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Bradley Byrne's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AL) - District 1, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 1
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Bradley Byrne has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Bradley Byrne is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I made it clear that every life is precious, and we must do everything we can to protect the sanctity of life." https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1551627081760299&theater (www.facebook.com)
  • "Every life is precious. As a proud father, I have been truly blessed with the opportunity to watch each of my four children grow into successful and intelligent men and women. Every child deserves that chance, which is why I'm proud to sign The Pro-Life Declaration." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/byrne-signs-the-pro-life-declaration (byrne.house.gov)
  • "As the father of four, a Christian and a conservative, I am, and always have been, a strong pro-life advocate. As far as I'm concerned, there is nothing more precious than life itself, and none more helpless or vulnerable than the unborn." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/509902/issue-position-alabama-values#.VW3nRXUViko (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

  • "We will not raise taxes on the people or the businesses of Alabama. More taxes are not the answer." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/509911/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy#.VW3rL3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Taxes are not the answer. In fact, they are part of the problem." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/509907/issue-position-fiscal-policy-and-taxes#.VW3qRHUViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The House Budget Resolution doesn't achieve balance by raising taxes, but instead focuses on growing the economy, making government more efficient and cutting $5.5 billion in spending." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974182/the-path-to-a-balanced-budget/?search=spending#.VXHRWXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Byrne's amendment would eliminate all funding for the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) program. The program funds research and development of "clean-energy" technologies. Congressman Byrne believes the program to be unnecessary government influence in the free market and a waste of taxpayer dollars." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/byrne-offers-amendment-to-cut-over-1-billion-in-spending (byrne.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) today voted in favor of a Budget Resolution in the House of Representatives that cuts spending, reforms entitlement programs, boosts national defense, and balances in less than ten years." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/house-budget-restores-fiscal-sanity-byrne-says (byrne.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Taxes are not the answer. In fact, they are part of the problem." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/509907/issue-position-fiscal-policy-and-taxes#.VW3qRHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Bradley Byrne and Congresswoman Terri Sewell recently reintroduced the Workforce Development Tax Credit Act, a bipartisan bill that prepares our workforce for manufacturing jobs by providing federal tax credits for businesses that offer apprenticeship programs and additional credits for companies that hire apprentices." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/reps-byrne-and-sewell-reintroduce-the-workforce-development-tax-credit (byrne.house.gov)
No Inferred 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

  • "The Student Success Act reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, recently known as No Child Left Behind. Specifically the bill: [...] Protects state and local control over education by preventing the Secretary of Education from coercing states into adopting Common Core or any other set of federal standards." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/byrne-a-new-approach-to-education-policy-is-needed (byrne.house.gov)
  • "I'm actually an advocate of letting schools develop and design their own curriculum." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/906749/gulf-coast-news-today-byrne-says-federal-government-should-stay-out-of-public-schools/?search=Common%20Core#.VW3trHUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXHTiHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "From shutting off land for energy production to his continued stalling on construction of the Keystone Pipeline to his self-declared war on coal, President Obama's energy policies are hitting families where it hurts: their pocketbook." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/894432/byrne-obama-is-all-talk-on-lowering-energy-costs-we-need-action#.VXHT3HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mr. Chairman, my amendment seeks to strike all funding of the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program. This program, under the Department of Energy, allows the government to invest millions--indeed, over $1 billion--of taxpayer money in high-risk research and development schemes for green energy projects. The government should not be in the business of subsidizing the research and development initiatives of individual companies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/975737/energy-and-water-development-and-related-agencies-appropriations-act-2016/?search=Renewable%20Energy#.VW3uBXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Byrne's amendment would eliminate all funding for the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) program. The program funds research and development of "clean-energy" technologies. Congressman Byrne believes the program to be unnecessary government influence in the free market and a waste of taxpayer dollars." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/byrne-offers-amendment-to-cut-over-1-billion-in-spending (byrne.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is extremely alarming to learn that Alabama Power will be closing coal units in North Alabama and cutting down on operations at Barry Steam Plant in North Mobile County due to an ill-conceived rule from the EPA. Just earlier this week I joined my colleagues from the Congressional Coal Caucus to draw attention to the harmful effects the Obama administration's new rule on existing power plants will have on coal production in America." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/910758/byrne-statement-on-closure-of-alabama-power-coal-units/?search=greenhouse%20gases#.VW3vnXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "A great example of one of our tools is "the power of the purse." We used this tool in the government-funding bill, which became law in December. The bill cut funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Obama administration's favorite regulator, by $60 million." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/columns/what-to-expect-in-2015 (byrne.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.VW3pCXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution clearly states that every law abiding citizen should have the right to own a firearm, and I will aggressively work to defeat any legislation at the state or national level that infringes on our rights to keep and bear arms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/509902/issue-position-alabama-values#.VW3nRXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Yet another area that should be at the top of the agenda is dismantling ObamaCare. I have made clear my opposition to this law, which is driving up costs and reducing health care access for American families. While I continue to support a full repeal of the law, I will be supportive of measures that repeal key pieces and regulations associated with the law." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/columns/what-to-expect-in-2015 (byrne.house.gov)
  • "The American people have made clear that they do not support Obamacare, and today the House of Representatives took action to repeal this failed law." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/house-passes-byrne-bill-to-repeal-obamacare (byrne.house.gov)
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

  • "We promised our constituents that we would fight the Obama administration's decision to give executive amnesty to many of those in this country illegally." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/byrne-house-will-act-to-stop-executive-amnesty (byrne.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) today voted in support of legislation to boost funding for border security and rein in the Obama administration's plans to grant amnesty to approximately five million illegal immigrants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953022/byrne-votes-to-rein-in-executive-amnesty-boost-border-security/?search=Immigration#.VW3yRnUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I don't think the federal government should be involved in family issues - period." http://blog.al.com/live/2014/02/congressman_byrne_states_shoul.htm (blog.al.com)
  • "I believe marriage is the union between one man and one woman and I have worked to ensure the institution of traditional marriage is well protected in Alabama." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/509902/issue-position-alabama-values#.VW3nRXUViko (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

  • "King Abdullah expressed his deep concerns about the spread of Islamic extremists in the region, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). [...] Given Jordan's geographic location and shared interest in combating Islamic extremism, we must continue to maintain strong relations with their leaders." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/columns/lessons-from-my-trip-to-the-middle-east (byrne.house.gov)
  • "Each country had unique concerns relating to the rise of Islamic extremists, whether it be ISIS in Iraq, Hamas in Gaza, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, or Boko Haram in Africa. In order to combat these organizations and their horrible practices, we will need the support and help from Middle Eastern nations. Each country we visited expressed a willingness to work with the United States, but a clear strategy is lacking. Time is of the essence here. The President must get off the sidelines and start leading." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/byrne-returning-from-trip-to-the-middle-east (byrne.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • "Unlike President Obama's budget, which never balances, our budget achieves balance in less than ten years with serious reforms to mandatory spending and cuts to wasteful spending programs. Our budget strengthens and preserves Social Security and Medicare to ensure they are solvent for future generations." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/house-budget-restores-fiscal-sanity-byrne-says (byrne.house.gov)
  • "Our seniors have worked long years and invested into programs including Medicare and Social Security that the government promised would help secure their retirement years. They deserve -- and will get -- my best efforts as your Congressman to protect these investments so that they can be assured of their health and well-being." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/805179/issue-position-seniors/?search=social%20security#.VXHdEXUVhHw (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.

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