Representative Ander Crenshaw's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 4, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 4
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Issue Positions

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Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ander Crenshaw voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Crenshaw on the President's Decision to Federally Fund Embryonic Stem Cell Research. 9 March 2009. "Stem cell research may indeed hold the key to curing many debilitating and life-threatening diseases, but we must not be cavalier about the loss of a life, no matter how small or how young. I have always been and always will be pro-life and a staunch defender of the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (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 Ander Crenshaw a rating of 20 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ander Crenshaw. Crenshaw Encouraged By President's Approach On Afghanistan; Concerned With Date Certain Withdrawal Date. 2 December 2009. "The President is standing by our troops with his call for additional boots on the ground. I find that encouraging, but I am concerned about the establishment of a date certain for withdrawing forces from the region," said Crenshaw, who traveled to Afghanistan in 2007 on an official Congressional tour of the region. "No American soldier should remain in battle a day longer than is absolutely necessary, but we cannot abandon the mission to push back the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Securing this region is the objective and additional American and NATO Allied troops are what's needed so that our servicemen and women can return home." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the Peace Action 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of Peace Action West 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Ander Crenshaw voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Video: AfghanistanComment.wmv. 2 December 2009. "It appears the president is going to be standing by our troops, and I think it's essential that he stands by our troops. We have General McChrystal, and the commanders on the ground, they're our eyes and our ears in that region. What they see and what they hear needs to be part of any plan that we put together. That plan needs to be one hundred percent committed to winning. It's going to take time, it's going to take manpower, it's going to take resources, but most of all it's going to take the political will to execute a plan that is committed to winning. What does that mean? That means we're going to have to push back the Taliban. It means we're going to have to impede their ability to operate. We've got to give the Afghanis some time, and some space so they can develop. We need to help them develop their central government. We need to help them develop their own security forces. The way to do this is not through some sort of war-time tax. The number one responsibility of the federal government is to protect American lives, and this is a national security issue. We need to prioritize our spending to make sure that we spend whatever it takes to do the job that we need to do. Once again, it's about political will. It's about a plan that's one hundred percent committed to winning. It's certainly not about artificial timetable or aritificial benchmarks. This is about staying the course, whatever it takes." (www.youtube.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Crenshaw Co-Sponsors Bill to Prevent Looming Defense Cuts. 31 January 2012. "As Congress works to address the Super Committee's failure to act on budget cuts, the stakes couldn't be higher for the Pentagon. That's why I have co-sponsored this common-sense approach to preserving the strength of our national defense as we move through these tough economic times. We can achieve the same savings in the first year of sequestration by allowing for attrition in of the federal workforce by 10 percent over ten years. Our nation's military has already contributed nearly a half trillion dollars to deficit reduction and our servicemen and women are being asked to do more with less. We've spent ten years rebuilding our nation's military, and I will not allow short-sighted budget decisions to turn back that progress." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Crenshaw: National Security Commitment is Bottom Line on Defense Spending. 26 January 2012. "We live in difficult economic times, but the bottom line on defense spending must be an unwavering commitment to national security at home and around the globe. We've spent ten years rebuilding our nation's military, and I will not allow short-sighted budget decisions to turn back that progress." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Highest Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • Ander Crenshaw. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Ander Crenshaw voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Ander Crenshaw voted Did Not Vote on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 84 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 85 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I, Ander Crenshaw, pledge to the taxpayers of the 4th district of the Ander Crenshaw. State of Florida 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." (s3.amazonaws.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?"
  • Ander Crenshaw. Crenshaw Committed to Pushing "Washington Roadblocks" Aside So Economy Can Thrive. 6 July 2010. "Just last Friday, we learned the economy shed 125,000 jobs in June -- another example of the urgent need for change and further proof that the Administration's trillion-dollar "stimulus' plan isn't working," Crenshaw continued. "Washington roadblocks - big spending, burdensome regulation, and high taxes - are standing in the way of a strong and bright economic future. My focus remains on pushing them aside so our free market can do its work." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Crenshaw Continues Fight For Fiscal Responsibility. 9 December 2009. "With a $1.4 trillion deficit and the national debt nearing the $12.1 trillion mark, nothing could be more wrong for the nation than a perpetual bailout," said Crenshaw. "That's why unused TARP funds should be used to pay down a skyrocketing national debt rather than fund big government spending through Stimulus II as Democrats are proposing." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Crenshaw Votes To Prohibit Taxpayer Funding For Stimulus Bill Promotional Signage. 14 July 2010. "Americans are sick and tired of Washington's spending spree and are calling for an end to big government spending through project YouCut. I've heard them and have voted for more than $60 billion in cuts. Taxpayers have no business funding these programs when they are working so hard to put food on the table, pay the mortgage and save for their childrens' educations." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Crenshaw: "A Vote Against Debt and Big Government". 28 January 2009. "Any stimulus package ought to be targeted, timely, and temporary. This package fails to meet all three criteria. It is 152 different appropriations with no strategic vision. It is not geared toward items that will create jobs and much of the money won't be spent until after 2010 - when the recession is predicted to be over. In addition, there are no sunset provisions to keep these programs from becoming permanent." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (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 Ander Crenshaw a rating of 75 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Ander Crenshaw voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. "Government Spending Gone Wild". 4 February 2009. "The recent passage of the $816 billion economic stimulus package in the U.S. House is much more than a shopping spree equal to the entire tax revenue for an entire year, it is also about how much power the government has over the financial markets and its ability to pick winners and losers in our economy." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ander Creshaw. "Needed: A Real Economic Jump Start Without The Side-Effects". 18 March 2009. "And while I firmly believe bold action is required, I voted against the stimulus package because it was clear that the bill was too expense, too vague, produced too few jobs, and added too much long term debt." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. "Why Settle For A Bill That's 'Far From Perfect'?" 11 February 2009. "Instead of placing importance on getting it fast, we should be focused on getting this bill right. The President and the Majority should put all the options back on the table and have a real debate about what we know will work. The American people shouldn't be forced to hold their nose and swallow a $1 trillion pill, without the assurance that it will cure more ills than the side-effects it may trigger. I keep asking the question, "Why should American taxpayers repeatedly be given a grim prognosis and then asked to accept the dangerous treatment prescribed without getting a second opinion?" They shouldn't have to." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Crenshaw: "Actions Speak Louder Than Words". 24 February 2009. "Instead of implementing fast acting tax relief that would immediately spur job creation and investment, as it did in 1964, 1981, 2001 and 2003, the President is sticking with the line that if the government is given enough money to spend, it can solve the very problems it helped create. And while Americans want their government to succeed, they know that we can't borrow and spend our way back to prosperity." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Issue Position: Creating Jobs. 5 July, 2011. "Since the nearly $1 trillion stimulus plan became law in February 2009, the unemployment rate reached a 27 year high of 10.2 percent. On September 3, 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the nation's unemployment rate for August 2010 rose from 9.5 percent to 9.6 percent. Unemployment has been above nine percent for 16 consecutive months. To solve the problem, the current leadership in congress consistently turn to more big-government. The private sector creates jobs, not Big Government! This is a fundamental economic principle that Washington has forgotten. Over the past year we've seen our economy lose millions of jobs. Americans continue to be laid off or have a difficult time finding work." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility. 5 July 2011. "Congress must stop passing bailouts and stimulus packages. Two simple measures that would have an immediate impact are to call on Congress to move in a bipartisan way to cut all non-security spending back to 2008 levels and reject raising taxes on any American on January 1, 2011. These are necessary first steps that Washington can take to counteract the failed policies of more taxes, borrowing and stimulus spending." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida 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."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida 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."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Ander Crenshaw voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of Environment America 33 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Ander Crenshaw voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 60 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida 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."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Ander Crenshaw voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of Environment America 33 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Ander Crenshaw a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Issue Position: Protecting Second Amendment Rights. 5 July 2011. "I support the Second Amendment and applaud the Supreme Court's decision that reaffirmed every individual American's right to bear arms. I will continue to oppose laws and regulation that infringe on our Second Amendment rights." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Jacksonville Times-Union: 14 August 2000 Ask The Candidates. Responded "I firmly support the Second Amendment and our constitutional right to defend ourselves. Passing more gun control legislation simply to do 'something' is certainly not the answer. And if we are truly serious about dealing with gun violence in America, then we first must enforce the laws that exist today. We need to make certain that those who use guns illegally are punished to the full extent of the law." to the question: "What is your stand on the ownership of firearms by private citizens and on gun control legislation?" (jacksonville.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida 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."
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida 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."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida 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. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Ander Crenshaw 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 Ander Crenshaw in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Drawing the Line Against Illegal Immigration. 9 August 2007. "There have been many proposals on how to deal with these "uninvited guests," and to prevent more from coming. Recently, a failed Senate plan would have allowed illegal immigrants to pay a $5,000 fine to begin the road to citizenship. First and foremost, this is "Amnesty" and "Amnesty" will not work. These individuals broke the law and need to be held accountable, not rewarded. Furthermore, many of the laws we need to remedy this situation are already on the books. These laws need to be enforced, while taking additional steps to secure our borders and deter future illegal immigration." (crenshaw.house.gov)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Illegal Immigration. 16 July 2007. "In the mid 1980s, Congress advocated amnesty for long-settled illegal immigrants and considered it reasonable to adjust the status of what was then a relatively small population of illegal aliens. In exchange for allowing aliens to stay, border security and enforcement of immigration laws would be greatly strengthened, in particular through sanctions against employers who hired these illegal immigrants. However, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, did not solve our illegal immigration problem. Indeed, the lessons of that policy experiment are clear. From the very start, there was widespread document fraud by applicants. Unsurprisingly, the number of people applying for amnesty far exceeded projections, and there proved to be a failure of political will in enforcing new laws against employers." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Immigration Reform Needs to be Part of a Comprehensive Homeland Security Strategy. 29 July 2005. "Amnesty or any immigration policy that essentially rewards those that have entered our country illegally is a foolhardy solution to an imminent problem." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. "Once we have secured our borders, we must turn our attention to the more than 12 million illegal immigrants already residing here. I do not support amnesty for those individuals who have broken our laws and will work to deport those individuals who have become a financial and social burden on our society." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Voucher Reform Act of 2007. 12 July 2007. "It is no secret that we have an immigration crisis facing us in America. It is also no secret that Americans are angry. Like most Members, my office was flooded when the President and the Senate attempted to ram another amnesty immigration program down our throats. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, 56 percent of Americans surveyed support an ``enforcement only'' approach to immigration reform and 44 percent of Americans opposed the Senate's amnesty plan." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Ander Crenshaw voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the American Family Association 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Ander Crenshaw voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Ander Crenshaw voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)

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Vote Smart's Research

  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida 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."
  • Ander Crenshaw. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida 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."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Ander Crenshaw supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 40 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Ander Crenshaw. Issue Position: Social Security. 5 July 2011. "Although benefits for today's seniors and for those about to retire are safe, we must take action now to preserve these benefits in the long term. In 1950 there were 16 workers paying into Social Security for every one recipient. Today, the ratio has dropped to three to one. Our children and grandchildren are the future of this country - it's our responsibility to look after their future. We need to explore solutions such as allowing individuals the option of investing in their retirement through personal accounts. Not only would this offer a safe, low-cost way to invest, but put control in the hands of the individual, instead of the government. As we continue this debate, I plan remaining a vocal proponent of reforming this antiquated system." (www.votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2000 National Political Awareness 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.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support.
c) Abortions should always be legally available.
d) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xf) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xg) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
Xh) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion.
Xi) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
j) Support "buffer-zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least five feet from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
Xk) Provide funding for family planning programs as a means to decrease the number of abortions.
l) Other

Budgetary Priorities

Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories.

Maintain Funding Statusa) Agricultural
Greatly Decrease Fundingb) Arts
Greatly Increase Fundingc) Defense
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Education
Maintain Funding Statuse) Environmental
Greatly Decrease Fundingf) International aid
Greatly Increase Fundingg) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase Fundingh) Medical Research
Slightly Increase Fundingi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Maintain Funding Statusj) National Parks
Maintain Funding Statusk) Scientific Research
Greatly Increase Fundingl) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
Greatly Decrease Fundingm) Welfare
n) Other
Yes2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?

Defense Spending

Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories.

Greatly Increase Fundinga) Armed Forces personnel training
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Covert intelligence operations
Greatly Increase Fundingc) Defense plant conversion
Greatly Increase Fundingd) Military hardware
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Military space shuttle missions
Greatly Increase Fundingf) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increase Fundingg) National Missile Defense Program
Greatly Increase Fundingh) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Increase Fundingi) Programs to improve military retention rates
Greatly Increase Fundingj) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increase Fundingk) Troop and equipment readiness
l) Other

Budget Surplus

Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus.

Highest Prioritya) Defense
High Priorityb) Education
Highest Priorityc) Federal debt reduction
Medium Priorityd) Medicare
Highest Prioritye) Social Security
Highest Priorityf) Tax cuts
g) Other

Taxes

Indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories.

Income Taxes - Family Income

Greatly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $25,000 - $75,000
Greatly Decreasec) $75,000 - $150,000
Greatly Decreased) Over $150,000
e) Other

Income Taxes - Retiree Income

Greatly Decreasef) Over $40, 000
g) Other

Other Taxes

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other

Deductions/Credits

Greatly Increasea) Charitable deductions
Greatly Increaseb) Medical expense deductions
Greatly Increasec) Mortgage deductions
Greatly Increased) Child tax credit
Greatly Increasee) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Increasef) Student loan tax credit
g) Other

Taxes

Yes2) Do you support replacing the current U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Yes3) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
Yes4) Would you cut taxes if there were an operating surplus?
No5) Would you cut taxes and use Social Security surpluses to supplement the difference?
6) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance issues.

a) Support public taxpayer funding for Congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
e) Ban unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
Xf) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making soft money contributions to national parties or party committees.
g) Require full disclosure of funding sources of issue advocacy commercials which appear within 60 days of an election.
h) Make campaign spending limits mandatory for all federal candidates.
i) Remove all contribution limits on federal candidates and parties, but require complete and immediate disclosure via the Internet.
j) Require Congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.
k) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

Xa) Broaden the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
e) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xf) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
g) Increase funding for community policing programs.
h) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
i) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
j) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
k) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
Xl) Provide block grants to states for implementation of programs to combat juvenile crime.
Xm) Impose harsher penalties for youths convicted of violent offenses.
Xn) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for juvenile offenders.
o) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
p) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.

Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) Support capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
d) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
e) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xf) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
g) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
h) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12).

a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
Xe) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xf) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xg) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit.
Xh) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
Xi) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xj) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
Xk) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xl) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs.
m) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
n) Eliminate federal financial aid for individuals convicted of drug offenses.
Xo) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xp) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
q) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action.

Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
b) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xc) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
d) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
e) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
g) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xh) Provide tax credits for businesses that offer on-site child care.
i) The federal government should consider race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
j) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
Xk) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xl) The federal government should utilize merit and qualifications in making government contracting decisions.
m) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.

a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Waive environmental review requirements for grazing permits.
d) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the fees charged to mining companies using federal lands.
Xe) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.
Xf) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels.
i) Strengthen logging restrictions on federal lands.
j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment.
Xk) Give states added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environment regulations.
l) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal guns.
Xh) Hold gun owners responsible for crimes committed with their guns by children age 16 and under.
i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
k) Require a license for gun possession.
l) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

Xa) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Support health care strategies focused on prevention, including health education, and natural medicines and remedies.
Xd) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
e) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xf) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xg) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
Xh) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for purposes other than medical costs.
Xi) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
j) Allow states and local communities to use federal funds for needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of HIV.
k) Provide citizens age 55-65 the option of purchasing Medicare health coverage.
Xl) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
m) Increase funding for AIDS programs.
n) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Increase the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
c) Require the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to reduce the time between applying for citizenship and taking the oath of allegiance to six months.
d) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
Xf) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally.
Xg) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
Xh) Establish English as the official national language.
i) Support the separation of the INS into two bureaus: one administering naturalization and one administering border patrol.
j) Increase state autonomy in handling immigration issues.
k) Reimburse states for providing services to illegal aliens.
l) Other

International Aid

Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U.S. International Aid.

a) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the U. S.
Xc) Aid should be granted to countries that are close allies of the U. S. and in need of financial/military assistance.
Xd) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
e) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated except for extraordinary circumstances.
f) Other

International Policy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.

a) The U.S. should resolve future disputes with Iraq only through diplomatic means.
b) The U.S. should take unilateral military action if Iraq does not comply with all accepted United Nations resolutions.
Xc) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
d) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.
e) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
Xf) The U.S. should continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
g) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.

Xa) The U.S. should participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
b) The U.S. should not commit military troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
c) The U.S. should withdraw completely from the United Nations.
d) The U.S. should pay its debt to the United Nations.
e) Other
No3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
Undecided4) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with China?
Yes5) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
No6) Should the US maintain ground troops in Kosovo?
Undecided7) Do you support the cooperative threat reduction programs with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to unfriendly nations?
Yes8) Do you support modifying the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in order to deploy the National Missile Defense System?
Other

International Trade

Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Undecided2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Undecided4) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
Yes5) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes6) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with the United States?
Yes7) Do you support normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with Vietnam?
Undecided8) Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority in trade negotiations?
Yes9) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
YesDo you believe there has been a decline in moral and ethical standards in America over the last four decades?
If Yes, please explain what you would do as a member of Congress to address this concern.

Yes, we must restore these values by inspiring our young people to recognize the differences between right and wrong. A leader must exemplify these traits and lead by example. I will work to encourage the reestablishment of traditional family values and family unity.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
Xb) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Limit Social Security benefits based on recipients' other income and assets.
g) Require individuals to pay the Social Security tax on incomes above $68,400 (which is currently exempt).
Xh) Support a lock box measure, limiting Congress's ability to spend Social Security and Medicare surpluses on any other federal programs except Social Security and Medicare, until each program's long-term solvency is guaranteed.
i) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology.

Xa) Continuing the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
Xc) Support on-line voter registration.
d) Support voting on-line.
Xe) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xf) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes such as hacking and Internet violence.
g) Support strong Internet privacy laws.
h) Regulating the Internet should not in any way be controlled by the federal government.
i) Other
YesDo you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.

a) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
b) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through TANF block grants.
d) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
e) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.
Xf) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.
g) Provide continued Medicaid benefits for those welfare recipients who have moved from welfare to work.
Xh) Require states to return any unused welfare block grant funding to the federal government.
Xi) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based or other non-profit organizations.
j) Other
Please explain what your top two or three priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

My top priority is the protection of the American people. Strengthening our military, and protecting our communities from crime should be important goals in any administration. We must increase military and law enforcement spending to protect our local military bases, improve military housing, and ensure the safety of our families in their neighborhoods, schools, and homes. These important issues can be attained through the reprioritizing of our budget.