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Darin LaHood's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 18, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 18
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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 2016, 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

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3504 "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53878#.VrORirIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3134 "Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53875#.VrORuLIrIfI (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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The PATH Act is a perfect example of the House of Representatives working together to provide more certainty for individuals and businesses by preventing a significant tax increase on millions of hard working families and farmers. Additionally, this bill will help grow our economy by delivering direct tax relief to America's job creators, providing businesses certainty in the tax code plan, hire employees, and grow their businesses." https://lahood.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/lahood-votes-prevent-tax-increase-hardworking-americans (lahood.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? 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 Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "For far too long the Federal Government has not been living within its means. Our national debt is $18 trillion and growing and we continue to have a government that spends, taxes and borrows too much. In Congress, I will push to rein in government spending in order to tackle the national debt, ensuring that our children and grandchildren are not forced to pay for the mistakes of our generation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/973401/issue-position-spending/?search=issue%20position#.VrOO3LIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress needs to get serious about reining in our spending." http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-darin-lahood-profile-met-20151230-story.html (www.chicagotribune.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Under the POWER Act, the companies and entities installing the power generation products Enercon produces would see capital returned to them though a tax credit, which can be used to assist in more jobs, opportunities, and growth." https://lahood.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-lahood-tours-enercon-engineering-announces-support-power-act (lahood.house.gov)
  • "The PATH Act is a perfect example of the House of Representatives working together to provide more certainty for individuals and businesses by preventing a significant tax increase on millions of hard working families and farmers. Additionally, this bill will help grow our economy by delivering direct tax relief to America's job creators, providing businesses certainty in the tax code plan, hire employees, and grow their businesses." https://lahood.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/lahood-votes-prevent-tax-increase-hardworking-americans (lahood.house.gov)
  • "As your representative in Congress, I will be an outspoken advocate for families of Central Illinois by removing the barriers to job creation: eliminating costly, burdensome regulations; cutting government red tape; and, simplifying the tax code. The role of government is not to create jobs but to get out of the way of business owners, allowing them grow and put area families to work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/973396/issue-position-jobs-jobs-jobs/?search=issue%20position#.VrOO2bIrIfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "For far too long, Washington has dictated a 'top-down' federal approach to education policy consisting of mandating 'one-size-fits all' standards upon the states. As a father of three, I recognize that few issues have as great of impact on the future of our children as our record budget deficit and the quality of their education-both of which are of great importance to me." https://lahood.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-lahood-votes-common-sense-education-overhaul (lahood.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The POWER Act would amend Section 48 of the internal Revenue Code, providing parity for combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP) with other forms of renewable energy, allowing them to compete and in turn reducing the initial capital cost of implementing CHP and WHP projects. The bill was introduced in both the House and Senate with bipartisan support." https://lahood.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-lahood-tours-enercon-engineering-announces-support-power-act (lahood.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "With the EPA's most recent decision to lower ozone standards and implement more stringent requirements, I find it to be a direct threat to the potential progress of companies and manufacturers across the United States, specifically to those based in Illinois' 18th district. Companies [?] would now face further regulations which would affect job growth and economy growth, seeing as they would be further pressed to compete with global competitors." https://lahood.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-darin-lahoods-statement-epa-ozone-standards (lahood.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Chicago Tribune "He favors gun rights and opposes same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act." http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-darin-lahood-profile-met-20151230-story.html (www.chicagotribune.com)
  • Peoria Journal Star "LaHood also touts his support of concealed-carry legislation in Illinois and says that he believe existing "common-sense restrictions" on firearms nationally are sufficient and that laws on the books require better enforcement rather than having new legislation passed." http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150906/NEWS/150909492 (www.pjstar.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54913#.VrOQxLIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • The Chicago Tribune "He favors gun rights and opposes same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act." http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-darin-lahood-profile-met-20151230-story.html (www.chicagotribune.com)
  • "I believe that ObamaCare has been an abomination. We have seen the negative effects of this policy on families and businesses, big and small. It is vital we replace ObamaCare with a market-based approach to the delivery of health care, as it is vital to give people a true choice in health care and a policy that ensures neither businesses nor government is saddled with a program that overreaches." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/973394/issue-position-health-care/?search=issue%20position#.VrOO2LIrIfI (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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peoria Journal Star "On immigration reform, LaHood generally opposes amnesty and repeatedly has spoken of the need to enforce existing immigration laws, speaking of his own family's immigrant past on the value of coming to the nation legally. However, he said that the existing citizenship process could be streamlined so that immigrants do not have to wait as long and wade through as cumbersome a bureaucracy." http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150906/NEWS/150909492 (www.pjstar.com)
  • "I've prosecuted immigration cases in federal court and sent people back to their country of origin. I think you've got to stand up for the rule of law in this country. I am not supportive of amnesty." http://www.wjbc.com/2015/05/01/lahood-on-immigration-us-must-secure-its-border-first/ (www.wjbc.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Chicago Tribune "He favors gun rights and opposes same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act." http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-darin-lahood-profile-met-20151230-story.html (www.chicagotribune.com)
  • Peoria Journal Star "He opposes same-sex marriage and has said he would support a constitutional amendment to preserve 'the sanctity of marriage ? between one man and one woman.'" http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150906/NEWS/150909492 (www.pjstar.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 4038 "American Security Against Foreign Enemies" http://votesmart.org/bill/20640/54452/128760/american-security-against-foreign-enemies-safe-act#.VrORYLIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "America's national security threats are real, both abroad and at home. Having served as a chief prosecutor of an anti-terrorism unit, I understand the threats our nation faces and the vital role government plays in protecting lives at home and abroad for our country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/973398/issue-position-national-security/?search=issue%20position#.VrOO27IrIfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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