Search Form
First, enter a politician or zip code
Now, choose a category
 

Ralph Hall's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 4, Republican
Project Vote Smart does not permit the use of its name or programs in any campaign activity, including advertising, debates, and speeches.
Candidates who qualify for the General Election will be invited to take the 2014 Political Courage Test.
Urge Ralph Hall to fill out the Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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 2014, 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

  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I would support d and e as fall-back positions if a is not possible to pass the House of Representatives. I support the Pro-Life position."
  • 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 Ralph Hall a rating of 25 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Issue Position: Judicial. 27 September 2011. "I am pro-life and a longtime supporter of pro-life legislation. I am a cosponsor of the Right to Life Act, which defines 'human being' as integrating ALL stages of life, beginning at fertilization. I support the recent Supreme Court decision that upholds the Partial Birth Abortion Act of 2003. This Act makes the practice of partial birth abortions illegal, except when it is necessary to save the life of the mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury. I will continue to support legislation that respects the sanctity of life." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I would support "d" and "e" as fall-back positions if "a" is not possible."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I would support "d" and "e" as fall-back positions if "a" is not possible."
  • Ralph Hall. Hall Opposes Health Care Reform As House Passes Legislation By Narrow Margin. 22 March 2010. "Another critical concern with this bill is the provision that will allow abortions under at least one of the Federal plans [¦] For pro-life Americans like me, this is unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Support" for: "Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances."
  • Ralph Hall. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "Federally funded abortions should be permitted."
  • Ralph Hall. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "We should prohibit partial birth abortion procedures."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-life" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "I object to abortion - but I support Hyde Amendment because it is the best we can get from Congress."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "Women should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I would support "d" and "e" as fall-back positions if "a" is not possible."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I would support "d" and "e" as fall-back positions if "a" is not possible."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "I object to abortion - but I support Hyde Amendment because it is the best we can get from Congress."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "We should prohibit partial birth abortion procedures."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "C) is most viable prevention that can be passed"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Ralph Hall. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "I object to abortion - but I support Hyde Amendment because it is the best we can get from Congress."
  • Ralph Hall. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ralph Hall. Hall Supports GOP Pledge to America. 24 September 2010. "Repeal and replace the costly government takeover of health care and put in place reforms such as allowing the purchase of health insurance across State lines, expansion of Health Savings Accounts, ensured access for patients with pre-existing conditions, and a permanent prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Hall Opposes Sex-Selective Abortions. 31 May 2012. "Today Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) voted in support of H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act (PRENDA), which would ban sex-selective abortions. While most advanced countries are making strides to prohibit sex-selection through law, sex-selective abortions are currently a legal and trending practice in the U.S. The bill ultimately did not receive the two-thirds majority needed for passage and failed, 246-168. "As a longtime supporter of pro-life legislation and a co-sponsor of the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act (PRENDA), I will continue to work to protect the lives of the unborn and prevent abortions motivated by sexual discrimination [¦] I believe in the sanctity of life and that everyone has the right to life. I will continue to represent my districts' values and speak up for unborn children who cannot defend themselves. We must all work together to make sure the value of human life is upheld." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?" 2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia. Other or expanded principles: "We have given the Afgans a free election: We now need to bring our troops out of there & quit building buildings & pouring concrete at the U.S. taxpayers expense."
  • Ralph Hall. Issue Position: Iraq/Afghanistan. 29 September 2011. "I am committed to supporting our troops as we fight the War on Terror and oppose mandating withdrawal deadlines. All Americans want to see an end to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan-- but artificial deadlines undermine our Generals, put our troops at risk, and compromise our progress in the overall war on terror. It is imperative that we craft responsible legislation that adequately funds our troops. I was pleased to see the President ultimately took the advice of the Generals on the ground and added 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan. This move shows that our strategy in the Afghan war, though different from Iraq in important ways, relies in part on General Petraeus' surge strategy that has been so successful in Iraq. Achieving stability in urban centers is the first step in securing the population and winning the confidence of our Afghan partners. As we are seeing in Iraq, once we achieve stability and show the civilian population that we are there to help them and not rule them, we can begin to achieve peace and stability and begin to bring our troops home. In light of recent attacks by both Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan at Ft. Hood and the Christmas Bomber on Flight 253, we must remember that the enemy is constantly looking for weaknesses in our defense. It is imperative that we remain on the offense by eliminating terrorist strongholds and keeping Islamic fundamentalists in retreat. Our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as drone attacks on the Pakistan border bring the fight to those who wish us harm and help ensure their operational capacity is diminished." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Hall Supports Bipartisan Efforts To Help Troops And Veterans. 29 July 2010. "Passage of this funding bill sends a strong message to our troops on the frontlines that they have the support of America -- and it sends an equally strong message to the enemy that America is resolved to defeat terrorism." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy. Other or expanded principles: "Regarding e- To ensure stability and I trust the Generals Regarding f- When the time is right Keep supporting Iraq as long as they are making military, political and economic progress; withdraw our troops when they are capable of defending themselves. Leave weapons for Iraqis to defend themselves, as we did for Israel."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "for h) only in victory"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "for h) only in victory"
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ralph Hall. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Hall Supports Defense Authorization Act. 8 October 2009. "I am pleased that this bill authorizes a 3.4 percent across-the-board pay raise for our troops, along with other improvements that will strengthen our defense. We owe our troops not only our gratitude -- but also the best equipment and support possible to help ensure their safety and success on the battlefield." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Hall Votes District, Expresses Concern with Budget Control Act. 1 August 2011. "Last Friday I voted with a majority in the House for Speaker Boehner's Budget Control Act. While the bill wasn't perfect, I voted for it in order to keep negotiations going and force the Senate to act. The following day, I voted with a majority against Senate Leader Reid's bill because its debt ceiling increase far outweighed spending cuts, and the Democratic bill was full of phony 'savings.' [¦] While I respect the Leadership for their efforts in getting us the best deal they could in this debt negotiation process, a deal which is better than I thought possible, I could not, in good conscience, vote in favor of a bill that the majority of my constituents who contacted me did not support. This new bill weakens the possible passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment, and also presents serious risks to Defense funding, which could endanger our troops and our national security." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. c) Defense" 1) Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "1- Energy Development"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Greatly Increase spending on Energy development (b) Natl.Endowment"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "We should cut foreign aid funding to countries that don't support us by the percentage the receiving countries vote with us in the U.N."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "High Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense" Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. Other or expanded principles: "Prescription Drug Benefits & Fighting Crime"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. National Defense"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "b) NATL ENDOWNMENT"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental defense spending." If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Other or expanded principles: "Increase trade in world market and decrese foreign aid."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "We should cut foreign aid funding to countries that don't support us by the percentage the receiving countries vote with us in the U.N."
  • Ralph Hall. Hall Calls for Real Solution to Debt Crisis. 30 July 2011. "At a time when we are debating the importance of fiscal responsibility by making necessary cuts, Senator Reid proposes increases in the debt ceiling that far outweigh any cuts it makes in spending. This, of course, is not acceptable. I voted against Reid's proposal because it is full of budget tricks and phony 'savings' that do not amount to substantial spending cuts and would lead to higher taxes for American families and job creators; it would slash defense funding by $868 billion over ten years; and allow President Obama to avoid being held accountable for his out-of-control spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (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

  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "In order to hold Congress accountable, I support a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment that would require a balanced federal budget except in time of war or a national emergency. I also support reducing foreign aid for those countries that do not support us in the United Nations."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "Prior to 9-11, the war on terror, and the hurricanes, Congress produced balanced budgets for a number of years. Tax relief and tax incentives help grow the economy and create new jobs. Reining in the rate of growth of spending, streamlining programs, and eliminating wasteful earmarks are other measures that will help achieve balance. Troups should be brought home from Iraq when we can honorably do so, and this will reduce costs as well."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000."
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for all citizens."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000."
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 87 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Ralph Hall, pledge to the taxpayers of the 4th district of the state of Texas 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." (atr.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise corporate taxes."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Ralph Hall. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ralph Hall. Hall Calls For Long-Term Budget Solution. 15 March 2011. "For the past two years the Democrats have refused to pass a budget. This is unacceptable. We cannot shirk our duty to the American people. The President has said that we need to work together. I agree, and I would urge him, along with the Democratic-controlled Senate, to work with the House to pass a long-term budget. Last month the House passed H.R. 1, which funds the federal government for the rest of FY 2011 and would cut $100 billion in federal spending. The House still awaits an offer from the Senate." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Hall Votes For Federal Budget Cuts: Short-Term Budget Extension Cutting $4 Bil, Repeal of 1099. 4 March 2011. "Polls clearly show that the American people want significant spending cuts in Washington, and House Republicans continue to pass bills that reflect the will of the people. The original CR passed by the House on February 19 proposed $100 billion in cuts from the remaining fiscal year 2011 budget. The two-week CR is the second option the House sent the Senate. Both resolutions offer federal spending reductions that would promote job creation and economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Hall Supports Balanced Budget Amendment. 14 July 2005. "A balanced budget amendment would help bring fiscal discipline to Federal spending and help ensure that a balanced budget is the rule - not the exception. Citizens must live within their budgets, and they expect and deserve no less from the Federal government." (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 Ralph Hall a rating of 95 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Support" for: "Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose? Federal investment in America's infrastructure." Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose? Other or expanded principles: "Cease forcing our industries overseas."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?" Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues Other or expanded principles: "I voted against all bailouts, and to stimulate the economy we need to offer tax breaks to businesses"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental domestic spending." If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Other or expanded principles: "Increase trade in world market and decrese foreign aid."
  • Ralph Hall. Message To House Leadership: Create Jobs And Cut Spending. 30 June 2011. "We need to take immediate and drastic action to cut federal spending, reduce the deficit, reduce taxes, and help put America back on course for economic strength and security. As a longtime fiscal conservative and one who has always supported a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, I voted against the bailout, against stimulus spending, against costly health care reform, against higher energy taxes, against raising the debt limit, and against spending increases." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Hall, Republicans Keep Government Open While Cutting Spending, Encouraging Job Growth. 9 April 2011. "Last night the House reached a bipartisan agreement on spending cuts - the largest in American history - immediately cutting $38.5 billion in federal spending, while fully funding our servicemen and women. This is just months after President Obama asked Congress for a spending 'freeze' that would mean zero cuts. Republicans' successful negotiation represents the largest year-to-year spending cuts since World War II. Over the next decade the agreement will continue to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the federal budget, officially ending the spending binge that began in 2009 with the 'stimulus,' and setting the stage for trillions more in spending cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Congressman Hall's Response To President's State Of Union Address. 27 January 2010. "While a spending freeze is a step in the right direction, Congress must work to hold the Administration accountable and fight to ensure that Washington gets its fiscal house in order. Congress should immediately pass strict budget caps that will limit federal spending each year and should also pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, which I have long supported. Americans expect their Representatives to balance the federal budget -- just like they do every day in their homes and businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Create "empowerment zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing government grants and federal assistance, in addition to tax credits, to new and expanding businesses."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Create "enterprise zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing tax credits for new and expanding businesses."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment." Indicate which principles you support regarding unemployment. Other or expanded principles: "W.P.A. type projects through pilot program. "
  • Ralph Hall. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Commerce Dept. "
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Foreign Aid "
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? National curricula and standards."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "We should cut foreign aid funding to countries that don't support us by the percentage the receiving countries vote with us in the U.N."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "b) NATL ENDOWNMENT"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Ralph Hall. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Hall Supports Repeal of Education Language That Discriminates Against Texas. 14 September 2011. "Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX/4) today joined all members of the Texas Republican Congressional delegation in introducing legislation, H.R. 6108, to repeal language in last month's education funding bill that discriminates against the State of Texas and could prevent Texas from receiving its fair share of federal education funding. This bill would strike the paragraph in the supplemental appropriations bill, H.R. 1586, that calls for stricter requirements for Texas beyond those required for all other states in order to qualify for federal education funding" [¦] "This stipulation unfairly discriminates against the State of Texas and deprives our schoolchildren of needed funding for quality education," Hall said. "I support Governor Perry and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst in their efforts to access the $830 million for Texas schools, and I am pleased to join my colleagues in Congress in support of repeal of this onerous provision." (ralphhall.house.gov)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Continue foreign aid for Israel"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? Increased national testing."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education" 1) Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "1- Energy Development"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "We should cut foreign aid funding to countries that don't support us by the percentage the receiving countries vote with us in the U.N."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Greatly Increase spending on Energy development (b) Natl.Endowment"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Interior "
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Ralph Hall. Issue Position: Education. 3 October 2011. "As the Ranking Member of the Science and Technology Committee, I am particularly concerned that our nation remains a world leader in innovation and competitiveness. In the 110th Congress, the America COMPETES Act was signed into law by President Bush to help set the framework to keep America as a leader in innovation. The act focuses on three primary areas of importance to maintain and improve United States' innovation in the 21st Century: (1) increasing research investment, (2) strengthening educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from elementary through graduate school, and (3) developing an innovation infrastructure. Among the act's education activities are programs to recruit new K-12 STEM teachers, enhance existing STEM teacher skills, and provide more STEM education opportunities for students. As Congress deliberates how much funding it will appropriate for America COMPETES Act programs in 2010, the Science Committee continues to hold hearings covering a range of issues in an effort to improve and grow the Nation's future STEM workforce. [¦] I believe that inspiring our children about math and science at an early age is extremely important, but keeping them enthusiastic as they progress through middle school and high school and into college is critical. Advancing STEM education must be a national priority if we are to prepare our students for 21st century jobs and keep pace with countries like China and India who are graduating larger numbers of STEM students. They may be graduating more, but the quality of our students remains unsurpassed in the world." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "I support re-examination of Kyoto only when Russia and China share the cost, and even then be sure of scientific accuracy."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Expand research and development on clean energy technologies. Require China, Russia, India and others to help with global warming prevention. Regarding c - not just coal, clean coal"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Expand research and development on clean energy technologies. Require China, Russia, India and others to help with global warming prevention. Regarding c - not just coal, clean coal"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support voluntary emissions targets"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Ralph Hall. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Support" for: "Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration."
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support voluntary emissions targets"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support voluntary emissions targets"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits." 7. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the environment? Other or expanded principles: "Recognize energy as a national asset and adopt an energy policy that gives incentives for looking for energy and reward for finding it."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "I support re-examination of Kyoto only when Russia and China share the cost, and even then be sure of scientific accuracy."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector." 5. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of unemployment? Other or expanded principles: "Provide a pilot program similar to the W.P.A. programs of the 30's."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support voluntary emissions targets"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support voluntary emissions targets"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion." Indicate which principles you support regarding unemployment. Other or expanded principles: "W.P.A. type projects through pilot program. "
  • Ralph Hall. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Ralph Hall voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ralph Hall. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 10 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Ralph Hall. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Ralph Hall. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Ralph Hall. Hall Applauds Supreme Court Decision Repealing Ban on Handguns in D.C.. 26 June 2008. "The District of Columbia never should have been allowed to suppress the rights of individual citizens. The 32-year-old ban has done little to reduce the number of murders in D.C., while law-abiding citizens have been deprived of their rights to defend themselves from intruders. I am pleased that the Court overturned this inequitable law, and I believe that many D.C. residents will sleep better at night knowing that they can now possess firearms for their personal protection." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Hall Supports DC Gun Rights in Case Before Supreme Court. 17 January 2008. "I am pleased to join Senator Hutchison and others in support of overturning DC's prohibitive gun control laws that prevent homeowners from owning handguns within their home for self-defense. The Second Amendment is a fundamental right of all Americans - and should not be denied for those living in our Nation's Capital." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "I support giving tax credits or some incentive to companies that provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "A mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "I support giving tax credits or some incentive to companies that provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "A ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ralph Hall. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Ralph Hall a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Ralph Hall in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Ralph Hall. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Elimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor? No reform necessary at this time."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health. Other or expanded principles: "Regarding a - not a government run program Regarding c - from Canada Regarding f - expand only after 90% of all eligible recipients are covered under SCHIP"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues. Other or expanded principles: "I support a Patients Bill of Rights that gives the right to take wrongdoers to court after exhausting internal and external appeals. No wrongdoer should use ERISA to escape liability."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Ralph Hall in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas 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."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "I support granting US citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally. I support the new plan to divide INS into two bureaus, administration and border patrol. We need to give Federal judges more flexibility to consider waiver of actions by accused immigrants where families are separated. "
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Regarding f - or provide a symbolic crossing We need to secure our borders first and foremost."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas 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."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas 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."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Issue Position: Immigration. 29 September 2011. "It is important that we recognize the significant contributions legal immigrants have made to the United States; however, I do not favor granting citizenship to someone for breaking an immigration law." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Hall Statement on Supreme Court Immigration Ruling. 26 June 2012. "While I had hoped that Arizona's immigration law would be upheld in its entirety, I am pleased the Supreme Court supported state and local police officers authority to detect and prevent illegal immigrants from remaining in the U.S. In the absence of presidential leadership on enforcing immigration laws, states must have full ability to ensure immigration laws are obeyed. States and local law enforcement, particularly those located along the border, know the needs of their communities better than the federal government. They should be able to act in the best interest of the citizens they serve, especially those born in Texas and are long-term citizens of our state. As a co-sponsor of immigration bills that support the detection and prevention of drug traffickers, terrorists, and illegal immigrants from entering the U.S., I will continue to vote for legislation that keeps America's borders secure and respects the efforts made by the many immigrants who choose to enter our country legally each year." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Immigration. 30 August 2012. "H.R. 140 - Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011: This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act by clarifying that a person born in the United States gains citizenship if the parents are: a) a citizen or national of the United States, b) a lawful permanent resident alien who resides in the United States, and c) an alien performing active service in the United States Armed Forces. [¦] H.R. 2497 - Hinder the Administration's Legalization Temptation Act (Halt): This bill will simply bar President Obama from exercising discretion in enforcing immigration laws. [¦] It is important that we recognize the significant contributions legal immigrants have made to the United States; however, I do not favor granting citizenship to someone for breaking an immigration law." (ralphhall.house.gov)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Ralph Hall in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Ralph Hall. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Ralph Hall voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Ralph Hall voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of the American Family Association 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Ralph Hall voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "for h) only in victory"
  • Ralph Hall. Hall Calls for President to Honor War Powers Act, End U.S. Involvement in Libya. 3 June 2011. "I voted today to uphold the Constitution and assert the Congressional authority that requires the people's approval before the U.S. military engages in combat. I am opposed to any U.S. military involvement in Libya unless we are attacked or there is a compelling reason to involve our sons and daughters in this foreign territory. On April 21, 2011 President Obama sent our military planes to attack the Libyan army. The President bypassed procedure and sent these forces without Congressional approval in complete disregard of the War Powers Resolution of 1973. We must hold this President accountable and remind him that he does not have unlimited power to do what he pleases, regardless of what the American people want. I stand with my constituents and demand that the Constitution be respected." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security. Other or expanded principles: "Regarding b- with the proper oversight to protect individual rights"
  • Ralph Hall. Issue Position: Iraq/Afghanistan. 29 September 2011."In light of recent attacks by both Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan at Ft. Hood and the Christmas Bomber on Flight 253, we must remember that the enemy is constantly looking for weaknesses in our defense. It is imperative that we remain on the offense by eliminating terrorist strongholds and keeping Islamic fundamentalists in retreat. Our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as drone attacks on the Pakistan border bring the fight to those who wish us harm and help ensure their operational capacity is diminished. Our troops need to know that our Nation supports them and honors their sacrifice -- and that our leaders are doing all within their power to bring an honorable conclusion to the war." (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

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Ralph Hall supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "We need to keep Social Security off-budget. My bill, H.R. 96, would accomplish this."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "Pass HR (I co-sponsor) to keep S.S. off-budget."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "Invest the Trust Fund in interest-bearing bonds that are Federally insured (a) with a minimum guarantee (for retirees)"
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "X" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "Invest the Trust Fund in interest-bearing bonds that are federally insured."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "We need to keep Social Security off-budget. My bill, H.R. 96, would accomplish this."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "Pass HR (I co-sponsor) to keep S.S. off-budget."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Ralph Hall. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Ralph Hall. Hall Comments on President's State of the Union Address. 3 February 2005. "On domestic policy, the President laid out a far-reaching agenda that includes most notably his proposal to protect and strengthen Social Security. 'Our senior citizens and those nearing retirement will continue to receive all the benefits they have earned under the current system,' Hall said. 'Devising a new system that will be more beneficial to younger generations will be the subject of many hearings and much debate and input from our citizens before enactment.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Ralph Hall. Issue Position: Social Security/Medicare. 27 July 2012. "Ralph Hall is committed to ensuring the solvency of Social Security and Medicare but equally committed to finding ways to improve programs that will allow younger workers more options on how best to plan for their retirement years." (votesmart.org)

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.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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.

Texas Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-lifeCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Nod) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

I object to abortion - but I support Hyde Amendment because it is the best we can get from Congress.

1) Spending
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Greatly Increasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Greatly Increasec) Defense
Maintain Status1) Intelligence operations
Greatly Increase2) Military hardware
Maintain Status3) National missile defense
Greatly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Greatly Increase6) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

We should cut foreign aid funding to countries that don't support us by the percentage the receiving countries vote with us in the U.N.

2) 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.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
YesCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
NoCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles

I voted against all bailouts, and to stimulate the economy we need to offer tax breaks to businesses

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Noc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
d) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Yese) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Nob) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Nob) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Yese) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

I support voluntary emissions targets

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Noe) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Yesb) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yesb) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Nof) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

for h) only in victory

YesCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yesd) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
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.

Without a doubt putting Americans back to work is my greatest concern. The Obama administration believes we should throw money at the problem and hope it will go away, but that can actually stifle growth and job creation if employers become spooked by the prospect of higher taxes in the future to pay for current stimulus programs.

We also must balance the budget - I would like to retain the Bush tax cuts to spur on growth, and keep wasteful spending in check. One example would be to cut foreign aid to countries that vote against us in the U.N.

Skip to top
Back to top