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Blake R. Farenthold

Blake Farenthold's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Blake R. Farenthold
Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 27, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 27
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Debbie; 2 Children: Morgan, Amanda
Birth Date: 12/12/1962
Birth Place: Corpus Christi, TX
Home City: Corpus Christi, TX
Religion: Episcopalian
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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

  • Blake Farenthold. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Blake Farenthold voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Issue Position: Abortion. 11 November 2011. "I am strongly pro-life, and have been my entire life. I grew up in Catholic schools and have understood that life begins at conception for as long as I can remember." (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-life" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "I oppose abortion in all instances except when the life of the mother is in imamate danger, at which time the mother must make a prayerful decision. It is my belief that life begins at conception and must be protected from that point forward."
  • Blake Farenthold. Blog: My Contract with District 27. 7 September 2010. "I will always protect the unborn. The only situation where I believe abortion is acceptable is when the life of the mother is in immediate danger." (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Blog: Texas Alliance for Life Endorses Blake. 30 March 2010. "I am pleased to get the endorsement of the Texas Alliance for Life, one of our country's staunches advocates on pro life issues. I am proud to stand with them in their efforts to protect unborn children, limit taxpayer funded abortions and in support of adult stem cell research, which has proven effective in fighting disease." (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "I oppose abortion in all instances except when the life of the mother is in imamate danger, at which time the mother must make a prayerful decision. It is my belief that life begins at conception and must be protected from that point forward."
  • Blake Farenthold. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Blake Farenthold voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "I oppose abortion in all instances except when the life of the mother is in imamate danger, at which time the mother must make a prayerful decision. It is my belief that life begins at conception and must be protected from that point forward."
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I generally oppose foreign aid because I believe you can't buy friends. In countries, like Afghanistan, where we have conducted military operations, we have an obligation to help them stabilize with military and economic aid. I only support the formation of a Palestinian state if it furthers the interests of lasting peace in the Middle East and Palestine recognizes Israel's right to exist. I believe we must finish the job in Iraq and then turn Iraq back to the Iraqis. I am troubled by how long this has taken but am unwilling to withdraw before the situation is stable."
  • Blake Farenthold. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Blake Farenthold voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I generally oppose foreign aid because I believe you can't buy friends. In countries, like Afghanistan, where we have conducted military operations, we have an obligation to help them stabilize with military and economic aid. I only support the formation of a Palestinian state if it furthers the interests of lasting peace in the Middle East and Palestine recognizes Israel's right to exist. I believe we must finish the job in Iraq and then turn Iraq back to the Iraqis. I am troubled by how long this has taken but am unwilling to withdraw before the situation is stable."
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "Our social safety net has become a hammock. It is much too easy to stay at home, collect unemployment, and sip pina coladas than go out and get a job. Our welfare programs must be focused on getting people back to work. While America is a compassionate nation, sometimes it is necessary for a person to hit bottom before they start pulling their life together. We need to offer a hand-up, not a hand out, in a manner that encourages families to stay together and people to seek meaningful employment."
  • Blake Farenthold. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Blake Farenthold voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "Our social safety net has become a hammock. It is much too easy to stay at home, collect unemployment, and sip pina coladas than go out and get a job. Our welfare programs must be focused on getting people back to work. While America is a compassionate nation, sometimes it is necessary for a person to hit bottom before they start pulling their life together. We need to offer a hand-up, not a hand out, in a manner that encourages families to stay together and people to seek meaningful employment."
  • Blake Farenthold. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Blake Farenthold voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Issue Position: Defense. 1 January 2011. "The safety and security of our nation is always my top priority. I support maintaining a strong and visible presence around the world to ensure American prosperity and to protect our country from foreign terrorists and hostile regimes. We must also ensure that our troops have the resources and support they need from Congress, while leaving strategic and tactical decisions to the commanders in the field. I am immensely proud of the men and women of our armed forces, and they can always count on my unwavering support." (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Rep. Farenthold Co-Sponsors Bill to Protect Military Pay. 5 April 2011. "The United States has operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and now a third front in Libya. Our military service members should not have to fight for our country abroad and worry about their families at home [¦] This bill would ensure that members of the Armed Forces are paid even in the event of a government shutdown." (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

  • Blake Farenthold signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Blake Farenthold, pledge to the taxpayers of the 27th district 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." (atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?" Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support a balanced budget amendment. I oppose federal stimulus funds, but favor tax cuts to stimulate the economy."
  • Blake Farenthold. Rep. Blake Farenthold's Statement on the President's State of the Union Address. 26 January 2011. "I am pleased that the President is also showing support for initiatives to eliminate wasteful government spending which has been the hallmark of Congress in the past few years." (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Twitter: farenthold. 26 July 2011. "If your checking account was overdrawn, would you keep spending? No! Neither should the federal government. Stop runaway spending." (twitter.com)
  • Blake Farenthold. Farenthold Votes for Budget Control Act that Offers Real Solutions to Avoid Default and Cut Spending. 2 August 2011. "The American people have spoken and they are tired of spending money we don't have. Not only does this bill make real cuts, it also requires both the House and the Senate to vote on a balance budget amendment to the Constitution, this will guarantee economic security moving forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Letter to The Honorable John Boehner, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, and The Honorable Eric Cantor, Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives. 21 July 2011. "The debt ceiling is intended to control federal spending but Washington continues to simply raise it without considering the consequences. American families have been working through a recession for the past three years by spending less and saving more, yet the federal government continues to spend more money it simply does not have." (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Rep. Blake Farenthold Reacts to the President's Speech. 8 September 2011. "President Obama's speech shows he understands the need to get Americans back to work. Unfortunately, his plan of more unemployment eligibility, more stimulus like spending, continued government overregulation and class warfare is not the way to put Americans back to work and solve our economic woes. Our economy has shed over 2 million jobs since the first stimulus, at a rate of over 78,000 jobs per month. The simple truth is that jobs will be created when we cut taxes for everyone, curb Washington's outrageous addiction to spending and end unnecessary regulations." (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Rep. Blake Farenthold Votes to Rein In Federal Spending. 15 April 2011. "In these past four months, Washington, DC has shifted from a culture of spending to a culture of cutting. This week, I voted for the largest non-defense spending cut in history, nearly $40 billion, to help begin to create a better environment for small businesses and families. This was just the first step in getting our financial house back in order." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Blake Farenthold. Issue Position: Issues. 11 November 2011. "We can create new jobs. Businesses, not government, are the key to putting people back to work. We must simplify and lower taxes to make American companies more competitive." (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Issue Position: Taxes. "Corporate tax cut: We need to encourage corporations to grow, invest in America and hire. A tax cut would do that." (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Rep. Blake Farenthold Reacts to the President's Speech. 8 September 2011. "The simple truth is that jobs will be created when we cut taxes for everyone, curb Washington's outrageous addiction to spending and end unnecessary regulations." (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

  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I believe the government has an obligation to keep its promises to citizens. Though not a specific promise, many families have counted on federal financial aid for college to educate their children and have not saved properly for this huge expense. For that reason I would not support the immediate elimination of federal financial aid for students, despite its shaky constitutional foundation. I believe that financial aid should be primarily in the form of loans not giveaways, except in the case of benefits promised our veterans."
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I believe the government has an obligation to keep its promises to citizens. Though not a specific promise, many families have counted on federal financial aid for college to educate their children and have not saved properly for this huge expense. For that reason I would not support the immediate elimination of federal financial aid for students, despite its shaky constitutional foundation. I believe that financial aid should be primarily in the form of loans not giveaways, except in the case of benefits promised our veterans."
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I believe the government has an obligation to keep its promises to citizens. Though not a specific promise, many families have counted on federal financial aid for college to educate their children and have not saved properly for this huge expense. For that reason I would not support the immediate elimination of federal financial aid for students, despite its shaky constitutional foundation. I believe that financial aid should be primarily in the form of loans not giveaways, except in the case of benefits promised our veterans."
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "Our social safety net has become a hammock. It is much too easy to stay at home, collect unemployment, and sip pina coladas than go out and get a job. Our welfare programs must be focused on getting people back to work. While America is a compassionate nation, sometimes it is necessary for a person to hit bottom before they start pulling their life together. We need to offer a hand-up, not a hand out, in a manner that encourages families to stay together and people to seek meaningful employment."
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "Our social safety net has become a hammock. It is much too easy to stay at home, collect unemployment, and sip pina coladas than go out and get a job. Our welfare programs must be focused on getting people back to work. While America is a compassionate nation, sometimes it is necessary for a person to hit bottom before they start pulling their life together. We need to offer a hand-up, not a hand out, in a manner that encourages families to stay together and people to seek meaningful employment."
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I believe the government has an obligation to keep its promises to citizens. Though not a specific promise, many families have counted on federal financial aid for college to educate their children and have not saved properly for this huge expense. For that reason I would not support the immediate elimination of federal financial aid for students, despite its shaky constitutional foundation. I believe that financial aid should be primarily in the form of loans not giveaways, except in the case of benefits promised our veterans."
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support keeping off shore areas open to oil and gas exploration. I support tax incentives for domestic oil and gas exploration and maintaining the deductibility of indirect drilling costs. Energy independence is no longer just about fufilling our energy needs, it is now a matter of national security. We must stop buying oil from nations that don't like us."
  • Blake Farenthold. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Blake Farenthold voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Blake Farenthold. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Blake Farenthold voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support keeping off shore areas open to oil and gas exploration. I support tax incentives for domestic oil and gas exploration and maintaining the deductibility of indirect drilling costs. Energy independence is no longer just about fufilling our energy needs, it is now a matter of national security. We must stop buying oil from nations that don't like us."
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support keeping off shore areas open to oil and gas exploration. I support tax incentives for domestic oil and gas exploration and maintaining the deductibility of indirect drilling costs. Energy independence is no longer just about fufilling our energy needs, it is now a matter of national security. We must stop buying oil from nations that don't like us."
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support keeping off shore areas open to oil and gas exploration. I support tax incentives for domestic oil and gas exploration and maintaining the deductibility of indirect drilling costs. Energy independence is no longer just about fufilling our energy needs, it is now a matter of national security. We must stop buying oil from nations that don't like us."
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support keeping off shore areas open to oil and gas exploration. I support tax incentives for domestic oil and gas exploration and maintaining the deductibility of indirect drilling costs. Energy independence is no longer just about fufilling our energy needs, it is now a matter of national security. We must stop buying oil from nations that don't like us."
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "The second amendment is pretty clear, "... the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.""
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "The second amendment is pretty clear, "... the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.""
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "The second amendment is pretty clear, "... the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.""
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "The second amendment is pretty clear, "... the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.""
  • Blake Farenthold. Blog: My Contract with District 27. 7 September 2010. "I will never let them take our guns. The founders of the Constitution were not thinking of bird hunting when they added the second amendment to our Constitution. These were men who had just lost friends and family fighting a tyrannical government . While I do not promote taking arms against our government, I do believe that my right to protect my family and my property are guaranteed in the Constitution and I will never vote to limit that right." (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Blog: Supremes Shoot Down Chicago Gun Ban. 28 June 2010. "Often, Supreme Court decisions don't line up with my common sense reading of the constitution, but this one does. It is a shift towards the courts recognizing the second amendment means you can own guns. Period." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Blake Farenthold. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Blake Farenthold voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "I'm not in favor of sweeping or comprehensive changes to the pre Obama system. Healthcare is broken because we have taken personal responsibility out of it. Employers pay for insurance, doctors bill insurance companies, and the consumer is out of the loop. There is no incentive for anyone to keep costs down. I support deregulation and opening insurance markets across state lines. Give consumers an incentive to keep costs down like a combination health savings account and high deductable policies. Once the savings account exceeds the deductable, the consumer gets the extra money at the end of the year."
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "I'm not in favor of sweeping or comprehensive changes to the pre Obama system. Healthcare is broken because we have taken personal responsibility out of it. Employers pay for insurance, doctors bill insurance companies, and the consumer is out of the loop. There is no incentive for anyone to keep costs down. I support deregulation and opening insurance markets across state lines. Give consumers an incentive to keep costs down like a combination health savings account and high deductable policies. Once the savings account exceeds the deductable, the consumer gets the extra money at the end of the year."
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

  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "It's not fair to people in line to enter this country legally to grant amnesty. Illegal aliens must line-up with other applicants and re-enter legally. Most immigrants don't want to exploit our welfare system, they want to work. It should be easy for people with jobs to enter legally and make a better life for themselves. Once we adopt a realistic policy with realistic numbers, we must use technology and personnel to seal the boarder to keep out drug runners and terrorists. The existing look the other way system leaves people exploited and afraid to seek help from police."
  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "It's not fair to people in line to enter this country legally to grant amnesty. Illegal aliens must line-up with other applicants and re-enter legally. Most immigrants don't want to exploit our welfare system, they want to work. It should be easy for people with jobs to enter legally and make a better life for themselves. Once we adopt a realistic policy with realistic numbers, we must use technology and personnel to seal the boarder to keep out drug runners and terrorists. The existing look the other way system leaves people exploited and afraid to seek help from police."
  • Blake Farenthold. Issue Position: Illegal Immigrants. 11 November 2011. "Here's my common sense solution: Simplify the immigration system and use the Internet so people with jobs can get in quickly and legally after a background check. Once here legally, they can get into the system to become productive tax paying members of our society instead of a burden on our health, education, and welfare system. As for people already here, they need to apply and get in line with everyone else. They'll have to leave the country voluntarily and re-enter legally. Some people may say that's almost the same as amnesty, but I don't think so." (votesmart.org)
  • Blake Farenthold. 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. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? 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)
  • Blake Farenthold. Rep. Farenthold Concerned that Obama Administration is Once Again Bypassing Congress by Implementing Dream Act Through Executive Action. 15 June 2012. "I am concerned that absent comprehensive immigration reform and a secure border, the President's policy incentivizes illegal immigration. While I am generally supportive of finding a way to allow young children brought into this country illegally, many of who have served our country honorably, to stay and earn a living here, there are still too many details that need to be debated through the legislative process. Furthermore, we must ensure this policy does not lead to children becoming anchors for their parents, who brought them across the border illegally, to gain an advantage in obtaining legal status." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?" Social Issues Other or expanded principles: "I believe marriage is an institution created by God to be between one man and one woman. I do, however, support a form of union with rights similar to marriage for gays and lesbians, but it must be called something else. Marriage is a biblically defined term. There are many gays in the military who have served this country honorable. Though perhaps not the best solution, the don't ask, don't tell policy of the past seems to have been a reasonable compromise for people on both sides of this issue. Affirmative action, like other race based distinctions, are devisive."
  • Blake Farenthold. Defense of Marriage Act. 3 March 2011. "The Defense of Marriage Act was a bipartisan effort to preserve the sanctity of marriage that, among other things, defined marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman." (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

  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I generally oppose foreign aid because I believe you can't buy friends. In countries, like Afghanistan, where we have conducted military operations, we have an obligation to help them stabilize with military and economic aid. I only support the formation of a Palestinian state if it furthers the interests of lasting peace in the Middle East and Palestine recognizes Israel's right to exist. I believe we must finish the job in Iraq and then turn Iraq back to the Iraqis. I am troubled by how long this has taken but am unwilling to withdraw before the situation is stable."
  • Blake Farenhold. Issue Position: Defense. 1 January 2011. "The safety and security of our nation is always my top priority. I support maintaining a strong and visible presence around the world to ensure American prosperity and to protect our country from foreign terrorists and hostile regimes." (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Blake Farenthold. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?" Business and Employment Issues Other or expanded principles: "While I support the right of workers to unionize, I believe Texas, a right to work state, has it right, you should not be required to join a union in order to work. I support retraining displaced workers, but think it should be done by the states, not the federal government."
  • Blake Farenthold. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2011. "The approaching retirement of baby boomers will cause Social Security spending to sky rocket. People under the age of 55 years may need to see changes to the current system in order to keep the program working for future generations." (votesmart.org)

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Texas Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-lifeCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Noc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

I oppose abortion in all instances except when the life of the mother is in imamate danger, at which time the mother must make a prayerful decision. It is my belief that life begins at conception and must be protected from that point forward.

1) Spending
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Greatly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Increase1) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status2) Military hardware
Maintain Status3) National missile defense
Maintain Status4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland security
Eliminateg) International aid
Greatly Decreaseh) Medical research
Greatly Decreasei) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
Greatly Decreasem) Other or expanded categories

Our social safety net has become a hammock. It is much too easy to stay at home, collect unemployment, and sip pina coladas than go out and get a job. Our welfare programs must be focused on getting people back to work. While America is a compassionate nation, sometimes it is necessary for a person to hit bottom before they start pulling their life together. We need to offer a hand-up, not a hand out, in a manner that encourages families to stay together and people to seek meaningful employment.

2) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Decreasei) Other or expanded categories

Taxes are too high and must be lowered. Our existing income tax system has become too complicated and burdensome. It must be simplified. I believe a flat tax or fair tax (national sales tax) would be better for America and would support either as a replacement of the current system. If we maintain the current system, it must be simplified and rates lowered to encourage economic growth.

YesCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
NoCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles

I support a balanced budget amendment.

I oppose federal stimulus funds, but favor tax cuts to stimulate the economy.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Noc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Noe) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

While I support the right of workers to unionize, I believe Texas, a right to work state, has it right, you should not be required to join a union in order to work.

I support retraining displaced workers, but think it should be done by the states, not the federal government.

Yesa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Nob) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Noe) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles

Current campaign finance law strongly favors incumbents. While individuals can only contribute $2,400 per election, PACs, which almost exclusively contribute to incumbents, have higher limits.

Over regulation of indirect campaigning by corporations and unions violates the first amendment.

A line item veto is a tempting way to address pork barrel spending and to balance the budget. Unfortunately, I think that would give the president too much authority and interfere with the balance of power laid in the constitution.

Executive orders limiting or changing laws enacted by congress are another violation of the separation of powers doctrine and are unconstitutional.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Nod) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Yese) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Nob) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles

I believe the government has an obligation to keep its promises to citizens. Though not a specific promise, many families have counted on federal financial aid for college to educate their children and have not saved properly for this huge expense. For that reason I would not support the immediate elimination of federal financial aid for students, despite its shaky constitutional foundation. I believe that financial aid should be primarily in the form of loans not giveaways, except in the case of benefits promised our veterans.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Nob) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Nod) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Yese) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Nof) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

I support keeping off shore areas open to oil and gas exploration.

I support tax incentives for domestic oil and gas exploration and maintaining the deductibility of indirect drilling costs.

Energy independence is no longer just about fufilling our energy needs, it is now a matter of national security. We must stop buying oil from nations that don't like us.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles

The second amendment is pretty clear, "... the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

I'm not in favor of sweeping or comprehensive changes to the pre Obama system.

Healthcare is broken because we have taken personal responsibility out of it. Employers pay for insurance, doctors bill insurance companies, and the consumer is out of the loop. There is no incentive for anyone to keep costs down.

I support deregulation and opening insurance markets across state lines.

Give consumers an incentive to keep costs down like a combination health savings account and high deductable policies. Once the savings account exceeds the deductable, the consumer gets the extra money at the end of the year.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles

It's not fair to people in line to enter this country legally to grant amnesty. Illegal aliens must line-up with other applicants and re-enter legally.

Most immigrants don't want to exploit our welfare system, they want to work. It should be easy for people with jobs to enter legally and make a better life for themselves. Once we adopt a realistic policy with realistic numbers, we must use technology and personnel to seal the boarder to keep out drug runners and terrorists.

The existing look the other way system leaves people exploited and afraid to seek help from police.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yesb) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Noe) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Noh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

I generally oppose foreign aid because I believe you can't buy friends. In countries, like Afghanistan, where we have conducted military operations, we have an obligation to help them stabilize with military and economic aid.

I only support the formation of a Palestinian state if it furthers the interests of lasting peace in the Middle East and Palestine recognizes Israel's right to exist.

I believe we must finish the job in Iraq and then turn Iraq back to the Iraqis. I am troubled by how long this has taken but am unwilling to withdraw before the situation is stable.

YesCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yesd) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles

I believe marriage is an institution created by God to be between one man and one woman. I do, however, support a form of union with rights similar to marriage for gays and lesbians, but it must be called something else. Marriage is a biblically defined term.

There are many gays in the military who have served this country honorable. Though perhaps not the best solution, the don't ask, don't tell policy of the past seems to have been a reasonable compromise for people on both sides of this issue.

Affirmative action, like other race based distinctions, are devisive.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

Lower taxes and decrease federal regulations to create a climate where businesses flourish and create good paying jobs and opportunities for entrepreneurs. This economic growth will increase tax revenue and lower the debt.

Vigorously defend this country by supporting the military and intelligence agencies.

Create an immigration system that takes into account America?s traditional reliance on hard working immigrants who share our American dream of making a better life and then secure our boarder to keep evildoers out.

Repeal ObamaCare.

Balance the budget through economic growth.

Return power to the states and respect the constitutional limits on federal authority.

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