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Todd Young's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IN) - District 9, Republican
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Todd Young has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Todd Young 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

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  • Todd Young. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Todd Young voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Todd Young voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Issue Position: Pro-Life and Pro-Adoption. 25 October 2011. "I am pro-life and pro-adoption - and I try to back up my talk with action. I serve on the Board of Directors of a pro-life ministry. My wife Jenny and I also promote adoption by performing free legal work so that caring adults can become loving parents." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Issues: Pro-Life. 1 June 2012. "I believe that life begins at conception and the right to life is something to be protected, especially for the unborn." (www.toddyoungforcongress.com)
  • Todd Young. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Todd Young voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Todd Young voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Issue Position: Pro-Life and Pro-Adoption. 25 October 2011. "I am pro-life and pro-adoption - and I try to back up my talk with action. I serve on the Board of Directors of a pro-life ministry. My wife Jenny and I also promote adoption by performing free legal work so that caring adults can become loving parents." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Issues: Pro-Life. 1 June 2012. "I believe that life begins at conception and the right to life is something to be protected, especially for the unborn." (www.toddyoungforcongress.com)
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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  • Todd Young 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)
  • Todd Young. Rep. Todd Young on President's Debt Reduction Speech: Increased Tax Proposal Is Disappointing. 13 April 2011. "Last week, I joined my colleagues on the Budget Committee in unveiling our 2012 budget. That budget is a responsible and specific plan to sustainably create private sector jobs and pay off our national debt by controlling spending and eliminating tax earmarks, all while strengthening our nation's social safety net. Today, the President responded to our plan by giving another speech about fiscal responsibility. While I'm disappointed that he chose a path that would increase taxes as our economy struggles to get back on its feet, I look forward to seeing specific proposals from the White House. Any debt reduction agreement we might reach must work to reduce--not increase--the tax burden on Americans in order to create sustainable economic growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Issue Position: Job Creation. 25 October 2011. "We need to drastically cut federal spending and get our budget deficits under control to reassure job creators that no tax increases are coming." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 14 April 2011. "Now, I mentioned Indiana a minute ago and the success we've had in creating those private sector jobs. We didn't do it all through our policies with respect to spending. Instead, we also looked at tax policy. We understood that it just didn't make sense to jack up taxes during a down economy. Instead, we kept them steady and we made our tax code more efficient, just as some of our neighboring States were doing the opposite. As a result, many businesses chose to move back to Indiana or to move to Indiana for the first time." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Issue Position: Job Creation. 25 October 2011. "We need to drastically cut federal spending and get our budget deficits under control to reassure job creators that no tax increases are coming" (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young 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)
  • Todd Young. Rep. Todd Young statement on President Obama's FY2012 Budget Proposal. 14 February 2011. "For two years we've seen federal budgets that spend and borrow at record levels while failing to create jobs. It's clear the road we're on is not a path to economic stability. That's why I'm disappointed to see President Obama once again propose a budget that spends too much, borrows too much, and even taxes too much. The budget submitted by the President to Congress today represents an additional $13 trillion in debt and relies on $1.6 trillion in tax increases. At a time when businesses are already hesitant to hire new employees, this sends the wrong message entirely. Washington must stop the binge spending and begin setting priorities. Congress must address our debt, not add to it. Most importantly, we must ease the fears of employers worried about massive tax increases so that they can start putting Hoosiers back to work. As a member of the Budget Committee, I look forward to working on all of these issues as we begin to chart a new path to American prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young 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)
  • Todd Young. Rep. Todd Young on President's Debt Reduction Speech: Increased Tax Proposal Is Disappointing. 13 April 2011. "Last week, I joined my colleagues on the Budget Committee in unveiling our 2012 budget. That budget is a responsible and specific plan to sustainably create private sector jobs and pay off our national debt by controlling spending and eliminating tax earmarks, all while strengthening our nation's social safety net. Today, the President responded to our plan by giving another speech about fiscal responsibility. While I'm disappointed that he chose a path that would increase taxes as our economy struggles to get back on its feet, I look forward to seeing specific proposals from the White House. Any debt reduction agreement we might reach must work to reduce--not increase--the tax burden on Americans in order to create sustainable economic growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Issue Position: Job Creation. 25 October 2011. "We need to drastically cut federal spending and get our budget deficits under control to reassure job creators that no tax increases are coming." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 14 April 2011. "Now, I mentioned Indiana a minute ago and the success we've had in creating those private sector jobs. We didn't do it all through our policies with respect to spending. Instead, we also looked at tax policy. We understood that it just didn't make sense to jack up taxes during a down economy. Instead, we kept them steady and we made our tax code more efficient, just as some of our neighboring States were doing the opposite. As a result, many businesses chose to move back to Indiana or to move to Indiana for the first time." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Issue Position: Job Creation. 25 October 2011. "We need to drastically cut federal spending and get our budget deficits under control to reassure job creators that no tax increases are coming" (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Rep. Todd Young statement on President Obama's FY2012 Budget Proposal. 14 February 2011. "For two years we've seen federal budgets that spend and borrow at record levels while failing to create jobs. It's clear the road we're on is not a path to economic stability. That's why I'm disappointed to see President Obama once again propose a budget that spends too much, borrows too much, and even taxes too much. The budget submitted by the President to Congress today represents an additional $13 trillion in debt and relies on $1.6 trillion in tax increases. At a time when businesses are already hesitant to hire new employees, this sends the wrong message entirely. Washington must stop the binge spending and begin setting priorities. Congress must address our debt, not add to it. Most importantly, we must ease the fears of employers worried about massive tax increases so that they can start putting Hoosiers back to work. As a member of the Budget Committee, I look forward to working on all of these issues as we begin to chart a new path to American prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young 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)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Todd Young. Rep. Todd Young on President Obama's Address on Jobs to Joint Session. 8 September 2011. "After watching our country continue to bleed jobs after spending $800 billion two years ago, however, I cannot support several hundred billion more in stimulus spending. That path has been tried and failed, and we must attempt a new approach. Economic turnaround may take some time, but there is enough common ground to start taking positive steps forward immediately." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Democrats Refuse to Pass Budget. 22 July 2010. "Today's announcement by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer that there will be no vote on a 2011 budget resolution virtually guarantees that there will be no letup in the Obama Administration's reckless spending spree which is worrying so many Americans. This is very disappointing to those of us who believe Congress should be working day and night to find ways to reduce spending -- not piling on more debt. Quite simply, a budget resolution would put spending limits in place for congressional committees now working on 2011 appropriations bills. And budgetary spending limits would make it much more difficult for the White House to get the new round of so-called stimulus spending it claims is necessary to keep the recovery on track." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 14 July 2011. "Our Nation's unemployment rate currently sits at 9.2 percent, a full 1.6 percent higher than when President Obama took office. I am hearing from my southern Indiana constituents, and I've heard this for months now, that the President's failed experiment of spending our way to prosperity and creating great uncertainty about future tax rates and interest rates must end. A step in the right direction would be supporting this modest amendment which my esteemed colleague, the gentleman from Indiana (Mr. Burton), and I have worked on together. The amendment would merely restore eligibility criteria for the Weatherization Assistance Program to pre-stimulus levels. By way of background, prior to 2008, the Weatherization Assistance Program enabled families at or below the 150 percent poverty level to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Since the stimulus bill increased this eligibility threshold, the Weatherization fund has exploded and currently has accumulated an estimated $1.5 billion in unspent funds. Moreover, the program has been a model of government waste and inefficiency." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Rep. Todd Young on President Obama's Address on Jobs to Joint Session. 8 September 2011. "After watching our country continue to bleed jobs after spending $800 billion two years ago, however, I cannot support several hundred billion more in stimulus spending. That path has been tried and failed, and we must attempt a new approach. Economic turnaround may take some time, but there is enough common ground to start taking positive steps forward immediately." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Video: Rep. Todd Young speaks on House Floor about job creation in 2012 budget. 14 April 2011. "Now, recent economic history isn't good to the big spenders. It shows that borrowing and spending trillions of dollars that we don't have doesn't create jobs. [¦] It's no great secret that the job creators in this country aren't hiring because unchecked spending, of course, leads to fears. It leads to fears that we're going to have to raise taxes in the future. It leads to fears of future inflation. And it, of course, leads to fears that interest rates are going to go up. By calling for a measure of spending discipline, as we do, we replace that fear with hope. Hope that we can restore conditions where private sector job creators can go out and put Americans back to work." (www.youtube.com)
  • Todd Young. Democrats Refuse to Pass Budget. 22 July 2010. "Today's announcement by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer that there will be no vote on a 2011 budget resolution virtually guarantees that there will be no letup in the Obama Administration's reckless spending spree which is worrying so many Americans. This is very disappointing to those of us who believe Congress should be working day and night to find ways to reduce spending -- not piling on more debt. Quite simply, a budget resolution would put spending limits in place for congressional committees now working on 2011 appropriations bills. And budgetary spending limits would make it much more difficult for the White House to get the new round of so-called stimulus spending it claims is necessary to keep the recovery on track." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 14 July 2011. "Our Nation's unemployment rate currently sits at 9.2 percent, a full 1.6 percent higher than when President Obama took office. I am hearing from my southern Indiana constituents, and I've heard this for months now, that the President's failed experiment of spending our way to prosperity and creating great uncertainty about future tax rates and interest rates must end. A step in the right direction would be supporting this modest amendment which my esteemed colleague, the gentleman from Indiana (Mr. Burton), and I have worked on together. The amendment would merely restore eligibility criteria for the Weatherization Assistance Program to pre-stimulus levels. By way of background, prior to 2008, the Weatherization Assistance Program enabled families at or below the 150 percent poverty level to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Since the stimulus bill increased this eligibility threshold, the Weatherization fund has exploded and currently has accumulated an estimated $1.5 billion in unspent funds. Moreover, the program has been a model of government waste and inefficiency." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Video: Rep. Todd Young speaks on House Floor about job creation in 2012 budget. 14 April 2011. "Now, recent economic history isn't good to the big spenders. It shows that borrowing and spending trillions of dollars that we don't have doesn't create jobs. [¦] It's no great secret that the job creators in this country aren't hiring because unchecked spending, of course, leads to fears. It leads to fears that we're going to have to raise taxes in the future. It leads to fears of future inflation. And it, of course, leads to fears that interest rates are going to go up. By calling for a measure of spending discipline, as we do, we replace that fear with hope. Hope that we can restore conditions where private sector job creators can go out and put Americans back to work." (www.youtube.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

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  • Todd Young. Video: Todd Young on the role of government in education. 18 June 2010. "Young: 'I think education is not a federal issue' [¦] Q: 'So from a funding perspective “ with the federal government, with money comes strings. So would you support a different way of funding or do you think schools should be “ we should be “ continue with - ' Young: 'I'm always uncomfortable with the idea of sending a dollar to Washington and getting dribs and drabs in return with strings attached. So I think that's one of the primary reasons why we ought to try and push power from the federal level back to the state level.'" (www.youtube.com)
  • Todd Young. Video: Todd Young on the role of government in education. 18 June 2010. "Young: 'I think education is not a federal issue' [¦] Q: 'So from a funding perspective “ with the federal government, with money comes strings. So would you support a different way of funding or do you think schools should be “ we should be “ continue with - ' Young: 'I'm always uncomfortable with the idea of sending a dollar to Washington and getting dribs and drabs in return with strings attached. So I think that's one of the primary reasons why we ought to try and push power from the federal level back to the state level.'" (www.youtube.com)
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

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  • Todd Young. Require Smarter Regulation. 4 June 2012. "Federal regulation has gotten out of control, and we should strike a responsible balance between important priorities like environmental protection and workplace safety on the one hand, and economic growth on the other." (toddyoung.house.gov)
  • Colleen Sikorski. Indiana Daily Student: Clean Air Act to be reviewed. 20 January 2011. "H.R. 97, the Free Industry Trade Act, amends the Clean Air Act so that nothing in the act regulates global warming or climate change. H.R. 97 also excludes greenhouse gases from being defined as 'air pollutants.' Indiana Representative Todd Young, R-9th District, has signed on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 97. Trevor Foughty, communications director for Young, said Young co-sponsored the bill in order to stop future Congresses from enacting cap-and-trade 'schemes.'" (www.idsnews.com)
  • Todd Young. Issue Position: Job Creation. 25 October 2011. "Members of Congress must also boldly advance pro-growth policies to create an environment where innovation, entrepreneurship, investment and job creation flourish. Among these policies are: [...] - Reject calls to implement caps on carbon dioxide. The only way to reduce carbon dioxide is to dramatically reduce the amount of domestic coal used to generate electricity, which could force the premature closure of coal-fired steam-generating plants, send jobs overseas and greatly increase Hoosiers' energy costs. We must not impose costly restrictions on our own economy while other countries capitalize on Washington's misguided policies." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Kenney. Indiana Daily Student: Congressional candidates debate at Buskirk-Chumley Theater. 19 October 2010. "Young also said he was unsure about the cause of global warming. He said scientists support both sides of this argument, and he plans to follow new scientific discoveries about the matter. He said even if global warming is man-made, the bill that did not pass is not the proper solution. 'This cap and trade energy tax is likely to be the largest tax increase in American history,' Young said. He said that many businesses would be bankrupt by this tax if it were passed during a poor economic period. 'It's going to hurt businesses and consumers alike,' Young said." (www.idsnews.com)
  • John M. Broder. Climate Change Doubt Is Tea Party Article of Faith. 20 October 2010. "Mr. Young, the Indiana Republican nominee trying to unseat Mr. Hill for the Ninth Congressional District seat, strongly opposes cap and trade and other unilateral measures to combat global warming. He says he is uncertain what is causing the observed heating of the planet, adding that it could be caused by sunspots or the normal cycles of nature. 'The science is not settled,' he said in an interview in his headquarters in Bloomington, Ind. And he said that given the scientific uncertainty, it was not wise to make major changes in the nation's energy economy to reduce carbon emissions." (www.nytimes.com)
  • Todd Young. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Todd Young voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Sikorski. Indiana Daily Student: Clean Air Act to be reviewed. 20 January 2011. "H.R. 97, the Free Industry Trade Act, amends the Clean Air Act so that nothing in the act regulates global warming or climate change. H.R. 97 also excludes greenhouse gases from being defined as 'air pollutants.' Indiana Representative Todd Young, R-9th District, has signed on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 97. Trevor Foughty, communications director for Young, said Young co-sponsored the bill in order to stop future Congresses from enacting cap-and-trade 'schemes.'" (www.idsnews.com)
  • Todd Young. Issue Position: Job Creation. 25 October 2011. "Members of Congress must also boldly advance pro-growth policies to create an environment where innovation, entrepreneurship, investment and job creation flourish. Among these policies are: [...] - Reject calls to implement caps on carbon dioxide. The only way to reduce carbon dioxide is to dramatically reduce the amount of domestic coal used to generate electricity, which could force the premature closure of coal-fired steam-generating plants, send jobs overseas and greatly increase Hoosiers' energy costs. We must not impose costly restrictions on our own economy while other countries capitalize on Washington's misguided policies." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Kenney. Indiana Daily Student: Congressional candidates debate at Buskirk-Chumley Theater. 19 October 2010. "Young also said he was unsure about the cause of global warming. He said scientists support both sides of this argument, and he plans to follow new scientific discoveries about the matter. He said even if global warming is man-made, the bill that did not pass is not the proper solution. 'This cap and trade energy tax is likely to be the largest tax increase in American history,' Young said. He said that many businesses would be bankrupt by this tax if it were passed during a poor economic period. 'It's going to hurt businesses and consumers alike,' Young said." (www.idsnews.com)
  • John M. Broder. Climate Change Doubt Is Tea Party Article of Faith. 20 October 2010. "Mr. Young, the Indiana Republican nominee trying to unseat Mr. Hill for the Ninth Congressional District seat, strongly opposes cap and trade and other unilateral measures to combat global warming. He says he is uncertain what is causing the observed heating of the planet, adding that it could be caused by sunspots or the normal cycles of nature. 'The science is not settled,' he said in an interview in his headquarters in Bloomington, Ind. And he said that given the scientific uncertainty, it was not wise to make major changes in the nation's energy economy to reduce carbon emissions." (www.nytimes.com)
  • Todd Young. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Todd Young voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Require Smarter Regulation. 4 June 2012. "Federal regulation has gotten out of control, and we should strike a responsible balance between important priorities like environmental protection and workplace safety on the one hand, and economic growth on the other." (toddyoung.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Todd Young. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment Rights. 25 October 2011. "The Second Amendment is the law of the land. It protects our right to keep and bear arms. To me, that could not be clearer. I will use the prestige of elected office to publicly promote that right. Any law that infringes upon the rights of law abiding citizens is not constitutional. Most gun control laws do just this. I would work to reverse the most oppressive section of the 1968 Gun Control Act. I believe the "Assault Weapons Ban" of 1994 was bad legislation that needed to be repealed. Also, the "feel good" policies that create gun safe zones do damage to our neighborhoods by inviting criminal elements that have no interest in attaining or using firearms for lawful purposes. Responsible citizens exercising their rights to gun ownership provides a necessary line of defense against all enemies, foreign and domestic." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment Rights. 25 October 2011. "The Second Amendment is the law of the land. It protects our right to keep and bear arms. To me, that could not be clearer. I will use the prestige of elected office to publicly promote that right. Any law that infringes upon the rights of law abiding citizens is not constitutional. Most gun control laws do just this. I would work to reverse the most oppressive section of the 1968 Gun Control Act. I believe the "Assault Weapons Ban" of 1994 was bad legislation that needed to be repealed. Also, the "feel good" policies that create gun safe zones do damage to our neighborhoods by inviting criminal elements that have no interest in attaining or using firearms for lawful purposes. Responsible citizens exercising their rights to gun ownership provides a necessary line of defense against all enemies, foreign and domestic." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment Rights. 25 October 2011. "The Second Amendment is the law of the land. It protects our right to keep and bear arms. To me, that could not be clearer. I will use the prestige of elected office to publicly promote that right. Any law that infringes upon the rights of law abiding citizens is not constitutional. Most gun control laws do just this. I would work to reverse the most oppressive section of the 1968 Gun Control Act. I believe the "Assault Weapons Ban" of 1994 was bad legislation that needed to be repealed. Also, the "feel good" policies that create gun safe zones do damage to our neighborhoods by inviting criminal elements that have no interest in attaining or using firearms for lawful purposes. Responsible citizens exercising their rights to gun ownership provides a necessary line of defense against all enemies, foreign and domestic." . (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Issues: 2nd Amendment. 4 June 2012. "As a member of the National Rifle Association and a United States Marine, I'm a proud supporter of the 2nd Amendment. This past year, for example, I was a co-sponsor of a measure that would give national reciprocity to the conceal-carry permits of individual states. When properly licensed gun owners travel with their firearms, they shouldn't have to worry about whether or not they are breaking the law." (www.toddyoungforcongress.com)
  • Todd Young. NRA endorses Rep. Todd Young. 29 March 2012. "'I'm proud to support the 2nd Amendment right of our fellow Hoosiers to keep and bear arms,' said Young. 'This right is especially important in our part of the state, where our thousands of acres of forest and field provide numerous opportunities for hunting. But more than that, Hoosiers deserve to feel safe and protected in their own homes, and proper and responsible ownership of firearms provides exactly that.'" (toddyoungforcongress.com)
  • Todd Young. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment Rights. 25 October 2011. "The Second Amendment is the law of the land. It protects our right to keep and bear arms. To me, that could not be clearer. I will use the prestige of elected office to publicly promote that right. Any law that infringes upon the rights of law abiding citizens is not constitutional. Most gun control laws do just this. I would work to reverse the most oppressive section of the 1968 Gun Control Act. I believe the "Assault Weapons Ban" of 1994 was bad legislation that needed to be repealed. Also, the "feel good" policies that create gun safe zones do damage to our neighborhoods by inviting criminal elements that have no interest in attaining or using firearms for lawful purposes. Responsible citizens exercising their rights to gun ownership provides a necessary line of defense against all enemies, foreign and domestic." . (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Issues: 2nd Amendment. 4 June 2012. "As a member of the National Rifle Association and a United States Marine, I'm a proud supporter of the 2nd Amendment. This past year, for example, I was a co-sponsor of a measure that would give national reciprocity to the conceal-carry permits of individual states. When properly licensed gun owners travel with their firearms, they shouldn't have to worry about whether or not they are breaking the law." (www.toddyoungforcongress.com)
  • Todd Young. NRA endorses Rep. Todd Young. 29 March 2012. "'I'm proud to support the 2nd Amendment right of our fellow Hoosiers to keep and bear arms,' said Young. 'This right is especially important in our part of the state, where our thousands of acres of forest and field provide numerous opportunities for hunting. But more than that, Hoosiers deserve to feel safe and protected in their own homes, and proper and responsible ownership of firearms provides exactly that.'" (toddyoungforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Todd Young. Issue Position: Job Creation. 25 October 2011. "During this down economy, our Congress has merely traded the irresponsible borrow-and-spend policies of the past for the grossly irresponsible policies of the present. Our current leadership has recklessly attempted to implement a risky government-run health care scheme, a national energy tax, and a variety of tax increases - all of which will kill jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Issue Position: Health Care. 25 Octboer 2011. "Health care is a very complex issue but I would support two quick fixes that would see immediate results in the marketplace which would result in better coverage for consumers. The United States has the best health care in the world, but our delivery of that health care needs to be fixed. We can immediately address this by allowing insurance plans to be purchased across state lines and to put strict tort reform in place to limit the cost of malpractice insurance to doctors and hospitals." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Rep. Todd Young Votes to cut $6 Billion, Keep Government Open. 15 March 2011. "I also ran for Congress because I was tired of seeing the party in power trample on the Constitution and twist House Rules to meet their own ends. Those sorts of tactics were employed to pass the government takeover of health care, and many residents of the 9th District are rightly concerned about federal funding for that program. I remain committed to fighting for the repeal and defunding of that law whenever I can, including the recently identified "slush funds' that were earmarked for its implementation. However, because those funds are provided as non-discretionary sources we could not address it in this continuing resolution without bending the House Rules to meet our own ends. We would be engaged in the same sort of underhanded tactics many of us campaigned against. Americans deserve better than that." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Rep. Todd Young Signs on as Co-Sponsor to Health Care Repeal Bills. 12 January 2011. "Rep. Todd Young signed on as an original cosponsor to Rep. Dan Lungren's (R-CA) Small Business Paperwork Relief Act (H.R. 4), a bill introduced Wednesday afternoon to eliminate an onerous expansion of tax reporting requirements for small businesses in the health care law passed in 2010. Congress should do everything in its power to lower the cost of doing business--especially during an economic recession--so that businesses are able to start putting Hoosiers back to work," said Young. "I've heard from a lot of small business owners who are concerned about the resources that will be required to comply with these new reporting requirements, and I'm happy to fight for them by signing on to this bill. By freeing up those resources, we give them more freedom to begin hiring again." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Rep. Todd Young on Health Care Law Anniversary: "Fight is Far From Over". 23 March 2011. "One year ago, President Obama signed his health care package into law, despite the loud objections from a broad cross-section of Americans. Individuals worried about their right to choose where and when they get treatment, governors protested the unfunded mandates thrust upon the States, and businesses warned that burdensome regulations, taxes and penalties could cause enormous job losses. We were told that after the law passed and we learned what was in the bill, Americans would approve. But a year later, a cloud of uncertainty still hangs over the law, its constitutionality remains in question and Americans want the law repealed. That's why the first bill I co-sponsored was the bill to repeal this law. I'm also proud to have voted with an overwhelming majority to pass this bill out of the House in January. This fight is far from over, though, and I look forward to continue working towards repealing and replacing the law on behalf of Hoosiers in the 9th District." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Todd Young voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Issue Position: Job Creation. 25 October 2011. "During this down economy, our Congress has merely traded the irresponsible borrow-and-spend policies of the past for the grossly irresponsible policies of the present. Our current leadership has recklessly attempted to implement a risky government-run health care scheme, a national energy tax, and a variety of tax increases - all of which will kill jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Issue Position: Health Care. 25 Octboer 2011. "Health care is a very complex issue but I would support two quick fixes that would see immediate results in the marketplace which would result in better coverage for consumers. The United States has the best health care in the world, but our delivery of that health care needs to be fixed. We can immediately address this by allowing insurance plans to be purchased across state lines and to put strict tort reform in place to limit the cost of malpractice insurance to doctors and hospitals." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Rep. Todd Young Votes to cut $6 Billion, Keep Government Open. 15 March 2011. "I also ran for Congress because I was tired of seeing the party in power trample on the Constitution and twist House Rules to meet their own ends. Those sorts of tactics were employed to pass the government takeover of health care, and many residents of the 9th District are rightly concerned about federal funding for that program. I remain committed to fighting for the repeal and defunding of that law whenever I can, including the recently identified "slush funds' that were earmarked for its implementation. However, because those funds are provided as non-discretionary sources we could not address it in this continuing resolution without bending the House Rules to meet our own ends. We would be engaged in the same sort of underhanded tactics many of us campaigned against. Americans deserve better than that." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Rep. Todd Young on Health Care Law Anniversary: "Fight is Far From Over". 23 March 2011. "One year ago, President Obama signed his health care package into law, despite the loud objections from a broad cross-section of Americans. Individuals worried about their right to choose where and when they get treatment, governors protested the unfunded mandates thrust upon the States, and businesses warned that burdensome regulations, taxes and penalties could cause enormous job losses. We were told that after the law passed and we learned what was in the bill, Americans would approve. But a year later, a cloud of uncertainty still hangs over the law, its constitutionality remains in question and Americans want the law repealed. That's why the first bill I co-sponsored was the bill to repeal this law. I'm also proud to have voted with an overwhelming majority to pass this bill out of the House in January. This fight is far from over, though, and I look forward to continue working towards repealing and replacing the law on behalf of Hoosiers in the 9th District." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Rep. Todd Young Signs on as Co-Sponsor to Health Care Repeal Bills. 12 January 2011. "Rep. Todd Young signed on as an original cosponsor to Rep. Dan Lungren's (R-CA) Small Business Paperwork Relief Act (H.R. 4), a bill introduced Wednesday afternoon to eliminate an onerous expansion of tax reporting requirements for small businesses in the health care law passed in 2010. Congress should do everything in its power to lower the cost of doing business--especially during an economic recession--so that businesses are able to start putting Hoosiers back to work," said Young. "I've heard from a lot of small business owners who are concerned about the resources that will be required to comply with these new reporting requirements, and I'm happy to fight for them by signing on to this bill. By freeing up those resources, we give them more freedom to begin hiring again." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Todd Young voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (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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  • Todd Young. Facebook: Notes. What is Todd's stand on immigration? 11 March 2010. "We need to beef up our border security and strictly enforce the immigration laws currently on the books. Our enforcement efforts would encompass individuals, business, and local governments that harbor illegal immigrants [¦] Here's what we should do: Kick out those people who remain here after their legally issued visas expire. ICE should initiate a system of checking identities of noncitizens as they leave the US, and then simply subtract their names from the list of those who had previously arrived on temporary visas. The remaining names would be a master list for those who had no right to be here." (www.facebook.com)
  • Todd Young. Facebook: Notes. What is Todd's stand on immigration? 11 March 2010. "We need to beef up our border security and strictly enforce the immigration laws currently on the books. Our enforcement efforts would encompass individuals, business, and local governments that harbor illegal immigrants. [¦] Here's what we should do: Kick out those people who remain here after their legally issued visas expire. ICE should initiate a system of checking identities of noncitizens as they leave the US, and then simply subtract their names from the list of those who had previously arrived on temporary visas. The remaining names would be a master list for those who had no right to be here." (www.facebook.com)
  • Todd Young. Facebook: Notes. What is Todd's stand on immigration? 11 March 2010. "We need to beef up our border security and strictly enforce the immigration laws currently on the books. Our enforcement efforts would encompass individuals, business, and local governments that harbor illegal immigrants [¦] Here's what we should do: Kick out those people who remain here after their legally issued visas expire. ICE should initiate a system of checking identities of noncitizens as they leave the US, and then simply subtract their names from the list of those who had previously arrived on temporary visas. The remaining names would be a master list for those who had no right to be here." (www.facebook.com)
  • Todd Young. Video: Indiana ICaucus Todd Young Part II. 12 March 2010. "My position on immigration doesn't change fundamentally based on the economy. I think we need to enforce the laws we have. And people are here illegally. I'm not in favor of any sort of amnesty. They're here illegally and we'll have to send them back. There are a number of things we can do. First we'll take a look at our southern border, which is where so many of the illegal immigrants come in. We do need to make sure it's protected. Some fencing can be part of that solution [¦] We may continue to invest more in unmanned aerial vehicles to help monitor the border." (www.youtube.com)
  • Todd Young. Facebook: Notes. What is Todd's stand on immigration? 11 March 2010. "We need to beef up our border security and strictly enforce the immigration laws currently on the books. Our enforcement efforts would encompass individuals, business, and local governments that harbor illegal immigrants. [¦] Here's what we should do: Kick out those people who remain here after their legally issued visas expire. ICE should initiate a system of checking identities of noncitizens as they leave the US, and then simply subtract their names from the list of those who had previously arrived on temporary visas. The remaining names would be a master list for those who had no right to be here." (www.facebook.com)
  • Todd Young. Video: Indiana ICaucus Todd Young Part II. 12 March 2010. "My position on immigration doesn't change fundamentally based on the economy. I think we need to enforce the laws we have. And people are here illegally. I'm not in favor of any sort of amnesty. They're here illegally and we'll have to send them back. There are a number of things we can do. First we'll take a look at our southern border, which is where so many of the illegal immigrants come in. We do need to make sure it's protected. Some fencing can be part of that solution [¦] We may continue to invest more in unmanned aerial vehicles to help monitor the border." (www.youtube.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Evie Salomon. Indiana Daily Student: 9th District congressional candidates talk about issues. 30 September 2010. "Young said he does not support a federal constitutional amendment that would change the definition of marriage to include homosexual couples. 'Marriage is a union between one man and one woman,' Young said. 'I have a limited view of government and what areas they should be involved in, especially our federal government.' Instead, Young said gay marriage issues should be handled at the state level. 'This allows for some diversity between states in our region and frankly differences in culture across this wonderful country,' Young said. 'One of the visions of our founding fathers is to allow for that diversity and legislative experimentation and mobility.'" (www.idsnews.com)
  • Evie Salomon. Indiana Daily Student: 9th District congressional candidates talk about issues. 30 September 2010. "Young said he does not support a federal constitutional amendment that would change the definition of marriage to include homosexual couples. 'Marriage is a union between one man and one woman,' Young said. 'I have a limited view of government and what areas they should be involved in, especially our federal government.' Instead, Young said gay marriage issues should be handled at the state level. 'This allows for some diversity between states in our region and frankly differences in culture across this wonderful country,' Young said. 'One of the visions of our founding fathers is to allow for that diversity and legislative experimentation and mobility.'" (www.idsnews.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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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

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  • Todd Young. Issue Position: Social Security and Medicare. 25 October 2011. "I will protect Social Security and Medicare for those in the programs or about to enter them. And I will preserve them for future generations. I view Social Security and Medicare as sacred compacts. These commitments we have made to all Americans must be honored." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Cut, Cap, and Balance. 18 July 2011. "We know we're not in the mess because the American people are taxed too little. We're in this mess because Washington spends too darned much. And we want to address that. So, as the President stands at this fork in the road, having no plan and refusing to lead, we know that we here in Congress must lead. We must act. We must, as we say in the United States Marine Corps, we must have a bias for action. Well, that's why we put forth this Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011. It's a responsible action. I'll briefly outline its finer points. First, it cuts total spending by $111 billion in fiscal year 2012. No changes to Social Security, no changes to Medicare, no changes to veterans' benefits. And considering the size and scope of the massive debt crisis we face in this country, it proposes a very modest cut of $111 billion next year--certainly a manageable down payment as we work to address this leviathan debt we face. It caps total Federal spending in the future as a portion of our economy--that is the cap component of this cut, cap, and balance plan--and brings down by the end of the decade our Federal spending to less than 20 percent as a proportion of our economy. That's the post-World War II average. Very sensible, very responsible. And then, finally, it balances our budget. It does so through a balanced budget amendment that will come up for a vote later, subject to the normal super majority requirements in each House of Congress. This works in 49 of the 50 States across this great Nation. It will work here in Washington, too. If we have the courage to pass it." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Young. Issue Position: Social Security and Medicare. 25 October 2011. "I will protect Social Security and Medicare for those in the programs or about to enter them. And I will preserve them for future generations. I view Social Security and Medicare as sacred compacts. These commitments we have made to all Americans must be honored." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Arnold. Hill, Young spar over Social Security, voting record. 12 July 2010. "I will pledge to ensure that today's seniors and those approaching retirement will have all the benefits that have been promised to them preserved. We must honor that commitment." (www.whas11.com)
  • Todd Young. Cut, Cap, and Balance. 18 July 2011. "We know we're not in the mess because the American people are taxed too little. We're in this mess because Washington spends too darned much. And we want to address that. So, as the President stands at this fork in the road, having no plan and refusing to lead, we know that we here in Congress must lead. We must act. We must, as we say in the United States Marine Corps, we must have a bias for action. Well, that's why we put forth this Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011. It's a responsible action. I'll briefly outline its finer points. First, it cuts total spending by $111 billion in fiscal year 2012. No changes to Social Security, no changes to Medicare, no changes to veterans' benefits. And considering the size and scope of the massive debt crisis we face in this country, it proposes a very modest cut of $111 billion next year--certainly a manageable down payment as we work to address this leviathan debt we face. It caps total Federal spending in the future as a portion of our economy--that is the cap component of this cut, cap, and balance plan--and brings down by the end of the decade our Federal spending to less than 20 percent as a proportion of our economy. That's the post-World War II average. Very sensible, very responsible. And then, finally, it balances our budget. It does so through a balanced budget amendment that will come up for a vote later, subject to the normal super majority requirements in each House of Congress. This works in 49 of the 50 States across this great Nation. It will work here in Washington, too. If we have the courage to pass it." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Arnold. Hill, Young spar over Social Security, voting record. 12 July 2010. "I will pledge to ensure that today's seniors and those approaching retirement will have all the benefits that have been promised to them preserved. We must honor that commitment." (www.whas11.com)

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