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Alex Mooney's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WV) - District 2, Republican
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Alex Mooney 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

  • "Our government must protect the sanctity of all human life. I am pro-life and will fight to to stop federal taxpayer funding of abortion." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/839826/issue-position-traditional-family-values#.VZ6vKXUVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak about an issue that I care deeply about: protecting unborn babies. […] I am honored to also be the lead cosponsor of the Life at Conception Act, which simply clarifies that human life begins at conception." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974415/in-defense-of-life#.VYB9L3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Mooney is Pro-Life." http://www.mooneyforcongress.com/issues/ (www.mooneyforcongress.com)
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

  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Alex Mooney, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of West Virginia, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VYB-SHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As your congressman, I will vote against every attempt to raise taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/839820/#.VZ6vrXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing to urge the Subcommittee to maintain resources for the High Intensity Dug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program and fund it at $250 million. This program has been critical for state and local law enforcement in combating drug abuse in our nation's communities." http://mckinley.house.gov/uploads/FY16%20HIDTA%201.pdf (mckinley.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must cut wasteful government spending and eliminate expensive new entitlement programs like Obamacare to ensure our children and grandchildren are not burdened with massive amounts of government debt." http://mooneyforcongress.com/issues/ (mooneyforcongress.com)
  • "The first of these priorities is to balance the Federal budget. It is totally unacceptable for West Virginia--and all Americans--to live within their means while the Federal Government allows spending and debt to run rampant." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/963283/a-balanced-budget-for-a-stronger-america/?search=waste#.VZ61v3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Alex Mooney, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of West Virginia, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VYB-SHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Finally, I believe our government has a spending problem. Tax increases are just an excuse for the spending addicts in Washington to spend more of your hard-earned money. That's why I signed Americans for Tax Reform's 'No New Taxes Pledge.' As your congressman, I will vote against every attempt to raise taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/839820/issue-position-cutting-government-spending-and-reducing-taxes#.VYCDi3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support repealing unfunded mandates like Common Core, No Child Left Behind, and giving local communities the freedom to develop their own curriculum to teach children the skills they need to get quality jobs in the 21st century economy." http://www.herald-dispatch.com/elections/wva/x1827255213/U-S-House-2-candidate-Alex-Mooney-R (www.herald-dispatch.com)
  • "Education should primarily be the responsibility of our local governments because they understand the needs of their own communities. For that reason, I support repealing No Child Left Behind and removing the federal government from local education decisions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/839829/issue-position-education-reform#.VYCG6HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "With the veto of the Keystone XL, President Obama has firmly planted his banner behind radical environmentalists. Republicans and Democrats came together this year and passed this common-sense bill to create thousands of new jobs and reduce energy prices for hardworking American families." https://mooney.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-mooney-blasts-president-obama-veto-keystone-bill (mooney.house.gov)
  • "I fully support building the Keystone XL pipeline and am proud to join my colleagues in voting to authorize its construction, despite the political posturing of the President." https://mooney.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-alex-mooney-co-sponsors-bill-authorize-keystone-xl-pipeline (mooney.house.gov)
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

  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing to express strong concern over the Department of Energy's (DOE) recent notice of proposed rulemaking for residential furnaces. While we support energy efficiency, we are extremely concerned that the nationwide 92% standard proposed in this rule will significantly increase costs to natural gas consumers […]." http://brooks.house.gov/uploads/2015-6-8%20Congressional%20Letter%20to%20Sec.%20Moniz.pdf (brooks.house.gov)
  • "The President has a demonstrated record of picking favorites in the energy industry. We all remember how the President steered billions in taxpayer dollars to Solyndra, only to see the flawed solar company collapse. In 2014 alone, the Department of Energy directed over $1.9 billion in taxpayer dollars to investments in alternative energy. At the same time, the President has waged war on West Virginia energy jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953800/the-keystone-xl-pipeline-and-coal/?search=Alternative%20energy#.VZ68AHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As a state Senator, Alex Mooney voted at least five times against cap-and-trade legislation. Senator Mooney voted against renewable energy requirements for energy consumers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/920301/mooney-calls-on-casey-to-apologize-to-coal-mining-families/?search=Renewable%20energy#.VZ67dHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Job-killing regulations from the EPA are destroying our industries and jobs and are hurting our families. In Congress, I will fight to end over-regulation like Obama's War on Coal and help create jobs that will help hardworking West Virginians provide for their families." http://www.herald-dispatch.com/elections/wva/x1827255213/U-S-House-2-candidate-Alex-Mooney-R (www.herald-dispatch.com)
  • "For too long, liberal politicians like President Obama and Nick Casey have imposed job-killing regulations on our coal industry, and it has to stop now. I promise I will fight back against President Obama every day in the Congress and protect our West Virginia jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/912270/caseys-war-on-coal-strikes-again/?search=cap-and-trade#.VZ7NQnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Mooney continues to fight against over regulation in the energy industry." http://www.mooneyforcongress.com/issues/ (www.mooneyforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "With the future of both the White House and United States Supreme Court unknown, we must make sure that we keep Congress a citadel of protection for our gun rights." http://www.mooneyforcongress.com/issues/ (www.mooneyforcongress.com)
  • "I believe strongly in Americans' right to keep and bear arms. Misguided gun control laws only punish law-abiding gun owners instead of targeting the criminals who ignore the laws on the books." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/839822/issue-position-second-amendment#.VYCNfXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% bu Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/145943/alex-mooney#.VZ7PGnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must cut wasteful government spending and eliminate expensive new entitlement programs like Obamacare to ensure our children and grandchildren are not burdened with massive amounts of government debt." http://mooneyforcongress.com/issues/ (mooneyforcongress.com)
  • "I will lead the charge to end Obama's War on Coal, repeal Obamacare, and replace it with commonsense reforms that encourage job growth and improve health care." http://www.herald-dispatch.com/elections/wva/x1827255213/U-S-House-2-candidate-Alex-Mooney-R (www.herald-dispatch.com)
  • "He has fulfilled his promise by voting to repeal Obamacare." http://www.mooneyforcongress.com/issues/ (www.mooneyforcongress.com)
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

  • "That kind of obstruction to protect the President's lawless executive amnesty represents the partisan games the American people are tired of seeing in Washington. I ardently oppose funding illegal unilateral action from President Obama and my vote today reflects that." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/954242/congressman-mooney-votes-to-oppose-president-obamas-lawless-executive-amnesty#.VYCPn3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "On 22 occasions, President Obama himself said he did not have the authority to grant executive amnesty before flipping and denying the will of the American people anyway. This attitude follows a pattern of unilateral action, executive action, including the President's war on coal, and it must be stopped." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953794/stop-obamas-executive-amnesty#.VYCOyXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. Our government should support traditional families as the best way to raise children." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/839826/issue-position-traditional-family-values#.VYCQJHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to keep America and Americans traveling abroad safe from terrorist acts by working with our allies to prevent the rise of terrorist groups that threaten our national security." http://www.herald-dispatch.com/elections/wva/x1827255213/U-S-House-2-candidate-Alex-Mooney-R (www.herald-dispatch.com)
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

  • West Virginia Gazette "For younger folks, you might have to reform the system. In a way, again, that personalizes it, lets them decide where to invest it, not a government program." http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141101/GZ01/141109943 (www.wvgazette.com)
  • "Our seniors have paid into the Social Security program throughout their lives and deserve to receive their full benefit without the federal government trying to take an extra slice of the pie." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/954213/congressman-alex-mooney-wv-2-co-sponsors-legislation-to-eliminate-tax-on-seniors-social-security-benefits#.VYCR1nUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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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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