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Steve Daines' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (MT) - Jr, Republican
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Steve Daines has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Steve Daines 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

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  • Steve Daines. Montana Right to Life PAC Endorses Steve Daines. 24 January 2011. "I'm honored to receive the support of Montana Right to Life, and pledge to do my best to protect the dignity and sanctity of life. I will also do my utmost to permanently prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions." (www.themaritimesentry.com)
  • Steve Daines. Experienced Job Creator Steve Daines Speaks from Proven Experience. 15 March 2011. "I will continue the fight to stop tax payer funding of abortions." (www.prlog.org)
  • Steve Daines. KRTV: 2012 US House Candidate Profile: Steve Daines. Responded "I support laws that preserve and sustain our country's high value of life and will fight to protect the most vulnerable in our society. This includes protecting the lives of the unborn. I support traditional marriage." to the question "Where do you stand on social issues including abortion and homo-sexual marriage?" (www.krtv.com)
  • Steve Daines. Billings Gazette: 2012 Steve Daines Q&A. Responded "I support laws that preserve and sustain our country's high value of life and will fight to protect the most vulnerable in our society. This includes protecting the lives of the unborn." to the question: "Should Abortion be outlawed in this country? Please Explain." (billingsgazette.com)
  • Steve Daines. Montana Right to Life PAC Endorses Steve Daines. 24 January 2011. "I'm honored to receive the support of Montana Right to Life, and pledge to do my best to protect the dignity and sanctity of life. I will also do my utmost to permanently prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions." (www.themaritimesentry.com)
  • Steve Daines. Experienced Job Creator Steve Daines Speaks from Proven Experience. 15 March 2011. "I will continue the fight to stop tax payer funding of abortions." (www.prlog.org)
  • Steve Daines. KRTV: 2012 US House Candidate Profile: Steve Daines. Responded "I support laws that preserve and sustain our country's high value of life and will fight to protect the most vulnerable in our society. This includes protecting the lives of the unborn. I support traditional marriage." to the question "Where do you stand on social issues including abortion and homo-sexual marriage?" (www.krtv.com)
  • Steve Daines. Billings Gazette: 2012 Steve Daines Q&A. Responded "I support laws that preserve and sustain our country's high value of life and will fight to protect the most vulnerable in our society. This includes protecting the lives of the unborn." to the question: "Should Abortion be outlawed in this country? Please Explain." (billingsgazette.com)
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

  • Steve Daines. Taxes and the Budget. 24 March 2011. "The deficit is not a result of our taxes being too low. In a struggling economy taxes need to remain low to provide fuel to get the economy going again." (bx.businessweek.com)
  • Steve Daines signed Americans For Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Montana 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Johnson. GOP U.S. House candidate Daines says 'time to downsize federal government'. 17 June 2011. "The economy won't start growing again until the government stops growing," Daines told the Montana Republican Party convention in a dinner speech. "We cannot raise taxes on job creators." (missoulian.com)
  • Steve Daines signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 2 March 2011. "I, Steve Daines, pledge to the taxpayers of the MT-AL district of the state of MT, and to the American people, that I will: One, oppose any and aill efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and Two, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (docs.google.com)
  • Steve Daines. Twitter: @DainesforHouse. 25 April 2011. "Sobering IMF report, forecasting China economy to exceed US by 2016. Raising taxes on job creators is not the answer. Must reduce spending" (twitter.com)
  • Steve Daines. Twitter: @DainesforHouse. 18 April 2011. "Tax day- a reminder that the path forward to recovery is lower spending, not higher taxes. I signed the pledge: https://twitter.com/DainesforHouse/status/60086059534532608 (bit.ly)
  • Steve Daines. Twitter: @DainesforHouse. 18 April 2011. "Tax day- a reminder that the path forward to recovery is lower spending, not higher taxes. I signed the pledge: " https://twitter.com/DainesforHouse/status/60086059534532608 (bit.ly)
  • Steve Daines. Taxes and the Budget. 24 March 2011. "The deficit is not a result of our taxes being too low. In a struggling economy taxes need to remain low to provide fuel to get the economy going again." (bx.businessweek.com)
  • Charles Johnson. GOP U.S. House candidate Daines says 'time to downsize federal government'. 17 June 2011. "The economy won't start growing again until the government stops growing," Daines told the Montana Republican Party convention in a dinner speech. "We cannot raise taxes on job creators." (missoulian.com)
  • Steve Daines signed Americans For Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Montana 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Daines signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 2 March 2011. "I, Steve Daines, pledge to the taxpayers of the MT-AL district of the state of MT, and to the American people, that I will: One, oppose any and aill efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and Two, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (docs.google.com)
  • Steve Daines. Twitter: @DainesforHouse. 25 April 2011. "Sobering IMF report, forecasting China economy to exceed US by 2016. Raising taxes on job creators is not the answer. Must reduce spending" (twitter.com)
  • Steve Daines. Twitter: @DainesforHouse. 18 April 2011. "Tax day- a reminder that the path forward to recovery is lower spending, not higher taxes. I signed the pledge: https://twitter.com/DainesforHouse/status/60086059534532608 (bit.ly)
  • Steve Daines. Twitter: @DainesforHouse. 18 April 2011. "Tax day- a reminder that the path forward to recovery is lower spending, not higher taxes. I signed the pledge: " https://twitter.com/DainesforHouse/status/60086059534532608 (bit.ly)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Daines. Issue Position: Taxes. 2 March 2012. "The best way to move our economy forward is by introducing fiscal responsibility and accountability to Washington. Our problem in Washington is not that taxes are too low, but spending is too high." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Daines. Bozeman's Daines to run against Tester for US Senate. 14 June 2011. "There's no area of spending in our government that should not be scrutinized. [¦] When the economy is in trouble, the last thing you want to do is increase federal spending and create uncertainty for small businesses." (www.stevedaines.com)
  • Steve Daines. Bozeman's Daines to run against Tester for US Senate. 14 June 2011. "There's no area of spending in our government that should not be scrutinized [¦] When the economy is in trouble, the last thing you want to do is increase federal spending and create uncertainty for small businesses." (www.stevedaines.com)
  • Steve Daines. Twitter: @DainesforHouse.17 August 2011."A speech on jobs & new federal committee on jobs - will not create jobs. The private sector & American Entrepreneurs create jobs. #2012" (twitter.com)
  • Steve Daines. Twitter: @DainesforHouse. 25 April 2011. "Sobering IMF report, forecasting China economy to exceed US by 2016. Raising taxes on job creators is not the answer. Must reduce spending." (twitter.com)
  • Steve Daines. Steve Daines on the Deficit. 29 April 2011. "My goal is to help facilitate the changes that need to be made in Washington to ensure that we can deliver a future full of opportunity to the generations that follow us. In order to accomplish this, we have to make a stand against the runaway deficit spending that has become part of daily life for our federal government." (www.myspace.com)
  • Steve Daines. Issue Position: Taxes. 2 March 2012. "The best way to move our economy forward is by introducing fiscal responsibility and accountability to Washington. Our problem in Washington is not that taxes are too low, but spending is too high." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Daines. Bozeman's Daines to run against Tester for US Senate. 14 June 2011. "There's no area of spending in our government that should not be scrutinized. [¦] When the economy is in trouble, the last thing you want to do is increase federal spending and create uncertainty for small businesses." (www.stevedaines.com)
  • Steve Daines. Bozeman's Daines to run against Tester for US Senate. 14 June 2011. "There's no area of spending in our government that should not be scrutinized [¦] When the economy is in trouble, the last thing you want to do is increase federal spending and create uncertainty for small businesses." (www.stevedaines.com)
  • Steve Daines. Twitter: @DainesforHouse.17 August 2011."A speech on jobs & new federal committee on jobs - will not create jobs. The private sector & American Entrepreneurs create jobs. #2012" (twitter.com)
  • Steve Daines. Twitter: @DainesforHouse. 25 April 2011. "Sobering IMF report, forecasting China economy to exceed US by 2016. Raising taxes on job creators is not the answer. Must reduce spending." (twitter.com)
  • Steve Daines. Steve Daines on the Deficit. 29 April 2011. "My goal is to help facilitate the changes that need to be made in Washington to ensure that we can deliver a future full of opportunity to the generations that follow us. In order to accomplish this, we have to make a stand against the runaway deficit spending that has become part of daily life for our federal government." (www.myspace.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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 building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Daines. Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 29 April 2011. "I, Steve Daines, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Montana and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Daines. Billings Gazette: 2012 Steve Daines Q&A. Responded "Balancing the budget starts with growing our economy and creating more jobs, along with reducing government spending. We must increase certainty for small businesses by flattening and simplifying the tax code, stop overreaching federal regulations, and increasing domestic energy production. The simplest path to more jobs is less government. I support across-the-board spending reductions by freezing federal spending at 2008 levels. We should repeal President Obama's health care act; this alone will reduce spending by nearly $2 trillion." to the question: "If we are to balance the federal budget, what specific programs are your priorities to cut?" (billingsgazette.com)
  • Steve Daines. Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 29 April 2011. "I, Steve Daines, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Montana and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Daines. Billings Gazette: 2012 Steve Daines Q&A. Responded "Balancing the budget starts with growing our economy and creating more jobs, along with reducing government spending. We must increase certainty for small businesses by flattening and simplifying the tax code, stop overreaching federal regulations, and increasing domestic energy production. The simplest path to more jobs is less government. I support across-the-board spending reductions by freezing federal spending at 2008 levels. We should repeal President Obama's health care act; this alone will reduce spending by nearly $2 trillion." to the question: "If we are to balance the federal budget, what specific programs are your priorities to cut?" (billingsgazette.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gun Owners of America endorsed Steve Daines in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Daines. Twitter: @DainesforHouse. 15 September 2011. "Overflow crowd at tonight's NRA banquet in Helena. Cindy & I are glad to stand w/those who strongly support our 2nd Amendt rights!" (twitter.com)
  • Steve Daines. Steve Daines Campaign - The Second Amendment and Gun Control. 24 March 2011. "My goal is to make sure that law abiding Americans are always able to defend themselves by opposing the federal licensing requirements and national gun registration. My opposition is based on the fact that these actions are both a violations our Second Amendment right to bear arms and an invasion of privacy of people who wish to own guns legally." (www.myspace.com)
  • Steve Daines. Twitter: @DainesforHouse. 9 October 2011. "Thanks to all who attended our Gun Owners of America event in Billings, and standing up for the 2nd Amendment." (twitter.com)
  • Steve Daines. Twitter: @DainesforHouse. 15 September 2011. "Overflow crowd at tonight's NRA banquet in Helena. Cindy & I are glad to stand w/those who strongly support our 2nd Amendt rights! #2012" (twitter.com)
  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gun Owners of America endorsed Steve Daines in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Daines. Twitter: @DainesforHouse. 15 September 2011. "Overflow crowd at tonight's NRA banquet in Helena. Cindy & I are glad to stand w/those who strongly support our 2nd Amendt rights!" (twitter.com)
  • Steve Daines. Steve Daines Campaign - The Second Amendment and Gun Control. 24 March 2011. "My goal is to make sure that law abiding Americans are always able to defend themselves by opposing the federal licensing requirements and national gun registration. My opposition is based on the fact that these actions are both a violations our Second Amendment right to bear arms and an invasion of privacy of people who wish to own guns legally." (www.myspace.com)
  • Steve Daines. Twitter: @DainesforHouse. 9 October 2011. "Thanks to all who attended our Gun Owners of America event in Billings, and standing up for the 2nd Amendment." (twitter.com)
  • Steve Daines. Twitter: @DainesforHouse. 15 September 2011. "Overflow crowd at tonight's NRA banquet in Helena. Cindy & I are glad to stand w/those who strongly support our 2nd Amendt rights! #2012" (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Daines. Billings Gazette: 2012 Steve Daines Q&A. Responded "We should repeal President Obama's health care act; this alone will reduce spending by nearly $2 trillion." to the question: "If we are to balance the federal budget, what specific programs are your priorities to cut?" (billingsgazette.com)
  • Steve Daines. Issue Position: Health Care. 2 March 2012. "Montanans understand that Obamacare does not move the country forward, but sets us back. Every American wants health care at a reasonable cost. No American wants a complicated plan full of false promises, special political favors, and costs we cannot afford. We should repeal ObamaCare and implement an affordable health care system that actually improves the quality of health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Daines. Experienced Job Creator Steve Daines Speaks from Proven Experience. 15 March 2011. "I will work to repeal Obamacare." (www.prlog.org)
  • Steve Daines. KRTV: 2012 US House Candidate Profile: Steve Daines. Responded "I support repealing Affordable Care Act and replacing it with healthcare reforms that will address the affordability of care and coverage. Three ways to reduce the cost of medical care and increase the affordability of health insurance are through increasing competition by allowing insurance portability between states, improving transparency in medical costs by giving patients the ability to make smart decisions pertaining to personal medical needs and decreasing the practice of defensive medicine via tort reform." to the question "Do you support the Affordable Care Act? If yes, why? If not what alternative health care reforms do you support?" (www.krtv.com)
  • Steve Daines. Billings Gazette: 2012 Steve Daines Q&A. Responded "Balancing the budget starts with growing our economy and creating more jobs, along with reducing government spending. We must increase certainty for small businesses by flattening and simplifying the tax code, stop overreaching federal regulations, and increasing domestic energy production. The simplest path to more jobs is less government. I support across-the-board spending reductions by freezing federal spending at 2008 levels. We should repeal President Obama's health care act; this alone will reduce spending by nearly $2 trillion." to the question: "If we are to balance the federal budget, what specific programs are your priorities to cut?" (billingsgazette.com)
  • Steve Daines. Billings Gazette: 2012 Steve Daines Q&A. Responded "We should repeal President Obama's health care act; this alone will reduce spending by nearly $2 trillion." to the question: "If we are to balance the federal budget, what specific programs are your priorities to cut?" (billingsgazette.com)
  • Steve Daines. Issue Position: Health Care. 2 March 2012. "Montanans understand that Obamacare does not move the country forward, but sets us back. Every American wants health care at a reasonable cost. No American wants a complicated plan full of false promises, special political favors, and costs we cannot afford. We should repeal ObamaCare and implement an affordable health care system that actually improves the quality of health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Daines. Experienced Job Creator Steve Daines Speaks from Proven Experience. 15 March 2011. "I will work to repeal Obamacare." (www.prlog.org)
  • Steve Daines. KRTV: 2012 US House Candidate Profile: Steve Daines. Responded "I support repealing Affordable Care Act and replacing it with healthcare reforms that will address the affordability of care and coverage. Three ways to reduce the cost of medical care and increase the affordability of health insurance are through increasing competition by allowing insurance portability between states, improving transparency in medical costs by giving patients the ability to make smart decisions pertaining to personal medical needs and decreasing the practice of defensive medicine via tort reform." to the question "Do you support the Affordable Care Act? If yes, why? If not what alternative health care reforms do you support?" (www.krtv.com)
  • Steve Daines. Billings Gazette: 2012 Steve Daines Q&A. Responded "Balancing the budget starts with growing our economy and creating more jobs, along with reducing government spending. We must increase certainty for small businesses by flattening and simplifying the tax code, stop overreaching federal regulations, and increasing domestic energy production. The simplest path to more jobs is less government. I support across-the-board spending reductions by freezing federal spending at 2008 levels. We should repeal President Obama's health care act; this alone will reduce spending by nearly $2 trillion." to the question: "If we are to balance the federal budget, what specific programs are your priorities to cut?" (billingsgazette.com)
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

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Steve Daines. KRTV: 2012 US House Candidate Profile: Steve Daines. Responded "I support laws that preserve and sustain our country's high value of life and will fight to protect the most vulnerable in our society. This includes protecting the lives of the unborn. I support traditional marriage." to the question "Where do you stand on social issues including abortion and homo-sexual marriage?" (www.krtv.com)
  • Steve Daines. KRTV: 2012 US House Candidate Profile: Steve Daines. Responded "I support laws that preserve and sustain our country's high value of life and will fight to protect the most vulnerable in our society. This includes protecting the lives of the unborn. I support traditional marriage." to the question "Where do you stand on social issues including abortion and homo-sexual marriage?" (www.krtv.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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

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

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