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Joe Linus Barton

Joe Barton's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Joe Linus Barton
Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 6, Republican
First Elected: 11/06/1984
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 6
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Terri; 4 Children; 2 Stepchildren
Birth Date: 09/15/1949
Birth Place: Waco, TX
Home City: Ennis, TX
Religion: Methodist
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Pro-life Candidate Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Joe Barton voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Joe Barton voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Joe Barton voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Joe Barton voted Did Not Vote on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Issue Position: Pro-Life. 4 October 2011. "I am pro-life because I believe that all life is precious and should be respected. My voting record reflects this belief. I supported the stem cell research bill that passed the house last year. While I respect the views of others who may disagree with my position, it is my view that such research will ultimately yield knowledge and therapies that enhance, prolong and protect human life." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005 - Veto Message from the President of the United States (H. Doc. No. 109-127). 19 July 2006. "For over two decades in the United States Congress, I have had a strong pro-life voting record." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Protecting the Unborn: Rep. Barton Supports Pro-Life Proposals. 24 January 2011. "Thousands of people hit the streets of cities and towns across the nation and the state this weekend with one simple message: Protect Life! It has been 38 years since Roe vs. Wade made abortion legal, and while pro-life Members of the House of Representatives can't yet overturn this deadly decision -- we are stronger in this Congress than the last one and we are ready to make an impact. I am prolife because I believe that all life is precious and should be respected and I back that up with my vote. I have a career 97% prolife voting record. As a lawmaker, I believe I have a constitutional and moral obligation to protect those who do not have the power to protect themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Joe Barton. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Joe Barton voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Joe Barton voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Joe Barton voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Joe Barton voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Joe Barton a rating of 25 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Joe Barton voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Joe Barton voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Joe Barton voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Joe Barton voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Joe Barton voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Joe Barton voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Joe Barton voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Joe Barton voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Joe Barton voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Joe Barton voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. 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."
Yes Candidate Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Barton. Barton: Troop morale high in Afghanistan. 14 August 2010. "Militarily, we're in good shape, much better than what I thought [¦] I was very impressed with the morale of our troops and with what our military leaders are doing. We spent two days with the troops and they were all positive and upbeat. From a military perspective, I have complete confidence in our forces and their ability to carry out their mission [¦] This isn't like Vietnam or even Iraq,' Barton said. 'What our troops are up against are small coalitions of tribal bands with little organization who come down from the mountains and make quick strikes using hit-and-run tactics. It makes it a lot harder to combat. They don't have large numbers or a lot of sophistication. It is, however, difficult to combat these bands when they come down and plant IEDs (improvised explosive devises), booby traps and ambush attacks. That's what we hear about in the news over here. What we don't hear about is all of the positive things our military is doing in Afghanistan [¦] Afghanistan is a very, very poor country. Even in the best-case scenario, we are still going to have to have an aid presence in place [¦] On the military side, I don't think there is a standing army in opposition, just a lot of small groups in the mountains and rural areas. We may not be too far away from the Afghan army being able to take care of that. The military situation in Afghanistan is much better than what we're led to believe in the national media. From the privates to the generals we visited with during our trip, they all expressed the same optimism they could do the job. Morale is very high among the troops.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Joe Barton voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Rep. Barton: "We Need To Have A Victory Strategy For Afghanistan!". 1 December 2009. "I am supportive of our troops and their mission. By fighting against the Taliban and al-Qaeda and increasing our efforts to rid the world of terror, we are making it safer and more secure here at home. But I think it is ill-advised to be talking about an exit strategy before we have defeated the enemy. What we need to be devising is a victory strategy. Once you win the war, it is easy to determine how to bring the troops home. The terrorists don't have a timetable -- neither should we." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Issue Position: National Security. 6 October 2011. "September 11, 2001 changed the way we as Americans look at the world. The attacks thrust national security and the defense of our homeland to the forefront of our minds. As that day slowly becomes part of our national history, it is even more important that we remember the lessons we learned directly after the attacks. I fully supported the President when he came to the Congress and asked for the authority to do everything in his power to protect the American people, and I fully support that decision to this day. I believe that it is better for us to fight those who wish to do us harm where they live rather than in our own cities and towns. The war in Iraq is crucial to keeping our enemies on the run. To retreat from either country before the new governments are stable and functioning is not only an irresponsible mistake but is a disgrace to our brave men and women who have sacrificed and put themselves in harms way to protect our way of life. The timelines of war should be made by the commanders on the ground, whose professional careers have centered on making our way of life secure." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Op Ed: War On Terror: Winning In Afghanistan. 20 October 2009. "I believe that the terrorists will not end their pursuit to destroy the freedoms we believe in, and we must not end our efforts to stop them from achieving their goal. One of the primary ways we can squash terrorist organizations is through the creation of a stable Middle East. And unless we achieve our objectives in Afghanistan, we'll be hard pressed to see any sort of peace in the region. Pulling our troops out before the mission is accomplished opens the door for the terrorists to regain their footing. The months ahead will not be easy, but our involvement in Afghanistan must remain clear in its purpose of helping to establish a secure and legitimate Afghani government. Failure is not an option, and I am supportive of measures to provide for the safety and security of our nation. While the decision to send troops abroad is one that I do not take lightly, I am a firm believer that we must prevent Afghanistan from slipping back into the hands of the Taliban and deny Al Qaeda a safe haven to plan future attacks against America and our allies." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Barton. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Joe Barton voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Joe Barton voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Joe Barton voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Joe Barton voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Joe Barton voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Joe Barton voted Did Not Vote on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Joe Barton voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Joe Barton voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. 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" 1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. Other or expanded principles: "Basic Science Research & Development."
  • Joe Barton. 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"
  • Joe Barton. Barton Statement on State of the Union Address. 23 January 2007. "Finally, the President issued his request for an increase in the size of the Army and Marine Corps. I support this increase, which will further the capability to provide for our national security. As we continue to fight the Global War on Terror, a strong military will help position us for victory. Failure is not an option, and I am supportive of the President's goals to provide for the safety and security of our nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Issue Position: National Security. 6 October 2011. "September 11, 2001 changed the way we as Americans look at the world. The attacks thrust national security and the defense of our homeland to the forefront of our minds. As that day slowly becomes part of our national history, it is even more important that we remember the lessons we learned directly after the attacks. I fully supported the President when he came to the Congress and asked for the authority to do everything in his power to protect the American people, and I fully support that decision to this day. I believe that it is better for us to fight those who wish to do us harm where they live rather than in our own cities and towns. The war in Iraq is crucial to keeping our enemies on the run. To retreat from either country before the new governments are stable and functioning is not only an irresponsible mistake but is a disgrace to our brave men and women who have sacrificed and put themselves in harms way to protect our way of life. The timelines of war should be made by the commanders on the ground, whose professional careers have centered on making our way of life secure." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Joe Barton voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Joe Barton voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Joe Barton voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
No Candidate 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

  • Joe Barton. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "2. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the tax levels for each of the listed categories. Income Taxes on Families Earning $140,000 or More"
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 89 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Joe Barton voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 95 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers 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." (www.atr.org)
No Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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 Joe Barton a rating of 93 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton: Issue Position: Economic Issues. 4 October 2011. "I have worked throughout my congressional career to reign in federal spending. A sound federal budget requires common sense budgeting procedures and fiscal responsibility. During my years in Congress I have been a staunch supporter of legislation balance the federal budget, reform the way we run programs like Medicare and Social Security, and reduce spending in other areas of the federal government. Americans have entrusted their elected officials with the responsibility of managing their tax dollars wisely, and I promise to continue fulfilling that commitment." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Issue Position: Budget. 4 October 2011. "As a fiscal conservative, I believe in guarding against pork barrel spending. Each year Congress undertakes a lengthy struggle to appropriate funds. Accountability to the taxpayers is paramount. Americans often do not like how their hard-earned tax dollars are spent. We must keep federal spending under control and not expand the government. The attacks of September 11th changed our national spending priorities requiring us to focus more of our limited resources to improve airline security, strengthen our intelligence and military capabilities, and continue to revitalize our economy. Despite emergency spending needs we must remain vigilant and not let any crisis become an excuse for inserting "pet" projects into spending bills. I believe Congress should treat the federal budget like an American family would treat their own budget, focusing on fiscal discipline and restraint. This is why I helped author the Deficit Reduction Act which reduced the federal budget deficit by more than $39 billion. Along with my colleagues, I eliminated waste, fraud and abuse in the federal Medicaid program and found ways to help States decide for themselves the best way to spend money in this program. For example, under this bill the federal government will no longer pay for any Medicaid benefits unless the beneficiary can show documentation proving their citizenship. I also put a provision in the bill that would exclude people with more than $750,000 in home equity from qualifying for low income health coverage under Medicaid. I believe every dollar of state or federal Medicaid money that is spent on people who have the ability to pay for health care is one less dollar that will go to those among us who need assistance the most." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Rep. Barton Blasts Democrats Holiday Spending Spree. 16 December 2009. "On their Christmas list was a new $150,000,000,000 jobs bill that will likely create more government waste than actual jobs. But before they could pay for this 'second stimulus' or as we call it 'son of stimulus,' Democrats recklessly rammed through a $290,000,000,000 increase to the country's debt ceiling. Amazingly enough, all those zeroes will only cover the nation's bills for two months and then Democrats will borrow even more of your money. There is a limit to how much money we can borrow before it has a profound effect on the American way of life. We shouldn't be borrowing more money without first having a plan to pay it back. Businesses and families don't run their budgets that way and neither should the federal government. Republicans have alternatives and we will continue to push our plans that will create jobs and cut spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Joe Barton voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Barton Grateful as He Begins 14th Term in Congress. 5 January 2011. "I believe the 112th Congress will be the most important one I have ever served in. We need to rebalance the equation by taking power away from the federal government and return it to the people -- this work has to and will start in the House of Representatives. The list of challenges is long. I plan to be a leader as Republicans make good on our promises to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with common sense, market based reform, reign in federal spending, work toward a balanced budget, improve the economy and put Americans back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Joe Barton voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Rep. Barton Applauds GOP Leader's Economic Plan, Urges Bipartisan Support. 8 September 2010. "I applaud Leader Boehner's plan because he is right -- action can't wait. The last thing we need during these trying economic times is a tax increase, yet that is exactly what Democrats and President Obama are proposing. If the tax cuts are allowed to expire at the end of this year, everyone will feel the effects in their paychecks and it will be even more difficult for American families to make ends meet. But stopping the upcoming $3.8 trillion tax hike is only part of the equation, we must also cut spending. That is why I support leader Boehner's plan to roll back the federal spending to 2008 levels. I have also authored the STRONG Budget Act (Slash the Rising cost of Our Nation's Growing debt). It would enact across the board cuts -- excluding earned entitlements - until the budget is balanced. We have to once again make our economy employer-friendly. Businesses aren't going to hire more workers with the fear of higher taxes and the burden of federal mandates hanging over their heads. I urge the President and Democrats in Congress to heed Leader Boehner's call for bipartisanship. We need to work together to fix the economic ills in this country." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. A Tale of Two Cities. 16 September 2011. "I look forward to working with the President on getting the economy back on track, but at the same time I won't break the promise I made to the people of the 6th District - to rein in federal spending and improve the climate for job creation." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Barton. 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."
  • Joe Barton. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Create "enterprise zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing tax credits for new and expanding businesses."
  • Joe Barton. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Joe Barton voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Joe Barton voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Fighting for Fiscal Responsibility. 31 March 2011. "With our economy on the ropes, the most important thing the federal government can do is get out of the way so we can create an environment that encourages private-sector job creation. Businesses will not have the confidence to grow and hire new workers unless they truly believe Washington is finally ready to get its fiscal house in order. Cutting spending will help create jobs and grow the economy in the short and long term. The more the government borrows, spends and regulates the harder it is for businesses to access capital, grow and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Issue Position: Jobs. 1 January 2012. "I have joined my colleagues to support the Plan for America's Job Creators. It is a pro-growth agenda that doesn't raise taxes on working families or small business owners. Some highlights include: -Empowering small business owners -Reducing regulatory burdens -Fixing the tax code to help job creators -Increasing competitiveness for American manufacturers -Encouraging entrepreneurship and growth." (votesmart.org)
No Candidate 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

  • Joe Barton. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Joe Barton voted Nay on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. 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."
  • Joe Barton. 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."
  • Joe Barton. Issue Position: Education. 6 October 2011. "Texas public schools are not providing the quality education our children need. Most surveys show our schools rank near the bottom in terms of education quality. We can change this. First, let's quit "teaching to the test." Every hour spent teaching to achieve a higher test score on some test is an hour not spent on the lesson. Most experts believe that while some testing is necessary its over-emphasis is harmful. Right now there is a nationwide shortage of teachers and the problem will worsen over the next decade as more teachers retire. Teacher pay is the single biggest reason for the lack of qualified people seeking to enter the field. This is even truer in Texas where teacher pay is significantly lower than the national average. The reality is this the better the pay the better the teacher. Class size is another key area that must be addressed if we are going to be serious about quality education; there simply is no substitute for this. Study after study has shown that smaller class size is essential. My own teaching experience can attest to the real difference the number of students you are teaching at one time can make. While these changes would no doubt add to the immediate cost of education it is a bargain in the long run. Studies show students repeat grades less, have greater subject understanding, and that graduation rates increase. Imagine the quality business and industry we could attract to the area if our schools ranked in the top rather than the bottom ten percent. Envision the opportunities a true quality education would afford our children and grandchildren. In Congress I would work for an overhaul of federally promoted programs such as No Child Left Behind. In addition, I would fight to get more federal funding with fewer strings attached to it, so that our schools can put the money where it is needed rather than where someone in Washington thinks it should go. Finally, I would push for a federal program to help us get the additional quality teachers we need. There is much to do in order to really improve education in our district and together we can do it." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Joe Barton voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
No Candidate Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Barton. Barton: Time to Tap our Natural Resources, Not our Emergency Supply. 23 June 2011. "The Obama Administration's release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve today is a tacit admission that we need more stable, reliable sources of energy. Well, I have good news for the President and the Energy Secretary -- we have that energy right here in America. If the Obama Administration would just cut the bureaucratic red tape, we could tap into our nation's vast natural resources. By ending permitting delays, allowing drilling in the Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf and building the Keystone XL pipeline -- we could easily produce enough oil here to make up for disruptions in other parts of the world. Doing these simple things would not only provide energy security, it would also create American jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Barton: Bush Offshore Decision an Invitation to Congress to Solve Gas Price Problem. 15 July 2008. "Energy policy needs to be less about blather and more about producing all the American-made energy that we can, including energy from oil, natural gas and all the viable alternatives. I'm glad the president thinks so, and I hope Mrs. Pelosi will change her mind." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Joe Barton voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Barton Supports Measure to Increase Domestic Energy Supply. 30 June 2006. "'Right now, the United States is the only developed nation in the world that prevents access to offshore energy' [¦] 'This legislation will give the federal government and individual states the ability to tap into these vast resources in an environmentally-sound manner, providing more supply for consumers and reducing our dependence on foreign sources of oil and natural gas.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Waiving Points of Order Against Conference Report on H.R. 6, Energy Policy Act of 2005. 28 July 2005. "We have a bipartisan bill that has come before the House. As I enunciated earlier, if your vision of an energy policy is a policy where the government tells you what you can do and when you can do it and how you can use your energy, this is not your bill. But if your vision of America is a vision of America that says it is okay to let the private sector, with the appropriate environmental guidelines and open market transparency rules and regulations, develop its resources for the good of all the people, this is your bill. In terms of incentives for alternative energy, this bill has got more incentives at the individual level and at the general industrial level than any other energy bill that has ever been before this Congress. Whatever your energy source of choice is, there is something in this bill to help you decide if you want to maximize that choice. What this bill does not do is say every American has to drive a vehicle that gets 50 miles to the gallon whether they want to or not. Those vehicles are available right now in the marketplace, and Americans have the right to choose. This bill does not dictate that choice. This bill also makes it possible, again without repealing or fundamentally changing any existing environmental law, to do some at least exploration and in some cases development of our onshore and offshore energy resources. As I said earlier, it fundamentally revitalizes the clean coal technology industry in this country and the nuclear power industry in this country." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Barton: Hurricanes Ike, Pelosi Bear Down on U.S. Energy. 11 September 2008. "Hurricane Ike isn't the only storm headed toward America's offshore oil platforms. Here comes Hurricane Pelosi with an even more destructive threat to our energy supply. We all understand that the speaker believes she is saving the planet by denying drivers a chance to buy gasoline at a reasonable price. The unhappy result of her decision to deny both Republicans and Democrats a chance to vote on new drilling offshore was $4-a-gallon gasoline all summer with more in sight every time a speculator, a terrorist or a weather forecaster hiccups. The speaker says the idea that we can drill and bring down the price at the pump is a false premise,' but her conviction that the price of gasoline will plummet without new supplies of U.S. oil defies common sense. Today's proposal may be the best that America can expert from a high-ranking official who knows so little about energy that she believes natural gas is not a fossil fuel. One hurricane aimed at U.S. energy production is enough. I urge the speaker to reconsider the harm that her turgid response and rigid philosophy are doing to the average American family. She might wish it otherwise, but working people still drive to work, to school and to shopping, and the speaker's continued refusal to do anything about the soaring price of the fuel is making their lives rougher. Today's sham energy bill is more of the same - less energy, higher costs, and an exercise in in-your-face power at the expense of fairness. I hope that everyone concerned about the cost of energy will join me in just saying no, thanks, until the speaker finally understands that a fair and open debate, with real votes on real proposals, is the only way out of the energy mess she's created. The Republican solution is the American Energy Act, an all-of-the-above plan to start environmentally safe drilling for oil and gas in America now and to finance the research we need to provide renewable sources of energy for the future. The American people expect the House to do everything it can, not stiff them at every turn." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Joe Barton voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Joe Barton voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Candidate Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Joe Barton. 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."
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Joe Barton voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Joe Barton. 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."
  • Joe Barton. Rep. Barton rebukes EPA for using overreaching regulations to put straightjacket on economy. 9 Februry 2011. "Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this important hearing. As Chairman Emeritus, I stand with Chairman Upton and Subcommittee Chairman Whitfield in support of denying bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the right to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act; and beginning to rebalance the power between the executive and the legislative branches. For the past two years, the Obama Administration has been using the EPA as the means to create an end that I, along with the majority of Americans, strongly oppose. This end results in a world where affordable, reliable, and American-based energy is no longer freely available. This end results in the loss of innovation and job opportunities at home and sends American-owned companies and their jobs overseas. This end results in increasing the cost of fuel, electricity, and other goods and services to the American public. For the past two years, the decisions of executive branch bureaucrats at the EPA have not been subject to Congressional oversight and I am glad that this Committee is beginning to remedy that situation starting today. I hope this hearing is just the first in a series of hearings discussing legislation that addresses several of my concerns, including: the many flaws in the EPA's endangerment finding for greenhouse gases; the unjustifiable economic harm being passed on to the American public at little to no proven benefit, health or otherwise; and the inconsistencies in the EPA's approach and attack on individual states' air quality standards and permitting requirements." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. 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."
  • Joe Barton. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Joe Barton. 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."
  • Joe Barton. EPA's War on Texas. 24 January 2011."The term 'greenhouse gas,' if you just think what a greenhouse is, self-enclosed, in this case the world, and the greenhouse gases are what create the atmosphere and help trap the heat so that life can exist. CO2 is a trace gas, it's about \1/10\ of 1 percent of the atmosphere. Man-made CO2, called anthropogenic CO2 is, I don't know the exact percentage of the total, but it is less than 50 percent. So what has happened in the last 10 to 15 years is this theory of global warming and climate change needed a bogeyman, and they chose CO2. They have developed these models that show as CO2 levels rise in the atmosphere over time the temperature rises. It is a fact that CO2 is rising, but it is not necessarily a fact that that rise is causing temperature to rise. In fact, there is quite a bit of data that would indicate that CO2 rises as a consequence of temperature rising, so it is a follower, not a leader in that. So in any event, this administration, the Obama administration, when they came into office in January of 2009, began a process, or accelerated a process, to determine that CO2 was a danger to the atmosphere or a danger to the health of the U.S. population. And they, within 90 days, issued an endangerment finding where they said that since CO2 was a danger to public health, they had the right to regulate CO2, and they began to promulgate these proposed regulations." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. 6 April 2011. "The Clean Air Act was never designed to regulate GHGs. It is time for us to come to our senses and statutorily forbid the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 910, Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. 6 April 2011. "I have been a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee for 26, now 27 years. I'm a past chairman. I'm a past subcommittee chairman. I currently have the title of chairman emeritus. I participated under former Chairman John Dingell, former Chairman Billy Tauzin, former Chairman Tom Bliley, former Chairman Henry Waxman and now current Chairman Fred Upton, dozens of hearings on the Clean Air Act, markups, amendments, dozens of hearings on climate change, global warming and all of those issues. The bill before us, if the rule passes, does not change the Clean Air Act. It does not gut the Clean Air Act. It does not in any way prevent enforcement of the criteria pollutants that are regulated by the Clean Air Act. It simply says that greenhouse gases are not to be regulated under the Clean Air Act. And the reason it says that is that greenhouse gases are different than the criteria pollutants that are regulated under the Clean Air Act. First of all, greenhouse gases by definition are necessary for life. As I stand here, Madam Speaker, and speak, I am creating, as I breathe in and out through the respiratory process, CO2. So under the dictates of today's EPA, I am a mobile source polluter, because I am breathing. I am creating CO2. CO2, carbon dioxide, is necessary for life. Greenhouse gases are necessary to protect the environment. They have the ability to prevent heat from escaping into outer space, and that is what creates the temperature zone that allows life to exist." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Joe Barton voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
No Candidate Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Joe Barton. Rep. Barton: Supreme Court Gun Ban Ruling "Restores Freedom". 26 June 2008. "It's about time this law was struck down. It only makes sense that people should be able to defend themselves in their own homes. The Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights states 'the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.' It doesn't mention geographical boundaries. However, for more than 30 years this law has kept guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens in our Nation's Capital. At the same time the arsenal carried by criminals has grown and intensified and Washington, D.C. has consistently been identified as the 'murder capital' of the U.S. The gun ban did little to protect the citizens of the city and instead made them criminals if they chose to protect themselves with a firearm. It also infringed on the rights of hunters, sportsmen and weapons collectors. The Supreme Court's decision to overturn this ineffective and draconian gun ban not only makes sense, it also restores the freedom to all citizens granted by our Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Joe Barton voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Joe Barton voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Joe Barton voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Joe Barton voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Joe Barton voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Joe Barton voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Joe Barton in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 5 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. 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."
  • Joe Barton. 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."
  • Joe Barton. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Joe Barton voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Joe Barton a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Joe Barton voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Joe Barton. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Joe Barton voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Barton frustrated by waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid. 2 March 2011. "It is so frustrating that we all agree fraud is a problem, we all want to solve the problem, and yet, we still don't even know the scope of the problem. Now why is that important? I believe that if you don't know what the problem is, you can't set goals on how to solve it. So let's say it's a 10 percent problem which would be 80 billion dollars. Maybe a reasonable goal then would be to cut that by 25 percent in a given year, which would be 20 billion dollars. Maybe it's only a 40 billion problem a year. But if you guys can't help us determine what the problem is, it's hard for us to decide how to set goals to solve it. This inability is deeply disappointing considering in less than three years, under the Affordable Care Act, this agency will take over much of the healthcare system and President Obama has repeatedly stated that one of the ways he plans to fund Obamacare is by saving billions of dollars by identifying and preventing this fraud. Mr. Chairman the hearing today highlights just one of the many flaws of expanding huge entitlement programs that are currently unmanageable, unsustainable, and highly susceptible to waste, fraud, and abuse." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Barton votes No on Budget Deal. 14 April 2011. "Now is the time is now to seriously start addressing our spending splurge. The only way to do it is to cut domestic discretionary spending and reform entitlements. While I think this budget deal is a step in the right direction, I voted NO because it doesn't go far enough. Republicans promised in the Pledge to America to cut $100 billion from this year's budget and this deal simply falls far short of that goal. On top of that -- it doesn't include any substantive relief from the regulatory zealots in the Obama Administration. I am disappointed that money will still flow to ObamaCare and the EPA will still be able to afford to crush our economy with unnecessary overregulation." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. 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.""
  • Joe Barton. Barton Balks at Giving ObamaCare a Blank Check. 9 March 2011. "With the state of our economy right now, and the massive debt we are incurring, it is imperative that we reign in spending in order to protect our country's financial stability. In the President's FY 2012 budget request, 59% of the budget was mandatory spending -- spending outside of Congressional oversight by bypassing the normal appropriations process. Now is the time to cut spending, which won't be easy or pleasant, but will result in a stronger, more stable America. The sections of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which we will examine today are especially egregious, in that they sensationally give the Secretary of Health and Human Services a blank check to the U.S. Treasury. If these programs are so essential, they should be authorized by Congress every year, to protect the American taxpayers from waste and to ensure the Constitutional concept of checks and balances remains in place. I look forward to hearing from our witnesses, and to discussing how we can reduce mandatory spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Repealing ObamaCare: Americans Deserve "Choices," Not Government "Mandates". 11 July 2012. "This law is full of mandates and that is why I oppose it. The government forces you to buy health insurance or pay a tax. Small businesses are in the same sinking boat -- cover your employees or pay a tax. If the government can use taxation to force you to obtain health insurance, they can force you to obtain anything. This is a dangerous precedent which could fundamentally change the direction of our nation. The Supreme Court ruling doesn't change the fact that we should repeal ObamaCare." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Barton concerned that increasing Medicaid costs will crush states' budgets. 1 March 2011. "Republicans and Democrats alike will admit that Medicaid is broken. When the House passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and sent it to the President for his signature, my colleagues and I expressed our deep concern about the massive Medicaid expansion contained in the legislation because of how it would affect state budgets." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Barton: 3 Months In, ObamaCare Already Crippling Our Health Care. 23 June 2010. "Evidence is mounting on how and when President Obama's new health care law will make health care worse for so many Americans. Internal documents--requested by the majority--show that companies across the country are engaged in serious discussions about dropping health coverage for their employees. It looks like the increased costs and disincentives of the law are simply more than many employers can afford in the middle of a recession, and maybe anytime. The president's idea that we're all in this together ignores laws of economics that dictate what happens to the workers when their employer goes broke. Regulations proposed by the president's Health and Human Services Department make it more likely that more than half of all employees will lose their current coverage by 2013. And we understand something all too well now that President Obama would not admit when his health care bill was up for debate: It will strangle Medicare. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the law takes nearly $437 billion out of Medicare. And the Chief Actuary of Medicare now reports that the health care law cuts approximately $575 billion from Medicare over the next 10 years." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Joe Barton in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Joe Barton voted Did Not Vote on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Press Releases - Barton Supports Bills to Reinforce Immigration Laws and Strengthen Border Security. 21 September 2006. "Securing our borders and enforcing the immigration laws currently on the books should be our highest priorities as we look to address illegal immigration in this country.' 'The three bills we passed today help meet these priorities by making common-sense reforms to the process of detaining and deporting those who have broken our laws, while also holding those who aid these individuals accountable." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 17 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton: Issue Position: Immigration Policy. 4 October 2011. "Controlling our borders is the responsibility and duty of the federal government. As Ronald Reagan once said, 'A nation without borders is not a nation.' I am proud of the record our country has for welcoming legal immigrants who want to become Americans and contribute to society while pursuing their own American Dream. I am, however, convinced that we must work to end illegal immigration and not reward those who have broken our immigration laws. I am against amnesty. Rewarding those who break our laws only encourages further willful violations of our immigration policies. I have received hundreds of letters and emails on this subject and would like to share with you some of my thoughts on the matter. Border security must be first priority. Any reform must be led by the principle of "enforcement first." New Border Patrol agents and technologies should join the effort, curbing the flow of illegal immigration and providing a situation where policy can be effectively enacted. I also support the construction of fences at high-incident areas along the border, providing a supporting infrastructure to both manpower and technology. We must not allow amnesty. I do not support amnesty. Citizenship is a privilege, as are the entitlements that come with it. We should not reward individuals who have broken our laws. Federal support, instead, should be for those who follow the legal route to obtain American citizenship. We need increased immigration enforcement and stiffer penalties for violators of law. We must focus on improving the enforcement of current law and empowering officials to do more where needed. We expect newcomers to obey the law and assimilate into American society by learning English. I support English as the official language of our country and believe all Americans should be proficient in the language spoken by our founding fathers." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Joe Barton voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Joe Barton in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Candidate Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of the Family Research Council 85 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Joe Barton voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Joe Barton voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Joe Barton voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 71 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Barton Votes to Protect Marriage. 18 July 2006. "As activist federal judges seek to redefine marriage in this country, it's time that Congress protect this invaluable institution once and for all by clearly defining it in the Constitution.' ¦ 'I am an original co-sponsor of this legislation because the very essence of marriage is under attack. Across time and cultures, traditional marriage has served as the backbone of the family and the foundation of society, and it should not be manipulated. While passing a Constitutional amendment may not happen overnight, I will continue to support efforts in the House to protect marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Joe Barton supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Candidate 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. "Joe Barton supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 30 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Issue Position: Social Security. 4 October 2011. "In 1960 there were more than 5 workers to every retiree. Currently there are only 3 workers to every retiree, and that ratio will be further reduced to 2 workers to every retiree once the baby boomer generation leaves the workforce. This will cause an overwhelming burden on future generations unless we take action. Therefore, I support the creation of personalized retirement accounts within the Social Security system. The current issuance of government bonds provides only a two percent return on investments. Personalized retirement accounts would grant current workers the ability to devote a portion of their Social Security taxes into an account where the power of compound interest will provide a larger return. We also have an obligation to ensure that the benefits of current retirees and those soon to retire are not jeopardized." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Issue Position: Social Security. 4 October 2011. "We must begin by stopping the use of Social Security funds for anything other than Social Security, and beyond that, the options are numerous. I believe that whatever shape the final reform takes, it must include an option for younger workers to set aside a portion of their payroll tax in a personal savings account. Allowing workers to take responsibility for their own retirement creates a sense of ownership and reduces the dependence on government. Individual accounts would also prevent the government from using surplus Social Security revenues to "mask" public borrowing, or for other spending or tax reductions. Many different ideas have been proposed to address this issue. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to find a full and permanent solution to the Social Security problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Barton. Barton Praises Bush's State of the Union Address. 2 February 2005. "I look forward to working with my colleagues and President Bush to develop personal retirement accounts to modernize Social Security to reflect the changing realities of the system." (votesmart.org)

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Texas Congressional Election 2012 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 AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
NoDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
NoShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
YesDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

Undecided on the Middle question

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

We should use military force - only if necessary.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
a) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

I believe we must reign in federal spending. I have supported proposals that don't raise taxes, and instead simplify the tax code, end corporate welfare, preserve Medicare and Social Security, ban earmarks, eliminate hundreds of duplicative programs and drastically reduce the debt and the deficit. Doing all this would create more than a million new jobs and spur economic growth.

I also think we need to embrace an "all of the above" energy policy, one that integrates traditional (oil, gas, nuclear) and alternative (wind and solar) energy sources to create power that?s dependable and affordable.

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