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Jim Bridenstine's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OK) - District 1, Republican
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Jim Bridenstine has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Jim Bridenstine 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 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

  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135894/jim-bridenstine/2#.V2v_tnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am committed to advancing pro-life legislation in the House of Representatives." http://bridenstine.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=115851 (bridenstine.house.gov)
  • "Human life is sacred and begins at conception. Unborn children should be welcomed in life and protected by law." http://www.jimbridenstine.com/issues/human-life (www.jimbridenstine.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

  • Do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/135894/jim-bridenstine/#.Vaf1v6RVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "The personal and corporate income tax is a punitive tax on productive effort which discourages investment, innovation, risk-taking and job formation within the United States. The income tax code has become too complex for citizens to understand, and the annual time and expense required to comply with the income tax code has become intolerably burdensome." https://bridenstine.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=223 (bridenstine.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353#.V2v6rHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "This budget calls for deeper discretionary spending cuts and faster phase-in of various policies. Therein is the most significant message: The longer we wait to move in the right direction, the more severe the correction will have to be. The time to start the move toward a balanced budget is now." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/865055/congressman-jim-bridenstine-supports-the-ryan-budget#.Vaf326RVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Private capital investment drives economic growth and job creation. Free markets weed out businesses the public is unwilling to support but money-losing, government-supported businesses can and do persist indefinitely. The federal government has nothing at risk when it 'invests' tax payer money." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/135894/jim-bridenstine/#.VagHsaRVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% by Americans for Prosperity http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135894/jim-bridenstine#.V2v9UHUrIfJ (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "These are the principles that will return America to economic greatness: […] Low taxes." http://bridenstine.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=115854 (bridenstine.house.gov)
  • "The personal and corporate income tax is a punitive tax on productive effort which discourages investment, innovation, risk-taking and job formation within the United States. The income tax code has become too complex for citizens to understand, and the annual time and expense required to comply with the income tax code has become intolerably burdensome." https://bridenstine.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=223 (bridenstine.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe local communities and states should be empowered to aide in supporting public education, but nowhere in the Constitution will you find the federal government being given a role in the education of our children." http://www.jimbridenstine.com/issues/educationn (www.jimbridenstine.com)
  • "My position on education is driven by my strong feelings on the constitutionality of federal involvement in education, and I will support policies and legislation in Congress that return these decisions to state and local governments." http://bridenstine.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=115848 (bridenstine.house.gov)
  • "[…] I am one of 62 co-sponsors on Congressman Jeff Duncan's House Resolution 476, which strongly supports 'the restoration and protection of State authority and flexibility in establishing and defining challenging student academic standards and assessments, and strongly denouncing the President's coercion of States into adopting the Common Core State Standards by conferring preferences in Federal grants and flexibility waivers.'" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/859033/blog-common-core-will-federalize-education/?search=Stimulus#.VjuFGGwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It's long past time for the Administration to approve construction of the Keystone Pipeline to move crude oil south from Canada into the U.S. and create high paying jobs." https://bridenstine.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=60 (bridenstine.house.gov)
  • Voted in support of S1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbJpeXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We should not shy away from alternative energy sources if they are viable and affordable. In fact, Oklahoma generates about 15 percent of its electricity from wind power. But an all of the above energy strategy should truly mean all of the above, including traditional energy sources, without any dictates or interference from the federal government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/993532/unleash-the-american-energy-renaissance-now#.VagGkaRVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Wind, solar, nuclear, and geothermal energy are viable alternative sources of energy, and the free market has the capacity to advance these technologies." http://bridenstine.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=115849 (bridenstine.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Since future carbon emissions from the developing world (including China & India) will far outweigh US emissions growth, even severely limiting U.S. use of fossil fuels would have very little impact on worldwide carbon emissions." http://bridenstine.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=115849 (bridenstine.house.gov)
  • "I oppose Cap and Trade legislation which would tax fossil fuels, raise energy prices, and force consumers into alternative fuels prematurely." http://www.jimbridenstine.com/issues/energy (www.jimbridenstine.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Creating more laws to further infringe on our 2nd Amendment rights is not the answer, and I will continue to oppose any legislation that would attempt to do so." http://www.jimbridenstine.com/issues/second-amendment (www.jimbridenstine.com)
  • "I strongly support our constitutionally recognized right to keep and bear arms. As a lifelong sportsman and proud gun owner, I know that the Second Amendment is not negotiable to the people of Oklahoma’s First District." http://bridenstine.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=115845 (bridenstine.house.gov)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifles Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135894/jim-bridenstine/37#.V2v-tHUrIfl (votesmart.org)
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/55150#.V2wA33UrIfl (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe America has the world’s finest doctors, hospitals, and medical innovations, but all that is in jeopardy because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. This is the most significant domestic policy issue of our time, and stopping it is one of my top priorities in Congress." http://www.jimbridenstine.com/issues/obamacare (www.jimbridenstine.com)
  • "We need to ultimately repeal Obamacare and replace it with a more competitive and economically rational system." http://bridenstine.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=115853 (bridenstine.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor for H.R. 3009 "Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53368 (votesmart.org)
  • "The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 demonstrates that simply giving citizenship to illegal aliens will not slow or stop illegal immigration so long as the border is unsecured and guest workers are not tracked. In fact, according to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS), the number of illegal aliens living in the United States has risen from about 3.2 million in 1986 to 11.1 million in 2011. Indeed, the mere discussion of this kind of "reform" only serves as a powerful incentive to accelerate illegal entries." http://bridenstine.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=115856 (bridenstine.house.gov)
  • "I cosponsored the Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act to block federal funding to any state or local government that prevents immigration authorities from enforcing federal immigration laws." https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanJimBridenstine/posts/868771646505824 (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe that marriage is intended to be between one man and one woman for life." http://www.jimbridenstine.com/issues/marriage (www.jimbridenstine.com)
  • "My position is that the institution of marriage should be protected by law, and I would support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman." http://bridenstine.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=11585 (bridenstine.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135894/jim-bridenstine/76#.V2wDZ3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? "Yes." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/135894/jim-bridenstine/#.Vaf1QKRVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Our military leadership on the ground needs the flexibility to effectively conduct operations without artificial timelines imposed by politicians far away from the fighting." http://www.jimbridenstine.com/issues/foreign-policy (www.jimbridenstine.com)
Yes Inferred 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

  • "[…] younger people should have the option of opting out of the social security system and assuming the risk of diverting social security taxes (up to 100%) into personal retirement accounts." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/135894/jim-bridenstine/#.Vaf1QKRVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135894/jim-bridenstine/53#.V2wFunUrIfJ (votesmart.org)

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

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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.

Oklahoma Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage 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.

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

All human life is sacred and begins at conception.  Unborn children should be welcomed in life and protected by law.  New technologies have made embryonic stem cell research unnecessary.  Taxpayer money should never be used to subsidize abortion as is the case in ObamaCare.  I support a human life amendment to the Constitution.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
NoDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

Afghanistan has historically been a haven for Islamic terrorists planning attacks on the U.S. and its allies. I support intelligence gathering and counter-terrorist operations as necessary to protect the national security of the United States. I do not support setting timetables for withdrawal from any conflict. Setting a deadline communicates to our enemies how long it will take to outlast us and essentially ensures defeat for the United States.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

We must balance our national budget. Our debt is unsustainable, jeopardizing our ability to attract capital needed to expand our economy and create jobs. Politicians often get re-elected by making promises which can't be kept. However, retired people and those nearing retirement have counted upon these promises. Therefore, people 55 or older should be protected from benefit reductions. I support smart reductions in defense spending that don't jeopardize national security.

NoDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

The First Amendment prohibits any infringement on free speech. People have the right to spend their own money as they wish to support political campaigns. Corporations and unions should be able to make direct and indirect contributions to campaigns. However, those contributions and the identities of the entities receiving them must be disclosed. No corporate or union funds derived from union dues or other payments compulsory as a condition of employment should be eligible as a source of direct or indirect campaign contributions.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

When used appropriately, swift capital punishment deters violent crimes and saves lives. Capital punishment for certain heinous crimes is consistent with the high intrinsic value of human life.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

Private capital investment drives economic growth and job creation. Free markets weed out businesses the public is unwilling to support but money-losing, government-supported businesses can and do persist indefinitely. The federal government has nothing at risk when it "invests" tax payer money. When offering subsidies, tax incentives and loan guarantees the government inappropriately chooses winners and losers. The Obama Administration's economic policies have inhibited recovery from the recession that began in 2007. I support extension of the 2010 tax relief and making the tax cuts permanent because high taxes inhibit economic growth and job creation.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

I support funding of education at the local level where citizens are most aware of educational needs. The federal government should not be in the business of funding education or setting standards for the states to meet. Each state should oversee its own educational institutions. American citizens should not send money to Washington, DC to have it redistributed as the federal Department of Education deems appropriate.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

Offshore oil and gas exploration and production can contribute significantly to U.S. energy production. The Obama Administration currently bars drilling in most offshore areas, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and the east and west coasts. Offshore oil operations have been conducted safely around the world for decades. Even though accidents sometimes occur, as in any human activity, they are isolated and most are minor in scope.

NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

The Earth's climate has always varied substantially as demonstrated by pre-industrial human records and natural evidence. There is no doubt that human activity can change local conditions, but on a global scale natural processes including variations in solar output and ocean currents control climatic conditions. There is no credible scientific evidence that greenhouse gas atmospheric concentrations, including carbon dioxide, affect global climate. I oppose regulating greenhouse gases. Doing so will significantly increase energy prices and keep more people in poverty.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says ". . . the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." There should be no restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns for lawful purposes.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
NoShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

I would replace ObamaCare with a more competitive and cost efficient system. Mandating purchase of health insurance is an unconstitutional infringement on individual rights. The so-called Affordable Care Act will replace health care decisions made by patients and their doctors with decisions made by the federal government. Healthcare reform should:
-Allow families and businesses to buy insurance across state lines.
-End frivolous lawsuits that result in defensive medicine and exorbitant malpractice insurance premiums.
-Enhance Health Savings Accounts.
-Ensure that people with pre-existing conditions can purchase health insurance.
-Provide incentives for healthier lifestyles.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
NoDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
YesDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

The laws of the United States must be enforced unless they are changed by legislative process. We must secure the borders of the United States so that illegal movement of persons, narcotics, slaves and weapons across the border is stopped.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

I believe that a man should marry a woman and that a woman should marry a man. The institution of marriage is sacred and should be protected by law. I would support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Men and women were intentionally designed very differently and each is important in the raising of children.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

Terrorists should have no safe havens where they may organize and prepare for attacks against the United States, its armed forces and American citizens living or traveling abroad. U.S. military commanders need rules of engagement that allow them to immediately and appropriately respond to threats. Iranian nuclear weapons would further destabilize the Middle East and pose a threat to the entire world. The U.S. and its allies should use military force as needed to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability for its own use or for equipping terrorists.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

The Social Security system is on an unsustainable financial trajectory. Funds people have paid into the Social Security "trust fund" have be raided to support government spending and replaced by IOUs. For people 55 and older the current social security system should be preserved and deliver the benefits people were promised and planned to receive. However, younger people should have the option of opting out of the social security system and assuming the risk of diverting social security taxes (up to 100%) into personal retirement accounts.

Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Eliminatea) Agriculture
Eliminateb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Eliminated) Education
Eliminatee) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Eliminatea) Capital gains taxes
Eliminateb) Corporate taxes
Eliminatec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Eliminated) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Eliminatee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminatef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Eliminateg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Eliminateh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Eliminatej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

I support the fair tax.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

My first priority is to balance the federal budget and stop creating money to "fund" out of control spending. I favor amending the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced budget and limit federal expenditures and the national debt to fixed percentages of the GDP.

My second priority is limiting the terms of U.S. Congressmen and Senators. Term limits will encourage federal lawmakers to make decisions in the best interest of the nation rather than on the basis of what's best for their re-election.

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