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Chris Henrichsen's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Chris Henrichsen refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? 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 Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Chris Henrichsen. About Chris: Comments. 05 September 2012. "While I feel that our invasion of Afghanistan was justified, I think we are seeing that a prolonged occupation is undesirable. How much longer should we be there? I am not sure if I have a specific answer, but as a member of Congress I would push to establish and achieve such a timeline." (chrisforcongress.us)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Henrichsen. Casper Democrat runs for House. 22 June 2012. "Congresswoman Lummis has supported the Paul Ryan budget plan. 'I'm much more of a proponent of the Simpson-Bowles approach, which is more moderate in getting costs under control by looking at both how we take in revenue and how we're spending the money,' he said." (www.laramieboomerang.com)
  • Chris Henrichsen. Video: PoliticIt Exclusive Interview. 23 August 2012. "Q: What sort of solutions are you willing to offer to fix this debt problem? A: One of the reasons I like the Simpson-Bowles comission is that it basically says there is nothing off the table. If we let special interest groups drive these things, we end up with what we have now: we're not going to talk about social security, we're not going to talk about healthcare costs, we're not going to talk about military spending." 2:02. (www.youtube.com)
  • Chris Henrichsen. Radio: Wyoming Public Radio: Democratic Candidate for U-S House Chris Henrichsen discusses health care, energy issues and more. 22 June 2012. "Q: How do you balance the budget? A: I think the Simpson-Bowles or Bowles Simpson proposal that was come out at he end of 2010, a proposal like that really is key to balancing the budget." 3:58. (www.wyomingpublicmedia.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Chris Henrichsen. Radio: Wyoming Public Radio: Democratic Candidate for U-S House Chris Henrichsen discusses health care, energy issues and more. 22 June 2012. "Q: How do you balance the budget? A: I think the Simpson-Bowles or Bowles Simpson proposal that was come out at the end of 2010, a proposal like that really is key to balancing the budget." 3:58 (www.wyomingpublicmedia.org)
  • Aaron LeClair. Laramie Boomarang: Casper Democrat runs for House. 22 June 2012. "While Henrichsen said he would like to see wealthy Americans pay a fair tax rate, he said Congress and President Barack Obama should allow the Bush tax cuts to remain in place for at least another year or until the economy improves. "I don't think those cuts were particularly a great idea, but I think rescinding them now is not the best time to do that," he said. "When the economy improves, we need to look at rescinding those cuts ¦ because we have a deficit." (www.laramieboomerang.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? 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 providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? 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 Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Chris Henrichsen. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "With No Child Left Behind (NCLB), we see the problem that comes with the overstepping of that balance between local and national powers. NCLB placed an emphasis on proficiency through standardized testing. It became quickly clear this approach to education created an environment of "teaching to the test" rather than one of trying to teach children." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Henrichsen. Education. 05 September 2012. "As a member of Congress, I will fight to return control of curriculum to local communities while still ensuring that Congress lives up to its obligations under the 14 Amendment." (chrisforcongress.us)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Chris Henrichsen. Jobs and Energy. 05 September 2012. "As a member of Congress, I will fight to protect the energy industry as it benefits Wyoming. My job will not be to represent these corporations, but to look out for the jobs of WY workers. These means that we need sensible environmental regulations. Such regulations must balance concerns for clean air and water with the concern for jobs." (chrisforcongress.us)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Chris Henrichsen. Jobs and Energy. 05 September 2012. "As a member of Congress, I will fight to protect the energy industry as it benefits Wyoming. My job will not be to represent these corporations, but to look out for the jobs of WY workers. These means that we need sensible environmental regulations. Such regulations must balance concerns for clean air and water with the concern for jobs." (chrisforcongress.us)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Henrichsen. Twitter: Chrishenrichsen. 23 July 2012. "@ClarkGoble Not going gun control. Just calling out the NRA for their crap. I need to be less chicken. " (twitter.com)
  • Chris Henrichsen. Twitter: Chrishenrichsen. 23 July 2012. "None of the 1st Amend. rights are absolute. Why would the 2nd be any different?" (twitter.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Chris Henrichsen. Blog: Supreme Court Ruling on ACA. 28 June 2012. "Chris Henrichsen, a nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming, applauds today's Supreme Court decision. "Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, it is time to move beyond the partisan and ideological rhetoric of the last few years," Henrichsen said. "Instead, we now need to focus on how we can continue to expand access to affordable healthcare. This is an issue that impacts all Wyoming families."" (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Henrichsen. Health Care. 05 September 2012. "The Affordable Care Act (ACA): While this law has been controversial, it will expand health care to many who have limited access. It really should not be all that controversial. Some of the most popular provisions of the ACA include doing away with restriction on individuals with "pre-existing conditions. Additionally, the ACA also allows young adults up to age 26 to remain on their parents insurance. This is a group of people who has often taken the gamble of just forgoing health insurance. It is also a group which is more likely to have work which does not offer health insurance. The ACA also directs the states to create health insurance exchanges that will allow those not covered by work insurance to buy into a group plans. Purchasing health insurance outside of a work group plan is nearly impossible for anyone in the working-class and middle class. Such exchanges, will give the benefits of a group plan to those who are self-employed. This will be of great benefit to ranchers, farmers, and independent contractors." (chrisforcongress.us)
  • Chris Henrichsen. Press Release: Supreme Court Ruling on ACA. 05 September 2012. "Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, it is time to move beyond the partisan and ideological rhetoric of the last few years [...] Instead, we now need to focus on how we can continue to expand access to affordable healthcare. This is an issue that impacts all Wyoming families." (chrisforcongress.us)
  • Aaron LeClair. Laramie Boomarang: Casper Democrat runs for House. 22 June 2012. "On the issues of health care, Henrichsen said the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which many call Obamacare, is an attempt to expand the market and is not a radical takeover by the federal government. "I think it does a pretty good job," he said. "It's not perfect." (www.laramieboomerang.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? 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 National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? 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 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

  • Chris Henrichsen. Video: PoliticIt Exclusive Interview. 23 August 2012. "Q: What sort of solutions are you willing to offer to fix this debt problem? A: One of the reasons I like the Simpson-Bowles comission is that it basically says there is nothing off the table. If we let special interest groups drive these things, we end up with what we have now: we're not going to talk about social security, we're not going to talk about healthcare costs, we're not going to talk about military spending." (www.youtube.com)
  • Chris Henrichsen. Radio: Wyoming Public Radio: Democratic Candidate for U-S House Chris Henrichsen discusses health care, energy issues and more. 22 June 2012. "Q: Senator Simpson has been making a lot of hay talking about Social Security. What would you do? A: I think we need to look at Social Security not for the sake of saving money but for the sake of saving Social Security." 6:34 (www.wyomingpublicmedia.org)

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Inferred Answer

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