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Kevin Brady's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 8, Republican
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Kevin Brady has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Kevin Brady 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

  • Kevin Brady. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Kevin Brady voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Kevin Brady voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Kevin Brady voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Kevin Brady voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Kevin Brady voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Brady Votes For Spending Cuts and to Fund the Troops. 14 April 2011. "This is a simple principle: when given the opportunity to cut spending, cut taxes or protect the life of the unborn I am voting a strong "yes.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Kevin Brady voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Kevin Brady voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Kevin Brady voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Kevin Brady voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. No Taxpayer Funding on Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "Madam Speaker, on behalf of Dave Camp, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, and me, I stand today in strong support of H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, a bill that restricts the use of taxpayer funds for abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Kevin Brady. Brady Hungry for More Spending Cuts, Ready for Budget Battle. 9 April 2011. "As a conservative I'm always hungry for more spending cuts. This is a start - more than $400 billion over the next decade and the end to taxpayer funded abortions in D.C. - but we need to do much more." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 358, Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. " Regardless of whether you are pro-choice or, like me, strongly pro-life, Americans have always agreed we will not use federal tax dollars to subsidize or incentivize abortion. And you don't have to take my word for it." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Kevin Brady voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Kevin Brady voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Kevin Brady voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Kevin Brady voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Kevin Brady a rating of 19 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Kevin Brady voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Kevin Brady voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.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

  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Kevin Brady, pledge to the taxpayers of the 8th district of the state of Texas 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)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 95 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 91 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Kevin Brady voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kevin Brady. Brady Seeks Responsible Path Forward on Debt Ceiling. 30 July 2011. "The Senate's inability to pass the common-sense House Budget Control Act is telling of the challenges we face in responsibly raising the debt ceiling. Instead of checking Washington's spending and providing for a path forward, Senator Reid's legislation hikes more than it cuts, calls for phantom savings, and it fails to provide a path to balancing the budget. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House until we find a solution that allows for America to pay its bills, but won't bankrupt future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 14 April 2011. "Let's take a look at what spending has done to our economy in America. Here is a chart. It looks back on the last 40 years in America, and it tracks Federal Government spending against job creation along Main Street, not government jobs but jobs in the private sector, the small-, medium-, and large-sized businesses that our economy depends upon. The blue line is government spending. The red line represents jobs along Main Street. You can tell with the blue line. Look at how different job creation is. In fact, over each of these four decades, not only is there no correlation between Federal spending and jobs along Main Street, but it's a negative correlation in each of the 4 decades. As government spending goes up, jobs along Main Street go down." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Cut spending to grow the economy. 18 July 2011. "The anemic 18,000 payroll jobs the United States gained last month clearly shows America's job creators are on strike against President Obama's failed big government policies. If we want to spur business investment that will create new jobs we must change our fiscal course. In his 1981 inaugural address, President Reagan said, 'government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.' Reagan began to reduce the size and scope of the federal government and produced spectacular growth dividends. Over the next two decades, federal spending shrank from 22 percent to 18 percent of our economy, and the United States created 37 million private payroll jobs. Since 2001, Congress has allowed federal spending to expand once again to 24 percent of our economy. Not surprisingly, the United States has lost 2.7 million private payroll jobs since then. Since 2009, when the Obama stimulus was enacted, the United States lost 1.3 million private payroll jobs. The lesson is clear: we must shrink Washington to create jobs on Main Streets around America [¦] Successful countries cut government spending as a share of their economies. The countries which failed to improve their financial fortunes tried a mixture of tax increases and spending cuts. Moreover, successful countries had a strong and immediate rebound in economic growth [¦] federal spending must be capped relative to size of the economy. From our states: states with an item-reduction veto and sunset provisions for state agencies had less spending than other states." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Joint Economic Committee Hearing on Spend Less, Owe Less, Grow the Economy. 21 June 2011. "Let me be clear. Excessive federal spending is our disease. Large federal budget deficits and accumulating federal debt are symptoms of this disease. If you cure our spending disease, the symptoms will vanish. If you treat the symptoms, you may temporarily alleviate some of the pain, but over time our economy will continue to weaken, our international competitiveness will erode, and our children will become the first generation in American history that is poorer than the previous generation. In response to these grave fiscal challenges, the House of Representatives passed a responsible budget resolution that would bring federal spending in line with revenue over time. Unfortunately, the Senate has failed to even consider, let alone pass, a budget resolution. Congressional Republicans want to cure our spending disease, in part, by reforming entitlement programs to make them sustainably solvent for future generations. In contrast, President Obama and Congressional Democrats are still flogging the discredited notion that entitlement programs can largely continue as they are without reforms if we only "tax the rich" enough. Congressional Republicans are demanding that any debt ceiling legislation must contain substantial spending reductions and new fiscal guardrails to ensure these reductions actually take place. In response, President Obama and Congressional Democrats have launched all-out political attacks, asserting cuts in federal spending would push the economy back into recession and destroy social programs. These false attacks must cease if Americans are to come together to reduce federal spending and grow our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Bernanke Signals He Might Triple Down on his Risky Bet Top Republican on Joint Economic Committee says solution is stop throwing out money. 18 July 2011. "Congress must act decisively to cut federal spending and reduce the size of the federal government relative to the economy to give American businesses the confidence to invest and create new jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. GOP Economic Leader Unveils Comprehensive Spending Reform Package. 22 June 2011. "Creating jobs is our number one priority. In order to get our economy moving again we need to put America's fiscal house in order. Our federal government is already too big, and is only growing bigger under this Administration. This represents a significant threat to our nation's future prosperity. [¦] Our persistent deficits and growing debt are significant road blocks to job creation. However, debt and deficits are merely symptoms of an underlying disease -- excessive federal spending. We need to treat the disease in order to alleviate the symptoms." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Tax Relief for All Americans Passes in the House. 16 December 2010. "I opposed the spending that wasn't paid for and fought for a House vote on my amendment to cut $153 billion in federal spending from the bill. House Democrats denied a vote on that amendment, but I'm going to keep fighting for spending cuts in the new Republican majority next month." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Kevin Brady a rating of 95 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Kevin Brady voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Kevin Brady voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "IRS "
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education" 2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? Other or expanded principles: "Transportation/Highway funds "
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Kevin Brady. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Kevin Brady voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • vote: http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VAtRoaCW1Kg (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kevin Brady. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Kevin Brady voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Kevin Brady voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 33 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Kevin Brady voted Did Not Vote on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Brady Statement on Supreme Court Vote to Overturn DC Gun Ban. 26 June 2008 "I am encouraged and relieved to see that the Supreme Court upheld the individual right for all Americans to bear arms under their Second Amendment Right. Since the day our Constitution was signed Americans have understood they had the right to bear arms and defend themselves, it is important that we uphold these values and rights guaranteed to every citizen. A vote maintaining this ban would have been a discredit to our Constitution and an action that would be marked as completely un-American. Again, I am thankful for the Court's wise decision today to remove the ban, and establish the role of firearms for lawful purposes such as self-defense, hunting, and sport shooting." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Brady Votes to Protect Second Amendment. 20 October 2005. "It makes about as much sense to sue a gun maker for street crime as it does to sue Ford because a bank robber made a getaway in one of its sedans. It's completely illogical and un-American. Law abiding citizens have the right to own firearms, and the firearms industry has a right to manufacture their product for these consumers." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Kevin Brady in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Kevin Brady voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Kevin Brady a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms." Indicate which principles you support concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Replace Brady Bill with instant background check "
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Kevin Brady. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Kevin Brady voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Kevin Brady voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kevin Brady. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Kevin Brady voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (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

  • Kevin Brady. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Kevin Brady voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Kevin Brady voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Kevin Brady in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. We Can Do Better Than First 100 Hours. 7 February 2007. "When Democrat measures are right for Texas and the nation I'll gladly support them. When they are wrong I'll oppose them. The same has always applied to the President. I am hopeful there will be common ground on issues like education, health care, medical research and college costs. But as a matter of principle you can count on me opposing raising taxes on the middle class, retreating from this war on terror and offering amnesty to illegal workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship." Indicate which principles you support regarding issues relating to immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Increase penalties for smuggling illegal immigrants; modify legal immigration standards to give preference to skilled workers. "
  • Kevin Brady. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Kevin Brady. House GOP Rejects Senate Immigration Bill. 27 June 2007. "Even though debate is not yet finished, it's clear the Senate bill will not secure the border, will not stem the tide of illegal immigration, and will not solve the workforce needs of America's economy in the future," said Brady. "In many ways this bill is worse than the amnesty bill pushed through Congress in the 1980's. They need to go back to the drawing board." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. U.S. Supreme Court Handcuffs States on Border Security. 25 June 2012. "I am disappointed because when Washington fails to do its job to keep citizens secure, the states ought to be able to act," said U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady. "In my view President Obama should be working with local law enforcement to secure our borders, not fighting our states in the courts. The President's "amnesty first' ideology has real consequences for families and businesses in border states like ours." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Issue Position: Border Security. "America's borders are broken. There is no more simple way to say it. We must shut the back door of illegal immigration, so the front door of legal immigration can remain open. Securing the border, insisting companies hire only legal workers, rejecting amnesty and rewarding those who play by the rules are necessary before Congress considers a temporary guest worker program [...] Reject Amnesty. Last year, I and 96 other Members of Congress, sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi expressing our adamant opposition to any legislation that grants amnesty to illegal aliens." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Kevin Brady voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Kevin Brady voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Marriage Protection Amendment Wins Majority Vote, Falls Short of 2/3 Needed to Pass. 30 September 2004. "I believe the institution of marriage is a sacred union that predates Congress and the Constitution. Marriage, with all its human flaws, is not simply a legal contract but a covenant that binds individuals and families to each other and has for centuries provided social stability-not only for our own country but for every culture known to man. Marriage matters. It matters to the American people. It matters to our children. And it matters to our nation's future because strong families foster strong morals and an equally strong nation. As for those who say this is no business of Congress, I strongly disagree. Our Founding Fathers and Mothers may never have imagined this debate but they created a thoughtful process for the American people to decide matters of such great importance. Make no mistake, the definition of marriage in America will be decided. The only question today is by whom: the unelected justices of the federal courts or the American people. Who do you trust to decide this nation-changing decision? I place my faith in the American people, debating and deciding state by state a decision that will forever alter or forever preserve the culture of our nation." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Kevin Brady voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Kevin Brady. Rep. Brady Seeks Long Overdue Answers on Military Action in Libya. 3 June 2011. "The President has failed to explain to Congress and the American people the reason for U.S. involvement in Libya, nor has he provided a clear timetable on how long that involvement will last. This is unacceptable. It's high time the President answered the American people. Over two months have passed since the U.S. joined NATO allies in carrying out air strikes in Libya -- and there are more questions than ever. Ordering military action is Congress' most solemn duty and the American people are asking for answers." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Rep. Brady Votes to Limit Funding for U.S. Mission in Libya. 24 June 2011. "We shouldn't be in Libya, especially without a clear mission, but how we exit matters to American credibility. This bill sends a clear signal to the president--- this engagement is not authorized by Congress--- but does so in a way that doesn't leave our important allies hanging." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Kevin Brady supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 30 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Brady Statement on Social Security Accounts Proposal. 22 June 2005. "This proposal deserves strong consideration because it ends the 40-year raid on the Social Security surplus. That surplus is the worker's money, not the government's, and should be set aside to keep the promise of Social Security to our younger workers. This is obviously just one piece of the overall solution to preserve Social Security for every generation, once and for all. However, if you add to it thoughtful measures to keep Social Security solvent, encourage more family savings and keep company retirement plans funded, this is an important piece that workers in Texas will want to hear more about. I've already conducted 35 Social Security workshops with seniors, small businesses, workers and college students throughout East Texas. We'll take this proposal to more workshops in our district and listen carefully to what people think about it. And if AARP or congressional Democrats ever propose their ideas on how to preserve Social Security, I'll take those plans to my constituents as well." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee: Fiscal Year 2006 Budget. 8 February 2005. "People back home always ask me, especially since this debate has started: Why is it that Members of Congress are able to put their hard-earned savings into personal accounts that are safe and secure for their families, but you deny it for average Americans? Why do Members of Congress and their staff and our coworkers put $15 billion a year from our paychecks into personal accounts like, as has been proposed, that it is good enough for our families, but it is not good enough for the average people who pay our salaries. What would you tell my folks back home about why we are allowed to do that and embrace it as safe and secure, but we call it a guaranteed gamble for regular families. Can you give me an answer?" (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Issue Position: Social Security. 13 October 2011. "Social Security is funded with payroll taxes taken out of our paychecks. Yet, under the current system, payroll taxes will only be enough to pay for 73 percent of benefits as of 2042. In other words, without reforming Social Security, benefits will eventually have to be cut by 27 percent. The cash shortfall will continue growing thereafter, requiring steeper tax increases and larger benefit cuts over time, or the Social Security payroll tax will have to be raised from 12 percent to 18 percent just to ensure others receive their scheduled benefits. The facts are grim. The system will go bankrupt if nothing is done. In order to protect Social Security for future generations, we must pursue an aggressive reform agenda. I strongly oppose legislation, however, that would cut benefits to those already retired or those nearing retirement. In order for the grandchildren of those now retired to not be saddled with a huge tax burden or have their benefits drastically cut, we need to pass responsible reform. That's why I am a strong supporter of my colleague Rep. Frank Wolf's plan to create a bipartisan "SAVE Commission" that would research the best ideas out there, and offer a proposal to Congress on how our nation can ensure the long-term viability of Social Security and Medicare." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin Brady. Social Security Reform. 9 February 2005. "And one thing we will hear in this debate is we will hear lots of people talking about we are dismantling Social Security, we are making huge benefit cuts, there is a guaranteed risk to personal accounts within Social Security. But what those same Members of Congress will not tell people is that they have their own retirement invested in personal accounts just like the one the President has proposed. In fact, Members of Congress, our staffs and our fellow co-workers invest $15 billion every year, new dollars, into personal accounts. They are invested and grow over time just like the accounts we offer and propose for Social Security. And people back home always ask me, How come these personal accounts are safe and secure for members of Congress's families but all of a sudden they are a guaranteed gamble for us? How come it is good enough for your families, but not good enough for people who pay your salary? It is a great question, and my thought is those who claim that personal accounts are such a guaranteed gamble perhaps ought to lead by example and withdraw from the Thrift Savings Plan and see what happens. My guess is they will tell us wait a minute, that is how I am going to build my nest egg. My question is why do we not allow other Americans, the ones who pay our salaries each day, to build their own nest egg as well?" (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 1996 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate all principles you support concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
f) Abortions should always be illegal.
g) Other
Indicate your position concerning affirmative action programs.
a) The federal government should consider preferences to minority-owned businesses in granting government contracts.
b) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
c) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
d) The federal government should provide affirmative actions programs as long as such programs do not include quotas.
Xe) The federal government should not provide any affirmative action programs.
f) Other
YesDo you support amending the US Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only.
Maintain Statusa) AIDS Programs
Eliminateb) Arts funding
Maintain Statusc) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decreased) Environmental programs
Greatly Decreasee) Housing projects
Slightly Decreasef) Job training programs
Maintain Statusg) Law enforcement
Maintain Statush) Medicaid
Maintain Statusi) Medicare
Maintain Statusj) NASA
Maintain Statusk) Student loan programs
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare (AFDC)
Eliminatem) Other

IRS

n) Other
o) Other
2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas?
Yesa) Agriculture
Yesb) Education
Yesc) Farm subsidies
Yesd) Food stamps
Yese) Law enforcement
Yesf) Medicaid
Yesg) Medicare
Yesh) School lunches
Yesi) Welfare
Yesj) Other

Transportation/Highway funds

Indicate which principles you support regarding campaign finance reform.
a) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
b) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns and provide public funding for complying candidates.
Xc) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
Xd) Pass legislation that would encourage full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
e) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
Xf) Other

Limits on 'soft' money; voluntary spending limits on congressional campaigns w/strong incentives to comply.

Indicate which principles you support to address crime.
Xa) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for adult first-time felons.
Xe) Limit the number of appeals allowed to inmates on death row.
f) Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
g) Expand funding for community policing programs.
h) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
Xi) Prosecute youths accused of murder as adults.
j) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
k) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xl) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
Xm) Other

Return control of state prisons to states

Indicate what changes you support (if any) regarding funding for the following categories. Select one number only.
Maintain Status1) CIA appropriations
Maintain Status2) Defense plant conversion
Maintain Status3) Military hardware
Maintain Status4) Military space shuttle missions
Slightly Increase5) Pay for active duty personnel
Maintain Status6) Development of new weapons
Maintain Status7) Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)
Maintain Status8) Armed Forces personnel training
9) Other
Yes1) Do you support amending the United States Constitution to allow voluntary prayer and/or moment of silence in public schools?
No2) Do you support funding the National Service Program (Ameri-Corps) in which young people receive money from the federal government for college in return for performing community service?
3) Indicate which principles you support concerning education.
a) Maintain the national standards and goals set forth in "Goals 2000".
b) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
Xc) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Implement charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues.
f) Other
Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding America's environment and natural resources.
Xa) Transfer public lands, such as federal forests and range lands, to the jurisdiction of state and local governments.
Xb) Require the federal government to reimburse citizens when environmental regulations limit use of privately owned lands.
c) Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
Xd) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
Xe) Utilize cost-benefit analysis to determine economic impacts of proposed environmental protection and cleanup legislation.
f) Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
g) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the amounts charged to mining companies using federal lands.
h) Encourage development of alternative fuels and electric cars to reduce pollution.
i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
j) Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
k) Require that a percentage of purchases made by federal agencies include recycled components.
Xl) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution.
m) Other
Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.
Federal1) Border security
Federal2) Civil rights enforcement
Local3) Education
Federal4) Environmental cleanup
Local5) Job training
Local6) Law enforcement
State7) Low-income housing
State8) Medicaid
State9) Medicare
State10) Welfare (AFDC)
11) Other
No1) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Cuba?
Undecided2) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Vietnam?
Yes3) Should the US recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Yes4) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty?
Yes5) Should the US continue funding for Radio Marti and TV Marti?
Yes6) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Asia?
No7) Do you support the deployment of US troops to the former Yugoslavia?
8) Indicate your position concerning economic aid to Russia and the former Soviet republics.
a) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be increased to facilitate democracy and market reforms.
Xb) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be continued unless Russia exports nuclear weapons or related technology.
c) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be decreased and/or eliminated.
d) Other
9) Indicate which principles you support regarding US economic aid to foreign countries.
a) Foreign aid should only be given when extraordinary circumstances and disaster threaten the lives of civilian populations.
Xb) Foreign aid should be given to countries only when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Foreign aid should be eliminated from any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Foreign aid should be maintained at current levels.
e) Other
10) Indicate which principles you support regarding the United States - United Nations relationship.
a) The US should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Xb) The US should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital US interests are directly threatened.
c) The US should use military force only when the US border or territories are attacked or American citizens are in danger.
d) The US should pay the money it owes to the United Nations.
e) The US should withdraw from the UN completely.
Xf) Other

US should not place forces under non-US command

Indicate which principles you support concerning gun issues.
a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms.
d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms.
Xe) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms.
f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered.
Xg) Other

Replace Brady Bill with instant background check

Indicate which principles you support regarding America's health care system.
a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
b) Provide vouchers to the working poor so they can buy into a private health care plan.
c) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
Xd) Support a "managed competition" health care plan to contain costs and improve access that does not include mandated health alliances, government cost control powers, or employer/employee mandates.
Xe) Provide tax incentives for small businesses to help provide health care to their employees.
Xf) Allow middle and low income families to deduct yearly health care costs from their taxable income.
Xg) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xh) Encourage tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support concerning illegal drugs.
Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Xd) Require drug testing for federal employees in sensitive positions (Air Traffic Control, National Park Police, Secret Service, etc.).
Xe) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
f) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
g) Decriminalize the possession and private use of marijuana.
Xh) Other

Focus on Federal crimes and punishment; retain state control of state crimes.

Indicate which principles you support regarding issues relating to immigration.
a) Further limit the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens.
d) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States.
Xe) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
f) Restrict the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. AFDC, HUD housing, food stamps, etc.).
Xg) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship.
Xh) Other

Increase penalties for smuggling illegal immigrants; modify legal immigration standards to give preference to skilled workers.

YesShould the President be allowed to veto certain items of legislation while signing spending or tax bills into law?
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. Explain what you will do as a member of Congress to address this concern.

Congress must set high standards for itself and keep to those standards. As elected representatives we must be an example to both our nation and the world. I will work to establish campaign finance reform, like my proposal in Texas' House of Representatives, to eliminate undo influence from special interests.

Indicate which principles you support regarding the poor and homeless.
Xa) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
b) Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
c) Increase funding of programs that help alcoholics and drug addicts recover and find steady work.
d) Increase the minimum wage.
Xe) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
f) Provide government jobs for those who wish to work and cannot find a job in the private sector.
Xg) Increase the income tax deduction on individual contributions made to charities that help the poor and homeless.
h) Implement enterprise zones in communities with high unemployment.
i) Other
1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only.
Income Taxes
a) Retiree income over $40,000
b) Family income less than $25,000
c) Family income $25-75,000
d) Family income $75-150,000
e) Family income over $150,000
Other Tax Issues
f) Alcohol taxes
g) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increaseh) Charitable deductions
i) Cigarette taxes
j) Corporate income taxes
Maintain Statusk) Earned income tax credit
Eliminatel) Estate taxes
m) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusn) Mortgage deductions
o) Other
Yes2) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Yes3) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a broad-based consumption tax?
Yes1) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?
2) If you support term limits, how many years should each serve?
Senator (years)

12

Representatives (years)

12

Indicate which principles you support concerning terrorism.
Xa) Relax current guidelines that forbid the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from investigating terrorist groups when there is a "reasonable indication" of terrorist activities.
b) Relax wiretapping restrictions to give the FBI broader authority to investigate terrorist suspects.
c) Require that chemical tracing agents be added to commercially-sold products that can be used to produce explosives.
d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals.
Xe) Grant broader authority to the US Immigration and Naturalization Service to deny entrance visas to terrorist suspects.
f) Maintain limits on the authority of federal agencies investigating suspected terrorists.
g) Restrict the investigative authority of the FBI and other governmental agencies.
h) Other
Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Undecided2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
No4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Do you support lifting the trade embargo imposed against Cuba?
Yes6) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
No7) Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?
Indicate which principles you support regarding unemployment.
Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
b) Increase funding for national job-training programs.
c) Increase funding for public works projects such as the repair of roads and bridges.
Xd) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
e) Establish enterprise zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
Xf) Overhaul the current unemployment system by focusing on training and education in skills needed in certain industries.
g) Eliminate any governmental programs designed to reduce unemployment.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding the US welfare system.
Xa) Strengthen child support collection procedures and increase penalties for parents who do not pay child support.
Xb) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
c) Require welfare recipients to accept some form of government-sponsored job after two years if unemployed in the private sector.
Xd) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
Xe) Limit the benefits given to single women if they have additional children while receiving welfare benefits.
Xf) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
g) Provide rent or housing supplement vouchers for low-income families.
h) Make no substantial changes at this time.
i) Increase funding of programs that prevent teen pregnancy and family break-up.
Xj) Support programs that give incentives for employers to hire and train welfare recipients.
k) Other
1) Explain your two main legislative priorities if elected to Congress.

First - Balancing the federal budget, without tricks, is just a start. I propose to Sunset all federal agencies, requiring them to justify their existence to the taxpayers, and eliminate those not absolutely necessary. Second - I will work to cut the red-tape which is strangling small businesses and killing jobs. The economic impact of existing and proposed federal regulations must be weighed and those which do not enhance American competitiveness should be removed.

2) Should your priorities require additional government funding, please explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.
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