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Bruce Westerman's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AR) - District 4, Republican
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Bruce Westerman has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Bruce Westerman is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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

  • Sponsor of "Prohibit Abortion Health Care Coverage" Legislation (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

  • "Streamline the tax code, making it fairer and simpler by increasing the standard deduction so that most taxpayers no longer need to itemize their deductions and reducing its size, resulting in the reduction of loopholes." (www.brucewesterman.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must lessen the hassles for Arkansas businesses, not figure out new ways for the government to be involved. By doing so, Arkansans will have more freedom to build a small business, grow it by hiring Arkansas workers, and be able to pass it on to the next generation." (www.brucewesterman.com)
No Inferred 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

  • Advance Arkansas Institue:"The Institute is a nonprofit research and educational organization committed to advancing public policy based on free markets, individual liberty, and limited, transparent government. The Institute will:Analyze key bills at the committee and floor levels; alert legislators and others via email/print bulletins about bill merits and demerits with appropriate discussion and commentary, so that legislators and the public will ideally be fully informed about the consequences of relevant government actions.Similarly, alert activists, legislators, journalists, public officials, and other citizens with frequent and brief bulletins (or in some cases, longer analyses) that explain legislative activities. Produce proposals that can be drafted and filed by legislators, as well as appropriate discussion and commentary on these proposals.Provide testimony at legislative committee hearings on bills that are especially consistent or inconsistent with the Institute’s mission, either directly or via recruitment of experts. Speak to the media as a source of knowledgeable, nonpartisan commentary on public policy.More generally, coordinate other activities that inform the public about the virtues of limited and constitutional government, individual freedom, and a free society." (www.advancearkansas.org)
  • Rated 90% by Advance Arkansas Institute, Conduit for Commerce (education) (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "HASSLE: Over six years after the initial application was filed, the Keystone XL pipeline continues to be delayed by President Obama, affecting Arkansas jobs, including the pipe-making facility in Little Rock, where the pipes are stacked up like cord wood.FREEDOM: Pass legislation removing the requirement for presidential approval for building Keystone XL and let construction begin." (www.brucewesterman.com)
  • "Pass legislation removing the requirement for presidential approval for building Keystone XL and let construction begin." (www.brucewesterman.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Unaccountable executive agencies make regulations that unfairly impose an undue burden on the economy." (www.brucewesterman.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There is only one option for Obamacare at this point: Repeal." (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

  • "Amnesty, including a special “pathway to citizenship,” ignores the rule of law and rewards those who have broken and/or are in violation of the law. It is also unfair to those from around the world who have followed the rules to enter our country, or are still waiting to do so legally." (www.brucewesterman.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "You're opening up Pandora's box when you start redefining marriage as anything you want to call it," Westerman said. "Is that two men? Two women? Is it three men and four women? I've been reading where people have been trying to marry their animals now. You know, marriage was ordained long before the United States government was established and we need to protect the sanctity of that, which also protects families in this country." (www.thecitywire.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? 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 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

  • "The House budget gives the power of choice to the states and hardworking taxpayers while eliminating the deficit and putting us in a position to tackle the debt that has exploded under President Obama and unfairly threatens the futures of our children and grandchildren." (www.brucewesterman.com)

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Inferred Answer

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Arkansas State Legislative 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-lifea) 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) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesf) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Nog) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Yesh) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles

If the woman's life is in imminent danger and both the mother and child are likely to perish then all medical procedures should be available to medical staff to save both or either life.

1) State Spending
Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category- you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Education (higher)
Slightly Decreaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decreasec) Environment
Slightly Decreased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusf) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
2) State Taxes
Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category- you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Sales taxes
Eliminatef) Sales taxes (grocery)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Decreasej) Property taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Arkansas' budget.
Yesa) Establishing a "rainy day" fund
Yesb) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Yesc) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Nod) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Yese) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesf) Privatizing certain government services
g) Other or expanded principles

If state employee jobs are necessary then I do not support mandatory furloughs and layoffs for those jobs. If the state jobs are unneccesary then they should be eliminated to help stablize the budget. Since Arkansas must have a balanced budget then cuts will be required in many areas, taxes will have to be raised, or more income generated through economic growth. I favor economic growth and cuts as opposed to raising taxes.

Yesa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Arkansas governors?
Yesb) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Arkansas state legislators?
c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Party
Nod) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
f) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Noc) Do you support building more state prisons in Arkansas?
Nod) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Yese) Should minors accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as adults?
Yesf) Should minors who send sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yesg) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
h) Other or expanded principles

I believe we can reduce the need for prisons and correctional programs if we will focus on improving our childhood literacy rate and educational system as a whole while expanding our economy so that Arkansas can be the "Land of Opportunity" for all of its citizens. For those who still refuse to abide by the law then we need the best prison system to incarcerate and hopefully correct the offenders.

Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Noc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesd) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yese) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
g) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support national education standards?
Yesb) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Yesc) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yese) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nof) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Arkansas high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles

I support national education standards as long as they are the highest of quality and states have the right to accept or reject the standards. I do not support the current Common Core draft of national education standards which show some merit, but in general, are a watered down, middle of the road attempt at national standards.

Yesa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesb) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yesc) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for improvements to Arkansas' energy infrastructure?
Yese) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nof) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles

I believe that new forms of energy production, expansion of existing energy sources, or upgrading of existing infrastructure should be market driven. I believe that state funding from the standpoint of reduced corporate taxes, tax incentives, and some low interest bond programs are good for energy development projects as well as for manufacturing industry projects and would provide more tax revenues in the long run because of increased jobs and wages. State funding for research and development of new energy sources is also a good investment.

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Nod) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Arkansas?
Nog) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
Noh) Do you support increasing Arkansas' tax on alcohol to expand substance abuse programs?
i) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Should Arkansas allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Nod) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Noe) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Nof) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Arkansas' anti-discrimination laws?
Nog) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Arkansas' anti-discrimination laws?
Yesh) Do you support eliminating the state lottery?
i) Other or expanded principles
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.

My top priorities will be economic growth and job creation which should provide more revenue in the future to fund necessary government services. I believe that education is an important issue for Arkansas, but we first need to expand our economy so students will realize the benefit of obtaining a quality education and being able to use that education in Arkansas.

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