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John Ratcliffe's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 4, Republican
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John Ratcliffe 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

  • "John will always vote for the protection of unborn life and against taxpayer funding for abortion." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/833315/issue-position-right-to-life#.VZGwD3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Every life is a gift and I am grateful to join with other pro-life colleagues in Congress and millions of Americans all across this country to fight to protect the rights of unborn children and prevent taxpayer dollars from funding abortion." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/959517/representative-john-ratcliffe-supports-protecting-life#.VZGwWnUVhHw (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 "I, John Ratcliffe, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Texas, 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 tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VZGw8nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As mayor, John made a promise to never raise taxes. He kept that promise, refusing to raise taxes a single penny for eight straight years. In Congress, he will continue to oppose tax increases of any kind." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/833317/issue-position-taxes#.VZGwqXUVhHw (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

  • "With record deficits and $17 trillion of national debt, Congress still offers million dollar solutions to trillion dollar problems. As Congressman, John will tackle our out-of-control spending head on by pushing for a balanced budget amendment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/833311/#.Va_c0XV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Reckless government spending endangers our country’s financial stability while threatening the prosperity of future generations." http://ratcliffeforcongress.com/on-the-issues/#content (ratcliffeforcongress.com)
  • "If we don't act now, it's our children and grandchildren that will be forced to pay the price. The time is now to act to ensure that future generations are given a fair shot at the American dream." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/969560/balanced-budget-amendment-to-us-constitution-necessary-to-tackle-national-debt#.VZGxtHUVhHw (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, John Ratcliffe, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Texas, 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 tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VZGw8nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As mayor, John made a promise to never raise taxes. He kept that promise, refusing to raise taxes a single penny for eight straight years. In Congress, he will continue to oppose tax increases of any kind." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/833317/issue-position-taxes#.VZGwqXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I’m a strong proponent of removing the federal government from the business of education and returning that authority to where it rightfully belongs – with parents, teachers, and local governments." https://ratcliffe.house.gov/issues/education-and-opportunity (ratcliffe.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.Va_fN3V3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "The application to build the Keystone XL pipeline was filed in 2008 […] The pipeline is expected to support more than 40,000 jobs and substantially reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. Yet President Obama refuses to simply approve or deny the application." https://ratcliffe.house.gov/issues/energy (ratcliffe.house.gov)
  • "In a major effort to pass legislation that would benefit the Fourth District of Texas, Congressman John Ratcliffe's first order of business was to be an original cosponsor of legislation to approve and build the Keystone XL Pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/959495/congressman-ratcliffe-cosponsors-and-votes-to-approve-keystone-xl/?search=xl#.VZGy4XUVhHw (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

  • "Every dollar the government spends on subsidizing a certain industry or company is first taken from hard-working American families and businesses. We have an obligation to spend these dollars wisely. The United States spends over two-thirds of its federal energy subsidies on renewable sources of energy that account for less than 5 percent of our total electricity production." https://ratcliffe.house.gov/issues/energy (ratcliffe.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/7714 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "By setting a nationwide energy efficiency standard that precludes a consumer from choosing to install a noncondensing furnace, DOE will be forcing many homeowners either to abandon the use of natural gas to heat their homes or to pay substantially more for the installation of a furnace that meets the new standard." http://brooks.house.gov/uploads/2015-6-8%20Congressional%20Letter%20to%20Sec.%20Moniz.pdf (brooks.house.gov)
  • "As a limited-government conservative, I believe that unnecessary federal rules and regulations can stifle economic growth and hurt job creation. As you may know, the proposed carbon reduction rule would aim to reduce emissions by indiscriminately targeting coal-fired power plants." https://ratcliffe.house.gov/issues/energy (ratcliffe.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The proud holder of a Texas Concealed Handgun License, John has spent much of his career defending the Constitution under the Second Amendment. In Congress, he will continue to fight for the right of individuals to lawfully own firearms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/833314/issue-position-second-amendment#.VZG0g3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The Constitution explicitly states that the people's right to bear arms shall not be infringed upon. I will stand strong against any effort which attempts to deny or limit this right." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/959569/ratcliffe-tells-atf-director-bullet-ban-is-wrong#.VZG0-3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In Congress, he has continued to fight for the right of individuals bear arms." http://ratcliffeforcongress.com/on-the-issues/#content (ratcliffeforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VY7rIvlVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "n Congress, one of the first votes John took was in favor of H.R. 596, to repeal Obamacare in it’s entirety." http://ratcliffeforcongress.com/on-the-issues/#content (ratcliffeforcongress.com)
  • "From the second President Obama forced through a 2,300 page law that no one read, Obamacare has proved to be government at its worst – intrusive, expensive and ineffective. John will fight to repeal this disastrous piece of legislation and put patients back in control of their own healthcare." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/833312/issue-position-obamacare#.VZG1VnUVhHw (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

  • "When enacted, U.S. Rep. Ratcliffe's legislation would prohibit the use of funds to carry out any of the president's executive action that provides amnesty to illegal aliens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/959574/in-first-telephone-town-hall-us-rep-ratcliffe-introduces-bill-to-stop-presidents-executive-amnesty#.VZG1wXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As U.S. Attorney, John arrested over 300 illegal immigrants on a single day. As a former terrorism prosecutor, he knows the threats an unsecured border can bring to our national security. In Congress, he'll fight to lock down our borders and will continue to oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/833313/issue-position-border-security-and-immigration#.VZG2H3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In Congress, John three times voted against funding the President’s illegal executive amnesty – standing firm for the Constitution and the rule of law." http://ratcliffeforcongress.com/on-the-issues/#content (ratcliffeforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "My faith is very important to me and serves as a guiding light for the values I hold dear. Thus, I believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman and disagree with today’s Supreme Court decision." https://ratcliffe.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/us-rep-ratcliffe-statement-scotus-ruling-same-sex-marriage (ratcliffe.house.gov)
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

  • "The President’s proposal for Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to combat ISIS further demonstrates his continued failure to recognize the seriousness this threat. It weakens, not enhances our nation’s ability to defeat this barbaric enemy." https://ratcliffe.house.gov/issues/foreign-affairs (ratcliffe.house.gov)
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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