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Michael 'Mike' R. Turner

Mike Turner's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Michael 'Mike' R. Turner
Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 10, Republican
First Elected: 11/05/2002
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 10
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 6, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Lori; 2 Children: Jessica, Carolyn
Birth Date: 01/11/1960
Birth Place: Dayton, OH
Home City: Dayton, OH
Religion: Protestant
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Turner. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. 27 April 2005. "This bill makes it a Federal offense to knowingly transport a minor across State lines with the intent to circumvent parental notification laws so that the minor can obtain an abortion. It is imperative that we stop the victimization of young girls who are transported across State lines to undergo abortions without their parents' knowledge. Not only does this practice endanger the lives of our daughters, imagine how parents would feel if their daughter was transported across State lines without their knowledge and pressured to have an unwanted abortion [¦] Mr. Chairman, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act protects the rights of parents to be involved in the medical decisions of their minor daughters and protects the health and safety of young girls by preventing valid constitutional State parental involvement laws from being circumvented. I am pleased to support this bill, which protects our daughters and supports our families." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Mike Turner voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Turner voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Mike Turner voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Mike Turner voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Mike Turner voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Turner voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Mike Turner a rating of 47 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Mike Turner voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Endorsements. 10 September 2012. "* Ohio Right to Life * National Right to Life" (www.miketurner.com)
  • Mike Turner. Letter to the Honorable Ted Strickland, Governor of Ohio. 19 July 2010. "We write to you today to express our concern over revelations that the Obama Administration has, as part of its implementation of President Obama's controversial health overhaul, approved in at least two states the creation of federally-funded "high-risk" pool health plans that would cover elective abortion as a medical benefit. We ask that you assure the people of Ohio that our state will not seek to implement such a plan, and urge you to exercise your authority as Governor to ensure that no taxpayer funds are used to cover elective abortions in Ohio." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Observations from Afghanistan. 25 July 2010. "The conflict in Afghanistan is extremely challenging, but I am hopeful that we can make significant progress through better coordination of our efforts with the efforts of other agencies on the ground, and by focusing like a laser on disrupting the opium trade." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Turner Statement on the President's Announced Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan. 27 June 2011/25 June 2012. "That nation, according to our military leaders on the ground, remains a fragile security environment and I would be hesitant to withdraw these forces, and risk placing our remaining service members at risk. Stability in Afghanistan is essential to our national security and our ongoing war against terror." (www.miketurner.com)
  • Mike Turner. Tackling The Opium Trade Is Key To Finishing The War In Afghanistan. 12 April 2010. "As a country, we did not choose to go to war in Afghanistan; we were attacked on September 11, 2001 by a terrorist network funded by the drug trade the DEA now targets. So when our President says, as he did during his recent trip to Afghanistan, that when America starts something, "we finish it," its important to note that "finishing it" means a long-term partnership with our Afghan allies to ensure that country's crop-based economy stays on a path to profitability rooted in produce, not poppies. This problem is the next and most fundamental challenge in our war in Afghanistan and the wider global war against terrorism. Economic security is the key to ending the need for a long term U.S. military presence and to stamping out the seeds of terrorism. As difficult as the war in Afghanistan has been, it would only be worse if we leave behind a economic vacuum terrorists are only too willing to fill." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Mike Turner voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Turner. Proposed Missile Defense Cuts Reflect Obama's Naïveté 26 April 2012. "It would be fundamentally irresponsible to continue drawing down our national missile defenses while states like North Korea continue to invest in developing the means to attack the American people [¦] It's unacceptable that the administration has failed to counter these emerging threats and in fact is taking steps to lessen our defenses." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Mike Turner voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Mike Turner voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Mike Turner voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Mike Turner voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Mike Turner voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Mike Turner voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Mike Turner voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mike Turner voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Mike Turner voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Working to Put Our Government's Finances in Order. 27 April 2011. "I look forward to working with Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon to find efficiencies in our Defense Department. Thoughtfully reinvesting these efficiencies and creating a more cost-effective Department of Defense strengthens our national security and saves dollars." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Working to Put Our Government's Finances in Order. 27 April 2011. "I am also heartened by the fact that all of this was accomplished without Defense Department cuts which would strain our military engaged in three wars [¦] While our government must live within its means, we must not sacrifice our national defense in the process." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Turner Statement on President's FY 2013 Budget. 13 February 2012. "I am concerned that this budget does not take into account the billions of dollars in cuts the Defense Department will be subjected to under sequestration. Essentially, the President has taken a pass on being accountable for what these cuts could do to our military and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This is the very reason why I voted against the Budget Control Act, which raised our country's debt limit by over $2 trillion." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Politico: A call for caution in cutting nuclear arms. 7 March 2012. "Any further nuclear reductions must be met with ample justification for how U.S. security will be enhanced. Simply saying that the U.S. should "reduce the roles and numbers" of its nuclear weapons is nothing more than hope in the place of a strategy. Our military leaders share these sentiments. The president's former head of U.S. Strategic Command, Gen. Kevin Chilton, in talking about the number of warheads permitted under the treaty, said, 'The arsenal that we have is exactly what is needed today to provide the deterrent.' Clearly, any further reductions will undermine the deterrent that has kept this country safe. Our nuclear weapons provide for the safety of this nation and our allies around the globe. A number of countries with the capability and resources to do so have chosen not to produce their own nuclear weapons. This is largely because Washington extends the protective umbrella of our nuclear forces over them. Changing this equation of assurance could lead to nothing less than a cascade of proliferation and a far more unpredictable and unstable global security environment. The irony of the president's proposed reductions to U.S. nuclear forces is that the number of countries with nuclear weapons may actually increase." (www.politico.com)
  • Mike Turner. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. 25 May 2011. "The gentleman is correct that this is a time of deficits and concerns about spending, but he is not correct that this doesn't hurt our national security. He also states that our troops in Europe are not needed, and that is absolutely not the case. Those troops that are there not only protect us and our European allies, but they also are essential to the operations that we're supporting around the globe, including the important operations in Afghanistan and in Iraq. He claims this amendment will save money, but in fact, this will increase our costs as we look to how we serve our allies, how we initiate our ongoing operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and how we support our men and women in uniform. The essential problem with this amendment is that it's arbitrary. Our troop strengths are based on extensive studies. There are whole books written about how you look to assessing threats, how you look to our overall assets, how you support the capabilities that we have in supporting our national defense. These are just arbitrary numbers that have been picked as to our withdrawal from Europe." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Letter to the Honorable Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense. 30 September 2010. "Recently Secretary Gates announced broad plans to reduce costs in the Department of Defense and re-appropriate those savings throughout the Department. As part of this plan, the Secretary announced three longer term projects and eight initiatives that he plans to begin implementing immediately. These eight initiatives have the ability to affect the Department, its ability to effectively fulfill its mission, and the security of the nation. A decision of this magnitude should not be made without careful reflection, supported by rigorous analysis. We have been told by the Department that the Secretary had several meetings and reviewed these decisions carefully. However, it seems clear that this decision did not carefully consider the national defense implications of such a change, nor is the decision substantiated with any sort of calculation of the direct and indirect costs to our national defense structure. In addition, no information has been provided by the Department to demonstrate any level of analysis, either financial or strategic, to determine what risks are being introduced into our national security strategy and how we are to mitigate these new risks." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 11 July 2011. "This amendment would restore funding to the most critically and historically underfunded portions of this bill: the defense activities of the Department of Energy as carried out by the semiautonomous National Nuclear Security Administration, the NNSA. I thought it was important to offer this amendment so that the record of the discussion of this bill could focus also on the importance of funding shortfalls that are occurring in this bill. The amendment would restore $241 million to NNSA defense activities, our nuclear weapons activities, with an offset from two water project catch-all funding lines, in the Corps of Engineers' account that were not requested by the President. This restoration is critically important to revitalize and modernize our nuclear security enterprise. I encourage my colleagues to consider these charts that depict the cuts in this bill to the vitally important national security programs: The FY12 Defense appropriations bill, as reported by the Appropriations Committee, cut Department of Defense spending by 1 percent below the President's budget request, the smaller amount. The FY12 Energy and Water appropriations bill before us cuts funding for the defense activities of the NNSA by 10 percent, including a 7 percent cut for nuclear weapons activities and nuclear modernization." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. CNN: Battle for the defense budget. 28 May 2012. "Within the House version is a hotly debated missile defense shield for the East Coast of the United States. The bill obligates $100 million to plan for the system, which is to be fully established by 2015. The cost of the entire system will be well into the billions. Proponents, like Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, an ardent missile defense backer, say there is a need for the shield to protect against threats from Russia or Iran." (security.blogs.cnn.com)
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

  • Mike Turner. Congress Should Pass a Budget. 28 July 2011. "In just six months, on January 1, 2011 the biggest tax increases in our nation's history will go into effect. They will hit families and small businesses “ the backbone of our economy “ the hardest. These tax increases include increases in personal income tax rates; the death tax; higher taxes for married couples and families; higher capital gains tax rates on savings and investments; elimination of using health savings or flexible spending accounts to buy over-the-counter medicines; capping the use of flexible spending accounts; an increased penalty on early withdrawals from health savings accounts; near-elimination of expensing equipment for small businesses, and total elimination of expensing by larger businesses; many other tax increases for all businesses, the largest of which is elimination of the "research and experimentation tax credit," which combined with higher marginal tax rates will cost jobs; reduction in tax deductions and credits for education and teaching expenses, including the student loan interest deduction; and disallowing charitable deductions from IRAs. These changes will have very real, negative implications for Americans and American businesses." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. A Chance to Get Healthcare Reform Right. 27 January 2011. "Adding additional taxes, fees, and costs on an already struggling economy will not help small businesses keep our neighbors employed, and will surely discourage new hiring in our communities." (turner.house.gov)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 79 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 85 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Mike Turner.. Congress must act to forestall imminent tax increases. 8 September 2010. "I have consistently supported legislative efforts to reduce the tax burden on families and small businesses, and help American workers keep a larger share of their hard-earned income. I look forward to joining my colleagues in a bipartisan effort to extend the tax rates at their current levels, to forestall a major tax increase that could further impede our economic recovery." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Working to Halt Obamacare's Ill Effects on Our Community. 30 March 2011. "I voted against this government takeover of health care in part because it imposed over $500 billion of additional taxes, fees, and costs on an already struggling economy. Those taxes coupled with nearly $2 trillion in new government spending over the next 20 years will stifle the growth we need to put Americans back to work." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. President Reagan as a Model for Our Future. 9 February 2011. "I have consistently supported legislative efforts to reduce the burden of our federal tax code on families and small businesses, and to help American workers keep a larger share of their hard-earned income. This includes my vote to pass the extension of the Bush era Tax Cuts. Increasing taxes while the economy continues to recover is the wrong approach for encouraging the growth and investments we desperately need. Businesses and job creators will use the revenue saved with the tax cuts to put Americans back to work." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Congress must act to forestall imminent tax increases. 8 September 2010. "I voted in favor of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. I supported this legislation during a previous economic downturn, because the best way to stimulate our economy, create jobs, and ultimately grow government revenues is to allow hard-working Americans to take home more of their own money to spend or save as they choose." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Congress Should Pass a Budget. 28 July 2011. "Numbers don't lie. Since President Obama took office, red ink has flowed at a shocking average rate of $4.9 billion a day, yet the president and the majority in Congress refuse to tackle the problem. Closing this gap with tax increases is no solution. We must encourage private industry, and encourage investment and spending by small business and the middle class. We can only do that if we balance the budget with sensible spending cuts, not tax increases." (turner.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Turner. National Spending Bill Simply Not Good Enough. 23 February. "Congress has spent the last year, under two different administrations, passing massive spending bills that have failed to effectively resuscitate our national economy." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. National Spending Bill Simply Not Good Enough. 23 February 2009. "Since early 2008, I have opposed the passage of literally trillions of dollars in stimulus plans and bailouts that were poorly thought out and poorly explained. Despite my opposition, some of these packages were passed into law and have since proven largely ineffective." (turner.house.gov)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Mike Turner voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Mike Turner a rating of 75 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Mike Turner voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. It's Time to Halt the Government's Takeover of the Economy. 30 September 2009. "I voted against the $700 billion bailout of our nation's financial industry, and in February I also opposed the $800 billion economic stimulus. In each case, these bills were ill-considered, did not help those who've suffered the most due to job loss and home foreclosures, and lacked details as to how tax dollars would be spent." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Government Bailouts Must Stop. 16 June 2009. "As the country struggles to recover from a deep recession, the federal government's response “ colossal new spending “ will only slow the national economic recovery." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Op-Ed: Challenges Facing Our Community in the New Decade. 6 January 2010. "While local officials are finding creative ways to adjust to the revenue decline, Congress continues to charge up the government debit card with massive federal spending, further driving our nation into debt. The Majority continues to push forward with their plans to tax and spend, passing the debt on to future generations. I have consistently voted against unreasonable increases to the federal budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Reckless Government Spending Threatens America's Future. 21 July 2012. "The reality is to date this spending has had no positive impact upon the job market as the unemployment figures show. In fact, the jobless rate has steadily climbed since the passage of the stimulus bill." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. President Shifts Focus to Jobs in State of the Union. 4 February 2012. "The president's strategy for creating jobs and growing our economy by expanding government spending and continuing to flaunt the federal stimulus is the wrong approach." (turner.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Turner. Supporting Our Service Members and Veterans. 11 May 2011. "I sponsored the Hire a Hero Act of 2011, to offer tax credits to small businesses that hire a returning veteran or member of the National Guard or Reserve. The bill would extend the Work Opportunity Tax Credit to include current National Guard and Reserve members and make the credit permanent for veterans." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Mike Turner voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Vote is Needed on Legislation to Make America More Energy Independent. 11 May 2008. "Though I believe drilling will help our energy crisis, it is critical that we increase our focus on alternative energy sources. The American Energy Act will permanently extend the tax credit for wind, solar, and hydrogen energy production which creates a greater incentive to utilize these alternative sources. The American Energy Act will also create a trust fund for renewable energy using the revenues from additional oil exploration. The legislation would also provide tax incentives for businesses and families to purchase more fuel efficient vehicles and establish a prize for development of the first car to reach 100 miles a gallon. These policies combine to address America's energy needs for the present and for the foreseeable future." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Time for the Senate to Act on Job Creating Bills. 1 November 2011. "We need to be undertaking a robust effort to provide incentives for job creation [¦] This includes bills which would reduce the tax burden on contractors, decrease regulations on agribusiness and would provide our veterans with tools to be more competitive in their job search." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Health Care Bill's Medical Device Excise Tax Stymies Economic Development and Innovation 17 September 2010. "At a time when national unemployment rate hovers around 10 percent, Congress should be implementing policy that provides relief to small businesses, the backbone of the U.S. economy, so they can expand and hire more American workers. I am a cosponsor of H.R. 5095, Protect Medical Innovation Act, introduced by my colleague Representative Erik Paulsen of Minnesota. This legislation would remove the medical device excise tax from the Internal Revenue Code. The medical device excise tax unfairly penalized entrepreneurship and innovation in the health care industry and Congress should repeal this tax before it costs American workers their jobs and lowers the quality of American health care. " (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Congress must act to forestall imminent tax increases. 8 September 2010. "Taxes on dividends and capital gains will increase dramatically, from 15 percent to 39.6 percent. This tax hike would have a significant impact on small businesses, which have accounted for 64 percent of new jobs in the private sector over the past 15 years [¦] Instead of raising taxes on investment income, we should adopt policies that will help small businesses grow, prosper, and create jobs for the millions of Americans who are seeking work." (turner.house.gov)
Yes 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

  • Mike Turner. No Child Left Behind Act Continues to Show Improvements. 25 June 2012. "The No Child Left Behind Act has proven to be effective legislation for improving our schools and education system. Through annual measurement we can follow the development and improvements of specific schools and students. We can hold schools responsible for reaching the goals they have set. In its first few years NCLB has resulted in improvements and narrowed the achievement gap for minority students. Congress has acted by increasing federal education funding to record levels, so taxpayers and parents can have confidence that the investments in learning will pay valuable dividends to our entire society with a brighter and more educated next generation." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. School Starts and Congress Funds Education for Coming Fiscal Year. 10 May 2004. "As children return to school, Congress has just voted to fund the Department of Education at record levels. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, states and school districts have unprecedented flexibility to use federal education funds as they see fit. In exchange for increased flexibility and record funding, there are strong measures of accountability for results. School systems must show that their methods are working and students are learning. The reforms and funding are designed to ensure that all students have access to a quality education." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Issue Position: Education. 25 June 2012. "Mike is a supporter of initiatives that increase federal spending on public education and put in place school accountability measures." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Turner. On Gulf Oil Spill, We Need Answers Quickly to Ensure This Never Happens Again. 10 May 2010. "The Obama administration was correct when it recently moved to make off shore drilling a possibility in several areas previously considered off limits. This decision was a move away from an anti- offshore production bias the president had during his campaign in 2008. There is no doubt the reversal was driven by the hard realities of the nation's growing energy demand and the fact that we have been under-utilizing our own natural resources." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Time for Action on our Nation's Energy Future. 28 February 2011. "In addition to the PIONEERS Act, I joined the House in passing several job-creating measures including a series of bills to expand our domestic energy production: [¦] Reverses the President's ban on new offshore drilling by requiring the Administration to move forward on American energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Time for Action on our Nation's Energy Future. 28 February 2011. "In addition to the PIONEERS Act, I joined the House in passing several job-creating measures including a series of bills to expand our domestic energy production: [¦] The Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act expands American energy production and creates jobs by requiring the Secretary of the Interior to conduct oil and natural gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Virginia that have been delayed or cancelled by the Obama Administration." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Vote is Needed on Legislation to Make America More Energy Independent. 11 August 2008. "While drilling alone is not a complete answer to high gas costs, it is a crucial element of a larger effort to move toward energy independence. I have consistently voted in support of legislation that encourages the exploration and development of available domestic petroleum resources to help increase our energy supply. I am confident that oil exploration can be accomplished in an environmentally safe manner through strict regulatory supervision and 21st century technology. Our country should also immediately begin constructing new refineries to help increase the pace and efficiency of gasoline production. Unlocking this untapped resource will put America on the path to energy self-sufficiency and make us less dependent on foreign sources of oil. The increased supply will bring down the high cost of gasoline over time." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Time for Action on our Nation's Energy Future. 28 February 2011. "In addition to the PIONEERS Act, I joined the House in passing several job-creating measures including a series of bills to expand our domestic energy production: [¦] The Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act will end the Obama Administration's de facto moratorium in a safe, responsible, transparent manner “ putting thousands of Americans back to work and increasing American energy production to help address rising gasoline prices." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Mike Turner voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Mike Turner voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Mike Turner voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of Environment America 53 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2012. "Congressman Turner supports efforts to make America energy independent. He has backed legislation that would increase our energy supply by promoting the exploration and development of domestic petroleum resources, including drilling in ANWR and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Mike is also committed to creating long term solutions to the current energy crisis by supporting legislation that would reduce America's dependency on foreign oil through alternative sources of energy such as wind, hydropower, nuclear, and clean-coal technology." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Turner. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Mike Turner voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of Environment America 53 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Mike Turner voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner.. Flawed Legislation Fails to Address Nation's Energy Needs. 7 July 2009. "Rather than disrupt the economy and place restrictions on American energy sources, Congress should promote policies which rebuild our economy, and provide consumers with reliable and affordable energy. I have joined over 100 of my House colleagues in support of the American Energy Act (HR 2846), a bill that takes advantage of our available domestic energy resources without imposing new taxes on the American consumer. This comprehensive legislation is an "all of the above" approach to our energy policy." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Time to Forget About Cap and Trade. 27 August 2010. 'The restrictions placed on U.S. manufacturers by the Cap and Trade energy bill would place them at a competitive disadvantage with other nations, encouraging relocation of additional American jobs overseas. We cannot afford to implement policies that will further burden our state's manufacturing base." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Time for the Senate to Act on Job Creating Bills. 11 November 2011. "One of the sectors of our economy being hit hardest by the passage of massive regulations by federal agencies and without the consent of Congress is agribusiness. These additional legislative restrictions run counter to what our founders intended when they drafted the Constitution. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in particular, has passed on an unprecedented number of regulations to our farming community. In response to this, I have cosponsored H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. This legislation, which has passed the House and awaits Senate consideration, limits the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in respect to climate change. This also comes in response to the Clean Air Act, which includes planned restrictions on vehicle emissions of greenhouse gases, to be implemented in 2012 and 2017." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Taking Southwest Ohio Farmer's Concerns to Capitol Hill. 30 August 2011. "I have cosponsored H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. This legislation limits the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in respect to climate change. This also comes in response to the Clean Air Act, which includes planned restrictions on vehicle emissions of greenhouse gases, to be implemented in 2012 and 2017. This also comes in response to the Clean Air Act, which includes planned restrictions on vehicle emissions of greenhouse gases, to be implemented in 2012 and 2017." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Issue Position: Energy. 25 June 2012. 'Congressman Turner supports efforts to make America energy independent. He has backed legislation that would increase our energy supply by promoting the exploration and development of domestic petroleum resources, including drilling in ANWR and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Mike is also committed to creating long term solutions to the current energy crisis by supporting legislation that would reduce America's dependency on foreign oil through alternative sources of energy such as wind, hydropower, nuclear, and clean-coal technology." (www.miketurner.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Turner. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Mike Turner voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Mike Turner in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Mike Turner in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Mike Turner a grade of 73." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Mike Turner voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Mike Turner voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Turner Endorsed by NRA Political Victory Fund. 15 March 2012. "I am glad to again have received this important endorsement. Protecting the rights our forefathers codified in the Constitution is a principle I look to in my work of representing Southwest Ohio in Congress." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Turner. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Mike Turner voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Working to Halt Obamacare's Ill Effects on Our Community. 30 March 2011. "In January, I joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House who voted to repeal this burdensome bill." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Health Care. 12 March 2010. "Madam Speaker, it is irresponsible for Congress to continue debating an increasingly unpopular and costly health care bill at a time of record-breaking deficits and uncertainty about our economy. We should be focusing on reducing spending and creating jobs. In Tuesday's New York Times, columnist David Brooks editorialized that the majority's ``passion for coverage has swamped their ..... commitment to reducing the debt. The result is a bill that is fundamentally imbalanced.'' Brooks wrote that ``they've stuffed the legislation with gimmicks and dodges designed to get a good score from the Congressional Budget Office but that don't genuinely control runaway spending.'' He points out that the bill appears deficit-neutral because it immediately collects revenues but doesn't pay for benefits until 2014. It also doesn't include $300 billion in additional costs because it assumes Congress will cut Medicare reimbursements by 21 percent. Unfortunately, this proposed government takeover of health care has blocked the path to reasonable reform. We can and must work together on a bipartisan basis to achieve real reform that will bring down costs and increase access for all Americans without increasing the national debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Health Care Tax Increase. 23 September 2010. "Mr. Speaker, last March I voted against ObamaCare, the government takeover of health care, in part because it imposed over half a trillion dollars of additional taxes, fees, and costs on an already struggling U.S. economy. Throughout the year-long debate, small business owners in my district and across the country expressed concerns that the bill would increase their health care-related costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Working to Halt Obamacare's Ill Effects on Our Community. 30 March 2011. "Eliminating these onerous provisions through a single repeal bill or through several individual bills is the way to ensure we create jobs and get our economy back on track." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Votes to Repeal Obamacare. 19 January 2011. "Congressman Mike Turner today joined a bipartisan group of House Members in supporting the repeal of Obamacare." (turner.house.gov)
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

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  • Mike Turner. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Mike Turner voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Mike Turner voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Turner Against Current Senate Immigration Legislation Says: "Amnesty Sending Wrong Message." 22 June 2007. "Until our borders are secure, Congress should not move forward with additional immigration laws. This includes waiting before Congress considers any temporary worker programs. I look forward to working with my House colleagues on meaningful immigration policies to help secure our borders, protect the rule of law and legal immigration but provide no amnesty for those who have entered the United States illegally." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Responsible Immigration Reform Must Be Addressed. 4 May 2010. "I look forward to working with my House colleagues on meaningful immigration reforms that will keep Americans safe, protect legal immigration, and provide no amnesty for those who have entered our country illegally." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Responsible Immigration Reform Must Be Addressed. 4 May 2010. "I do not support amnesty for those who have come here unlawfully. To provide amnesty to those who have knowingly broken our laws is unfair to the millions of immigrants who have followed the rules and come to our nation legally." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. "Congressman Turner believes that immigrants who come to the United States should arrive through legal channels. Mike believes that the nation should tighten its immigration laws, and he opposes amnesty to foreigners who are in the U.S. illegally. He supports policies that will strengthen our borders, promote respect for the rule of law, and ensure the safety of all citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Improving Border Security. 22 September 2006. "Securing our borders and stopping illegal immigration is now a matter of national security. I strongly support legal immigration and the rights of persons who enter our country through legal channels and follow our laws while here. However, I do not support amnesty for those who have come here unlawfully. Rewarding those who have come here illegally is unfair to the millions of immigrants who have come to America by following the rules. My guiding principles in immigration reform and border security are: Controlling America's borders, strengthening our national security and economic security. Border control and immigration legislation must offer advances in protecting our country, making Americans safer, and strengthening legal immigration." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Immigration Legislation Important for Economic and National Security. July 25 2008. "I am committed to reducing the flow of illegal immigration into our country through securing our borders and greater enforcement of existing laws." (turner.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 14 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Mike Turner voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Mike Turner voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of the American Family Association 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Mike Turner voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Why We Need a Constitutional Amendment to Define Marriage. 27 February 2004. "I am a co-sponsor of House Joint Resolution 56, proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution relating to marriage [¦] The resolution would propose a constitutional amendment that declares that marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. It prohibits the Constitution or any State constitution, or State or Federal law from being construed to require that marital status or its legal incidents be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Turner. Tackling the Opium Trade is Key to Finishing the War in Afghanistan. 25 June 2012. "Recent reports from U.S. military leaders in Afghanistan show American troops and technology are beginning to turn the tide in that conflict. Ongoing air strikes on terrorist targets using remote- piloted "drones" are having an effect as Afghan forces increasingly struggle to communicate with each other and villagers refuse to offer them places to hide." (turner.house.gov)
  • Mike Turner. Congress Must Act to Protect Key Provisions of the Patriot Act. 25 June 2012. "The USA Patriot Act has played a key role in providing for the safety and security of our nation by aggressively targeting suspected terrorists who would do harm to all Americans. The most recent foiled terrorist plots are proof that national security concerns are still real. The Fort Hood incident also indicates that while collaboration within the intelligence community has been improved by this Act, changes still need to be made. However, without full reauthorization of this Act by the end of the year, these key provisions will expire and limit our law enforcement community's ability to investigate and apprehend suspected terrorists before they strike. Any bill that weakens America's anti-terrorism laws will surely make the U.S. more vulnerable to future terrorist attacks." (turner.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

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Mike Turner supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 60 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2012. "Congressman Turner has come out strongly in support of preserving the nation's Social Security system and against proposals to privatize Social Security. He worked to pass Medicare Part D, which creates a voluntary prescription drug benefit for senior citizens and ensures access to more affordable prescription drugs. Additionally, he supported the Medicare Advantage program, which gives seniors the ability to choose their physician under the Medicare systems. Mike will continue to protect social security and Medicare and work in the best interests of seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Turner. 17 August 2010. "I oppose changes to the benefits of current or near-retirees, and believe we must preserve, protect and strengthen Social Security. President Obama has said he expects the report of his Commission on Deficit Reduction to include innovative recommendations to protect Social Security. I look forward to the Administration presenting their recommendations to Congress." (turner.house.gov)

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