Representative Mark Meadows's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 11, Republican
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Mark Meadows 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. Mark Meadows is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • "As the father of two children, I wholeheartedly affirm the sanctity of life for every human being. In Congress, I will continue to defend each life as a precious gift from God." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/841604/newsletter-defending-life#.VaVnsXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a pledge stating to "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge/?search=pledge#.Vi-KPmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "We can promote new job creation by cutting red tape and regulations, lowering all taxes, and demanding a free trade policy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676166/#.VaVpoXUViko (votesmart.org)

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

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  • "I made a promise to Western North Carolinians that I would fight to reduce government spending in Washington, D.C. By voting for today’s continuing resolution I did just that." https://meadows.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/meadows-maintains-promise-of-spending-reductions-with-cr-vote (meadows.house.gov)
  • "In order to put us back on a path to budgetary balance and economic prosperity, we must offer bold solutions that tackle the drivers of the debt, including major reforms to our federal budget, tax code and entitlement systems. I will do everything in my power to rein in wasteful spending, fraud and abuse and push for tough reforms to ensure that we get our government’s fiscal house in order." https://meadows.house.gov/issues/federal-budget (meadows.house.gov)

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  • "Now more than ever, North Carolina families should be allowed to keep more of their money. Our current tax policy is broken and raising taxes only contributes to the problem. While I continue to support legislation to stop tax hikes and close loopholes, large scale reform of our nation's tax code must be our ultimate goal." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849284/issue-position-tax-reform#.VaV0PXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating to "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge/?search=pledge#.Vi-KPmwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Rather than have government bureaucracy interfering in our schools, I believe we need to return the decision-making responsibility to states and local school boards. The teachers and principals tasked with educating our youth are much more qualified to make decisions on issues like curriculum than bureaucrats in Washington." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849272/issue-position-education#.VaV0_XUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Improve education by returning decision-making and funding to the local level. Parents have the right to choose Charter Schools, Private Schools, and Homeschooling." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676175/issue-position-improving-schools-empowering-parents#.VaV1WHUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to follow suit and approve the Keystone XL pipeline." https://meadows.house.gov/media-center/enewsletters/marks-weekly-update-79 (meadows.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.1. "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VaV2A3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "We must also immediately open up new domestic drilling and pipeline opportunities, along with exploring way to use renewable energy sources." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676176/issue-position-energy/?search=renewable#.VaV4fXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "A more balanced energy portfolio, which includes both a robust, domestic oil and natural gas supply and numerous forms of renewable energies, is desperately needed to increase our energy independence." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849274/issue-position-energy/?search=renewable#.VaV3IXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Mark Meadows, pledge to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." http://americansforprosperity.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Mark_Meadows.pdf (americansforprosperity.org)
  • "Taxpayers' dollars should not be utilized to broker trade deals that will include job-killing restrictions on carbon and greenhouse gas emissions."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/873611/rep-meadows-no-funding-to-attempt-to-cap-greenhouse-gas-emmisions/?search=emissions#.VaV_dnUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
  • "I am a strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights. Our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms is absolute, and North Carolina's sporting heritage is an important part of our state history. I will oppose liberals' efforts to create a national gun registry and any other anti-gun legislation that erodes our gun rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676178/issue-position-our-2nd-amendment-rights#.VaWAVHUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "I believe we need to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with real solutions that will actually help lower the cost of healthcare and leave the medical decisions to be made between a patient and their doctor, where it belongs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849280/issue-position-health-care/?search=repeal#.VaWCknUViko (votesmart.org)
  • 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#.VaWBe3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "We must crack down on illegal immigration and enforce our current immigration laws, but until we enact measures to stop the flow of illegal immigrants across our borders, any reforms addressing the problem of illegals currently residing in the United States are impractical." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849281/issue-position-immigration#.Vi-ZbWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Granting amnesty to those who willfully broke the law makes a mockery of our legal system and encourages even more lawlessness -- potentially more severe crimes than entering the U.S. illegally." http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/11/20/obama-immigration-amnesty-slap-in-face-to-american-voters.html (www.foxnews.com)

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  • Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1467/rating/7752 (votesmart.org)
  • "Protecting the institution of marriage is a critically important issue and one I'll defend in Congress. I firmly believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676174/issue-position-traditional-marriage#.VaWJb3UViko (votesmart.org)

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

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  • "[...] if we are to continue providing these safety-nets for Americans in need we must renegotiate expectations with younger Americans. This could include increasing the retirement age for those just starting their careers, raising or eliminating the cap on payroll taxes for higher wage earners and creating incentives for personal retirement and health care savings." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849282/issue-position-social-security-and-medicare/?search=social%20security#.VaWLq3UViko (votesmart.org)

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