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Doc Hastings' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WA) - District 4, Republican
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Doc Hastings has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Washington Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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Candidate Answer
Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.
Inferred Answer
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Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
NoDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

I believe military commanders should determine when to withdraw troops and end operations.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

I oppose all of the bailouts and stimulus spending bills.

NoDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Do you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

I did not support stimulus spending on infrastructure projects, but did support reauthorization of the transportation bill, which creates jobs. I have also supported extensions of unemployment benefits when those extensions did not further contribute to our historic debt.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

There are many opinions on the causes of global warming, but the focus should be acheiving a cheaper, cleaner, more diverse American made energy system that includes an all of the above approach - hydropower, nuclear, wind, solar as well as more domestic oil and gas.

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?
NoShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • Doc Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Increase border patrol enforcement and reimburse local jails for housing illegals. Reform laws for migrant agriculture workers"
  • Doc Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Increase border patrol enforcement and reform laws for migrant agriculture workers"
  • Doc Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Doc Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Doc Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Doc Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Doc Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Doc Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Doc Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Doc Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Doc Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support a complete solution that ends illegal immigration, strengthens control over our borders, and establishes a functional and enforceable guestworker program."
  • Doc Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Washington Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Doc Hastings. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Doc Hastings voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Doc Hastings. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Doc Hastings voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Doc Hastings supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Doc Hastings supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doc Hastings. An Update on Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Border Control. 13 January 2006. “I cannot fault anyone for wanting to come here to work for a better life for themselves and their families. That is the American way. The undocumented workers who are currently here must be handled in a fair and practical manner. We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to an estimated 11 million undocumented workers. Although an enforcement only bill has received initial approval by the House of Representatives, it is very unlikely that the bill will become law in its current form. In the year ahead I'll continue doing everything I can to ensure that the final immigration reform bill that is sent to the White House to be signed into law is comprehensive and includes a guestworker program so that the needs of our homeland security and our economic security are met.” (votesmart.org)
  • Doc Hastings. Hastings Highlights Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. 5 December 2005. “Some would like to round everyone up and send them back to their country of origin for good - in a free society, this is neither possible nor practical […] Others want to provide automatic and immediate citizenship for everyone here illegally - a 'blanket amnesty' approach that has failed in the past and that rewards unlawful behavior. However, there are other proposals aimed at confronting the reality of undocumented workers, while insisting that our laws be obeyed. These proposals include allowing individuals to earn the right to participate in a guestworker program through work in agriculture and perhaps imposing requirements such as paying fines, submitting to background checks and learning English.” (votesmart.org)
Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
YesDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

I support a complete solution that ends illegal immigration, strengthens control over our borders, and establishes a functional and enforceable guestworker program. Continuing to ignore the illegal immigrants currently here puts our national security at risk. I oppose blanket amnesty. Any solution must recognize that we are a nation of laws by dealing with the reality of undocumented workers, while insisting laws be obeyed. Ensuring that we remain a nation of laws, while fairly dealing with those brought here at a young age through no fault of their own is a serious challenge. I have long pressed for a full...

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

I support military force in Iran only when all diplomatic efforts have failed.

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.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) 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.
Eliminatea) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) 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.

Creating jobs and growing our economy, which includes lowering the tax burden on individuals, families, and job-creating businesses.

Opening new agricultural markets for Central Washington farmers.

Prioritizing and controlling wasteful Washington, DC spending in order to lower our debt.

Protecting America from foreign enemies by providing funding for troops, enhancing intelligence, strengthening our borders and improving our homeland security.

Reducing our dependence on foreign oil and producing more American made energy.

Ensuring local input in how are natural resources are managed, meeting our water needs and finding ways to save salmon without tearing down dams.

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