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Dave Trott's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MI) - District 11, Republican
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Dave Trott has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Michigan Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

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.

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
YesIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles

I believe we need to make sure defense spending is focused on providing men and women in uniform the tools they need to protect Americans and our freedoms. I support cutting waste, fraud and abuse. Hardworking families and small businesses should be able to keep more of their hard earned money to spend as they see fit - not as the federal government sees fit.

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

I support current law and Supreme Court rulings that campaign contributions and expenditures are political speech protected by the First Amendment. I support current campaign disclosure requirements that provide voters with information and allow them which candidate to support.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
  • "In CongressRep. Trott is focused on finding solutions that improve America's education, expand access to job training, and make education more affordable for Michigan families. A stronger education system – with less mandates from Washington – will improve America's standing in the global economy and help citizens in Southeast Michigan have a brighter future." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991509/issue-position-education-and-opportunity#.VaVj6XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Dave opposes the Common Core standards that are attempting to assert even more government control and further remove parents from their children’s education." http://trottforcongress.com/issues/ (trottforcongress.com)
  • "Rep. Trott believes our local school districts in Michigan should be making the decisions for our children’s education—not Washington. Curriculum structure and teaching methods should be chosen by parents, teachers, and communities with real knowledge of their own children’s needs, rather than by Administration bureaucrats." https://trott.house.gov/issues/education-and-opportunity (trott.house.gov)
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
NoDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Other or expanded principles

I support an all-of-the-above energy policy, but I do not believe funding the development of renewable energy should be a priority of the federal government when our nation has record debt.

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 generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • "Dave will not support amnesty and will not allow illegal immigrants to have legal status." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/902125/issue-position-border-security#.VaAJ0flViko (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles

Our current immigration system is not working. Any solution must first secure the border. Then we must make improvements so that people who want to come to America to work can.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations
  • "The brave men and women who risk their lives to safeguard the liberty and freedom we enjoy deserve our full support. Protecting our national security and fighting terrorism should never be left on the back burner. Dave has and continues to show unyielding enthusiasm for our troops." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/902136/issue-position-national-defense#.VaVojnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Thanks to the tremendous sacrifice and service of America's men and women in uniform, our nation remains the strongest country in the world. Yet, dangerous threats to America and our freedom continue to pose a significant challenge for the nation. The continued danger from terror groups requires America to remain vigilant around the world." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991503/issue-position-defense#.VaVotXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

The federal government's number one priority must be to keep Americans safe. I believe all diplomatic means should first be exhausted before troops are put in harm's way or military force is used.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
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.
Greatly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Maintain Statusd) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
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
Greatly Decreasec) Small business taxes
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statusf) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatej) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasek) Payroll taxes
l) 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.

I support creating a healthier economy, improving the lives of hardworking families, and protecting our citizens from those who wish us harm. We must work to create good paying jobs and reduce the size of Washington so that everyone has an opportunity to succeed. We must reduce our national debt, balance the budget, and reduce wasteful Washington spending. We must let families, hardworking taxpayers, and small businesses keep more of their hard earned money to spend as they see fit. We must ensure that America takes an active and strong role in protecting our nation from terrorists.

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