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Mike Kelly's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 3, Republican
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Mike Kelly has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Mike Kelly 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

  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Mike Kelly in the 2010 general election. (
  • Mike Kelly. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Mike Kelly voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Mike Kelly in the 2012 general election. (
  • Susan B. Anthony List. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Mike Kelly in the 2010 general election. (
  • Mike Kelly. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Mike Kelly voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (
  • Mike Kelly. Issue Position: Protecting Our Values. 25 September 2012. "We need to make sure that the government stands up for our traditional values at a time when many are under assault. That is why Mike believes that first and foremost, we must protect the sanctity of human life." (
  • Mike Kelly. Representative Mike Kelly Co-sponsors Key Pro-Life Legislation, Set to Speak at March for Life Rally. 24 January 2011. "Most Americans are against the public funding of abortion, and I am grateful to the Republican Leadership and the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus for taking a stance against the perverse use of taxpayer dollars to destroy innocent human life. I am honored to co-sponsor this legislation and will support all efforts to defend and promote the sanctity of life." (
  • Mike Kelly. Representative Kelly Votes on Permanent Ban of Taxpayer Funded Abortions. 5 May 2011. "U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) voted yesterday in support of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 3), which establishes a permanent, government-wide prohibition on taxpayer subsidies for abortion. H.R. 3, which Representative Kelly co-sponsored, passed the House with bi-partisan support by a vote of 251-175. Rep. Kelly released the following statement: 'Yesterday's vote recognizes and affirms the will of the American people, who, in poll after poll, have voiced their opposition to government subsidized abortion. As I've said in the past, I don't want to see one cent going from the pocket of a taxpayer into the pocket of an abortion provider. Yesterday, the House ensured that that won't happen, and I'm proud to stand with my colleagues to not only protect the life of the unborn, but to honor the majority of Americans who have made it clear that their support for abortion is conditional and that they draw a line in the sand when it comes to taxpayer funding of abortion.'" (
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

  • Mike Kelly signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Mike Kelly, pledge to the taxpayers of the 3rd district of the state of Florida 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." (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Kelly. Representative Mike Kelly Calls House Republicans' 2012 Budget Proposal an Act of Leadership that Puts Prosperity above Politics. 5 April 2011. "Today's budget proposal will be thoroughly debated throughout the coming months, and where it needs to be improved, we'll improve it. Yet on its face, it's a pro-growth plan rooted in the free-market, limited government principles that our nation was founded on and that will guide us to continued prosperity and enduring freedom." (
  • Mike Kelly. Blog: Rep. Mike Kelly on the Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement. 12 June 2011. "In April, I visited South Korea and met with government and military leaders to promote vital U.S. interests in East Asia. Among those priorities is the long overdue passage of the South Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), which has been stalled in typical Washington fashion since 2007. If ratified, KORUS will stimulate America's economic recovery -- without government spending -- by increasing U.S. exports and creating jobs in the U.S. According to analysts in the Democrat-led Senate Finance Committee, data taken from the independent, nonpartisan U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) suggest that KORUS could create up to 280,000 jobs in the United States. While conservative estimates from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative show a more modest increase of 70,000 jobs, either way you cut it, KORUS means more jobs for Americans, and that's great news for a nation that's suffered one of the longest periods of high unemployment rates since the Great Depression.'" (
  • Mike Kelly. Issue Position: The Economy. 23 September 2011. "As a Congressman, Mike Kelly will put his private sector experience as a successful small businessman to work for the people of the 3rd District. Mike will fight hard to lower taxes for our working families and job creators, lessen crushing regulations, create an environment for green jobs, and work to make sure that our workforce has the skills necessary to compete in the global market. Mike will fight for job creators on Main Street; he will oppose the type of Wall Street bailouts that both Republican and Democratic administrations have wrongly passed in the last two years." (
  • Mike Kelly. Representative Mike Kelly Issues Statement on May Jobs Report. 1 June 2012. "It's hard to believe it's been two years since President Obama launched his "Recovery Summer' tour, a six-week public relations campaign orchestrated by the White House to celebrate the "success' of President Obama's signature $1 trillion stimulus program, which he promised the American people would keep unemployment below 8 percent. That promise was broken, just as our faith in this president's ability to lead has also been broken." (
  • Mike Kelly. Representative Mike Kelly Responds to Senate's Rejection of President Obama's Jobs Bill. 12 October 2011. "In 2009, President Obama promised the American people that if Congress passed his more than $800 billion stimulus package, unemployment would not exceed 8 percent. Yet since the stimulus bill was passed, unemployment has averaged 9.4 percent, and the Obama economy has produced the worst unemployment record since the Great Depression. Last night, President Obama was unable to get enough support from his own party to pass his all-or-nothing jobs bill, the American Jobs Act, which was essentially a smaller, recycled version of the failed 2009 stimulus package. Despite the President's calls for immediate passage of his bill, wiser heads prevailed, and taxpayers were spared from another rushed, costly, and ill-conceived bill containing policies that have fallen short of growing our economy and getting Americans back to work." (
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

  • Mike Kelly. Committee Leaders Voice Support for K-12 Education Reform Bills. 15 February 2012. "America's youth have been failed by a federally micro-managed education system that lacks the flexibility and ingenuity we need to help students realize their boundless potential. The Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act work toward reforming our system through commonsense solutions and standards that are set at the state and local level, while giving school districts more power to direct federal money where it is actually needed." (
  • Mike Kelly. Issue Position: Education. 26 September 2011. "Education reform is one of the biggest issues facing our country today. The federal government is spending massive amounts of money on K-12 education, but taxpayers are seeing no return on that investment. Pouring more federal money onto the problem is not the solution. Neither is imposing a one-size-fits-all solution that only sounds good in a DC office. We need to focus on accountability, flexibility and local control, identifying and funding only what works, and expanding parental choice." (
  • Mike Kelly. Representative Mike Kelly Co-Sponsors Bi-Partisan Education Reform Bill to Address Title 1 Funding Inequities. 17 July 2011. "U.S. Representative Mike Kelly participated in a press conference yesterday formally announcing his co-sponsorship of H.R. 2485, the All Children are Equal (ACE) Act, which addresses the way funding formulas are calculated under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act [...]. The ACE Act has broad support from a number of education reform advocates and community organizations, including Save the Children, the American Association of School Administrators, the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), the Pennsylvania Association of Rural & Small Schools, and YouthBuild, USA." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Mike Kelly in the 2010 general election. (
  • Mike Kelly. Representative Mike Kelly Issues Statement on Passage of the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 17 November 2011. "H.R. 822 ensures that law-abiding gun owners with valid state-issued concealed firearm permits or licenses have the freedom to carry a concealed firearm in any other state that also allows concealed carry. This bill promotes the Second Amendment rights of Americans, without affecting state laws governing how firearms are carried or used within the various states." (
  • Mike Kelly. Issue Position: Protecting Our Values. 25 September 2012. "Mike Kelly also believes that the right to bear arms is an unassailable right that the government cannot infringe upon. That is why he will fight to protect the rights of law abiding citizens to bear arms. He'll be an advocate for sportsmen and gun enthusiasts in Congress." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

  • Mike Kelly. Issue Position: Immigration. 25 September 2012. "Mike Kelly believes that any immigration reform plan must begin with securing our borders, other aspects of immigration reform should only be considered once this basic federal government responsibility has been addressed. We have to reject the amnesty crowd's solution that has failed before and will fail again. Instead, we need to have a commitment to real reform." (
  • Mike Kelly. 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." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Kelly. 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." (
  • Mike Kelly. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law [¦] This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law." (
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Mike Kelly in the 2010 general election. (
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Mike Kelly in the 2012 general election. (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Kelly. Representative Kelly Responds to Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "Osama bin Laden's death represents a victory for all Americans and for freedom-loving people everywhere. It is the fulfillment of the world's call for justice after the devastating terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, during which nearly 3,000 innocent American lives were lost at the hands of bin Laden and his al-Qaida terrorist network." (
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

  • Mike Kelly. Valley News Dispatch - 3rd Congressional District Candidates Make Campaign Promises. 17 October 2010. "Regarding Dahlkemper's claim that Kelly advocates the privatization of Social Security, Kelly said, 'I never said that anywhere.'" (
  • Mike Kelly. American Jobs and the National Debt. 12 May 2011. "We are not taking away your Social Security. We're the only ones that have a plan to make sure it's safe. If we can't be honest, if we can't look each other in the eye and say that we are here to fix it, that we are here to make America have the stability that it once had; if we can not tell our seniors, it's okay folks, we're not going to take anything from you, we're going to work together to get it fixed--and this is the thing that bothers me. After listening to those folks today on the phone, I am convinced that there is something seriously wrong within this House." (


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