Marlin Stutzman's Political Positions

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Marlin Stutzman has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Marlin Stutzman 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227#.VgLAXXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I’m an active member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus. I believe that the science is clear—life begins at conception." http://stutzman.house.gov/pages/life (stutzman.house.gov)

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  • "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." http://stutzman.house.gov/pages/tax-reform (stutzman.house.gov)
  • "Our economy, which has already remained too weak for too long, simply cannot afford a series of irresponsible tax hikes that will target individuals, small businesses, and job creators all across the country. So this legislation will help protect those taxpayers--our taxpayers--and their pocketbooks and provide them some level of clarity as they plan for the new year." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/968219/tax-increase-prevention-act-of-2014#.VYQ1rHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "As a member of the House Committee on the Budget, I am working to prevent future irresponsibility. Working with Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the rest of the Budget Committee to create long-term solvency, we passed what is commonly known as The Path to Prosperity, which would cut $6.2 trillion over 10 years and put us on a sustainable path to save our children’s America." http://stutzman.house.gov/pages/budget (stutzman.house.gov)
  • "I would never support a federal bailout of private business. In a free enterprise economy, businesses have the opportunity to succeed, and sometimes, even the opportunity to fail. The federal government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/525156/issue-position-bailouts#.VYQ4QnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "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." http://stutzman.house.gov/pages/tax-reform (stutzman.house.gov)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/525148/issue-position-jobs/?search=health%20care#.VXntqHUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "I was in the state legislature and saw how the federal government continues to take over more of the responsibilities of the states. Education is one of those and so when you see programs like common core where the federal governement wants to come in and take over, that's not the role of the federal government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/934994/21alive-meet-and-greet-with-congressional-candidates/?search=Common%20Core#.VXns4HUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I respect the importance of pursuing excellence in education. 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." http://stutzman.house.gov/pages/education (stutzman.house.gov)

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  • "Today, I voted to approve the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Not only will this project strengthen the American economy by creating tens of thousands of jobs, but it will also bring up to $2 billion in revenue throughout the U.S." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/947717/stutzman-supports-the-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VYQ69XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXm4M3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/525153/issue-position-energy/?search=renewable%20energy#.VXnoNXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I support and all-of-the-above energy approach that includes more domestically produced oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear, along with alternative sources such as wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal." http://stutzman.house.gov/pages/energy (stutzman.house.gov)

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  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/525148/issue-position-jobs/?search=health%20care#.VXntqHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "One regulatory threat that our economy faces is the promulgation of a cap and trade system. My concern with these potential new regulations is that they will begin to regulate anthropogenic (man-made) climate change problems that the science community has not officially determined to exist." http://stutzman.house.gov/pages/enviroment (stutzman.house.gov)

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  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555#.VgLEJXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Citizens, just as police, should be able to use their firearms for self-defense. But if responsible citizens do not have access to firearms, it becomes difficult to protect themselves where threats most often occur. This is why I cosponsored the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 which allows individuals with a right-to-carry permit in their resident state to legally carry their firearm in another state. I am also a cosponsor of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) Reform Act of 2011, which would make great progress in getting the federal government off of our firearms." http://stutzman.house.gov/pages/2nd-amendment (stutzman.house.gov)

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  • "I strongly oppose the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and feel it would create a new government-run health plan. While I was not a member of Congress when this legislation passed the House, I believe it creates nothing more than a step toward a single payer system of government-controlled health care." http://stutzman.house.gov/pages/health-care (stutzman.house.gov)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/525148/issue-position-jobs/?search=health%20care#.VXntqHUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "[...] 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." http://stutzman.house.gov/pages/immigration (stutzman.house.gov)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/525161/issue-position-immigration/?search=immigration#.VXnvZXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "As a husband, a father, and a legislator, I will continue to defend the definition of marriage--the union of one man and one woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/796564/stutzman-statement-on-marriage-rulings/?search=marriage#.VXnv9XUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Regardless of any ruling, referendum, or law, marriage is the union of one man and one woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/772875/stutzman-marriage-is-the-union-of-one-man-and-one-woman/?search=marriage#.VXnvw3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "I am deeply skeptical of American military involvement in Syria. After ignoring his own 'red line' in recent days, President Obama again outlined no clear strategy or objective today should we take military action." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/808240/stutzman-statement-on-syria#.VYRDgHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • 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 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." http://stutzman.house.gov/pages/military (stutzman.house.gov)

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  • "We can preserve Social Security and Medicare for the next generation and still enact thoughtful reforms to our nation’s entitlement structure to reduce our national debt." http://www.marlinstutzman.com/priorities/ (www.marlinstutzman.com)

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