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Ted Yoho's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 3, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 3
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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/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • “I personally believe that life begins at conception, and the life of all unborn children should be protected.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1012638/rep-yoho-votes-to-protect-the-unborn-and-place-a-one-year-moratorium-on-funding-for-planned-parenthood#.VlTRyGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support pro-life or pro-choice legislation? "Pro-Life" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137622/ted-yoho/#.VafoV_lViko (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 can level the playing field for everyone to achieve the American Dream, and allowing hardworking taxpayers to take home more of their paychecks is a way to start.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/827282/issue-position-tax-reform#.VbZsf3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137622/ted-yoho/#.VafoV_lViko (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

  • "I do not believe in Keynesian economics as a way to stimulate the economy." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137622/ted-yoho/#.VafoV_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • “I believe government has become too large, all-encompassing and fiscally irresponsible, creating a dramatically negative impact upon our way of life as we have known it.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/737946/issue-position-teds-political-philosophy/?search=Stimulus#.VlX6MWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137622/ted-yoho/#.VafoV_lViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor HR 37 "Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50971#.Vabiy_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137622/ted-yoho/#.VafoV_lViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The federal government, in an effort to improve our failing schools, has become increasingly more involved. […] It is time that we put the power back into the hands of parents along with state and local officials to educate our children.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/950030/yoho-wants-more-state-control-of-education#.VlX7kmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that the Department of Education should be eliminated over a 3-5 year process through attrition and reassignment. The monies should be returned to the States and education should be left at the State level." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137622/ted-yoho/#.VafoV_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137622/ted-yoho/#.VafoV_lViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.Vabg1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797 (votesmart.org)
  • “The Keystone XL Pipeline is the Transcontinental Railroad of our time. It unlocks 20,000 much-needed jobs and pumps $20 billion into our economy.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/786926/rep-yoho-votes-to-authorize-keystone-pipeline-construction/?search=keystone%20xl#.VlX-G2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Over 60% of Americans want to see the Keystone XL Pipeline built and that doesn't seem to matter to this president. Not only was this a no to the people, it was a no to job creation, and a no to energy independence.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/986281/president-obama-says-no-to-job-creation/?search=keystone%20xl#.VlX-smwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “In addition, I will support all forms of alternative energy provided they are market driven and are not subsidized by the government.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683599/issue-position-american-energy#.VbZxQnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “I believe an 'all-of-the-above' energy policy that leads to our nation's energy independence and away from foreign oil is the only option. Fossil fuel, nuclear, hydropower and other renewables need to be in the mix.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852942/issue-position-energy#.VbZxBnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137622/ted-yoho/#.VafoV_lViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137622/ted-yoho/#.VafoV_lViko (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 HR 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#.Vabj2PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 45 "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#.Vabj2PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • “I will continue to support H.R. 2300 (the Empowering Patients First Act), the Republican alternative that repeals and replaces Obamacare with a patient- centered form of healthcare.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/986441/rep-yoho-statement-on-king-v-burwell-ruling/?search=obamacare#.VlYGI2wViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The first thing we must do is secure the borders. The technology and infrastructure exists to do so. The second thing we must do is issue an ID card for all non-US citizens presently in the US. We need to create a workable guest worker program that will allow migrant workers to go back and forth from their home countries to the United States without hassle. They would pay taxes into the general fund but not receive any benefits. Finally, we need to streamline the path to citizenship." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137622/ted-yoho/#.VafoV_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137622/ted-yoho/#.VafoV_lViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “While I personally hold a traditional view of marriage - between one man and one woman - the Constitution grants the People the ablity to decide whether or not to recognize same-sex marriage.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/986444/yoho-statement-on-obergefell-v-hodges-ruling#.VlYIm2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220 (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in equal rights for everyone, but marriage is defined as one woman and one man." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137622/ted-yoho/#.VafoV_lViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Today's Foeign Affairs hearing did nothing to change my opinion that intervening in Syria is a terrible idea. Military strikes will lead to an open-ended conflict in the Middle East that the American people neither want nor can afford.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/809455/yoho-statement-regarding-house-hearing-on-syria#.VbZzd3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in the Reagan philosophy – if you attack us, we win and you lose. I would add, have a nice day." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137622/ted-yoho/#.VafoV_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137622/ted-yoho/#.VafoV_lViko (votesmart.org)
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

  • "I believe that people should have the option of 100% privatization when it comes to social security." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137622/ted-yoho/#.VafoV_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137622/ted-yoho/#.VafoV_lViko (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

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.

Florida 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
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
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

I do not believe in Keynesian economics as a way to stimulate the economy. I believe in the free markets and free enterprise system as the best way to stimulate the economy. This can be accomplished by reducing government regulation and mandates.

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

I believe that the Department of Education should be eliminated over a 3-5 year process through attrition and reassignment. The monies should be returned to the States and education should be left at the State level.

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

I believe that America should already be energy independent and setting the example on how to address energy issues. Unfortunately this is not the case. With the abundance of resources we have in this country, we should be utilizing those responsibly while letting the free market develop new energy technologies. The Department of Energy needs to be eliminated and all uranium enrichment and nuclear technology needs to be transferred to the Dept. of Defense.

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

Washington has failed to lead on this issue and has created a climate of confusion where in reality they should be creating an environment of certainty. We need personal ownership of insurance policies, open borders among states so that companies can compete for business which would lower the costs, cut out the waste, fraud and duplicitous processes and finally, we need tort reform.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo 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

Again, Washington has failed to lead on this issue. The first thing we must do is secure the borders. The technology and infrastructure exists to do so. The second thing we must do is issue an ID card for all non-US citizens presently in the US. We need to create a workable guest worker program that will allow migrant workers to go back and forth from their home countries to the United States without hassle. They would pay taxes into the general fund but not receive any benefits. Finally, we need to streamline the path to citizenship.

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

I believe in equal rights for everyone, but marriage is defined as one woman and one man.

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

I believe in the Reagan philosophy - If you attack us, we win and you lose. I would add, have a nice day.

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

I believe that people should have the option of 100% privatization when it comes to social security.

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.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Eliminateg) International aid
Slightly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) 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 which would eliminate all of the above. The Fair Tax is based on consumption and everyone pays in based on what and how much they consume, hence it being fair.

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.

1. Realign the direction of our Country to a Constitutional Republic.
2. Grow the economy by 100% repealing and de-funding Obamacare, reducing the rules, regulations and mandates on our farmers, ranchers and businesses.
3. Pass the Fair Tax and abolish the IRS
4. Balance our federal Budget

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