Representative John Mica's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 7, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 7
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John Mica has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Florida Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

Exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother

YesIn 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?
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YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
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YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
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NoInferred Answer Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
  • "While I believe initiatives like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top had noble intentions, we cannot improve education through one size fits all models. Additional Federal requirements restrict the ability of states and local school districts to innovate and to develop accountability programs that properly gauge teacher performance and improve failing schools." http://mica.house.gov/education/ (mica.house.gov)
  • Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26805/john-mica/#.Vago-PlViko (votesmart.org)
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
NoDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
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NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
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YesInferred Answer Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • Voted against HR 5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955#.VafGBPlViko (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/candidate/political-courage-test/26805/john-mica/#.Vago-PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Orlando Sentinel "He opposes any immigration path to citizenship program." http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-election-congress-d7-mica-krulick-neuman-20140930-story.html (www.orlandosentinel.com)
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
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YesInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations
  • Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26805/john-mica/#.Vago-PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly believe that national defense is one of the top requirements for the federal government to provide its citizens. In Congress, I have supported President Bush's initiatives and will continue to support full deployment of national missile defense. The threats posed by terrorists will only increase if they become capable of launching intercontinental ballistic missiles." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/370115/issue-position-war-on-terrorhomeland-security-national-missile-defense#.Vbaq9nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Orlando Sentinel "He supports the air strikes against ISIS in Syria." http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-election-congress-d7-mica-krulick-neuman-20140930-story.html (www.orlandosentinel.com)
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
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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.

Greatly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Decreased) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly 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.

Greatly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Small business taxes
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statusf) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Decreasej) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasek) Payroll taxes
l) 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.

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