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Luke Messer's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IN) - District 6, Republican Majority Policy Committee Chair
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 6
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Luke Messer has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Luke Messer 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

  • Luke Messer. Issues: Conservative Principles. 6 June 2012. "During his tenure in the Indiana Statehouse, Luke earned a 100% rating from the Indiana Right to Life." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "In the Indiana General Assembly, Luke received a 100% rating from Indiana Right to Life and has worked to support local right to life efforts." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "Luke will also oppose health-care rationing, denial of health care and government funding of abortion." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. The Voter Guide: 2012. Responded "I am the only candidate in the race with a proven track record of conservative leadership. As a State Representative, I earned a 100% voting record from Indiana Right to Life" to the question: "What are your qualifications and what makes you the best candidate?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Luke Messer. Issues: Conservative Principles. 6 June 2012. "During his tenure in the Indiana Statehouse, Luke earned a 100% rating from the Indiana Right to Life." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "In the Indiana General Assembly, Luke received a 100% rating from Indiana Right to Life and has worked to support local right to life efforts." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "Luke will also oppose health-care rationing, denial of health care and government funding of abortion." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. The Voter Guide: 2012. Responded "I am the only candidate in the race with a proven track record of conservative leadership. As a State Representative, I earned a 100% voting record from Indiana Right to Life" to the question: "What are your qualifications and what makes you the best candidate?" (c3.thevoterguide.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

  • Luke Messer. Issues. 6 June 2012. "Luke Messer has been a key partner in most of our state's biggest policy achievements over the last seven years-leading the State Republican Party, helping craft a balanced state budget with no tax increases." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Issues: Tax and Fiscal Policy. 6 June 2012. "He also knows that raising taxes in a recession is the worst thing government could do to get our economy turned around." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Luke Messer on Tax Reform. 6 June 2012. "To me, any comprehensive tax reform package should, at a minimum, have the following components: -Reduce the overall burden of our tax system on the economy; -Significant across the board reductions in personal and corporate rates." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "In Congress, Luke Will Stand On Conservative Principles And Will: [¦] 2) Be a champion for efforts to get our economy going again by reducing federal government spending, cutting taxes across the board and putting jobs first." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Issues. 6 June 2012. "Luke Messer has been a key partner in most of our state's biggest policy achievements over the last seven years-leading the State Republican Party, helping craft a balanced state budget with no tax increases." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Issues: Tax and Fiscal Policy. 6 June 2012. "He also knows that raising taxes in a recession is the worst thing government could do to get our economy turned around." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Luke Messer on Tax Reform. 6 June 2012. "To me, any comprehensive tax reform package should, at a minimum, have the following components: -Reduce the overall burden of our tax system on the economy; -Significant across the board reductions in personal and corporate rates." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "In Congress, Luke Will Stand On Conservative Principles And Will: [¦] 2) Be a champion for efforts to get our economy going again by reducing federal government spending, cutting taxes across the board and putting jobs first." (www.lukemesser.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Luke Messer. Issues: Tax and Fiscal Policy. 6 June 2012. "Luke understands that America cannot spend itself out of a recession or borrow its way out of debt." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "In Congress, Luke Will Stand On Conservative Principles And Will: 1) Fight to reduce the ballooning national government and debt, oppose government bailouts of big corporations and fight against additional spending on so-called 'economic stimulus packages.' 2) Be a champion for efforts to get our economy going again by reducing federal government spending, cutting taxes across the board and putting jobs first." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Issues: Tax and Fiscal Policy. 6 June 2012. "Luke understands that America cannot spend itself out of a recession or borrow its way out of debt." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "In Congress, Luke Will Stand On Conservative Principles And Will: 1) Fight to reduce the ballooning national government and debt, oppose government bailouts of big corporations and fight against additional spending on so-called 'economic stimulus packages.' 2) Be a champion for efforts to get our economy going again by reducing federal government spending, cutting taxes across the board and putting jobs first." (www.lukemesser.com)
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

  • Luke Messer. Issues: Education. 6 June 2012. "In Congress, Messer would support a program to streamline federal grant dollars to the states, maximize dollars to the classroom and minimize red tape. Under this program, the federal government would send the same amount of money to the State of Indiana to support education, but eliminate bureaucratic red tape and give local education leaders greater freedom to spend those dollars to innovate and improve Indiana schools." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Robert Vane. Capitol Watchblog: Writing the Book on Education Reform. 19 February 2012. "Through the hard work and courage of leaders like Tony Bennett, Gov. Daniels and our state legislators, Indiana has become a national model for education reform. We are all proud of those efforts. At a federal level, we need to block grant dollars back to the states, get the federal government out of the way and create the environment for more Indianas at the state and local level." (abcrtv6.com)
  • Luke Messer. Issues: Education. 6 June 2012. "In Congress, Messer would support a program to streamline federal grant dollars to the states, maximize dollars to the classroom and minimize red tape. Under this program, the federal government would send the same amount of money to the State of Indiana to support education, but eliminate bureaucratic red tape and give local education leaders greater freedom to spend those dollars to innovate and improve Indiana schools." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Robert Vane. Capitol Watchblog: Writing the Book on Education Reform. 19 February 2012. "Through the hard work and courage of leaders like Tony Bennett, Gov. Daniels and our state legislators, Indiana has become a national model for education reform. We are all proud of those efforts. At a federal level, we need to block grant dollars back to the states, get the federal government out of the way and create the environment for more Indianas at the state and local level." (abcrtv6.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Luke Messer. WTHR: Decision 2012 questionnaire: Luke Messer. 25 July 2012. "We need to replace President Obama's bureaucratic command-and-control environmental policies"blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline, placing all sorts of new EPA mandates on industry “ with simpler, equally pro-environment policies. Wherever possible, I believe the EPA should work to replace bureaucratic mechanisms with market ones. Rather than establishing mandates, the United States should harness its power of innovation to enhance the alternative energy sources and discover innovative technologies that will help use the energy more efficiently. Our Nation must work to achieve energy independence so that it can free itself from its enslavement to oil rich countries that hate us." (www.wthr.com)
  • Luke Messer. Fueling Indiana's Economy. 9 April 2005. "Environmentalists like bio-diesel because it has fewer harmful emissions compared to petroleum diesel. That means it keeps our air cleaner, helps slow global warming, and provides far fewer health risks than more traditional fuels. A stronger use of alternative fuels would help Indiana achieve clean air standards from the Environmental Protection Agency, because there is an almost one-for-one trade-off of bio-diesel for reduced particulate emissions." www.lukemesser.com/wp.../Fueling-Indianas-Economy-4.9.05.pdf
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "In Congress, Luke Will Stand On Conservative Principles And Will: [¦] 4) Support market-based energy reforms and oppose legislation creating any type of "cap-and-trade" system that would increase energy costs." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Luke Messer on Jobs: Jobs First, Jobs Now. 14 June 2012. "Defeat Cap and Trade. President Obama's "Cap and Trade" program will kill jobs and raise taxes on anyone in the Sixth District who uses energy. Experts estimate the plan would double electricity bills in Indiana. Since our lowest-income families tend to spend the highest percentage of their income on energy, this new energy tax will hit them the hardest. "Cap and Trade" will make American-made products more expensive and foreign products cheaper, killing jobs in the Sixth District." (www.google.com)
  • Luke Messer. WTHR: Decision 2012 questionnaire: Luke Messer. 25 July 2012. "We need to replace President Obama's bureaucratic command-and-control environmental policies"blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline, placing all sorts of new EPA mandates on industry “ with simpler, equally pro-environment policies. Wherever possible, I believe the EPA should work to replace bureaucratic mechanisms with market ones. Rather than establishing mandates, the United States should harness its power of innovation to enhance the alternative energy sources and discover innovative technologies that will help use the energy more efficiently. Our Nation must work to achieve energy independence so that it can free itself from its enslavement to oil rich countries that hate us." (www.wthr.com)
  • Luke Messer. Fueling Indiana's Economy. 9 April 2005. "Environmentalists like bio-diesel because it has fewer harmful emissions compared to petroleum diesel. That means it keeps our air cleaner, helps slow global warming, and provides far fewer health risks than more traditional fuels. A stronger use of alternative fuels would help Indiana achieve clean air standards from the Environmental Protection Agency, because there is an almost one-for-one trade-off of bio-diesel for reduced particulate emissions." www.lukemesser.com/wp.../Fueling-Indianas-Economy-4.9.05.pdf
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "In Congress, Luke Will Stand On Conservative Principles And Will: [¦] 4) Support market-based energy reforms and oppose legislation creating any type of "cap-and-trade" system that would increase energy costs." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Luke Messer on Jobs: Jobs First, Jobs Now. 14 June 2012. "Defeat Cap and Trade. President Obama's "Cap and Trade" program will kill jobs and raise taxes on anyone in the Sixth District who uses energy. Experts estimate the plan would double electricity bills in Indiana. Since our lowest-income families tend to spend the highest percentage of their income on energy, this new energy tax will hit them the hardest. "Cap and Trade" will make American-made products more expensive and foreign products cheaper, killing jobs in the Sixth District." (www.google.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "Luke is a champion for 2nd Amendment rights. In the Indiana General Assembly, Luke had a 100% voting record to protect the freedoms outlined in the 2nd Amendment and received an 'A' rating from the NRA." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "In Congress, Luke Will Stand On Conservative Principles And Will: [¦] 9) Be a champion for the U.S. Constitution and support a clear constitutional interpretation of the 2nd amendment that protects the freedom to keep and bear arms and oppose government restrictions on gun ownership." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "Luke is a champion for 2nd Amendment rights. In the Indiana General Assembly, Luke had a 100% voting record to protect the freedoms outlined in the 2nd Amendment and received an ˜A' rating from the NRA." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • National Rifle Association. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 National Rifle Association gave Luke Messer a grade of 92, in its scorecard for candidates seeking office in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Luke Messer. The Voter Guide: 2012. Responded " I am the only candidate in the race with a proven track record of conservative leadership. As a State Representative, I earned [¦] an "A" rating from the NRA" to the question: "What are your qualifications and what makes you the best candidate?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "Luke is a champion for 2nd Amendment rights. In the Indiana General Assembly, Luke had a 100% voting record to protect the freedoms outlined in the 2nd Amendment and received an 'A' rating from the NRA." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "In Congress, Luke Will Stand On Conservative Principles And Will: [¦] 9) Be a champion for the U.S. Constitution and support a clear constitutional interpretation of the 2nd amendment that protects the freedom to keep and bear arms and oppose government restrictions on gun ownership." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "Luke is a champion for 2nd Amendment rights. In the Indiana General Assembly, Luke had a 100% voting record to protect the freedoms outlined in the 2nd Amendment and received an ˜A' rating from the NRA." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • National Rifle Association. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 National Rifle Association gave Luke Messer a grade of 92, in its scorecard for candidates seeking office in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Luke Messer. The Voter Guide: 2012. Responded " I am the only candidate in the race with a proven track record of conservative leadership. As a State Representative, I earned [¦] an "A" rating from the NRA" to the question: "What are your qualifications and what makes you the best candidate?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Luke Messer. Messer Files to Run in 6th District Republican Primary. 11 January 2012. "That effort starts with balancing the budget, repealing Obamacare and passing major tax reform." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "In Congress, Luke Will Stand On Conservative Principles And Will: [¦] 3) Support market-based health-care reform and oppose government-run "public options" in health care." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Luke Messer for Congress Campaign Releases Campaign Commercial. 9 May 2012. "I'll fight to cut spending, balance the budget, repeal Obamacare and put an end to the bailouts." (votesmart.org)
  • Luke Messer. John Hatter Endorses Luke Messer for Congress - 6th Congressional District Candidate Suspends Campaign and Throws Support Behind Messer. 11 April 2012. "We share the belief that our country needs leaders who will fight to cut spending, balance the budget, repeal Obamacare and end the bailouts." (votesmart.org)
  • Luke Messer. Messer Files to Run in 6th District Republican Primary. 11 January 2012. "That effort starts with balancing the budget, repealing Obamacare and passing major tax reform." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "In Congress, Luke Will Stand On Conservative Principles And Will: [¦] 3) Support market-based health-care reform and oppose government-run "public options" in health care." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. John Hatter Endorses Luke Messer for Congress - 6th Congressional District Candidate Suspends Campaign and Throws Support Behind Messer. 11 April 2012. "We share the belief that our country needs leaders who will fight to cut spending, balance the budget, repeal Obamacare and end the bailouts." (votesmart.org)
  • Luke Messer. Luke Messer for Congress Campaign Releases Campaign Commercial. 9 May 2012. "I'll fight to cut spending, balance the budget, repeal Obamacare and put an end to the bailouts." (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

  • Luke Messer. Luke Messer on Immigration Reform. 6 June 2012. "Amnesty is not the answer [¦] However, I could not support a program that gave amnesty to people who are already in America illegally. Like Mike Pence and others, I would require that anyone currently in the country illegally must leave and come back legally, under the terms of the guest-worker program. To come back legally, they would need to demonstrate a job opportunity in the U.S." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Recod. 6 June 2012. "In Congress, Luke Will Stand On Conservative Principles And Will: [¦] 6) Oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Luke Messer on Immigration Reform. 6 June 2012. "Amnesty is not the answer [¦] However, I could not support a program that gave amnesty to people who are already in America illegally. Like Mike Pence and others, I would require that anyone currently in the country illegally must leave and come back legally, under the terms of the guest-worker program. To come back legally, they would need to demonstrate a job opportunity in the U.S." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Recod. 6 June 2012. "In Congress, Luke Will Stand On Conservative Principles And Will: [¦] 6) Oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants." (www.lukemesser.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "In Congress, Luke Will Stand On Conservative Principles And Will: [¦] 8) Support existing federal law that defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman and gives states the right to not recognize same-sex marriages that are legal in other states." (www.lukemesser.com)
  • Luke Messer. Record. 6 June 2012. "In Congress, Luke Will Stand On Conservative Principles And Will: [¦] 8) Support existing federal law that defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman and gives states the right to not recognize same-sex marriages that are legal in other states." (www.lukemesser.com)
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

  • Craig Mauger. Courier-Times: Candidate: 'Better days can be ahead'. 23 January 2012. "He also said that the nation has 'hard choices' to make on budgets cuts, including changes for Social Security. Messer said if the country doesn't change some of its spending habits, the programs 'will go away.' 'They will go bankrupt. They will go the way of Greece,' Messer said. 'We're going to have to lead on these topics.'" www.lukemesser.com/wp-content/uploads/.../NewCastle1-23-12.pdf
  • Craig Mauger. Courier-Times: Candidate: 'Better days can be ahead'. 23 January 2012. "He also said that the nation has 'hard choices' to make on budgets cuts, including changes for Social Security. Messer said if the country doesn't change some of its spending habits, the programs 'will go away.' 'They will go bankrupt. They will go the way of Greece,' Messer said. 'We're going to have to lead on these topics.'" www.lukemesser.com/wp-content/uploads/.../NewCastle1-23-12.pdf

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