Representative Dan Benishek's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Dan Benishek
Current Office: U.S. House - District 1, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Judy; 5 Children
Birth Date: 04/20/1952
Birth Place: Iron River, MI
Home City: Crystal Falls, MI
Religion: Catholic
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Dan Benishek refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Dan Benishek in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. Representative Votes to Prevent Taxpayer Funds Being Used for Abortions. 5 May 2011. "I proudly voted today for H.R. 3, a measure that will prevent taxpayer funds being used for abortion procedures. I, like so many of my Northern Michigan neighbors, think neither the federal government nor federal tax dollars should be involved in this very controversial and intensely personal issue." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Dan Benishek voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Dan Benishek voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Dan Benishek in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. Issues. 02 October 2012. "Dr. Benishek believes all human life is sacred and is committed to working to ensure that pro-life policies are enacted. (www.benishek2012.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Benishek. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Dan Benishek voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. Benishek Applauds President On Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-01) today expressed his support for the troop withdrawal plan outlined by President Barack Obama in his primetime address to the nation Wednesday evening. "After listening to the President speak on our country's ongoing efforts in Afghanistan, it is my hope that the White House, Congress, and the Pentagon can work together to responsibly bring the decade-long conflict to an expeditious close," said Benishek, a general surgeon from the Upper Peninsula." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. Benishek Comments On Weekend Visit To Afghanistan*. 12 October 2011. "I remain deeply concerned about the endless nature of this decade long conflict in Afghanistan. I am neither a military expert nor a counterinsurgency specialist, but I feel a responsibility to taxpayers to continue carefully looking at this issue so that I can make informed decisions as this issue is addressed in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. Benishek Supports Amendment To Remove American Forces From Afghanistan. 26 May 2011. "While I will continue to support our troops, I know Americans have growing reservations about a decade long war that has cost American lives and seems to have no end in sight. Following the death of terror leader Osama bin Laden, I believe Congress, the White House, and the Defense Department should work together to reevaluate our mission in Afghanistan, and responsibly limit the U.S. military presence in the region." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Benishek. Dr. Benishek: "Defense Authorization Important For America's Security". 19 May 2012. "This vote reflects my belief that we need to do everything we can to support our nation's heroes -- those who defend our freedoms and keep us safe. I am encouraged that this bill does just that and brings us one step closer to restoring fiscal sanity to the defense budget. I was disappointed this bill continues to fund the ongoing War in Afghanistan. As I've stated publicly before, I believe we need to begin winding down the decade long conflict and bring our troops home. Many people in Northern Michigan have grown tired of this endless war and want it to end soon." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Schulditz. The Alpena News. Benishek: Need to ˜get real about fixing the deficit'. 31 January 2011. "The funding cuts are going to come from everywhere, as far as I'm concerned," Benishek said. "Nothing is sacred. We want to preserve the best of what we can afford, but let's face it, they can't control their spending and I'm not in favor of raising taxes so that the government can keep spending." (www.thealpenanews.com)
  • Dan Benishek. Issue Position: National Defense. 21 August 2012. "It is a primary responsibility of our federal government to provide a strong national defense to protect our nation, our liberty and our ideals. We should honor and respect our armed services and veterans, not undermine their strength and dignity. Additionally, we must aggressively pursue the war on terror and we must try prisoners of war in military tribunals, not as citizens in our civilian courts." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Dan Benishek voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Dan Benishek voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. Congressman Benishek Offers Personal Statement on Federal Spending. 15 February 2011. "Before there is any comprehensive entitlement reform effort, every federal department should be prepared to live with less money in 2012 than it received in 2011." (benishek.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Benishek signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I, Dan Benishek, pledge to the taxpayers of the 1st district of the state of Michigan and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal tax rate for individuals and businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing taxes." (s3.amazonaws.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Benishek. Representative Benishek To Vote In Favor of Cut, Cap and Balance Act. 19 July 2011. "My hope is that the president and the Senate will be receptive to the Cut, Cap, and Balance approach and agree on a plan that reduces federal spending, doesn't raise taxes on our job providers, and puts America back on path to job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • One Nation PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. One Nation PAC endorsed Dan Benishek in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. Benishek Plan: Four Steps to Stop Washington's Runaway Spending. 20 October 2010. "Dr. Dan Benishek, candidate for Congress in Michigan's 1st District, today said he would press for Congress to take four major steps to limit federal spending and reduce the deficit: A hiring freeze on non-security positions, a ban on for-profit earmarks, a national cap on spending pegged to GDP, and operational audits." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. Benishek: "Entrepreneurship Creates Jobs, Not The Government". 9 September 2011. "Both the Administration and Congress need to put the brakes on the spending-driven federal debt crisis that continues to stoke the flames of economic uncertainty, rein in overzealous federal regulations that have handcuffed our job creators, and reform the bloated federal tax code so individuals and businesses can keep more of their money to invest." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. Issues. 02 October 2012. "For years, bad policies and out-of-control federal spending advanced by both political parties have contributed to an irresponsible buildup of federal debt. This excessive debt now threatens the economic recovery and poses a fundamental challenge to the American way." (www.benishek2012.com)
  • Dan Benishek. My Prescription to Cure the Ailing Economy. 7 October 2010. "Every day as I travel Michigan's 1st Congressional District, I speak with people who have lost their jobs -- or who have a neighbor, family member, or friend who can't find work. Michigan has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country -- 14 percent -- and was recently rated the hardest state in the nation to find work in. There are 8.24 job seekers for every available position in Michigan. In contrast, Washington, D.C. -- the easiest place to find work -- only has 0.82 unemployed individuals per job opening. That is unacceptable and proves that the federal stimulus package -- containing nearly $1 trillion in spending -- has failed and stimulated nothing but government." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. Statements Congressman Benishek On The State Of The Union Address. 26 January 2011. "What we cannot do is to rely on more federal spending to try to fix the economic problems our Nation is facing. We have tried that approach with an $814 billion "stimulus" that failed to generate the 3 million jobs the Administration promised. Instead, this spending spree only served to expand the national debt to a record $14 trillion." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Benishek. Small Businesses are Our Best Hope for New Jobs. 21 October 2010. "Dr. Benishek noted, "While Gary McDowell has consistently voted for tax increases that have hurt small business owners, I have been consistent in my call to cut taxes, cut spending, and cut government regulation in order to allow businesses to start hiring again." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. Issue Position: Taxes. 19 January 2012. "In Congress, Dr. Benishek would support efforts to reform and simplify the existing tax code, and he would strongly oppose any proposals to increase taxes on wage earners, small businesses, investors, and other job creators. Dr. Benishek recognizes that no rational economist would advocate raising taxes during a recession. Accordingly, Dr. Benishek believes raising taxes now would be reckless and irresponsible, and that Congress should focus on tax reforms that would grow jobs and the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. Benishek: "Entrepreneurship Creates Jobs, Not The Government". 9 September 2011. "With nearly 14 million Americans out of work, there is no doubt that America is facing a drought of jobs and action needs to be taken. Congress, I believe, should focus on reforming three things: spending, regulations, and taxes. Both the Administration and Congress need to put the brakes on the spending-driven federal debt crisis that continues to stoke the flames of economic uncertainty, rein in overzealous federal regulations that have handcuffed our job creators, and reform the bloated federal tax code so individuals and businesses can keep more of their money to invest." (votesmart.org)

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  • Dan Benishek. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Dan Benishek voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Dan Benishek. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Dan Benishek voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Dan Benishek. Video: Dr. Dan Benishek speaks at the Oscoda County monthly meeting . 23 April 2010/28 April 2010. "I believe in the Second Amendment because if we lose our right to bear arms we will have no rights whatsoever." (youtu.be)
  • Dan Benishek. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 18 January 2012. "I believe in the individual's right to self-defense. The right to bear arms secures other rights such as freedom of speech, freedom to assemble and freedom to practice religion. If we allow disarmament of our citizens, we render our nation vulnerable to tyranny." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. Solidly 2nd Amendment. 02 October 2012. "As a sportsman for all my life, I am a strong supporter of Americans' right to bear arms for hunting and self defense. I am proud of my membership in the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners of America. In Congress, I am actively fighting to protect these rights." (www.benishek2012.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Benishek. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Dan Benishek voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Dan Benishek. Benishek Supports English As The Official Language Of The United States. 13 July 2011. "Many areas of the First District were settled by immigrants hoping to find freedom and prosperity in our country.  That is the unique and cherished history of America"a place where anybody from anywhere can live the life they dream.  And I believe as long as immigrants enter this nation legally and follow our laws, they should be warmly welcomed," (benishek.house.gov)
  • Dan Benishek. Issue Position: Secure Borders. "Immigration must be legal and regulated and our borders must be secure. Uncontrolled access to our country increases entitlement expenses, decreases available jobs and renders us vulnerable to terrorists who want to destroy us." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek. Statements Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Benishek: "I stand behind Governor Brewer 100%". 30 June 2010. "I don't believe that rewarding those who've broken our laws with a shortcut to citizenship is fair, it is a slap in the face to those who have done things legally and who have shown respect for our laws and process. I suspect that President Obama's plan to grant citizenship to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants would fair well politically with the Democratic Party in the upcoming election, but I think that this issue shouldn't be about politics." (www.benishekforcongress.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Dan Benishek in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Dan Benishek in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Benishek. Issues. 19 January 2012. "NATIONAL DEFENSE. It is the responsibility of our federal government to provide a strong national defense to protect our nation, our liberties, and our ideals. We should honor and respect our armed services, not undermine their strength and dignity. Furthermore, we must aggressively pursue the war on terror and must try prisoners of war in military tribunals " not as citizens in our civilian courts." (www.benishekforcongress.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Benishek. Issue Position: Social Security. 19 January 2012. "There should not be any reduction, freeze, or changes in the benefits provided existing retirees. This is a promise made to those over the age of 62 by their government, and it must be honored 100 percent. No ifs, ands, or buts. Period. Going forward, reforms are needed to ensure the long-term solvency of the program. These reforms should include providing younger workers with the option of investing a portion of their current Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts, similar to the retirement plan already available to federal employees. The program should also include a property right so workers can pass on these assets to their heirs." (votesmart.org)

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