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Andrew 'Andy' P. Harris

Andy Harris' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Andrew 'Andy' P. Harris
Office: U.S. House (MD) - District 1, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 1
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 24, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Sylvia; 5 Children: Joe, Becky, Irene, Jessica, Danny
Birth Date: 01/25/1957
Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY
Home City: Cockeysville, MD
Religion: Catholic
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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 2014, 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

  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Andy Harris in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 358, Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "Madam Speaker, this one very important correction is the conscience protection in this bill. And I know as someone who's worked in a hospital where abortions are done--but they never forced me to do it because we have conscience protections in the State of Maryland. We need those conscience protections for everyone in the country, so that if you don't believe in abortion, you don't have to participate in it. That's a basic freedom, a basic religious freedom, we should protect for every single American health care provider. Madam Speaker, I would like to introduce into the Record four letters from obstetricians who work in facilities who point out that the conscience clause is not going to harm anyone's health in this bill. There's no evidence that it will. Madam Speaker, in conclusion, the conscience protection clause is needed. It's a correction for the work of the last Congress. We should pass this bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Issue Position: Preserving Our American Values. 21 October 2011. "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. It is essential to uphold the traditional family values that have been the American tradition." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Andy Harris voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Andy Harris voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Andy Harris. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Andy Harris voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Defense PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Defense PAC endorsed Andy Harris in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Vets for Freedom PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Vets for Freedom PAC endorsed Andy Harris in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. WBALTV.com - Kratovil, Harris Show Differences During Debate. 18 October 2010. "I would support continued funding for the war in Afghanistan if the president would begin listening to his commanders in the field." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Defense PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Defense PAC endorsed Andy Harris in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Andy Harris voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Andy Harris voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Issue Position: National Defense. 21 October 2011. "The first responsibility of the federal government is to protect and defend the American people. Without a secure society, America would no longer be a free society. As a Navy veteran, I know that we live in a dangerous world- and we must maintain our defenses against our enemies. We must protect our allies and keep their trust by keeping our promises. 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." (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

  • Andy Harris signed Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Maryland 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)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Andy Harris. Where Are the Jobs? 23 September 2011. "Mr. President, where are the jobs? You spent nearly $1 trillion on a stimulus bill that failed. Now you want to spend another $450 billion on another stimulus bill. This is simply repeating the same action and expecting a different outcome." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Two Year Anniversary of Failed Stimulus Package. 18 February 2011. "The failed Stimulus package was a government plan that crowded out private industry and added to our national deb [¦] It is a sad reminder that we cannot borrow and spend our way to prosperity. To build an environment for positive growth and job creation, we must stop spending money we don't have." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Rep. Andy Harris' Statement on May Jobs Report. 3 June 2011. "In order to grow the economy and create jobs in America, we must stop the spending spree in Washington. President Obama's insistence on taxing and spending our way to prosperity doesn't work. It's time to chart a new course -- it's time for results." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge. 7 July 2011. "Mr. Speaker, while marching in parades and town festivals all over my district during the 4th of July weekend, I spoke with concerned parents, job creators, seniors, and folks who have been out of work for a long time. The one message I heard loud and clear from all of them: Reduce government spending so that businesses can create jobs again. That's why I signed onto the Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge, which calls for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. I know the idea that the government should have to actually balance its budget every year is strange to some here in Washington, especially to entrenched bureaucrats and the special interest groups that fill this city. Imagine if the Federal Government had to run a budget like we do in our homes. It's time for the Federal Government to live within its means, and it's time for us to reduce spending so that businesses will have the confidence to create jobs again." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Rep. Andy Harris, M.D., Statement on July Jobs Report. 5 August 2011. "It is apparent that America's job creators remain concerned, resulting in a continuation of the worst unemployment streak since the Great Depression. We cannot continue down the President's path of higher taxes, increased regulation, and more wasteful government spending. We need accountability. We need to send a strong signal to the rest of the world, and especially to America's job creators, that Washington has a permanent solution to its reckless spending. It's time we pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution to restore global confidence in the American economy and bring back jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Statement on Debt Ceiling Increase. 26 July 2011. "By an overwhelming amount, Maryland families and businesses have contacted me to demand that the federal government get its fiscal house in order, stop spending more than it takes in, and balance the budget. I disagree with the President - we need a balanced budget amendment, and I won't vote to raise the debt ceiling unless a balanced budget amendment is part of the deal. To create jobs in America again, we must stop the spending spree in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Issue Position: Government Spending. 21 October 2011. "Congress has been completely irresponsible where spending is concerned, and both parties are to blame. To begin to fight out-of-control spending, we should first take some common-sense advice: when you're in a hole stop digging. We should not spend the remaining stimulus funds or the repaid TARP funds. This alone would save about one trillion dollars - halving the deficit this year." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Statement from Rep. Andy Harris on President Obama's Jobs Plan: Stimulus II. 8 September 2011. "Over Labor Day weekend I met with many small business owners on the Ocean City Boardwalk “ a common theme I heard from those potential job creators was their desire to get government out of the way so that they could do what they do best: grow their businesses and create American jobs. President Obama's newest spending plan is nothing more than a second Stimulus bill. Just like the first Stimulus passed by the previous Congress, it will not create jobs, but instead delay recovery, increase the debt and grow the size of government. I believe that common sense ideas like a balanced budget amendment, elimination of job-destroying regulations and making America energy independent will create American jobs and get us out of this recession." (harris.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Andy Harris. Creating Jobs and Fixing the Economy. 24 October 2011. "My solution is to get the economy moving again by fostering an innovative environment where businesses can grow and start to create jobs again. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, I plan to root out regulations that inhibit job growth and treat businesses as partners, not ATMs. I will work to cut wasteful spending and reduce taxes so that businesses and individuals are free to keep more of their hard-earned money." (harris.house.gov)
  • Andy Harris. Andy Harris on Maryland September Jobs Report. 22 September 2010. "The Maryland Jobs Report proves the Obama-Pelosi-Kratovil Team has failed once again and our economy continues to sputter. Of the reported Maryland jobs that were created in September, 73 percent of them were actually government jobs. Increasing the size of government is not the way to jumpstart our economy. The economy must grow from the bottom up, creating private sector jobs through tax cuts and small business incentives, not through taxpayer-funded government jobs. We need to break up the Obama-Pelosi-Kratovil Team and send someone to Washington who knows what it takes to create jobs and get our country back on the right track." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Issue Position: Restoring Prosperity and Creating Jobs. 21 October 2011. "Small businesses, not the government, are the backbone of the American economy. I will work to give small businesses the tools and tax cuts necessary to allow them to begin hiring again. Real job creation requires cutting government spending and taxation, reducing excessive regulations and ending government ownership of private businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Where are the Jobs? 23 September 2011. "We must help the American economy create jobs by freeing job creators from regulations that stifle growth, expand production of competitive and affordable energy, stop threatening job creators with higher taxes, and stop wasting taxpayers' money." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Issue Position: Cutting Taxes to Create Job and Economic Growth. 21 October 2011. "We addressed tax cuts in our economic growth section, but tax cuts are so crucial to economic recovery they are worth mentioning again. First, we need to reform the way we look at taxes. Tax cuts do not reduce government revenue. That might make sense on the surface, but it's not true. President Reagan proved this in the 1980's. Government revenues expanded because of the tax cuts. Similar cuts will have the same effect now, resulting in economic growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Working Together for Job Creation. 12 October 2011. "If President Obama is serious about helping create jobs, then he must listen to what job creators are actually saying. More than anything else, they need long-term confidence that Washington will stop punishing them with reckless red tape and threatening them with new taxes. House Republicans are ready to work with the President, but not if it means supporting policies that only work against job creators and job-seekers." (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

  • 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)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Andy Harris. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Andy Harris voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Andy Harris. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Andy Harris voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Andy Harris. Harris Praises Supreme Court for Reaffirming the 2nd Amendment. 26 June 2008. "Today's ruling is a victory for individual rights and personal liberty [¦] Gun-grabbing liberals should take note that the Constitution clearly states Americans have the right to own firearms and the Supreme Court reaffirmed that today." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gun Owners of America endorsed Andy Harris in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Issue Position: Respecting the Constitution. 21 October 2011. "The U.S. Constitution carefully spells out the powers of the federal government, reserving all other powers to the individual and the states [¦] One of the cornerstone ideas on which our county was founded was the protection of personal property rights. The constitution also protects an individual's right to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, property, and to defend against tyranny [¦] I will consider every proposal for its constitutional legitimacy and always make legislative decisions ensuring that all of your constitutional rights are fully protected." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Andy Harris signed Contract for America: 7. Defund Repeal and Replace Government-run Health Care. "We, the undersigned, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items, work to bring each agenda item to a vote during the first year, and pledge to advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom. ¦ 7.Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care: Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn't restricted by state boundaries." (www.contractfromamerica.org)
  • Andy Harris. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Andy Harris voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (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

  • Andy Harris. 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 [¦] Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades. This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Issue Position: Protecting America's Borders. 21 October 2011. "I believe immigrants who come to this country legally are a great asset and make this nation stronger. 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. I will work for strong border enforcement and to ensure that illegal immigrants are not taking jobs that are badly needed by American citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Issues: Immigration and the DREAM Act. 1 October 2012. "In the Maryland Senate, I voted against the Dream Act, a policy that gives discounted and taxpayer subsidized in-state college tuition rates to students who are not here legally. I will also oppose this measure that has been talked about in Washington DC. Legal residents of Maryland have a hard time affording college in these tough economic times. I do not support giving tuition discounts to students who are not legally present in Maryland or the United States." (andyharris.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Andy Harris in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Andy Harris. Issue Position: Preserving Our American Values. 21 October 2011. "No government program can take the place of the family. I believe that the family is the most important unit of society and that government policy should be aimed at strengthening, not undermining the family. 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. It is essential to uphold the traditional family values that have been the American tradition." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Andy Harris. Harris Victory Speech. 13 February 2008. "The threat of Islamic terrorism is the greatest threat of our generation. As a naval veteran, I understand the threat of Islamic radicalism to our very way of life. We must win the global War on Terror - no matter the cost. I will do everything I can to enable our men and women in the military to win that War, so that our children don't have to." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Andy Harris. WBALTV.com - Kratovil, Harris Show Differences During Debate. 18 October 2010. "I don't know where the congressman got that. I never said I was for privatizing Social Security. He knows it's something he can't prove, so instead, he says I'm supported by some group that supports it." (votesmart.org)


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