Senator Todd Young's Political Positions

Office: U.S. Senate (IN) - Jr, Republican
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Todd Young 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.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • "Expanding the tax base through reform, not rate increases, is the best way to increase revenue and spur the economy: More taxation, regulation, and litigation will not create more jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/828109/issue-position-taxes (votesmart.org)
  • Signed pledge stating "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://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge (votesmart.org)

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  • "We must treat these individuals suffering from drug addiction, and I mean truly treat them, as patients, who need time and our support to get better. That's what this amendment does, and because of its passage today, thousands of children who would otherwise see their parent destined for a prison cell, will instead see the parent they love and depend on get the treatment they need." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1114063/congress-sends-bipartisan-legislation-addressing-nationwide-opioid-epidemic-to-presidents-desk (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • " 'River Ridge remains one of the greatest economic development opportunities in the entire state, and I remain committed to seeing that opportunity develop,' said Young. 'Indiana has broken ground on the East End bridge, and plans are in the works to connect River Ridge to that new interstate connection. This site is poised for a huge boom in new job opportunities for Hoosiers. I'm proud to fight for legislation that gives that prospect every chance of success.' " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/790457/young-reintroduces-bric-act-to-help-redevelop-river-ridge-other-former-military-installations (votesmart.org)
  • "After Hoosiers sent Todd to Washington, the national debate changed. Arguments in the halls of Congress now focus on how much to responsibly cut, not how much to spend. Thanks to the efforts of Todd and other Republicans, discretionary spending has been lower for the past two consecutive years--for the first time ever. Todd is in Congress to make sure that spending is even lower next year, and the year after. The future of this nation -- of our children -- is too important to let government spending continue to rage out of control." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/853251/issue-position-spending-balanced-budget (votesmart.org)

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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)
  • "Under current law, when legislation is introduced, our Budget Office is prevented from taking into account how individual Americans will actually respond to that legislative proposal; so our Budget Office has to produce this artificial sort of analysis, failing to accurately estimate the true costs or benefits of a given proposal. This obscures, for policymakers, for members of the media, and for many rank-and-file Americans, the true negative impact that tax hikes can have on our Nation's economy, on the private sector, and so forth; and it fails to recognize how tax cuts can actually stimulate the very work, savings, and investment that lead to jobs, higher wages, and a secure retirement." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/864262/pro-growth-budgeting-act-of-2013/?search=tax%20cut (votesmart.org)

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  • "An unelected bureaucrat in Washington is in no way more prepared to make education decisions than local and state governments. A one-size fit all approach does not set up our children for success." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1045051/issue-position-education (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "It is time to act in our nation's best interest and approve the Keystone XL pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761081/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone#.VYMMT3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In other areas, such as the debate over the new Keystone pipeline, the executive branch has simply blocked action that would result in more jobs and lower energy prices for Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/828113/issue-position-energy/?search=keystone (votesmart.org)

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  • "In the 112th Congress, we have voted dozens of time to limit moratoriums on safe and environmentally responsible energy exploration in the U.S.; to speed up the permitting process that allows us to explore for new energy sources; to open up unused federal lands for energy exploration and production; and to increase domestic production." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/828113/issue-position-energy/?search=keystone (votesmart.org)

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  • 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)
  • "Mandates in Obama's Clean Power Plan regulation are among the most egregious of his tenure and Hoosiers will see a detrimental impact to grid reliability and higher consumer costs as a result. Unfortunately, the way it is now, when unelected bureaucrats overstep their legal authority to issue regulations which result in lower wages, lost jobs, and higher utility bills, we're forced to seek remedy in the courts." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1062742/todd-young-backs-indiana-and-27-states-seeking-to-overturn-epa-clean-power-plan-in-courts (votesmart.org)
  • "A cap-and-trade energy scheme would be bad for our economy: Whether through legislative action or bureacratic fiat, I oppose the implementation of a cap-and-trade energy scheme. Under such a plan, companies could buy and sell credits on a national exchange, in an attempt to regulate emissions. Not only does it add unnecessary costs to businesses, it would also cause energy rates to skyrocket--particularly in places like Indiana, where we rely heavily on our own coal-generated electric power." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/828113/issue-position-energy/?search=keystone (votesmart.org)

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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)
  • "Regardless of where one falls on the issue, we must recognize the president's means to achieving his politicized gun control agenda is eroding the rule of law, along with the checks and balances that restrain government power in America. I support law-abiding American citizens who choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights and oppose any extralegal, executive actions that restrict Americans' right to bear arms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1062714/young-reacts-to-president-obamas-unilateral-actions-on-gun-control (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120345/todd-young/37 (votesmart.org)

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  • "The 2010 law most Americans know as Obamacare remains unpopular with a large majority of Hoosiers who demand the law be repealed or improved. While it's true that rapidly rising health care costs should be dealt with, Obamacare fails to control them and interferes with the doctor-patient relationship. During this Congress, I have already cast 30 votes to repeal, replace or defund all or parts of the law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/714653/rep-young-comments-on-scotus-decision-to-uphold-obamacare/?search=obamacare (votesmart.org)
  • "If we're serious about addressing rising health care costs and putting Americans back to work, we should repeal this law, and repeal it now, and replace it with sustainable, bipartisan health care solutions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/784315/repeal-of-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act/?search=obamacare (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.5272 "To Prohibit Certain Actions with Respect to Deferred Action for Aliens Not Lawfully Present in the United States, and for Other Purposes" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49688 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120345/todd-young/76 (votesmart.org)

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  • "ISIS has co-opted and inspired mass casualty attacks against the United States and our allies, and rabidly seeks to incite more bloodshed. Were it your son in Orlando, your spouse in San Bernardino, or your family member murdered at the airports in Brussels or Istanbul, you too would demand more from your government. The time has come to strategically deploy all instruments of national power to protect our citizens from human suffering and depravity. We must coordinate a coalition-based offensive, and bring to bear all of NATO's military, diplomatic, and economic power to destroy ISIS." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1106971/ahead-of-warsaw-summit-reps-young-and-kinzinger-call-for-coordinated-nato-campaign-against-isis/?search=Iraq (votesmart.org)
  • "To keep Americans safe, President Obama must use this critical juncture wisely, convene with our NATO allies, and invoke Article 5 as a face-saving means of finessing his transition from a failed strategy to a winning one." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1062772/decisive-change-in-strategy-needed-to-defeat-isis/?search=Syria (votesmart.org)

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  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/557084/issue-position-social-security-and-medicare/?search=Social%20Security (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 6% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120345/todd-young/53 (votesmart.org)

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