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Rick Allen's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 12, Republican
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Rick Allen 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. Rick Allen 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 National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/136062/rick-allen/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "I am 100% pro-life and will fight for the rights of the unborn." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/732614/issue-position-family-values#.Ve82lHUVikq (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3504 "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53878 (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

  • "For the first time since 2001, the House and Senate have come together to put forth a budget that balances within 10 years, and it does so without raising taxes. While there is still much work ahead, this agreement represents a meaningful first step towards restoring fiscal responsibility in Washington." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/989486/rep-rick-allen-supports-balanced-budget-resolution/?search=tax%20increase (votesmart.org)
  • Signed the Federal Taxpayer Protection Pledge "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940447/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VXC6sHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The House budget eases burdens on American families and businesses by fully repealing ObamaCare and promoting a simpler, fairer tax code." http://rickallen.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=45 (rickallen.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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Washington does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. The spending-addicted politicians in Washington are doing nothing to solve it." http://www.rickwallen.com/issues/ (www.rickwallen.com)
  • "While this legislation was far from perfect, it provided critical funding for the expansion of Ft. Gordon, allocated funds to deepen the Port of Savannah, lifted the ban on U.S. oil exports, worked to protect our state and industries from harmful water regulations and provided critical funding for our nation's military." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1056191/house-funding-bill-protects-americans-and-brings-needed-resources-to-georgia (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed the Federal Taxpayer Protection Pledge "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940447/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VXC6sHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Not only have many family businesses been forced to close altogether as a result of this incredibly high tax rate, but the costs and resources associated with planning for the death tax have prevented growth and investment and caused business owners to cut back on hiring." http://m.chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-04-28/us-rep-rick-allen-pushing-repeal-estate-taxes#gsc.tab=0 (m.chronicle.augusta.com)
  • Cosponsored and voted for H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Every Student Succeeds Act repeals No Child Left Behind, gets rid of 49 wasteful and ineffective programs, and eliminates the Secretary of Education's coercion of States into adopting Common Core standards." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1055432/every-student-succeeds-act-is-now-law/?search=common%20core (votesmart.org)
  • "For too long, the federal government has employed a ‘one size fits all’ approach to education in America. I believe that decisions involving the education of our children should be made by parents and officials on the local level – not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.." http://www.rickwallen.com/issues (www.rickwallen.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "At a time when millions of Americans are struggling, the Keystone XL pipeline will create tens of thousands of jobs and help lower energy prices for families." http://allen.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=16 (allen.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of "S 1 - A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299#.VXC7KXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Signed a letter stating: "We write to support biomass energy as a sustainable, responsible, renewable, and economically significant energy source. […] we support renewable biomass to create jobs and economic growth while meeting our nation's energy needs." http://ribble.house.gov/sites/ribble.house.gov/files/House%20Letter%20on%20Carbon%20Neutrality%20of%20Forest%20Biomass.pdf (ribble.house.gov)
  • "[…] the harnessing of American energy is more important than ever before. If elected to Congress, I’ll push for a comprehensive energy plan that includes substantial increases in drilling for American oil." http://www.rickwallen.com/issues/ (www.rickwallen.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • WALB 10 News " […] cap and trade is really going to affect small business in this area especially farmers, that kind of tax regulation on energy is really going to hurt farmers in southwest Georgia." http://www.walb.com/story/12556503/rick-allen-plans-run-for-congress (www.walb.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.2042 "Ratepayer Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53662 (votesmart.org)
  • "[…] the harnessing of American energy is more important than ever before. If elected to Congress, I’ll push for a comprehensive energy plan that includes substantial increases in drilling for American oil." http://www.rickwallen.com/issues/ (www.rickwallen.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The ‘Right to Bear Arms’ is one of the most fundamental and important rights in the Constitution and needs to be protected. As a lifelong member of the NRA, I cherish this right and will fight each and every day to protect and uphold the 2nd Amendment." http://www.rickwallen.com/issues/ (www.rickwallen.com)
  • "As we have seen in recent events, the threat of terror is more real than ever, and stripping law abiding citizens' Second Amendment rights does nothing to promote safety and protection. We have the Constitution for a reason, and I will work to always ensure that our right to bear arms is not infringed upon." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1056198/rep-rick-allen-stripping-second-amendment-rights-will-not-promote-safety (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/136062/rick-allen/37 (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 (votesmart.org)
  • "I’ll immediately join the fight to repeal Obamacare and push for market-driven reforms rather than more big government solutions." http://www.rickwallen.com/issues/ (www.rickwallen.com)
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

  • "We must immediately secure the border, enforce the laws we currently have on the books, and block any solution that includes amnesty for illegals." http://www.rickwallen.com/issues/ (www.rickwallen.com)
  • Metro Spirit "We’ve got a legal guest worker program and an illegal immigration policy in this country, and neither are working […] The bottom line is to secure the borders." http://metrospirit.com/31618/#.VXC97nUVhHw (metrospirit.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I strongly support traditional marriage as a sacred union between a man and woman and will fight any efforts to redefine marriage at a federal level." http://www.rickwallen.com/issues (www.rickwallen.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As America continues to fight terrorism around the world, we must remain vigilant against a wide array of threats. This bill equips our military with critical resources to defeat ISIL and enforces stronger oversight and restrictions on the detainment and transfer of terrorists." http://allen.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=84 (allen.house.gov)
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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