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Andy Harris' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MD) - District 1, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 1
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Andy Harris has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Andy Harris is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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

  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227#.VhKxB3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Life" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/19157/andy-harris/#.VZKsOPlViko (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

  • "I support measures to eliminate or reduce the number of taxes that individuals and businesses pay." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/528912/issue-position-cutting-taxes-to-create-jobs-and-economic-growth#.VZKxl_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/19157/andy-harris/#.VZKsOPlViko (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

  • "If we don't seriously tackle the spending problem, our children and grandchildren will not have the same opportunities for success that we all enjoyed." http://harris.house.gov/issues/Reducing (harris.house.gov)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? 'No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/19157/andy-harris/#.VZKsOPlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support measures to eliminate or reduce the number of taxes that individuals and businesses pay." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/528912/issue-position-cutting-taxes-to-create-jobs-and-economic-growth#.VZKxl_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/19157/andy-harris/#.VZKsOPlViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We've got to cut back on the Department of Education, and we've got to leave our education dollars in our local counties." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/565984/#.VZKtkflViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VZKzuvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/19157/andy-harris/#.VZKsOPlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "American energy policy should include exploring and obtaining the vast amounts of natural gas and oil reserves within our own borders in an environmentally safe and conscientious manner. We also need to find new and clean alternative sources of energy." http://www.andyharris.com/issues/ (www.andyharris.com)
  • "I also support a comprehensive energy policy that includes nuclear, wind, solar and new technologies that offer us true energy independence." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/528917/issue-position-energy-independence#.VZKwH_lViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "All too often, major EPA regulations have been underpinned by secret science, hidden data, and black box models. The Agency often appears more concerned with crucifying press releases and enforcement actions than meaningful peer review or scientific analysis." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/704185/witnesses-detail-dramatic-costs-minimal-benefits-of-new-epa-rules-and-regulations#.VaWyZ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 910 "Energy Tax Prevention Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/34389#.VZKu3_lViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/19157/andy-harris/#.VZKsOPlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/19157/andy-harris/#.VZKsOPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "America's healthcare system was broken before the President's healthcare law was passed, and sadly that law has only made things worse." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/915828/issue-position-health-care#.VZKw5vlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "However, illegal immigration has become a major problem as the federal government has been unwilling to enforce our borders. I recognize the need for legal, temporary workers who don't displace American workers (H2B visas) – but we must enforce their return home when their visas expire." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/528906/issue-position-protecting-americas-borders#.VZKyMPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/915828/issue-position-health-care#.VZKw5vlViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am a strong defender of the sanctity of human life and I believe that marriage should remain an institution between one man and one woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/528921/issue-position-preserving-our-american-values#.VZKzCPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support same-sex marriage? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/19157/andy-harris/#.VZKsOPlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Peace is kept through strength. I strongly support funding for defense and homeland security programs to ensure that the U.S. has the best-equipped and best-trained military in the world." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/528920/issue-position-national-defense#.VaWz8XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/19157/andy-harris/#.VZKsOPlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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

  • "Some have suggested balancing the books on the backs of our seniors. I won't stand for it. Social Security and Medicare are contracts made with our seniors - we must keep our promises and commitments to older Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/528915/issue-position-standing-up-for-maryland-seniors#.VaW0R3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/19157/andy-harris/#.VZKsOPlViko (votesmart.org)

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.

Maryland Congressional Election 2014 Political Courage 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.

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles
Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy?
Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations
  • "We've got to cut back on the Department of Education, and we've got to leave our education dollars in our local counties." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/565984/#.VZKtkflViko (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. WBALTV.com - Kratovil, Harris Show Differences During Debate. 18 October 2010. "We've got to cut back on the Department of Education, and we've got to leave our education dollars in our local counties." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. WBALTV.com - Kratovil, Harris Show Differences During Debate. 18 October 2010. "We've got to cut back on the Department of Education, and we've got to leave our education dollars in our local counties." (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoInferred Answer Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations
  • "All too often, major EPA regulations have been underpinned by secret science, hidden data, and black box models. The Agency often appears more concerned with crucifying press releases and enforcement actions than meaningful peer review or scientific analysis." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/704185/witnesses-detail-dramatic-costs-minimal-benefits-of-new-epa-rules-and-regulations#.VaWyZ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 910 "Energy Tax Prevention Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/34389#.VZKu3_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Andy Harris voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Andy Harris voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
a) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

1. Fix economy - Foster an environment so businesses can grow and create jobs again; root out regulations that inhibit job growth; work to cut wasteful spending; and reduce taxes on businesses and individuals.

2. Reduce budget deficit - Reduce wasteful spending and balance the budget. If we don't seriously tackle these, future generations won't have the same opportunities that we all enjoy.

3. Improve health care - As a physician, I am keenly aware of the health care challenges we face. The president?s health care law made things worse: increasing cost of insurance and decreasing quality of care.

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