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Ann Wagner's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MO) - District 2, Republican
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Ann Wagner 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.

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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.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)
  • "[…] I rise today in support of the sanctity of life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/964727/protecting-the-rights-of-the-unborn/?search=sanctity#.ViAajGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/136083/ann-wagner/2 (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

  • "We're all reminded, with tax day having just passed, that we do need a Tax Code that is fairer, that is simpler, that we don't have to hire accountants and lawyers and go through thousands ]of pages of code in order to comply with the law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/780916/making-life-work-for-american-families#.VZ6Z6XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We are never going to be able to tax, borrow, and spend our way to a strong economy – it is American business and entrepreneurs that make our economy grow." http://wagner.house.gov/issues/economy-and-jobs (wagner.house.gov)
  • "Washington does not have a taxing problem, Washington has a spending problem. We are never going to be able to tax, borrow, and spend our way to economic prosperity." http://wagner.house.gov/issues/spending-cuts-and-debt (wagner.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

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor for H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "Today the House passed in strong bipartisan fashion a bill that will cut $21.4 billion from last year, provide more certainty to the American people and prevents a government shutdown. This measure, for the fourth year in a row, cuts discretionary spending to levels before President Obama took office." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/840704/wagner-omnibus-continues-downward-trend-in-federal-spending#.VZ6bO3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Our nation's roads, bridges, railways, waterways, and runways serve as the backbone to our country and allow our communities to be interconnected and commerce to thrive. As the Representative to a district which hosts a section of the Mississippi River that provides thousands of jobs and allows the transfer of billions of dollars of commodities, I am committed to preserving the economic and commercial impacts a viable transportation infrastructure can provide." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849224/issue-position-transportation (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington does not have a taxing problem, Washington has a spending problem. We are never going to be able to tax, borrow, and spend our way to economic prosperity." http://wagner.house.gov/issues/spending-cuts-and-debt (wagner.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VZxA7vlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I will always remain committed to keeping taxes low for hardworking families and getting government out of the way so that Americans can do what they do best, work hard and innovate in pursuit of their dreams." http://wagner.house.gov/issues/economy-and-jobs (wagner.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It's time to get Washington out of the way and start empowering our local communities. That's why I voted for the Student Success Act, which would restore local control; empower parents; eliminate unnecessary bureaucratic red tape and intrusion in schools; and support innovation and excellence in the classroom. This legislation would also derail the Secretary of Education from adopting a national curriculum through the Common Core State Standards, and stop the government from coercing one-size-fits all standards in our local classrooms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/803161/wagner-votes-to-put-children-first/ (votesmart.org)
  • "It’s time to get Washington out of the way and start empowering our local communities." http://wagner.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/wagner-votes-to-put-children-first (wagner.house.gov)
  • "Unfortunately, the federal government’s approach to education in the past has been to craft a one-size fits all approach to students’ needs. The challenges our educators face in the St. Louis area are not the same as those of California and Massachusetts. Additionally, we learned the hard way that throwing money at our nation’s broken education system does not solve the problems as evident by our decline in worldwide education rankings." http://wagner.house.gov/issues/education (wagner.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Once again, President Obama has doubled down on his opposition to common sense energy solutions. After a remarkable seven years of studying the issue, this Administration has made it painfully clear that the energy independence and thousands of new jobs promised by the Keystone XL pipeline are not enough to outweigh special interest groups in Washington." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1051263/rep-wagner-statement-on-keystone-xl-pipeline/ (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VZw4lPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VZw68flViko (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

  • "Whether it is clean coal, exploration drilling, solar, wind, natural gas, hydro, or creating a new pipeline like Keystone XL, Ann believes we need to have a true 'all-of-the-above' approach to transforming our energy policy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/712989/issue-position-energy#.VZ6dZXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Additionally, we must embrace the burgeoning natural gas industry and fight back on harmful Environmental Protection Agency regulations that will make it more difficult for coal powered facilities to thrive. All of these utilizations of available resources will provide stability to our country’s energy needs while advancements in alternative energy options such as wind, solar, hydropower, and geothermal continue." http://wagner.house.gov/issues/energy (wagner.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to 'Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units' " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner introduced The EPA Regulatory Domestic Benefit Act, which would repeal the latest EPA regulations affecting coal-fired power plants and require EPA to consider the impacts on the American people in any future rulemaking." http://wagner.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/wagner-introduces-legislation-to-stop-obamas-war-on-affordable-energy (wagner.house.gov)
  • "Additionally, we must embrace the burgeoning natural gas industry and fight back on harmful Environmental Protection Agency regulations that will make it more difficult for coal powered facilities to thrive." http://wagner.house.gov/issues/energy (wagner.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • "Ann supports recent decisions by the United State Supreme Court to strike down various gun bans and pledges her support in continuing the fight to protect this fundamental right for all individuals." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/712986/issue-position-the-second-amendment#.VZ6ednUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/136083/ann-wagner/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.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VZw_g_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The rising cost of health care is a huge problem facing our nation. Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare, only serves to exacerbate the issue by further contributing to higher premiums, creating more barriers to care, and adding more money to our growing deficit. Instead of increasing competition, removing bureaucratic red tape, and focusing on the doctor patient relationship, the Affordable Care Act did exactly the opposite while creating a massive new entitlement program which we cannot afford." http://wagner.house.gov/issues/health-issues (wagner.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

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "We will fight the President on his plan to grant amnesty to millions and we will have a full and thorough debate worthy of an issue of this magnitude." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/945927/cromnibus-isnt-perfect-but-gains-for-limited-government-are-real/?search=amnesty#.VZ1L1vlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The House just acted, passing a Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill that secures our border, blocks President Obama's executive amnesty and protects American workers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/945907/rep-wagners-statement-on-the-passage-of-the-department-of-homeland-security-appropriations-bill/?search=amnesty#.VZ1Lb_lViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe in the sanctity of traditional marriage and believe that it should be up to states to determine the definition of marriage."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/795789/wagner-statement-on-supreme-courts-ruling-on-doma-and-prop-8/?search=marriage#.ViAtemwVikp (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220#.Vh_gPmwViko (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

  • "Make no mistake about it; we are at war with radical Islam. ISIL must not have a safe haven in Syria with time and space to operate and carry out attacks against the homeland. They must be destroyed." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/924480/wagners-statement-on-the-presidents-plan-to-defeat-isil#.VZ6hG3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "It is time for the President to end the equivocation and half-measures and instead put forward a comprehensive and aggressive strategy to destroy ISIS. If we do not act decisively to impede the threat of Islamic extremism to our homeland, then the acts of terror will continue against the United States and our allies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1051266/rep-wagner-statement-on-president-obamas-sunday-address/ (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.

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Inferred Answer

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