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Trent Kelly's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MS) - District 1, Republican
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Trent Kelly has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This week, I voted in support of two pro-life bills: H.R. 3134: Defund Planned Parenthood Act H.R. 3504: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1017354/defending-life/?search=abortion#.VrN4qrIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in the sanctity of life and traditional family values." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962036/issue-position-family-values-protecting-life/?search=issue%20position#.VrN22rIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/156389/trent-kelly/2 (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

  • "Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue-raising problem. We must simplify our tax code so that individuals, families and businesses can keep more of their hard-earned money." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962052/issue-position-tax/?search=issue%20position#.VrN3-LIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will fight to stop the tax and spend policies of the last eight years and work to encourage economic growth and prosperity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962016/issue-position-economic-prosperity/?search=issue%20position#.VrN03bIrIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While the federal government plays a role in our transportation systems, I believe the states know how best to spend transportation dollars." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962059/issue-position-transportation/?search=issue%20position#.VrN3-7IrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue-raising problem. We must simplify our tax code so that individuals, families and businesses can keep more of their hard-earned money." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962052/issue-position-tax/?search=issue%20position#.VrN3-LIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Individuals, families and small businesses in Mississippi understand the importance of setting a budget and living within their means. Congress has the power of the purse and just like individuals, families and small businesses Congress must always be vigilant of wasteful spending and cut wherever possible." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962019/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility/?search=issue%20position#.VrN1qbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue-raising problem. We must simplify our tax code so that individuals, families and businesses can keep more of their hard-earned money." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962052/issue-position-tax/?search=issue%20position#.VrN3-LIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will fight to stop the tax and spend policies of the last eight years and work to encourage economic growth and prosperity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962016/issue-position-economic-prosperity/?search=issue%20position#.VrN03bIrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The government can emphasize the importance of education, but educational decisions should be left to parents, teachers and local officials, not the federal government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962045/issue-position-education/?search=issue%20position#.VrN23bIrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support the Keystone XL pipeline because it helps us achieve energy independence and creates jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962034/issue-position-energy-independence/?search=issue%20position#.VrN2fbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We write to support biomass as a sustainable, responsible, renewable, and economically significant energy source." http://ribble.house.gov/sites/ribble.house.gov/files/House%20Letter%20on%20Carbon%20Neutrality%20of%20Forest%20Biomass.pdf (ribble.house.gov)
  • "We must reduce our dependence on foreign oil by safely utilizing our resources here at home. The United States is abundant in natural resources -- clean coal, natural gas, nuclear, and oil. A comprehensive all-of-the-above approach can secure America's energy future, and I will be supportive of policies that help to achieve this goal." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962034/issue-position-energy-independence/?search=issue%20position#.VrN2fbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We cannot simply cut spending, we must also change the way we operate government. We have got to reduce the federal government and the amount of regulations and meddling in state business." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962019/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility/?search=issue%20position#.VrN1qbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "That is why I will fight to stop the out of control federal regulations that are being placed on our small businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962016/issue-position-economic-prosperity/?search=issue%20position#.VrN03bIrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The right to bear arms is an individual right guaranteed by our Constitution. I will always defend this right." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962046/issue-position-second-amendment/?search=second%20amendment#.VrN0irIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/156389/trent-kelly/37 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150#.VrN6pLIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The health care law is confusing and costly to patients and businesses. Patients and doctors should be the ones making health care decisions, not government bureaucrats and insurance company accountants. I will work to repeal, defund and dismantle the health care law and work to restore the doctor-patient relationship within the health care system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962030/issue-position-health-care/?search=issue%20position#.VrN2LbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3009 "Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53368 (votesmart.org)
  • "We must stop the flow of illegal immigrants across the southern border and enforce existing laws." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962024/issue-position-immigration/?search=issue%20position#.VrN2LbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe in the sanctity of life and traditional family values." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962036/issue-position-family-values-protecting-life/?search=issue%20position#.VrN22rIrIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "ISIS is a real threat that is not going away. We must destroy ISIS, and we need to rely on the recommendations from our military leaders to achieve that mission." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962021/issue-position-national-security-veterans/?search=issue%20position#.VrN1rLIrIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a country, we have an obligation to honor our commitment to the men and women who have worked and contributed their hard earned money to the social security system their entire life. While we must honor our commitment, we must also recognize the reality that we face a very serious problem that is only going to get worse if we do nothing. We must look at our options and make the tough decisions that are necessary for the good of our country and its citizens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962050/issue-position-social-security/?search=issue%20position#.VrN387IrIfI (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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