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Chris Collins' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 27, Republican
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Chris Collins 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

  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/139770/chris-collins#.V0W7dnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "He promises to vote '100 percent' for pro-life legislation and defines marriage as between a man and a woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/716789/ (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

  • "Smaller Government – reform the tax code lowering rates and eliminating loopholes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/139770/chris-collins/ (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

  • "Chris knows a thing or two about cutting government. As Erie County Executive, he reduced the county's debt by more than $120 million and kept spending increases to practically zero. In Washington, Chris will stand up to Obama's reckless policies and help get spending under control." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/696418/#.V0W8rHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "What won't help us create jobs is more spending, bigger government and the failed leadership of Barack Obama" https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=383180858411592&set=a.345026278893717.82193.344997808896564&type=1 (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The president's proposed oil tax will increase the cost of gasoline by 24 cents a gallon and cripple struggling families and businesses. Western New Yorkers need pro-growth policies that will jump-start stagnant wages and increase economic opportunities for the middle-class." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1056561/obamas-budget-hurts-american-families-with-higher-taxes-and-more-wasteful-spending/?search=business#.V0W9CnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We must cut the tax rate on small business to 25% while maintaining the 15% tax on capital gains to encourage investment and allow small businesses to reinvest more of their profits and help create jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/716798/collins-calls-for-small-business-bill-of-rights/?search=business#.V0W9bnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] we need the President to work with Congress to get rid of Common Core, and put an end to the federal government telling local schools how and what to teach." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/843821/congressman-chris-collins-responds-to-presidents-state-of-the-union/?search=common%20core#.V0W-T3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Common Core is a typical one-size-fits-all approach generated by big government bureaucrats. […] It would be my hope that New York joins a growing list of states that are delaying Common Core implementation and reconsidering participation altogether." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/843812/congressman-chris-collins-agrees-with-speaker-silver-on-common-core-delay/?search=common%20core#.V0W-A3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline wastes an opportunity for America to achieve energy independence and create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1056546/by-rejecting-the-keystone-xl-pipeline-president-obama-rejects-american-job-opportunities-and-energy-security/?search=keystone#.V0W-u3UrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted Yes on H.R. 3 "Northern Route Approval Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VAomPaCW1Kg (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • "Through our different companies in industries like manufacturing, bio-technology, and renewable energy, we've created or saved over 500 jobs right here in Western New York." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/716783/collins-primary-night-remarks-to-supporters/?search=renewable#.V0W_THUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/139770/chris-collins/30#.V0W_sXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Our economy is hurting and farmers are feeling the pain as much or more than anyone. […] Today's group shared their experiences and spoke about the critical steps that must be taken to protect family farmers and the agriculture industry, including addressing crippling EPA regulations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/729454/collins-convenes-roundtable-to-address-agriculture-and-economy/?search=epa%20regulations#.V0XAL3UrIfI (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/candidate/evaluations/139770/chris-collins/37#.V0XAjHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Chris is a proud gun owner and has an A rating with the National Rifle Association. He will continue to be a staunch defender of our Constitution in Washington." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1070923/issue-position-protect-your-constitutional-freedoms#.V0XAqnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In Congress, Chris Collins will lead the fight to repeal ObamaCare and implement healthcare reforms that make sense, like patient choice and tort reform." http://collinsforcongress.com/theissues/ (collinsforcongress.com)
  • "The massive government healthcare plan passed under the Democrats is killing small businesses with more regulations and more taxes. We must repeal ObamaCare […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/716798/collins-calls-for-small-business-bill-of-rights/?search=business#.V0W9bnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • Voted Yea on H.R. 3009 "The Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/20281/53368/139770/enforce-the-law-for-sanctuary-cities-act (votesmart.org)
  • "If President Obama was committed to enforcing the immigration laws currently in place, this would not be an issue. Instead, the President has decided to pick and choose which laws he wants to enforce creating an environment where wrongdoing goes unpunished." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/890769/congressman-chris-collins-denounces-attempts-to-house-undocumented-children-in-new-york#.V0XBTHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "He promises to vote '100 percent' for pro-life legislation and defines marriage as between a man and a woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/716789/#.V0XBnnUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I want to commend the men and women across the globe who risk their lives on a daily basis to defeat terrorism, and ensure American citizens are free and safe. Now more than ever, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to combat terrorism both here and abroad." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/918782/thirteen-years-after-911-we-must-remain-vigilant/?search=terrorism#.V0XB4nUrIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Proposing military action is one of the most serious decisions a President can make, and therefore requires a clear set of objectives and a clear exit strategy. This administration has satisfied neither, leaving us with serious questions about whether a U.S military strike in Syria will be indirectly assisting anti-American jihadist forces inside of the country and will not guarantee that Assad is unable to launch future chemical weapons attacks." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/809720/statement-from-congressman-chris-collins-ny-27-outlining-position-on-syria/?search=syri#.V0XDGXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I want to commend the men and women across the globe who risk their lives on a daily basis to defeat terrorism, and ensure American citizens are free and safe. Now more than ever, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to combat terrorism both here and abroad." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/918782/thirteen-years-after-911-we-must-remain-vigilant/?search=terrorism#.V0XB4nUrIfI (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.

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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