Representative Mark Meadows's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 11, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 11
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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Mark Meadows. Issue Position: Abortion. 1 January 2012. "As a longtime pro-life activist, I will work in Congress to end to the tragedy of abortion. I'll work just as hard to reduce barriers to adoption, and promote policies that support groups offering hope and assistance to mothers facing crisis pregnancies." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Meadows. Meadows Endorsed by NC Rep. Mitch Gillespie. 31 May 2012. "Meadows is a fiscal and social conservative who has served on numerous boards and was recently appointed to the State Board for Economic Development in Western North Carolina, because of his expertise in business and creating jobs. He is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, a Christian Conservative and a champion of 'Life, Liberty, and Lower Taxes.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Julie N. Chang. The News Herald: Mark Meadows wins Burke GOP straw poll. 28 March 2012. "Meadows said he was firmly anti-abortion, supports second amendment rights, wants to reign in regulations and reduce spending." (www2.morganton.com)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Mark Meadows in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Mark Meadows. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 1 January 2012. "Our nation must honor its commitment to those who've served our country, and to the families of those who've made the ultimate sacrifice. This includes making sure we keep our promises with respect to health care and retirement benefits. I will never support harmful cuts to military spending in order to fund costly, liberal, big government programs." (votesmart.org)

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  • Mark Meadows. Issue Position: Jobs. 1 January 2012. "We can promote new job creation by cutting red tape and regulations, lowering all taxes, and demanding a free trade policy. I will work to get government off the backs of small business and eliminate regulatory laws that hamper economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Vance Patterson. Issue Position: Taxes. 27 June 2012. "I am an advocate of the Fair Tax System. We should transition toward scrapping the mess we have now and move toward funding the government with only what it requires, as laid out by our Constitution. A smaller government will reduce our taxes and create a more localized system of governance that is in touch with the needs of the states and communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Meadows. Meadows Focuses on Jobs and the Economy in Second TV Spot. 31 May 2012. ""As a conservative Christian businessman, I understand what Barack Obama does not: high taxes and out-of-control regulations shut down businesses, put people out of work, and hurt families. Having balanced budgets and cut wasteful spending in my own business, I also know that if we cut taxes and eliminate regulations, small businesses will grow, they'll create jobs, and our families will prosper." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Meadows. Meadows Endorsed by NC Rep. Mitch Gillespie. 31 May 2012. "Meadows is a fiscal and social conservative who has served on numerous boards and was recently appointed to the State Board for Economic Development in Western North Carolina, because of his expertise in business and creating jobs. He is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, a Christian Conservative and a champion of 'Life, Liberty, and Lower Taxes.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Mark Meadows. STRONG CONSERVATIVE MARK MEADOWS ANNOUNCES RUN FOR US NC DISTRICT 11 CONGRESSIONAL SEAT. 3 October 2011. "I promise to fight for spending cuts and a Balanced Budget Amendment, I will promote new job creation by voting for lower taxes and free and fair trade market policies, I will work for the repeal of Obamacare, and I will work to improve our education system, for all public, charter and home school students, by returning decision-making and funding to the local level." (www.meadowsforcongress.com)
  • Mark Meadows. Issue Position: Government Size. 1 January 2012. "Obama's administration has trampled our Constitutional safeguards, producing unlimited deficits and promoting unprecedented dependence upon federal subsidies and entitlements." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Meadows. Facebook: Timeline. 1 June 2012. "As a small businessman, I've seen the harmful effects his policies have on Western North Carolina families. From Obamacare, to wasteful bailouts and "stimulus" bills, his liberal agenda is hurting America. It's clear we must reverse course in Washington." (www.facebook.com)

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  • Mark Meadows. MEADOWS UNVEILS "20/20³ PLAN FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOBS. "1. Close Corporate Tax Loopholes And Reduce Corporate Taxes To 20 Percent. Currently the United States of America has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. It is cheaper for a person to start a business in Ireland than the United States. Why should we find it surprising that business leaders choose to move businesses abroad when there is a financial incentive to do so? By lowering our corporate tax rate, the US will become more competitive globally and industry will not find more favorable conditions to move operations abroad. (Estimated job growth, 1.2 million) [I] 2. For The Next 20 Months, Allow Repatriation Of Earnings. We should allow the 1.25 to 1.5 trillion dollars of corporate earnings which are currently being retained abroad, to be brought back and invested in long term US business ventures, tax-free. The repatriation of earnings currently being held abroad and the economic impact would far exceed the government stimulus plans, which have been implemented to date. These earnings are currently not being taxed by the US and this exemption would not have a negative impact on current budgets. This one act could provide the single greatest stimulus to US corporate job growth that we have witnessed since 2008. (Estimated job growth, 2.9 million) [ii]" (www.meadowsforcongress.com)
  • Mark Meadows. STRONG CONSERVATIVE MARK MEADOWS ANNOUNCES RUN FOR US NC DISTRICT 11 CONGRESSIONAL SEAT. 3 October 2011. "'I promise to fight for spending cuts and a Balanced Budget Amendment, I will promote new job creation by voting for lower taxes and free and fair trade market policies, I will work for the repeal of Obamacare, and I will work to improve our education system, for all public, charter and home school students, by returning decision-making and funding to the local level.' Meadows said he would work in Congress to: - Reduce government regulations - Reduce taxes to spur job creation - Provide for accelerated depreciation write off for all new business investments to spur economic development" (www.meadowsforcongress.com)

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  • Mark Meadows. STRONG CONSERVATIVE MARK MEADOWS ANNOUNCES RUN FOR US NC DISTRICT 11 CONGRESSIONAL SEAT. 3 October 2011. "I promise to fight for spending cuts and a Balanced Budget Amendment, I will promote new job creation by voting for lower taxes and free and fair trade market policies, I will work for the repeal of Obamacare, and I will work to improve our education system, for all public, charter and home school students, by returning decision-making and funding to the local level." (www.meadowsforcongress.com)

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  • Mark Meadows. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2012. "We must reduce our dependence on foreign oil by tapping into our national gas reserves, which are the largest in the world. We must also immediately open up new domestic drilling and pipeline opportunities, along with exploring way to use renewable energy sources." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Meadows. MEADOWS UNVEILS "20/20³ PLAN FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOBS. "4. Reduce Our Dependency On Foreign Oil By 20 Percent By The Year 2020. To facilitate this, we would tap our natural gas resources, provide for expanded drilling offshore and in ANWR. We should implement legislation to fast-track environmental/biological permits with automatic approval provisions that go into place if governmental agencies fail to act within the newly established timeframes. We are the only nation in the world that places more than 90 percent of its natural resources off-limits, and we are paying for it at the pumps. History shows us that an expanded energy policy will have an immediate impact on the price of fuel, with prices falling from 4.10 a gallon in 2007 to 1.61 a gallon just six months after the drilling announcement. (Estimated job growth, 1.1 million) [iv]" (www.meadowsforcongress.com)

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  • Mark Meadows. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 1 January 2012. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Meadows. Meadows Endorsed by NC Rep. Mitch Gillespie. 31 May 2012. "He is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, a Christian Conservative and a champion of 'Life, Liberty, and Lower Taxes.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Mark Meadows. Mark Meadows Launches First Television Ad of Primary Campaign. 31 May 2012. "From Obamacare, to our state's upcoming marriage amendment, President Obama has run roughshod over Western North Carolinians' values, and I'm running to stop him. Guided by my unwavering faith and my experience starting a small business, I won't rest until his policies are repealed and replaced with conservative solutions, so our economy can grow and Western North Carolinians can have jobs again." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Meadows. Facebook: Timeline. 1 June 2012. "As a small businessman, I've seen the harmful effects his policies have on Western North Carolina families. From Obamacare, to wasteful bailouts and "stimulus" bills, his liberal agenda is hurting America. It's clear we must reverse course in Washington." (www.facebook.com)
  • Mark Meadows. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2012. "Obamacare is one of the most costly pieces of big government legislation ever rammed through the Congress, and we must repeal it immediately. In its place, I will support patient-centered reforms that preserve your right to see the Doctor of your choice, protect small businesses, and lower costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Meadows. MEADOWS STATEMENT ON OBAMACARE ANNIVERSARY. March 2012. "The United States Supreme Court will soon take up Obamacare. Despite the faith we have in brilliant, Constitutional conservative minds like Alito, Thomas, Scalia, and Roberts, we cannot sit back and rest, assuming the Court will strike down Obamacare. Therefore, it is critical that we send proven leaders to Congress who will respect the will of the American people and work to repeal Obamacare." (www.meadowsforcongress.com)
  • Mark Meadows. STRONG CONSERVATIVE MARK MEADOWS ANNOUNCES RUN FOR US NC DISTRICT 11 CONGRESSIONAL SEAT. 3 October 2011. "I promise to fight for spending cuts and a Balanced Budget Amendment, I will promote new job creation by voting for lower taxes and free and fair trade market policies, I will work for the repeal of Obamacare, and I will work to improve our education system, for all public, charter and home school students, by returning decision-making and funding to the local level." (www.meadowsforcongress.com)

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  • Jake Frankel. Mountain Express: Dispatches from the Asheville Tea Party congressional candidate forum. 28 January 2012. "Meadows supports a fence along the Mexican border, says he wants to deport all illegals... I think the most powerful country in the world is smart enough to figure out how to deport all illegal immigrants." (www.mountainx.com)
  • Gary Glancy and John Harbin. BlueRidgeNow: Candidates for Congress talk agriculture at forum. 26 April 2012. "The Farm Bureau has a seven-point plan that really modifies in terms of a guest-worker program. It doesn't lead to amnesty; what it does is it allows on a short-term basis, first 12 months, that can be modified to add another 12 months for that guest-worker program. It works through state and local agencies and it identifies those that are here illegally, but it also provides a sustainable workforce. This is going to be critical in light of what the Department of Labor is going to do to say that kids that are 18 years or younger can't work on a farm. We need to say enough is enough." (www.blueridgenow.com)

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  • Mark Meadows. Mark Meadows Launches First Television Ad of Primary Campaign. 31 May 2012. "From Obamacare, to our state's upcoming marriage amendment, President Obama has run roughshod over Western North Carolinians' values, and I'm running to stop him. Guided by my unwavering faith and my experience starting a small business, I won't rest until his policies are repealed and replaced with conservative solutions, so our economy can grow and Western North Carolinians can have jobs again." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Mark Meadows in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Meadows. Issue Position: Marriage. 1 January 2012. "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. I support the NC Marriage Amendment on the May ballot." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Meadows. Meadows Endorsed by NC Rep. Mitch Gillespie. 31 May 2012. "Meadows is a fiscal and social conservative who has served on numerous boards and was recently appointed to the State Board for Economic Development in Western North Carolina, because of his expertise in business and creating jobs. He is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, a Christian Conservative and a champion of 'Life, Liberty, and Lower Taxes.'" (votesmart.org)

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