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Larry Bucshon's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IN) - District 8, Republican
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Larry Bucshon has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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 2016, 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • "With over 70,000 pages in the current tax code, our system is overly complex and inefficient. 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, investment, and economic growth." http://bucshon.house.gov/issue/taxesrevenue (bucshon.house.gov)
  • Signed pledge stating "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." http://www.atr.org/current-list-taxpayer-protection-pledge-signers-a5597 (www.atr.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[…] we need to get our fiscal house in order, cut spending, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and end onerous regulations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/619962/#.VYh9QXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/638646/#.VYh763UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "I met with Indiana Governor Mike Pence this morning, who reiterated to me how important it is to continue to provide long-term funding for every State. The House bill is the only proposal that gives every State the opportunity to adequately plan through this construction season and into the spring. The House bill is the only solution that is going to keep people working to rebuild our Nation's infrastructure." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/909019/highway-and-transportation-funding-act-of-2014 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • "The United States has the highest corporate tax rate of the industrialized world. In order to remain competitive, this rate needs to be lowered while eliminating loopholes that have allowed some corporations to avoid taxes." http://bucshon.house.gov/issue/taxesrevenue (bucshon.house.gov)
  • "In order for the private-sector to create jobs and hire new employees, we must address our corporate and individual tax structure." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/632204/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.VYh9nnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

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  • "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 continue to work to revamp No Child Left Behind to free up local communities and states from federal regulations that do not improve educational outcomes." http://bucshon.house.gov/issue/education (bucshon.house.gov)
  • "I am committed, not only to reducing spending and eliminating unnecessary programs as H.R. 1891 does, but also strengthening our schools with reforms that protect taxpayers' investment in our children, allow teachers to teach, increase local flexibility, and empower parents." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/612842/congressman-larry-bucshon-cosponsors-the-setting-new-priorities-in-education-spending-act-bill-would-eliminate-duplicative-unfunded-and-ineffective-federal-education-programs#.VYiGDXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXm4M3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The State Department’s own report confirms that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will create over 40,000 American jobs and have minimal impact on the environment. This project is a no-brainer. Over 60 percent of the American people, industry leaders, and union workers support the project." http://bucshon.house.gov/press-release/dr-bucshon-statement-keystone-xl-pipeline-project (bucshon.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We also need to support alternative energies such as nuclear, wind, hydropower and ethanol and include significant conservation programs as well." http://bucshon.house.gov/issue/energy (bucshon.house.gov)
  • "Strategically targets funds to ensure a balanced investment in fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy to help secure American energy independence and lower energy prices for families and businesses" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/947785/dr-bucshons-statement-on-omnibus-appropriations-bill/?search=renewable%20energy#.VXsWd3UViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We write to express our continued concern about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plans to issue greenhouse gas new source performance standards for new fossil fuel-based electric generating standards. […] This blanket standard will discourage the upgrade of existing sources and effectively prevent the construction of new coal-fired plants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/792026/letter-to-president-obama-epa-regulations#.VYhBwHUVhHz (votesmart.org)
  • "The EPA and Obama administration are over-reaching with regulations that do not have the backing of scientific fact. Specifically, onerous CO2 emission regulation which would triple the cost of electricity in Indiana, cost thousands of jobs, and make our businesses less competitive with foreign competitors." http://bucshon.house.gov/issue/energy (bucshon.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

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  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://bucshon.house.gov/issue/2nd-amendment (bucshon.house.gov)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/help-us?utm_source=votesmart&utm_medium=helpusbanner&utm_campaign=donate (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
  • "Since being elected to Congress, I have pledged to do everything in my power to repeal this failed law and replace it with common-sense healthcare reforms that drive down costs and increase access." http://www.bucshonforcongress.com/posts/blog/5-years-later (www.bucshonforcongress.com)
  • "More Hoosiers have lost coverage than have signed up for plans under ObamaCare. The flawed website is only a symptom of more systemic failures. Despite the President's promises, Hoosiers are receiving cancellation notices for plans they like, they are at risk of losing their current physician they know and trust, and many are faced with higher costs for inferior coverage. These are real stories that affect real hardworking families who are just trying to make it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/830451/dr-bucshon-on-obamacare-enrollment-numbers/?search=obamacare#.VXsYNXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "[…] we need to get our fiscal house in order, cut spending, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and end onerous regulations." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/120335/larry-bucshon/#.VXsJN3UViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am against amnesty for illegal aliens. We need to strongly enforce the immigration laws that already exist." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/504467/issue-position-border-securityimmigration#.VYiMAnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "First and foremost, I believe we must secure the borders of the United States and strictly enforce our current laws, and do not support amnesty." http://bucshon.house.gov/issue/immigration (bucshon.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120335/larry-bucshon/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/673999/issue-position-marriage/?search=marriage#.VXsZunUViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/545627/#.VXsalHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I firmly believe that we must live up to the commitment made to our nation's seniors. Americans at or near retirement should not see changes to their promised benefits. However, in order to protect Social Security and Medicare for future generations, we must provide commonsense reforms to strengthen and preserve these programs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/828100/issue-position-entitlement-reform/?search=Social%20Security (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 4% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120335/larry-bucshon/53 (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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