Representative Charles 'Chuck' J. Fleischmann's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (TN) - District 3, Republican
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Issue Positions

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  • Chuck Fleischmann. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Chuck Fleischmann voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Chuck Fleischmann in the 2012 general election. (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Chuck Fleischmann Votes for the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2012. 31 May 2012. “Sex-selective abortion is a moral outrage, in which pregnant women are often coerced into ending the life of their unborn daughters. This represents a true war on women that demands our action. Many nations that have experienced sex selective abortions have acted to ban the practice. It is time that the United States takes action to protect the life of unborn women from those who would end their life simply for being female. While I am staunchly pro-life, it is my hope that Americans of all beliefs can agree that sex-selective abortions are a tragedy and that the practice should be ended.” (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Fleischmann Co-Sponsors "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”. 5 May 2011. "Today was a great day for all human life. It was a day we stood up and said that all life has intrinsic worth and value -- from conception until the grave. It is our belief in this distinct value that defines good and evil. A belief that every human being, no matter how young or old, has the right to 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' sets us at the forefront of human rights, and helps make us that shining city on a hill," (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Issue Position: Values. 10 January 2012. “The first of these values is the value of human life. All human life is of value and is sacred. I believe that life begins at conception. I do not believe in abortion, and I am opposed to the use of our taxpayers' money to fund abortions.” (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Chuck Fleischmann voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (

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  • Chuck Fleischmann. Issue Position: Taxes. 11 January 2012. “The tax relief legislation that was passed in 2001 and 2003 had several positive effects. This legislation reduced the marginal tax rates for families and small businesses. It increased the child tax credit and repealed the unfair death tax. This tax relief legislation is set to expire in 2010.” (
  • Chuck Fleischmann signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. “I Chuck Fleischmann. pledge to the taxpayers of the 3rd district of the state of Tennessee and to the American people that I will: One, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Chuck Fleischmann Introduces the "Growing Jobs Through Capital Act of 2011". 2 November 2011. "In this time of economic need, it only makes sense to return as much capital as possible to those whose money it already is in the first place. I believe that you will see individuals and businesses putting money back into the economy, back into their businesses and hiring more workers. This is exactly what our economy needs at this moment. More capital in the hands of those who are capable is the solution, not higher taxes." (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Fleischmann Votes for the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. 13 December 2011. "Anytime we can keep more money in the hands of the American people it is a win for our economy. I have long advocated that our economy works best when the people of this country have their own money to spend instead of the government making those decisions," (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. “It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut. Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut.” (

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  • Chuck Fleischmann. Blog: Exactly What is The President's Economic Policy? 13 September 2010. “In February they wanted a trillion dollar stimulus package. They punched it through Congress and the only thing it seemed to stimulate was the size of the deficit. It sure didn't stimulate the economy, and it sure didn't result in more jobs.” (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Blog: My Jobs Plan for America – Less Government – More Jobs. 12 July 2012. “The Obama Administration predicted that if we passed the $821 billion stimulus,unemployment would not rise above 8%; as of August 2011, we are at our 31st straight month of unemployment being at 8% or higher. What is clear is that this President's policies for job creation have failed. It has been a model of big government, more spending, more taxes and more borrowing […] Late last year I introduced my own jobs plan for America that, when implemented, will truly get our country back to work. It is not centered on spending money we do not have and taxing small businesses. It is centered on less government and more freedom for private enterprises. It is centered on the ideals that this country was founded upon. The government should not stand in the way of American ingenuity and productivity. It should only do what is constitutionally required, and then stand aside while individuals work towards the American dream.” (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Chuck Fleischmann Comments on Historic Budget Cuts. 9 April 2011. “This deal also ends the 'stimulus' spending that has hurt job growth in this country, and continued to drive up our debt and deficit. We are working each day to get our country's fiscal house in order, and tonight is a step in the right direction." (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Chuck Fleischmann Comments on President Obama's Budget, Says He Will Introduce His Own Legislation This Week to Make a Common-Sense Budget Reform. 13 February 2012. “The President has once again introduced a budget that will produce a deficit of over $1 trillion -- his fourth budget in a row to do so. It is filled with more stimulus spending and tax increases, and is a continuation of his policies that have already failed. This budget also means the President will fail to live up to his pledge to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. The American people are tired of the same failed policies and government spending that is creating a mountain of crushing debt. This budget is unacceptable […] Later this week I will introduce legislation that will reform the budgeting process in a way that significantly reduces discretionary spending going forward. I have also co-sponsored a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, and the Republican-led House has passed a budget that puts our country on a path to fiscal solvency -- while the Senate has done nothing for over 1,000 days. In my first year in Congress I found solutions to support that totaled over $1.6 trillion in cuts from the budget.” (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Chuck Fleischmann Comments on the Third Anniversary of President Obama's “Stimulus” Package. 17 February 2012. “By the most important measurable standard, this President's "stimulus' bill has been an abject failure. His Administration said it would keep unemployment under 8 percent, it has not. In fact, unemployment has been above 8 percent for 36 straight months. President Obama wasted $821 billion our country did not have. He must be held accountable.” (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Chuck Fleischmann announces YouCut winner. 28 October 2011. "The Obama Administration irresponsibly funded this wasteful program at an extravagant $5 billion in the President's 2009 stimulus, and has failed to ensure that these funds are managed appropriately. This program is not only duplicative, but has suffered from fraud and abuse in recent years. Eliminating this flawed program would be a positive step in getting our fiscal house in order," (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Cleveland Daily Banner - State of Union Had Good Points, but President Fell Short in Areas. 1 February 2011. “Thankfully, Congress is starting to take action. Last week I was proud to join with the majority of my colleagues in voting for House Resolution 38 to instruct committees to return non-security discretionary spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout spending levels, or less. However, that should just be a start. I have also publicly encouraged my fellow colleagues, and our House leadership team, to go a step further and reduce this year's budget by $100 billion.” (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Fleischmann Comments on Pending Failure of "Super-Committee". 21 November 2011. "It is unfortunate that President Obama, and Democrats on the committee, only offered a solution of more failed stimulus spending and phantom savings through the winding down of our wars overseas.” (

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  • Chuck Fleischmann. Education Initiative Week. 1 October 2010. "The education system in America is broken and needs reform. Reform starts with choices in allowing parents to send their students to different schools based on their needs and goals, and returning control of our school systems back to those closest to home. I look forward to meeting with public school teachers, private school teachers, homeschooling parents and community college officials next week to hear their concerns and ideas. For the sake of our children's futures, we must work to fix the education system." (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Issue Position: Education. 11 January 2012. “Policy makers in Washington have tried to improve our schools by increasing their control over federal funding. Parents, teachers and local school board officials must have greater flexibility and reduced regulation with the use of these federal funds. The emphasis of our education system must be placed on the child, not on federal educational mandates from Washington. I support reforms that shift education decision making to those who know children best - local leaders and parents - not to Washington bureaucrats.” (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Letter to Secretary Duncan. 29 July 2011. “We request that you review Tennessee's waiver request in an expedited manner, especially as the 2011-2012 school year rapidly approaches and decisions about the future of Tennessee schools cannot wait. We share your concern about the need and opportunity for Washington to support state-led innovation, rather than present a barrier or seek to codify a single 'right' answer for education reform, and hope that you will consider Tennessee's waiver request in that light.” (

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  • Chuck Fleischmann. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Chuck Fleischmann voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Issue Position: Rein in Regulatory Agencies. 17 January 2012. “While it is responsible to make sure our air, water, and overall health is taken care of, we must not weigh down businesses with burdensome and political regulatory costs.” (

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  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Chuck Fleischmann in the 2010 general election. (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Chuck Fleischmann votes for the "National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011". 16 November 2011. "I have always been a firm supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and the passage of this legislation allows licensed firearm owners to carry out their God-given right more freely. The right to carry a firearm is a right that allows law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and is crucial to the freedom of our country." (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 10 January 2012. “Gun Control proponents across the country are trying to limit and take away the right of individuals to possess firearms. Such actions are both unconstitutional and a threat to our liberty. As a member of Congress, I will strongly oppose any legislation that threatens our 2nd Amendment rights.” (

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  • Chuck Fleischmann. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Chuck Fleischmann voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. “As a member of the Small Business Committee, I promise to use my personal experience to fight every day for small business owners everywhere. Starting tonight, we must repeal ObamaCare.” . (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Chuck Fleischmann Co-Sponsors H.R. 2, Votes to Repeal ObamaCare. 19 January 2011. "I was proud to cast my vote today to repeal ObamaCare, a big government program that will hurt patients and burden our economy. I hope that the Senate will now listen to the will of the people and act on this critical legislation. If they don't, I will work with my colleagues to defund ObamaCare so that it never takes effect." . (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Chuck Fleischmann Comments on the One-Year Anniversary of ObamaCare. 25 March 2011. "Just one year ago, on March 23, 2010, President Obama refused to listen to the voice of the American people when he made ObamaCare the law of this land. The estimated to cost Tennessee alone to pay for this program is roughly $400 million in just over five years. Overall, this bill adds $522 billion in new taxes. In our current economic situation, families and small businesses cannot afford to be forced to pay these extreme costs." (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Chuck Fleischmann Comments on the Passage of GOP's Budget: "The Path to Prosperity". 15 April 2011. "This budget cuts an unprecedented $6.2 trillion in government spending over the next decade, eliminates hundreds of duplicative programs and defunds ObamaCare. The budget puts us on course to balance our books while keeping taxes low so that the private sector can thrive and create the new jobs of tomorrow. In addition, it saves Medicare and Medicaid for future generations.” . (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Chuck Fleischmann Comments on the Supreme Court Obamacare Decision.” 28 June 2012. “The results of Obamacare are clear: Higher healthcare costs, hundreds of billions in tax increases, top down government control of healthcare, and a continuation of our massive deficits. Now, it is time for Congressional Republicans to demonstrate our commitment to smaller government, and continue the fight to repeal Obamacare. Our healthcare, our nation's finances, and our national character demand nothing less.” (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Chuck Fleischmann Votes to Repeal 1099 Provision of ObamaCare. 3 March 2011. "I was proud to vote for, and co-sponsor, the repeal of the 1099 provision in ObamaCare today. This is part of my pledge to make use of any means available to get rid of President Obama's health care law. Our country cannot afford this law, and it increases the burdens placed on small businesses. This is unacceptable." . (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Chuck Fleischmann Votes to Repeal Obamacare Again. 11 July 2012. “Since the day I was elected I have been fighting to repeal Obamacare, and I will continue to vote until Obamacare is no more. This continues a promise I made to Tennesseans when I first ran for Congress. Today's vote demonstrates the Republican commitment to repeal and that, if we have the necessary majorities, Obamacare will be repealed.” (

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  • Chuck Fleischmann. The Immigration Conundrum. 25 January 2010. “Those on the left who say that Americans opposed to illegal immigration are bigots have it wrong. We are not bigots. We are not opposed to immigration. We welcome people of every ethnic group. We just want them to come in through the front door of America, by following our laws and rules and becoming a part of our great country.” (
  • Greg Glover. WRBC: Local immigration attorney, congressman weigh in on new U.S. Policy. 14 August 2012. “Beginning Wednesday, illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children can apply to avoid deportation and receive a work permit. […] Asked how a Republican plan would differ, Congressman Fleischmann said, "The first plan is to follow the law on the books and secure the border." "The states have been burdened because the federal government has been unable to accomplish its task and we need to get that done, but the process needs to be proper," Fleischmann added. "It's unfair to the millions of Americans who have played by the rules, who have worked hard, who have become American citizens the right way." (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. “An estimated 15 to 20 million illegal immigrants currently reside in the United States. I do not support rewarding these illegal immigrants with amnesty. In 1968, when legislation was passed granting general amnesty, the illegal immigrant population quadrupled.” (

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  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Chuck Fleischmann in the 2012 general election. (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. “This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law.” (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Chuck Fleischmann Comments on President Obama's Support for Gay Marriage. 10 May 2012. “I could not disagree more with the President's support for gay marriage. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman, period. This principle has been the bedrock of our Judeo-Christian family values, and stable families remain the key to a healthy society.” (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Issue Position: Values. 10 January 2012. “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. Activist judges throughout the country are trying to redefine marriage. These judges must be stopped from imposing their agenda on our culture. I believe in a constitutional amendment that would protect traditional marriage.” (

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  • Chuck Fleischmann. Blog: Chuck Responds to President Obama's Iraq Speech. 1 September 2010. “Al Qaeda has the patience to wait, and we must be willing to take the fight to them at all times -- on all fronts. A timeline for withdrawal is unacceptable; we must continue the mission until victory has been achieved and goals on the ground have been met.” (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Chuck Fleischmann Issues Statement on the Anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks. 11 September 2009. “On July 7, 2005, my son and I were on the London Underground when three bombs ripped through its tunnels. Thankfully my son and I were not harmed, but we saw first-hand the effects of terrorism and the unimaginable damage it causes. No longer were we watching a television filled with images of terror, we were experiencing the terror. I will never forget what I saw that day, and I will always remember why radical terrorism must be confronted around the globe on a daily basis – it is real, and it must be stopped.” (
  • Chuck Fleischmann. Fleischmann Comments on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. “While tonight marks the end of an era of terrorism by one man, we must not rest. There are many more who wish ill on our country just as Osama bin Laden did, and we must stay ever vigilant. I have no doubt the United States will continue its mission to bring safety to our soil, and freedom to those around the world who are oppressed by brutal dictators and terrorists. The death of Osama bin Laden, after many years of hard work and sacrifice, shows just how strong the American will is. Thank you to the men and women of our military who protect us from men like Osama bin Laden.” (

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  • Chuck Fleishchmann. Video: Fleischmann on privatizing Social Security. 16 June 2010. “So certainly I think that is a viable solution to have partial privatization of the system […] One of the ways to do that would be to have a certain percentage to be determined of those funds set aside in a private account, which could be saved invested and helped or dealt with by the individual. A move towards privatization across the board in my view is always a better move as opposed to more and more government control.” (
  • David Davis. Cleveland Daily Banner: Candidates Make Rare Joint Appearance. September 2009. “I think we need to look at all the options. We don’t want to raise taxes — no question. Basically what we need to do is keep the promise to our seniors, but one of the better things would be, I think would be at least to look at the option of some funds being privately invested and I think that’s going to be a direction we should look in.” (


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