Representative Tim Huelskamp's Political Positions


Full Name: Tim Huelskamp
Current Office: U.S. House - District 1, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 1
Primary Aug. 5, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Angela; 4 Children: Natasha, Rebecca, Athan, Alexander
Birth Date: 11/11/1968
Birth Place: Fowler, KS
Home City: Fowler, KS
Religion: Catholic Christian
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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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  • National Right to Life Committee. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Right to Life Committee endorsed Tim Huelskamp in the 2010 general election. (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 17 February 2011. "I would also like to point out one thing that we cannot forget. I must admit I am certainly disappointed that our Supreme Court claims that there is somehow a right to abortion. We do know there is no right to the Public Treasury; there is no right to the taxpayer dollar; there is no right to demand that Americans front this organization with their taxpayer money [¦] Everyone in this body should be standing on their feet and recognizing that, no matter your position on the issue of abortion, we should all agree: Our taxpayer dollars are undeserving of the efforts of Planned Parenthood." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Kansas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Tim Huelskamp. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Tim Huelskamp voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Acceptable Bigotry: Prejudice Against the Child in the Womb. 19 January 2011. "I have watched from afar for many years, and it's a real treasure for the opportunity to speak here tonight and join his efforts and, in my opinion, and in the opinion of many other Americans, one of the greatest, greatest tragedies in the history of our Nation has been the direct death and the direct murder of more than 50 million Americans since 1973. Far too often, too many women, too many families turn to abortion as the only option when they discover they are unexpectedly pregnant. [¦] Let me speak directly to those that might be considering abortion: There are alternatives. There are opportunities. There are caring Americans that would love, would love to participate in adoption and would love to provide assistance." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Congressman Huelskamp Lauds Bipartisan Passage of H.R. 3, The No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "We are finally codifying the Hyde principle government-wide, making sure that Americans are not asked to fund an act that takes human life. The courts may have said a woman has a right to an abortion -- an interpretation with which I disagree -- but there is nothing about having a right to an abortion courtesy of the American taxpayer." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Tim Huelskamp voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Issue Position: Right to Life. 12 January 2012. "As the father of four adopted children, I believe that life deserves legal protection at every stage of development: from conception to natural death. Our Founding Fathers wrote that it was self-evident that human beings were 'endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.' I believe that if we do not protect Life, then all other rights are without meaning." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Issue Position: Life, Marriage, and Family. 12 January 2012. "All human life is sacred. The government should not sanction abortion at home or abroad through the use of federal tax dollars. The government should not dedicate any taxpayer funds to abortion providers. [¦] It is imperative that we restore the sanctity of human life in our country. It is my goal to see the right to life of the unborn upheld in our laws. There are alternatives to abortion, including adoption. My wife and I are the proud parents of four adopted children, two from the United States and two from Haiti." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Congressman Huelskamp Offers Pro-Life Message. 24 January 2011. "Since 1973, more than 50 million Americans have died at the hands of America's abortion industry. America loses about 1.2 million unborn children to abortion every single year. This statistic should make everyone shudder. Despite what proponents of it might say, abortion is not rare; nor is it right [¦] We look forward to the day when the Supreme Court will reverse Roe v. Wade, but let us not stop the pursuit of ending abortion. Congress must play no role in promoting abortion and that begins with ending federal funding of abortion. Congress has been complicit in promoting the culture of death to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, but I will now fight to end this tragedy in the same way that Congress overturned Dred Scott." (

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  • Tim Huelskamp. June Teletown Hall 2011. Responded "The administration is very slow at communicating items to our Congressional offices. But they are suggesting that they're going to reduce troops and still meet whatever their targets are for making progress over there. I haven't seen that, and I haven't seen whether they can do that with fewer troops. I'm guessing not, but we'll see on that." to the question: "Whatever we've got apparently is not enough. Instead of drawing down, I think we ought to make it at least double." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Tim Huelskamp voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (
  • Tim Huelskamp. The Pratt Tribune- Huelskamp: Everything Should Be On the Table in Washington. 4 February 2011. "The money flowing into the military is also an item Huelskamp wants to examine in the budget committee. With money flowing into Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other military budgets, that spending has to be examined as well.'In my belief everything should be on the table,' Huelskamp said." (

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  • Tim Huelskamp. The Pratt Tribune- Huelskamp: Everything Should Be On the Table in Washington. 4 February 2011. "The money flowing into the military is also an item Huelskamp wants to examine in the budget committee. With money flowing into Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other military budgets, that spending has to be examined as well. 'In my belief everything should be on the table,'" (
  • Tim Huelskamp. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Tim Huelskamp voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (
  • Tim Huelskamp. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Tim Huelskamp voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (
  • Tim Huelskamp. "Cut, Cap, Balance" Passes the House Congressman Tim Huelskamp an Original Sponsor of Historic Legislation. 19 July 2011. "The House passed by a margin of 234-190 H.R. 2560, also known as 'Cut, Cap, Balance'. [¦] Next year's cuts include no changes to Veterans' spending, Medicare, Social Security, and Defense. 'I am incredibly excited that my colleagues and I passed this consequential bill,' Congressman Huelskamp said. 'Today marks the beginning of a new course for Washington in which fiscal responsibility and discipline retake center stage. 'Cut, Cap, Balance' is the only plan in Washington that recognizes and reorients the current reality that Washington is broke.'" (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Huelskamp Votes for Spending Cut. 11 May 2012. "'Although I supported this bill because of the additional mandatory spending reductions and limited tax reforms, it is imperative we fulfill all the cuts in the sequester," said Congressman Huelskamp said. "However, as I warned during both the August debt deal and the most recent budget debate, I fear Washington is on a path to undo even the minimal cuts they agreed to when they raised the debt ceiling by a massive $2.1 trillion. If President Obama and Congress do agree to a spending level higher than promised last August, then they have not only once again misled the public, but also threaten the economic future of multiple generations of Americans.' Congressman Huelskamp voted against the Budget Control Act in August because he believed the cuts did not go far enough and because there were not enough structural changes to actually force Washington to cut current spending, cap future spending, and work toward a balanced budget." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Secretary Panetta tells Huelskamp: We Will Not Implement the Law. 12 April 2012. "Simply, yet egregiously, put, the Obama Administration refuses to follow its own law the President signed," Congressman Huelskamp said. "How is it possible that such consequential legislation is 'not meant to be a policy that we implement'? Though I did not support the Budget Control Act, it is the law of the land. As it stands, our Defense Department should be preparing for the cuts as-ordered by law. Failing to prepare for these cuts not only undermines the rule of law, but also our compromises national security. If and when the money is not available, our military and its civilian support staff should be prepared. America cannot afford to continue to play these 'games' in which cuts are passed, but then thrown out the window when push comes to shove. With $16 trillion in debt and annual trillion-dollar deficits, it's time Washington stop burdening the next generation. If we are not going to trim defense, then we have to find a way to cut somewhere else." (

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  • Tim Huelskamp signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers 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." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 14 April 2011. "Mr. Chairman, we clearly have a choice here in Washington: We can maintain the same old status quo, which favors more spending, more taxes, and more Washington control, or the real American choice, making good on promises made to voters last year by cutting spending and creating jobs. The choice is ours; the opportunity is now." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. House Votes to Extend Bush-Obama Tax Cuts. 8 August 2012. "As you may know, the Bush-Obama tax policy is set to expire at the end of this year. Without any legislative fix, ALL taxpayers will pay more in income taxes, capital gains, death taxes, and much more. But this past week, at my insistence for months, the House passed a one-year extension of current tax rates. Additionally, we also passed another key priority of mine - a path toward comprehensive tax reform. Together these two measures could provide much-needed certainty to pull us out of the worst economic recovery since World War II. Problem is - President Obama and the Senate Democrat majority strongly favor tax increases and little reform to our outdated tax system. Let's hope August recess gives them the opportunity to listen to small business owners and other taxpayers who want tax certainty and comprehensive reform as soon as possible." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 17 January 2012. "The U.S. needs major overhaul to its tax system. More than 1,000,000 words long, the U.S. tax code is too long and complicated to effectively foster job growth. We have to stop punishing success because it stifles the incentive to innovate, invest, and create jobs [¦] One idea I support is the FairTax. I have cosponsored H.R. 25, which will utilize a national sales tax in place of income and other types of taxes. The replacement of income and other taxes with a national sales tax will allow us to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Issue Position: Taxes. 17 January 2012. "I firmly believe this about taxation -- you need more money in your pockets and less in government coffers [¦] I am the ONLY candidate in this race who has NEVER voted for a tax increase [¦] Our current system of taxation is unfair. Penalizing production with income taxes only stifles productivity. That's why I support the FairTax. As a member of Congress, I will cosponsor the FairTax and will fight to pass it. The FairTax would eliminate the IRS, stop penalizing production, and encourage savings. As your Congressman, I'll look our for the interests of our taxpayers and will always oppose tax increases and the growth of our federal government." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. "If the Super Committee were to raise taxes, it would only sustain the underlying problem: Washington spends too much. The Super Committee has a clear choice: they can do the typical Washington thing and refuse to address the overspending problem, or they can propose a real solution that cuts spending without a job-killing tax increase." (
  • Tim Hueslkamp. Huelskamp Releases New Video Urging Washington not to Ignore Latest Warnings. 24 May 2012. "We do need comprehensive tax reform -- but more importantly, we need to stop these economically devastating tax hikes. My legislation, The American Opportunity and Freedom Act (HR 3804), would make the Bush-Obama tax cuts permanent until replaced by comprehensive tax reform." (

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  • Tim Huelskamp. Obama Jobs Deficit: 13 Million. 1 June 2012. "A $1 trillion-plus stimulus was supposed to keep unemployment below 8 percent, yet here we are 40 months later and have yet to see unemployment dip below that level. If the Obama Administration's promises and economic forecasts had been accurate, then America should have about 13 million more jobs than it does now. 'Experts' in the Obama Administration said that with the stimulus, unemployment should be roughly 5.7 percent in approaching the third quarter of 2012; without it, approaching 6 percent. Not only were their estimates wrong, but because of their anti-prosperity efforts, America is in worse shape." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Disapproval Resolution Relating to Debt Limit Increase. 14 September 2011. "Washington spends too much, employs too many people, and is too intrusive in the lives of all Americans. [¦] Before adding to the $15 trillion in debt this country already has or sustaining more years of trillion dollar annual deficits, we have no choice, and the American people expect no less, cut current spending and cap future spending obligations and pass a balanced budget amendment." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. An Open Letter to Treasury Secretary Geithner. 24 June 2011. "If past is prologue, Mr. Geithner, then more government spending will not and cannot be the answer to America's economic problems." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Congressman Huelskamp Acknowledges Second Anniversary of Failed "Stimulus'. 17 February 2011. "Two years ago today, the President signed into law a Democratic Congress's economic "stimulus." This has proven to be a failed $787 billion experiment with outcomes that have only increased our debt, deficit, and unemployment rate. Despite the promises that the stimulus would keep unemployment at or below 8%, the last time we saw such numbers was more than two years ago. [¦] The American people are tired of hearing about and paying for what won't work. They know that getting our country moving again requires getting government out of the way, not finding a larger role for it in their lives." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Huelskamp: Spending Money We Do Not Have on Programs That Do Not Work is No Solution. 8 September 2011. "Obama Stimulus One did not work. Now, the President is coming back for Stimulus Two - which is more of the failed, expensive policies of this Administration. Spending money we do not have on programs that do not work is no solution." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. MSNBC "The Ed Show" “ Transcript. 1 August 2011. "Washington can't borrow and spend to prosperity. We proved that in the spending package. We need less regulation out of Washington. We don't need more." (

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  • Tim Huelskamp. Huelskamp Supports Measure to Create American Jobs. 13 December 2011. "Congressman Tim Huelskamp of Kansas supported the legislation which will now go to the Senate for its approval. Among other things, the legislation [¦] offer important job creation incentives." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. An Open Letter to Treasury Secretary Geithner. 24 June 2011. "Employers would like to invest in new projects and new employees, but uncertainties abound, preventing them from taking the risks necessary to do so. Your demand that we acquire more debt without a plan to pay down the current balance due is unsettling to job creators; they know that eventually the federal government will turn to them through increased taxes when Washington's creditors are knocking at its door." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 13 January 2012. "Congress must approach economic policy with job creation in mind. It is imperative that we take steps to reduce regulation and lower taxes so that employers are not burdened with red tape, but rather are empowered to grow their businesses. We must establish a climate of certainty for business owners so that their costs of regulatory compliance and tax burdens are predictable year after year." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 13 January 2012. "At 35 percent, our corporate tax rate is now the highest of any industrialized country in the world. Lowering the corporate tax rate, as well as the high tax rates on our job-creating small businesses, will make the nation more competitive and actually increase tax revenues. With businesses investing capital instead of protecting themselves from excessive taxation, economic will bring more jobs to the U.S. Economy." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Issues: Fiscal Responsibility. 13 January 2012. "It will be my goal to continue to be the best possible steward of your tax dollars and get government out of the way so that entrepreneurs can create private sector jobs." (

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  • Tim Huelskamp. Issue Position: Education. 17 January 2012. "Education should remain a local and state issue. Every school district needs flexibility to design its curriculum and instructional methods in a way best suited to its students. While No Child Left Behind was written with good intentions, it has added significant mandates and red tape to state and local school districts, with little or no regard for the financial, logical, or practical costs. I did not support No Child Left Behind when serving in the Kansas State Senate. As Congress considers reauthorizing this program, I will seek ways to shift power away from Washington, and back to those who know better how to educate our children." (

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  • Tim Huelskamp. The Washington Times - "Big Oil bandits' Are Really Just Folks. 12 May 2011. "Independent drillers are not only the lifeblood of the second-largest industry in Kansas, they also are responsible for nine of 10 new wells in America and two-thirds of American oil. In an era in which we are striving to reduce foreign dependence and deal with high unemployment at the same time, it really does not make much sense to punish domestic drilling - a solution that kills two birds with one stone." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. The Start of a Solution: Easing America's Energy (Production) Crisis. 10 May 2011. "When Washington empowers drillers to add to the supply, costs go down. This week, I joined some of my colleagues in the Republican Study Committee in cosponsoring the Consumer Relief for Pain at the Pump Act [¦] First, it repeals the President's "permatorium" on drilling on the outer continental shelf, which includes the Gulf of Mexico. [¦] Second, this bill repeals the "Wild Lands Policy" that permits the Department of the Interior to stop energy development in America. [¦] Third, and perhaps most importantly, this bill releases the regulatory grip of the EPA on America's energy production. [¦] with less regulation and more production, we have a real solution to high energy prices." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Issues: Energy. 13 January 2012. "I support enhancing our domestic energy production by exploring for and responsibly using our resources in ANWR as well as drilling for oil off America's coasts." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Progress on Gas Prices and Free Trade. 13 May 2011. "Because of bad policies instituted by President Obama, Americans are still paying an arm and a leg at the pump - and we shouldn't be. In order to stop this Washington-induced shortage of energy supplies, your U.S. House has passed three bills in two weeks that would increase energy production in the U.S. These will lift the President's permatorium on drilling on our shores and accessing American resources - instead of begging OPEC or subsidizing Brazil." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Issue Position: Energy. 13 January 2012. "Our domestic energy resources are vast, yet remain largely underutilized. Limits on drilling on our coasts make us dependent on nations who do not like America much, so it is important that we lift coastal drilling bans here in the U.S." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Tim Huelskamp voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (
  • Tim Huelskamp. 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." (

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  • Tim Huelskamp. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Tim Huelskamp voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (
  • Tim Huelskamp. It's More Than the Rumor Mill That's Grinding America's Nerves. 2 September 2011. "Earlier this month, a farmer in Illinois kindly requested that President Obama stop burdening and challenging America's agriculture community with unnecessary and burdensome new regulations [¦] Be it dust regulation, treating milk spills like oil spills, or greenhouse gas emissions, the White House and its EPA are on the prowl, in search of another way to insert itself in the affairs of America's rural communities and in the way of American prosperity." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Congressman Huelskamp Lauds Passage of Energy Tax Prevention Act. 7 April 2011. "Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. Congressman Huelskamp, who represents the First District of Kansas, co-sponsored the legislation. The bill would amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. 'In keeping with our commitment to reducing the overreach of the Environmental Protection Agency, the House passed legislation to curtail the agency's efforts to regulate greenhouse gases,' Congressman Huelskamp said. 'The EPA must be stopped from killing jobs, emptying Americans' pocketbooks, and straining our economy.'" (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Farm Act of 2011. 2 November 2011. "Farmers and ranchers arguably pay some of the largest costs for Washington's crushing burden of overregulation. Whether it is on youth involvement on family farms, pesticide application permits, greenhouse gases, farm dust, farm commercial vehicles, fuel hauling limitations for farm equipment, or livestock emissions taxes, the Federal Government continues to insist that it control the intricate, day-to-day affairs of America's agriculture community. The FARM Act prohibits this regulatory overreach. [¦] I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting the FARM Act of 2011." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Huelskamp Calls for New Farm Bill Title to Address Overregulation. 2 November 2011. "'We need to free up America's farmers and ranchers so they can do their jobs,' Congressman Huelskamp said. 'The economic impact of overregulation is so devastating that Congress must target it in the next Farm Bill. Overregulation negatively impacts all agriculture, so it is time Congress address the costs bureaucrats impose through excessive rules, red tape, and requirements.' [¦] The FARM Act will perform the following functions: “ Prohibit regulation of emissions of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act." (

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  • Tim Huelskamp. Huelskamp Lauds Passage of "National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act" (H.R. 822). 16 November 2011. "Today Congress promoted the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans and the Tenth Amendment rights of our states. In the same way that states recognize other states' drivers' licenses, this will allow states to accept concealed carry permits from other states. It respects and maintains the laws of individual states where concealed carry is not permitted; does not override any individual state's law; and requires individuals to abide by the concealed carry laws of the state in which they are carrying. It is my hope that eventually all states will extend the right to carry concealed weapons to their law-abiding citizens." (
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Tim Huelskamp in the 2010 general election. (
  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gun Owners of America endorsed Tim Huelskamp in the 2010 general election. (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Huelskamp Opposes Any Attempt to Hand Over U.S. Gun Policy to the United Nations. 20 July 2011. "As a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I will be a tireless opponent of any effort by the Obama administration to relinquish the writing and enforcement of gun laws to the United Nations. When I swore an Oath of Office in January, I pledged to uphold the United States Constitution; that includes, but is not limited to, defense of the Second Amendment." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 12 January 2012. "As a long-time NRA member and hunter, I have always supported the 2nd Amendment rights of Kansans. I believe that the United States Constitution was written to permanently protect these rights as individual rights that can be exercised by any law abiding citizen. My voting record has been 100% pro-gun [¦] As your congressman, I will be a strong and consistent ally for sportsmen and gun owners, and I will always support the 2nd Amendment." (

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  • Tim Huelskamp. Huelskamp: June 28, 2012: A Definitive Date in the Advance of Government Tyranny. 28 June 2012. "Although the court ruled the law could stand, this does not mean the law should stand. I will continue to work toward repealing ObamaCare before it is fully implemented, and will continue to support common sense solutions that actually fix -- rather than worsen -- America's health care system." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. House Passes Repeal of Burdensome Small Business Reporting Requirement. 3 March 2011. "In January, I led the call for repeal [¦] Let this be a first step on the path toward repealing Obamacare. The law should be scrapped altogether, and we should start anew." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Congressman Huelskamp Issues Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Obamacare. 23 March 2011. "One year has passed since Obamacare was signed into law, and the American people still oppose it [¦] Fortunately for them, their message was heard loud and clear. I joined strong bipartisan majorities of the House in voting to repeal Obamacare and to defund it in the Continuing Resolution." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Huelskamp Blasts Obamacare on Six-Month Anniversary. 23 September 2010. "In an e-mail to campaign supporters on Thursday morning, Huelskamp strongly criticized the healthcare bill as both unconstitutional and a dramatic increase in government power [¦] 'Despite massive public outcry and virtually every public poll showing strong opposition to the plan among American citizens, Congress shoved through their takeover of the healthcare system.'" (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Issue Position: Health Care. 17 January 2012. "It is imperative that we as a society find free-market, consumer-centered solutions to our healthcare challenges. A government takeover of healthcare is not a viable option." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Additionally, businesses and labor unions alike have realized that ObamaCare is a bad deal, and at least 222 have sought waivers from having to comply with the law [¦] Fortunately, rather than selective waivers for the politically connected, we have a universal remedy--repeal the law. I urge my colleagues to heed the calls voters made last year during the debate and at the ballot box." (
  • Tim Hueskamp. Statements President's Health Care Law Turns Two. 23 March 2012. "Two years ago, President Obama began a terrible experiment in government-run health care. Even though we are still two years away from the full implementation of the law, the devastating harm is already coming to light. There is no shortage of new 'unintended consequences,' usually with taxpayers and patients paying the price -- literally or figuratively. The universal rule of medicine is 'Do No Harm,' yet the only thing ObamaCare seems to do is damage." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Tim Huelskamp voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (

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  • Tim Huelskamp. Issue Position: Immigration. 12 January 2012. "As the father of four adopted children, two of which were international adoptions, I have firsthand experience in the immigration system. It was not an easy process but rightly so, because I believe it is a privilege to live in this great nation and for those willing to go through the legal steps necessary, the reward is great [¦] I will oppose any efforts to grant amnesty to illegals and firmly believe that we need to enforce our existing immigration laws." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Huelskamp on Obama's Election-Year Amnesty. 15 June 2012. "Our nation is a nation of laws, yet Secretary Napolitano said immigration laws are not supposed to be "blindly enforced." Ironically, America is an attractive place to live, work, and raise a family because the rule of law protects the freedoms to do all of that. Yet, undermining the rule of law is exactly what the Obama Administration does with this new order." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. The Dodge City Daily Globe: Congressman Tim Huelskamp Covers Medicare, Deficit Reduction During Town Hall Meeting. 29 August 2011. "Another woman asked Huelskamp about immigration reform. Huelskamp said he does not expect Congress to tackle the issue anytime soon. He also complained that Republican and Democratic presidents alike have failed to enforce current immigration laws. 'I don't see it happening in this Congress, and I don't see the presidents enforcing the law,' he said." (
  • John Hanna. Hutchinson News: Debate focus: health care, immigration. 27 September 2010. "On immigration, Huelskamp said Jilka supports amnesty because the Democrat has proposed creating a way for illegal immigrants to earn U.S. Citizenship. 'Becoming an American should not be easy,' Huelskamp said. 'The answer is not amnesty. The answer is securing the border.' (

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  • Tim Huelskamp. Congressman Huelskamp Denounces Obama Administration Decision Not to Defend Defense of Marriage Act. 24 February 2011. "In complicity with special interests that brought him to Washington, the President has clearly decided to abdicate his constitutional responsibilities. And for the Justice Department to heed this edict is a complete and utter disregard for its legal obligations as well. The Obama Administration is clearly turning the Justice Department into a legal mouthpiece for its Leftist allies. This is just another example of this President skirting the checks and balances enshrined in our Constitution. Voters in a majority of states -- including Kansas -- have passed constitutional amendments to define marriage as being between one man and one woman only. This is one more instance of President Obama ignoring the clear will of the people." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Issue Position: Life, Marriage, and Family. 13 January 2012. "I firmly believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman only [¦] I will continue to defend traditional marriage here in Washington." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. 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." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Congressman Huelskamp Lauds Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, and Whip McCarthy Decision to Defend Marriage. 10 March 2011. "Congressman Tim Huelskamp of Kansas praised Republican House leadership for their efforts to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA): 'Last night, the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) convened and decided that the House should pursue a legal defense of DOMA,' Congressman Huelskamp said. 'As a result of this action, the House will make sure that our courts, not the President, evaluate the constitutionality of the law.'" (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012. 7 July 2011. "This amendment I offer will prohibit the enforcement of the directive of allowing chaplains to perform same-sex marriages on Navy bases regardless of whatever a State's law is on gay marriage [¦] I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this amendment in order to promote and ensure conformity and uniformity in the military culture, not the other way around; to promote the religious liberty of military chaplains; and to promote consistency with Federal laws on marriage." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Issue Position: Marriage. 13 January 2012. "My position on marriage is simple: it should be protected as a sacred union between one man and one woman. Again, my record on this issue is clear. I was the author of the Kansas Marriage Amendment that was approved by the citizens of Kansas in 2005 with 70% support." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. The Dodge City Daily Globe: Congressman Tim Huelskamp Covers Medicare, Deficit Reduction During Town Hall Meeting. 29 August 2011. "One woman asked the congressman how he reconciled his belief that government should stay out of people's lives with his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. Huelskamp said he believes abortion is wrong and the government should protect unborn children. He added that he opposes same-sex marriage and believes the state has a responsibility to protect traditional marriage." (

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  • Tim Huelskamp. "Justice Has Been Served" - Statement on Death of Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "Congressman Tim Huelskamp, who represents the First District of Kansas, issued the following statement upon hearing that Osama bin Laden had been killed by American forces: 'Almost ten years ago, America was attacked by those who despise liberty and freedom. Last night, we received word that the mastermind of the horror perpetuated on America is dead. This victory is a testament to the skill and persistence of American military and intelligence operations. While we have much to celebrate, it is important to keep in mind that there are still those who want to see America weakened or destroyed. America must remain steadfast in Her resolve and committed to defending Her freedom both at home and abroad.'" (

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  • Tim Huelskamp. Dogde City Daily Globe - U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp: Budget proposal doesn't reduce deficit. 22 February 2011. "President Barack Obama's budget proposal for next year does nothing to reduce the massive national deficit, U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp said Monday. [¦] 'We're going to be paying out more this year than we receive in Social Security for the first time,' he said. 'It'll always be like this all the way forward.' He said the federal government could take steps to keep the program solvent, such as raising the age requirement for beneficiaries." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Interview with KS-1 Candidate Tim Huelskamp. 30 December 2009. "I think that will impact that as well. We're going to have to provide a Social Security system that is reflective of the needs of folks our age and younger and that can be done with some reforms there as well in terms of investment by individuals; and again, as a conservative, I believe the best decisions are made by individuals, not government. We have created these entitlement systems where we pull the individual out. You're just a number, and here are the figures you get, and there's a loss of freedom and liberty, obviously, and, but also a tremendous increase in costs because no one's controlling it. [¦] Let the consumers, turn them loose and then, that to me, that's big picture, but they don't talk about big picture very often in Washington." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Issue Position: Retirement Security (Social Security & Medicare). 13 January 2012. "It is time for the U.S. to revise the way it deals with its long-term obligations. According to the independent Congressional Budget Office, after years of irresponsible management, Social Security is now in a state of perpetual deficits. In the next ten years alone, annual Social Security deficits will range between $28 billion and $120 billion. And over the next 75 years, Social Security has a projected $5.4 trillion unfunded liability. If we continue to stand idly by, we not only hurt Social Security, but also add to our $14.3 trillion debt. The time to strengthen and save Social Security is now." (
  • Tim Huelskamp. Social Security Recipients to Receive Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA). 19 October 2011. "'Additionally I still remain very concerned about the outlook of this program [¦] Social Security may be insolvent in a generation. Instead of ignoring the reality, I hope Washington will pass real solutions to protect and preserve these programs.'" (


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Kansas State Legislative Election 1996 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legally available when the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xd) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Nog) Should Kansas government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action and civil rights in Kansas.

Xa) The Kansas government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public and private sectors.
Xb) The Kansas government should provide no affirmative action programs.
Noc) Do you believe that the Kansas government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Nod) Do you believe that sexual orientation should be added to Kansas' anti-discrimination laws?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding children and family issues in Kansas.

a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
b) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
d) Continue state funding of after-school programs for children whose parents work outside the home.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime in Kansas.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Expand and promote "community policing" programs.
Xc) Support "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve their full sentences with no chance of parole.
d) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Require mandatory life sentences for third-time, violent felons.
Xh) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
i) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
j) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such as marijuana.
k) Strengthen penalties and sentences associated with drug-related crimes.
Xl) Implement chain gangs in which prison inmates work together in chained work groups.
Xm) Support laws requiring restitution to crime victims at the personal expense of the criminal.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address juvenile crime in Kansas.

Xa) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious, violent crimes as adults.
Xb) Provide state funding for military-style "boot-camps" for juvenile first-time felons.
c) Increase state funding for local community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
d) Support state government funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Kansas' economic development.

Xa) Increase state funds for improving the state's transportation system, including major roadways, railways and airports.
b) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for expanding, start-up, or relocating businesses.
c) Support a constitutional amendment which would expand legalized gambling in Kansas to allow slot machines at racetracks.
Xd) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
Xe) Remove state government controls or caps from wages, prices, rents, profits, production and interest rates.
Xf) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
g) Increase state funding for programs to re-train unemployed workers.
h) Provide state funding for housing and business development in rural areas.
Xi) Extend the moratorium on the unemployment insurance tax paid by Kansas employers beyond 1997.
Xj) Support Kansas' "right to work" law that allows employees to work without joining a union or paying union dues.
k) Do you support extending the Kansas workers' compensation law to include agricultural workers?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Kansas' education system.

a) Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public school faculty.
b) Endorse teacher-led voluntary school prayer in public schools.
c) Encourage private or corporate investment in certain public school programs.
d) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious, technical).
e) Support continuation of charter schools where teachers and other professionals receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
f) Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all state public schools.
Xg) Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets state health and safety standards.
h) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
i) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Yesj) Do you support continuing to reduce the state property tax rate which is a source of school funding?
Yesk) Should citizens continue to be able to file petitions protesting local option budget funding to schools?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Kansas' environment and natural resources.

a) Enact tougher environmental standards to encourage the sale of cleaner burning fuels throughout Kansas.
b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for polluting industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis be completed on the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require the state to reimburse citizens when state-sponsored environmental regulations limit the use of privately owned land.
e) Continue to provide funding for recycling programs in Kansas.
f) Request flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend Kansas' participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Maintain minimum environmental quality as mandated by current federal regulations.
i) Provide state funding for research and development of renewable energy sources.
Xj) Place a high priority on farmers' and ranchers' property rights when considering environmental protection legislation.

a) Would you support amending the Kansas Constitution to limit the terms of the following state officials?

Yes1) State Senators
Yes2) State Representatives
Yesb) Do you support the current law which limits terms of the Kansas' Governor to two consecutive four-year terms?
Yesc) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
Yesd) Do you support requiring limits on individual contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yese) Do you support requiring limits on PAC contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesf) Do you support requiring limits on corporate contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesg) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesh) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noi) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesj) Do you support instituting a constitutionally mandated cap on the growth rate of state government spending?
Undecidedk) Do you support increased state funding for the Kansas Commission on Governmental Standards and Conduct?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Support expanding the nationwide federal ban on the public sale of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain all state registration procedures and state restrictions on possessing firearms.
d) Ease state procedures and restrictions on the purchase and registration of firearms.
e) Repeal all state bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms.
Xf) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Kansas' health care system.

a) Expand state funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in the state, including immunizations.
b) Provide tax incentives to assist small businesses in providing health care to their employees.
c) Ensure that Kansas' citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
d) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xe) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
f) Support state-funded incentives that increase the supply and retention of health professionals in rural areas.
g) Request a waiver from the federal government to provide Medicaid services through managed care programs.
h) Provide state assistance to seniors and the disabled to allow them access to home and community-based health care.
Xi) Support changes in tax laws that would allow the self-employed to deduct health insurance costs.
Noj) Do you believe that terminally ill individuals should have the right to end their lives?

Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of funding for the following categories. Select one option only.

Eliminatea) Abortion
Eliminateb) Affirmative Action
Maintain Statusc) Agriculture
Greatly Decreased) AIDS Programs
Maintain Statuse) Education
Maintain Statusf) Environment
Maintain Statusg) Health Care
Maintain Statush) Law Enforcement
Slightly Decreasei) Welfare

Please indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning Kansas' tax levels. Select one option only.

a) Alcohol Taxes
b) Business Taxes
c) Capital Gains Taxes
d) Income Taxes (incomes less than $75,000)
e) Income Taxes (incomes greater than $75,000)
Greatly Decreasef) Property Taxes
g) Sales Taxes
h) State Fees
i) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Kansas' welfare system.

a) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
b) Allow welfare recipients to work and still receive state-funded health care and child care (if needed) until they become self-sufficient.
Xc) Require that able-bodied welfare recipients receive job training, attend school, or work in order to receive welfare benefits.
Xd) Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 attend school and live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive welfare benefits.
e) Limit the welfare benefits given to recipients if they have additional children.
f) Provide two-parent families living in poverty the same welfare benefits as one-parent families.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare and advocate privately-funded assistance to people in need.
h) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected to the Kansas State Legislature. If any of your priorities will require additional government funding, explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.