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Andy Harris' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MD) - District 1, Republican
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Andy Harris has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2014 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Maryland Congressional Election 2014 Political Courage Test

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.
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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.

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
  • 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
  • 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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