Representative Billy Long's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (MO) - District 7, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 7
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Billy Long has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Billy Long is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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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  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/123401/billy-long#.VZ7EwnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/123401/billy-long#.VZ7EwnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "During the ongoing debate about the budget many have suggested, including the President, that tax increases need to be a part of any eventual solution to our deficit problem. I firmly reject this notion." https://billylongforcongress.com/taxes (billylongforcongress.com)

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

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  • "The failed stimulus only stimulated our debt and the unemployment rate." https://billylongforcongress.com/small_business (billylongforcongress.com)
  • "Our nation’s deficits are not because we are taxed too little, but because Washington spend too much." https://billylongforcongress.com/taxes (billylongforcongress.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of HR 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VZxA7vlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "During the ongoing debate about the budget many have suggested, including the President, that tax increases need to be a part of any eventual solution to our deficit problem. I firmly reject this notion." https://billylongforcongress.com/taxes (billylongforcongress.com)

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  • “Washington bureaucrats who have never set foot in Missouri are placing costly and ineffective burdens on our school systems and not solving any of the problems. That is why I support working to ensure student success by restoring local control to educators. The challenges our educators face in Southwest Missouri are different from those faced in Massachusetts or California.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/936858/newsletter-longs-short-report-importance-of-education#.VZ7GenUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I have always believed that local school officials and parents are much better suited to know what is best for their students, not the federal government. Consequently, my top priority for improving education is to remove burdens and let the state and local authorities decide what is best for our children." http://long.house.gov/policy-issues/education1/ (long.house.gov)

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  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VZw4lPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VZw68flViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The government should not be in the business of choosing winners and losers. When the government tries to interfere in the market place, such as with bailouts, it rewards bad behavior by transferring wealth from those who made smart investments to those who made bad investments." https://billylongforcongress.com/conservative_values (billylongforcongress.com)

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  • "Rather it is a one year of relief for farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses from potentially crippling regulations from the EPA. This bill is the kind of common-sense idea that the EPA hates and that alone means it is probably a good idea." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/658501/#.VZ2DjvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, U.S. Congressman Billy Long fought against job killing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation in the House of Representatives by voting in favor of the EPA Regulatory Relief Act, or H.R. 2250, a bill that would ease restrictions on boiler and process heater use throughout the country." https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CB4QFjAAahUKEwjVjv2w_c7IAhVG4mMKHREMCr8&url=http%3A%2F%2Flong.house.gov%2Findex.cfm%3Fsectionid%3D49%26itemid%3D243&usg=AFQjCNGrppnhBxiiMcc-vbur9S9L4RebAw (www.google.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
  • “He will vigorously fight any attempts to reinstate the assault weapons ban or any other legislation that would limit the right of law-abiding citizens to own guns.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/527972/issue-position-second-amendment#.ViUgZWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712?p=2&of=#.VZw9L_lViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A significant way to help our small businesses is to repeal the job-killing health care law passed in 2010. " https://billylongforcongress.com/small_business (billylongforcongress.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 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#.VZw_g_lViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "I also support vigorous enforcement of our immigration laws by police whenever they encounter an illegal alien, especially if it occurs during the investigation of other criminal conduct." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/625337/#.VZ2EpPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "We must enforce our laws and encourage people to become Americans the legal way." http://long.house.gov/policy-issues/immigration/ (long.house.gov)

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  • “He believes marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman and will fight any attempts to define it otherwise.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/527971/ (votesmart.org)
  • "I am disappointed the Supreme Court has ruled to uphold same-sex marriage. This decision is troubling as it will overturn voter-imposed state bans on the practice, such as in Missouri. I believe this decision directly removes and marginalizes the will of the people. It undermines the very democratic principle America is founded upon and deprives states of their Tenth Amendment rights. I join many southwest Missourians in expressing frustration with the Court’s judgment, as it violates the traditional meaning of marriage.” http://long.house.gov/press-releases/long-statement-on-supreme-court-samesex-marriage-decision/ (long.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • “ American and coalition military efforts have met the militants on the front lines in cities and towns throughout Iraq and Syria with some success in depressing ISIL's advances […] We must give our military the tools needed to defeat Islamic extremists and not tie the military's hands and limit its options to defeating this threat.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/963636/long-short-report-defeat-islamic-extremists/?search=syria#.ViZVj2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • “ The Department of Defense would receive an increase for housing and training troops and ensuring our brave men and women on the frontlines have the equipment they need to succeed. […] and support anti-terror operations such as operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/975312/newsletter-5115/?search=social%20security#.ViZTYWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “ ISIS has repeatedly shown itself to be a threat to American interests and American allies. We need to take this threat seriously and we need the president to step-up and provide the leadership to defeat this threat.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/917707/long-statement-on-isis-threat/?search=isis#.ViZUJGwViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

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

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