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Mike Gallagher's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WI) - District 8, Republican
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Mike Gallagher 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

  • "I will defend the right to life, as I believe we have a moral and civic duty to protect those who are voiceless and defenseless, especially unborn children. http://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/right-to-life (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
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

  • "Unnecessary regulations and taxes are reducing wages, killing Wisconsin jobs, and forcing our businesses overseas." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1086802/issue-position-taxes-regulations#.V2ry9HUrIfl (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

  • "Unnecessary regulations and taxes are reducing wages, killing Wisconsin jobs, and forcing our businesses overseas." http://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/taxes-regulations (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
  • "To revive our economic strength, I will work tirelessly to cut wasteful spending, streamline government, and get our economy growing again so we can balance the budget and pay down the national debt." http://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/budget-spending (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
  • "Federal spending is out of control, leaving us with a national debt of over $19 trillion, bankrupting the country and sending the bill to the next generation. http://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/budget-spending (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Unnecessary regulations and taxes are reducing wages, killing Wisconsin jobs, and forcing our businesses overseas. Not only do we need more family-friendly tax rates, but we also need to replace our outdated, broken tax code with one that is more modern and simple." http://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/taxes-regulations (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • " I believe teachers and parents at the local level are better able to manage a student’s education than bureaucrats in Washington, DC. We must ensure local control and flexibility, so that parents can choose the best education available for their children and no child is forced to remain in a failing school." http://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/education (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
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.
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

  • "I will fight for a common-sense, all of-the-above energy policy that reduces our dependence on foreign energy, creates jobs and sparks a Midwestern manufacturing renaissance, while also protecting the environment." http://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/energy-and-the-environment/ (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • " I also believe that we can find a way to protect our natural resources without the EPA destroying our economy. We need to stand firm against excessive regulations that will put Wisconsin out of business while harnessing America’s energy ascendance at home and abroad." http://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/energy-and-the-environment (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • As a military veteran, gun owner, and NRA member, I will defend our 2nd Amendment right right to keep and bear arms." http://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/the-second-amendment (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
  • "I will always support Wisconsin's hunters, sportsmen, and law-abiding gun owners who just want to protect their own families." http://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/the-second-amendment/ (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need reforms that will lower premium costs and allow Wisconsinites to be in charge of their own health care rather than unelected bureaucrats in Washington, DC, while still protecting those with preexisting conditions." http://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/health-care (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
  • "I will push legislation that will repeal Obamacare, and replace it with patient-centered, free-market reforms that will actually move our health care system in the right direction." http://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/health-care (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
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

  • "We must also secure our borders and fix our broken immigration system to protect our citizens, our economy, and our sovereignty." http://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/national-security/ (news.mikeforwisconsin.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.
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will reverse the disastrous Obama-Clinton foreign policy of leading from behind and rebuild our military to ensure we deter our adversaries, destroy radical Islamic terrorism, and stand with our allies, especially Israel. We must demonstrate to the world there is no greater friend, no worse enemy, than the United States of America." http://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/national-security (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
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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