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Kenny E. Marchant

Kenny Marchant's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Kenny E. Marchant
Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 24, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 24
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Donna; 4 Children
Birth Date: 02/23/1951
Birth Place: Bonham, TX
Home City: Coppell, TX
Religion: Church of the Nazarene
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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 2014, 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

  • Kenny Marchant. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Kenny Marchant. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Kenny Marchant. Issue Position: Social Issues. 15 November 2011. "Sanctity of Life: I believe that government as an obligation to protect innocent human life, from conception to natural death, and oppose any use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions. I have written and supported numerous pro-life bills throughout my public service." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Kenny Marchant. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Kenny Marchant. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Kenny Marchant. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (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 Kenny Marchant a rating of 19 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Kenny Marchant voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kenny Marchant. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Kenny Marchant voted Did Not Vote on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of Peace Action West 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Congressman Marchant Comments on President's Oval Office Address. 1 September 2010. "We shouldn't forget our troops in Afghanistan who today are fighting bravely to stabilize the region, daily combating Al-Qaeda forces and Taliban fighters. As General Petraeus implements a new strategy in Afghanistan, we must keep mindful the negative impact that arbitrary, inflexible timelines could have on achieving our mission. We can't afford to make national security decision based on political expedience, but by facts on the ground with counsel from our military leadership. It is my hope that President Obama will work with Congress and our military leaders to accomplish the mission in Afghanistan and bring our troops home safely." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of the Peace Action 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kenny Marchant. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Issue Position: National Security. 9 August. 2012. "Congressman Marchant believes that the fundamental responsibility of the federal government is to protect its citizens from foreign and domestic threats. To this end, Congressman Marchant is a strong advocate of a robust and well-equipped military [¦] Congressman Marchant also believes it is critical that the U.S. continue a robust missile defense development program to defend ourselves and our allies against North Korea. We should continue to develop and deploy missile defense systems, reverse budget cuts to missile defense." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Marchant Responds to President's FY06 Budget Submission. 7 February 2005. "'I am encouraged by the President's enforcement of spending restraint and deficit reduction goals,' said Marchant. 'In order to sustain this country's economic expansion and boost confidence in the American economy, the federal government must make fiscal discipline a top priority.' The President's 2006 Budget is the first since the Reagan Administration to propose cuts to non-security related discretionary spending. The Budget holds overall discretionary spending to below the projected rate of inflation, even with significant increases in homeland security and defense-related spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Kenny Marchant voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (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

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 95 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 90 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers 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." (www.atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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 Kenny Marchant a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Kenny Marchant voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Kenny Marchant voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Issue Position: Economy. 15 November 2011. "One of my top priorities in Congress is to reduce the national debt and balance the budget by cutting government spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Marchant Statement on Passage of "Stimulus" Bill. 13 February 2009. "Timely, targeted and temporary, this bill is not. The utter lack of accountability and wasteful spending this bill represents will make the American people forget about the boondoggle the $700 billion bailout bill has become." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Issue Position: Economy. 15 November 2011. "Congressman Marchant voted against the stimulus bill because he knows that we cannot borrow and spend our way to economic prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Issue Position: Federal Government Spending. 15 November 2011. "Congressman Marchant is a fiscal conservative, and he came to Congress to work hard to balance the budget and reduce the national debt. To that end, Congressman Marchant supports fiscally responsible legislation that strengthens the budget, controls federal spending, and reduces deficits and debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Marchant Disapproves of Democrat's "Tax and Spend." 21 March 2007. "Less than three months after taking power Democrats have lived up to their reputation as 'tax and spend liberals.' In fact, by proposing the largest tax increase in American history, they have raised the bar of wasteful spending to a new level. Our nation doesn't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Marchant Responds to State of the Union Address. 3 February 2011. "I specifically applaud the President for establishing fiscal discipline as a top priority. A main goal for this session is to reign in spending, and under the President's leadership, I am confident that taxpayers' dollars will be spent wisely." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Marchant: "The Dodd-Frank Act is an Empty Effort at Financial Reform." 1 July 2010. ""This bill does not best serve our constituents. While they are demanding Congress to reign in spending, this bill hikes taxes and makes bailouts permanent. As a proponent of limited government, we must force the private sector to pay for their own mess through traditional bankruptcy rather than strap it on the backs of American taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Twitter: RepKenMarchant. 7 November 2011. "For Jobs, Best Stimulus is No Stimulus." (twitter.com)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kenny Marchant. Marchant Comments On President Obama's Fiscal Year 2011 Budget. 2 February 2010. "Instead of declaring war on every productive sector of our ever-dwindling private economy, the President should look at ways to lessen the tax burden on families and small businesses and encourage job creation. It is the private sector, not the government, which will lead the country out of its current predicament." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Issue Position: Economy. 15 November 2011. "Kenny Marchant believes economic growth and free enterprise thrive on tax cuts for families and businesses, not on higher taxes and increased regulation by the federal government. By keeping taxes low, reducing discretionary spending and simplifying the tax code, our economy can further grow and remain competitive in the global marketplace." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Marchant Statement On Economic "Stimulus" Package. 29 January 2009. ""We could have allowed small businesses to retain workers and grow their businesses through bold, targeted tax relief. Instead, Speaker Pelosi chose the route of pork barrel and temporary cash transfers which will do nothing to help the neediest Americans get a job. I believe our small businesses hold the key to unlocking lasting economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Issue Position: Economy."A strong supporter of lowering taxes for families and small businesses, I believe tax relief not only increases investment opportunities but stimulates job growth and innovation." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Marchant Responds to the President's Address to Congress. 8 September 2011. "Throughout the August district work period, I talked to job creators from many industries. Their message was clear. We need to reform the tax code, cut burdensome regulations on small businesses, and lower the corporate tax rate." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Marchant Named to the House Committee on Ways & Means. 15 March 2011. "I look forward to working [¦] to promote a pro-growth agenda that allows businesses to flourish once again. This will mean working with small businesses and entrepreneurs to pass legislation that reverses the burdensome regulations and tax increases that have hampered private sector job creation and hindered our economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Kenny Marchant. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Kenny Marchant. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "Congressman Marchant believes every child is entitled to a quality education. As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, Marchant supports scholastic excellence through accountability and flexibility for teachers, parents, and students. Marchant believes greater state flexibility will increase opportunities for our students and educators." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Kenny Marchant voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Kenny Marchant voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Kenny Marchant voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kenny Marchant. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Kenny Marchant. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Kenny Marchant. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Kenny Marchant. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Kenny Marchant. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Kenny Marchant. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Kenny Marchant. Issue Position: Gun Rights. "As a cosponsor of numerous pro-gun bills, Congressman Marchant has developed a well-earned reputation as a defender of Second Amendment rights. While representing Texas Congressional District 24, Marchant cosponsored legislation requiring all states to honor concealed carry permits and reforming the regulations governing firearm dealers." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 15 November 2011. "As a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and lifelong advocate of the Second Amendment, Congressman Marchant believes in an individual right to keep and bear arms. Throughout his career, Congressman Marchant has fought to protect and uphold the Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Kenny Marchant in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Kenny Marchant a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kenny Marchant. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Kenny Marchant voted Did Not Vote on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Kenny Marchant in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Kenny Marchant in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. "During his tenure in Congress, Congressman Marchant has consistently supported common sense immigration policies that strengthen border security and strictly enforce the laws of our country. Congressman Marchant continues to work to strengthen the security of our nation's borders because he believes that border security is critical to our national security. Congressman Marchant is strongly opposed to amnesty for illegal aliens because amnesty rewards those who choose to break our nation's laws, and only serves to encourage and incentivize the flood of illegal immigration plaguing our nation today." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades. This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Kenny Marchant voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Kenny Marchant voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Kenny Marchant voted Did Not Vote on 12/15/2010. (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

  • Kenny Marchant. Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "The news of Osama bin Laden's death is welcome news not only for those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001, but for our entire nation. Nearly ten years after the heinous attacks, we showed the world that America follows through on its missions. While this is a victory for freedom in the Global War on Terror, we must remain vigilant because the threat from radical extremists continues. I want to congratulate our military and our intelligence community for their dogged determination in continuing the nearly decade-long pursuit of Osama bin Laden." (votesmart.org)
Yes 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. "Kenny Marchant supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 20 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Kenny Marchant. Issue Position: Medicare/Social Security. 15 November 2011. "Marchant favors modernizing the systems through measures such as enhancing ownership with Social Security personal account systems and offering greater Medicare choices for seniors." (votesmart.org)

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Texas State Legislative Election 2002 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
Slightly Increase Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Environment
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Health care
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase Fundingf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Slightly Increase Fundingg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Eliminatec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatee) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusg) Vehicle taxes
h) Other or expanded categories
Undecidedi) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Yesj) Do you support placing any operating surplus into the rainy day fund?
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Texas governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Texas state senators and representatives?___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
No1) Individual
Undecided2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
No4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Nog) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesh) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying, and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesi) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Texas are closed?
Noj) Should Texas recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesk) Should Texas restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) Support the use of the death penalty in Texas.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xh) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xi) Support the lower .08 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
Xj) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
k) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xl) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
Xm) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xn) Create statewide standards for defense counsel in capital murder cases.
o) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
Xc) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
d) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xe) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xf) Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools.
Xg) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase state funding to expand Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
k) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
Xm) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education funding reform.
a) Implement a State income tax.
b) Implement a Statewide property tax.
c) Support the current system, which seeks to equalize funding by redistributing funding from wealthier districts to poorer ones.
Xd) Other or expanded principles

Raise state funds to schools in order to eliminate Robin Hood

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children of low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in Texas anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Yesc) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nod) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xf) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in Texas.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xe) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
Xg) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
i) Other or expanded principles
In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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