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Louie Gohmert's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 1, Republican
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Louie Gohmert 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. Louie Gohmert is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Sadly, today marks 40 years of legalized abortion in all fifty states that allowed taking the life of an unborn baby at any time." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/967749/gohmerts-statement-on-the-2015-march-for-life#.VY3VGnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Louie has always believed that abortion is an obstruction of our right to life." http://www.gohmert.com/issues (www.gohmert.com)
  • "Louie has always believed that abortion is an obstruction of our right to life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/700652/issue-position-protecting-our-core-principles&speechType=7#.VlzNMWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Signed a pledge stating "[...] ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.ValC6HV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "This is not the time to be defensive. It is the time to be bold; it is time to go on offense with a truly 'FAIR' idea – a flat tax across the board. It’s time to articulate principles that don’t defend the rich, but actually create and defend a system that allows everyone the opportunity to get rich." http://gohmert.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=314073 (gohmert.house.gov)
  • "The historical facts show when you lower the tax rates, you create more growth, more businesses, more jobs and a much more robust economy – but it will be even better when everyone pays the same low tax rate – no wiggle room for the very wealthy." http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2012/12/03/gohmert-paying-our-fair-share/ (www.breitbart.com)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The mandatory minimum sentences have been studies extensively and have been found to distort any rational sentencing process. They discriminate against minorities. They waste money compared to traditional sentencing approaches, and again, they often violate common sense." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/426084/hearing-of-the-subcommittee-on-crime-terrorism-and-homeland-security-of-the-house-committee-on-the-judiciary-unfairness-in-federal-cocaine-sentencing-is-it-time-to-crack-the-100-to-1-disparity#.VY3Yq3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Under Obama's budget plan our national debt will pass $20 trillion in 2017. In fact, the plan he has suggested will add trillions upon trillions in new debt to this nation over the next decade. This reckless spending and continuation of failed policies are draining Americans' paychecks and hindering small businesses from starting and surviving." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/967751/gohmerts-statement-on-president-obamas-budget-proposal#.VY3YF3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Not only will raising taxes in a recession bring in less revenue right now, but it will result in less individual freedom and will completely fail to addresses the biggest cause of our debt: out of control spending. America is at its greatest with less government interference and more individual freedom." http://gohmert.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=314073 (gohmert.house.gov)
  • "Louie has pushed for job creating opportunities such as the Keystone Pipeline, while calling on the government to live within its own means and not raise the debt ceiling." http://www.gohmert.com/issues (www.gohmert.com)
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 "[...] ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.ValJD3V3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Raising taxes will hurt the economy, stymie job creation, while prolonging and deepening the Obama recession, as the President himself once publicly noted." http://gohmert.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=314073 (gohmert.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "What if we did away with the Department of Education and all that money that comes pouring into Washington every year – some of it borrowed – and it gets held here in Washington and gets funded to administrators and bureaucrats that have nothing to do with actually teaching anything […]." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/664589/getting-back-on-road-to-prosperity#.VZFQtnUVhHw (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#.Va0Kp3V3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "First, thank you for taking up important energy legislation with the Keystone XL Pipeline bill. We understand the Senate will complete your work on this bill this week, and we are grateful that the House and Senate are finally working together to do the people's business." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/959614/letter-to-mitch-mcconnel-senate-majority-leader-bringing-hr-240-to-the-floor/?search=xl#.VZFT0XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Louie has pushed for job creating opportunities such as the Keystone Pipeline, while calling on the government to live within its own means and not raise the debt ceiling." http://www.gohmert.com/issues (www.gohmert.com)
  • "[…] I continue to advocate for approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would end in Southeast Texas." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/854423/issue-position-jobs-and-economy/?search=keystone%20xl#.Vly-K2wViko (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

  • "When it is economically feasible and economically viable, then we'll see things like solar power become a reality. But it's no time soon. In the meantime, the President's friends are being enriched, the country is being taken to the poorhouse on a fast track. There is no need for that." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/674109/producing-american-energy#.VZFUOnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1826/rating/7716 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While he was on the campaign trail, then-Senator Barack Obama admitted the cap and trade plan would massively increase energy costs […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/437756/gohmert-says-no-to-slamming-americans-with-job-killing-energy-tax#.Va0SxHV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "These new EPA regulations, more than likely, will result in the closure of a large number of American coal production facilities as well as electricity producing plants that run on coal over the next decade. Our air in Texas is cleaner than it has been in decades and continues to improve, but what is proposed now, means higher costs and thousands fewer jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/874221/gohmert-on-obamas-new-epa-regulations#.VZFVZXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama's plan to combat global warming is a actually a plan that will ultimately shut down power plants and cause air conditioning bills to 'necessarily skyrocket' as he promised when he was a candidate. […] This measure, aimed at cutting pollution from coal-fired power plants, has essentially waged a war on our coal industry." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/874221/gohmert-on-obamas-new-epa-regulations#.VlzB2WwViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "When armed intruders break into homes, the women or men relying on a gun to protect their family should not have to worry about the restrictions on how many rounds they can have in a clip or magazine. Criminals do not worry about complying with the law – they are criminals." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/764354/gohmerts-reaction-to-president-obamas-gun-proposals#.VZFWOHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We have lost enough lives in gun-free zones. It is time to allow the law-abiding, the qualified, to protect themselves, to save our military." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/861953/lets-do-for-the-next-generation-what-the-last-generation-did-for-us#.Va0VA3V3k1M (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/votes/51284#.Va0Wv3V3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "The truth is that the American people did not want ObamaCare before it passed. After it passed, they did not like losing their insurance or their doctor they wanted to keep or even their hospital that was critical to their lives." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/985239/gohmert-on-supreme-court-obamacare-ruling#.VZFW13UVhHw (votesmart.org)
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

  • "The unlawful executive amnesty decree illegally created by President Obama will double immigration rates in the country. That will financially damage Americans legally here all the more. This President's policies are crushing the economy and doing significant damage to hurting families who try to obey our laws." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/967753/gohmert-on-census-bureaus-findings-united-states-added-twice-as-many-immigrants-as-jobs-since-2000#.VZFZXnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Not only did the Obama administration's unlawful memos trample on the U.S. Constitution, they caused many, who applied to come to the United States legally, to go to the back of the processing line behind those who were breaking the law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/985108/gohmert-grateful-appellate-court-sides-with-the-constitution-over-presidents-illegal-amnesty#.VZFZC3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today's vote shows that our nation recognizes the importance of preserving our tradition of marriage. Passing a constitutional amendment is a daunting task, but protecting the socially indispensable institution of marriage requires it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/194108/rep-gohmert-votes-to-protect-the-tradition-of-marriage#.VZFazXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Throughout his time in the legislature, Louie has recognized marriage as between a man and a woman and has worked to preserve the American family." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/700652/issue-position-protecting-our-core-principles&speechType=7#.VlzNMWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Both Moses and Jesus stated that it was God's law that 'a man will leave his father and mother and a woman will leave her home and the two will come together as one.' That defined marriage. Jesus even added that the defined marriage that God brought together should not be divided by anyone. The Supreme Court ruling is heartbreaking for the turmoil it will mean for our nation's future." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/985241/gohmert-on-supreme-court-ruling-of-same-sex-marriage#.VZFaZXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The US must remain engaged and prepared to fight terrorists, an unconventional enemy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/854429/issue-position-national-defense-and-military&speechType=7#.VlzM8GwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The drone technique of killing American citizens and killing radical jihadists is apparently thought by this administration to be a very advanced and practical approach. Well, it does avoid putting Americans at risk right now. […] So here we are now with this administration that thought waterboarding helped jihadists recruit more radicals, using a process of having a high administration official think to himself or herself, 'I don't think this may be enough, yeah, blow them up,' without giving adequate consideration to civilians who will be killed, to family members who will be upset, to the ability of our enemies to use that to recruit other radicals many times over to replace those that have been killed with a drone strike." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/771684/national-security-issues#.Va-zoXV3k1N (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

  • "Privatization is not a good idea; we are not for that. However, allowing young workers to personalize their retirement by taking a part of their retirement funds and placing them in a personal Social Security savings account that the individual actually owns is a good idea." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/78925/social-security-reform#.VZFdUnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "But let me just say that with regard to Republicans being for privatizing Social Security, that bill did not pass. It didn't even get around here to get passed because so many Republicans were not in favor of it. And, in fact, you can go back and find this Republican saying repeatedly then and still saying that what we should do is what was not done when Social Security came into existence, and that is take Social Security tax dollars and put them in a Social Security account." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/531787/social-security-and-the-economy/?search=Social%20Security#.Va-1hnV3k1M (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

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

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