Representative Kristi Noem's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (SD) - At-Large, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - At-Large
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Kristi Noem has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Kristi Noem 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.

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  • "Americans recognize that H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, needs to be passed, and it needs to be done because it is the right thing to do. I've always been pro-life. I believe as a lawmaker I have a duty to protect those that are the most vulnerable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/796105/pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act#.VYmc0nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I am, and always have been pro life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/511312/issue-position-protecting-life#.VjvRtWwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Rather than increasing your taxes, it begins to lay the groundwork for a fairer and simpler tax code that could lower your annual tax bill, enabling you to keep more of your hard-earned dollars at home instead of in Washington’s pockets." http://www.noem.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ContentRecord_id=B2A1DCBA-0B55-4B61-B4FC-E8D043ADF0C3 (www.noem.house.gov)
  • "We must end the unfair death tax that is especially hard on family-owned farms, ranches and small businesses and reduce marginal tax rates that families and small businesses pay." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/555565/issue-position-taxes-and-spending/?search=tax%20rate#.VjvSbWwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • "With that in mind, the House budget would eliminate $5.5 trillion in spending over the next 10 years, allowing us to balance the budget in that time. Those are big cuts, but that’s what’s necessary to create economic opportunity, achieve genuine accountability and make the bold choices that are necessary to get more control over this budget." http://www.noem.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ContentRecord_id=85B0C5C1-6043-4860-8E31-619D99F654F6 (www.noem.house.gov)
  • "Two years later, the so-called stimulus can be labeled as nothing other than a failure. We are further in debt and we have yet another example of how government spending cannot create private sector jobs over the long term […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/590596/noem-2-years-later-stimulus-still-wrong-approach/?search=Stimulus#.VjvTMWwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Rather than increasing your taxes, it begins to lay the groundwork for a fairer and simpler tax code that could lower your annual tax bill, enabling you to keep more of your hard-earned dollars at home instead of in Washington’s pockets." http://www.noem.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ContentRecord_id=B2A1DCBA-0B55-4B61-B4FC-E8D043ADF0C3 (www.noem.house.gov)
  • "To give them the certainty they need, we need to overhaul our entire tax code and bring it into the 21st century. Let's lower the rates so that we can compete in the global marketplace, broaden the tax base, and eliminate the special interest loopholes that benefit Wall Street at our expense." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/921447/issue-position-getting-our-economy-back-on-track/?search=loophole#.VjvUVmwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "In 2013, I supported the House in reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind – with some changes. Those changes included restoring local control, supporting effective teachers, reducing the federal footprint and empowering parents." http://noem.house.gov/index.cfm/education (noem.house.gov)
  • "I’ve always believed that decisions are best made at the local level – and this includes decisions relating to our education system. Recently, the House voted to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind. The Student Success Act, which I supported, will restore local control, support effective teachers, reduce the federal footprint and empower parents." http://noem.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ContentRecord_id=D9451D27-8F6E-4568-81F3-AB3EFB837AD8 (noem.house.gov)
  • "I will support efforts to protect local control and minimize intrusion from the federal government. If elected to Congress I will be a voice for South Dakota's rural school districts and their unique needs. We know that top-down federal programs designed for downtown Chicago school districts might not work as well in rural South Dakota." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/555576/issue-position-improving-education#.VYsD5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "With thousands of jobs on the line – including many in South Dakota, I’ve voted repeatedly to move the Keystone XL pipeline forward." http://noem.house.gov/index.cfm/energy (noem.house.gov)
  • "Further delaying Keystone XL would deprive South Dakota of good jobs, millions of dollars in revenue for cash-strapped counties, and relief for the roads and rails that are currently crowded with oil transit. I am committed to doing all I can to see this pipeline through – no matter the legislative hurdles we have to cross to accomplish that."http://www.noem.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ContentRecord_id=12292AEB-0A61-434C-A0DC-EF695A5B4A06 (www.noem.house.gov)

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  • "That’s why I support an all-of-the-above approach that includes natural gas, wind, ethanol, clean coal, renewable energies, and domestic oil." http://noem.house.gov/index.cfm/energy (noem.house.gov)
  • "I’m proud to have led efforts in the House to extend tax credits for wind energy." http://www.noem.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ContentRecord_id=10D1F925-6934-4C98-BF9B-6E0DFED4E16F (www.noem.house.gov)

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  • "The bipartisan letter urges the Agency to provide at least a 120-day comment period. The new regulations are expected to place greater restrictions on the amount of carbon dioxide coal plants can release into the atmosphere each year. This would be the first regulations on greenhouse gas emissions for existing power plants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/876536/letter-to-gina-mccarthy-environmental-protection-agency-administrator-get-more-feedback-on-greenhouse-gas-proposal#.VYmk13UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Many can’t afford to pay more, but under a proposed EPA greenhouse gas rule that targets the coal industry, costs could increase by $17 billion nationwide. I’ve fought these regulations and been vocal about the fact that taking resources like coal and oil out of the equation without a viable replacement puts our stable and reliable electricity system at risk." http://noem.house.gov/index.cfm/energy (noem.house.gov)
  • "Earlier this month, the Western Caucus, which is a group of like-minded Members of Congress from Western states, introduced a plan entitled the 'The Western Caucus Jobs Frontier.' […] Specifically the Jobs Frontier Plan focuses on […] Eliminating "Cap and Trade" Energy Tax Regulations" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/638387/weekly-column-a-jobs-plan-for-the-west-by-the-west/?search=cap%20and%20trade#.VjvVtGwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Under no circumstances should ATF adopt a standard that would ban ammunition that is overwhelmingly used by law-abiding Americans for legitimate purposes. Like many hunters and sportsmen across the country, I am relieved the ATF has withdrawn this inappropriate proposal from the Obama administration."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974118/after-pointed-questions-from-noem-and-others-atf-retracts-ammunition-ban-proposal#.VYmjcHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "That's why I wanted to come to the floor today, because I wanted to talk about how the Constitution guarantees us the individual's right to keep and bear arms. That's why I strongly support the Second Amendment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/781913/second-amendment-rights#.VYmjPnUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to support this bill, which would repeal the President's health care law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/721195/repeal-of-obamacare-act/?search=obamacare#.VjvXImwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "It is not enough, however, to just repeal Obamacare. Now is the time to cure our healthcare system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/825596/noem-supports-new-alternative-to-obamacare/?search=obamacare#.VjvWXGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Hundreds of South Dakotans have contacted my office with concerns about the Affordable Care Act […] That's why I've been working on a replacement: the American Health Care Reform Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1009833/issue-position-health-care/?search=obamacare#.VjvXVGwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Without leadership from this administration to curb the crisis on our southern border, I believed it was important that Congress put forward a targeted package that secures our border, creates streamlined systems to send those who have crossed illegally back to their home countries faster, and establishes reformed policies to prevent further crises." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/912642/newsletter-a-plan-to-secure-our-southern-border#.VYm0bHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Illegal immigration must come to and end. Since the federal government has failed in its leadership on this issue it is not surprising that states have stepped up and are working to enforce the law and secure the border. The last thing the federal government should do is stand in their way." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/531769/kristi-noem-supports-measure-to-enforce-immigration-laws#.VYm1V3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "The American people, through their elected representatives, have defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. I will continue to support preserving traditional family values and vote to protect them." http://noem.house.gov/index.cfm/family (noem.house.gov)
  • "I am a strong supporter of protecting traditional marriage and family. The American people, through their elected representatives, have defined marriage as union between one man and one woman. I will continue to support preserving traditional family values and vote to protect them." http://www.johnthune.com/news/post/thune-remains-opposed-to-gay-marriage/ (www.johnthune.com)

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  • Signed a letter stating "Iran's record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran. […] Any inspection and verification regime must allow for short notice access to suspect locations, and verifiable constraints on Iran's nuclear program must last for decades." http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/sites/republicans.foreignaffairs.house.gov/files/03.20.15%20-%20Iran%20Letter%20-%20POTUS.pdf (foreignaffairs.house.gov)
  • "Time and time again, America has shown that we are a strong nation of resilient people. It shouldn't take a tragedy to bring us together. This anniversary, however, should remind us that we can band together, that we have done so in the past and that we will continue to do so going forward--not just on 9/11, but every day." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/638393/weekly-column-remembering-september-11th#.VYsFLXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "They remain a key partner as we've worked to defeat the terrorism of ISIL, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and affiliate groups. […] We live in a dangerous world, but Israel lives in a dangerous neighborhood. America cannot turn our back on our ally in times of peace -- and certainly, not in times of heightened threats." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974097/weekly-column-cherishing-freedom-and-offering-hope/?search=isil#.VjvaBGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Our B-1's are serving a mission-critical role as the United States takes on ISIL and other major threats. The airmen flying those bombers and other military aircraft ought to have a training complex that can sufficiently prepare them for success in the field." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974407/kelo-radio-sd-delegation-reacts-to-powder-river-expansion/?search=isil#.VjvZumwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • ""Seniors have worked hard and paid into the system and as South Dakota's next U.S. Representative I will protect Social Security for those in retirement and nearing retirement. I will oppose any efforts to privatize Social Security. For younger workers we need to look for bipartisan solutions that will keep the program solvent." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/544881/#.VYm1w3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • " I oppose privatizing Social Security. To this end I have signed a pledge vowing to protect Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/921452/issue-position-fighting-for-south-dakota-seniors/?search=South%20Dakota%20seniors%20have%20put%20in%20a%20lifetime%20of%20hard%20work#.VjvbnGwViko (votesmart.org)

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