Representative Marlin A. Stutzman's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Marlin A. Stutzman
Current Office: U.S. House - District 3, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 3
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 6, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Christy; 2 Children: Payton, Preston
Birth Date: 08/31/1976
Birth Place: Sturgis, MI
Home City: Howe, IN
Religion: Baptist
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Issue Positions

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  • Marlin Stutzman. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Marlin Stutzman voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Marlin Stutzman voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman Speaks to Roe v. Wade Anniversary. 6 April 2011. "Today, I rise that we remember the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and, more importantly, the millions of innocent lives taken since 1973. In 2008 alone, there were over 1.2 million abortions, that is 3,315 innocent unborn children per day, 138 per hour, about 2 every minute. While I have no doubt that future generations will place Roe alongside the terrible Dred Scott decision, I know there is much unfinished work before us. All of that work begins with a single inquiry. Mr. Speaker, a simple question forms the cornerstone of a national debate: when does human life begin? Without the answer, we are left with empty rhetoric and euphemisms." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman Votes for Continued Ban on Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. 18 May 2011. "Indiana has a strong pro-life commitment. Last week, the Indiana Legislature passed a historic bill that would prohibit all state-controlled funds to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and all other abortion businesses. I am working toward the same pro-life goal here in Washington. Today's vote was an important step forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman Deeply Disappointed in HHS Rejection of Indiana's Medicaid Plan. 6 June 2011. "I am incredibly disappointed to hear that the Administration has chosen not to approve Indiana's Medicaid Plan. Last Friday, I worked with my pro-life Hoosier colleagues to send a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. In that letter, I firmly asserted my belief that Indiana is well within both the letter and spirit of Federal guidelines. Today, despite this regrettable announcement, I will reiterate the stubborn fact that Indiana's law will not change Medicaid services. Freedom of choice is preserved. Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) identified approximately 800 provider locations that will still provide non-abortion, health and family planning services under the new law. These facts are clear." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman Joins Indiana Delegation to Urge Sebelius to Support Revised State Medicaid Plan. 1 June 2011. "Indiana is able to pass laws consistent with the will of the Indiana people. I refuse to let any Administration to interfere with Indiana's ability to determine our own Medicaid plan. Hoosiers led the way with a critical step forward. For years, the federal government's Hyde Amendment sought to prevent tax dollars from funding abortions. Sadly, for years, Planned Parenthood received money for other services. Let's be honest. Every tax dollar that Planned Parenthood receives frees a private dollar to provide abortions. I believe that Indiana's law effectively closes that loophole. Hoosiers are fighting the same fight back home and they're winning. I'm going to support them with all of resources at my disposal. This letter will let the Secretary know that the nation is watching." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Position: Life. 18 October 2011. "Simply put. I'm prolife. The Declaration of Independence states that our inalienable rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Life is listed first in that famous line in the Declaration of Independence and it's first with me, too. Protecting innocent life--of the born and preborn--is very dear to me. As a supporter of life, you want a candidate that has put his convictions to work. As a member of the legislature, I helped author the first prolife legislation Indiana has seen in over a decade. I have a 100% rating from Indiana Right-To-Life, and I will stand up to the anti-life interests in Washington. I believe life begins at conception, but the duty of protecting life doesn't end with the birth of a child. Valuing life is a basic principle of America's founding, and honoring life is showing honor to the creator of all life." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Marlin Stutzman. Washington Post: Marlin Stutzman. "Stutzman initially supported the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has praised President Obama for providing resources to fight the latter war. Still, Stutzman says it is time to draw down in the region, where the culture doesn't match up with American ideals." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Marlin Stutzman. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Marlin Stutzman voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Video: Marlin Stutzman on Afghanistan. 24 January 2012. "I think that the president has done a fairly good job of letting the Department of Defense carry on increasing the capabilities of our military but at the same time we also have to realize that this part of the world has fought either against themselves or with others for years and years. They have a different set of ideals and values than we have [¦] I think that we need to make sure that we draw our lines in protecting ourselves and defending ourselves but at the same time realize that we more than likely will never change the culture there." (elkharttruth6.blogspot.com)
  • Matt Getts. The Herald Republican: Stutzman returns from Afghan trip. 15 December 2011. "But President Barack Obama's announced timetable for having all U.S. Troops out of Afghanistan by 2014 may be too early, Stutzman said Wednesday, citing the progess he saw. 'I think the plan will be altered,' Stutzman said. [¦] Stutzman said he doesn't think the President should have released the dates to the public. He said the Taliban may settle back and simply wait to re-emerge when U.S. Forces leave the country. Having seen the progess being made first-hand, Stutzman said he thinks conditions on the ground need to be re-evaluated before sending the last forces home. He does not want to see the progress being made to be swept away by the Taliban if the Afghan people aren't ready to stand on their own. 'It is making a difference,' Stutzman said of U.S. efforts. 'If we're going to cut and run, we might as well leave now.'" (www.scribd.com)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Facebook: Notes. Stutzman Returns from Afghanistan. 13 December 2011. "After meeting with Ambassador Crocker, Lieutenant General Bolger, Hoosier troops, and Afghan tribal leaders, I'm convinced we're making progress [¦] We have a tough road ahead of us but the determination, professionalism, and character of our men and women there is truly amazing. They go above and beyond the call of duty each day. We've got a plan that is producing results. I met with a young police recruit who told me that he joined after his family was killed by the Taliban. Afghans like him must ultimately decide the future of their country. Seeing the country for myself will prove invaluable as Congress makes difficult decisions." (www.facebook.com)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Washington Post: Marlin Stutzman. "Stutzman initially supported the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has praised President Obama for providing resources to fight the latter war. Still, Stutzman says it is time to draw down in the region, where the culture doesn't match up with American ideals. 'In some cases you bring democracy. In other circumstances, I just don't think that it's always possible to do that,' Stutzman said." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Matt Getts. The Herald Republican: Stutzman returns from Afghan trip. 15 December 2011. "But President Barack Obama's announced timetable for having all U.S. Troops out of Afghanistan by 2014 may be too early, Stutzman said Wednesday, citing the progress he saw. 'I think the plan will be altered,' [¦] Stutzman said he doesn't think the President should have released the dates to the public. He said the Taliban may settle back and simply wait to re-emerge when U.S. Forces leave the country. Having seen the progress being made first-hand, Stutzman said he thinks conditions on the ground need to be re-evaluated before sending the last forces home. He does not want to see the progress being made to be swept away by the Taliban if the Afghan people aren't ready to stand on their own. 'It is making a difference,' Stutzman said of U.S. efforts. 'If we're going to cut and run, we might as well leave now.'" (www.scribd.com)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Video: Marlin Stutzman on Afghanistan. 30 October 2010. "I think that the President has done a fairly good job of letting the Department of Defense carry on increasing the capabilities of our military, but at the same time, we also have to realize that this part of the world has fought either against themselves or with others for years and years. They have a different set of ideals and values than what we have [¦] I think that we need to make sure that we draw our lines in protecting ourselves and defending ourselves but at the same time realize that we more than likely will never change the culture there." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman and House Lead the Way as House Passes The Path to Prosperity. 29 March 2012. "The Path to Prosperity would save taxpayers more than $5 trillion over the next ten years, simplify an overly complicated tax code, strengthen Medicare for future generations, and keep America's military strong [¦] Prioritizing Defense: Rather than gutting defense, The Path to Prosperity addresses the actual drivers of the debt. By responsibly reprioritizing savings called for by The Budget Control Act, it would make certain that our troops and military families don't pay the price for Washington's failure to take action." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Indianapolis Star - My View: We're Serious About Hard Work of Budgeting. 20 March 2012. "America's fiscal problems pose a real threat to our military. Left unaddressed, these problems will spell decline for America as a world power. Rather than cut defense to the bone, our budget deals with the actual drivers of our debt, making certain that our troops and military families don't pay the price for Washington's failure to take action." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Marlin Stutzman voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Marlin Stutzman voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Position: Spending and Taxes. 19 October 2011. "I believe our fundamental spending priorities should include a strong national defense, immediately securing our borders, and developing our nation's infrastructure. Apart from those, we must look to shrink government bureaucracy. Indiana has been a model for the way the federal government should operate. That's why in these challenging economic times I support following our state's lead and cutting all federal bureaucracies across the board by 10%." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman and House Lead the Way as House Passes The Path to Prosperity. 29 March 2012. "The Path to Prosperity would save taxpayers more than $5 trillion over the next ten years, simplify an overly complicated tax code, strengthen Medicare for future generations, and keep America's military strong. [¦] Prioritizing Defense: Rather than gutting defense, The Path to Prosperity addresses the actual drivers of the debt. By responsibly reprioritizing savings called for by The Budget Control Act, it would make certain that our troops and military families don't pay the price for Washington's failure to take action." (votesmart.org)

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  • Marlin Stutzman signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "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." (atr.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman Co-Sponsors Permanent Tax Relief. 20 April 2011. "H.R. 6415 would: Make permanent the 2001 and 2003 individual income tax relief for all hard-working Americans, preserving the 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33% and 35% income tax brackets, rather than allowing President Obama and Democrats to increase the top tax bracket to 39.6% and increase taxes on the lowest earning Americans in the bottom 10% bracket. Permanently repeal the immoral and unfair death tax; Prevent the tax increase on the maximum tax rate on capital gains and dividends income for all Americans, rather than allowing the Democrats to increase the rates to 20% and 39.6% respectively, from the current 15%; and Permanently patch the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) by increasing the AMT exemption." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Position: Spending and Taxes. 18 October 2011. "I do not support tax increases in any form, but taxes are the symptom of a much more inherent problem in Washington. Washington has bought in to the myth that it can spend its way out of trouble. Government spending is so far out of line that raising taxes has unfortunately become the only response Washington politicians know." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. 16 December 2010. "Some say that the tax cuts will cost the government $700 billion. Well, I say that allowing the current tax cuts to expire will cost taxpayers $700 billion. Who needs that money the most, our government or the people? If this bill fails and taxes go up in the middle of a very fragile economy, we risk any potential job growth and recovery from this great recession. Refusing to take more of taxpayers' money is not spending we wish we could afford. Taking taxpayers' money is spending the taxpayer cannot afford." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ 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." (atr.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 1 December 2011. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Indiana 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 [...]" (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 1 January 2012. "I have consistently voted against new taxes and increases of federal tax rates, but we need to take actions that remove the cumbersome hand of the federal government, under our current system. The current tax system is extremely complicated and inundated with exemptions and credits, which allows Washington to pick winners and losers in America. I support and cosponsor multiple short fixes, such as repealing two taxes under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, H.R. 4, which repeal the 1099 tax requirement and H.R. 2092, which repeals the excise tax on indoor tanning services, as well as cosponsoring the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act and the Teacher Tax Deduction Act of 2011. But we need real comprehensive reform. Americans need revolutionary tax reform that takes a first step in bringing jobs and economic prosperity back to America by ushering in a new system that is simple, fair, transparent, and equitable. Such reforms may include replacing all taxes on income with a single rate consumption tax on new purchases at the retail level, making taxes simple fair, and transparent to the public. I also support other tax reforms, such as moving toward a uniform income tax rate, as well as cutting taxes across the board, but true reform is necessary for a prosperous American economy." (votesmart.org)

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  • Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman Votes for FY 2011 Budget Cuts. 6 April 2011. "Two years following the passing of the Obama Stimulus Plan which lead to higher unemployment and bigger deficits, we have started to right the ship by making cuts to the 2011 budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman Comments on Obama Budget Redo. 4 March 2011."The deficit situation that faces our Nation cannot be fixed with "tax and spend' policies. We must take responsible actions for economic stability and job creation. It takes more than platitudes to create a plan that will lead to long term stability to protect our seniors today and our grandchildren tomorrow. It is disappointing that the President believes that "investing' is spending more taxpayer dollars, it is time to invest in the Nations future by controlling spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Marlin Stutzman supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Federalism. 13 April 2011. "During the debate over States' rights and Federalism, there needs to be a balance between what the States are responsible for and what the Federal Government is responsible for. And our Constitution lays those responsibilities out and defines those responsibilities very clearly. I believe it's very important for us, as Congress and Congressmen and Congresswomen, to refamiliarize ourselves with our Constitution and realize that the boundaries that have been laid out by our Founding Fathers are well defined. And the intent and the vision that was laid out is one that is still applicable today. I believe that the Federal Government continues to overreach as to those boundaries--whether it's massive spending, whether it's an overreach in our health care bill that just passed last year, whether it's the stimulus package which the Federal Government is now assuming the responsibility to stimulate our economy rather than trusting in the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 18 February 2011. "After the stimulus bill was passed a couple of years ago, even though I opposed the idea of what the stimulus bill was going to do, we in our community had been taking the initiative to put in sewer systems around our lakes and our rivers to protect our soil and our resources. After a couple of projects that had already been bid out without Davis-Bacon wages, the company contacted our office and said, Hey, we would like to apply for stimulus dollars to help drive our costs down on these particular projects. Well, after doing some research, because they did not bid the projects with Davis-Bacon wages, they were ineligible, and therefore were going to be paying higher rates. They were also going to be paying the contractors, themselves, at a lower wage because they were not eligible for the stimulus money, money which would have put infrastructure into our communities, allowing for the building of long-term assets in our communities. Instead, they were ineligible because they had not bid Davis-Bacon wages. I think it's very important that we remember the taxpayers, who have to fund these projects because of the higher costs, and I think it's important that we also remember that each community individually recognizes that their labor costs are different and that they shouldn't always be required to deal with Federal standards." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Job Creation and Growth. 22 September 2011. "Job creators are ready for real growth, not another failed stimulus. Let's pass a balanced budget amendment to require Washington to use common sense, just like Americans do." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Position: Jobs. 18 October 2011. "Unemployment is a full-spectrum problem. Deficit spending, unsustainable government programs, and a crippling national debt are the sources of the relentless government intervention we see in the form of higher taxes, excessive regulation, and hostility toward investment. Couple that with hot-button issues like Cap and Trade, card-check, government-run healthcare, and poor energy policy and it creates a climate that drives Hoosier jobs over state lines or overseas." (votesmart.org)

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  • Marlin Stutzman. Elkhart Truth: Donnelly, Stutzman, Upton vote to extend tax cuts, unemployment benefits. 17 December 2010. "'Let me be clear, like my Republican colleagues voting against this measures, I am for making the current tax rates permanent and to eliminate the Death tax.' he said, noting that small business owners need tax rules that allow them to focus on increasing investment and job creation." (www.etruth.com)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman Votes For Small Business Growth. "The JOBS Act knocks down some of Washington's regulatory barriers and creates new growth opportunities for America's small businesses, startup companies, and entrepreneurs. I come from the small business world where the only guarantee is hard work. Small businesses create well over half of the new jobs in our economy and, if we're serious about recovery, we have to get Washington out of their way. Every small business owner in America knows that access to capital is essential for growth. Washington's red-tape and regulatory environment have created uncertainty and make it increasingly difficult for small business to expand and innovate. Today's legislation is an important step to promote job growth." (stutzman.house.gov)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Position: Jobs. 18 October 2011. "My platform for job creation encompasses a full-spectrum approach to a full-spectrum problem. I support creating a market-friendly environment for businesses to operate and grow. This includes lowering taxes on businesses, eliminating taxes on capital gains and investments, promoting sound energy policy, investing in our infrastructure, and opposing the latest market-killing schemes such as Cap and Trade, government-run health care, and card check." (votesmart.org)

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  • Marlin Stutzman. Issues: Education. 31 May 2012. "I believe competition, local decision-making control, and an unwavering dedication to putting students first are at the heart of a first-rate educational system. [¦] I support increased competition and choice in our educational system. Providing education options empowers parents and is a natural catalyst for improvement and innovation in our nation's schools. Additionally, I strictly support maintaining local control of education and believe decisions that affect communities should be made by the communities themselves." (stutzman.house.gov)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issues: Education. 31 May 2012. "I believe competition, local decision-making control, and an unwavering dedication to putting students first are at the heart of a first-rate educational system [¦] I support increased competition and choice in our educational system. Providing education options empowers parents and is a natural catalyst for improvement and innovation in our nation's schools. Additionally, I strictly support maintaining local control of education and believe decisions that affect communities should be made by the communities themselves." (stutzman.house.gov)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Position: Education. 18 October 2011. "Nowhere has the federal government's mind-set of spending its way out of trouble been more evident that in its approach to education. In 1965, Congress passed the Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA) Act, effectively beginning federal funding of education in the United States. Since then, we have seen more and more money poured into public education resulting only in slipping test scores and students left further and further behind [¦] I believe it's time we demand accountability for how our educational dollars are being spent. That's why I support increased competition in the educational system by giving tax credits to families that send their children to private or charter schools. Competition and choice are the driving forces behind innovation, and empowering parents to choose the best education for their child will increase their opportunity to succeed in an increasingly competitive market. I strictly support maintaining local control of education, and empowering teachers to teach by concentrating educational spending on the classroom, and not on bureaucracy." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Position: Education. 18 October 2011. "Nowhere has the federal government's mind-set of spending its way out of trouble been more evident that in its approach to education. In 1965, Congress passed the Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA) Act, effectively beginning federal funding of education in the United States. Since then, we have seen more and more money poured into public education resulting only in slipping test scores and students left further and further behind. [¦] I believe it's time we demand accountability for how our educational dollars are being spent. That's why I support increased competition in the educational system by giving tax credits to families that send their children to private or charter schools. Competition and choice are the driving forces behind innovation, and empowering parents to choose the best education for their child will increase their opportunity to succeed in an increasingly competitive market. I strictly support maintaining local control of education, and empowering teachers to teach by concentrating educational spending on the classroom, and not on bureaucracy." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Federalism. 13 April 2011. "Federalism believes in government of, by, and for the people and their unique communities. So, again, here I would argue that communities and people are much more capable, because they know their particular circumstances and how they are to manage not only their own dollars but their own lives, whether it's education or whether it's being involved in their church, in giving to their church or charity groups." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Position: Homeschooling. 18 October 2011. "I believe in real educational choice. And, homeschooling is a fundamental option that parents should be able to choose freely and without concern for added burdens from the government. Families that choose to educate their children at home should be encouraged and supported in their decision. I support tax credits for home school families to help remove financial burdens and encourage their work as home educators. The decision to home school your children should never be affected by a government that stands in the way of your rights as a family." (votesmart.org)

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  • Marlin Stutzman. Gas Prices. 10 May 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I support H.R. 1229, the Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act, and H.R. 1231, Reversing the President's Offshore Moratorium Act, sponsored by Mr. Hastings of Washington. These bills, along with H.R. 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, that the House passed last week, will help us move away from our dependence on foreign oil by opening restrictions placed on the Outer Continental Shelf, allowing us to tap into our domestic resources. Doing this will provide jobs to more Americans and lower our gas prices." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 18 February 2011. "In light of this week's announcement that Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) has completed the initial well containment system, we again request an end to the de facto moratorium and a return to the timely and responsible issuance of offshore drilling permits." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Position: Energy. 18 October 2011. "Our nation defines itself by our self-determination and independence. However, our continued dependence on foreign energy, largely from countries that do not have our interests in mind, conflicts with that spirit of self-determination. I believe in a full-spectrum approach to energy. From continuing to develop our nation's traditional fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas, to encouraging the expansion of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, bioenergy, hydropower, nuclear, and geothermal, we must make the United States energy self-sufficient. Indiana has been a pioneer in the field of renewable energy. While in the Indiana Legislature, I helped create tax credits for bio-fuel producers that helped bring multiple new bio-fuel production plants to our state. Whether it is bio-fuels like ethanol and soy diesel, or developing the largest wind farm in the Midwest at Fowler Ridge, Indiana is a leader in energy self-reliance, and needs a leader in the US Senate to move our energy policy forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Marlin Stutzman voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Letter Concerning "Operation Turnaround". 4 October 2011. "In order to turn our economy around, we need the Senate to join us in our efforts to get America back on the right track. That's why today we are launching "Operation Turnaround," which is a call to action, appealing to our colleagues in the Senate to pass a budget and bring the following House-passed, pro-growth bills to a vote:-H.R. 1230, Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act." (votesmart.org)

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  • Marlin Stutzman. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Marlin Stutzman voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Federalism. 13 April 2011. "I know for us we have a lot of lakes and rivers, a lot of sandy soil, sewer systems that need to be built to keep our environment clean and better for our children and grandchildren as we pass on the resources that we have. We are starting to have our hands tied more and more because of regulations coming from Washington, D.C." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Position: Cap and Trade. 18 October 2011. "Cap and trade is a direct attack on Indiana's economy. Under an emissions trading scheme like cap and trade, the federal government would force Indiana utility companies and manufacturers to buy "emissions credits" to meet unrealistic emissions standards. The cost to either meet the emissions cap or trade for more credits will be passed on to Hoosier families, or simply drive our manufacturing jobs overseas. With over 600,000 Hoosiers earning a living through jobs based in manufacturing, and 94% of our state's energy produced by coal, Indiana would be one of the hardest hit states in the country. The effects of such a system would be devastating to Hoosier families: skyrocketing energy costs, job losses, and families with shrinking household incomes. I oppose taxes--both direct and indirect--and a cap and trade system is just another hidden tax on Hoosiers, and I strongly oppose it." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Position: Jobs. 18 October 2011. "Unemployment is a full-spectrum problem. Deficit spending, unsustainable government programs, and a crippling national debt are the sources of the relentless government intervention we see in the form of higher taxes, excessive regulation, and hostility toward investment. Couple that with hot-button issues like Cap and Trade, card-check, government-run healthcare, and poor energy policy and it creates a climate that drives Hoosier jobs over state lines or overseas." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Letter Concerning "Operation Turnaround." 4 October 2011. "In order to turn our economy around, we need the Senate to join us in our efforts to get America back on the right track. That's why today we are launching "Operation Turnaround," which is a call to action, appealing to our colleagues in the Senate to pass a budget and bring the following House-passed, pro-growth bills to a vote: H.R. 910, The Energy Tax Prevention Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 6 October 2010. "I, Marlin A. Stutzman, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Indiana and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (votesmart.org)

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  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Positions: Judicial Nominations. 18 October 2011. "We should have serious cause for alarm when our elected leaders support judicial nominees that seek to interpret our rights based upon personal experience. Senator Bayh has shown a troubling support for activist judges by voting to confirm Justice Sotomayor, whose past rulings on issues from eminent domain to the 2nd Amendment have served to only erode personal property rights and threaten the rights of law abiding firearm owners." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 18 October 2011. "I have a consistent track record of firm support for gun owners. I'm a member of the NRA with an A rating, and during my time in the Indiana legislature, I helped author and pass Indiana's lifetime handgun permit. The 2nd Amendment is not about hunting or sportsmen. Too many politicians and anti-gun interests have diluted the meaning of the 2nd Amendment down to merely something for those that enjoy the outdoors. It's not. It's a basic, untouchable right that the Founding Fathers revered so highly, they included it in the Bill of Rights. It's one of our Constitutional guarantees as citizens of a free society, and in an unsafe world, it's a guarantee to protect our families and our homes. Those that don't share this view continually seek to erode our Constitutional rights. As your United States Senator I won't waiver when I get to Washington. I'll continue to be a firm and consistent defender of the 2nd amendment, and send a message to Washington that your rights aren't up for discussion." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 16 November 2011. "Mr. Chairman, the right to self-defense goes deep and cannot be taken away. The right to self-defense is the cornerstone for the Second Amendment. It is also the foundation for concealed-carry laws across this country. I am proud that my home State of Indiana has established a responsible process for obtaining a lifetime permit. Today, 49 States have some sort of right-to-carry law. Mr. Chairman, this bill ensures that permit holders in Indiana like myself can exercise our right to self-defense when our families travel across our great country. If you follow the law, your permit from one State will be honored by another." (votesmart.org)

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  • Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman Votes to End Burdensome ObamaCare-1099 Debacle. 6 April 2011. "The House today voted to end a government regulation and improve job creation by giving employers a sign of stability. The 1099 provision of the ObamaCare Bill is an example of "pass the bill to find out what is in it.' The purpose was never explained and could be the gateway to a Value Added Tax, which would continue to stifle economic growth. Business owners, farmers and sole proprietors in Northeast Indiana should not be forced into increased costs due to IRS bureaucracy. This is an additional stride in recalling the job killing ObamaCare Bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman Votes to End Obamacare. 6 April 2011. "Tonight, Congressman Stutzman voted for H.R. 2 which passed 245 to 189. In a bipartisan effort, the first step to end the job-killing Obamacare System was taken. 'In November, Americans voted to start fresh and fix the actual problems in the health care system,' stated Stutzman, 'the people have asked for an honest effort to fix health care for all Americans and keep the government out. The vote tonight was not symbolic, it is important to allow Congress the opportunity to fix the problems with health care and to not harm the economy.' It is time for real Health Care Reform by dealing with the actual problems not just the symptoms. Congressman Stutzman has Co-Sponsored H.R. 103 the Health Care Choice Act, to place the people in control of their health care decisions and provide better options." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Marlin Stutzman supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Marlin Stutzman voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Federalism. 13 April 2011. "I believe that the Federal Government continues to overreach as to those boundaries--whether it's massive spending, whether it's an overreach in our health care bill that just passed last year, whether it's the stimulus package which the Federal Government is now assuming the responsibility to stimulate our economy rather than trusting in the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Position: Health Care. 18 October 2011. "I do not support any expansion of government-run health insurance. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time the federal government has tried to "fix" healthcare. In 1973, Congress passed the Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) Act that effectively forced HMOs onto private businesses. This government "solution" only served to decrease patient choice, increase red tape, and smother free market solutions, leading to many of the problems we see today. Time and time again, history has shown the best intentions of the government have the worst consequences on people. The United States has the best health care in the world, but we agree there are some serious concerns with how that care is provided. However, the cure to fix our healthcare system should not be worse than the disease. Independence, choice, and competition are the keys to innovation and enduring solutions. I believe that health insurers should be in competition for American's business. I support expanding free market solutions such as Health Savings Accounts to include all citizens, increasing tax credits for businesses that provide healthcare, and comprehensive tort reform that will lead to increased access to health care and a decrease in premiums and overall cost." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Position: Jobs. 18 October 2011. "My platform for job creation encompasses a full-spectrum approach to a full-spectrum problem. I support creating a market-friendly environment for businesses to operate and grow. This includes lowering taxes on businesses, eliminating taxes on capital gains and investments, promoting sound energy policy, investing in our infrastructure, and opposing the latest market-killing schemes such as Cap and Trade, government-run health care, and card check." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman Comments on Virginia Court Ruling. 6 April 2011. "While this is only one step in reducing the harmful impact of Obamacare," Stutzman said "I believe this is an important win for those who believe in the letter of the Constitution and its ability to protect against government overreach into our private lives." (votesmart.org)

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  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Position: Immigration. 18 October 2011. "We should not reward those that first break our laws to enter our country, and then refuse to acknowledge their stake in its prosperity while here. It's for that reason that I do not support amnesty. Nor do I support continuing to subsidize social welfare for illegal immigrants. Ending the subsidization of illegal immigration will subsequently make the issue far less commonplace. Illegal immigrants detained within our borders should be forced to pay a penalty, learn English, and be sent to the back of the line before even being considered for citizenship. Securing our borders and making the process equitable and honest, for citizens both current and prospective, are my priorities for immigration reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Marlin Stutzman voted NA on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issue Positions: Immigration. 18 October 2011. "We should not reward those that first break our laws to enter our country, and then refuse to acknowledge their stake in its prosperity while here. It's for that reason that I do not support amnesty. Nor do I support continuing to subsidize social welfare for illegal immigrants. Ending the subsidization of illegal immigration will subsequently make the issue far less commonplace. Illegal immigrants detained within our borders should be forced to pay a penalty, learn English, and be sent to the back of the line before even being considered for citizenship. Securing our borders and making the process equitable and honest, for citizens both current and prospective, are my priorities for immigration reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Issues: Immigration. "This country was built on a citizenry of immigrants who came to America to have liberty and opportunity. However, illegal immigration jeopardizes the very rule of law that attracts people from around the world to come here. Illegal immigration presents a serious threat to our homeland security. Genuine immigration reform must first include border security, then reform of a convoluted and contradictory immigration system. It is increasingly difficult for our police officers and agents to enforce an immigration code which lacks clarity and consistency. We will not see a strong immigration policy again until we can enforce our immigration laws. I believe we must remove certain public welfare incentives that illegal immigrants take advantage while American taxpayers bear the burden. Everyone who comes to American gets the privilege of our rule of law, but I simply cannot support a welfare system for illegal immigrants. These services and benefits are reserved for millions of citizens and immigrants who legitimately come to America and become citizens. Unfortunately, many illegal immigrants exploit America's "natural born citizen" law and take advantage of the compassion Americans have for our children." (stutzman.house.gov)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Washington Post: Marlin Stutzman. "Critical of amnesty proposals for illegal immigrants, Stutzman does support a guest worker program allowing people to work in American with a pathway to citizenship." (www.washingtonpost.com)

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  • Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman Signs On in Defense of Marriage. 6 April 2011. "Attorney General Eric Holder has not met this fundamental obligation. He has let the American people down by refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, contrary to his own job description. The Justice Department is wrongly exercising its prosecutorial discretion. In effect, it is circumventing the process. Those who want to redefine marriage are free to introduce that legislation. Instead of working in the system, Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department are taking the coward's way out." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Marlin Stutzman supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Marlin Stutzman voted NA on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. About: Standing for Hoosier Values. 31 May 2012. "Twice he co-authored the Traditional Marriage Amendment which was defeated in committee in the House." (gomarlin.com)
  • Staff Reports. Fort Wayne Daily News: Stutzman co-sponsors 'traditional marriage' bills. 7 March 2011. "U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., is co-sponsoring two bills to protect marriage and the traditional role it serves, he said Monday. H.R. 875, the Marriage Protections Act of 2011, introduced by Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., says courts created by Congress will not have jurisdiction on cases under the Defense of Marriage Act. This would leave same-sex marriage to be determined by the states and not the federal courts. H.J. Res. 45 will propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as a union of a man and a woman." (www.fwdailynews.com)

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  • Marlin Stutzman. Issues: Military. "With the global nature of this century's threat of terrorism, the United States must project strategic independence, while keeping diplomacy with the world. We need to define our national defense policy and reassess foreign military aid, nation building, and regime shifting. We must use our strength and cultivate our relationships with the people around the world to ensure we take a stand against threats by cruel dictatorships, tyranny, and radical Islam. As I work with Congress and the Commanders of our men and women in uniform, I will fight to honor those who have died by ensuring we secure this nation in the most optimal manner." (stutzman.house.gov)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman Issues Statement on Death of Osama Bin Laden. 4 May 2011. "I congratulate the service members of the military, the intelligence community and US Navy SEALs who carried out the operation. A raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound has ended with the death of the terrorist leader. The Al Qaeda commander of the first attack on the World Trade Center, the USS Cole, and the 9/11 attacks is now dead. This success shows the unwavering resolve of our Nation's people and the American military." (votesmart.org)

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  • Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman Statement on House Budget Proposal. 6 April 2011. "I am very proud of the hard work that the House Budget Committee has done in bringing forward, on time, a Constitutional, reasonable and responsible plan. This budget proposal keeps our promises to seniors by protecting Social Security and Medicare for those 55 and older. It will also allow the States the local control they need to keep Medicaid and other programs operating for those in need. We must eliminate our National Debt now while it can still be controlled." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Stutzman Votes to Lower Federal Spending. 20 April 2011. "Every program must be under scrutiny during this time of budget crisis. We must look at controlling all discretionary spending to protect the obligations we have to seniors with Social Security and Medicare." (votesmart.org)
  • Marlin Stutzman. Washington Post: Marlin Stutzman. "Stutzman said Social Security benefit costs should be lowered for future recipients, though benefits for current retirees should remain intact. During his House campaign, Stutzman proposed offering tax credits to people who forgo Social Security benefits if they don't need them." (www.washingtonpost.com)

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