Representative Michael 'Mike' Coffman's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Michael 'Mike' Coffman
Current Office: U.S. House - District 6, Republican
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 6
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 24, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Cynthia
Birth Date: 03/19/1955
Birth Place: Fort Leonard Wood, MO
Home City: Aurora, CO
Religion: Methodist
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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Michael Coffman supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Kyffin. Mike Coffman (candidate for congress) Clarification. 29 October 2008. "First of all, thanks so much for your help with my campaign and for inviting me on your show. During the debate, Craig Silverman was questioning me on the issue of abortion. My response was focused on arguing that Roe v Wade was bad law. During that exchange, Craig asked me about the issue of rape and incest. Apparently, my answer came across as supporting abortions under a rape and incest exception. I absolutely do not believe in that." (coloradorighttolife.blogspot.com)
  • Michael Coffman. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Michael Coffman voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Michael Coffman supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Michael Coffman supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Coffman. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Michael Coffman voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Coffman. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Michael Coffman voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Issue Position: The Courage to Fight for Change. 23 September 2011. "Coffman will fight to protect the right to life and believes we must never waiver in our efforts to promote pro-life and pro-family values." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Issue Position: Social Issues. 30 September 2011. "Marriage is the union of a man and a woman. The life of the unborn must be protected." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Michael Coffman supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Coffman. Coffman Statement on President Obama's Speech on Afghanistan. 22 June 2011. "I think the President's plan for shifting operational control to Afghan Security Forces by 2014 is a reasonable goal but publicly announcing a fixed schedule for withdrawing our forces, regardless of conditions on the ground, will only embolden the Taliban to wait us out. The strategy of deploying a smaller force will probably mean a shift from a counterinsurgency strategy to a counterterrorism one which should still enable our forces to accomplish our security objectives in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. General 'not concerned' with Afghan funding. 20 June 2012. "Our current mission is unrealistic. [¦] I don't see where the [Afghan] government is ever going to have the revenue to support their own military. And my fear is that it eventually falls exclusively on the backs of the U.S. Taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Time to rethink Afghanistan policy. 5 December 2010. "Subsequently, as Afghan security forces increase their capabilities and their government becomes more effective in providing basic services, we should encourage them to regain the areas controlled by the Taliban " with our military in a limited support role, as opposed to a heavy Afghan dependence on our forces to secure and hold these areas. Afghanistan is a marathon, not a sprint. We need realistic expectations, a lighter U.S. footprint, a slower pace, and an understanding that this is going to take a long time." (coffman.house.gov)
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy. Other or expanded principles: "I'm opposed to a fixed timetable for troop withdrawals from Iraq. However, having served in Iraq with the U.S. Marines, I do believe that the process can be moved along faster than it currently is."
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy. Other or expanded principles: "Support a more conservative American Foreign Policy that is less reliant on nation building as a principle tool for achieving America's foreign policy objectives."
  • Mike Coffman. General 'not concerned' with Afghan funding. 20 June 2012. "Our current mission is unrealistic [¦] I don't see where the [Afghan] government is ever going to have the revenue to support their own military. And my fear is that it eventually falls exclusively on the backs of the U.S. Taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman: Afghanistan Resolution Would Destabilize Region. 10 March 2010. "Despite my opposition to both the Bush and Obama administration's nation building strategies in Afghanistan, it would be recklessly irresponsible to withdraw our forces by the end of the year and would only serve to further destabilize that region." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Coffman. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Michael Coffman voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Michael Coffman supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Michael Coffman supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 17 March 2011. "We need to make sure that the Taliban doesn't take over the country where it becomes a permissive environment, where they can use that to destabilize Afghanistan, to assist the Taliban on the other side of the Durand Line. We need some base of operations in Afghanistan to be able to strike al Qaeda targets in the federally administered tribal areas of Afghanistan. I believe that we can do it with a lighter footprint. I think we ought to be focused on supporting factions within this region that share our strategic interests." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Associated Press. Rep. Coffman submits defense cut plan to supercommittee. 23 September 2011. "GOP Rep. Mike Coffman has submitted a 10-year plan to trim $103 billion in military spending to a congressional supercommittee to slash deficits. Coffman said Friday he would expand the National Guard and Reserve by 100,000 personnel and require an equivalent reduction from active duty forces, which he says would save $90 billion in personnel costs. He says suspending a Pentagon plan to change standard one-year tours of duty in South Korea to three years " and allow servicemen to bring their families " would save up to $13 billion in construction costs." (www.aurorasentinel.com)
  • Mike Coffman. Sequestration and the hollowing out of our military. 26 June 2012. "I support a right sizing of our defense budget, and do not believe that the Department of Defense should be immune to cuts as we focus on eliminating our deficit and reducing the national debt. I've supported efforts to end unnecessary defense expenditures and to better spend our defense dollars. However, the automatic cuts scheduled to hit the Department of Defense and eliminate a total of one trillion dollars of defense spending over the next ten years are too much." (thehill.com)
  • Michael Coffman. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Michael Coffman voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Coffman. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Michael Coffman voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Denver Post - How to Cut the Defense Budget. 4 September 2011. "Congress is facing extraordinary pressures to reduce the deficit, and there is not an area of government spending that should be immune from budget cuts, including the Department of Defense. I am confident we can make reductions to the defense budget that will not compromise our national security by doing three things: shifting from a counterinsurgency to a counterterrorism strategy; closing overseas military bases; and transferring active-duty units into an expanded National Guard and Reserve. The United States currently maintains an active-duty force structure of 1.42 million with 740,000 in the National Guard and Reserve components. We need to critically examine our entire force structure to see what active-duty units might be more suited for the National Guard and Army Reserve given the evolving nature of the threats to our national security and the pressures to reduce spending. Congress has a constitutional obligation "to provide for the common defense. It also has a responsibility to the taxpayers to provide for it in the most cost-effective manner possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Issue Position: National Security. 26 September 2011. "The primary role of any government is the protection of its citizens. Keeping the peace by maintaining a strong military is essential to deterring those who would wish to harm Americans. While adequate funding for our military is always essential, we must work harder to cut wasteful defense spending. Costly nation building operations should not be used as a principle tool for achieving America's security objectives but instead we should rely more heavily on supporting indigenous factions within a given region that share our strategic security interests." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Coffman. Tax Foundation. U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman Uses Tax Foundation Data in Denver Post Commentary. 10 August 2011. "The president has called for "shared sacrifice," but the Tax Foundation reports that between 1986 and 2008, the share of federal income taxes paid by the top 5 percent of earners has gone from 43 percent to 59 percent, and between 1986 and 2009, the percentage of Americans who pay zero or negative federal income taxes (with the earned income tax credit) has increased to 51 percent from 18.5 percent. Most small businesses are structured as Subchapter S corporations and pay taxes based on the individual and not the corporate rate. Increasing the individual rate will have the unintended consequence of hurting small businesses in their ability to expand and to create jobs." (www.taxfoundation.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Michael Coffman supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 90 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I, Mike Coffman, pledge to the taxpayers of the 6th district of the state of Colorado and to the American people that I will: 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." (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • Mike Coffman. A "no" vote on increasing taxes. 10 August 2011. "I don't believe that increasing the tax burden on our economy will create a single private-sector job, and that is why I will never support a tax increase as part of a deficit reduction agreement." (coffman.house.gov)
  • Mike Coffman. Don't raise taxes during a recession. 9 September 2010. "Come September we'll likely see Democrat leaders in Congress move a bill that will tax only the top two income brackets. Democrats controlling Congress and this administration have been wrong on the stimulus, wrong on the taxes and regulatory burdens included in Obamacare, and wrong in their attempts to raise the cost of energy during this recession through their "Cap and Trade" proposal. They've got it wrong on raising marginal tax rates too." (coffman.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Coffman. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Michael Coffman voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman Chides Democrats Failure to Pass a Budget. 18 May 2010. "The fiscal irresponsibility on display in Washington is affecting American citizens and further damaging our economy and job growth. The Federal Budget is due by April 15th of each year -- Tax Day. Yet the House of Representatives has not even started the budget process this year. The reluctance is widely seen as fear by Democrats of formally presenting to the American people the real bottom line after their 17 month binge of outrageous spending and complete lack of fiscal restraint." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman Supports Two-Point Plan For Job Creation. 8 September 2010. "It is clear to everyone but the Democrats in Washington that their big government tax and spend economic policies have failed. It is time for Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and President Obama to admit what every American already knows and embrace a new bipartisan approach to job creation. The Republican plan unveiled today will do what the Democrats' policies have failed to do -- create jobs. My colleagues and I are calling upon all Members of Congress to embrace this new plan to put Americans back to work. The Republican plan has two planks. First, Congress should pass a bipartisan bill that will immediately reduce federal spending back to 2008 levels. Second, the plan calls for a two-year freeze on all tax rates. Raising taxes in the middle of a recession is a sure fire way to kill more jobs. Preventing tax increases will provide small businesses and job creators the certainty they do not have under this administration's current economic policies. This nation cannot afford, and Americans do not want, more taxes, more reckless spending, and more uncertainty." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman Statement on One Year Anniversary of Stimulus Bill. 16 February 2010. "Over the course of the last year my Republican colleagues and I have time and time again offered common sense solutions to create jobs and put Americans back to work. Sustainable growth comes from supporting small businesses and job creators not the government taxing and spending." (coffman.house.gov)
  • Mike Coffman. Budget Woes. 23 September 2011. "Given that the Federal debt has gone up by nearly $2.4 trillion since January, 2009, undoubtedly congressional Democrat leaders fear that they will soon be forced to account for their reckless spending. America needs a pro-growth economic policy to promote job growth and business development. Instead, we face massive deficits and excessive government bailouts. As the clock ticks on an increasingly late budget, I will continue to fight for government accountability and reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. If You Can't Budget, You Can't Govern. 1 July 2010. "A few years ago a lawmaker coined the now-common phrase, 'If you can't budget, you can't govern.' Ironically, that lawmaker is South Carolina Congressman John Spratt, current chairman of the House Budget Committee. Providing leadership is not doing what is easy; it is doing what is right. What is right is for Congress to stop spending recklessly and impose the fiscal discipline our nation needs to create jobs and spur economic growth. Leadership is not saying you are for a balanced budget and deficit reduction but taking no meaningful action." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Op-Ed - No Need for More Bailouts and Spending. 5 August 2010. "Federal spending and debt are already out of hand. We have added $2.4 trillion to the national debt in the last 18 months. America needs a reasonable, pro-growth economic policy to promote jobs development and business expansion. We do not need, and cannot tolerate, more bailouts and increases to the size and scope of government." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Michael Coffman supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Michael Coffman a rating of 87 percent." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Coffman. Issue Position: Small Business. 7 October 2011. "Small businesses are the engine that drives our economy. Congress must enact policies that will increase small business's access to capital and remove government impediments to growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman Invites Local Business Owner to Testify at Small Business Committee. 21 May 2009. "Coffman Invites Local Business Owner to Testify at Small Business Committee. Stephen Reister, Principal of Steel-T Heating and Air Conditioning, testified yesterday in front of the House Small Business Committee at the invitation of U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colorado). Steel-T is located in Englewood, Colorado in the Sixth Congressional District and has 41 employees. Reister's testimony focused on government policies in regards to small businesses and economic growth. 'Mr. Reister exemplifies the American small business owner," Coffman said. "It is my hope that the members on the committee will take his advice seriously.' Steel-T has no bank loans and uses no lines of credit to aid the business. The company reinvests in itself and in its employees who keep it running. Steel-T is a leader in installing ozone-friendly air conditioners and furnaces that are over 90 percent more efficient than the national average. Small Business is the backbone of the economy and the country. We need the government to give incentives and tax breaks to small businesses that are debt free and helping drive the economy," Reister said in his testimony." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Hearing Of The House Committee On Small Business - Common Ground: Finding Consensus On Health Reform, The Small Business Perspective. 3 June 2009. "Substantial increasing and unpredictable health care costs force small businesses to delay or cancel new hires. Ideally, the whole existing system should be scrapped and re-thought. As it is not practical or politically feasible, I recommend the following. One, major reductions of premiums by requiring insurance companies to honestly pool risk among all insured individuals and families. The plan proposed by Senator Baucus, as an example, implementing a national insurance exchange, including a public option, would be a good way to make this happen. However, the public option should be in addition to the private insurance to provide choice and competition. Two, ensuring all Americans are covered to spread the cost is desirable as it would potentially drop rates. However, mandates are not an option, as it would force many small businesses to close their doors completely. Affordability is essential, and tax incentives for small businesses should be included." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Hearing of the Investigations Oversight and Regulations Subcommittee of the House Small Business Committee - "Congress in Colorado: Local Perspectives on the State of Small Business." 25 August 2011. "Today we have a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the work being done in Washington and on the Small Business Committee as we try to reduce the regulatory burdens that hinder job creation in this country. Small Businesses create 7 out of 10 new private sector jobs in America. So, it's important that any regulation or government oversight fully takes into account how they will impact small firms and their ability to access capital. As Chairman of the Investigations, Oversight and Regulations Subcommittee, I wanted to hold this hearing, so the people here in Colorado can share their perspective on how government is impacting their businesses and their communities. According to Google Maps, we are 1,661 miles from Washington, DC. In that distance we go from looking at what the government can do versus what the people can do without government interference and regulatory burdens. Up first we have a representative from the Small Business Administration who is here to discuss the SBA loan programs. The goal of the SBA loan programs is to help small businesses who are unable to financing elsewhere, get money to start or expand a business. We want to know whether this program is actually helping entrepreneurs. Next, we will hear from a few local businesses including First American State Bank, Centennial Bank and from the Chamber of Commerce here in the South Denver region. Their testimony will tell us what problems banks and small businesses face as they work to start and grown businesses and create the jobs that will allow our economy to recover. With that, I would like to again thank everyone for being here." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Castle Rock News Press - Small Business: The Heart of Job Creation. 20 June 2011. "According to the National Federation of Independent Business, small businesses created more than 60 percent of all net new jobs in the United States during the last 15 years and provide 55 percent of all jobs in the private sector. No doubt, raising the cost for small businesses by increasing the tax and regulatory burdens will never create jobs in America but lowering those burdens definitely will. The experiences I had as a small business owner not only taught me how to balance a budget, to meet a payroll, and to run an organization efficiently and competitively enough to make a profit, but they also taught me that small business is the engine that drives economic growth and that small businesses will continue to be at the center of job creation in America." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 28 January 2009. "The deficit for the next 2 years is already projected to be $2 trillion. If deficit spending were an effective economic stimulus, then the economy would be on the verge of a recovery. But it isn't. Congress can accelerate the process of economic recovery by passing legislation that will improve the incentives that drive economic activity. Lowering tax rates will create the incentives for individuals and businesses to save, to work, to invest their money." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Coffman. Issue Position: Education. "Education is a matter best left to state legislatures and locally elected school boards. The No Child left Behind Act is a federal intrusion into the proper role of the states in deciding issues related to the education policies that best meet the needs of the families living in their respective states." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Mike Coffman. Issue Position: Education. "The issues pertaining to public education are best left to state and local school boards." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "In the short run we need to increase the supply of fossil fuels but in the long run we need to replace them with renewable energy resources."
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman: Democrats Job Killing Agenda is Crystal CLEAR. 30 July 2010. "Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) today released the following statement after voting against the Democrats' so-called energy legislation, H.R. 3534, the CLEAR Act, which will destroy jobs, increase energy costs, and make America more dependent on foreign oil:'As I said when this bill went through committee, congressional Democrats are heeding the words of Rahm Emanuel and not letting a good crisis go to waste. Under the guise of being "good for American families" as speaker Pelosi put it, this bill institutes more than $22 billion in new job-killing taxes on American oil and natural gas. This bill shows that the Democrats priorities are crystal clear. They would rather drive up energy prices with new taxes, block development of domestic energy sources, and pass more than $30 billion in new mandatory spending for two programs that have nothing to do with the oil spill than put Americans back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman, Colleagues Call For Salazar To Testify On Offshore Drilling Plan. 13 April 2010. "Rep. Coffman and his colleagues are deeply concerned the President's plan will lock up a majority of the Outer Continental Shelf from oil and gas drilling and implement a de facto two year moratorium by delaying action on a new five-year leasing agreement. In the letter, Coffman and his colleagues wrote, 'In these difficult economic times of nearly 10 percent unemployment and with the nation experiencing rising gasoline prices, it's critical that the committee act to examine the Administration's actions and their impact on new job creation.' The President's plan only included two lease sales, for Virginia and Cook Inlet, delaying both until 2011 while putting 13.14 billion barrels of oil and 41.49 trillion cubic feet of natural gas under lock and key. The letter, signed by all 20 Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee, requests that Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, White House Advisor Carol Browner, and Mineral Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum testify. 'Oil is nearing $90 a barrel, the cost of gasoline continues to rise, and unemployment is stagnant at nearly 10 percent. We need to be putting Americans to work and exploring domestic sources of energy. This plan is dangerously flawed and the American people deserve for this Administration to justify their plans." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman Statement on Administration's Decision to Tap Strategic Oil Reserve. 23 June 2011. "The Obama Administration cannot open up the valve on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve anytime it simply wants to alleviate market pressures for political gain. The Reserve was established for use in national energy emergencies only and today's move sets a terrible precedent. Instead of depleting our emergency reserves the Obama Administration should stop blocking efforts to expand onshore and offshore domestic energy production, and support proposals that would create jobs, lower energy prices and lessen our dependency on volatile sources of foreign oil and gas." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Coffman. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Michael Coffman voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Coffman. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Michael Coffman voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Michael Coffman supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Coffman. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Michael Coffman voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman: Democrats Job Killing Agenda is Crystal CLEAR. 30 July 2010. "Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) today released the following statement after voting against the Democrats' so-called energy legislation, H.R. 3534, the CLEAR Act, which will destroy jobs, increase energy costs, and make America more dependent on foreign oil:'As I said when this bill went through committee, congressional Democrats are heeding the words of Rahm Emanuel and not letting a good crisis go to waste. Under the guise of being 'good for American families' as speaker Pelosi put it, this bill institutes more than $22 billion in new job-killing taxes on American oil and natural gas. This bill shows that the Democrats priorities are crystal clear. They would rather drive up energy prices with new taxes, block development of domestic energy sources, and pass more than $30 billion in new mandatory spending for two programs that have nothing to do with the oil spill than put Americans back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "In the short run we need to increase the supply of fossil fuels but in the long run we need to replace them with renewable energy resources."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman Lauds Passage of Energy Tax Prevention Act. 7 April 2011. "U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) released the following statement today after voting in favor of H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, which would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from imposing new, costly greenhouse gas regulations. 'With the price of gas climbing closer to $4 a gallon, Americans cannot afford to have unelected bureaucrats at the EPA implement a scheme to regulate greenhouse gases and impose a new national energy tax,' Coffman said. 'Congress struck down cap-and-trade legislation because we knew it would cost Americans too much, but President Obama used the EPA to push the plan through anyway. This legislation removes a regulatory regime that would destroy jobs and drive up energy costs.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman: EPA Regulations Hurting Small Business. 12 May 2011. "Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO), chairman of the Oversight, Investigations and Regulations Subcommittee for the Small Business Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, in a hearing this week listened to small-business owners from Colorado cry foul over Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that they say are destroying their ability to grow and create jobs. 'In the midst of a recession, it really defies all common sense that the EPA would move forward with instituting some 30 new costly regulations, without taking into account the job losses they will create,' Coffman said. 'The EPA's complete disregard for the Regulatory Flexibility Act, a federal law designed to protect small businesses from unnecessary federal regulations, is also extremely troubling.' Coffman called the hearing to determine if the EPA is complying with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which is intended to protect small businesses from severe government regulations by forcing federal agencies to account for the economic burdens the regulations impose on small business. Currently, unelected bureaucrats at the EPA are attempting to implement a scheme to regulate everything from greenhouse gases to fuel additives." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Michael Coffman supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Coffman. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Michael Coffman voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Coffman. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Michael Coffman voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Michael Coffman supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman Lauds Passage of Energy Tax Prevention Act. 7 April 2011. "U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) released the following statement today after voting in favor of H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, which would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from imposing new, costly greenhouse gas regulations. With the price of gas climbing closer to $4 a gallon, Americans cannot afford to have unelected bureaucrats at the EPA implement a scheme to regulate greenhouse gases and impose a new national energy tax," Coffman said. "Congress struck down cap-and-trade legislation because we knew it would cost Americans too much, but President Obama used the EPA to push the plan through anyway. This legislation removes a regulatory regime that would destroy jobs and drive up energy costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman: EPA Regulations Hurting Small Business. 12 May 2011. "Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO), chairman of the Oversight, Investigations and Regulations Subcommittee for the Small Business Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, in a hearing this week listened to small-business owners from Colorado cry foul over Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that they say are destroying their ability to grow and create jobs. In the midst of a recession, it really defies all common sense that the EPA would move forward with instituting some 30 new costly regulations, without taking into account the job losses they will create," Coffman said. "The EPA's complete disregard for the Regulatory Flexibility Act, a federal law designed to protect small businesses from unnecessary federal regulations, is also extremely troubling. Coffman called the hearing to determine if the EPA is complying with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which is intended to protect small businesses from severe government regulations by forcing federal agencies to account for the economic burdens the regulations impose on small business. Currently, unelected bureaucrats at the EPA are attempting to implement a scheme to regulate everything from greenhouse gases to fuel additives." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Michael Coffman in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Michael Coffman a grade of 73." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman: Gun Rights Ruling a Win for All Americans. 28 June 2010. "Today's ruling by the Supreme Court reaffirms that our ability as Americans to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution. It also reaffirms that states cannot legislatively deny this right given under the constitution. As a strong supporter of 2nd Amendment rights, I am pleased the Supreme Court made this basic and important decision." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 23 September 2011. "The right to keep and bear arms is protected under the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution and must not be infringed upon by government at any level. Congress is charged with the duty to uphold the Constitution and must counter any efforts to restrict the Constitutional rights granted to all American citizens." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Michael Coffman supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Coffman. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Michael Coffman voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman Calls On Colorado's Senators To Reject Senate Health Bill. 22 December 2009. "The taxpayers of Colorado deserve better than to have their two Senators vote for a bill that will be passed only because of Harry Reid dolling out kickbacks, carve-outs, and sweetheart deals for more than a dozen Democrat Senators. It's shameful that Democrat leaders in the Senate are buying votes and making state by state exemptions throughout the bill that Coloradans will have to pay for. I call on our Senators to do the right thing - reject this bill and reject the backroom political deals that have paved the way for its passage. Not only is this Senate bill going to create massive new mandates, raise taxes, cause people to lose their current insurance, and cut care for seniors, but now thanks to Harry Reid's last minute deals Colorado taxpayers will be paying for the $300 million "Louisiana Purchase," the $100 million Nebraska "Cornhusker Kickback," Vermont's $600 million Medicaid bonus and a slew of sweetheart deals for other states. It makes no sense to endorse this kind of blatant and shameless vote buying, especially to pass a bill that is so poisonous." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Denver Post. Mike Coffman: Health care bill an affront to Constitution. 13 January 2010. "Founding Father and statesman Patrick Henry once said of the Constitution, "It is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government " lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. The current health care legislation Democratic leaders are pushing through Congress is bad policy " but worse than bad policy, it is an affront to the Constitution and an unlawful expansion of federal power. Americans are growing weary that Democrats are leveraging their control of the White House and big majorities in both houses of Congress to expand federal powers. They are also running roughshod over the Constitution. When it comes to legislation that flies directly in the face of the Constitution, every voice is important. The House and Senate health care bills contain many provisions that blatantly go beyond the authority granted to Congress by the Constitution." (www.denverpost.com)
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman Statement on Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act. 11 July 2012. "I'm proud to support today's legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and I look forward to replacing it with patient-centered health care reform that will reduce costs, broaden access, protect Colorado's senior citizens, working families and small businesses." (coffman.house.gov)
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman Statement on his Vote to Repeal ObamaCare. 19 January 2011. "Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) released the following statement today regarding his vote in favor to repeal ObamaCare: 'This health-care law is a budget busting, misguided overhaul of our broken health-care system,' Coffman said. 'Although I agree with some parts of the law, such as protecting people with pre-existing conditions, most of it saddles small businesses and individuals with hidden taxes and unreasonable mandates.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman Comments on Release of Democrat Healthcare Bill. 15 July 2009. "The Democrats' spending is out of control and this bill is yet another stark reminder of their fiscal recklessness. During this time of economic hardship it is shameful that Democrats would put forth a healthcare 'reform' bill that puts another staggering $1 trillion dollars in spending squarely on the backs of the American people." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Michael Coffman. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Michael Coffman voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Michael Coffman supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Denver Post - In Colorado, Advocates and Families Applaud Immigration Decision, but Critics "Just Furious". 19 August 2011. "Today's decision by the Obama administration to effectively grant backdoor amnesty to many illegal immigrants facing deportation usurps the authority of Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Michael Coffman in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Michael Coffman supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Michael Coffman in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Coffman Statement on the DREAM Act. 8 December 2010. "The Dream Act will be a nightmare for the American people. No doubt, we need immigration reform but the Dream Act is written far too broadly and it will only encourage more illegal immigration, promote chain migration, and will be a magnet for fraud." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 23 September 2011. "Comprehensive immigration reform must first begin with the comprehensive enforcement of our immigration laws. We must secure the borders of the United States now and never grant amnesty to those who have violated our laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Issue Position: The Courage to Fight for Change. 23 September 2011. "Coffman will fight for an enforceable immigration system that will include the security of our borders and deny amnesty and a path to citizenship to those who violate our laws." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Michael Coffman supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Michael Coffman supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Coffman. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Michael Coffman voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Coffman. Issue Position: Social Issues. 1 January 2011. "Marriage is the union of a man and a woman. The life of the unborn must be protected." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"

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  • Michael Coffman. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "X" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "The system must recognize its commitment to seniors but must gradually move younger generations toward individual saving accounts."

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Colorado Congressional Election 2008 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.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
Xg) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.

1) Budget Priorities

Greatly Decreasea) Agriculture
Eliminateb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) FEMA
Maintain Statusg) Homeland security
Slightly Increaseh) International aid
Maintain Statusi) Law enforcement (Federal)
Maintain Statusj) Law enforcement (State)
Maintain Statusk) Medical research
Maintain Statusl) National parks
Maintain Statusm) Public health services
Maintain Statusn) Scientific research
Maintain Statuso) Space exploration programs
Maintain Statusp) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Decreaseq) United Nations
Slightly Decreaser) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories

2) Defense Spending

Maintain Statusa) Armed forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Maintain Statusd) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Slightly Increasee) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Statush) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusi) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

3) 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.

Family Income Taxes

Slightly Decreasea) Less than $12,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $12,001-$40,000
Slightly Decreasec) $40,001-$100,000
Slightly Decreased) $100,001-$180,000
Slightly Decreasee) $180,001-$350,000
Slightly Decreasef) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits

Slightly Increasea) Charitable contribution deduction
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusc) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Maintain Statusf) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
6) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

Xa) Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
b) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
c) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
d) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
e) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
f) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
g) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
Xh) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
Xi) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
Xj) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

Xa) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xg) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
h) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
Xe) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
Xf) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
Xg) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xh) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
Xi) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
Xk) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
Xc) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
d) Increase the federal minimum wage.
e) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
g) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
h) Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
e) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xf) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
Xg) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
h) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xi) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
k) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
Xl) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

In the short run we need to increase the supply of fossil fuels but in the long run we need to replace them with renewable energy resources.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

Xa) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.

On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.

Maintain Statusc) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Greatly Decreased) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
Xb) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xc) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
d) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xe) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
f) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

The federal government must fix Medicaid and Medicare to avoid cost shifting to the rest of the health care system.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

Xa) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Establish English as the official national language.
Xc) Support a temporary worker program.
Xd) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
Xh) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles

International Aid

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.

Xa) Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.

Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
b) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
d) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
Yese) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
Nof) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

I'm opposed to a fixed timetable for troop withdrawals from Iraq. However, having served in Iraq with the U.S. Marines, I do believe that the process can be moved along faster than it currently is.

Yesh) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
Undecidedi) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
Yesj) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
Undecidedk) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
Undecidedl) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
Undecidedm) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Yesn) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Undecidedo) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
Undecidedp) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
Undecidedq) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
Undecidedr) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles

Support a more conservative American Foreign Policy that is less reliant on nation building as a principle tool for achieving America's foreign policy objectives.

International Trade

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

Undecideda) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
Yesb) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
Yesc) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
Yesd) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

Yesa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Yesb) Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Undecidedd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yese) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
Undecidedf) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
Nog) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
Yesh) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Noa) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Yesb) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Nod) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Noe) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Nof) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
Undecidedg) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.
b) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
Xd) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
e) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
f) Other or expanded principles

The system must recognize its commitment to seniors but must gradually move younger generations toward individual saving accounts.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.

Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xc) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
d) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
e) Other or expanded principles

Public housing should not be an indefinite entitlement program but should be there to temporarily support those with the greatest needs.

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.