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Doug Lamborn's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CO) - District 5, Republican
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Doug Lamborn has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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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 issue positions, from the year 2016, 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

  • "Every human life has inherent value because he or she is made in the image of God. I will continue to fight for the right to life for America's youngest pre-born citizens and for freeing taxpayers from being forced to pay for abortions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/663701/lives-lost-to-abortion#.VW3aSnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Lamborn believes human life begins at conception, also know as fertilization, and ends at natural death." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366830/#.VW3abXUVhHw (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

  • " I support tax reform that would cut the top corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent to ensure that entrepreneurs can remain competitive and create more jobs at home." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15032 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • "Americans should not only pay less in taxes, but they should also be spending less money and time filing them." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15032 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • Signed a pledge stating "ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/120111-federalpledgesigners.pdf (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • "Congressman Lamborn supports making the Bush tax cuts permanent […] instituting a flat tax, shifting to a sales tax if the income tax can be constitutionally repealed, and numerous other tax and spending reforms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366832/issue-position-taxes-and-spending#.VW3a23UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Lamborn supports making the Bush tax cuts permanent, repealing the death tax, getting rid of the Alternative Minimum Tax, reforming Social Security by allowing personal accounts, across the board spending cuts in discretionary spending, balancing the budget, instituting a flat tax, shifting to a sales tax if the income tax can be constitutionally repealed, and numerous other tax and spending reforms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366832/issue-position-taxes-and-spending#.VW3a23UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As a fiscal conservative and an advocate of pro-growth free-market society, Congressman Lamborn understands the need to reduce government spending."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366872/issue-position-taxes-economic-issues#.VW3cKnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Americans should not only pay less in taxes, but they should also be spending less money and time filing them." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15032 (lamborn.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Since his arrival in Washington, Congressman Lamborn has been dedicated to lowering taxes and minimizing government regulations to maintain a business-friendly economic environment and allow for a vibrant economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366872/issue-position-taxes-economic-issues#.VW3cKnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Lamborn has long been known as a true fiscal conservative. His best known state legislative achievement was being the Senate sponsor of the biggest tax cut in Colorado history, which saved Colorado taxpayers more than $1 billion in the first five years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366832/issue-position-taxes-and-spending#.VW3a23UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • " I support tax reform that would cut the top corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent to ensure that entrepreneurs can remain competitive and create more jobs at home." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15032 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • "Americans should not only pay less in taxes, but they should also be spending less money and time filing them." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15032 (lamborn.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I also believe that the federal government's efforts to regulate our nation's public education system, while well-meaning, can contribute to the problem." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366896/issue-position-education#.VW3c7HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored H.R. 5340 "Local Education Authority Returns (LEARN) Act" http://lamborn.house.gov/education1/ (lamborn.house.gov)
  • "The federal government’s well-intentioned efforts to regulate our nation’s public schools have contributed to problems within our educational system. Our great country is too large and too diverse for a one-size-fits-all approach to education. We must limit the role of the federal government in our classrooms to allow parents and teachers to act in students’ best interest. I also believe we should distribute federal spending in block grants with few or no strings attached." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15035 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • "I am deeply concerned by the deterioration of our nation’s public school system. Many of our children receive low-quality education that undermines their potential and threatens our society. I believe our policies should enable parents and local school districts to choose school programs and curriculum that best fit students’ needs." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15035 (lamborn.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/19390/50944/2698/a-bill-to-approve-the-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VXC62nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The Keystone XL pipeline will provide significant economic and national security benefits for the country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/946100/supporting-the-keystone-pipeline/?search=Keystone%20pipeline#.VW3fpHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama has wasted a golden opportunity to create economic growth and to provide greater energy security by vetoing the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/952319/statement-on-president-obamas-keystone-pipeline-veto/?search=Keystone%20pipeline#.VW3fonUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Denver Post "Colorado congressman Doug Lamborn is one of nine House members asking that funds be yanked from programs that finance the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden. […] The lawmakers ask that funding in the 2012 budget be eliminated for the Department of Energy's Office of Science and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs because they "have failed to live up to their supposed potential."" http://www.denverpost.com/politics/ci_18203985 (www.denverpost.com)
  • "We should also be careful to not waste taxpayer money on ill-advised green jobs, as the recent bankruptcy of Solyndra should emphasize." http://lamborn.house.gov/op-eds/lamborn-get-regulations-out-of-job-creators-way/ (lamborn.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The most urgent and immediate solution is to ramp up domestic production of oil and gas right now." http://lamborn.house.gov/energy-environment/ (lamborn.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "He opposes gun owner databases, restrictions on weapons based on appearance, and discrimination against handguns." http://lamborn.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=74&sectiontree=13,74 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • "I believe that the right to bear arms is one of our nation’s most fundamental and vital protections. The Second Amendment rights of Americans are non-negotiable and are not open to infringement."http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15038 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • "I am unwavering in my support for the right to keep and bear arms. There is no clause restricting or qualifying this right, or limiting it to merely target practice and hunting. The right to defend one’s self and one’s family applies to every American. Please know that I will continue to defend this fundamental constitutional right for you and your families." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15038 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/2698/doug-lamborn#.VXC8HHUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "My Republican colleagues and I listened to you and pledged to repeal ObamaCare because it increases costs, explodes the deficit, raises taxes, hurts job-creators, and – most importantly – gives the government control over personal health care decisions." http://lamborn.house.gov/health-care/ (lamborn.house.gov)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R. 45 "Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/16686/44099/2698/repeals-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-and-health-care-related-provisions-in-the-health-care-and-education-reconciliation-act-of-2010#.VW3g9HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I want to assure you that I am on the front lines of the fight to defeat this disastrous law. But I don't only want to repeal Obamacare—I want to replace it with an affordable, patient-centered alternative." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15029 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2300 "Empowering Patients First Act of 2015" http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15029 (lamborn.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Lamborn does not support amnesty in any form and will continue to fight to ensure that illegal immigrants are not rewarded with benefits or citizenship at the expense of law-abiding American taxpayers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366861/issue-position-immigration#.VW3c3XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Amnesty should not be allowed because it sends a wrong message to those who are going through the proper, legal channels to gain citizenship." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366826/issue-position-immigration-reform#.VW3c3XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In order for our country to thrive, we must reverse the Obama administration’s radical amnesty agenda that has welcomed widespread defiance of our nation’s laws and weakened our national security." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15036 (lamborn.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The purpose of the Constitution and First Amendment was not to defend government from religion, but rather to defend religion from interference by government." http://lamborn.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=69&sectiontree=13,69 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Lamborn is committed to protecting human life at all stages, defending religious freedom, keeping our children safe, and providing tax incentives to strengthen American families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366869/issue-position-social-traditional-values-issues#.VW3c3XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Obama’s reluctance to address the ISIS threat during the early stages paved the way for its expansion and its recruitment of soldiers and arms. Through simple words and the suggestion of a solution, Obama believes the world will follow his cue. In reality America is not setting the tone; rather we are marching to the beat of our enemy’s drums. ISIS, a small army, has managed to throw the strongest and greatest nation, and the region, off balance." http://lamborn.house.gov/2015-press-releases/foreign-policy-is-not-a-golf-game/ (lamborn.house.gov)
  • "I joined a bipartisan House majority in passing a Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded and to take the fight to the terrorists of ISIS." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/929775/funding-the-government-and-fighting-isis/?search=ISIS#.VW3iKnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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

  • "Wasteful entitlement spending must be reformed so that we can ensure that these programs are solvent and stable for the people who truly need and depend on them." http://www.cpr.org/news/story/colorado-congressional-district-5-race-doug-lamborn-irv-halter-issues (www.cpr.org)
  • "Congressman Lamborn supports [...]reforming Social Security by allowing personal accounts." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366832/issue-position-taxes-and-spending#.VW3a23UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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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

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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.

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