Representative Michael C. Burgess's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 26, Republican
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Michael Burgess has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Michael Burgess 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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 Michael Burgess a rating of 25 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Michael Burgess voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Michael Burgess voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Michael Burgess voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Issue Position: Family Issues. 11 November 2011. "I believe that human life is precious, and that government should protect human life, not assist in its destruction. I am a member of the Values Action Team and the Pro-life Caucus, and I will support legislation to protect the rights of unborn children. Having dedicated more than 25 years of my life to a pro-life obstetrics practice, I believe that the United States Constitution is very clear when it guarantees a right to life." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Michael Burgess voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Michael Burgess voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Michael Burgess voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Michael Burgess voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 86 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Michael Burgess pledge to the taxpayers of the 26th district of the state of Texas and to the American people that 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)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 90 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Burgess. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Michael Burgess voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 89 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Michael Burgess voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. The News Connection “ Congress is Back to Business “ the People's Business. 10 September 2008. "The formula for economic growth is low taxes, less regulation, and controlled spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Burgess Votes in Favor of Cap, Cut, and Balance. 19 July 2011. "Families across this nation are cutting their spending at home, and Washington must do the same. America can't afford more spending and more debt while not seeing growth. America needs more jobs. We need to quit spending money we do not have and we need to put people back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Burgess: Stimulus Bill Missed the Mark. 30 January 2009. "My constituents have been calling my office, telling me to stop spending their money. They want me to let them spend it themselves, because they know how to spend it best. I believe this, and I am disheartened that I must face the citizens of my district and tell them that the government decided to spend their income for them." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Issue Position: Economy. 11 November 2011. "Broadly increasing federal spending to simply fill spending gaps is the wrong answer. It did not work to revive our economy during the Great Depression, and it did not work during the Asian financial crisis of the 1990s. I strongly opposed H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also known as the economic stimulus package." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Issue Position: Federal Spending. 11 November 2011. "Over the past year, Congress has passed several large spending bills and bailouts and I proudly voted against all of them [¦] Congress has a responsibility to help fix the cause of our current economic situation and hold those accountable for their actions. We cannot do that when we continue to reward failure." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. The Stimulus Bill. 23 February 2009. "Mr. Speaker, there is no shortage of things we can talk about when it comes to spending. Certainly the stimulus bill came to us advertised as a jobs bill. It turned out to be a spending bill, and that is a consequence that most of us will have to live with for the rest of our lives. It was an explosive growth in Federal spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Twitter: michaelcburgess. 8 July 2011. "After $830b stimulus, 28 months of unemployment over 8% and 800days since Dems bassed budget, where are the jobs?" (twitter.com)
  • 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 Michael Burgess a rating of 84 percent." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Burgess. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "As the federal government continues to be actively involved in our education system, the simple fact is that parents can make better choices about their children's education than the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. I believe the availability of school choice will both provide students with more access to better schools and also induce public schools to improve as a result of competition. It is for this reason that I support local control over education. I firmly believe that state governments, local school boards, teachers, parents and students must be the ones that set the agenda for education, and they must have the responsibility of controlling the money." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

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Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Burgess. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Michael Burgess voted Did Not Vote on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Michael Burgess voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Letter to Colleague. 6 April 2011. "We are writing to urge you to support H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, which would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from circumventing Congressional intent and moving forward with its global warming regulatory regime. EPA has begun to promulgate new rules under the Clean Air Act that have the potential to be the most complex, expansive and expensive in the agency's history." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Climate Change: State and Local Perspectives. 15 March 2007. "I strongly support the use of renewable energy and believe that where it can be installed, it should be. I am, however, concerned about adopting a federal mandatory Renewable Electricity Standard requirement when individual states, such as Texas and others represented here today, have already made significant improvement in this area on their own." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. 8 April 2011. "From the 'flex-permitting'' plan that Texas' Council on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has had implemented for over two decades, to greenhouse gas permitting, which will destroy industry all over the state and the country, the EPA is holding up permits and stifling growth at every turn." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Issue Position: Energy and Environment. 11 November 2011. "I remain seriously concerned that capping carbon and trading carbon credits will hurt American economic growth without providing enough benefit for the expense. I will continue to oppose any additional efforts to pass this legislation should it pass the U.S. Senate and come back the U.S. House of Representatives for a final vote." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Michael Burgess voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Michael Burgess a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Michael Burgess voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Issue Position: Judiciary. 1 January 2011. "Free speech rights, the right to Bear Arms, the protections from warrantless searches and seizures by the government all must be protected, not just by U.S. courts, but by all representatives of the government." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Michael Burgess voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Michael Burgess in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Burgess. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Michael Burgess voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Burgess. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Michael Burgess voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Michael Burgess voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Michael Burgess in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. 72 Members Tell Senate: Enforcement First, No Amnesty. 16 March 2006. "We believe that both houses of Congress have a shared responsibility to solve this problem. Unfortunately, we have grave concerns about several of the proposals which have been presented to your committee. We are concerned that some of these proposals are fundamentally incompatible with the desire of the American public for real immigration reform - and their clear opposition to reform proposals that amount to little more than thinly disguised attempts to provide amnesty. If the Senate were to pass such a proposal, we believe it would doom any chance of a real reform bill reaching the President's desk this year. In order to provide a roadmap to successful reform, we ask that you consider several fundamental principles when you are crafting your committee's proposal: [¦] No Amnesty: Rewarding persons who have broken the law with an advantage that they would not otherwise have had encourages more illegal behavior and is unjust to immigrants who came to the U.S. legally." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Burgess Statement on Executive Order. 15 June 2012. "With over 12 million Americans unemployed, President Obama showed that he is not concerned with policies that will put them back to work. Instead, he wants to put illegal immigrants ahead of the rule of law and provide them with work permits. This is not only a reckless decision, but one that will continue to block opportunities for American citizens to find employment. I urge the president to stop supporting amnesty and to stop creating policy that will continue to make it harder for Americans to find work." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Burgess Statement on Immigration Deal. 17 May 2007. "If the rumors are true, I will not support the bill. I do not believe in amnesty. Citizenship in this country means something, and we should not diminish its integrity by allowing those who have knowingly broken U.S. law to become citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Burgess on Death of Senate Immigration Bill. 28 June 2007. "he convoluted and 'amnesty-light' bill brought forth in the Senate truly was D.O.A., and no bolt of lightening will jolt it back to life. I remain hopeful that the House steps up to the challenge." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Issue Position: Border Security & Immigration. 9 August 2012. "I strongly oppose any proposal to grant amnesty to illegal aliens. Today, there are nearly 8-10 million illegal aliens in the United States. At this critical juncture, we need to improve enforcement of our immigration laws and support provisions that make the legal immigration process viable." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Issue Position: Immigration Reform. 9 August 2012. "When discussing immigration we must also look at the policies that our current immigration system now operates by. Congress must take a common sense approach when creating policy that aims at reducing illegal immigration, and we must be willing to place tighter controls on legal immigration. As a nation we cannot afford to implement an amnesty program, and as your Congressman, I will not support any legislation that proposes to do so." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Michael Burgess in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Burgess. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Michael Burgess voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Michael Burgess voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 14 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Michael Burgess voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Burgess. Protecting America: FISA and Military Progress in the Middle East. 5 March 2008. "We talk about a war on terror, but the reality is we're fighting a war against radical Islam. Terror is one of the tactics that's used in that fight. I don't think there's any question that we need to keep our focus on each of those countries, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, certainly redouble our efforts in Afghanistan and really begin thinking long term." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "The death of bin Laden is great news for the security of America and marks a key achievement in our efforts to defeat al Qaeda. America will remain vigilant in our fight against al Qaeda and other radical extremism around the world, and we will continue to do everything we can to protect the American people." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Burgess. Social Security. 8 March 2005. "Mr. Speaker, what we can do is take those excess funds being paid into Social Security and place them into individual accounts that would not be accessible to government spenders and not be accessible to congressional appropriators. Allow these accounts to earn interest by following a conservative investment strategy, and now perhaps we begin to see the opportunity to preserve Social Security and ensure its solvency well into the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Burgess. Social Security. 9 March 2005. "The only way to protect the Social Security funds is to put them in accounts controlled by individuals where we cannot get at it. A question always comes how are we going to pay for this. We are already paying a great deal of money into the Social Security funds. We are paying a surplus into the Social Security system. So why not take that money in surplus, invest it and earn a fair rate of return on that investment." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Michael Burgess supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 56 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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