight, President Obama made the case for billions of dollars in new 'investment'; however, the last thing our country needs is more of the same failed 'stimulus' spending. The evidence is clear: Washington's spending binge is hampering job creation and piling mountains of debt onto our children and grandchildren. A larger more intrusive government leads to a weaker and less innovative economy. It's time to push Washington out of the way so the private sector can thrive again." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Flores. Statement on S&P U.S. Credit Rating Downgrade. 6 August 2011. "Despite a $14.2 trillion national debt, President Obama and Senator Reid have continued to call for more spending, more burdensome regulations, and job-destroying tax hikes; yet they will not offer a realistic solution to pay off our staggering national debt. The S&P downgrade is a historic setback for our Nation's government, and it confirms that the political system is broken and it starts at the top. The president proposed a 2012 budget that would create unprecedented deficits and pose serious economic risks to American families and job creators. Meanwhile, the Obama administration's allies in the Senate have irresponsibly chosen not to propose a budget plan in more than two years. When will President Obama take responsibility for the $800 billion failed stimulus, the unpopular government takeover of healthcare, his broken promise of unemployment at 8% and the now the first ever U.S. credit rating downgrade in history? The Obama-Reid failure of leadership is accelerating our economy down the road to national bankruptcy and mortgaging the futures of our children and grandchildren." (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

  • Bill Flores. Issue Position: Education. 11 November 2011. "The historic increases in federal funding for and authority over elementary and secondary education have not resulted in significant reform or improvement in America's schools. At the federal level, Congress and the Administration should limit federal policymaking authority and transfer greater power back to the state and local levels. State policymakers should implement systemic education reform to hold schools and students accountable for results, expand parental choice between public and private schools and improve school and teacher effectiveness. States should have the freedom to opt out of federal education programs and should be allowed to consolidate federal funding to direct resources to any lawful education purpose they see fit. Bottom-up education reform will only really occur when local governments are free from federal paperwork and do not have to beg federal bureaucrats for education dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Flores. What I Believe. 22 July 2010. "I believe that education is best handled at the local level, which is most accountable and closest to the people." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • vote: http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VAtRoaCW1Kg (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Flores. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bill Flores voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Flores. What I Believe. 22 July 2010. "I believe the Second Amendment is a fundamental right guaranteed to all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Flores. Flores Hails Supreme Court Decision Applying Second Amendment to State and Local Gun Laws. 28 June 2010. "Today's ruling is good news for Americans who want to see their Second Amendment rights protected, not infringed upon by activist states and local governments. Across the country in places like New Jersey, Chicago and Washington, D.C., laws exist that drastically limit the fundamental rights of Americans to legally possess firearms -- in direct violation of the Second Amendment. The right to keep and bear arms is fundamental to our way of life and today's ruling goes a long way to protecting that right for all Americans. If I am elected to Congress I will continue to support the rights of gun owners." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Flores. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 11 November 2011. "Democracy and freedom are cornerstones of our unique American heritage, and we must remain vigilant to ensure that our rights are protected. As a proud gun owner, a Concealed Handgun License holder and a Life Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), I firmly support the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. Our Founding Fathers considered this right so fundamental that they enshrined it in the Second Amendment of our Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gun Owners of America endorsed Bill Flores in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Flores. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Bill Flores voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (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

  • Bill Flores. Issue Position: Homeland Security. 1 January 2011. "It is intolerable that thousands of illegal aliens penetrate our borders each month and those potential terrorists could do so as well. We are a Nation of laws and we must enforce these laws not only for our safety, but also to show that we do not reward illegal behavior of any kind." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Flores. Issue Position: Border Security. "On the issue of illegal immigration, I will never support any program which grants unilateral amnesty to those who have broken our laws. Solving our illegal immigration issue and the billions of dollars of costs associated with it starts by fully enforcing our laws. For those who wish to come to our country, they must do so by obeying our laws and complying with our system. I fully recognize we need to improve the path to citizenship, just as we need to value the hard work of folks who become American citizens legally. Right now, however, it is important we focus on securing our borders, enforcing our laws, and targeting criminal illegal aliens who threaten our neighborhoods and safety." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Flores. Issue Position: Immigration. "I am proud and thankful that America is one of the most welcoming nations in the world to immigrants, especially considering my own family emigrated here from Spain in 1725. However, our immigration system is broken and ineffective in preventing those coming here illegally from doing so. The inability of the federal government to succeed in real immigration reform has come at a high cost to our security, our economy and the livelihoods of American citizens. I strongly oppose illegal immigration and do not believe we should give amnesty or any other reward to those who have broken our nation's immigration laws because doing so simply encourages continued lawbreaking and greater illegal immigration in the future." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Flores. Issue Position:Pro-Life and Pro-Traditional Marriage. 11 November 2011. "I also believe there is one definition of marriage and that is between one man and one woman. I will stand firm against any effort to change this or force Texas to recognize 'gay marriages' in other states." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Flores. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Flores. What I Believe. 22 July 2010. "I believe marriage is between one man and one woman." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Flores. Flores Statement on the Death of Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "I want to commend America's military heroes as well as our intelligence services for their tireless work over the past decade and their courageous feat in bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. Every American should appreciate the bravery, perseverance and dedication of the outstanding armed forces and intelligence community serving our great Nation. Although the Global War on Terror is not over, this great victory signifies that we have reached a milestone in our battle for peace and freedom for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Flores. Issue Position: Staying On Offense Against Terrorism. 1 January 2012. "It seems every month, events occur which remind us we face a dedicated, murderous swarm of fanatics whose goal is to kill civilians, harm our economy, and destroy America. We cannot ever relent in our efforts to kill or capture these terrorists." (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.

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