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William Steve Southerland

Steve Southerland's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: William Steve Southerland
Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 2, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 2
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Susan; 4 Children: Samantha, Stephanie, Allison, Abby
Birth Date: 10/10/1965
Birth Place: Nashville, TN
Home City: Panama City, FL
Religion: Christian
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Steve Southerland 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 issue positions, from the year 2012, 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

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  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Values. 1 January 2012. "The issues of abortion and family planning are important to me. I am steadfastly committed to the belief that every innocent human life deserves to be valued and protected. For this reason, I have supported H.R. 217, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, and H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act. These bills take important steps to defend the sanctity of human life by prohibiting the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortion services or any health plan that includes coverage for abortion services [¦] I remain committed to protecting life, defending traditional marriage and honoring successful families." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Family. 4 October 2011. "We as Americans must be tireless in our protection of pro family values including, but not limited to, the rights of the unborn child." (votesmart.org)
  • William Southerland. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. William Southerland voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • William Southerland. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. William Southerland voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Steve Southerland. Southerland Responds to President's Afghanistan Address. 23 June 2011. "Our military heroes have made tremendous sacrifices in defense of our freedoms. As a member of Congress, I believe I have a solemn responsibility to honor the selfless service of these brave men and women by providing them with the support they deserve to complete their mission and then bringing them home safely and swiftly to their families. I encourage the President to consult with the generals and military leaders who understand the challenges and opportunities on the ground better than anyone. Quite simply, we must get this decision right for every American citizen, both now and for generations to come. We must ensure that our withdrawal from Afghanistan does not reverse the strategic gains that American forces have fought so hard to achieve." (votesmart.org)
  • William Southerland. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. William Southerland voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Defending Our Nation. 30 June 2011. "Make no mistake--our armed forces are the most powerful and able military machine the world has ever known. But after nearly ten years of deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, Congress should take several steps to ensure our military remains the best trained and best equipped in the world. In Congress I will work to increase the overall military budget, push for military policies that will prepare us for conventional and unconventional warfare, and ensure our active military and veterans are provided the resources they need to live productive lives post-military service." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Southerland Votes Against Debt Limit Compromise. 1 August 2011. "I believe that any serious plan for spending reform must begin with guaranteed congressional approval of a Balanced Budget Amendment and spending cuts large enough to eliminate the threat of a crippling downgrade in America's credit rating. This compromise ensures neither. Making matters worse, the proposal hands authority to a small congressional commission with the prospect of large cuts in defense spending and Medicare benefits. Let me be clear, my focus remains on finding solutions to our serious economic challenges, not on simply finishing a deal." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Statement on Supercommittee Shutdown. 21 November 2011. "For the Supercommittee to abandon negotiations on deficit reduction two days before its deadline is no different than a football team heading to the showers at the two-minute warning. Last August, I opposed the debt ceiling compromise that created the Supercommittee because I am unwilling to accept deep cuts to defense spending and benefits for our seniors. Now, with the prospect of these cuts looming on the horizon, my resolve is more firm than ever in fighting business as usual in Washington. With the American people watching closely from the stands, I encourage my colleagues to return to the playing field and use every second remaining on the clock." (votesmart.org)
  • William Southerland. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. William Southerland voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • William Southerland. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. William Southerland voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Steve Southerland signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "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." (s3.amazonaws.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Steve Southerland. Southerland Calls for Leadership on Job Creation in Light of Unemployment Report. 17 September 2010. "Allen Boyd voted for the reckless $787 billion Stimulus giveaway with an assurance that his vote would create Second District jobs," Southerland said. "Over the past year, however, our 16 counties have hemorrhaged more than 6,000 jobs with no apparent end in sight. As an experienced small businessman, I am prepared to lead where Allen Boyd has failed. I will fight to create permanent new jobs in Florida and restore common sense economic policy in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Southerland Reacts to Dismal August Jobs Report. 2 September 2011. "The dismal August jobs report proves once again that the out-of-touch policies of the Obama Administration are destroying American jobs and derailing economic growth. In fact, since the President forced through his reckless stimulus spending bill, America's lost 1.4 million jobs and the national unemployment rate has averaged 9.4%." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Southerland Reacts to President's Jobs Address. 8 September 2011. "Tonight, I was hopeful that the President would offer new, common sense solutions that would make conditions right for job creation and economic growth. Instead, he offered many of the same failed policies from the past two-and-a-half years while stubbornly prodding the American people to "look beyond the immediate crisis.' While I certainly agree that we need to fix our fiscal future, I am disappointed that the President appears to have moved on without recognizing some of the troubling factors that got us into this mess." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Lowering Taxes. 30 June 2011. "The problem with the politicians in our nation's capital is that "government" has become their solution to all problems. When faced with a problem, they believe they must tax American citizens even more to pay for yet another government program that isn't a solution. They are wrong. More government spending will not help our economy, and we certainly do not need Washington bureaucrats making decisions about how best to spend our money. Your hard-earned dollars belong in your pocket. The manner in which you spend them is your decision. That's what will generate economic opportunity. In Congress I will fight for families and small businesses that have been the target of crippling tax policies. Too much has already been taken from people who have worked way too hard for a post-tax wage that is way too little. If desire to get real capital into our economy to stimulate job growth, then workers and small businesses should be allowed to keep their money and spend it as they see fit--not have it confiscated by our federal government for stimulus programs that are guaranteed to fail." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Reducing Federal Spending and Eliminating Government Waste. 30 June 2011. "Democrats and even some Republicans have failed miserably in trying to reduce federal spending. Government waste has grown with the blessing of Congress. Put simply, no more bailouts, no more stimulus packages, no more cash for clunkers, and no more government programs that take our money and redistribute it as deemed best by a politician. We must cut government spending now!" (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. President Obama's Jobs Bill. 14 September 2011. "Madam Speaker, I rise today with great disappointment in the President's most recent proposed bill to create jobs. I was hopeful that the President would offer a commonsense, pro-growth agenda. Unfortunately, the House continues to stand ready without a proposal that is acceptable. But this administration continues to offer the same tired, Big Government proposals." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. President Obama's Jobs and Deficit Reduction Bills. 22 September 2011. "It is not government's responsibility to create a job through a bill. It is government's responsibility to create an environment, an environment that produces certainty, an environment that a small business owner has the guarantee that he knows what his taxes are going to be, that he knows what his fees are going to be, that he knows what his regulations are going to be, not just in 6 months or 12 months, but for years, and that creates certainty." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Southerland Denounces President's Tax, Spend and Borrow Budget. 14 February 2011. "In response to the President's failure to lead on issues of fiscal accountability, I have joined my House Republican colleagues in demanding a common sense agenda that cuts spending, lowers taxes and reduces our exploding deficits. Budgetary Band-Aids will not fix our economy when we are hemorrhaging from overspending." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Southerland Reflects On Two Years of Failed Stimulus Spending. 17 February 2011. "Two years ago, President Obama promised that the massive $787 billion "stimulus' giveaway would spur economic growth and create millions of new private sector jobs. However, this spending barrage has only bloated the deficit, while the 16 counties that comprise Florida's Second Congressional District have seen their unemployment rolls skyrocket by 10,000 during the last two years, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics reports [¦] The hardworking men and women of North and Northwest Florida have entrusted me to come to Washington to cut spending, shrink the size of government and make conditions right for economic growth and job creation. I have helped lead efforts to cut $100 billion in spending this year as a down payment to the American people. As families and small businesses across the Second District fight to do more with less, it is time for Congress to do the same." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Southerland Wins Congressional Primary. 24 August 2010. "I started this campaign by asking a very simple question - have you had enough? Have you had enough of out of control government spending? Have you had enough of high taxes and huge government programs like Obamacare and big government bailouts? It is time for us all to send Washington a message loud and clear - we have had enough!" (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 31 August 2012. "Unemployment is high, job creation is low and our national debt is hurtling towards $15 trillion. If there is one thing that the recent economic downturn has proven, it is that the federal government cannot create jobs, but anti-growth policies from Washington can certainly destroy them." (southerland.house.gov)
  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Fixing the Economy, Creating Jobs. 1 January 2012. "The government does not create jobs. Any politician who tells you differently is simply selling you a story. The problem today is that government thinks it can fix our economy. What government needs to do is get out of the way. Free enterprise, small business and the entrepreneurial spirit of the American people will right this ship [¦] I have seen the devastation that Washington's ill-conceived policies have created. I know many of the people in Congressional District 2 who have lost their jobs and businesses. I HAVE HAD ENOUGH of the government-can-fix-all mentality. If I earn the privilege of serving the citizens of CD2, I will bring real world experience to our nation's capital. I will fight for lower taxes and less regulation and say NO to out-of-control and unnecessary spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Southerland Reflects on January Jobs Report. 3 February 2012. "The President expects us to believe he's committed to private sector, middle class job growth while, at the same time, he's doubling down on his big government agenda. Under the Obama Administration, the federal workforce has expanded by 270,000 people and deficit spending has increased by $5 trillion. We need to either make a commitment to hardworking Americans, or we can tighten Washington's grip over our economy. The President can't have it both ways." (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

  • Steve Southerland. Southerland Reacts to Dismal August Jobs Report. 2 September 2011. "The dismal August jobs report proves once again that the out-of-touch policies of the Obama Administration are destroying American jobs and derailing economic growth. In fact, since the President forced through his reckless stimulus spending bill, America's lost 1.4 million jobs and the national unemployment rate has averaged 9.4%. Not content with the damage they've already done, the Obama Administration has continued to advance an agenda wrought with crippling Washington regulations and threats of tax increases on America's job creators." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Fixing the Economy, Creating Jobs. 4 October 2011. "I have seen the devastation that Washington's ill-conceived policies have created. I know many of the people in Congressional District 2 who have lost their jobs and businesses. I HAVE HAD ENOUGH of the government-can-fix-all mentality. If I earn the privilege of serving the citizens of CD2, I will bring real world experience to our nation's capital. I will fight for lower taxes and less regulation and say NO to out-of-control and unnecessary spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Keeping The Commitment To Our Seniors. 4 October 2011. "My focus in Congress will be to cut spending and cut taxes to put more money in the hands of the folks and businesses -- who best know how to spend their money." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Lowering Taxes. 30 June 2011. "In Congress I will fight for families and small businesses that have been the target of crippling tax policies. Too much has already been taken from people who have worked way too hard for a post-tax wage that is way too little. If desire to get real capital into our economy to stimulate job growth, then workers and small businesses should be allowed to keep their money and spend it as they see fit--not have it confiscated by our federal government for stimulus programs that are guaranteed to fail." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Southerland Responds to President's Deficit Reduction Plan. 19 September 2011. "Once again, the Obama Administration has proven just how out of touch their policies are with the small businesses and entrepreneurs who power the American economy. Crippling tax increases, onerous Washington regulations, and divisive class warfare will only worsen the environment for job creation and prolong uncertainty in the marketplace. I remain committed to a common sense agenda that empowers our job creators by lifting regulatory burdens, streamlining our complex tax code, promoting American energy independence, and paying down our national debt." (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

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  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Education. 4 October 2011. "Education decisions should be made at the state and local level. I believe No Child Left Behind should be amended to give greater authority to state and local officials to spend taxpayer dollars on education, as well as to maintain and define accountability standards for their school systems." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Steve Southerland. Twitter: @Rep_Southerland. 5 May 2011. "Voting today on common sense legislation to expand U.S. #oil exploration, lower #gasprices, and put our coastal industries back to work." (twitter.com)
  • Steve Southerland. Southerland Votes to Make America Energy Independent. 12 May 2011. "Only by removing roadblocks to energy independence can we achieve the long-term job growth and strengthened national security that the American people deserve. That's why I voted today to reverse the President's unilateral moratorium on offshore lease sales." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Southerland Highlights Sharp Divide on American-Made Energy. 23 June 2011. "The President's job-killing energy agenda stood in stark contrast this week to the "all-of-the-above" approach supported by House Republicans. On Wednesday, I joined my Republican colleagues in voting for The Jobs and Energy Permitting Act, which removes roadblocks to offshore energy production and creates critical energy jobs along the Gulf Coast." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Energy. 4 October 2011. "The reality is that the United States has an abundance of energy supplies, but government has limited energy exploration. Due to stringent environmental regulations, oil, coal and natural gas exploration within our country is limited. An important issue facing the state of Florida is off-shore drilling. I favor drilling, but not without safeguards." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Twitter: @Rep_Southerland. 6 July 2011. "#AskObama why his administration is placing the majority of American #offshore #energy resources off limits?" (twitter.com)
  • William Southerland. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. William Southerland voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • William Southerland. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. William Southerland voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Energy. 4 October 2011. "Simply stated, I oppose cap and trade. It is an enormous energy tax on business that I believe will result in further losses for companies, job losses and increased debt." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Steve Southerland. Southerland Votes to Advance Freedom, Preserve Second Amendment Rights. 16 November 2011. "There is a reason why our Founding Fathers initiated safeguards at the front end of the Bill of Rights to protect the people's right to keep and bear arms. Since the early days of our nation's history, the Second Amendment has ensured that no government, organization or individual may infringe upon the rights embodied by the rest of our Constitution. As an avid outdoorsman and a responsible concealed carry permit holder, I proudly support this bipartisan concealed carry reciprocity legislation because it advances freedom without increasing federal regulations or impeding the rights of states to implement their own concealed carry standards. Just as the states of South Carolina or Texas would recognize a commuter with a Florida driver's license, so, too, should states recognize the rights of law-abiding permit holders from other states with similar concealed carry laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Second Amendment Rights. 30 June 2011. "I am a proud, card-carrying member of the NRA, Ducks Unlimited, and the Black-Belt Game Management hunting club. I am a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights, and in Congress I will defend those rights, as provided by the U.S. Constitution." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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

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  • Steve Southerland. Southerland Demands Answers on President's Welfare Work Waivers. 23 July 2012. "After ignoring federal laws regarding immigration, traditional marriage, religious conscience rights, and intervention in Libya, the Obama administration has proven once again that they will not hesitate to cast aside the law when it suits their own interests," Southerland said. "Sadly, by waiving TANF work requirements for able bodied Americans who receive federal assistance, the President has made it that much harder for them to lift their family out of poverty. The American people deserve answers about how this divisive decision was made, along with constitutional justification for how it can be implemented without upending existing law." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Immigration. 30 June 2011. "Finally, on the issue of amnesty for those in our country illegally. Let me be clear that I oppose amnesty and do not believe that any guest worker program be an automatic path to citizenship or provide access to our social programs. America is a nation of laws and those laws must be followed in order to sustain a free and safe society." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • started this campaign by asking a very simple question - have you had enough? Have you had enough of out of control government spending? Have you had enough of high taxes and hu
  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Family. 23 June 2011. "America, let me be clear, I believe that no greater commitment can be made than the commitment between a husband and wife. It is from that union that the family is birthed and the next generation of American citizens are born. All children deserve the safety and security that is produced in a strong family environment where parents work together to provide both for the daily needs of their children as well as future needs." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Values. 1 January 2012. "I remain committed to protecting life, defending traditional marriage and honoring successful families." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Steve Southerland. ICYMI: Dold, Colleagues Issue Letter to Sec. of State Hillary Clinton on Yemen. 22 June 2011. "The recent violence in Yemen serves as a stark reminder of the problems facing this strategic nation - and consequently America's national interests in the region. With Yemen hovering on the brink of civil war, the U.S. must take real and serious steps to ensure Yemen does not fall into anarchy, allowing terrorists to pose a greater threat." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Southerland Issues Statement on Killing of Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "I am pleased that Osama Bin Laden now faces the ultimate judgment for a life spent sowing seeds of hatred. We must, however, remain vigilant against terrorist thugs who will use today's events as a rallying cry for their evil extremism." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Steve Southerland. Issue Position: Keeping The Commitment To Our Seniors. 4 October 2011. "I will support bi-partisan efforts to bring true reform to Social Security while keeping our commitment to seniors and those planning to retire soon after a lifetime of contributing to the Social Security trust fund." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Southerland Sets the Record Straight. 8 September 2010. "I want to set the record straight and make very clear my position regarding social security and Medicare. While I believe there are some serious financial issues on the horizon that we must deal with in regards to social security and Medicare - I firmly believe that benefits should be protected, the retirement age should not be raised, and taxes should not be increased as any of these would alter the terms of the agreement between our nation and our seniors - the greatest generation this nation has ever seen," said Southerland." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Southerland. Video: 5.8.10 Southerland Mayo Event Part 1. 27 August 2010. "I think we're going to have to address some kind of privatization, in some way. Not perhaps all of Social Security...maybe those that are just starting out. Maybe those employees that are 30 and under. That there's some type of privatization." (www.youtube.com)

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