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Larry D. Bucshon

Larry Bucshon's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Larry D. Bucshon
Office: U.S. House (IN) - District 8, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 8
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 6, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Kathryn; 4 Children: Luke, Alexander, Blair, Zoe
Birth Date: 05/31/1962
Birth Place: Kincaid, IL
Home City: Newburgh, IN
Religion: Lutheran
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Larry Bucshon. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Larry Bucshon voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Larry Bucshon voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 17 February 2011. "Madam Chairman, I rise today in support of the Pence amendment that prohibits any funds from the underlying bill going to Planned Parenthood of America. I want to start with a personal story as a physician. I performed lifesaving surgery on infants as young as 22 weeks' gestation at birth. Madam Chairman, I have held these lives in my own hands. They are viable human lives at birth and, unfortunately, Planned Parenthood uses taxpayer funds to cut these lives short; tragically, sometimes within weeks of medically proven viability outside the womb. Again, I have held these lives in my hands. Abortion, of course, for any reason is wrong, but this situation I have personal experience with is particularly distressing for me because I am a physician and also I am a father of four." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Issue Position: Life. 24 October 2011. "The unborn child has a fundamental right to life that cannot be infringed. Roe vs. Wade should be overturned. I am anti-abortion, but do believe exceptions should be made in the rare and extreme circumstances of rape and incest -- and only then when immediate medical care is sought once the crime is revealed -- or to save the mother in a truly life-threatening pregnancy or delivery. As a surgeon who has operated on babies as young as 22 or 23 weeks, I oppose all late-term abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Issue Position: Prolife. 1 January 2012. "The unborn child has a fundamental right to life that must be recognized. While I am strongly pro-life, I do believe exceptions should be made in extreme cases to save the life of the mother in a truly life-threatening pregnancy or delivery. While in Congress, I will work to deny taxpayer funds from contributing to domestic or international organizations that support abortion. Additionally, I will support legislation that opposes using federal funds for abortions." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Larry Bucshon. Issue Position: National Defense. 1 January 2012. "While we have been fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq for nearly a decade, it is tempting for critics of these wars to call for actions that could jeopardize the safety of our soldiers and undermine the progress they've built. I agree that American forces should begin to withdraw from Afghanistan. We must do so in a way that does not jeopardize our troops or causes our successes to be lost." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Larry Bucshon voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Larry Bucshon. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Larry Bucshon voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Gootee. Rep. Larry Bucshon addresses spending at town hall meeting. 19 April 2011. "Other spending issues Bucshon addressed Monday included funding of the war in Afghanistan, the need for simpler tax code and the future of Social Security. While he agreed with one questioner that cutting defense spending should be explored, he said it's imperative that Congress doesn't undermine the military." (www.courierpress.com)
  • Larry Buchson. Issue Position: National Defense. 1 January 2012. "I believe there are ways the Department of Defense can become more efficient and use taxpayer funds more wisely, while not sacrificing the readiness and safety of our military. Tightening of the DoD budget is warranted in these difficult financial times." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Straub. Courier Press: Larry Bucshon and Dan Coats Sworn In, Ready to Swing the Budget Ax. 6 January 2011. "Health care isn't the only issue on Bucshon's mind as he begins his two-year term. He supports the House leadership's call to reduce appropriations during the current fiscal year by $100 billion, essentially rolling spending levels back to 2008 levels, and approves of the initiative of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to reduce spending within the House itself by 5 percent. Bucshon said he believes the $100 billion target is achievable. The GOP plan intends to spare defense and veterans affairs from the budget ax, meaning that most programs will face cuts of 20 percent. Bucshon said he intends to take a close look at the details before signing on." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Larry Bucshon voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (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

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  • Larry Bucshon. Issue Position: Cut Taxes, Create Jobs. 1 January 2012. "Tax cuts and investment incentives create jobs. I'm a former small business owner who has experienced directly the negative effects of government regulation and taxation. The difficulties and obstacles placed on business by government are real; and, I will pursue well-reasoned, responsible, long-term economic policies that focus on reducing our tax burden and encouraging investment, spurring innovation across all sectors of our economy. Specifically, I will work to:-Provide immediate tax relief for working families by reducing the lowest individual tax rates from 15% to 10% and from 10% to 5%. -Provide immediate tax relief to Small Business by reducing its tax rate from 35% to 20%. -Oppose any tax increase for new spending. -Make unemployment benefits tax free. -Implement a new above-the-line tax deduction for Americans who do not receive tax-preferred employer sponsored health insurance." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Blog: Stop the Democrat Tax Hike. 23 September 2010. "We need to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for every American. The increase in taxes will take money from the pockets of hard working Americans and small businesses. The Pelosi led Congress needs to act now and focus on getting the economy back on track and have a coherent strategy to create jobs. These tax hikes will slow economic growth, cost Americans their jobs, and have a negative impact on personal savings." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Statement of Congressman Larry Buchson on September Jobless Rate. 7 October 2011. "It is disheartening that unacceptably high unemployment no longer comes as a surprise. I have spent this year listening to Hoosiers and job creators about the uncertainty provided by the federal government. There is uncertainty created by the government takeover of healthcare, costly and burdensome regulations on small businesses, and wasteful, stimulus spending that the current administration wants to fund through tax hikes. This year, House Republicans have focused on repealing Obamacare, stopping onerous regulations, and preventing tax hikes on job creators and families. Until we address the underlying issue of uncertainty that is crippling our job market, employers will not invest in our nation's economy and workforce." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Congressman Larry Bucshon Provides Remarks on President Obama's Speech. 8 September 2011. "We need to provide long-term certainty to job creators and individuals by simplifying the tax code in order to get our economy growing again and make America more competitive on a global scale. We don't need tax increases on small businesses trying to create jobs, especially during a recession." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ 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)
  • Larry Bucshon. Congressman Larry Bucshon Votes to "Cut, Cap, and Balance' Our Nation's Spending. 19 July 2011. "For decades, Washington, D.C. has shown it cannot control spending and balance the budget consistently. Previous tax increases to generate revenue have led to more spending and not deficit reducing measures." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Congressman Larry Bucshon: No Tax Hikes and No More Spending. 13 April 2011. "I am highly disappointed that the President's plan to reduce the deficit is based on raising taxes on families and small businesses that create jobs and calls for yet more spending. President Obama's approach is full of budget gimmicks, accounting tricks, and empty promises that leads to further dependence on the federal government. In addition, it does nothing to address the underlying cause of our current and future deficits." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "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

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  • Larry Bucshon. Blog: Stimulus Update: Broken Budgets, Broken Promises Update. 2 July 2010. "It's amazing that regular Americans understand our economy better than most of the elite economists advising this White House as it pushed through the $862 Billion deficit-deepening Stimulus package less than one month after taking office. Let's examine just how wrong they were: Promise 1 -- President Obama promised unemployment would not rise above 8 Percent if the package was passed. The reality -- the unemployment rate in America is 9.7 percent and in Indiana it is 10.0 percent. Promise 2 -- The President also promised his Stimulus Bill would create 3.5 million jobs by the end of 2010. Well, since the bill passed, America has lost 2.8 million jobs -- so we need to create 1 million jobs per month for the rest of the year for that promise to be fulfilled. Promise 3 -- Moreover, the President promised the Stimulus Bill "will create good jobs that pay well and can't be shipped overseas." (The White House, "Remarks By The President And The Vice President On The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act," 4/13/09). But the disturbing reality is that some stimulus dollars have gone to foreign corporations that are creating jobs far away from America." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Congressman Larry Bucshon Provides Remarks on President Obama's Speech. 8 September 2011. "What we don't need is more deficit spending. Everyone agrees we have significant infrastructure needs. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I am working hard to ensure we have the resources to address this issue without adding to the deficit. My constituents want Washington, D.C. politicians to work together and get our fiscal house in order. I look forward to continuing to work with other Members of Congress and this Administration to get America back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Congressman Larry Bucshon on President's Debt Plan. 19 September 2011. "While we can all agree that our deficit needs to be dramatically reduced, we should also agree that raising taxes during a recession to fund more failed stimulus spending will not create jobs and will further hamper economic growth. We need a long-term plan, not another short-term political speech designed to get through the next election. Today, we hear more of the same class warfare rhetoric from the Obama Administration, which has already been rejected by the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Republicans Working to Create Jobs. 15 June 2011. "Just yesterday, the National Federation of Independent Business released their report showing a decline in optimism for small businesses for a third consecutive month. It has been 28 months since the ill-conceived stimulus passed and a year since June 2010 was declared ``recovery summer'' by the administration; yet 1.9 million fewer Americans have jobs. This is why we need to get our fiscal house in order, cut spending, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and end onerous regulations." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Statement of Congressman Larry Buchson on September Jobless Rate. 7 October 2011. "It is disheartening that unacceptably high unemployment no longer comes as a surprise. I have spent this year listening to Hoosiers and job creators about the uncertainty provided by the federal government. There is uncertainty created by the government takeover of healthcare, costly and burdensome regulations on small businesses, and wasteful, stimulus spending that the current administration wants to fund through tax hikes." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Republicans Working to Create Jobs. 15 June 2011. "Just yesterday, the National Federation of Independent Business released their report showing a decline in optimism for small businesses for a third consecutive month. It has been 28 months since the ill-conceived stimulus passed and a year since June 2010 was declared 'recovery summer' by the administration; yet 1.9 million fewer Americans have jobs. This is why we need to get our fiscal house in order, cut spending, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and end onerous regulations." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Larry Bucshon. Issue Position: Cut Taxes, Create Jobs. 24 October 2011. "Tax cuts and investment incentives create jobs. I'm a former small business owner who has experienced directly the negative effects of government regulation and taxation. The difficulties and obstacles placed on business by government are real; and, I will pursue well-reasoned, responsible, long-term economic policies that focus on reducing our tax burden and encouraging investment, spurring innovation across all sectors of our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Congressman Larry Bucshon Comments on the April Jobless Rate. 4 May 2012. "There is still too much uncertainty for job creators and small business owners to fully commit their resources to help jumpstart a stagnant economy. Additionally, the same job creators and small business owners are burdened by cumbersome regulations, the threat of Obamacare, and the fear of staggering tax hikes that further impede their ability to succeed." (bucshon.house.gov)
  • Larry Bucshon. Congressman Larry Bucshon Votes for Small Business Tax Cut. 19 April 2012. "With individuals and small businesses filing their annual tax returns earlier this week, we realize that those working to create jobs are often burdened by the current tax code. With a majority of job creation coming from small businesses over the past few decades, providing tax relief to that sector of our economy can help get Americans working again. In Indiana, this means the numerous small businesses operating in the state will be able to reinvest capital to grow and expand. These businesses provide over 1 million jobs to Hoosiers and providing them with necessary tax relief is a step in the right direction." (bucshon.house.gov)
  • Larry Bucshon. Job Creation. 1 January 2012. "History has clearly demonstrated that tax cuts and investment incentives create jobs. I look forward to continuing my advocacy for job creation policies which: [¦] Encourage the free market through wide-ranging investment incentives for American businesses, rather than allowing administration to hand-pick winners and losers." (www.bucshonforcongress.com)
  • Larry Bucshon. Taxes and Revenue. 1 June 2012. "I support comprehensive tax reform that simplifies the tax code, closes unfair loopholes, and lowers the overall rate on individuals and businesses in order to encourage job creation and investment. I believe individuals, families, and small businesses should keep more of their hard-earned money. In these challenging economic times, raising taxes on individuals and small businesses is irresponsible." (bucshon.house.gov)
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

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  • Larry Bucshon. Issue Position: Education. 24 October 2011. "The education of our children ranks as a top priority for the United States. As the 112th Congress begins, I am committed to ensuring that education policies that come from the House of Representatives have our children's best interests at heart. Local communities, parents, teachers, and administrators, working together, must be given the control and flexibility to make the right decisions for their schools. Parents must be given the option to decide what education path is right for their children. Teachers must be evaluated on their effectiveness at reaching our children, and given the resources to succeed in their classrooms. Lastly, the federal government must end the practice of trying to fix our education system by simply throwing money at the problem, and instead allow for innovation and experimentation within our education system. I will work to revamp No Child Left Behind to free up local communities and states from federal regulation." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Issue Position: Education. 24 October 2011. "The education of our children ranks as a top priority for the United States. As the 112th Congress begins, I am committed to ensuring that education policies that come from the House of Representatives have our children's best interests at heart. Local communities, parents, teachers, and administrators, working together, must be given the control and flexibility to make the right decisions for their schools. Parents must be given the option to decide what education path is right for their children. Teachers must be evaluated on their effectiveness at reaching our children, and given the resources to succeed in their classrooms. Lastly, the federal government must end the practice of trying to fix our education system by simply throwing money at the problem, and instead allow for innovation and experimentation within our education system. I will work to revamp No Child Left Behind to free up local communities and states from federal regulation." \ (votesmart.org)
  • John Story. 8th District Cong. Larry Bucshon Co-sponsors the "Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act." 25 May 2011. "For too long, the federal government has increased its role and size within education while being complacent with flat results. There are more than 80 individual programs within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and I believe it is time to eliminate ineffective, redundant, and wasteful education programs in order to ensure education dollars are spent effectively with the singular goal of providing a better education to our children." (newstalk1280.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Larry Bucshon. Congressman Larry Buchson on the State of the Union. 24 January 2012. "If the president is serious about American energy production he should expedite approval of permits for offshore drilling, just as I voted to do last year." (bucshon.house.gov)
  • Larry Bucshon. Issue Position: Energy. 24 October 2011. "The American way of life is made possible by our vast supply of affordable energy; as our nation continues to advance, our demand for affordable and efficient energy increases. I believe our energy portfolio needs to be an "all of the above" approach to support this growth. We need to use our domestic resources, including drilling in environmentally responsible ways both on shore and off and using coal, natural gas and other domestic supplies in the most efficient way. We also need to support alternative energies such as nuclear, wind, hydropower and ethanol and include significant conservation programs as well." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Larry Bucshon voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Congressman Larry Bucshon Votes to Lift Moratorium on Offshore Drilling. 12 May 2011. "By expanding drilling off of our nation's shores, we are working to create jobs and also provide relief for Americans who are tightening their belts even more due to higher gas prices. It is imperative that we provide solutions to our nation's problems and address the issues of high unemployment and high energy costs. These bills do both and I am proud to have supported them." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Larry Bucshon. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Larry Bucshon voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Issue Position: Cap and Trade Legislation. 24 October 2011. "I am opposed to the current legislation being promoted by the Obama Administration. The bill is about control of our industries. It is based on very poor data that is available concerning global warming. The data does not support the premise that carbon dioxide emissions are playing a significant role in the world temperature variations. The temperature of the Earth has been changing over centuries with warmer and colder periods throughout history. This legislation will be devastating to the Southwestern and Wabash Valley areas of Indiana. It will lead to job loss and the loss of industry in the 8th district. Also, energy costs may increase three fold." (votesmart.org)
  • Erin Meyer. IN and KY Congressmen speak out against some coal regulations. 23 April 2012. "The coal industry in this area is very important to our state, low-cost energy. If we allow them to continue to put rules in place based on ideology and not science, we're going to see energy costs increases in this area of Indiana." (www.14news.com)
  • Larry Bucshon. Issues: Energy. "As your representative, I have been a staunch opponent of the activism pursued by President Obama's EPA, whose burdensome over-regulation has contributed to increasing energy costs, limited research and development of practical energy solutions, and slowed job creation in the energy industry. That's why I have proposed legislation requiring EPA regulations to be based on science, rather than ideology." (www.bucshonforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Larry Bucshon. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 24 October 2011. "I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and will always fight to protect this vitally important right. The Founding Fathers understood that an individuals' right to bear arms, as provided in the Bill of Rights, was essential to securing our personal freedoms. I firmly believe that law abiding citizens exercising their 2nd Amendment rights deter crime. Additional rules and regulations preventing firearms ownership only endanger law abiding citizens. The solution to reducing gun violence in the United States is to strictly enforce existing laws and sentence offenders to the longest prison terms possible. I will fight to protect the 2nd Amendment from activist judges and attempts by this Administration or elected officials to weaken this fundamental right." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Issue Position: Second Amendment Rights. 24 October 2011. "The right to bear arms will not be infringed on my watch. I'm an ardent supporter of protecting the second amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • James Baughn. Eighth District Republican Candidates Bucshon and Risk Debate Issues. "Bucshon states he is a strong supporter of the right to carry arms. He pushes back when laws are considered to restrict the right of law abiding citizens because criminals carry arms. He also noted he has a 100% voting record with the NRA. He stated the liberals do not understand the second amendment is not about hunting but about protection." (gosportexpressnews.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Larry Bucshon. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Larry Bucshon voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. GOP Doctors Caucus Praises Florida Judge Ruling Obamacare Unconstitutional. 31 January 2011. "I am encouraged by the court's decision to declare the individual mandate unconstitutional. This ruling will allow the judicial process to work the way it was designed before we burden businesses and individuals with this overreaching law. This is more proof that repealing ObamaCare was the right thing to do as we have begun working on a replacement bill that will focus on access to quality care and driving down costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. GOP Doctors Caucus Responds To Collapse of the CLASS Act Program. 17 October 2011. "By their own admission, the Obama Administration has conceded that an additional provision in Obamacare will not work. With the ending of the CLASS program, due to financial insolvency, it is time that we fully repeal this government takeover of health care and replace it with commonsense solutions that focuses on patients, access to quality care, and lowers the overall cost of health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Congressman Larry Bucshon Applauds Affordable Care Act Ruling. 12 August 2010. "We already knew the individual mandate in Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) was bad for small businesses and job creators; I'm glad it was also ruled unconstitutional by the 11th Circuit. In addition, I believe the entire law should be repealed. I have voted twice to do just that. The Affordable Care Act is big government at its worst. We should implement laws to allow for private sector solutions that will improve quality, increase access, and reduce the overall cost of health care. This is a great victory for individual rights and the rights of states that have challenged this law, including Indiana." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Congressman Larry Bucshon Supports Amicus Brief against ObamaCare. 29 March 2011. "The amicus brief focuses on why the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and therefore the entire law must be completely invalidated. Congressman Bucshon States: "This is an important case in our nation's courts and I am proud to support the Commonwealth of Virginia's position. While we have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the House of Representatives, we continue to dismantle this egregious law and seek ways to defund its implementation. I support the District Court declaring the individual mandate unconstitutional, but also believe that the entire law must be declared invalid based on that ruling." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Issue Position: Health Care. 24 October 2011. "As a physician, I understand the importance of affordable access to healthcare. While I believe our healthcare system cannot remain at the status quo, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that passed last year will not make our healthcare system better and will, in fact, increase costs and lead to rationing of care. We must focus on private sector, market based solutions that lower costs; by focusing on costs, we will make healthcare more accessible and affordable to all." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Republicans Working to Create Jobs. 15 June 2011. "Over and over, the small business leaders told me that government regulations and uncertainty are negatively affecting their ability to grow and create jobs. Businesses are afraid to invest in the future due to the uncertainty in our Tax Code, the increased costs and regulations stemming from the Affordable Care Act--which they can't afford--and the increased burdens of an out-of-control regulatory process that has stifled job creation." (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

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  • Larry Bucshon. Congressman Larry Bucshon: Enforce Our Nation's Laws. 19 August 2011. "This is another example of a rogue agency in the Obama Administration. Their outright refusal to uphold and enforce our nation's laws is absolutely wrong and very troubling. Yesterday, when the Department of Homeland Security announced they would no longer deport illegal immigrants, the Obama Administration made their most public attempt to circumvent Congress and grant backdoor amnesty to people that enter our country illegally and take jobs from hardworking Americans. I am disappointed that the Obama Administration would allow short-term political gain to undermine the commitment to securing our borders." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Issue Position: Border Security/Immigration. 24 October 2011. "I am against amnesty for illegal aliens. We need to strongly enforce the immigration laws that already exist. Provide funding for stronger border fencing and control along the U.S./Mexican border. We need to hold employers accountable who knowingly hire illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with members 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 vetting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Buchson. Issues: Immigration. 1 June 2012. "I do not support amnesty and believe the government should focus on enforcing current immigration laws." (bucshon.house.gov)
  • Larry Bucshon. Congressman Larry Bucshon on Obama Administration Halting Illegal Immigrant Deportations. 15 June 2012. "This blatant disregard for the legislative process and immigration law is not that surprising coming from this Administration. It is the Executive Branch's responsibility to enforce the laws passed by Congress, not pick and choose which ones to ignore. Any changes to immigration policy should be debated in Congress, not in backrooms by the Obama administration. I am deeply disappointed in the Obama administration's decision to circumvent Congress and issue rules on immigration policy. We must enforce current laws on immigration and protect our borders. I believe in commonsense immigration reform, not backdoor amnesty." (bucshon.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Larry Bucshon. Congressman Larry Bucshon: Enforce Our Nation's Laws. 19 August. 2011."This year, we have already seen the Justice Department (DOJ) refuse to uphold current law by no longer defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court and we still don't know the full extent of their involvement with operation "Fast and Furious' that knowingly put guns in the hands of criminals. The Obama Administration should be enforcing our nation's laws, not proactively seeking ways to ignore them for political benefit." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Buchson. Issue Position: Marriage. 1 January 2012. "I believe marriage is a legal union between one man and one woman. I support the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed in 1996 under President Clinton that states the federal definition of 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

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  • Larry Bucshon. Issues: Protecting America from Terrorists. 16 February 2011. "As America faces a continually evolving threat of terrorism, I am committed to maintaining the safety of Hoosiers and American's alike. To that end, we must ensure that our law enforcement agents and intelligence personnel have the resources to counter the ever-changing threats from terrorists who wish our Nation harm. Domestically, I believe Congress must reauthorize specific provisions within the PATRIOT Act, which would allow investigative agencies the ability to search for and detain those who intend to harm America." (bucshon.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Larry Bucshon. Medicare and Social Security. 1 June 2012. " In order to preserve and strengthen Medicare and Social Security for our current and future seniors, we must take decisive, responsible action [¦] That said, I will not support any plan which alters the commitments made to Indiana's seniors and I will continue working diligently to advocate for responsible solutions which ensure security and health for current and future beneficiaries. I do not support privatization of Medicare or Social Security." (www.bucshonforcongress.com)
  • Larry Bucshon. Issue Position: Protecting Social Security. 24 October 2011. "We must honor the commitment to protect our nation's seniors. I am against privatizing our country's social security system. I do not support any plan that changes the commitments made to Indiana's seniors and I will work to find solutions to ensure that our current and future retirees have retirement security." (votesmart.org)
  • Larry Bucshon. Medicare and Social Security. 1 June 2012. " In order to preserve and strengthen Medicare and Social Security for our current and future seniors, we must take decisive, responsible action. [¦] That said, I will not support any plan which alters the commitments made to Indiana's seniors and I will continue working diligently to advocate for responsible solutions which ensure security and health for current and future beneficiaries. I do not support privatization of Medicare or Social Security." (www.bucshonforcongress.com)

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