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Cynthia Lummis' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WY) - At-Large, Republican
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Cynthia Lummis has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Cynthia Lummis is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 2014, 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

  • Cynthia Lummis. Issue Position: Abortion. 11 January 2011. "I support overturning Roe v. Wade and returning the ultimate legal decisions on abortion to the 50 states. The people of Wyoming, through the state legislature and the constitutional amendment process, should have the right to establish policy on abortion, adoption, the definition of marriage, and other social and family matters in a manner that is consistent with their values, instead of these decisions being made in Washington, D.C." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Issue Position: Abortion. 11 January 2012. "I oppose federal funding for abortion. I oppose codifying the principles of Roe v. Wade into federal law." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Cynthia Lummis voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Cynthia Lummis supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan B. Anthony List. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Cynthia Lummis in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Cynthia Lummis voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Cynthia Lummis supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Cynthia Lummis voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Cynthia Lummis supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Cynthia Lummis supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Issue Position: Abortion. 11 January 2012. "I would work to protect from repeal the ban on partial birth abortion, which is in my view a reprehensible practice that is, at best, unbecoming of a civilized society. Further, I would vote to protect for state legislatures the right to make policy on issues such as marriage, adoption, abortion and education." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Issue Position: Social Issues. 1 January 2012. "I support overturning Roe v. Wade and returning the ultimate legal decisions on abortion to the 50 states [¦] Further, I oppose federal tax dollars being used for abortions, including any taxpayer dollars going towards abortion funding under Obama Care. I will work to protect citizens and medical providers from being coerced into violating their consciences in the receipt and delivery of health care. I also oppose human embryo destroying research, and have instead chosen to support alternative research, using ethically obtained stem-cells as viable alternatives." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Lummis Gets The Job Done In First Year. 22 December 2009. "Lummis successfully fought for the inclusion of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment to the House-passed Health Care bill. This amendment prohibits federal funding for abortions in the government-run option and prohibits federal affordability subsidies from going towards health plans that offer abortion services." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Planet Jackson Hole Online - In the Hot Seat. 9 April 2008. "I believe that abortion is a sin against God, but I do not need the federal government to tell me that. I believe that each state should determine its own laws regarding such issues as abortion, adoption, marriage, education policy, and tort reform, not by judicial mandate, but through its legislature or ballot propositions." (www.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

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Cynthia Lummis supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 91 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Signed Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Wyoming 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)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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 Cynthia Lummis a rating of 95 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Cynthia Lummis supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Cynthia Lummis voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Lummis Applauds Western Caucus "Jobs Frontier" Report. 8 September 2011. "Unfortunately, the abundance of opportunities in the West are being ignored by an Administration intent on spending its way out of over 30 consecutive months of unemployment above 8%, while it simultaneously pursues hostile polices that stand in the way of real job creation and economic growth." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Lummis Statement on House Republicans' "Path to Prosperity" Budget. 15 April 2011. "The majority of Americans believe the country is headed down the wrong track. They understand the consequences Washington's irresponsible culture of spending has for our country's future. And for most Americans, this isn't about politics; it's about putting their way of life, their jobs, their families, and our nation first." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Lummis Bill Freezes Government Spending. 15 February 2011. "For the past two years, President Obama and his Democratic allies have overseen explosive government growth in the name of job creation. Yet, one in nine Americans is still out of work and our country's debt has surpassed $14 trillion dollars -- with each American taxpayer's share of that debt nearing $45,000. This big government, tax-and-spend approach is not the answer." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. President Obama Must Focus on Goals and Roles. 9 November 2010. "The American people are smart; they understand your administration's hi-jinks, and they have spoken. They are tired of the president's ineffectual response -- borrow, spend, tax, repeat -- to the need for job creation and economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Hearing of the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform - "Rightsizing the Federal Workforce". 26 May 2011. "The $1.1 trillion economic stimulus bill that was supposed to keep employment under 8 percent failed to do so. If the stimulus succeeded at anything it was creating public sector jobs using hard-earned tax dollars and debt. Creating more government jobs does little to foster sustainable economic growth in the private sector, which is where we need jobs the most and where most Americans want jobs to be created." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Lummis: Budget Proposal is Fitting End to Obama's First 100 Days. 29 April 2009. "The $3.6 trillion budget report passed by the House today calls for unprecedented levels of spending, taxing, and borrowing. [¦] Instead of putting our economic ship back on course, this budget will triple the national deficit in ten years, raise taxes on small businesses and working families, and mortgage the future of America's children." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Now We're Exporting America's Bailout. 2 April 2009. "We cannot spend our way into economic growth, as Europe knows from years of experience." (www.votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Lummis. Appropriators target NPR, Obama's 'Race to the Top'. 29 September 2009. "House Appropriators on Thursday released a draft spending bill that ends funding for NPR and President Obama's signature "Race to the Top" education program [¦] The $153.4 billion Labor, Health and Human Services bill reflects the August debt ceiling agreement that set overall 2012 federal discretionary spending at $1.043 trillion. It is much greater than the $139.2 billion bill that House Republicans had sought to craft and fiscal conservatives Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) have been holding up the bill because they want the lower figure." (thehill.com)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Issue Position: Education. 11 January 2011. "Our founding fathers wrote the constitution -- our founding document -- with the intent that education be the province of states, not the federal government. That being said, No Child Left Behind was passed before my time in Congress, and is likely here to stay. This measure needs major reforms -- it was written for inner-city schools, not rural Wyoming -- and we need to make sure our interests are considered in the reauthorization of this program. For one, we cannot continue to have unfunded mandates forced upon our state's education system. If the federal government wants accountability, it should fund the costs." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • vote: http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VAtRoaCW1Kg (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Lummis. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Cynthia Lummis voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Cynthia Lummis supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Cynthia Lummis voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Cynthia Lummis supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Lummis Says Nat'l Energy Tax Will Hit West Hardest. 30 July 2009. "The bill sets incredibly aggressive emissions reduction mandates that frankly cannot be met with current technologies. These higher costs to create energy by American industries will be passed directly on to the American consumers who use it." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Letter to Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. 16 June 2010. "The action by EPA came as part of the agency's process to create a regulatory scheme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. EPA's decision to reclassify biomass emissions contradicts federal precedent and clear congressional intent regarding carbon neutrality and will discourage the responsible development and use of renewable biomass which could and should play a more significant role in our nation's energy policy." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Issue Position: Environment. 11 January 2011. "In order to separate tax questions from the controversial climate change issue, I have pledged, along with 40 other members of the House of Representatives, to oppose any legislation regarding climate change that includes a tax increase. Increased energy taxes create greater production costs for our resource industries that are passed onto energy consumers in the form of much higher energy costs. Further, there is no ultimate benefit to the environment from increasing energy taxes, unless China, India , and Russia dramatically reduce their energy consumption." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Lummis Praises House Passage of Energy Tax Prevention Act. 7 April 2011. "The EPA's misuse of the Clean Air Act to impose these regulations is the latest example of its mission to raise costs on traditional energy sources. [¦] H.R. 910 will not change or weaken the Clean Air Act's ability to protect Americans from harmful air pollution. This bill was designed to clarify that the Clean Air Act does not grant EPA the authority to regulate greenhouse gases to address climate change." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Lummis. Second Amendment Prevails “ No Matter Where You Are. 23 February 2010. "For decades, law-abiding citizens in Wyoming have been prohibited from exercising their constitutional right to keep and bear arms on Park Service lands. [¦] Last spring, Congress confirmed in no uncertain terms that state and local laws [...] should govern firearm possession on these lands. I am pleased to see after nearly a year the Administration plans to enforce the law." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Second Amendment Wins Big in the Highest U.S. Court. 28 June 2010. "Today's ruling affirms what we in Wyoming already know: the U.S. Constitution guarantees law-abiding American citizens the right to keep and bear arms, regardless of where they make their home. The reinforcement of this basic right is an important win for all Americans. I applaud this Second Amendment victory and will keep fighting to protect our fundamental rights." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Cynthia Lummis a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Cynthia Lummis in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Delegation Fights To Keep Second Amendment Rights Consistent Across City, State Lines. 23 November 2009. "For those of us in Wyoming, the right to keep and bear arms is a way of life. [¦] Our founding fathers guaranteed that right by incorporating it into our Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court has an historic opportunity to say once and for all that the right to keep and bear arms is for every American, no matter where they live -- whether they are in Chicago or Cheyenne." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Done Deal - Guns in Parks Signed Into Law. 22 May 2009. "I am pleased this overwhelmingly bipartisan effort was signed into law so quickly. Thankfully, the power to govern firearm possession on Park Service lands now goes back to state and local laws instead of unelected bureaucrats and anti-gun activist judges." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Issue Position: Gun Control. 11 January 2012. "I will work to preserve the fundamental, constitutional, individual right of law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms. All too often, this right is under attack in Washington by those who do not fully understand its importance in the rural west." (lummis.house.gov)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Lummis Applauds House Passage of National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act. 16 November 2011. "The U.S. Constitution guarantees law-abiding American citizens the right to keep and bear arms, regardless of where they make their home. However, laws differ in many states, creating a patchwork of compliance for law-abiding citizens with concealed firearm permits. This important legislation will require concealed-carry states to honor out-of-state firearm permits and is welcome news for Wyoming firearm owners who travel out of state and deal with inconsistent laws. House passage of the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 strengthens our fundamental Second Amendment rights. This legislation is a victory for law-abiding citizens." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Cynthia Lummis supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Cynthia Lummis voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Lummis Joins Legal Challenge to ObamaCare. 17 November 2010. "A bill that was once promoted as a job creator is unmistakably the opposite -- ObamaCare is a job killer. Today I stand with these states and the NFIB in their efforts to overturn this health care law. ObamaCare imposes devastating regulations on our small businesses, busts the budget and erodes Americans' personal liberty." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Issue Position: Health Care. 11 January 2011. "House Republicans will work towards a repeal of the health bill, replacing it with patient-centered reforms that reduce health costs for those who have health coverage and guarantee affordable options for those who do not. We should be seeking to empower individuals, not the government, with more choices and more control over their healthcare dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Lummis Welcomes 11th Circuit Decision that Rules Individual Mandate Unconstitutional. 12 August 2011. "The individual mandate, central to the President's health care law, represents an unprecedented overreach that encroaches on the rights guaranteed to all Americans under the Constitution. Never before have Americans been forced to pay for a product as a condition of existing in the United States. Today's decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals is a victory for Americans and their personal liberties. I will continue to fight to repeal and replace this law with commonsense reforms." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Lummis: Dem Healthcare Bill Equals Overdose of Big Government. 14 July 2009. "American small businesses, which are the nation's job creation engine, will bear the brunt for this new government-run health plan. While millions of Americans look for jobs, small businesses simply cannot afford to hire more workers while paying higher taxes. There is a better way. I support an alternative that will reduce costs, expand access, and let people in Wyoming who like their plans keep them - without raising taxes." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Lummis. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Cynthia Lummis voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Cynthia Lummis supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Planet Jackson Hole Online - In the Hot Seat. 9 April 2008. "America should expand and encourage legal immigration and fight illegal immigration. [¦] Crimes by illegal immigrants must include jail and deportation." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Cynthia Lummis supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Issue Position: Immigration. 11 January 2011. "To effectively fight illegal immigration, we must both crack down on illegal aliens working in the United States and simultaneously increase the number of legal workers in America." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Lummis Opposes Administration's Efforts to Block Arizona Law. 21 July 2010. "Considering the decades of unchecked illegal immigration, violence, and drug activity along the border, I think it's safe to say the federal government has failed miserably to enforce the law. Arizona is acting on behalf of its citizens to ensure their safety and security." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Wyoming Livestock Roundup - Lummis Congressional Campaign Launched. 29 March 2008. "And then we need an orderly process in enforcing our current immigration laws with regard to those that are already here. And, I don't mean amnesty; I don't mean a blanket pixy dust that says you're legal. I mean an orderly process to bring about legal status for those who deserve it and deporting those who don't." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Wyoming Republican State Convention Speech. 31 May 2008. "To keep Wyoming's legacy of strong, conservative, Republican leadership in Congress[...] we must offer bold solutions based on the sound Republican values of: [¦] Immigration controls that secure our borders and encourage legal immigration while cracking down on illegals working in America." (www.votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Lummis. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Cynthia Lummis voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Cynthia Lummis supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Cynthia Lummis supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Planet Jackson Hole Online “ In the Hot Seat. 9 April 2008. "I believe that each state should determine its own laws regarding such issues as abortion, adoption, marriage, education policy, and tort reform, not by judicial mandate, but through its legislature or ballot propositions." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Issue Position: Family Issues. 11 January 2012. "Further, I would vote to protect for state legislatures the right to make policy on issues such as marriage, adoption, abortion and education." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Issue Position: Family Issues. 11 January 2012. "The people of Wyoming, through the state legislature and the constitutional amendment process, should have the right to establish policy on abortion, adoption, the definition of marriage, and other social and family matters in a manner that is consistent with their values, instead of these decisions being made in Washington, D.C." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Issue Position: Family Issues. 11 January 2012. "I believe that God defined marriage as between one man and one woman. I support traditional marriage and oppose alternative definitions of marriage; I oppose recognizing any other definition of marriage." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cynthia Lummis. Issue Position: Social Security. 11 January 2011. "We need to analyze the problem and come up with solutions to protect Social Security for young Americans. [¦] To this end, I have endorsed A Roadmap for America's Future, which charts a sustainable path for these programs without affecting individuals over the age of 55." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Issue Position: Budget and Appropriations. 11 January 2011. "To save the value of our currency and assure the world of our commitment to get our fiscal house in order, we must reform Social Security and Medicare (which are headed for insolvency), slash unsustainable deficits, and reduce our national debt. As a member of the Budget Committee, I work every day to create a culture of saving, not spending, in Washington. It is the only way to set our economic ship right again." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Op-Ed: No Budget, No Problem? 19 April 2010. "The longer Congress waits to deal with our fiscal imbalance, the more difficult the choices become. Medicare and Social Security insolvency, an unsustainable Medicaid program, unchecked pork barrel spending and debt levels that would make even some European nations blush are not problems that will fix themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • Cynthia Lummis. Planet Jackon Hole Online “ In the Hot Seat. 9 April 2008. "I would restrict domestic non-defense discretionary federal spending to inflation minus 1 percent, make the Bush tax cuts permanent, raise the age of social security eligibility for post-draft era Americans, stop raids on the social security trust fund, limit federal Medicaid dollars to current amounts plus 4 percent per year allowing states discretion in crafting their programs, and authorize voluntary personal social security accounts." (votesmart.org)

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