Representative Gus Michael Bilirakis's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 12, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 12
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Issue Positions

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  • Gus Bilirakis. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Gus Bilirakis voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Gus Bilirakis voted Did Not Vote on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Derby. Sunshine State News: Abortion Foes Mark Roe v. Wade Anniversary. 25 January 2011. "I believe in the sanctity of human life, both born and unborn, and will continue supporting measures that respect human life and encourage alternatives to abortion," noted Bilirakis. "I'll also continue to oppose legislation that would allow public funds to be used for abortions." (www.sunshinestatenews.com)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Facebook: Wall. 24 January 2011. "Thousands of folks at the Mall and Capitol for the annual March for Life. I believe in the sanctity of human life, both born and unborn, and will continue supporting measures that respect human life and encourage alternatives to abortion. I'll also continue to oppose legislation that would allow public funds to be used for abortions." (www.facebook.com)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Gus Bilirakis voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (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 Gus Bilirakis a rating of 31 percent." (votesmart.org)

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  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Rep. Bilirakis Statement On President Obama's Troop Surge In Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. "Providing our military with additional troops and resources is critical to our long-term national security and will help achieve the goal of denying the Taliban and Al-Qaeda a staging ground for future attacks [¦] it is imperative that the Afghan people have confidence in both their new government and American resolve to stabilize the region." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Rep. Bilirakis Statement on Afghanistan Troop Drawdown. 22 June 2011. "We are making a difference in Afghanistan, and I believe that we are on track for a successful transition to Afghanistan control, but we must continue to make progress -- the kind of progress that allowed us to kill Osama Bin laden and weaken al Qaeda and the Taliban -- and not take steps backward," (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. St. Petersburg Times: Bilirakis Finds Tough, Winnable Afghanistan War. 13 August 2009. "It's going to be very, very difficult, tough. It's very serious. [...] But amid the fear, Bilirakis said he found signs that the renewed U.S. effort in Afghanistan is having some effect. He saw locals being trained and was impressed with the morale of U.S. Troops." (votesmart.org)
  • Alex Leary. Tampa Bay Times: Florida Lawmakers React to President Obama's Speech on Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "We are making a difference in Afghanistan, and I believe that we are on track for a successful transition to Afghanistan control, but we must continue to make progress “ the kind of progress that allowed us to kill Osama Bin laden and weaken al Qaeda and the Taliban “ and not take steps backward. Having been to Afghanistan, I have seen the advancements being made and I trust our generals to tell us when the timing is right for a troop drawdown." (www.tampabay.com)
  • Gus Bilirakis. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Gus Bilirakis voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Gus Bilirakis. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Gus Bilirakis voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Gus Bilirakis voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Presses Congress to Pass Clean Troop Supplemental Bill. 22 May 2008. "It is clear to surmise from the process by which the Majority handled this funding measure that Washington is indeed broken by partisanship and a lack of leadership," said Bilirakis. "We are in effect bankrupting the military's ability to pay the troops at the expense of legislation that is packed full of domestic spending, higher taxes and micromanagement of our commanders on the battlefield." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gus Bilirakis voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Gus Bilirakis voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Gus Bilirakis voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)

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  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 90 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 79 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilrakis signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I, Gus Bilirakis, pledge to the taxpayers of the 12th district of the state of Florda and to the American people that 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)

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  • Gus Bilirakis. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Gus Bilirakis voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Gus Bilirakis voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Rep. Bilirakis Votes To Protect Taxpayers. 13 February 2009. "Any stimulus must create jobs in a timely and targeted fashion. This so-called stimulus bill is simply a long wish list of big government spending that doesn't meet that standard and will hand a huge 'IOU' to our children and grandchildren." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Rep. Bilirakis: Stimulus Failing To Create Jobs In Florida. 8 October 2009. "Simply put the Obama Administration's stimulus has failed to create the job growth which it promised. In February, the White House predicted that the stimulus would create over 200,000 jobs in our state through the end of 2010. In fact Florida is on the wrong track to meet that projection having shed roughly 150,000 jobs since February. Any economic stimulus bill must focus on creating jobs and providing tax relief, not runaway government spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Issue Position: Fiscal Discipline & Job Creation. "Gus believes that economic innovation and growth begins with fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C. As a steward of your tax dollars, Gus believes that Congress must focus on reducing the size of government and is fighting to cut wasteful spending and reduce our national debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Gus Votes to Prevent More Federal Bailouts. 13 August 2010. "Democrats this week called the House back to Washington for another last-minute federal government bailout of more than $26 billion. It is another in a long line of perpetual bailout bills coming out of Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Issue Position: Jobs. 8 July 2011. "Last year, Florida lost more than 100,000 jobs. Any stimulus bill must focus on creating jobs and providing tax relief to Americans, not wasteful government spending. This is precisely why I voted in favor of the House Republican Economic Recovery Plan." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Rep. Bilirakis Opposes Massive Spending Spree. 28 January 2009. "Our nation is facing a serious economic crisis and I believe we must do all we can to get our economy moving in the right direction again. Last year, Florida ranked second nationally with 255,000 job loses. This is precisely why Congress should be considering a stimulus bill which creates jobs; unfortunately we are instead considering a federal spending spree." (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 Gus Bilirakis a rating of 75 percent." (votesmart.org)

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  • Gus Bilirakis. Rep. Bilirakis Votes To Protect Taxpayers. 13 February 2009. "I maintain that the best way to create economic growth is to allow the American taxpayers to keep more of their own money to spend. We should be enacting focused and timely tax relief which would create jobs and lower the burden on families and small businesses. The plan I supported would have created twice the jobs at half the cost for hard working Floridians, including 141,000 more jobs in Florida." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Rep. Bilirakis Teams Up With More Than 65 Employers For Career Fair. 20 April 2011. "I've held small business roundtables throughout the Tampa Bay area, and what I hear over and over again is that excessive government spending, taxes and regulations are keeping small businesses from hiring," Bilirakis said. "We need to simplify the tax code, create stability in the economy and let businesses and families keep more of their hard-earned dollars in order to help put people back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. The Tampa Tribune - The President's Budget Package: More of the Same. 21 March 2011. "The president's plan will spend $46 trillion over the next decade, and we all know that today's runaway spending leads to tomorrow's tax increases. The president's proposal creates $1.9 trillion in new taxes on families, entrepreneurs and job creators." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Bilirakis Gives Budget Proposal Mixed Reviews. 4 February 2008. "While the President has proposed a budget that helps to secure our borders, properly provides for our troops and gives much needed permanent tax relief and economic stimulus, I do believe that some of the President's proposed cuts are unjustified." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Gus Hears From Tampa Small Businesses. 24 May 2011. "The crucial need to support small businesses is why Gus recently cosponsored Rep. Allen West's (FL) Small Business Encouragement Act, which would allow small businesses a work opportunity tax credit for hiring unemployed individuals as full-time employees in 2012 and 2013." (bilirakis.house.gov)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Rep. Bilirakis: Stimulus Failing To Create Jobs In Florida. 8 October 2009. "Any economic stimulus bill must focus on creating jobs and providing tax relief, not runaway government spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Rep. Billirakis Introduces Economic Stimulus Bills. 9 January 2009. "H.R. 308, the Hurricane and Tornado Mitigation Investment Act, would provide tax incentives for home and business owners to weather-proof their homes and businesses to better withstand hurricane and tornado force winds and water intrusion. The bill allows a tax credit up to 25 percent, not to exceed $5,000, to defray the costs of specified improvements. Enactment of this bill will help create jobs in an industry that has experienced significant downturns while reducing loss of life and property damage that has driven-up insurance rates and depressed housing sales in Florida." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Stimulus Plan Will Only Succeed Through Bipartisan Cooperation. 23 January 2008. "Over the longer term, Congress needs to assure investors, business owners and consumers that they will not be burdened with any additional taxes or tax hikes. They can do this almost immediately by passing legislation I have co-sponsored (H.R. 2734) that would make permanent the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. The Tampa Tribune - Have Problem? There is a TAX for that!. 15 April 2010. "Instead of taking every opportunity to raise taxes and rob hard-working people of what they have earned in a rush to grow the federal government, Congress must put a cork in the spending and pass economic measures that let families and small businesses keep more of what they earn, so they can create jobs to kick-start our lagging economy." (votesmart.org)

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  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of Environment America 40 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Gus Bilirakis voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Gus Bilirakis voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Gus Bilirakis voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of Environment America 40 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 30 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Gus Bilirakis voted Did Not Vote on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Gus Bilirakis voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Unemployment Figures Should Serve as Warning as Obama Heads to Climate Change Summit. 4 December 2010. "While I recognize the need to protect our environment, the priority must be improving the nation's economic climate and the desperate need for job creation. The "Cap & Trade" proposals in Congress fail to effectively strike that balance and will end up hurting families and small businesses that are desperate for relief. Instead of a heavy handed use of taxes and mandates, Congress should instead incentivize energy efficiency and private investment in renewable energy technologies as part of a comprehensive plan to protect our environment and address our energy needs." (votesmart.org)

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  • Gus Bilirakis. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Gus Bilirakis voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Gus Bilirakis a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)

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

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  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Gus Bilirakis in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Associated Press - Calif. Test-taking Case Shows Gap In Visa Security. 19 March 2010. ""Obviously this process that we set up is not working and we have to find a better way," he said. "They have to be here for the right reasons, going to school, otherwise they should be deported." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Gus Bilirakis in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Gus Bilirakis voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Bilirakis Hails Failure of Senate Amnesty Immigration Measure. 28 June 2011. "I am pleased that the Senate did not allow this amnesty compromise bill to move forward. Although I support reforming our immigration system and strengthening our borders, this Senate bill was not the answer." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Blog: Gus requests hearing on illegal immigration memos. 31 August 2010. "DHS needs to focus more on enforcing immigration laws and protecting our borders than rewarding those who have come here illegally." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Can the President Really Grant Amnesty Without Legislative Action?. 18 August 2010. "To grant amnesty to entire classes of illegal immigrants undermines our immigration laws, and is a slap in the face to those who go through the process of entering our country legally. And to do this by skipping the legislative process is wrong." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 8 July 2011. "Congressman Bilirakis strongly opposes illegal immigration. He does not believe we should give amnesty or any other reward to those who have broken our nation's immigration laws because doing so simply encourages continued lawbreaking and greater illegal immigration in the future. He knows that effective immigration control requires strong border enforcement (he has signed a letter to the President urging the construction of the border fence as soon as possible) and eliminating the incentives that encourage individuals to come here illegally." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Issue Position: National Security. 8 July 2011. "Gus strongly opposes illegal immigration and does not believe we should give amnesty or any other reward to those who have broken our nation's immigration laws because doing so simply encourages continued lawbreaking and greater illegal immigration in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. 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)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Rep. Bilirakis Joins Effort to Force Bill on Border Security and Immigration Reform. 11 March 2008. "U.S. Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis (R-Fla.), member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism, signed a discharge petition Tuesday for the immediate consideration of H.R. 4088, the Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act of 2007. The SAVE Act includes several border security and immigration enforcement initiatives as well as a more streamlined process to verify employee eligibility. This bill has received wide bipartisan support and currently has 141 cosponsors, including Congressman Bilirakis." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Signs Will Not Secure Our Border. 1 September 2010. "[¦] the Department of Homeland Security should not spend its time writing memos about how to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants or dismiss thousands of deportation cases." (bilirakis.house.gov)

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  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Gus Bilirakis voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Gus Bilirakis voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)

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  • Gus Bilirakis. Bilirakis: Intel Report Is a Strong Reminder of the Terrorist Threat We Face. 16 July 2007. ""This comprehensive intelligence assessment paints a sobering picture of the current and future threats posed by terrorists to the U.S. Homeland. It is yet another reminder that ruthless killers like Osama bin Laden, members of his al-Qaeda terrorist network and other radical extremist groups continue to conspire and plot to carry out terrorist attacks on American soil [¦] This report reminds us that nearly six years after that fateful day, we risk diminishing the importance of this memory and our commitment to fighting the Global War on Terror at our own peril." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Rep. Bilirakis Statement on Afghanistan Troop Drawdown. 22 June 2011. "We are making a difference in Afghanistan, and I believe that we are on track for a successful transition to Afghanistan control, but we must continue to make progress -- the kind of progress that allowed us to kill Osama Bin laden and weaken al Qaeda and the Taliban -- and not take steps backward." (votesmart.org)
  • Gus Bilirakis. Rep. Bilirakis Statement on Death of Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "Our U.S. military and intelligence agencies have displayed extraordinary persistence and courage in methodically pursuing the evil mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks," Bilirakis said. "The global war on terror continues and we must remain as vigilant as ever against those who still seek to harm us." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Gus Bilirakis supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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