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Renee Ellmers' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 2, Republican
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Renee Ellmers has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Renee Ellmers 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 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

  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • "As a mother, a wife, and a devout Catholic, protecting life is a mission that is very near and dear to my heart. Having served as a nurse for over 21 years, I have witnessed firsthand how fragile and delicate our lives are, and as a mother, I know how special and wonderful a new little life is. It is my ultimate hope that we strengthen the pro-life community and that we do so through the embodiment of compassion-- we need to personify compassion and use it to empower women who find themselves in the midst of a heart-wrenching crisis." http://ellmers.house.gov/blog/ (ellmers.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

  • "I am for lower tax rates across the board and am in favor of bold, comprehensive tax reform. We must cut taxes and cut spending NOW." http://www.reneeforcongress.com/issues/taxes-and-spending/ (www.reneeforcongress.com)
  • Signed a pledge stating to "[…] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge/?search=pledge#.Vi-KPmwViko (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.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Cut taxes. Cut government spending. Get government out of the way and let the free enterprise system work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/504031/issue-position-economy#.VZvkZXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] we need to shrink the size of the federal government by eliminating and curtailing programs that can be more appropriately handled by the private sector so that government can concentrate on areas where federal action is appropriate, like national defense and home land security." http://ellmers.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=76&sectiontree=5,67,76 (ellmers.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Rather than spending like there's no end in sight and piling trillions onto the national debt, we need to cut spending and cut taxes to create jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/563700/blog-why-you-should-vote-for-me/?search=cut#.VZvwr3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Should we continue to increase the burdens facing employers through Washington-knows-best regulations, or should we do the right thing, cut spending, lower taxes and unleash the power of our innovators and job creators?" http://ellmers.house.gov/latest-news/ellmers-responds-to-the-state-of-the-union-address/ (ellmers.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a mother and an involved parent, she knows that our schools work best with local control and parental involvement while holding teachers accountable." http://ellmers.house.gov/education/ (ellmers.house.gov)
  • "I think education is a big issue in Lee County, and I feel like state and local governments should have more say in education with less say at the federal level." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/549983/sanford-herald-qa-ellmers-the-new-face-of-central-ncs-gop#.Vi5bxGwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "For six years, members of both parties have worked together to pass the Keystone Pipeline in an effort to create thousands of new jobs and build momentum towards energy security." http://ellmers.house.gov/latest-news/ellmers-statement-on-presidents-veto-of-keystone-pipeline/ (ellmers.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.1. "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1 (www.congress.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congresswoman Ellmers feels that our nation needs to continue to invest in renewable resources to make them more competitive, available, and affordable." http://ellmers.house.gov/energy-environment/ (ellmers.house.gov)
  • "I support an all-of-the-above energy approach, which includes development of alternative energy sources such as nuclear, wind, solar, and biomass, along with drilling for oil and natural gas." http://ellmers.house.gov/latest-news/ellmers-chairs-inaugural-meeting-of-energy-advisory-council/ (ellmers.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I oppose President Obama’s ‘Cap and Trade’ bill which raises taxes on energy, then uses the tax money to send $300 billion in foreign aid to Third World nations so they can build so-called ‘Green Industries.’" http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/231915/renee-ellmers-jack-fowler (www.nationalreview.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "[...] we believe that the authority to limit carbon emissions, even if that were actually a necessity, rests in neither the Constitution nor the Clean Air Act but in the true free market of individual choices made by the American people." http://jeffduncan.house.gov/sites/jeffduncan.house.gov/files/Duncan%20Carbon%20Emission%20Letter%20to%20EPA.pdf (jeffduncan.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to have a serious discussion on how we can prevent troubled individuals from carrying out their insane intentions. But attacking our legal rights and liberties through abusive executive orders destroys the very principles that have protected our citizens from oppressive government power for over 236 years." http://ellmers.house.gov/latest-news/ellmers-responds-to-obamas-assault-on-the-second-amendment/ (ellmers.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Obamacare has been nothing but a costly disaster to constituents in the Second District of North Carolina and across our country. This law was sold under the guise that it would improve our access to quality healthcare, but the reality couldn't be further from the truth." http://ellmers.house.gov/latest-news/ellmers-votes-to-repeal-and-replace-obamacare/ (ellmers.house.gov)
  • "We've got to deal with Obamacare, we've got to repeal that." http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2010/12/10/newly-elected-lawmakers-want-tax-debate/ (www.foxnews.com)
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Immigration laws should be enforced. And I oppose Amnesty for illegal immigrants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/504036/issue-position-immigration#.VZwB73UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I remain convinced that our first priority is to enforce the law and protect our borders so that we know who is entering our country. At the same time, we need to address the millions of people who are already in this country and formulate a process for them to earn legal work status." http://ellmers.house.gov/latest-news/ellmers-meets-to-discuss-immigration-enforcement-and-reform/ (ellmers.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am a supporter of marriage between one man and one woman. I have co-sponsored at the federal level the Defense of Marriage Act. It’s what our country was founded on, the judeo-Christian belief." http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/opinion-shop/article10089617.html#storylink=cpy (www.newsobserver.com)
  • "I am pro-family. I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/919965/issue-position-family-values#.VZwFKnUVikp (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? 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

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

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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