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Jackie Walorski's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IN) - District 2, Republican
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Jackie Walorski 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.

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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 2016, 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

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

  • "Today, the House took a step in the right direction by passing a budget plan with bipartisan support. This deal is not perfect, but it serves as a building block for deficit reduction and long term reforms—without raising taxes." http://walorski.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/walorski-statement-on-bipartisan-budget-act-of-2013 (walorski.house.gov)
  • "Less goverment spending, less taxes period. As a State Representative, I fought to keep government spending under control and to keep your taxes low." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/552442/issue-position-taxes-and-government-spending#.VYM03HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? 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 Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "With over $17 trillion in national debt, this budget is a commonsense plan that curbs outrageous spending, promotes economic growth, creates jobs for Hoosiers, increases funding for our veterans, and supports a strong national defense" http://walorski.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/walorski-applauds-committee-passage-of-house-budget-proposal (walorski.house.gov)
  • "H.R. 4923, the Energy & Water Development Appropriations Act, also included an amendment offered by Walorski that provided funds to the Army Corps of Engineers for small infrastructure projects that could improve public safety, promote job creation, and strengthen Hoosier economic growth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/904409/walorski-votes-to-support-national-defense-infrastructure-legislation (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress must take immediate action to reduce spending and balance our budget. The math is simple: we cannot continue to spend money we simply do not have and saddle future generations with unsustainable levels of debt." http://walorski.house.gov/issues/spending-cuts-and-debt (walorski.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • "Less goverment spending, less taxes period. As a State Representative, I fought to keep government spending under control and to keep your taxes low." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/552442/issue-position-taxes-and-government-spending#.VYNANnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "America needs pro-growth policies that will offer economic opportunity, and eliminate the regulatory and tax burdens that restrict job growth." http://walorski.house.gov/issues/spending-cuts-and-debt (walorski.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Speaking with school administrators, teachers, and parents at home, it is clear that Hoosiers want more localized control so they can make the best decisions for our students." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/805103/walorski-supports-passage-of-the-student-success-act/?search=Common%20Core#.VXnI8nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As the wife of a schoolteacher, I believe that states and local school corporations should have the flexibility to develop creative policies for Hoosier students – not unworkable federal regulations like Common Core standards." http://www.inkfreenews.com/2014/10/08/candidates-for-u-s-representative-district-2-answer-questions/ (www.inkfreenews.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXm4M3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "It is time to act in our nation's best interest and approve the Keystone XL pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761081/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VYNF_XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe Congress needs to work together to move America towards energy independence. This will require safely and efficiently utilizing a wide variety of energy sources, including oil, natural gas, nuclear energy, and renewable fuels." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/850422/issue-position-energy/?search=renewable#.VYNHFHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • "Under the EPA's proposed rule for new power plants, emissions standards are so strict that the creation of new coal-fired power plants is effectively prohibited. Such a prohibition comes at the expense of hardworking Hoosiers who will be unfairly forced to pay significantly higher energy bills--dealing a devastating blow to our utilities, businesses, and manufacturing sector. I urge the Senate to join the House and pass this sensible, fair measure to set achievable pollution standards for coal-fired power plants, which will protect hardworking Americans from unnecessary utility rate increases." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855849/walorski-applauds-passage-of-electricity-security-and-affordability-act/?search=emissions (votesmart.org)
  • "In Congress, I will fight against expensive and unnecessary government mandates on small businesses. I will also fight against job-killing legislation like cap and trade, card check, and work to defund the health care law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/552441/issue-position-jobs-and-the-economy/?search=cap%20and%20trade#.VYNIyXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.B.1065 "Authorizing Firearms at Workplace" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29396 (votesmart.org)
  • "The 2nd amendment gurantees the right to bear arms and I firmly believe in it. The NRA rates me as an A+ legislator and I am endorsed by the Gun Owners of America." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/552443/issue-position-2nd-amendment-rights#.VXnIpHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "From her time in the Indiana State House where she co-authored Indiana’s lifetime hand gun permit legislation to her work now Congress, Jackie is committed to defending the Second Amendment and protecting the right to bear arms." http://www.standwithjackie.com/issues/ (www.standwithjackie.com)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34205/jackie-walorski/37 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
  • "When it comes to Obamacare, Hoosiers do not want another Band-Aid. Instead, they want lawmakers to eliminate unworkable provisions, like the employer mandate, that prevent individuals from getting back into the workforce and supporting their families. " http://walorski.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/walorski-statement-on-obamacare-s-employer-mandate-delay (walorski.house.gov)
  • "Jackie opposes the president’s health care law, otherwise known as Obamacare." http://www.standwithjackie.com/issues/ (www.standwithjackie.com)
  • "[...] I will actively fight to repeal this government takeover of our health system because I believe government has no business interfering with our private healthcare decisions." http://walorski.house.gov/issues/health-issues (walorski.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today supported legislation to defund the president's executive action on immigration. H.R. 240 would defund the president's unlawful executive order in its entirety and prevent the president, and future presidents, from abusing their executive authority. The bill passed by a vote of 236-191 and now heads to the Senate for further consideration 'Many people have taken advantage of the American dream by crossing our borders illegally. This abuse has harmed the country economically and endangered our national security. We must strengthen our security at the borders and enforce a zero tolerance-deployment policy for those who cross illegally.' " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/664728/issue-position-illegal-immigration#.VYQm63UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Many people have taken advantage of the American dream by crossing our borders illegally. This abuse has harmed the country economically and endangered our national security. We must strengthen our security at the borders and enforce a zero-tolerance deportation policy for those who cross illegally." http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/politics/Indiana-Buzz/2013/09/12/Rep-Walorski-as-a-candidate-touted-deportation-of-undocumented-immigrants.html (www.elkharttruth.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "My voting record has been clear on supporting marriage between one man and women. While I don’t agree with the decision by the Supreme Court, I believe the state of Indiana must abide by the law like every other state." http://www.inkfreenews.com/2014/10/08/candidates-for-u-s-representative-district-2-answer-questions/ (www.inkfreenews.com)
  • "Indiana must act — and now. Passing a constitutional amendment protecting traditional marriage will keep Hoosier values safe from activist judges and interest groups." http://jackiewalorski.blogspot.com/2009/04/vermont-another-glaring-example-of_09.html (jackiewalorski.blogspot.com)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34205/jackie-walorski/76 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While questions still remain about the president's strategy to 'train and equip' moderate Syrian rebels to fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), I can say with certainty after attending classified briefings this week, the imminent threat this radical group poses to the U.S. and our allies is real. I hope today is one step towards crafting a broader, comprehensive strategy that allows us to stop reacting to crises as they occur and ensure the House of Representatives maintains oversight and jurisdiction of U.S. actions in the Middle East." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/931105/walorski-votes-in-favor-of-amendment-to-combat-isil/?search=Syria (votesmart.org)
  • "Given the fact that ISIL poses a clear and immediate danger to the U.S. and our interests, I appreciate the willingness of five Arab countries in joining the U.S. to launch airstrikes into Syria. I look forward to hearing from the president on how this plays into the larger attempt to destroy and defeat this radical, terrorist organization." http://walorski.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/walorski-reaction-to-airstrikes-in-syria (walorski.house.gov)
  • "You don’t send men and women into battle and have no reason and no plan to the American people." http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/politics/2015/02/12/Jackie-Walorski-criticizes-Obama-s-plan-to-fight-Islamic-terrorists-says-it-would-tie-the-hands-of-our-military.html (www.elkharttruth.com)
Yes Inferred 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

  • "I think the one thing we have to do is the thing that Bush acually tried to do a couple years ago, which is privatize Social Security and allow people to invest in their own retirement." http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/2012/08/08/U-S-House-hopeful-Walorski-Bipartisan-extremist-in-between.html (www.elkharttruth.com)
  • Rated 7% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/34205/jackie-walorski/53 (votesmart.org)

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.

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

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