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Charles Boustany, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Charles Boustany, Jr. 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

  • "As a pro-life physician, I believe it's wrong to destroy nescient human life, especially on the massive scale we've seen since the U.S. Supreme Court decided legalized abortion-on-demand in 1973." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/560542/issue-position-values#.VYsTc3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As a heart surgeon, I dedicated myself to preserving life, and I oppose abortion." http://boustany.house.gov/louisiana-values/ (boustany.house.gov)
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

  • "I strongly believe we must stop out-of-control federal spending and keep taxes low to boost economic growth and will continue to fight proposals in Congress to raise taxes to pay for more government programs." http://boustany.house.gov/taxes-and-spending/ (boustany.house.gov)
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.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I strongly believe we must stop out-of-control federal spending and keep taxes low to boost economic growth and will continue to fight proposals in Congress to raise taxes to pay for more government programs." http://boustany.house.gov/taxes-and-spending/ (boustany.house.gov)
  • "Congress prevented a massive $3.8 trillion tax hike from hitting all Americans this year - but Washington must end its spending binge and give U.S. job creators’ certainty to hire new workers, rebuild our economy and compete in the global marketplace." http://boustany.house.gov/taxes-and-spending/ (boustany.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need a simple and fair tax code that provides small businesses with long-term tax certainty and low rates so they can compete in the global economy and create high-paying U.S. jobs." http://boustany.house.gov/small-business/ (boustany.house.gov)
  • "I strongly believe we must stop out-of-control federal spending and keep taxes low to boost economic growth and will continue to fight proposals in Congress to raise taxes to pay for more government programs." http://boustany.house.gov/taxes-and-spending/ (boustany.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We can begin by shifting decision-making power and money from Washington back to people who know the children's names, our teachers and principals." http://boustany.house.gov/education/ (boustany.house.gov)
  • Adopt Common Core "Oppose" http://www.lafamilyforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/2014GuideFinal2.pdf (www.lafamilyforum.org)
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/51299#.V64KSXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The American people understand the Keystone XL pipeline is a jobs pipeline, with the President’s own Department of State estimating this project will support over 42,000 jobs." http://boustany.house.gov/114th-congress/boustany-sends-keystone-xl-approval-to-president-obamas-desk/ (boustany.house.gov)
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

  • "Americans deserve a comprehensive energy plan that utilizes on all types of American production to create good-paying U.S. jobs and satisfy growing domestic demand." http://boustany.house.gov/energy/ (boustany.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We cannot address our long-term energy problems with more regulation, higher taxes, and fewer choices." http://boustany.house.gov/energy/ (boustany.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Americans have a long history of hunting, self-protection and firearm enthusiasts and I believe the Federal government should help protect our Second Amendment rights, not impede on them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/560542/issue-position-values#.VYsTc3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/35514/charles-boustany-jr/37#.VYsUUXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We want to end regulatory and tax burdens that have created an atmosphere of uncertainty for small businesses - and the job-killing small business mandates in President Obama’s health care takeover are a prime target for reform." http://boustany.house.gov/small-business/ (boustany.house.gov)
  • "I've voted to repeal, replace, and dismantle Obamacare almost 40 times." http://boustany.house.gov/healthcare/ (boustany.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

  • "Today, the House is following through. This legislation ensures no funding may be used to implement the President's action and provides a much-needed funding increase for border security and immigration enforcement." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/948036/boustany-supports-defunding-executive-amnesty/?search=amnesty#.VYsed3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "This action by the President is wrong. He is choosing to reward those who have broken the law while punishing those who are still waiting to come into our country legally." http://boustany.house.gov/113th-congress/boustany-statement-on-president-obamas-executive-action-on-immigration/ (boustany.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe this issue should remain in the hands of Louisiana voters who overwhelmingly supported a state amendment declaring: 'Marriage in the state of Louisiana shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.'" http://boustany.house.gov/louisiana-values/ (boustany.house.gov)
  • "I believe marriage and families are the fundamental building block of our society. A majority of voters support the traditional definition of marriage and I will continue to oppose the efforts of activist judges who seek to redefine it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/560542/issue-position-values#.VYsTc3UViko (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

  • "We need all options on the table if we are to eradicate ISIS." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/998461/boustany-statement-on-authorization-for-use-of-military-force (votesmart.org)
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

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

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.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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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