Bryan Paul Barrilleaux's Political Positions

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Issue Positions

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  • Byran Barrilleaux. Video: Bryan Barrilleaux for U.S. House of Representatives 2012.mov. 15 June 2012. "I'm staunchly pro-life. I believe that life begins at the moment of conception and that it's government's role to protect and defend that life and those God-given rights." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Bryan Barrilleaux. Defense Spending. 14 October 2012. "Among the first obligations of the federal government is national security without which there is no freedom. Indiscriminate budget cuts in defense spending are planned in an irresponsible congressional "sequestration" deal. Our congressmen place re-election self ambition ahead of national security and the safety of our troops. Discussion of reducing our military spending will embolden our enemies and place our heroes in the field at risk. Only after peace is won should we discuss any reduction in our military funding. Future discussion of military expense should be tied to defining the scope of our military mission, requirements for defense and security, and our national priorities. We may find increase of spending necessary. Our primary military responsibility now should be a swift and decisive victory in Afghanistan." (bryanbarrilleauxforcongress.weebly.com)
  • Byran Barrilleaux. Video: Bryan Barrilleaux for U.S. House of Representatives 2012.mov. 15 June 2012. "I am in favor of a strong defense. I think a strong defense is our best protection and our best guardian of our peace." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Bryan Barrilleaux. TAX REFORM. 14 October 2012. "Start over. The current high tax rates impose a burden on the economy through a tax code so voluminous and complex that it is incomprehensible even to its own Congressional authors. No taxpayer can consent to, nor should be required to pay, a tax that the average citizen cannot read and understand. With its Constitutional power to "lay and collect taxes" Congress should reform tax policy with an uncomplicated easy to understand tax that can be applied uniformly and will promote economic growth. It is unlikely this could be accomplished with revision of our current tax code. Simply tinkering with it gave us "Taxameggedon". Reform could be accomplished with either a "Flat Tax" or a "Value Added Tax". But we must be cautious to not allow a new tax, like a national sales tax , be added to an income based tax as this would only multiply opportunities for abuse and overtaxing." (bryanbarrilleauxforcongress.weebly.com)

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  • “Second, manage the budget such that no further debt is incurred. This requires both reducing spending and increasing revenue.” (votesmart.org)
  • Byran Barrilleaux. Video: Bryan Barrilleaux for U.S. House of Representatives 2012.mov. 15 June 2012. "I am in favor of a free-market economy that is pro-growth, and that in the private sector is where we will find the new jobs and job growth, and that's where our country will return to prosperity “ not by any government programs or government stimulus." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Bryan Barrilleaux. National ENERGY POLICY , and Louisiana. 14 October 2012. "Congress must remove obstacles to exploration and production found in government "energy policy". Much of our known undeveloped oil and gas resource lies off our coast or rests in public lands that the federal government has made unavailable for natural resource development. These public lands can be made accessible by expanding lease opportunities to private industry whose ingenuity, technology and investment can accomplish exploration and production that will bring more energy to our domestic markets at lower prices. We can more than meet all of our domestic need and remain prudent and environmentally conscientious in managing these resources." (bryanbarrilleauxforcongress.weebly.com)

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  • "Current policy also imposes obstacles to energy development projects by requiring redundant applications, reviews and permit processes by multiple federal agencies, and by imposing heavy handed regulation that results in unnecessary moratoria and restrictions. Congress must improve policy with a simplified and efficient permit process.”

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  • Byran Barrilleaux. Video: Bryan Barrilleaux for U.S. House of Representatives 2012.mov. 15 June 2012. "I consider myself a constitutional conservative. I believe in constitutional principles. For example, I strongly defend and advocate for the Second Amendment rights." (www.youtube.com)
  • Rated 92% in 2012 by National Rifle Association

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  • Byran Barrilleaux. Video: Bryan Barrilleaux for U.S. House of Representatives 2012.mov. 15 June 2012. "I'm opposed to Obamacare. I think that any socialist ideas of central planning for our healthcare system are wrong and are to be avoided and opposed." (www.youtube.com)
  • "First , to preserve Medicare , it is necessary to repeal Obamacare." (votesmart.org)

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  • Byran Barrilleaux. Video: Bryan Barrilleaux for U.S. House of Representatives 2012.mov. 15 June 2012. "I'm in favor of immigration. I think that immigration is good for our country; it makes us stronger and we should encourage immigration. But I think two principles need to be applied to any immigration policy. One is that the law must be observed and immigration must be done legally. Second is that we must observe and respect human dignity in regard to any immigration issues." (www.youtube.com)
  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)

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  • Bryan Barrilleaux. Video: Bryan Barrilleaux for Congress A Tax Cut to Save Social Security. "All beneficiaries at or above full retirement age who voluntarily forego Social Security benefits for a year will be exempt from any federal income tax and social security tax for earned income in that same year." (youtu.be)
  • “This is what I propose.All beneficiaries of Social Security at or above retirement age who voluntarily forego social security benefits for one year will be exempt from all federal income tax and social security tax on earned income in that same year.” (votesmart.org)

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Louisiana 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

Life is God's gift and begins at the moment of conception.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
NoDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

We must require of our Commander In Chief that we accomplish a swift and decisive victory. Do not reveal intentions or timetable to the enemy.

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?
do you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

[do you support reducing defense spending? Candidate wrote:] "Do not support discussion of "reducing defense spending" until the war is won."

[do you support reducing Medicaid spending? Candidate checked both YES and NO and wrote:] "I support conditions that make Medicaid spending less necessary."

Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

We must require full disclosure of sources of campaign contributions. Voters should refuse to vote for candidates who take the money. I accept no campaign contributions and I spend no money on a campaign, not mine or anyone else's. I will serve with no conflict of interest.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

Better to redeem souls, but the public must be protected. Our criminal rehabilitation system needs improvement.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Do 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

The best tax incentive for business is to lower taxes across the board - no favorites. Government does not pick economic winners by manipulating the tax code. Infrastructure is necessary for commerce and industry but not as "make work" projects.

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

Under the 10th Amendment, the role of federal government in education should be minimal.

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

I support making more leases available on public lands and offshore. I favor a Canadian model of streamlining permits: "One project, one review, completed in a defined period of time"

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

Immigration policy must control the borders and observe the law. We must respect human dignity as we assist our illegal neighbors to achieve citizenship. We should also address the economic incentives that have created this problem.

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

Our allies in the region must also take responsibliity for opposing Iran's nuclear ambitions, with military force if necessary.

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

The Barrilleaux Plan
I propose a tax cut that would offer a generous
incentive to beneficiaries who voluntarily forego Social Security benefits. Any
qualifying beneficiary who wants to continue receiving Social Security benefits
unchanged, may do so. However, my proposal would allow seniors who wish to continue working, an option of
paying no income tax or Social Security tax on earned income in any year in which they voluntarily decline their Social Security
benefits. This would decrease the amount Social Security is required to pay out.
The 2011 shortfall would be ELIMINATED if only 2 % of beneficiaries accepted.

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.

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Greatly Increasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

5 HHS
5 Dept of Housing
5 Energy
6 Green Czar

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.

Greatly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Greatly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
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.

Campaign finance reform. I accept no campaign donations and spend no
money on a campaign so that when I serve in Congress, I can serve with no
conflict of interest and without the constant distraction caused by seeking money
for the next campaign.

Discipline in the federal budget and restraint on the debt.

Restore Social Security. I propose a tax cut that would offer an
incentive to beneficiaries who voluntarily forego Social Security benefits, an option of
paying no income tax or Social Security tax on earned income in any year in which they voluntarily decline their Social Security.