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Kerry Bentivolio

Kerry Bentivolio's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Kerry Bentivolio
Office: U.S. House (MI) - District 11, Republican
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Karen; 2 Children
Birth Date: 10/06/1951
Home City: Milford, MI
Religion: Catholic
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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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kerry Bentivolio. Issue Position: Civil Rights. 1 January 2012. "All Americans have the rights to Life, Liberty, and Property. I believe in the right to life. I also believe in liberty for that life. We are all imbued with these rights by our Creator and should be guaranteed these rights by our laws. I stand up in support of these rights for all Americans, including the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • Kerry Bentivolio. Issue Position: Protecting Life. 5 July 2012. "I believe in the Right to Life and have been endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan PAC. I also support Liberty for every life [...] I oppose the decision in Roe v Wade and will challenge the expansion of abortion in the United States. I support bans on partial-birth abortion [¦] I am committed to the pro-life cause. I will stand with the pro-life movement in Washington." (bentivolioforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? 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 Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kerry Bentivolio. What the American Dream Means to Me. 24 August 2012. "To promote the American Dream and help other Americans attain it, I will work to: [¦] Protect Americans with a Strong Domestic National Defense [¦] Support those Who Serve Our Country and Encourage Others to Serve." (bentivolioforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Kerry Bentivolio. What the American Dream Means to Me. 24 August 2012. "To promote the American Dream and help other Americans attain it, I will work to: Cut Taxes." (bentivolioforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kerry Bentivolio. What the American Dream Means to Me. 24 August 2012. "To promote the American Dream and help other Americans attain it, I will work to: Cut and Cap Spending." (bentivolioforcongress.com)
  • Kerry Bentivolio. Economic Solutions. 24 August 2012. "We need to make the painful cuts now or our future and the futures of our kids and grandkids will be lost. About 36% of our Federal budget was borrowed in fiscal year 2011, increasing our debt by about $1.3 trillion. Yet, most career politicians have voted to raise the debt ceiling and kick the can down the road. Three Federal programs account for the majority of Federal spending. Some career politicians say we should "save" broken programs using accounting gimmicks. Well, the time for gimmicks is over, we need real change now. We must phase out redistributive programs and force those of our allies that are fully industrialized to pay for their fair share of their own defense. We simply cannot afford to keep on our current path. We can make painful cuts now, or have them forced upon us by our foreign creditors later." (bentivolioforcongress.com)
  • Kerry Bentivolio. Issue Position: Economy & Jobs. 1 January 2012. "When government picks winners and losers, giving subsidies to a few select companies, every other person and business pays the difference. The government shouldn't make investments in certain businesses because they have the best lobbyists. Too many politicians are bought and sold that way and it rarely produces the most efficient outcome. It certainly doesn't lead to innovation by lone entrepreneurs or small businesses that hire local workers. What corporate welfare promotes is the use of capital, not wise investment. Instead of government providing incentives to specific businesses or industries, it should return the money it has taken from individuals and small businesses." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kerry Bentivolio. Issue Position: Economic Solutions. 5 July 2012. "We need to cut taxes now. High taxes make it cheaper to do business in foreign countries. Along with cutting regulations, we can make the business environment in the US more competitive by cutting taxes." (bentivolioforcongress.com)
  • Kerry Bentivolio. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 5 July 2012. "In Michigan, we have seen what happens to an economy when taxes are cut and a state becomes more competitive. When the job-killing Michigan Business Tax was repealed in 2011, the economy expanded and companies began hiring new workers [¦] Furthermore, we must lower business taxes in the United States. Our nation currently has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. When added to taxes levied by the states the cost to do business in America grows even higher. I support lowering the Federal business tax in order to encourage investment in the United States and in Michigan. Just as eliminating the Michigan Business Tax led to hiring in Michigan, so will cutting business taxes at the Federal level." (webmail.votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kerry Bentivolio. Issue Position: Energy Policy. 1 January 2012. "America needs an all of the above energy policy. Our country has vast oil reserves. Prohibiting safe drilling at home causes a massive trade deficit and places our country at risk as we become more dependent on oil from nations that are not necessarily in line with our values. Opening up more public land and allowing more permits to companies that will responsibly drill for new reservoirs of oil in the United States will lower gas prices, thus spurring our economy, and make us less attached to foreign energy, which will make our nation more secure because we will no longer be subsidizing nations that are not our friends." (votesmart.org)
  • Kerry Bentivolio. What the American Dream Means to Me. 24 August 2012. "To promote the American Dream and help other Americans attain it, I will work to: [¦] Promote Affordable Energy and Allow Domestic Energy Production." (bentivolioforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kerry Bentivolio. Issue Position: Economic Solutions. 5 July 2012. "More regulations create more bureaucrat jobs but kill real innovation by driving startup costs through the roof. To end the system of high priced, job killing, do-nothing bureaucracy, we must cut its funding." (bentivolioforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kerry Bentivolio. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 5 July 2012. "The Second Amendment states that the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged. This is a vital portion of the US Constitution. Why is it, then, that career politicians think that they can interfere with our citizens' rights to own firearms. I fully support our constitutional right to keep and bear arms." (bentivolioforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kerry Bentivolio. Facebook: Wall. 28 June 2012. "The Supreme Court's ruling today is outrageous! I am extremely disappointed in the decision to allow the Federal Government to force individuals to purchase health insurance. I assure you that as the next Congressman from Michigan's 11th Congressional District that I will fight tooth and nail to repeal OBAMACARE and other overreaching BIG government programs." (www.facebook.com)
  • Kerry Bentivolio. Issue Position: Repeal ObamaCare. 5 July 2012. "I pledge to do everything in my power to repeal ObamaCare." (bentivolioforcongress.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

  • Kerry Bentivolio. Immigration. 11 October 2012. "We should offer no amnesty to illegal immigrants, which amounts to condoning illegality." (kerrybentivolioforcongress.com)
  • Kerry Bentivolio. Issue Position: Securing Our Borders. 5 July 2012. "Once our borders are secured, then we can discuss whether the current levels of legal immigration are sufficient to meet the needs of our economy and whether additional guest workers are needed." (bentivolioforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? 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 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

  • Kerry Bentivolio. Issue Position: Balancing the Budget. 1 January 2012. "The debt crisis facing the United States is one of the most preventable calamities that our nation has ever faced. We can solve the problem by phasing out, reducing, and/or replacing entitlement programs with more efficient solutions." (votesmart.org)

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