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Sean Duffy's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WI) - District 7, Republican
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Sean Duffy has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Sean Duffy is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 2014, 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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sean Duffy. Issue Position: Values. 22 September 2011. "I believe in the value and the potential of every human life. I will vigorously defend the right to life of the unborn and our elderly, and I will actively support policies that offer women non-violent choices and opportunities when faced with a crisis pregnancy." (
  • Sean Duffy. La Crosse Catholic Times profiles Sean Duffy and Julie Lassa. 25 October 2010. "I am 100 percent prolife without exceptions. It's pretty straightforward. To qualify, I believe that if we have the life of a mother as an issue, the mother's life takes priority, but we must make every effort to save the life of the child." (
  • Sean Duffy. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Sean Duffy voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (
  • Sean Duffy. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Sean Duffy voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (
  • Sean Duffy. Duffy Co-Sponsors Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood. 14 January 2011. "I believe that every human life has intrinsic value and will vigorously defend the right to life of all humans, but especially the most vulnerable: the elderly and the unborn." (
  • Sean Duffy. No Taxpayer Funding on Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "As pro-life parents, my wife Rachel and I have lived through an unplanned pregnancy that brought us unplanned joy. Children are our nation's greatest resource and treasure. Regardless of a person's opinion on abortion, I believe it is simply wrong to use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. I'm proud to be a co-sponsor of this bill that will ensure that our tax dollars do not subsidize -- in any way -- the destruction of human life through abortion." (
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sean Duffy signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Sean Duffy, pledge to the taxpayers of the 7th district of the state of Wisconsin 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." (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sean Duffy. Duffy Statement Commemorating 2nd Anniversary of Failed "Stimulus." 17 February 2011. "Two years ago, Congress voted to spend nearly a trillion dollars in the so-called "stimulus.' It was sold on the idea that we can borrow and spend our way back to prosperity. Two years later it is clear that we cannot grow the economy by growing the size of government. We cannot borrow and spend our way to economic prosperity or sustainable jobs--that comes from the private sector." (
  • Sean Duffy. Issue Position: Economy. 22 September 2011. "The consequences of government spending for bailouts, budget increases, bloated entitlements and "stimulus' spending will be staggering and unsustainable debt that will act as a dead weight around the neck of our economy and our children's economic future." (
  • Sean Duffy. Tax Loopholes, Exemptions, and Deductions. 19 July 2011. "They gave us a trillion-dollar stimulus bill, and we weren't supposed to see unemployment over 8 percent if that passed. We just found out for every job created or saved, it cost the taxpayer over $250,000 per job. That is not a job-creating bill." (
  • One Nation PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. One Nation PAC endorsed Sean Duffy in the 2010 general election. (
  • Sean Duffy. Twitter: RepSeanDuffy. 19 July 2011. "If we're going to get this economy growing, we need to cup up the credit card." (
  • Sean Duffy. Freshman Class on Jobs and Debt. 23 June 2011. "They said government spending will lead to economic growth, prosperity, wealth, and sustainable jobs. We know that government spending doesn't lead to sustainable jobs. It has never worked. It doesn't work." (
  • Sean Duffy. Letter to President Obama. 7 December 2011. "We are writing to respectfully urge your full support for a long-term transportation reauthorization. Such legislation will address our urgent transportation and infrastructure needs, create jobs for Americans and give the private sector important incentives to locate, invest and hire here in the United States [¦] To address these urgent economic, transportation and safety needs, we believe our country needs a six-year, fully funded and paid-for transportation reauthorization with investments above current funding [¦] A long-term transportation authorization will help make America more competitive in the global marketplace and create jobs in all sectors of our economy. Given our fiscal challenges, we recognize that a six-year transportation authorization will need to be paid-for. We stand willing to work with your Administration on a variety of funding options. We have many ideas, but realize they are just a start and are happy to discuss others with you as well." (
  • Sean Duffy. Duffy Introduces Bill to End Failed Stimulus. 10 February 2011. "I simply disagree with the governing philosophy that the stimulus represents: that we can grow our economy by growing the size of government." (
  • Sean Duffy. Superior Telegram “ Duffy: "It's the Economy." 8 June 2011. "You can look to the federal government and try to spend our way to prosperity. We tried that. It didn't work with the stimulus bill. It has never worked." (
  • Sean Duffy. Twitter: RepSeanDuffy. 13 July 2011. "Debt has consequences. That's why we need to force Washington to live within its means." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sean Duffy. Issue Position: Education. 4 September 2012. "I believe that local school districts and States know best how to teach our children and I will work to ensure that schools have the flexibility they need to teach the next generation. I will return the focus of our education system to its rightful place: students. Currently, we spend more money on education per child than any other country in the world, yet our students rank 19th out of 20 in international achievement tests. Clearly, a solution to our nation's education problems must go beyond funding to include reforms that minimize the influence of special interests and policies that encourage parental involvement and innovations in the field of education." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sean Duffy. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Sean Duffy voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sean Duffy. Issue Position: Values. 22 September 2011. "Hunting and gun ownership is part of the Wisconsin way of life. I will always protect and defend our Constitutional right to bear arms." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sean Duffy. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Sean Duffy voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sean Duffy. Issue Position: Values. 29 September 2011. "I believe in the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. I voted for the 2006 Wisconsin amendment defining marriage between a man and woman and I do not favor any government-sanctioned union/arrangement that looks like traditional marriage." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sean Duffy. Duffy Statement on September 11th Anniversary. 12 September 2011. "When terrorists attacked us, killing so many innocent lives, Americans came together as a nation for healing and mourning. Then together we united to exact justice and ensure another attack like this never happened again. Years later, justice was served as our special forces finally caught and killed Osama bin Laden, 9/11's mastermind [¦] We must never forget that there are those in this world who seek to do us harm, and we must honor and thank the citizens of this country whose job it is to keep us safe and root out that evil wherever it exists." (
  • Sean Duffy. Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "It's important to remember that while Bin Laden is dead, Al Qaeda is not. Our enemies will surely attempt to retaliate. Nonetheless, this is a significant victory for America that tells terrorist that we will hunt you down and bring you to justice wherever you are." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sean Duffy. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 14 April 2011. "And so when we talk about reform, to be clear, we're not talking about reform for our current seniors or even those who are about to retire. The reforms we are talking about are for my generation. And what's beautiful about this is if we reform Social Security, we get to guarantee the benefits for our current seniors, but then you allow me to plan for the benefits I'm going to have when I retire. And if we do it, we can succeed in this reform." (


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