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Michael 'Mike' K. Simpson

Mike Simpson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Michael 'Mike' K. Simpson
Office: U.S. House (ID) - District 2, Republican
First Elected: 11/03/1998
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 2
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Kathy
Birth Date: 09/08/1950
Birth Place: Burley, ID
Home City: Idaho Falls, ID
Religion: Mormon
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Idaho Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

I look to our commanders in the field for guidance on progress, but believe we are quickly approaching the time when we need to begin an orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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?
do you support reducing Medicaid spending?
do you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

I support reform of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to slow the unsustainable growth of spending in the programs and put them on a sustainable path for the future and I support reforming the tax code to make it more simple, fair, and stimulative of economic growth.

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?
NoDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

I believe our nation has to come to grips with the degradation of its infrastructure including roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, ports, canals, etc. Improving and maintaining our critical infrastructure is important for our nation's economic health but we shouldn't fund it solely for the purpose of creating jobs. Increasing government spending is an inefficient method for job creation -- as evidenced by ineffectiveness of the President's Stimulus bill. I am supportive of reforms to the entire tax code to make it more simple, fair, and stimulative of economic growth.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

I believe the federal government needs to shift more decision-making authority to states and local school districts.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
Do 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

I don't know the extent to which human activity may or may not impact climate change nor do I know how much human activity could influence efforts to combat climate change. I support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through voluntary, incentive-based and free-market actions and oppose punitive measures like the Kyoto Protocol or the President's Cap and Trade proposal.

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?
NoDo 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

The failure of the federal government to institute reform of our broken immigration system has required state and local police to act, sometimes severely, to deal with the problem. The longer the federal government ignores the problems, the more states and locals will be forced to act in the way they see fit to enforce the law.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho 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?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho 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?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Idaho Political Courage Test. Selected "No Answer" for: "Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?" National Security Other or expanded principles: "I am uncomfortable with the word "suspected" in the question. I certainly support the targeting of known terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict, like Pakistan, who have perpetrated crimes against our nation and its citizens. Each episode must be handled on a case-by-case basis and not without ample evidence proving the guilt of the terrorists."
  • Mike Simpson. The Idaho Mountain Express - Congress Too Partisan, Spends Too Much: Congressman Discusses Issues During Valley Visit. 25 August 2010. "Simpson said the possibility of re-entering Iraq was not ruled out in his mind if circumstances demand it. He advocated bringing home troops from Afghanistan as soon as the Afghan government can protect its people. But he said Iraq and even Afghanistan are not his main concerns from a foreign-policy standpoint. 'I'm not as worried about Afghanistan as I am about Pakistan,' he said, saying the destabilization of the nuclear power is a 'big concern.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson Reacts to State of the Union. 20 January 2004. "From Afghanistan to Iraq and all of the cowardly hiding spots in between, President Bush has stood firm against terrorism and demonstrated our nation's resolve to wipe this plague from the face of the earth. We're making tremendous progress in Iraq, witnessing democracy take hold in Afghanistan, marginalizing dictatorial rulers in Libya and Iran, and bringing new hope for peace and stability in the Middle East. Those are real accomplishments for which this President should be very proud." (votesmart.org)
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

I am uncomfortable with the word "suspected" in the question. I certainly support the targeting of known terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict, like Pakistan, who have perpetrated crimes against our nation and its citizens. Each episode must be handled on a case-by-case basis and not without ample evidence proving the guilt of the terrorists.

I am undecided on the use of military force against Iran and would need to see greater evidence of a direct threat to our national security posed by Iran's nuclear programs before supporting the use of military force.

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.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Greatly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Decreasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) 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.

1. Deficit Reduction, including Entitlement Reform
2. Combatting unnecessary regulations
3. My work as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment

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