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Bill Huizenga

Bill Huizenga's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Bill Huizenga
Office: U.S. House (MI) - District 2, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Natalie; 5 Children
Birth Date: 01/31/1969
Birth Place: Zeeland, MI
Home City: Zeeland, MI
Religion: Christian Reformed
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Bill Huizenga refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, 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

  • Bill Huizenga. Issues. 02 October 2012. "The sanctity of life is close to my heart and dear to my family. Protecting life beginning with conception is a value that cannot be compromised and something that I will continue to fight for as your voice in Washington, D.C. (huizengaforcongress.com)
  • Bill Huizenga. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Bill Huizenga voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Bill Huizenga voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Issue Position: Family, Life and Adoption. 1 January 2011. "I strongly believe in the sanctity of life" (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Huizenga Votes to Prevent Taxpayer Funding For Abortions. 4 May 2011. "Today, the House is voting not only to protect life, but to protect all taxpayers who do not want to see their hard-earned dollars go to pay for abortions. A similar ban was enacted in D.C. as part of the long-term continuing resolution passed earlier this year, and if it's good enough to pass for D.C., it's good enough for America," Huizenga said." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Huizenga Wins FRC Action's "True Blue" Award for Unwavering Support of the Family. 31 October 2011. "I strongly believe in the sanctity of life, and that unborn children at any stage of development are granted the right to life. I am honored to be recognized by FRC Action, and will continue to work tirelessly to ensure Congress is working to protect life, freedom, and the traditional family," Huizenga said." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "Now let's move on to life. We know the sanctity of life that is there from that very conception until natural death. We need to protect that. We need to protect that atmosphere as a government. That is not our job to promote that horrendous operation. It's our job to protect those children." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Huizenga. Huizenga Thanks Troops in Afghanistan. January 19 2011. "There are still a number of concerns that combine to make me wary of setting an arbitrary date years in advance for pulling all our support and troops out of the country. These factors include corruption in the Afghanistan National Police and local and federal government, adding to the frailty of the current government there. The pressure from Pakistan to the east and other countries in the region also is of major concern as Afghanistan moves forward. The intelligence our servicemen and women are learning from the ground is fast-changing. We must trust them and their combined cultural and historical knowledge, from more than a decade in Afghanistan and on multiple tours that will help us judge when the country is strong and stable enough to fully take over on its own. " (huizenga.house.gov)
  • Bill Huizenga. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Bill Huizenga voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Huizenga Statement on President Obama's Afghanistan Announcement. 23 June 2011. "I hope this decision is based on sound military policy, not politics. We need to listen to our military experts. After 10 years, I know we eventually have to come home, but ultimately, I'm very sensitive to listening to what our commanders on the ground say is the right course of action for our military and to support the transition to Afghanistan Security Forces taking the lead on security in short order." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Huizenga, House Vote to Reject Inadequate Senate Bill. 30 July 2011. "Today, the House of Representatives and U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, MI-02, in a bipartisan vote rejected the Reid bill 173-246 because it does not meet the basic responsible principles required to address the debt and spending crisis, including that it does not cut spending as much as it raises the debt ceiling, and uses unrealistic and dangerous gimmicks, including pulling out of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, to gain political points rather than achieve real change." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Huizenga. Video: Huizenga on Comcast's Newsmakers. 02 October 2012. "Q: We also need to talk about defense, which is, of course, the holy grail of the republican side, at least some would say that. What's your response to that? Q: Well, first of all, with defense, I think that's changing in many ways. I think you've got to put everything on the table. Including defense. I was one of the people who voted against the second engine for the F-35, for example." (youtu.be)
  • Bill Huizenga. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Bill Huizenga voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Bill Huizenga voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (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

  • Bill Huizenga signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I, Bill Huizenga, pledge to the taxpayers of the 2nd district of the state of Michigan and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal tax rate for individuals and businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing taxes." (s3.amazonaws.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Huizenga. When and How Will America Get Back to Work? 23 June 2011. "Mr. Speaker, it's far more than just creating a bill and labeling it ``job creation bill'' or a whole package of those or a stimulus package of government spending that, frankly, hasn't worked and even admitted to and joked about by the President recently when he said those shovel-ready jobs and those shovel-ready projects maybe weren't so shovel-ready." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Huizenga Denounces Latest Obama Stimulus. 9 September 2010. "More deficit spending is not the answer to our economic problems," said Huizenga. "Democrats controlling the House, Senate and White House have tried and tried again this method, and it is clear that government spending is not the solution." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Huizenga Votes to Disapprove Giving the President More Taxpayer Money to Burn. 14 September 2011. "The House has passed 12 bills this year waiting on action from the President and Senate that will create jobs now without spending more. That is how we must move forward to give Americans jobs, create certainty for small businesses, and help our economy recover." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Job Growth Starts at Home. 1 September 2011. "Unfortunately, the President and I have a philosophical difference about how the economy works, and people in Michigan know throwing more money at government job creation isn't going to solve the problem. Sadly, nothing that he's previewed is in line with what these real job creators I met with say they need." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Huizenga. Emergency Mortgage Relief Program Termination Act. 11 March 2011. "Prosperity is created by the private sector, not the public sector. The public sector receives the dollars that it gets from us, taxpayers, from me as a small business owner, from my employees. It's not a government program that's going to create that prosperity; it's the private sector. It's our job to create an atmosphere that's going to allow that private sector job creation to happen." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Increasing Shareholder Threshold for SEC Registration. 2 November 2011. "I can also tell you, Mr. Speaker, that here with the Republican Americans' Job Creators Plan, the first thing on that list is: Empower small businesses and reduce government barriers to job creation." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Directing Committees To Review Regulations From Federal Agencies. 10 February 2011. "I believe there are some universal principles of successful businesses that Congress could work on to help grow our economy again. For government, that means creating an atmosphere for success through a reasonable tax and regulatory environment." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Hearing of the House Financial Services Committee - Promoting Economic Recovery and Job Creation: The Road Forward. 26 January 2011. "Small businesses are the backbone and engine of the U.S. economy and provide more than two-thirds of American jobs. As a small business owner, I know there are some universal principles of successful businesses that Congress could work towards to grow our economy again. First, don't spend more than you're taking in. Second, do what you need to do to create an atmosphere for success. For government, that means creating an atmosphere for success through tax and regulatory environments, and a cooperative, not adversarial, attitude with those who create jobs. Finally, don't expect miracles. Change requires hard work, self-sacrifice, and tough decisions." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Taxes. 20 January 2012. "In addition, Congress must work to permanently extend the tax relief granted to all Americans in 2001 and 2003. Permanently extending current tax rates will not only provide the certainty small and large businesses desperately need in order to create jobs, but will also prove critical for long-term, sustainable growth for the U.S. Economy." (huizenga.house.gov)
No Inferred 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

  • Bill Huizenga. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "I support an approach to education that re-establishes local control. Our teachers, school administrators, parents and neighbors are the best qualified to make decisions regarding the education of our children. They know the names of our children and what they need to succeed, not bureaucrats in Washington who try a one-size fits all approach." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Issue Position: Education and a Parental Rights Amendment. 20 January 2012. "Lastly, I do not believe that the federal Department of Education should play a major role in matters that should be determined by states and local governments. Programs like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top constitute unwarranted and unhelpful intrusion into matters that the people of Michigan or Ohio can decide on their own. Only by returning the federal government to its Constitutional role and by expanding educational opportunities will we get our nation's education system back on track." (www.votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Huizenga. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Bill Huizenga voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Huizenga. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bill Huizenga voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Bill Huizenga in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Huizenga Votes to Protect Second Amendment Rights Nationwide. 17 November 2011. "I am committed to be an advocate for West Michigan's Second Amendment rights and responsible gun ownership during my time in Congress, honoring the oath I took to support and defend the Constitution. That's why I support the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act," (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Issue Position: Protecting Our 2nd Amendment Rights. 19 January 2012. "I am proud to be an American citizen that "clings to guns and religion." I am a longtime gun-owner because I recognize that the Second Amendment was written to insure that America would have not only an informed citizenry, but an armed citizenry. Our liberties fundamentally depend on the willingness of individuals to stand for their God given rights." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Huizenga. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Bill Huizenga voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Bill Huizenga. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Issue Position: Immigration. 19 January 2012. "After we secure the border, I support the creation of a realistic and practical guest worker program. This guest worker program will not be a path to citizenship; it will only allow a for temporary work permits that will not simply turn into green cards later on. I recognize that foreign workers play a role in Michigan's economy, particularly in the agricultural community, and we need to provide a method of enforcing the law and documenting the movement of temporary workers over the border." (www.votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Huizenga. Huizenga Wins FRC Action's "True Blue" Award for Unwavering Support of the Family. 31 October 2011. "I strongly believe in the sanctity of life, and that unborn children at any stage of development are granted the right to life. I am honored to be recognized by FRC Action, and will continue to work tirelessly to ensure Congress is working to protect life, freedom, and the traditional family," (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. The Holland Sentinel. Rep. Bill Huizenga: Michican's Dutch 'almost more Dutch' than people in Netherlands. 23 February 2011. "There are lots of people in the Netherlands offering the liberal positions in regard to gay marriage, abortion, guns, drugs or euthanasia, but it's hard to understand. I can still not quite fully understand how the Netherlands so rapidly changed from its conservative origin." (www.hollandsentinel.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Huizenga. Huizenga Statement on the Death of Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "Tonight's announcement from President Obama that Usama Bin Laden is dead at the hands of US Special Forces is tremendous. My heartfelt thanks goes out to our military and the intelligence community for their determination, sacrifice and valor. While this successful attack against the head of Al-Qaeda is historic, the War on Terror is not over. We must remain, and even redouble our vigilance in this battle against world terror." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. Homeland Security. 20 January 2012. "I do not believe that a defensive posture to threats is effective. While I strongly support diplomatic means of resolving conflicts, the alarming fact is that there are those around the world who wish us harm. In these situations, I believe it is the duty of Congress and the President to protect the American people." (huizenga.house.gov)
  • Bill Huizenga. Honoring the 10th Anniversary of 9/11/2001 Terrorist Attacks. 9 September 2011. "We cannot afford to have a reactionary policy on terrorism. We must remain on the offensive abroad and at home. We cannot grow complacent with the success we have had in thwarting attacks." (huizenga.house.gov)
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

  • Bill Huizenga. Issue Position: Reforming Social Security. 20 January 2012. "The government has to honor its promises to protect retirees and those nearing retirement. But a long term fix should include the option of a personal retirement account that younger workers can count on as their own individual asset. I will vote to ensure that Congress quickly reforms the program, making it workable for all generations." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Danny Yardon and Patrick O'Connor.. Wall Street Journal. The Number: $858 Billion. 10 December 2010. "Republican Rep.-elect Bill Huizenga of Michigan said a new Congress will have to look at a variety of options to start trimming the deficit, including raising the retirement age and privatizing at least part of Social Security accounts." [¦] "People are ready to have that conversation," Mr. Huizenga said in an interview. "How dumb are we if we think that we've somehow got the luxury to not change the system?" (blogs.wsj.com)

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