Representative Bill Huizenga's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (MI) - District 2, Republican
Project Vote Smart does not permit the use of its name or programs in any campaign activity, including advertising, debates, and speeches.
Bill Huizenga has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Bill Huizenga is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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. 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. 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)
  • 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. 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. 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)

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)
  • 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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. 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. 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)
  • 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. 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 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Vote Smart's Research

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Huizenga. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bill Huizenga voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Huizenga. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bill Huizenga voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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. 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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. 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)
  • 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. 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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. 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)
  • 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. 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)

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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Key

Candidate Answer Official Position

Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer Inferred Position

Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer Unknown Position

Candidate refused to address this issue.

 Project Vote Smart's Research

Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.