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Bill Johnson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 6, Republican
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Bill Johnson 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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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

  • “Every American, both born and unborn, is entitled to the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act is an important step forward to protecting innocent life in America.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/698515/bill-johnson-stands-up-for-innocent-life#.VcEWM3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R. 36 “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)
  • “Bill Johnson is strongly pro-life, and believes that life begins at conception.” http://billjohnsonleads.com/pro-life/ (billjohnsonleads.com)
  • “As a father of 4 and a grandfather of 6, there is no doubt in my mind that life begins at conception. I’m honored to be a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, and I will never relent in my commitment to protect the right of all Americans – both the born and unborn." http://billjohnson.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398387 (billjohnson.house.gov)
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

  • Signed a letter stating "Cutting back the national debt will require stronger private sector job growth and less government spending. Raising taxes would just take us further away from both goals." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/654613/#.VaUjaPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Reducing taxes at all levels of income will stimulate the economy, both from the top down (allowing more investment in business and job creation) and from the bottom up (giving people more opportunities and purchasing power).” http://billjohnsonleads.com/jobs-and-economy/ (billjohnsonleads.com)
  • "Our debt crisis is a result of Washington spending too much, not taxing or borrowing too little. Raising taxes on job creators will cause even more harm – controlling spending must be the solution." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/630623/ (votesmart.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

  • "This bipartisan bill would end the cycle of short-term reauthorizations, and finally give Ohio and local governments some funding assurance. For far too long, Washington's inaction has created uncertainty for our states and local governments. This legislation would correct that. Additionally, a multi-year highway bill is critical to America's long-term economic competiveness in a global economy.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1025641/bill-johnson-on-house-passage-of-the-highway-bill (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Cutting back the national debt will require stronger private sector job growth and less government spending. Raising taxes would just take us further away from both goals." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/654613/#.VaUjaPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Our debt crisis is a result of Washington spending too much, not taxing or borrowing too little. Raising taxes on job creators will cause even more harm – controlling spending must be the solution." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/630623/ (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 “Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VaPoUPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Cutting back the national debt will require stronger private sector job growth and less government spending. Raising taxes would just take us further away from both goals." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/654613/#.VaUjaPlViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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#.VaPmTPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VaPm1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • “The Keystone XL Pipeline would create at least 100,000 direct and indirect jobs. With over 14 million Americans out of work and over 40 million Americans in poverty, we can't afford President Obama's deliberate inaction any longer […]” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/663825/bill-johnson-statement-on-obamas-keystone-xl-pipeline-rejection/?search=keystone#.VjFNE2wViko (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt 1040 “Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49367#.VcEZinUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “The Cap & Trade bill is bad - for our region and for America. It was rushed to a vote, and could result in higher consumer costs and lost jobs. Experts predict that it will raise the average cost of utilities by $1,100 per year for families across Ohio; and, that the cost of living will increase by approximately $7,000 per individual annually.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/504517/issue-position-energy#.VcEYuHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “That is why he authored the ‘Stop the War on Coal Act’, legislation that would stop job killing EPA and Department of Interior regulations from going into effect.” http://billjohnsonleads.com/energy/ (billjohnsonleads.com)
  • "I have voted for legislation that invests in energy research, develops new energy technology, and stops onerous regulations from the EPA, Department of the Interior, and other federal government agencies." http://billjohnson.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=31187 (billjohnson.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120649/bill-johnson/37 (votesmart.org)
  • “He is opposed to any measures that would restrict the rights of law-abiding Americans, and that include any limitations on the right to keep and bear arms.” http://billjohnsonleads.com/gun-rights/ (billjohnsonleads.com)
  • “Gun control regulations will only hurt law-abiding citizens while doing nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.” http://www.bobgibbsforcongress.com/issues.php (www.bobgibbsforcongress.com)
  • "As a gun owner, concealed carry permit holder, and lifetime member of the NRA, Bill Johnson knows that our Second Amendment rights are fundamental and must be protected." http://billjohnson.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=106723 (billjohnson.house.gov)
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. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VaPp2flViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/33026#.VaPv9flViko (votesmart.org)
  • “One of Bill Johnson's first votes after being sworn into office was to repeal President Obama's new health care law, Obamacare.' Since then, he has voted to repeal all or parts of Obamacare approximately 40 times.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/917877/issue-position-health-care/?search=obamacare#.VjFOrmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “It’s simple: Obamacare must be repealed.” http://www.bobgibbsforcongress.com/issues.php (www.bobgibbsforcongress.com)
Yes 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120649/bill-johnson/76 (votesmart.org)
  • “I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman, and that won’t change because of today’s ruling. And, it is my hope that supporters of today’s decision will respect the religious liberty of the millions of Americans who believe in the sanctity of traditional marriage.” http://billjohnson.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398585 (billjohnson.house.gov)
  • "From a personal view, I believe in a traditional definition of marriage being between one man and one woman." http://www.vindy.com/politics/politicians/bill-johnson/ (www.vindy.com)
Yes Inferred 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

  • "Others want to privatize Social Security. They want to take all of the money from government hands and force every account into Wall Street investments. Those people are wrong, too. Money paid into Social Security by current retirees and those approaching retirement should never be put at risk like that. And people who are just starting out should have more choices and more control over their own retirement dollars but they should never be forced to put their accounts into riskier investments." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/589737/#.VaUnePlViko (votesmart.org)
  • “He will also continue fighting to ensure that Social Security will be there for our seniors as well. In fact, he is supporting legislation called the 'Social Security Preservation Act' that would stop Congress from raiding the Social Security Trust fund and spending those dollars on other, unrelated programs or pet projects.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/887998/issue-position-seniors#.VcEconUVhHw (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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