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French Hill's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AR) - District 2, Republican
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French Hill 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

  • "Pro-life legislation is important. We need to value life and we need to demonstrate that we value life." http://www.arkansas-catholic.org/news/article/4052/Hill-said-to-be-first-Catholic-in-Second-District-seat#sthash.sYm5WewR.dpuf (www.arkansas-catholic.org)
  • Endorsed by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/146290/french-hill#.VWzLT3UViko (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

  • Signed a pledge stating "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940437/americans-for-tax-reform-the-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VXn2WXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "One of the main priorities of this Congress is working toward a tax code that is simpler, fairer, and flatter that promotes job creation, economic growth, and competition." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974608/reforming-the-tax-code#.VXn2V3UVhHw (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

  • "U.S. Rep. French Hill will call out federal agencies or employees that misuse or waste federal money through a "Golden Fleece" award, he announced Wednesday on the House floor." https://hill.house.gov/media-center/in-the-news/states-hill-shake-out-old-golden-fleece (hill.house.gov)
  • "A 21st century system of roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, and railroads is essential to a 21st century economy. Unfortunately, our current infrastructure is outdated and will continue to limit our economic capabilities until it receives a serious makeover." https://hill.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/hill-votes-authorize-funding-key-infrastructure-projects (hill.house.gov)
  • "The federal government must reform entitlements, cut low-priority spending, and stop performing functions best left to state and local governments or the private sector." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/867113/#.VpZ_MbMjzb0 (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 "[...] ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates. [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940437/americans-for-tax-reform-the-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VXn5tHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Repealing the outdated and burdensome ‘Death Tax’ that chips away at the complexity of the current tax code and protects small family farms and businesses across Arkansas and America from its stressful and potentially devastating effects. Instead of being forced to purchase enormous insurance policies or sell off assets to pay the tab, families can invest in and grow their businesses, benefitting the economy as a whole. Today’s vote reaffirms House’s commitment to a pro-growth tax code that benefits the American people and not the federal government." https://hill.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/hill-votes-support-arkansas-s-family-farms-eliminating-death-tax (hill.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The President’s veto is indicative of a leader who is unwilling to compromise – even in situations where failure to do so is not in our long-term interests as a country. Despite the President’s unwavering stance, I remain optimistic that Congress can continue to work in a bipartisan manner to ensure that we finally build the Keystone XL pipeline." https://hill.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/hill-s-statement-presidents-veto-keystone-xl (hill.house.gov)
  • "The Keystone XL pipeline has brought hundreds of jobs to Arkansas and would employ thousands more hardworking Americans if approved. Denial of this pipeline means lost jobs and increased energy costs for American families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/955558/hill-votes-in-favor-of-keystone-xl-urges-potus-to-support#.VXn7XHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? 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 Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? 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 Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am proud of my NRA endorsement and 'A' rating." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/930669/latest-pat-hays-ad-touts-nra-membership-despite-having-been-excommunicated-from-group-with-an-f-rating/?search=guns#.VWzfVHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Guns Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/146290/french-hill#.VWzeknUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 596 which repeals the President's flawed health care law in its entirety and provides the Congress with a clean slate to implement the real, patient-centered health care reform that this Nation needs and deserves." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958542/repeal-of-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VXoGSHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "By passing this balanced budget that eliminates wasteful government spending, repeals Obamacare, preserves Social Security and Medicare for current beneficiaries and future generations, and commits to providing a strong national defense, we are helping hardworking families thrive in America and putting our Nation back on the path to prosperity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974641/hill-votes-for-a-balanced-budget/?search=Obamacare#.VWzf3XUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I oppose ObamaCare." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/919302/#.VpaAs7Mjzb0 (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

  • "In 2013, President Obama stated that implementing immigration 'reform' through executive action was 'difficult to defend legally' and 'not an option.' The President ignored his own advice, and now it is critical that Congress, as the legislative branch, assert its constitutional role in checking the President's power. Today's bill provides essential funding for our homeland security and repeals the President's unlawful executive overreach on immigration policy that has worsened our illegal immigration crisis, violated the Constitution, and punished those who have come to this country legally. I urge the President to work with Congress to enact real reform to our broken immigration system by securing our borders and supporting legal immigration." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/955530/hill-todays-billrepeals-the-presidents-unlawful-executive-overreach-on-immigration/?search=Immigration#.VWzgznUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Yesterday's ruling was a win for those who believe in the importance of the rule of law and the separation of powers. In blocking the President's unilateral decision to implement so-called 'reform' of our immigration system through executive action, the court confirmed something that many of us already knew: the President's eagerness to bypass Congress lacks any actual legal foundation. I urge the Senate now to take up the House-passed Homeland Security Appropriations bill that fully funds our needed homeland security priorities and reject the President's unlawful action. Then, we can come together to properly legislate to fix our broken immigration system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/955565/hill-applauds-judges-ruling-on-presidents-unconstitutional-executive-action-on-immigration/?search=Immigration#.VWzgUHUViko (votesmart.org)
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.
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "ISIS fighters are raping and enslaving women and destroying families, and these actions on religious minorities, including Christians, Yezidis, Turkmen, Sabea-Mandeans, Kaka"e, and Kurds must be stopped immediately, and the American government should be leading this effort." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1083824/house-votes-to-condemn-isis-genocide-of-religious-minorities-in-middle-east (votesmart.org)
  • "Hill says in a statement that with the growing threat of the Islamic State terrorist group - also known as ISIL - everything in the country's power must be done to cripple the efforts of those seeking to harm America.Hill says along with military and diplomatic strategies, it's important to shut down the economic backing of ISIL and other terrorist organizations around the world." https://hill.house.gov/media-center/in-the-news/us-rep-french-hill-appointed-terrorism-task-force (hill.house.gov)
No 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

  • Alabama Public Radio "French Hill does not support privatizing Social Security and Medicare--he believes we must preserve, protect, strengthen and secure these critical programs." http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/democrats-make-their-case-day-one-early-voting-surpasses-2010-midterm (ualrpublicradio.org)
  • "By passing this balanced budget that eliminates wasteful government spending, repeals Obamacare, preserves Social Security and Medicare for current beneficiaries and future generations, and commits to providing a strong national defense, we are helping hardworking families thrive in America and putting our Nation back on the path to prosperity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974641/hill-votes-for-a-balanced-budget/?search=social%20Security#.VWzidHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Lastly, I support policies that help hard-working Americans save for retirement and health care independent of government aid. We must enhance 401(K)'s, IRA's, and health savings accounts so seniors can have security and peace of mind." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/919302/#.VpaBQrMjzb0 (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.

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