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Brian Mast's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 18, Republican
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Brian Mast has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Florida Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

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Candidate Answer
Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.
Inferred Answer
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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I support exception for defense of a mothers life or the case or Rape or incest.

NoIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles

There are many places defense budget resources could be allocated more wisely.
Historically, tax cuts from presidents on both sides of the aisle have actually produced increases in revenue.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

I have not been able to find one country throughout history who is been able to text more and spend more in order to reduce their debt and grow their economy.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Other or expanded principles

I believe education is one of those issues, above all, that could be made better by returning control to the local level. Federal education standards are also tied to federal dollars. To me it seems foolish and wasteful to send tax dollars from one person to the federal government only to have them return those dollars to The state.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I am not certain if this question is asking if I support current gun control legislation or increased gun control legislation. I do not support increased gun control legislation.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

I believe article 1 section 8 of the Constitution specifically defined the roles of the federal government, and the 10th amendment tells us that everything else should belong to the states. Therefore as marriage is not covered in the Constitution this is an issue that I believe should be handled at the state level.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

Sometimes there are people in this world that are simply evil, ISIS is one example. Such people need to be erased and we should be at peace with that.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

As a former federal employee, I believe diverging funds to plans similar to the thrift savings account is a great alternative to traditional Social Security contributions.

Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Maintain Statusd) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

These answers are given with the caveat that if we had more funds or a surplus of our budget these are places where I would like to see more dollars spent.

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.
Eliminatea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Small business taxes
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statusf) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatej) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusk) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

1. Be placed on the committee of transportation and infrastructure where I can work toward having the US Army Corps of Engineers, the EPA, and FEMA fund the completion of needed repairs to infrastructure surrounding Lake Okeechobee, and establish a route for Lake Okeechobee discharges to be sent toward the river of grass.

2. Establish a system where the VA must compete to provide care to veterans. Provide anytime anywhere care to our veterans.

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