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Jack Bergman's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MI) - District 1, Republican
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Jack Bergman 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.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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

  • "The first inalienable right described in the Declaration of Independence is the right to lifeand the job of Congress is to protect our rightsnot take them away. That includes the lives of those yet unborn. Rather than treating pregnancy or children as a problemwe should work together to create a society that welcomes them into our communities with loving and open arms. We must remember that every person is a unique child of Godfull of potential. As a member of CongressI will protect the unborn and move the pro-life message forward." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1072283/issue-position-pro-life (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

  • "We need tax reform that simplifies and lowers the tax rate for everyone. I support a fairer system that eliminates deductions for special interests who hire lobbying firms. This will help keep taxes low for everyone and create a more free and prosperous nation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1072281/issue-position-taxes (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

  • "Our debt is over $18 trillionand we owe a substantial portion of that to China. Our children and grandchildren will be saddled with a bill that will lead to a worsened standard of living. That is not acceptable and why I support a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution." http://www.bergmanforcongress.com/issues (www.bergmanforcongress.com)
  • "Congress must also pass the REINS Actwhich grants Congress the power to vote down major cost-inducing regulations and end harmful government bureaucracies that are strangling the economy of Upper Michigan." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1072278/issue-position-jobs-and-opportunity#.V1WSMLorIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need tax reform that simplifies and lowers the tax rate for everyone." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1072281/issue-position-taxes#.V1WSPLorIfI (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 monopoly on education for a large proportion of Americans is a tragedy and should be viewed as the modern civil rights issue of our time. We need to offer education reform that supports more choice in educationfrom public schooling to home schooling." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1072291/issue-position-education (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? 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 Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support an all-of-the-above-energy that doesn’t pick winners and losers." http://onyourballot.vote411.org/race-detail.do?id=14026206 (onyourballot.vote411.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? 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 Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "For over two centuries the Second Amendment has guaranteed that our fellow citizens have the right to protect themselves. The right to bear arms is not just about hunting or target practice--it's about being a free nation. I will protect the Second Amendment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1072286/issue-position-the-second-amendment (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 86% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/170172/jack-bergman/37 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The number one priority of the next Congress must be to repeal Obamacare. We need real and effective healthcare reform that empowers citizens to make their own healthcare decisionsnot bureaucrats and politicians. Health insurance must be more personal and affordable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1072278/issue-position-jobs-and-opportunity (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

  • "I believe our nation’s immigration policies should put the interests of our citizens and working families first. While we can continue to be generous, immigration is a privilege, not a right, and we should never allow it for people who intend to do us harm, or who violate our immigration laws and ‘cut in line’ to come here. Therefore, I am opposed to any form of amnesty for those who came here illegally." http://www.bergmanforcongress.com/issues (www.bergmanforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I promise that I will only support the use of troops when it is absolutely necessary. When the threat requires the deployment of our militaryI will ensure that our troops are trained and equipped to win decisively and return home to their families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1072289/issue-position-defending-our-nation (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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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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