Representative Kay Granger's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 12, Republican
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Kay Granger 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. Kay Granger is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • "On Thursday, I was recognized with the 'True Blue' award by Family Research Council (FRC) Action for my 100 percent voting record on pro-life and pro-family legislation they tracked during the last Congress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960643/newsletter-100-percent#.VZMGhnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)

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  • "To turn things around, we need conservative principles like lower taxes, less spending, and smaller government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/699145/a-message-from-kay/?search=lower%20taxes#.Vl8WXWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I, Kay Granger, 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 rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VZMHs3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Additionally, this week, the House passed The Death Tax Repeal Act, also known as the estate tax. This is a 40 percent tax on an individual's transfer of their assets to the next generation at the time of their death. This tax particularly hurts small businesses and family farms, which are passed from generation to generation to keep the businesses within the family." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970035/your-taxes#.VZMHH3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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

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  • "We need to cut spending, especially during difficult economic times." http://www.kaygranger.com/news-events/issues/ (www.kaygranger.com)
  • "To turn things around, we need conservative principles like lower taxes, less spending, and smaller government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/699145/a-message-from-kay/?search=lower%20taxes#.Vl8WXWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Today is the one-year anniversary of the $787 billion so-called "stimulus" package, which was intended to spur job growth and economic development. After nearly $1 trillion of government spending, most of us have not seen improvement in our day-to-day lives. What we have seen is government waste at its worst and an unmanageable national debt." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/485334/granger-statement-on-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-so-called-stimulus#.VbJbT3V3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "The Republican House passed a budget with significant cuts in spending. The bill I produced as Subcommittee Chair cut our spending by 24 percent, the highest of all the appropriations cuts." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/819111/e-newsletter-its-about-the-spending#.VZMI8XUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Kay Granger, 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 rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VZMHs3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "To turn things around, we need conservative principles like lower taxes, less spending, and smaller government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/699145/a-message-from-kay/?search=lower%20taxes#.Vl8WXWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Today the House passed the Small Business Tax Cut. This bill will allow a company employing fewer than 500 workers to deduct 20 percent of their income from their federal taxes. This is a common sense tax-cut proposal that will help an estimated 22 million small business owners across the country." https://kaygranger.house.gov/weekly-enewsletter-tax-cut-small-business (kaygranger.house.gov)

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  • Signed a letter stating " We are writing you urge you to remove previously House-passed language included in Sen. AMDT. 4575 that solely discriminates against our State. Again, this amendment singles out only the state of Texas. […] According to the Congressional Research Service, the State's share of the $10 billion is estimated to be over $830 million. By adding the additional two-year requirement, the House language only punishes Texas students and teachers." http://burgess.house.gov/uploadedfiles/08-06-10_letter_to_speaker_pelosi_on_ed_funding.pdf (burgess.house.gov)
  • "To turn things around, we need conservative principles like lower taxes, less spending, and smaller government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/699145/a-message-from-kay/?search=lower%20taxes#.Vl8WXWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Members of the Texas Republican Congressional delegation, led by Congressman Michael C. Burgess (R-Lewisville), today introduced legislation to repeal language in last month's education funding bill that discriminates against only the state of Texas, and could prevent Texas from receiving its fair share of the federal education funding." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/551996/texas-republicans-introduce-legislation-to-repeal-doggett-education-language#.VZMJj3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe our local school boards, not the federal government, are better equipped to assess the needs and the future of our schools and students." http://www.kaygranger.com/news-events/issues/ (www.kaygranger.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbJdmnV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe this pipeline is in the best interest of our country and it should be approved for construction without further delay." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960634/newsletter-supporting-the-keystone-pipeline/?search=xl#.VZMKLHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I am a strong supporter of the Keystone XL pipeline […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1011240/issue-position-energy/?search=keystone%20xl#.Vl8bLWwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "In November 2007, I hosted an Energy Expo in Fort Worth. The purpose of the expo was to bring together companies, organizations, and individuals who are working to find free market solutions to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and to become more energy efficient by supporting alternative sources of energy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/374630/issue-position-energy-and-environment#.VZMLd3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "For example, this bill would allow your tax dollars to be used to subsidize 'climate change adaptation' activities in developing countries. That means that while your energy costs skyrocket, federal bureaucrats will send your hard-earned tax dollars overseas for projects like replacing traffic lights in South Africa with more energy efficient light bulbs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/447134/cap-and-tax-even-worse-than-you-think#.VZMKenUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "On January 1st, the Environmental Protection Agency began implementing new regulations that are a complete overreach of the agency's authority. Across the country they have begun to set up a 'cap and trade' style licensing system, claiming it's necessary to force states to comply with federal green house gas emissions standards. Texas has chosen to fight the EPA, and with good reason." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/587508/the-overreach-of-the-epa#.VZMLL3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I, Kay Granger, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Texas and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/684297/americans-for-prosperity-no-climate-tax#.VZMKynUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Like you, I strongly support an individual's Second Amendment rights. I continue to believe that enforcement of current laws and rigorous prosecution of criminals is the way to reduce crime – not more gun control." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/460023/protecting-the-second-amendment#.VZMLr3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VY7rIvlVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "With such a staggering national debt, what steps can we possibly take to get spending under control? Here is a start […] Repeal and replace the costly Obamacare law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/565795/when-will-it-stop/?search=obamacare#.Vl8hjWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Regardless of the Supreme Court's decision, ObamaCare has had a deeply negative impact on my constituents' personal health care and our nation's health care system. " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/988194/granger-statement-on-supreme-court-ruling-on-obamacare/?search=obamacare#.Vl8hNWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "On Tuesday, the House voted again to repeal the health care law. We did so because the message from November was clear that the American people disagree with the direction the country is heading and many of President Obama's policies. This includes the health care law and the struggles people have faced since the law was implemented." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960639/newsletter-health-care-law-repeal#.VZMMLXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "His announcement of executive amnesty will only further increase the costs to the state and unemploymentfor more Americans willing to work." http://gohmert.house.gov/uploadedfiles/abbott_letter.pdf (gohmert.house.gov)
  • "I do not believe that those 12 to 20 million immigrants who have come here illegally should be given any special privileges. They should not be allowed to get on a path to citizenship ahead of the thousands of people who have been trying to come here legally through the proper channels and have been waiting in line for months, if not years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/733928/issue-position-immigration#.VbJgcXV3k1M (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H. Amdt 1416 "Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/41178#.VZKimHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/334/kay-granger/76#.VZMOEHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "We have been reminded by the shooting at Fort Hood and the bombings at the Boston Marathon that the threat of terrorism to our homeland has not faded. We cannot afford to take these threats lightly or doubt the ever-increasing globalization of terrorism. I am determined to defeat terrorism through a sound defensive position and unquestionable military might." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/831574/issue-position-national-security#.VZMOn3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Last week, I sent a letter to President Obama urging him to immediately provide the assistance that our allies and partners in the Middle East need as they battle against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960649/newsletter-us-must-support-allies-in-islamic-state-fight#.VbJjHHV3k1M (votesmart.org)

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  • "Social Security's pay-as-you-go system is unsustainable in the long run because the population is aging, women are having fewer children, and people are living longer." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/583191/issue-position-social-security/?search=Social%20Security#.VbJkd3V3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "As you may know, President Bush and some Members of Congress have suggested allowing younger taxpayers to enter a dual system whereby some of their Social Security taxes could be individually invested in private accounts. Others have suggested allowing the Social Security trustees to invest in private securities. Of course, still others oppose any major departure from the current system. While all of these ideas deserve study, I believe that any changes in the way Social Security operates must be approached with extreme caution." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/374619/issue-position-social-security#.VZMPXXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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