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Barry Loudermilk's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (GA) - District 11, Republican
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Barry Loudermilk has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Barry Loudermilk is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Life is the ultimate right endowed by God and it is the responsibility of governments to protect that right not to destroy it." (votesmart.org)
  • "CWPAC is committed to the values of religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, American sovereignty, and traditional values. Every candidate we endorse must adhere to these values or go elsewhere for money." (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by Concerned Women PAC (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

  • "The recent IRS scandal testifies to how out of control the federal government has become. This abuse of power is perpetuated by a convoluted tax code that redistributes wealth, punishes individual achievement and represses economic growth. True tax reform can only be achieved by abolishing both the IRS and the current tax code and replacing both with a simpler and equitable tax system such as the Flat Tax, Fair Tax or Simple Tax." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "For decades Congress has continued to expand government programs, agencies and bureaucracies, without any consideration of the costs. As Jefferson warned, allowing limitless borrowing will result in an overexpansion of government. Imposing a balanced budget requirement on Congress, will not only bring economic and fiscal stability, but will naturally constrain the growth of government." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Constitution clearly defines that the federal government is limited to only eighteen powers and, as the Tenth Amendment confirms, the remaining powers are reserved to the states or retained by the people. However, through limitless spending by Congress and judicial activism, the power of the federal government has exponentially grown to the point that it has even begun to take over the free market system. We must restore to the states their sovereignty, to the people their liberty, and reduce federal abuses of Constitutional authority." (loudermilkforcongress.com)
Yes 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

  • Vote: Barry Loudermilk voted Yea (Passage) - HCS SB 390 - Classroom First Act for Georgia (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Vote: Barry Loudermilk voted Yea (Passage) - SB 31 - Energy Rate Increases to Finance Nuclear Power Plant Construction (votesmart.org)
  • Vote: Barry Loudermilk voted Yea (Passage) - HCS HB 1325 - Natural Gas Distribution Regulations (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? 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 Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • A+ Lifetime Score from the NRA (votesmart.org)
  • "Thomas Jefferson stated, '…all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves… that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press.'Our Founding Fathers believed that the right to keep and bear arms was a natural right given to all men by God. The Second Amendment upholds this truth by restricting the federal government from passing any legislation that in any way infringes upon that natural right." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The immediate solution is to totally defund all aspects of this law. We must then seek a full repeal of Obama care, and introduce patient-centered reforms that put the citizen in total charge of their health care decisions." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Barry is opposed to legalization for those who have illegally entered or illegally reside in this country. We tried comprehensive legalization in 1986. We have proven that rewarding illegal immigration creates more illegal immigration." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our freedoms, liberties and quality of life stems from a people that hold to a strong set of moral values and principles. We don't look to Hollywood for moral leadership; we look to ourselves, our families and communities, our faith, and our traditional values. We must also return these principles to government by electing those who not only talk about these values, but live them." (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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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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