Representative Stephen Lee Fincher's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Stephen Lee Fincher
Current Office: U.S. House - District 8, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 8
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary Aug. 7, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Lynn; 3 Children: John Austin, Noah, Sarah
Birth Date: 02/07/1973
Birth Place: Memphis, TN
Home City: Frog Jump, TN
Religion: Methodist
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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.

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  • Stephen Fincher. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Stephen Fincher voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Fincher Votes to End Taxpayer Funded Abortions. 4 May 2011. "I am proud to support legislation that prohibits any taxpayer money from funding abortions. Life is precious, and we must encourage and support healthy pregnancies and babies. This is a step in the right direction to protect the unborn as we continue to look for other ways to stop the multitudes of unnecessary abortions that occur every year in our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Fincher Endorsed by National Right to Life. 5 October 2010. "I am proud to be endorsed by National Right to Life. We need men and women in Congress who abide by their moral principles. I believe that life begins at conception and that abortion is wrong. In Washington, I will always vote for life and against the pro-abortion agenda. I'm happy to have National Right to Life support my candidacy as we work together to promote a culture of life in our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Stephen Fincher in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Stephen Fincher in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. No Taxpayer Funding on Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. “Our constituents and our conscience demand of us that we wait no longer. We must permanently end taxpayer funding of abortion and protect the lives of unborn children.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Stephen Fincher voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Stephen Fincher. Fincher Statement on Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "Following the death of Osama Bin Laden, it is important to evaluate our role in Afghanistan and the goals of our mission. I am pleased we will begin bringing some of our troops home and sincerely hope that the day is near when all of our troops may return. Determining the way forward will not be easy and is not a decision to be taken lightly. I encourage President Obama to carefully listen to the advice of the Generals on the ground, in order to determine America's course of action in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Issue Position: A Strong and Free America. 12 January 2012. “In Iraq and Afghanistan, we need to listen to our generals on the ground. Military advisors tell me that our objectives should be clearer, that we need to achieve those objectives and get our troops home.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Stephen Fincher voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Stephen Fincher. Issue Position: A Strong and Free America. 1 January 2012. “Meeting with officers and men at Fort Campbell, I am very concerned about our state of readiness. We have the best military in the world, but our resources are stretched too thin and we lack clear military objectives. I will make supporting our military and veterans a top priority, especially a top budget priority.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. STEPHEN FINCHER ON THE ISSUES. 12 January 2012. “I will make supporting our military and veterans a top priority, especially a top budget priority” (stephenfincher.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Stephen Fincher voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Stephen Fincher voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Defense and National Security. 12 January 2012. “Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women in uniform who have greatly sacrificed to serve this country. It is important to continue to provide the Armed Forces with the resources and support necessary as they continue their efforts to secure our freedom.” (fincher.house.gov)
  • Stephen Fincher. Fincher Statement On Troop Funding. 7 April 2011. “While Congress continues negotiations on a responsible budget, it is essential we provide our troops -- especially those serving overseas -- with the certainty that they will continue to receive the support they deserve from our government. It would be irresponsible for President Obama or the Senate to deny funding from our troops -- particularly after President Obama has committed our military to become involved in a third battle front. I urge them to pass this legislation immediately.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Stephen Fincher. 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.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Lower Taxes = Job Creation. 13 April 2012. “To get our economy moving and create jobs, I signed a letter to the Select Committee on Deficit Reduction urging them not to raise taxes. In addition, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on H.R. 9, the Small Business Tax Cut Act, which will impose a 20% tax break for small businesses so that we can put money in the hands of the real job creators: small businesses.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 1 December 2011. “I Stephen Fincher. pledge to the taxpayers of the 8th 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.” (www.atr.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Fincher To Support Speaker Boehner's Budget Plan. 28 July 2011. "The Budget Control Act of 2011 will make significant spending cuts greater than the size of the debt ceiling increase without raising taxes on hardworking Americans, and guarantees a vote on the Balanced Budget Amendment.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Fincher Votes to Stop the Tax Hike. 1 August 2012. “Now is not the time to raise taxes on anyone. Americans are struggling and cannot afford to send more of their hard-earned money to be wasted by Washington. It has become painfully clear that any new tax increases will destroy job creation. Our economy is suffering and the last thing we need is a tax increase.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Invest in America Act. 12 September 2011. “That is why I am pleased to introduce the Invest in America Act, which reduces the capital gains tax rate to zero for ten years for families, investors, and collectors. Simply put, my bill will create stability in the economy by allowing families and businesses to plan for the future. Lower taxes create a stable economic environment will encourage innovations, breakthroughs, and job creation by providing much needed capital to businesses and entrepreneurs. Lowering the cost of future consumption encourages more Americans to invest and create wealth.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Issue Position: Restoring Prosperity and Creating Jobs. 12 January 2012. “Second, tax cuts are a better jobs bill than more government spending. We need to cut tax rates, make permanent the Republican tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, work toward abolishing the capital gains tax and business tax. Even China has a cap gains tax of zero. These tax cuts will ignite our economy and create new jobs for our people without saddling us with any more debt.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Stephen Fincher. Lower Taxes = Job Creation. 13 April 2012. “I believe we must get the facts straight. Raising taxes takes money out of the private sector to feed bloated government bureaucracies and allows for inefficient wasteful government programs. We all know that government is not the answer to getting our economy moving - you are the answer. We also know with low taxes, more money is in your hands, and you are the most efficient at spending and investing your money.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Statement On Budget Control Act Of 2011. 2 August 2011. "This bill is far from perfect, but I also realize that these cuts are bigger and bolder than ever before, and a good step in the right direction. Six months ago, President Obama had hoped to pass a clean increase in the debt ceiling without any corresponding cuts to federal spending, and now we have reached a deal that cuts more than it increases the limit, caps federal spending, and advances the balanced budget amendment for the first time in 15 years.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Issue Position: Restoring Prosperity and Creating Jobs. 12 January 2012. “There is no more important priority than creating jobs for Tennessee families. To do that, to restore prosperity, we have to change the way things are done in Washington. Stimulus bills, bailouts, sweetheart deals for Wall Street and big banks, spending, deficits and debt - this must change.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Jackson Sun - Fincher is encouraged by other newcomers in Congress. 1 February 2011. "I saw something mentioned (that) said more people believe Elvis is still alive than think the stimulus bill worked." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Rep. Fincher Votes to Cut More Than $1 Billion in Failed Government Programs. 11 March 2011. "I am proud to announce that this week I voted to cut more than one billion dollars in wasteful and ineffective government programs," Rep. Fincher said upon passage of the bills. This is a good step to rein in out-of-control Federal spending, but there is more work to be done." (votesmart.org)

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  • Stephen Fincher. Congressman Fincher's JOBS Act Passes U.S. Senate 73-26. 22 March 2012. “One of the best things Washington can do to create private sector jobs is to get Washington out of the way. It is the private sector that creates jobs, not Washington. With about 92% of business job growth occurring after being listed on a U.S. stock exchange, it just makes sense to ease the path for small businesses to go public.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Issue Position: A Salesman for the Eighth District. 12 January 2012. “Tax cuts and free markets will create more jobs, but the Eighth District needs a salesman. We have a terrific geographic location, a strong right to work law, and some of the best workers in the world. I want my children and your children to be able to stay here, work here and raise their families here. No one will work harder to sell our district to industry so we have the jobs we need.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Issue Position: Restoring Prosperity and Creating Jobs. 12 January 2012. “Second, tax cuts are a better jobs bill than more government spending. We need to cut tax rates, make permanent the Republican tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, work toward abolishing the capital gains tax and business tax. Even China has a cap gains tax of zero. These tax cuts will ignite our economy and create new jobs for our people without saddling us with any more debt.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Lower Taxes = Job Creation. 13 April 2012. “To get our economy moving and create jobs, I signed a letter to the Select Committee on Deficit Reduction urging them not to raise taxes. In addition, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on H.R. 9, the Small Business Tax Cut Act, which will impose a 20% tax break for small businesses so that we can put money in the hands of the real job creators: small businesses. When small businesses are projecting job growth, they hire more employees. This bill will give them the certainty they need to run their business, invest capital, grow and create more jobs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Tax Reform. 12 January 2012. “A better taxing system could foster job creation by making the tax code work for the economy, families, the workforce, small business, and corporations.” (fincher.house.gov)

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  • Stephen Fincher. Back to School. 22 August 2011. “Our nation's education system is in serious need of reform. For too long, political leaders have tried to micro-manage the system from the top down. The education system should primarily be under state and local control. Students and teachers in various schools have individual needs that cannot be determined by across- the- board federal regulations. Teachers should be the ones with control over their classroom, not bureaucrats in Washington.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Issue Position: Making Education Work for Children, Parents and a 21st Century Marketplace. 12 January 2012. “We need our education decisions made closer to home - by parents, teachers, administrators and local boards of education. Washington cannot possibly know what's best for Jackson, or Atoka, or Huntingdon, or Dickson. Eighth District parents will make better decisions for their children than politicians and bureaucrats in Washington will.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. 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.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Stephen Fincher. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. “In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Issue Position: Develop a Comprehensive Energy Policy. 12 January 2012. “Some politicians in Washington want us to think that energy policy is too complicated for us to understand. It's not. We need to drill, drill, drill here at home. We have new finds and promising reserves that could supply our energy needs for decades or more. We should already be drilling in ANWR. We should be making the most of the oil discoveries of the last few years.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Fincher Supports Ending Bureaucratic Delays on Offshore Energy Production. 23 June 2011. "Expanding our production of domestic energy would not only reduce prices at the pump, but also significantly improve our economy and create jobs. Unfortunately, the red tape and bureaucratic regulations coming out of Washington are causing needless delay in our ability to produce energy offshore. By expediting the process to obtain the permits needed for exploration drilling, this legislation will help alleviate the pain at the pump and create more jobs right here at home." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Stephen Fincher voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 18 February 2011. “In light of this week's announcement that Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) has completed the initial well containment system, we again request an end to the de facto moratorium and a return to the timely and responsible issuance of offshore drilling permits.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Stephen Fincher. Fincher Supports Ending Bureaucratic Delays On Offshore Energy Production. 22 June 2011. “This bill would amend the Clean Air Act – which has created confusion and delayed oil exploration in the Alaskan Outer Continental Shelf – by shortening the EPA’s approval process for issuing air pollution permits for offshore oil and gas development.” (fincher.house.gov)
  • Stephen Fincher. Issue Position: Develop a Comprehensive Energy Policy. 12 January 2012. “We need a comprehensive approach as well. One that includes nuclear energy, wind and solar, and conservation. But this should be a market-based process, not one based on caps and taxes. Energy taxes and more regulation are not the answer to providing for our energy needs. I strongly oppose the cap and trade bill (cap and tax).” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Energy. 12 January 2012. “I support a comprehensive approach to energy production that includes nuclear, wind, solar, and conservation. In order to keep prices low, we need to remove burdensome regulations that drive up costs, and encourage increased domestic energy production.” (fincher.house.gov)
  • Stephen Fincher. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Stephen Fincher voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Stephen Fincher. Fincher Awarded Key Second Amendment Endorsement . 28 July 2010. "I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund. As a proud gun owner, I believe strongly in the Second Amendment and I am committed to fighting for it. In Washington, I will be a steadfast advocate for our gun owners, hunters, and sportsmen who are under attack by liberals seeking to take this most fundamental right away." (stephenfincher.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Issue Position: Constitutional Governance. 12 January 2012. “We must fight further government encroachment in our lives, on our Bill of Rights, our rights as gun owners and property owners. The decisions I make as a Member of Congress will be based on constitutional concerns, not the opinions of a day or what's best 'politically'." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gun Owners of America endorsed Stephen Fincher in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Stephen Fincher. Congressman Fincher Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare. 28 June 2012. “The enacting of this law is an attack on our personal freedoms and cuts at the core foundation of principles that our country was founded upon. The only way to ensure the future of American's healthcare is to completely dismantle and repeal Obamacare. From listening to doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in Tennessee, I know access and affordability are the chief barriers to quality care. Washington needs to get out of the way and let the people choose. We all make decisions for our families everyday and health care should be the most important decision we make.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Stephen Fincher voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Fincher Votes To Repeal Wasteful ObamaCare Spending. 14 April 2011. "To say this is wasteful spending is an understatement. Programs like these only further the fact that Obamacare is reckless and harmful to our economy. I will continue efforts to defund this irresponsible government takeover of our health care system and replace it with common-sense reforms." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Fincher on Supreme Court Decision to Consider Constitutionality of ObamaCare. 21 November 2011. "The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to consider the constitutionality of ObamaCare is a tremendous step in repealing this devastating law. It is imperative that the Supreme Court repeal ObamaCare in order to ensure Americans of their constitutional rights and liberties. I am thrilled that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review both critical questions presented in the brief that I signed along with over 100 of my fellow colleagues in the House of Representatives: The question of constitutionality of the individual mandate, and the question of severability. I'm taking a multipronged approach to repealing ObamaCare, and I will continue to do all I can to repeal this devastating law." (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Health Care Reform Repeal. 19 Jnauary 2011. “When the Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act last year, it was promised that Americans would have better access, more affordable and higher quality care. Instead, ObamaCare created what we all despise and know won't work--more government bureaucracy at taxpayer expense: $500 billion in new taxes, $500 billion in Medicare cuts, more government bureaucracy, thousands of new IRS employees.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Stephen Fincher. Immigration. 12 January 2012. “Illegal immigration undermines our law, our labor force, and it is a national security threat.  I oppose direct amnesty – it is unfair to reward those who break the law, while punishing those who respect and follow the laws of our country. First and foremost, we must secure our borders and enforce the immigration laws already on the books.  A failure to secure our borders presents a greater national security threat.” (fincher.house.gov)
  • Stephen Fincher. Issue Position: Promoting Legal Immigration; Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration. 12 January 2012. “America is a nation of immigrants. Legal immigration strengthens America. But illegal immigration undermines our law, our labor force, and it is a national security threat. We must secure our borders and insist that our immigration laws be enforced.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Stephen Fincher in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Issue Position: Preserving Our Tennessee Values. 12 January 2012. “I am blessed to come from a family that has lived in the same place for seven generations. Frog Jump is a special place, like the hundreds of Eighth District communities that are great places to live. Preserving these special places, protecting our families and our values, protecting the unborn and traditional marriage are all things close to my heart. I will work every day to preserve our special Tennessee values.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. 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.” (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Stephen Fincher in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. 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." (votesmart.org)

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  • Anita Bugg. Nashville Public Radio. State’s GOP Congressman Reject Authority for Libya Mission, Split on Funding It. 24 June 2011. “Marsha Blackburn, Stephen Fincher, and John Duncan rejected the call to end money for U.S. airstrikes and drone attacks, but they joined in the rebuke of President Obama for entering the Libya conflict at all without congressional authorization.” (wpln.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. “The news of Bin Laden's death marks a great victory for our nation in our War on Terror. This does not mark the end of our efforts -- but gives Americans reason to celebrate.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Stephen Fincher. Issue Position: Protecting Our Health Care from a Government Takeover. 12 January 2012. “I will not support any plan or program that balances the budget or funds health care by raiding Social Security and Medicare. Social Security and Medicare are a commitment we made to older Americans - a commitment I intend to keep.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Issue Position: Standing Up for Tennessee Seniors. 12 January 2012. “Some have suggested balancing the books on the backs of our seniors. I won't stand for it. Social Security and Medicare are contracts made with our seniors - we must keep our promises and commitments to older Americans.” (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Fincher. Protecting Our Seniors. 12 January 2012. “We have the ability to preserve our social security system and ensure its long-term viability without the privatization of social security.” (fincher.house.gov)

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