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John Moolenaar's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MI) - District 4, Republican
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John Moolenaar 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

  • "I support the sacred protections for the life of the unborn child. I support the ban on partial-birth abortion and human cloning. I also reject euthanasia as a response to mental and/or physical illnesses or disabilities. I will fight to protect the most vulnerable in our society." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/541563/issue-position-pro-life#.VaQhJXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe we are endowed by our Creator with the unalienable Right to Live. Life begins at conception. We must protect human life the foundation of our civilization. We must do everything possible to protect life because the protection of life is the centerpiece of what makes us unique as a nation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899391/issue-position-life-and-adoption#.VZ7V5PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/37676/john-moolenaar/2 (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

  • "Lower the tax burden on all American families and businesses. In this economic climate it is absolutely wrong to raise taxes on families and employers. If we do anything on this front we should make the tax code simpler and fairer, not larger and more painful." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899382/#.VZ7VO_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the House Committee on the Budget, I will fight to control spending, remove waste, and eliminate the federal deficit." https://moolenaar.house.gov/issues/spending-cuts-and-debt (moolenaar.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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Historically, Michigan has been a 'donor state,' receiving less highway funding back than its residents pay in gas taxes. I will fight to level the playing field for Michigan taxpayers by working to ensure Michigan receives equitable funding for roads and bridges." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/990800/issue-position-transportation (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "The federal government’s spending has eroded economic confidence and caused uncertainty for job creators. We must find a way to get our spending under control. " https://moolenaar.house.gov/issues/spending-cuts-and-debt (moolenaar.house.gov)
  • "I believe in limited government focused on providing what we need. Government needs to balance its books the same way families and businesses do – the same way you do – by cutting costs and eliminating wasteful spending." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/541566/#.VZ7Wb_lViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Tax reform is essential to strengthening the economy in Michigan and across the nation. Congress must continue its work to end waste, fraud, and abuse in the tax code. Simplifying the tax code will help families keep more money in their pockets and help small businesses create more jobs." https://moolenaar.house.gov/issues/tax-reform (moolenaar.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VZ2kS_lViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A decade after enactment the No Child Left Behind Act is no longer effectively serving students and must be reformed. I will work to update critical education policies and return decision-making back to parents and communities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/990780/issue-position-education#.VaQj13UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Education is key to success in our rapidly growing high-tech economy. I support efforts to ensure all students have access to a high quality education, one that best fits their learning needs. A decade after enactment, the No Child Left Behind Act is no longer effectively serving students and must be reformed. I will work to update critical education policies and return decision-making back to parents and communities." https://moolenaar.house.gov/issues/education-and-opportunity (moolenaar.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This afternoon the president vetoed the bipartisan Keystone Pipeline bill, refusing to approve a project that supports good-paying jobs for hard-working Americans and improves our nation's energy security. Congress should override his veto […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970492/moolenaar-statement-on-president-obamas-veto-of-the-keystone-xl-pipeline-legislation/?search=keystone#.VkuKOmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VZ2lKvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VZ2mOflViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support an all-of-the-above energy strategy that includes clean coal, natural gas, nuclear, and renewable energies while also better utilizing our abundant domestic resources. We must become an energy-independent nation." https://moolenaar.house.gov/issues/energy (moolenaar.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I look forward to working with Administrator McCarthy on making sure Michigan farmers businesses and towns will be able to operate without interference from the EPA." https://moolenaar.house.gov/ (moolenaar.house.gov)
  • "Small business owners should not have to wait a year for a permit or pay tens of thousands of dollars for an environmental assessment before they even open their doors." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/541565/#.VZ7ZkvlViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/37676/john-moolenaar/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe an individual has the right to keep and bear arms and that the Second Amendment conveys that individual right to every American. To erode this constitutionally guaranteed right is unacceptable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/541569/issue-position-pro-2nd-amendment#.VZ7aRPlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Four years after the passage of Obamacare the American people continue to voice strong opposition to it. They have made it clear that they do not want the federal government involved in their health care in any way." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899386/issue-position-health-care/?search=obamacare#.VkuLVGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VZ2nG_lViko (votesmart.org)
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

  • "I strongly believe that immigration reform must begin with border security. Our southern border states continue to face unprecedented problems relating to porous borders that permit thousands of unknown individuals to cross into the United States without legal authority to do so." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899394/issue-position-immigration#.VaQntHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "And we must find a way to deal with those already in our country illegally that will not include amnesty. The rule of law must be respected and there need to be consequences for breaking the law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/899394/ (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mlive "Holmes supports same-sex marriage while Moolenaar does not." http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2014/10/john_moolenaar_outspends_jeff.html (www.mlive.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, has publicly said that he is in the process of developing recommendations that, operating in conjunction with our allies, will offer options to check ISIS in Libya. He is also working on recommendations that will call for additional U.S. and coalition troops to help the Iraqis retake the city of Mosul. Our military leaders have my full support. I'm sure they have yours, too." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1122655/the-wrong-way-to-fight-terrorism (votesmart.org)
  • "Putting a time limit of three years sends the wrong message. I think it emboldens our enemies. This political discussion of boots on the ground, not boots on the grounds, what is determined to be boots on the ground. I don't think that's helpful when it comes to defeating our enemies." http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2015/02/midland_congressman_weighs_in.html (www.mlive.com)
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.

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

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