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Kevin Cramer's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (ND) - At-Large, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - At-Large
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Kevin Cramer has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Kevin Cramer is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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

  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-life" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/444/kevin-cramer/#.Vi_fCmwVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "The protection of life is foundational to preserving a free society." http://cramer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/cramer-house-passes-no-taxpayer-funding-for-abortion-act (cramer.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (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

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VagQnnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating to "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge/?search=pledge (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/444/kevin-cramer/#.Vi_fCmwVikp (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.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/444/kevin-cramer/#.Vi_fCmwVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "Government stimulus has been ineffective at creating jobs and inspiring investment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/865760/cramer-statement-on-ryan-budget/?search=Stimulus#.Vi_aVWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Fiscal responsibility will also spur economic growth, put Americans back to work, and reduce the burden of debt on future generations." http://cramer.house.gov/issues/spending-cuts-and-debt (cramer.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a pledge stating to "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge/?search=pledge (votesmart.org)
  • Minot Daily News "U.S. House candidate Kevin Cramer told Minot Rotary members Monday that a flatter tax system, less regulation and a charismatic leader in the White House could help the nation revive its American Dream." http://www.minotdailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/569485/Cramer-promotes--less-government-to--get-nation-on-track.html (www.minotdailynews.com)
  • Do you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/444/kevin-cramer/#.Vi_fCmwVikp (votesmart.org)
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

  • Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/444/kevin-cramer/#.Vi_fCmwVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "Targeted reforms to funding allocation formulas and accountability requirements must be a part of this process, allowing school boards the flexibility they need to make decisions with active participation from teachers and parents." http://cramer.house.gov/issues/education (cramer.house.gov)
  • "The Student Success Act, as marked up in committee, returns education decision making to where it belongs: in homes, school districts, and states." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/949826/us-house-committee-approves-anti-common-core-reform/?search=common%20core#.Vaga_3UViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1. "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VagcgnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The Keystone XL is the most studied pipeline in modern history. It is time to build." http://cramer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/cramer-on-keystone-xl-it-is-time-to-build (cramer.house.gov)
  • Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/444/kevin-cramer/#.Vi_fCmwVikp (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating that "Growth in wind energy is not driven by market demand, but instead by a combination of state mandates and a federal tax credit that is now more valuable than the actual market price of the electricity these plants generate. According to recent articles and reports, these very same market distortions that are driving wind energy expansion have also led to higher electricity costs for American families. […] They don't make sense without the tax credit." http://pompeo.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=390758 (pompeo.house.gov)
  • "America's economic security and national security depend on our energy security. We can develop and use our vast energy reserves as a tool for peace [...]" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/444/kevin-cramer/#.VagkznUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a pledge stating that "I, Kevin Cramer, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of North Dakota and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." http://americansforprosperity.org/noclimatetax//wp-content/uploads/2010/01/kevin-cramer.pdf (americansforprosperity.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/444/kevin-cramer/#.Vi_fCmwVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "This secretive change could open the floodgates for more EPA regulations, the costs of which will be passed onto working taxpayers in the form of higher costs for gasoline, electricity, and everything we produce, grow, and manufacture." http://cramer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/cramer-obamas-overnight-carbon-cost-hike-could-increase-gas-prices (cramer.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/444/kevin-cramer/#.Vi_fCmwVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution sets forth the fundamental right of every citizen to keep and bear arms, regardless of what state the individual resides in, and I have always received A-ratings from the National Rifle Association because of my positions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/718508/issue-position-second-amendment#.VagqPnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 80% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a pledge stating "I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738364/obamacare-repeal-pledge#.VagsiHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/444/kevin-cramer/#.Vi_fCmwVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly referred to as 'Obamacare,' and its mandate forcing individuals to purchase a good solely on the basis of their being alive is inherently unconstitutional and should be repealed in its entirety." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/718515/issue-position-healthcare#.Vags-XUViko (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

  • Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/444/kevin-cramer/#.Vagtu3UViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support same-sex marriage? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/444/kevin-cramer/#.Vagtu3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Bismark Tribune "In two unfortunate decisions, the Supreme Court has ruled against the framework of the Defense of Marriage Act, and imposed its own judgment by stripping the people of California of the ability to defend their own vote on marriage […]" http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/n-d-delegation-split-on-gay-marriage/article_1bed85ba-dea8-11e2-9e5b-0019bb2963f4.html (bismarcktribune.com)
  • Rated 90% by the Christian Coalition of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/444/kevin-cramer#.VagphnUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/444/kevin-cramer/#.VagupXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I support doing all we can to root out extreme Islamic terror wherever it exists in the world. The threat of the Islamic State must be taken seriously. It is the highest priority of the federal government to protect the safety of American citizens." http://cramer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/cramer-statement-on-launch-of-airstrikes-in-syria (cramer.house.gov)
No 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

  • "I'm committed to making sure Social Security and Medicare remain there for our seniors now, and for generations to come." http://www.kevincramer.org/home-news/cramer-earns-award-for-protecting-social-security-and-medicare/ (www.kevincramer.org)
  • Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/444/kevin-cramer/#.Vagv7HUViko (votesmart.org)

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.

North Dakota Congressional Election 2014 Political Courage 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.

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

The First Amendment to the Constitution is clear on this and has been upheld by the Supreme Court. While I support full disclosure for candidate and direct contributions, what other organizations, liberal and conservative, do to promote their beliefs is up to them. We are free people and it should be left that way.

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

This is an issue where my position has evolved over the years. I do not believe the threat of death deters crime. I am 100% pro-life.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

I support use of a "Made in America" deduction with accelerated depreciation options as long as it is applied across all industries equally. I also support reducing business income taxes to make America the country of choice for investment in job creation.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

Education standards should be set at the state and local levels.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

America's economic security and national security depend on our energy security. We can develop and use our vast energy reserves as a tool for peace instead of using weapons of war to enhance our influence in the world.

NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

Unilaterally disarming the American economy for negligible benefit does nothing good for anyone but does tremendous harm to us.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

Gun restrictions on law abiding citizens makes us less safe.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

If we can't repeal it we must fix it.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

If necessary.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Greatly Increasec) Defense
Maintain Statusd) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Eliminatea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

Multi-year highway bill funded by development of federal fossil fuel reserves and comprehensive tax reform that flattens and lowers tax rates making the U.S. more competitive in the global marketplace.

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