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Bill Huizenga's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MI) - District 2, Republican
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Bill Huizenga 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. Bill Huizenga 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 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 strongly believe in the sanctity of life and that unborn children at any stage of development are granted the right to life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/848408/issue-position-family-life-and-adoption (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/38351/bill-huizenga/2 (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (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

  • "Our nation’s long-term deficit and current national debt level is both unfathomable and unsustainable. We simply must change the trajectory of spending in Washington. In the short-termCongress can begin immediately by enacting sensible cost-cutting measures and eliminating wasteful and duplicative federal programs." http://huizenga.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=23459 (huizenga.house.gov)
  • "Instead of raising taxes on hardworking Michiganders, President Obama should focus on working with Republican majorities in the House and Senate to reform our broken tax code, foster an environment where good-paying private sector jobs can be created, and address concerns over the nation's growing debt and the entitlement programs which drive it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/945361/huizenga-raising-taxes-on-michiganders-isnt-the-answer (votesmart.org)
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

  • "I am a co-sponsor of a Constitutional amendment requiring that Congress balance the federal budget every year. Many state governments including Michigan’s already require a balanced budget. There is no reason that the federal government cannot achieve the same. This common sense measure would force Congress to eliminate unnecessary and wasteful spending and make the decisions necessary to balance the budget and eliminate the federal deficit." http://huizenga.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=23459 (huizenga.house.gov)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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 jobsbut will also prove critical for long-termsustainable growth for the U.S. economy." http://huizenga.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=23462 (huizenga.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

  • "LastlyI 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/533562/#.VZ6uTvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I support an approach to education that re-establishes local control. Our teachersschool administratorsparents 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 succeednot bureaucrats in Washington who try a one-size fits all approach." http://huizenga.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=24024 (huizenga.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Despite clear evidence that the pipeline would have created important infrastructure jobsspurred economic activity and furthered North American energy securitythe Obama Administration continued to mire its application in red tape and delay a final decision for seven long years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1021637/huizenga-the-obama-legacy-is-politics-before-policy/?search=keystone#.VktlqWwViko (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

  • "A comprehensive energy package that increases energy independence and job creation encourages the development of alternative and renewable energy sourcesand promotes greater efficiencies and conservation for a cleaner environment. This approach would ensure that we are providing energy solutions without placing America at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/990545/issue-position-energy#.VaQO_nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "As Congress considers tax incentives to drive down the cost of innovative or renewable technologieswe urge you to support CREBs or other incentives that can assure that not-for-profit utility consumers have access to reliable and affordable energy on a basis comparable to consumers of for-profit utilities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/620802/bipartisan-letter-urges-renewable-energy-incentives-for-non-profits#.VaQOhnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As a good steward of our environmentand for national security reasonsI do support the development of alternativecleaner sources of energy like nuclearwind and solar." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/533556/issue-position-cap-and-trade/?search=solar#.VktmZGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Americans want Washington to get out of the way so we can produce more American energylower gas pricesand help small business begin hiring again. To answer that call Republicans have announced the American Energy Initiative an ongoing effort with three goals:stopping government policies that are driving up gas prices;expanding American energy production to lower costs & create more jobs; and promoting an 'all of the above' strategy to increase all forms of American energy." http://huizenga.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=23825 (huizenga.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "'Cap and Trade' means putting a cap on American success and trading away our prosperity. I do not believe that further congressional action is needed to address climate change especially via the job killing 'Cap and Trade' legislation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/533556/issue-position-cap-and-trade/?search=solar#.VktmZGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.910 "Energy Tax Prevention Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/34389#.VZ6kiflViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not support the job-killing 'Cap and Trade' legislation that the House of Representatives passed in the 111th Congress." http://huizenga.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=23825 (huizenga.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a longtime gun-ownerI support the right of all law-abiding citizens to exercise their constitutional right to own firearms and use firearms for lawful purposes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/745475/issue-position-protecting-our-2nd-amendment-rights#.VktpZmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/38351/bill-huizenga/37#.VaQPonUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "West Michigan deserves better than ObamaCare and I am increasingly concerned with the nature of this Court to constantly jump through hoops to protect this flawed law. Moving forward I will continue to support legislative efforts to promote patient-centered solutions that expand access increase choiceand lower costs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991682/huizenga-statement-on-the-supreme-courts-obamacare-decision/?search=obamacare#.VktpqGwViko (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)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/33026#.VZ6DcflViko (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • Signed a letter stating "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. Presidentour request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passionprejudice or preference." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/637826/#.VZ6xZvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "After we secure the borderI 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 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/533558/#.VZ6xSvlViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/38351/bill-huizenga/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/654151/#.VZ6zH_lViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/551256/issue-position-reforming-social-security#.VaQVKXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "A long-term fix to Social Security should include the option of a personal retirement account that younger workers can count on as their own individual asset." http://huizenga.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=23463 (huizenga.house.gov)

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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