Representative Jefferson 'Jeff' B. Miller's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Jefferson 'Jeff' B. Miller
Current Office: U.S. House - District 1, Republican
First Elected: 10/16/2001
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 1
Primary Aug. 26, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Vicki; 2 Children: Scott, Clint
Birth Date: 06/27/1959
Birth Place: Saint Petersburg, FL
Home City: Chumuckla, FL
Religion: Methodist-Christian
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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeff Miller. Destin Assembly of God - God and Country Rally. 4 July 2004. "So long as I represent the Emerald Coast, you can be assured that I am working to see that no federal funds will enforce the D.C. domestic partner law, or its needle exchange programs. We will continue to fight to maintain the partial birth abortion ban, endorsed by Congress and Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, and we will maintain the ban on foreign aid funding for abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Issue Position: Abortion. 29 June 2011. "I am a strong supporter of the rights of unborn children and I will do all that I can to protect them." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Jefferson Miller a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Jefferson Miller voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Miller Statement On Senate Passage Of The Health Care Bill. 24 December 2009. "I am deeply saddened that during this season of renewal, the Senate Democrats chose to ignore the will of the American people and pass a Trillion dollar government takeover of health care. This bill does nothing to reduce the cost of care for working American families, and it opens the door for federally funded abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Miller Criticize Partial Birth Abortion Decision. 2 June 2004. "Partial birth abortion is cruel and inhumane - this is the widespread agreement amongst men and women on this issue, regardless of political party. Life cannot be granted or denied by government - elected officials or judges abusive of their interpretive function. Judge Hamilton's ruling is yet another example of activist courts gone wild, and is the next decision in the domino effect of legislating from the federal bench. I join with our President and will vigorously defend this law against judges who would construe it in contravention to the Constitution and the American people's understanding of it." (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Florida State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jefferson Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Florida State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jefferson Miller. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Jefferson Miller voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Issue Position: Foreign Policy. 29 June 2011. "Our national security interests, and those of our allies, intersect in Afghanistan; the United States presence in that country is keeping us safe. We need to remain committed to the region according to a well-reasoned case [...] The Administration's announcement of additional troops for Afghanistan is a welcome approach. Although the President opposed the surge in Iraq, he now recognizes the usefulness of such an action and I applaud his ability to acknowledge some good choices were made by the previous Administration." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Miller Newsletter. 8 May 2011. "I also caution the Obama Administration against making hasty decisions regarding our mission in Afghanistan. Commentary has begun to swirl suggesting that Osama Bin Laden's death marks the accomplishment of our mission in Afghanistan. This is a dangerous correlation to draw. Al Qaeda continues to plot against us, just as they did before the September 11, 2001 attacks. Despite the claims to the contrary, we did not enter Afghanistan to eliminate Osama Bin Laden. We entered Afghanistan to eliminate the Taliban regime that provided sanctuary to Osama Bin Laden and enabled him to plot the heinous attacks on our homeland. That Taliban regime, while no longer in power, still exists. There can be no doubt that our failure to decisively defeat the Taliban would serve as a boon to violent extremists who seek to do us harm. Until we have enabled the Afghan people to stand on their own against the Taliban forces we must continue our mission there." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Miller Speaks On National Defense. 27 October 2009. "Our options in Afghanistan range from immediate withdrawal to limited counterterrorism operations conducted by a small number of special operation teams to General McChrytal's strategy of a comprehensive,fully-resourced counterinsurgency. The Armed Services Committee reviewed these options, and I strongly agree with General McChrystal's assessment that the only way to achieve our strategic and operational objectives is to conduct an expanded counterinsurgency operation. A coordinated counterinsurgency, supported by additionalISAF troops from our allied countries, will allow us to regain the momentumagainst the insurgents and achieve victory.By providing additional troops, we can protect the people of Afghanistanand provide stability to both the people and their government." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jefferson Miller. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Miller Newsletter. 6 May 2012. "This week, as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will participate in the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. Among the most important pieces of legislation considered each year, this bill authorizes defense spending and programs. This will be the 51st consecutive year in which such a bill has passed, and it will be the 12th such bill to which I have had the opportunity to help pass. It is my promise to you to continue to devote my time and energy to shielding our Armed Forces from damaging cuts beyond those they've already sustained." (jeffmiller.house.gov)
  • Jeff Miller. Miller Speaks On National Defense. 29 October 2009. "Threats from WMDs, terrorism, and cyber warfare evolve rapidly. Our national security response must evolve just as quickly. I strongly urge the Administration as well as my colleagues in Congress to provide the resources our commanders and our troops require without delay. Finally, I just want to remind you that while these threats exist and should never be taken lightly, our country since 9/11 has done an excellent job in preventing another attack. DHS, DoD, and our Intelligence Agencies have taken the necessary steps to protect our country. They have and will continue to be supported by us in Congress with the necessary resources and budgetary funding to continue to ensure the safety of America." (votesmart.org)
  • Justin Heinze. Northwest Florida Daily News: Jeff Miller to host meeting on pending defense cuts. 22 May 2012. "I thought it was important to bring Chairman Forbes to the area so he could see for himself just how critical our bases are to both our national defense and to our local economy [¦] Our military faces extreme cuts that could not only cripple the local economy, but would unequivocally disassemble the core of our defense." (www.nwfdailynews.com)
  • Jefferson Miller. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Jefferson Miller voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 89 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 90 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeff Miller. Miller Newsletter On Stimulus, November 19, 2009 (Corrected). 19 November 2009. "How can the President and Majority Party in Congress expect us to believe their dubious jobs-created claims when their own numbers are patently false? How can we trust the Administration to run the stimulus when they can't even properly manage their own website?" (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Miller Statement On Scott Brown's Election To The U.S. Senate. 19 January 2010. "The people of Massachusetts tonight echoed the comments that I've been hearing from constituents in Northwest Florida since July -- 'Keep the federal government's hands off of health care.' Scott Brown's decisive victory in a liberal state that Barack Obama won by more than 25 percentage points is a referendum on his administration's failure in the handling of the nation's economy and a clear message to Democrats in Congress. Both parties have a mandate from this election to control government spending, create jobs without wasteful 'stimulus packages,' and most importantly to scrap the government takeovers of health care that are pending in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Miller Supports More Tax Relief for Working Families. 29 January 2009. "Increased debt is not something the American people need, especially during these tough economic times. That is just one of the reasons I voted against today's flawed bill. The leadership of Congress is out of touch and intoxicated by their power, and it intends to bankrupt the country by funding programs no one needs. The Democrat bill, approaching $1 trillion in its scope, proposes funding for hundreds, if not thousands, of wasteful programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Statement On Voting Against Financial Bailout Bill. 29 September 2008. "Many of my Conservative colleagues in the House worked hard to make this bill better than the Paulson proposal. But the fact remains; this legislation fundamentally changes the relationship between the government and the free market, and burdens the taxpayer with a $700 billion price tag." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Unemployment. 21 July 2009. "In February, when the majority rammed through a $1 trillion stimulus bill with zero input from my Republican colleagues, Americans were promised that unemployment would remain at 8 percent. Five months later, unemployment is at 9.6 percent and is climbing. In my home State of Florida, that number is 10.6 percent, the highest it has been in three decades. Where are the jobs? The stimulus bill is not working, and despite what Vice President Biden says, we can't borrow and spend our way out of this recession." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. President Obama's Jobs Plan. 3 October 2011. "House Republicans have put forward a plan to reduce the deficit significantly without halting job growth by imposing tax increases. We started with the Republican budget, passed by the House in April, which would reduce and freeze domestic spending, would protect the future of Medicare and Medicaid while making sensible reforms, would shore up Social Security, and would lower both the corporate and individual tax rates. Over the summer, House Republicans put forward the Cut, Cap, & Balance plan to cut spending now, cap future spending, and pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. Some of the Cut, Cap, and Balance plan made it into the Budget Control Act signed into law in early August. Federal spending was cut by almost a trillion dollars. In addition, Congress is forced to make at least an additional $1.2 trillion in cuts by Christmas and is required to vote on the Balanced Budget Amendment. Most importantly, nothing in our plan for deficit reduction and job creation includes tax increases. In fact, tax rates would be lowered for all Americans, and the tax code would be more simple and fair. Our Plan for America's Job Creators allows businesses to create jobs by putting in place a system without over-burdensome regulations or high taxes. Senate Democrats and the President need to work with us to pass these reforms now to get our economy moving again. There is too much uncertainty and businesses are waiting on the sidelines to see how much they will have to pay in taxes, how much health care the government will mandate they purchase, and how many new regulations the Administration will enforce. Congress and the President need to come to the table, pass a plan that will cut federal spending, reduce the deficit, and provide jobs to the millions of unemployed Americans who are tired of Washington inaction on the issues that matter most." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Issue Position: Jobs. 29 June 2011. "President Obama and the Democrat Party forced the largest deficit exploding spending bill in the history of our nation on the American people through a $787 billion dollar "stimulus" package. They said this was necessary to guide the American economy out of the ditch of recession and onto the road of recovery ushering us into a new era of prosperity. All of this deficit spending was supposed to bring about a panacea of job creation and rebounding of our economy. What have we gotten for such a spending spree? A $13 trillion dollar (and rising) debt, a stagnating unemployment rate, a stalling economy, another round of foreclosures looming on the horizon and to boot, an unsustainable health care program that will certainly bankrupt our nation. The first thing we have to do is stop the spending and decrease the size of government! [¦] Northwest Florida needs more jobs. We can't spend our way into a better economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Miller Newsletter on Job Creation. 30 July 2010. "This past fall, the President and the Democrat Party forced the largest deficit exploding spending bill in the history of our nation on the American people through a $787 billion dollar "stimulus" package. They said this was necessary to guide the American economy out of the ditch of recession and onto the road of recovery ushering us into a new era of prosperity. Soon after, the Obama administration began feverishly, frivolously and unaccountably to dispense tax payer dollars to irresponsible companies from the auto industry to the banking industry and many points in between [¦] So what do we do? We create a real stimulus package for jobs. A package that reduces the out-of-control size and financial appetite of a bloated federal government. A package that cuts spending instead of increases spending. A stimulus package that places financial power in the hands of those who know best how to create jobs -- the American people. I firmly believe that the American people know much better how to spend dollars and stimulate the economy than the federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Jefferson Miller voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • 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 Jefferson Miller a rating of 84 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Jefferson Miller voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Democrats are Reconvening Congress for a $26 Billion "Fix" to Their Spending Addiction. 6 August 2010. "On Tuesday August 10, it appears that we will vote on a $26.1 billion dollar package which the Congressional Budget Office estimates will add $12.6 billion to the deficit. Add this to the stimulus package, bank bailouts, and automobile manufacturer takeovers and the runaway spending continues without pause. In fact, this year's deficit is already $1.2 trillion, getting dangerously close to last year's record $1.4 trillion. During the last two years, the US debt has grown more than it did during the eight years of the Bush Administration." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jefferson Miller. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeff Miller. Issue Position: Education. 31 August 2012. "I am not convinced that simply throwing money into education is the solution to our educational needs. We must eliminate the federal bureaucracy and offer real education reform. Over the last 30 years, educational achievement has remained stagnant, even though we have doubled the amount of money per pupil per year in elementary and secondary schools. I feel giving parents, administrators, and teachers the flexibility to decide how their money is spent will provide a better education for our children and allow each individual school the ability to meet their specific needs. Decisions in education must be made at the local level. Every school is different whereby flexibility is needed to make decisions. Whether these necessities are to hire or retrain teachers, or develop new programs, the federal bureaucracy must be reduced and the Department of Education needs to be revamped before more money is squandered at the expense of our children." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeff Miller. Miller: Congress Not Working To Reduce Your Gas Prices. 3 August 2008. "As the Congress wraps up its final week in session until September, I am sad to report to you that the Democratic leadership of this Congress is not working for the American people to reduce gas prices. Speaker Pelosi obviously believes that legislation such as House Resolution 1143, which supports the goals and ideals of the Apple Crunch and the nation's domestic apple industry, is more important than voting on offshore drilling. During a recent "teletownhall" I conducted a survey and the overwhelming majority, eighty-five percent, told me that they supported offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico . I continue to support drilling in the Gulf and will work for you to make this happen. I can't think of many things more important than this and assure you that although the Democrats will be on vacation this summer, I will be traveling throughout Northwest Florida listening to your ideas and telling you what I'm doing to address our energy needs." (www.northescambia.com)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Jefferson Miller voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Congressman Miller's Comments to the Minerals Management Service. 6 April 2006. "Most Floridians oppose offshore oil drilling because of the threat it presents to the state's greatest natural and economic resource: our coastal environment. Florida's beaches, fisheries, and wildlife draw millions of tourists each year from around the globe, supporting our state's largest industry Tourism is estimated to have a multi-billion impact on the economy of the five western counties of the Florida Panhandle alone." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Issue Position: Offshore Drilling. 29 June 2011. "Florida missed an exceptional opportunity last year to ensure that no oil or gas exploration took place within 150 miles of most of its coast or within Eglin Air Force Base's Gulf test ranges. But instead of choosing to protect our shores and our military from oil companies, some members of the Florida delegation chose to ensure their reelection in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Letter to The Honorable Richard W. Pombo. 29 September 2005. "We are writing to express our grave concern regarding legislative efforts to weaken the existing offshore drilling ban off Florida's fragile coastline. As you know, the existing ban, which has had strong bi-partisan support, was put in place to protect Florida's highly fragile ecosystem. Eliminating the drilling ban poses a clear danger to our environment and an economy that are inextricably linked." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Miller Amendment to Stop Florida Offshore Drilling Passes House. 11 April 2003. "Florida's clear waters and pristine beaches are too valuable to place at risk," Miller said. "Drilling less than 20 miles offshore is much too close for comfort for the residents and tourists of the Sunshine State. We must move quickly to protect our coast from this and future threats." (jeffmiller.house.gov)
  • Jeff Miller. Offshore Drilling Amdt. to Interior Appropriations Bill. 19 May 2005. "We hear a lot of conversation today here on the floor about national security and not depending upon foreign sources of oil and gas. Let me just say that this particular issue is in fact a national security issue. Most of the focus we hear, obviously, is on the potential environmental impacts and impacts on tourism and all of the environmental things we enjoy along our coasts in Florida and in California. But let me just say that the biggest impact that could happen with oil and natural gas, drilling or exploration in the eastern Gulf of Mexico is a potential to harm our ability to test and evaluate all of the Air Force weaponry that is used around the globe." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Congress Must Act to Lower Energy Costs. 16 July 2008. "We need to increase DOMESTIC production of oil and natural gas now. This is a national security risk as well as a flawed energy policy. I support drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). We also need to immediately open up leases for oil and gas exploration in areas of the Gulf of Mexico that do not interfere with the mission of the military." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Crude oil washes up along Florida panhandle. 15 June 2010. Responded "The thing we always fought for is anything in the Gulf of Mexico is safe, protects not only the environment, but the military mission. We have a huge military base that's out, you know, goes out into the Gulf of Mexico. But, you know, our position is now there will be no more drilling throughout in the Gulf of Mexico." to the question: "'The New York Times' today, a story and an argument of Louisiana to officials and Florida officials where Florida officials saying we have pushed back on this idea of drilling on the Gulf Coast, you guys didn't yet. We're getting impacted by it, is sort of-- is your views on oil drilling-- where are you on your views on oil drilling?" 3m13s (video.msnbc.msn.com)
  • Jeff Miller. Miller, Southerland on losing end of offshore drilling bill (DOCUMENT). 16 February 2012. "The U.S. House passed legislation Thursday that would repeal a moratorium which has prevented offshore drilling in Florida's Gulf waters since 2006. The measure was approved 237-187. If the Senate approves the bill and it is signed into law, oil companies would be allowed to purchase drilling rights to within 25 miles of Northwest Florida's beaches and as close as 100 miles from the west coast of the state. It also would open Alabama waters nine miles from Pensacola to be mined for oil and natural gas. The legislation, which pushes for the sale of Eastern Gulf drilling leases to cover national transportation spending, disregards the existence of a military mission line, an imaginary line running from about Navarre south into the Gulf of Mexico. Rep. Jeff Miller had the military mission line drawn into statute in 2006. 'I do not believe the bill, as passed in the House, will pass the Senate,' A compromise negotiated in 2006 opened 8.3 million acres of the Gulf 125 miles off the Florida Panhandle and placed a moratorium on further drilling until 2021. If the bill becomes law, that would be repealed. Leases would be put up for sale east of the mission line and in the entire area leading up to the mission line, Miller said. That would open the door to drilling less than 10 miles from Pensacola. Escambia County, home to Pensacola Beach, was the hardest hit of all Florida counties by BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Miller said he is not willing to see drilling inflicted on Northwest Florida residents with the memory of the oil spill still fresh. 'It's just not a good, sound move, considering we're approaching the second anniversary of the largest oil spill in our nation's history.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Jefferson Miller voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jefferson Miller. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Jefferson Miller voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jefferson Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Florida State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Jefferson Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Florida State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Jeff Miller. Miller: Natural Disasters Shouldn't Demolish Second Amendment. 25 July 2006. "Firearms are a means of self protection in times of civil disorder," said Miller. "It is not for the government to take away innocent citizens' Second Amendment right, especially in times of crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Miller Newsletter. 21 October 2005. "As a strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights, I believe tougher enforcement of our nation's existing gun laws must be done before any more laws are enacted and put on the books. I have always been a firm believer in the longstanding American principle of having the right to bear arms and I will remain committed to see that this freedom is not infringed upon, revoked, or limited in any way." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Miller Agrees with Second Amendment Decision. 26 June 2008. "I am pleased that the Supreme Court wisely ruled that the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is an individual and sacred right that cannot be infringed. All Americans should have the right to defend themselves and because of this ruling, the Supreme Court has made it clear that this right was indeed guaranteed by our Founding Fathers. It is my hope that this decision will send an unequivocal message to those who wish to take firearms out of the hands of law-abiding citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Jefferson Miller a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Issue Position: Second Amendment Rights. 29 June 2011. "As my voting record shows, I do not support efforts by Congress to deny citizens the right to bear arms. I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment to the Constitution which reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." I will therefore oppose any gun control legislation as well as support repeals of existing gun control laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Issue Position: The Second Amendment. 29 June 2011. "Since my days in the Florida Legislature, I have been a strong proponent of Second Amendment rights for law-abiding Americans. But the "Teddy Kennedy" Liberals in Washington would like nothing more than to take guns out of the hands of hunters, sportsman, and those who simply want to protect their homes and families. I have joined with several of my colleagues to defeat proposals that would whittle away your Constitutional rights as legal gun owner." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jefferson Miller. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jefferson Miller. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Jefferson Miller voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Jefferson Miller in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 29 June 2011. "The need for immigration reform and border security is not only important to the fiber of our nation, it's a matter of national security. Some in Congress have struggled with half-baked solutions and proposed to reward those illegally in our country with citizenship. I believe the answer is simple. Secure our borders now, stop the flow of illegal immigration, and send those here illegally back home!" (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Issue Position: Immigration. 29 June 2011. "Many of my colleagues in the House agree with this "enforcement first" approach, knowing full well that if we do not take steps to secure our border then other methods of addressing immigration will be useless. We were saddened to see the Senate not only consider amnesty provisions, but also provisions allowing citizenship for the nearly 12 million illegal immigrants currently residing within our borders. That misguided approach not only forgives criminals; it rewards them. I find this stance on illegal immigration both wrong and unacceptable, and will continue to fight for the House immigration reform bill and reject any provisions from the Senate or elsewhere that allow amnesty for illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Miller Newsletter May 30. 30 May 2007. "Amnesty pardons those who have broken a law. Ignoring the fact that illegal aliens are working in the United States illegally, and making them eligible for legal status and citizenship is de facto amnesty. And if past is prologue, it is clear that this amnesty proposal will encourage even greater numbers of aliens to enter our country illegally. Simply put, we cannot continue to allow our immigration laws to be violated and ignored-- illegal aliens are by definition criminals." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Miller Newsletter. 29 June 2007. "I am adamantly opposed to this amnesty bill, which was constructed by the Democrats and the Bush administration, as it would add to our immigration problem by providing numerous avenues for illegal aliens to fast-track their way to citizenship." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jefferson Miller. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Jefferson Miller voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Jefferson Miller voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Jefferson Miller. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Jefferson Miller voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 14 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeff Miller. Issue Position: Foreign Policy. 29 June 2011. "Today, many of the terrorists responsible for the attacks on September 11, 2001 remain abroad and are widely believed to be reconstituting a base of operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. These terrorists threaten the stability of the regimes in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the United States remains at risk until this vast and mostly ungoverned region is stabilized and no longer threatened by extremists and their bankrupt ideologies." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Miller Newsletter. 15 May 2011. "On Friday, the House achieved yet another victory for national security, as it voted to approve the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. The importance of this legislation is highlighted by the recent events which saw our intelligence and special operations communities collaborate to locate and kill Osama Bin Laden. It is only through a robust intelligence apparatus that our nation is able to effectively identify and disrupt the threat posed by international terrorist networks. The authorization of our nation's intelligence programs and activities is essential for defending our interests and protecting the American way of life." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Miller Newsletter. 8 May 2011. "Osama Bin Laden is dead. For that, Americans have reason to thank the members of the Armed Forces and the U.S. Navy SEAL team who--at great risk to themselves--eliminated the world's most-wanted terrorist during a daring nighttime raid. Also earning credit for his demise are the intelligence professionals whose tireless pursuit of leads, and careful analysis of the facts, built the case that enabled this operation to proceed. Without question, the world is a better place now that this mass-murderer can no longer export his hatred and intolerance. While Osama bin Laden's death is a welcome development in the Global War on Terrorism, the Al Qaeda network of terrorist cells will continue its efforts to plot attacks against the United States and our freedom-loving allies. For this reason we must remain vigilant in our pursuit of Bin Laden's sympathizers and supporters." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeff Miller. Issue Position: Social Security. 29 June 2011. "With the fourth possibility, increasing the rate of return, there are two options: 1) have the federal government invest Social Security in the stock market, or 2) have young workers invest some of their own taxes in accredited investments of their choice. Since, over the course of one's working years, the private capital market always yields a much higher return than does Social Security, many believe younger workers should be allowed to benefit from these higher returns." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Jefferson Miller supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 40 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Social Security Private Accounts. 15 June 2005. "One promising proposal, the creation of personal retirement accounts, has already been taken off the table by the Democrats before genuine debate has even begun. I believe that younger workers should have the opportunity to plan for a higher retirement income than that which the current system would allow. I hear from my constituents daily about broken promises by our government. Personal accounts are a perfect example of a way we can give the American public control of their hard-earned income and avoid broken promises to its people." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Miller. Social Security: Democrats Raise Taxes. 8 June 2005. "One solution which could help improve Social Security and provide long-term relief is through personal retirement accounts. Giving Americans the option of putting a portion of their payroll taxes into small personal accounts is a more balanced and better solution to the Social Security problem." (votesmart.org)

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Florida State Legislative Election 1998 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xf) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Xg) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
i) Other
Noj) Should Florida government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?

Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:

a) College and university admissions
b) Public employment
c) State contracting
d) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) End parole for repeat violent felons.
Xd) Support the use of the death penalty.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
h) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xj) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
Xl) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
Xm) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
n) Allow recording devices in execution observation rooms.
Xo) Support chemical castration for convicted sexual offenders.
Xp) Maintain electrocution as Florida's method of execution.
q) Adopt lethal injection as Florida's method of execution.
r) Other
Yess) Should violent sexual offenders eligible for parole, be committed to mental hospitals until they are deemed safe to return to society?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.

Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Allow Native American tribes to operate gambling casinos on tribal land in Florida.
f) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
d) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Xg) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
h) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
Xi) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
j) Grant merit pay raises each year to teachers who excel.
k) Other
Yesl) Should Florida require that all new state school buses be equipped with passenger seat belts?
Yesm) Do you support adding the Bible to high school literature or history curriculums in Florida public schools?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Provide funding for recycling programs in Florida.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
i) Other
Yesj) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Undecidedk) Do you support extending the Preservation 2000 program in Florida?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.

a) Do you support limits on the number of terms of the following Florida officials?

Yes1) State Senators and Representatives
Yes2) Governor
Yes3) Members of the Cabinet

b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nod) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noe) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
Undecidedg) Do you support providing immunity from civil liability to persons who are participating in the process of government?
Noh) Should using payroll deductions for political contributions from union members be illegal?
i) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xe) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
Xf) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Require a waiting period and criminal records check for weapons bought at gun shows.
i) Other
Yesj) Should Florida visitors be permitted to carry concealed weapons if they have permits from other states?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
Xb) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
Xc) Provide health care to uninsured children by designing a children's health insurance program.
d) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
e) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
Xf) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xg) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
h) Require HMOs to provide access to mental health care.
i) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
Xd) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
e) Favor banning smoking in public places.
f) Allow local municipalities in Florida to ban smoking in public places.
g) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
h) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
i) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
j) Require a waiting period between the time a mother consents to adoption and the time the adoption is finalized.
k) Other
Nol) Do you believe that the Florida government should include sexual orientation in Florida's anti-discrimination laws?
Nom) Do you believe that the Florida government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Non) Should physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill be legal in Florida?

Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.

a) Agriculture
b) Economic Development
c) Education (K-12)
d) Education (Higher)
e) Environment
f) Health care
g) Law enforcement
h) Tourism
i) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
j) Welfare
k) Other
Undecidedl) Do you support using state money to fund a proposed bullet train between Miami, Orlando and Tampa?

Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.

a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gas taxes
f) Property taxes
g) Sales taxes
h) Other
Noi) Do you support implementing a state income tax?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

Xa) Maintain the four-year limit on welfare benefits.
Xb) Require that able-bodied recipients participate in work-related activities in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
Xh) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Other
Undecidedk) Do you support establishing a relocation assistance program for WAGES participants that relocate within the state as long as the relocation contributes to them attaining self-sufficiency?
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.