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Bill Young refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

What is the Political Courage Test?

This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Young. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Bill Young voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Bill Young voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Bill Young voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the Family Research Council 87 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Bill Young voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Bill Young voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Bill Young voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Bill Young voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Bill Young voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Bill Young voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Bill Young voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Bill Young voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Bill Young voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Bill Young voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Bill Young voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Bill Young voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Bill Young voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Bill Young voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (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 Bill Young a rating of 53 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Bill Young voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of Peace Action West 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Bill Young voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the Peace Action 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. U.S. Rep C.W. Bill Young changes course, says U.S. should withdraw from Afghanistan. 18 September 2012. "Over and over, every time the subject of pulling American troops out of Afghanistan has come up, U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young has voted to stay the course. He opposed resolutions to withdraw, and even a resolution to set a timetable for a full withdrawal. Not anymore. 'I think we should remove ourselves from Afghanistan as quickly as we can [¦] I just think we're killing kids that don't need to die.'" (www.tampabay.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Young. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Bill Young voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. Representative Young, Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Statement on Continuing Resolution. 11 February 2011. "From day one, I have said that Defense cuts should be on the table when addressing the federal deficit, but that any cuts I recommend will not adversely affect our national security and I will not support any cuts that adversely affect our war fighters. Within a $500-plus billion bill, we can certainly find savings and efficiencies while providing for the wellbeing of our troops and their families, and ensuring they remain the best trained and equipped fighting force in the world." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Bill Young voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Bill Young voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Bill Young voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bill Young voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Bill Young voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Bill Young voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Bill Young voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Bill Young voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Bill Young voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Bill Young voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012. 23 June 2011. "The base budget of this bill is $530 billion, which is $9 billion below the President's budget request. It was not easy to find the savings, but we were determined to find those savings without having any adverse effect on the warfighter or the readiness of our Nation." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 14 April 2011. "We looked at this bill very closely, and they asked me if we in the subcommittee could reduce some of the Defense spending in this bill. The answer is yes. We were diligent. We spent hours, days, and weeks making sure that we found sources of money that we really could eliminate without having a negative effect." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. Hearing of the Defense Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee - FY 2012 Defense Appropriations Bill Before Full Committee. 14 June 2011. "To reach the reduced base allocation of $530 billion, the Subcommittee reviewed in detail the budget request, and found areas and programs where reductions are possible without adversely impacting the warfighter or readiness." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Young. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Bill Young voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 90 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 17 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I, Bill Young, pledge to the taxpayers of the 13th district of the state of Florida 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)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 80 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Young. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Bill Young voted Did Not Vote on 09/23/2010. (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 Bill Young a rating of 90 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Bill Young voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. Letter to the Honorable David Obey, Chairman, United States House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. 14 September 2010. "At a time of extreme spending and political fatigue, it is simply unacceptable to use a must-pass CR as a legislative vehicle for more wasteful federal spending or completing an array of unfinished political business before the election. For example, the Administration has proposed that the CR continue the failed policies of the "stimulus" bill. The proposal includes provisions to allow as much as $10 billion in unused stimulus money to continue to be spent next year instead of returning it to the Treasury for deficit reduction." (img.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. Issue Position: Our Economy. 11 July 2011. "Restoring our economy and growing jobs must be our first priority in this 112th Congress. Too many citizens in Pinellas County and throughout America have lost their job through no fault of their own. We know what does not help: wasteful government "stimulus" spending, crushing government regulations issued by unelected bureaucrats, and burdensome government taxes on job creators." (img.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. Young Opposes Economic Stimulus Package. 28 January 2009. "Congressman Young voted against the economic stimulus bill during House consideration. In his remarks during debate on the legislation, he expressed concern about the bill's cost, its ability to really create jobs to stimulate our economy, and about the procedure with which it was written and brought before the House with little or no input from the large majority of House members." (img.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009. 28 January 2009. "And what do we get for our "investment"? Nobody knows how many jobs, if any, this legislation will create. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that only 15 percent of the spending in this bill will even take place between now and the end of the fiscal year on September 20, 2010." (img.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Young. Issue Position: Our Economy. 11 July 2011. "The U.S. business tax rate is the 29th highest out of the 30 largest economies in the world, putting American companies at a competitive disadvantage. We must take steps to streamline the tax code that costs too much, is too complex, and is overly burdensome." (img.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Bill Young voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Bill Young voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Young. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Bill Young voted Did Not Vote on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Bill Young voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Young. Letter to The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, United States Department Of The Interior. 11 May 2009. "In addition to jobs and revenue, the 2007-2012 offshore program promises vitally needed American energy that will make our country less dependent on foreign oil [¦] Fortunately, oil and gas is abundantly available offshore below our own waters, where most Americans want it produced and where U.S. workers can safely produce it using state-of-the-art technology." (img.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. Issue Position: Gulf Coast Recovery. 11 July 2011. "Knowing the damage an oil spill can cause our state, Congressman Young has taken a backseat to no one when it comes to ensuring that our coastal waters and beaches remain pristine [...] Since 1983, he has offered numerous amendments to appropriations bills to create a buffer zone protecting Florida's west coast from offshore oil drilling." (img.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. Issue Position: BP Deepwater Horizon Spill. 11 July 2011. "When the oil industry proposed drilling off the Gulf coast of Florida, Congressman Young offered an amendment to a 1983 supplemental appropriations bill to create the first buffer zone to protect Florida's west coast from offshore oil drilling [¦] In 2006, he helped negotiate more permanent protection against drilling when a buffer zone that extends 234 miles off the coast of the Pinellas County beaches Congressman Young represent was written into law." (img.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Bill Young voted Did Not Vote on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Bill Young voted Did Not Vote on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Bill Young voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of Environment America 53 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. Peterson Amendment Devastating for Florida. 29 September 2005. "We are writing to express our grave concern regarding legislative efforts to weaken the existing offshore drilling ban off Florida's fragile coastline. As you know, the existing ban, which has had strong bi-partisan support, was put in place to protect Florida's highly fragile ecosystem. Eliminating the drilling ban poses a clear danger to our environment and an economy that are inextricably linked." (img.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Young. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bill Young voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of Environment America 53 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Bill Young voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. 26 June 2009. "Despite my support for clean energy and a clean environment, I must oppose this cap and trade legislation which will impose increased costs on American citizens who have done nothing wrong." (img.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. Clean Energy & Florida's Environment. 11 July 2011. "Cap and Trade is the wrong route to take. Even the President acknowledges that electricity rates would "necessarily skyrocket" under Cap and Trade. That is why Congressman Young voted against Cap and Trade in the 111th Congress and support legislation that prohibits the EPA from implementing these policies through regulations." (img.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Young. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Bill Young voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Bill Young voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Bill Young voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Bill Young voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Bill Young voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Bill Young a grade of 73." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Bill Young voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 55 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Bill Young voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Bill Young voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Bill Young voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 11 July 2011. "Congressman Young opposes government intrusion into American's health care, and voted consistently against the President's drastic overhaul which was signed into law earlier this year. When the 2,733 page bill was pushed through Congress under political maneuvering and a closed legislative process, leaving little room for input from differing ideas, America's current health care system was drastically restructured for the worse." (img.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 11 July 2011. "Ultimately, Congressman Young opposed the final version of PPACA for various fundamental reasons including its estimated cost of $1 trillion over the next 10 years [...]" (img.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Bill Young voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Bill Young in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Bill Young voted Did Not Vote on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 11 July 2011. "Additionally, as seen from past attempts at immigration reform, amnesty does not work. Congressman Young has a history of opposing any attempt at amnesty, including voting against the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which granted amnesty to nearly 2.7 million illegal aliens. Today, Young continues to oppose amnesty as a way of dealing with illegal immigration." (img.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Young. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Bill Young voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Bill Young voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the Family Research Council 85 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Bill Young voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the American Family Association 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 10 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)

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Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Bill Young supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Young. Issue Position: Social Security. 11 July 2011. "Congressman Young understands how vital Social Security benefits are to the people of Pinellas County. He has continually opposed efforts to weaken the safety net, such as replacing the program with private Social Security savings accounts , which jeopardize the benefits that countless retirees have come to rely on since the Social Security Act was first signed into law by President Roosevelt in 1935." (www.votesmart.org)

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