Representative Raúl Labrador's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (ID) - District 1, Republican
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Raúl Labrador 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. Raúl Labrador is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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.

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  • "The most basic right that we, as human beings, have is the right to life. I am strongly pro-life, and I support legislation that protects life. Furthermore, I oppose any federal funding for abortion, both here and abroad." http://labrador.house.gov/life/ (labrador.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227#.VgBruXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "I am gravely concerned by Washington’s out-of-control spending and borrowing which is harming our economy today and threatening the future of the American Dream." https://labrador.house.gov/budget-and-spending/ (labrador.house.gov)
  • "Government doesn’t tax too little; it spends too much." http://labrador.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=66&sectiontree=5,66 (labrador.house.gov)
  • Signed pledge stating "[…] 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge/?search=pledge#.VgFsMHUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Scaling back and eliminating mandatory minimum sentences is also good for taxpayers. Federal prison spending has increased more than five-fold in 30 years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958995/newsletter-tough-but-smart-momentum-builds-for-sentencing-reform/?search=Mandatory%20minimum#.VYHeunUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As I've said before, we must be both strict and smart when it comes to federal criminal sentencing. The 'one-size-fits-all' approach Congress put on the books has tied the hands of judges without improving public safety. Nearly half of the inmates filling our federal prisons are incarcerated for drug offenses. Many of them do not need overly harsh penalties." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953955/labrador-scott-introduce-bipartisan-bill-to-reform-criminal-sentencing-laws/?search=Mandatory%20minimum#.VYHfg3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "To put our fiscal house in order, I support significant, across-the-board cuts to federal spending. I also support a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution." http://labrador.house.gov/budget-and-spending/ (labrador.house.gov)
  • "Government doesn’t tax too little; it spends too much." https://labrador.house.gov/taxes/ (labrador.house.gov)

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  • "To grow our economy, I support tax reform grounded in two important principles - closing tax loopholes for special interests and lowering marginal rates for American families and small businesses." https://labrador.house.gov/taxes/ (labrador.house.gov)
  • "Throughout his time in the Idaho Legislature, Raul Labrador has been a proven tax fighter and a committed advocate for tax relief for Idaho families. Whether it is leading the effort against efforts to raise the gas tax or sponsoring legislation to reduce the burden taxes play on you and your family, Raul has been at the forefront of the fight to protect Idaho taxpayers. In Congress, Raul will continue his commitment to protecting Idaho taxpayers by sponsoring legislation to permanently reduce the ever growing tax burden the politicians in Washington want to pass onto Idaho families. Raul will also oppose any and all efforts to increase your taxes, just like he has in the Idaho Legislature." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/507574/issue-position-taxes#.VXhYP3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "The bill, introduced by Rep. John Kline (MN-2) on June 6, 2013, addresses the need to prepare students for postsecondary education and the workforce by replacing federal accountability standards with state-based systems that can effectively measure a student’s progress. Additionally, the bill limits the ability of the secretary of education to inappropriately incentivize states to adopt the Common Core or other common standards or assessments." http://www.fightthecore.com/idaho-congressman-raul-labrador-fighting-against-common-core/ (www.fightthecore.com)

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  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VYHjgXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Given the positive impact of domestic energy on jobs and the economy, you must come to the conclusion that this is in the national interest It is time to act in our nation's best interest and approve the Keystone XL pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761081/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone#.VXheNXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "We offer our full support of the current process undertaken by the House Committee on Ways and Means that will allow the most anti-competitive and economically harmful tax provisions, specifically the wind energy production tax credit (PTC), to expire. Extending the wind PTC is a key priority for the Obama Administration and its efforts to prop up wind and other favored 'green energy' technologies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/914004/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-and-kevin-mccarthy-majority-leader-of-the-house-end-the-wind-production-tax-credit/?search=energy#.VXhfWHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that we must include research and investment in a variety of alternative energy resources. Securing our America's energy needs is not as simple as having one solution. We must invest in various forms of clean energy to help increase competition among energy suppliers making it more affordable for all Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/631848/issue-position-natural-resources-and-energy/?search=energy#.VXheynUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "We must also not tolerate the job-killing regulations that the EPA dreams to implement. Even though the current and past administrations have recognized that the Clean Air Act is not appropriate for the regulation of greenhouse gases, the EPA nonetheless has chosen to ignore those findings and treat greenhouse gases as though they endanger the public health and welfare." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/588578/directing-committees-to-review-regulations-from-federal-agencies/?search=greenhouse#.VXhgpXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The failed bailouts that will cost Idaho taxpayers millions of dollars still passed, cap and trade that would increase Idaho families taxes still passed, government run health care still passed, and the failed stimulus bill that didn't create any jobs still passed." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/551672/labrador-questions-incumbent-democrat-assertions-in-new-tv-ad-campaign/?search=cap%20and%20trade#.VYHmUnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "The Second Amendment guarantees individuals the fundamental right to keep and bear arms. I will oppose all legislation that infringes on the right of law-abiding citizens to own a gun. Furthermore, I will oppose any regulation, administrative action or treaty that infringes upon our Second Amendment freedom." http://labrador.house.gov/second-amendment/ (labrador.house.gov)
  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)

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  • "More broadly, the GOP change in the Senate means Congress should pass a free-market alternative to Obamacare. It means tax reform, which lowers rates, eliminates corporate welfare and tax loopholes, and raises additional revenue through growth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/935579/newsletter-the-responsibility-of-governing/?search=obamacare#.VXhhWHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly oppose the 'Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act', better known as 'Obamacare', and I’ve voted to repeal it." http://labrador.house.gov/healthcare/ (labrador.house.gov)

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  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.136 "Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693 (votesmart.org)
  • "The Senate comprehensive bill repeats the mistakes of the 1986 amnesty. I will oppose any legislation – such as the Senate bill – that is based on the philosophy of 'legalization first, border security later.'" http://labrador.house.gov/immigration/ (labrador.house.gov)
  • "Let me make it clear -- I do not support amnesty for illegals. Let me say it again: no amnesty not now, not ever. Those here illegally must return to their home countries and apply to re-enter per the laws of the United States of America." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/547983/#.VXhijHUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Rep. Raúl Labrador […] introduced a landmark bipartisan bill today to protect freedom of conscience on the issue of marriage. Their bill -- the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act -- would prohibit discrimination through the federal tax code against individuals or institutions that exercise religious conscience regarding marriage as the union of one man and one woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/816945/scalise-joins-bipartisan-coalition-in-introducing-marriage-and-religious-freedom-act#.VYHxFXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • " Raul also believes that marriage is between one man and one woman and strongly supported Idaho's constitutional amendment protecting marriage." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/507571/issue-position-protecting-the-family-and-the-rights-of-the-unborn/?search=marriage#.VXhjvXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "The United States must not treat terrorists like suspects or criminal defendants. Unfortunately the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats do not seem to understand this. As Charles Krauthammer eloquently outlines in a recent column, 'the logic is perverse. If we find [a terrorist] in an al-Qaeda training camp in Yemen, where he is merely preparing for a terror attack, we snuff him out with a Predator -- no judge, no jury, no qualms. But if we catch him in the United States in the very act of mass murder, he instantly acquires protection not just from execution by drone but even from interrogation.' https://de-de.facebook.com/labradorforidaho/posts/236538321386 (de-de.facebook.com)

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