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Ted Poe's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 2, Republican
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Ted Poe has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am pro life, and I believe the federal government cannot pass laws or enact regulations that compel health care providers to provide abortions and violate their conscience." http://www.tedpoe.com/issues/ (www.tedpoe.com)
  • "I am pro life, and I believe the federal government cannot pass laws or enact regulations that compel health care providers to provide abortions and violate their conscience." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/919105/issue-position-pro-life#.VZFfQXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Poe is pro-life. The only exception is to save the life of the mother. Congressman Poe opposes government funding for abortion or abortion clinics and also opposes partial-birth abortions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/375301/issue-position-pro-life#.VZFerXUVhHw (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

  • "Tax cuts apply to EVERYONE who pays taxes -- not just the rich. If you pay federal income taxes, then a tax cut affects you. In addition, it helps private industry." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/551991/rep-poe-supports-real-stimulus-cut-taxes-stop-spending/?search=stimulus#.VlzQ_2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I support replacing the IRS and the current federal income tax system with a fairer and simpler tax system. The current income tax system costs Americans hundreds of millions of dollars a year just to administer. I support debating the merits of the Fair Tax and Consumption Tax on the House floor and taking serious steps to improve our tax system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/485436/issue-position-taxeseconomy#.VZFfqnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe tax reform should include replacing the IRS and the current income tax system with a tax code that is simpler, fairer and easier to understand." http://www.tedpoe.com/issues/ (www.tedpoe.com)
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

  • "We don't have the money. Spending on bailouts and stimulus bills, the taxpayers are out of money. We're broke, and we're borrowing billions of dollars from the Chinese." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/489199/washington-is-not-listening/?search=stimulus#.VlzQuGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Then what's the plan? Stimulus 2.0. Because the first stimulus worked so well? That was a disaster as well. […] Spending is the problem. We don't need more of it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/769102/government-gone-wild/?search=stimulus#.VlzP5GwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The federal government has grown too big thanks to unchecked, excessive spending. I support significant spending cuts while sustaining those services that the federal government is constitutionally authorized to provide." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/832871/issue-position-federal-budget#.VZFgt3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Taxing, taxing, taxing is about the only solution that it can come up with. But what it doesn't seem to realize is how it's failed all of us. It's shrinking the economy even more and is shrinking paychecks too." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/728374/obama-tax-hikes#.VZFhjXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Tax cuts apply to EVERYONE who pays taxes -- not just the rich. If you pay federal income taxes, then a tax cut affects you. In addition, it helps private industry." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/551991/rep-poe-supports-real-stimulus-cut-taxes-stop-spending/?search=stimulus#.VlzQ_2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in limited government, less government spending and increased tax cuts." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/485436/issue-position-taxeseconomy#.VZFhKXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Poe feels the history of Federal involvement in K-12 education is a history of 'unfunded mandates', where Washington imposes requirements on local schools without providing funds to cover the extra costs involved. He opposes legislation that creates costly, unfunded mandates and feels this, along with bureaucratic paperwork, takes instructional time away form educators and students." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/375317/issue-position-education#.VZFh3XUVhHw (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 Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.Va---nV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "The Keystone will deliver as much oil as we get from Saudi Arabia. The United States should work more with our neighbors – our normal neighbors – Canada and Mexico to develop our national resources and compete with OPEC." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951437/keystone-xl-pipeline-act/?search=xl#.VZFig3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We're the only Nation in the world that places most of our offshore territory off limits to oil and gas exploration. Meanwhile, the government continues to subsidize failed green energy projects." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671679/say-yes-to-energy#.Va_AfXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation in support of an 'all of the above' energy approach. H.R. 6437, the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act, will modify the federal tax code to make it easier and more attractive for private capital to invest in renewable energy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/743452/reps-poe-thompson-introduce-bipartisan-legislation-to-spur-investments-in-renewable-energy-projects#.VZFj-HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I support an all-of-the above energy policy that includes tapping into all of our domestic natural resources and using feasible alternative energies." http://www.tedpoe.com/issues/ (www.tedpoe.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The bill would prohibit any EPA funds from being used to implement the regulation of greenhouse gases. The White House's new war on energy will only raise the costs for our families, cripple the economy, and put Americans out of work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/796565/president-obamas-war-on-american-energy#.VZFjVHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "[…] Cap & Trade passed in the House by one vote and is currently stalled in the Senate. If passed, it will cost thousands of jobs, raise taxes and the cost of energy without making any significant or proven improvements to the quality of the environment."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/485428/issue-position-cap-trade-epa-co2-regulations-and-climategate#.Va_Bz3V3k1M (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am proud to have received an "A+" rating from the NRA for my commitment to defending and protecting the rights of law abiding gun owners and sportsmen." http://www.tedpoe.com/issues/ (www.tedpoe.com)
  • "As a member of the NRA and the Texas State Rifle Association, Congressman Poe staunchly supports the 2nd Amendment and is a strong advocate of its protection." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/375304/issue-position-second-amendment#.VZFkaXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% 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

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care At and Health Care-Relate Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/19507/51284/50029/repeal-of-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-and-health-care-related-provisions-in-the-health-care-and-education-reconciliation-act-of-2010 (votesmart.org)
  • "Today the House voted overwhelmingly to repeal Obamacare. The American people do not want this disastrous healthcare law that was forcefully and unconstitutionally dumped onto them, and the House listened." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/967407/house-passes-obamacare-repeal#.VZFldHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I voted against the Affordable Care Act – "Obamacare" – and have voted repeatedly for its repeal" http://www.tedpoe.com/issues/ (www.tedpoe.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Time and time again, the President has bypassed Congress and the Constitution to unilaterally make our laws. In November, he announced his plan to implement an unconstitutional act of executive amnesty. In response, I immediately introduced legislation with Congressman Diane Black (R-TN) to withhold all funds for the implementation of executive amnesty." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/967713/newsletter-the-plan-to-stop-executive-overreach#.VZFmQHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "They're trying to rush it through the system because they want the judge to change his mind and the president wants to illegally, in my opinion, grant his executive order amnesty, which I don't think down the road he's going to be successful in doing." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/967693/newsmax-rep-poe-obama-cannot-rush-federal-judge-on-amnesty-ruling#.Va_EhXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I support using the National Guard – boots on the ground – and other means necessary to protect the border, uphold our laws and end the violence on the U.S./Mexico border. I also support sending some of the surplus equipment returning to the U.S. from Iraq and Afghanistan to our southern border" http://www.tedpoe.com/issues/ (www.tedpoe.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Poe supports whatever measures are necessary to preserve the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. If a Constitutional amendment is the only way to do this, then he will support a carefully worded amendment for this purpose." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/375322/issue-position-marriage-protection#.VZFnKXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congressman Poe serves on the Terrorism Subcommittee of the International Relations Committee and believes the United States should secure its borders and pursue all potential threats. Poe supports making our national defense second to none – both in manpower and intelligence." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/375298/issue-position-terrorism#.VZFnpXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As a freedom loving country, that means the United States has a duty to spread democracy around the world and to remain engaged in the war on terrorism." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/583030/issue-position-national-defensemilitary&speechType=7#.Va_HnHV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • " A passionate advocate of taking the fight to the terrorists before they bring terror to the United States." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/374846/issue-position-war-on-terror#.VbFuYnV3k1M (votesmart.org)
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

  • "Congress must not rob Social Security funds to pay for other programs. In addition to protecting Social Security, younger workers should have the option of building an additional voluntary retirement account. This will not take money away from Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/375311/issue-position-social-security#.VZFo8XUVhHw (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.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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