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Michael 'Mick' John Mulvaney

Michael Mulvaney's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Michael 'Mick' John Mulvaney
Office: U.S. House (SC) - District 5, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Republican for U.S. House - District 5
Primary June 10, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Pamela; 3 Children
Birth Date: 07/21/1967
Birth Place: Virginia
Home City: Indian Land, SC
Religion: Catholic
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Michael Mulvaney refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, 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

  • Mick Mulvaney. Congressman Mulvaney Admits GOP Budget Will Cut Pro-Life Programs at Faith and Freedom. 4 June 2011. "Madam, you're not going to find anyone more pro-life than I am." (youtu.be)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Issue Position: Sanctity of Life. 5 October 2011. "I believe that life begins at conception. For me, and my wife Pam, that is more than just a political theory or ideology. It is what we saw, first hand, with our own triplets. Once you see what we saw, and lived what we lived, being pro-life is not about politics it is about, well, life." (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Issue Position: Family Values. 5 October 2011. "Family is the backbone of our society, and I firmly believe in maintaining traditional values. I believe strongly in the sanctity of human life. Any attempt to harm an innocent child is wrong, and I am committed to promoting legislation that will protect the unborn. As a member of the Pro-Life Caucus, I am committed to standing up for the lives of the unborn in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Mulvaney. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Michael Mulvaney voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Mulvaney. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Michael Mulvaney voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Michael Mulvaney. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Michael Mulvaney voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Issue Position: Foreign Policy. 1 January 2012. "We must not lose sight of that fact. We must also accept that protecting our families here sometimes means we must become involved in areas far away. Two of the heaviest areas of American military involvement right now are Iraq and Afghanistan [¦] In Afghanistan, the time for monumental decisions is fast approaching. I look forward to Defense Secretary Gates' report this December. If he says that our mission of denying the terrorists a base of operation there and protecting Americans is being fulfilled, then I say we stay and finish the job. If he says that we are essentially serving as the de facto Afghan government and our goals are unattainable or impractical, then we should make great changes or bring our forces home." (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Foreign Policy. 5 October 2011. "We must not lose sight of that fact. We must also accept that protecting our families here sometimes means we must become involved in areas far away. Two of the heaviest areas of American military involvement right now are Iraq and Afghanistan [¦] In Afghanistan, the time for monumental decisions is fast approaching. I look forward to Defense Secretary Gates' report this December. If he says that our mission of denying the terrorists a base of operation there and protecting Americans is being fulfilled, then I say we stay and finish the job. If he says that we are essentially serving as the de facto Afghan government and our goals are unattainable or impractical, then we should make great changes or bring our forces home." (www.mulvaneyforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mick Mulvaney. Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013. 19 July 2012 "To sit here and say that the cuts that the Defense Department has incurred already are real cuts is not accurate. The sequester is. This is not a debate about the sequester, because I am as opposed to the sequester as anybody in this room. I have voted several times to replace it with spending reductions in other places. That's not what this discussion is about. This is about whether or not the $518 billion that was good enough 6 months ago is good enough today." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Mulvaney. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Michael Mulvaney voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Mulvaney. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Michael Mulvaney voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. MSNBC "Hardball with Chris Matthews" “ Transcript. 5 October 2011. "Chris, I was one of the folks last week who introduced an amendment consistent with the Simpson-Bowles commission that said, Look, let"s at least freeze defense spending at 2011 levels [¦] So I am willing to put everything on the table to be serious about spending reductions." (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Mick Mulvaney Town Hall part 2. 9 June 2011. "I tell people, 'Listen, I'm one of the Republicans whose willing to talk about cutting the defense budget, it's that serious." (youtu.be)
  • Mick Mulvaney. MSNBC "Hardball with Chris Matthews" “ Transcript. 5 October 2011. "Chris, I was one of the folks last week who introduced an amendment consistent with the Simpson-Bowles commission that said, Look, let's at least freeze defense spending at 2011 levels [¦] So I am willing to put everything on the table to be serious about spending reductions." (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

  • Mick Mulvaney. Herald Independent Interview with Mick Mulvaney. 7 September 2011. "I think it's kind of dangerous to create this attitude of being able to solve our problems by taxing somebody else. Essentially it's an easy decision, isn't it? Essentially what we're asking you is, "Don't you think somebody else should pay for this?" Because the answer to that is usually, 'yes.' It's very easy to say 'yes.' I think if you ask "should everybody pay more taxes," I think you would be surprised at the outcome [¦] The marginal tax rates have never been a good tool for the government to use to raise its receipts. What really drives additional government revenue is growth in the economy." (youtu.be)
  • Mick Mulvaney signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Michael Mulvaney, pledge to the taxpayers of the 5th district of the state of South Carolina 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)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. "It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut. Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Repeal of Obamacare Act. 10 July 2012. "I can make a firm pledge under my plan that no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase--not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Mick Mulvaney Town Hall part 2. 9 June 2011. "If you come to me and say 'Listen, I really think you should raise taxes.' I say, 'Look, number one, it hasn't worked in the past. Number two, it's the one thing that has really stifled our growth and we have to grow our way out of this.' [¦] Taking more from people is not going to solve our problem." (youtu.be)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mick Mulvaney. Congressman Mulvaney Statement on June Job Report. 8 July 2011. "We've learned a trillion dollar lesson with the failed 'stimulus.' And the lesson is this: when the government spends more, businesses spend less. And when businesses spend less, we lose jobs. That's why Washington should completely change course. Let's get government spending down, so that business spending can go up. And when businesses spend more, people will go back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Mulvaney Statement on Latest Job Reports. 2 September 2011. "Once again, we've received a poor jobs report with little hope for improvement anytime soon. Once again, we've seen the ill effects of bigger government, more spending, and increased regulation. Just days before President Obama gives yet another prime-time speech, folks are left to wonder if we will ever see an actual jobs plan out of this White House. Action, for once, instead of just words. But, though I expect a reworded appeal for more borrowing and more 'stimulus,' I'm hopeful that the president will recognize that when the government spends less, businesses spend more. And that it will take more spending from businesses, not the government, to put people back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Issue Position: Jobs. 5 October 2011. "We are learning first hand the cruel lesson that the larger government is, the less responsive it is to the people. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the so-called stimulus bill, which we were told would create millions of new jobs. In truth, all it did was lavish favors on those with political pull: unions, Wall Street, large corporations. Even supporters of the stimulus have now been forced to admit that it likely didn't even save any jobs, let alone create them." (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Issue Position: Spending. 5 October 2011. "We have all been told that we got into the current financial crisis by spending money we didn't have. The solution from Washington? Spend more money that we don't have. Any place other than Washington, that would sound crazy because it is. The deficit spending must end. Now. This year. It is time for the federal government to live within its means. " (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Statement on July Jobs Report. 1 August 2011. "Nor do folks need to be reminded that, in spite of a trillion-dollar 'stimulus' spending spree, our unemployment rate remains at historic highs. They are living it. The simple truth is that when the government spends less, businesses spend more. And when businesses can spend more, people go back to work. Reducing the size and spending of the federal government worked in the 1990's when we had a divided government, and, as soon as Washington decides to learn from the past, it will work again." (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Mick Mulvaney Town Hall part 2. 9 June 2011. "When the government spends less business spends more and when business spends more people go back to work [¦] People ask me, 'What's the best thing we can do to put people back to work?' I say, 'Get our fiscal house in order by having the government spend less.'" (youtu.be)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 5 October 2011. "I think for the first time maybe in this generation the American people are starting to accept the fact that government spending does not create jobs. We've seen it. It was an expensive lesson for us to learn as a Nation, but we are learning it. If government spending created jobs, then I wouldn't have 15 percent unemployment in my district." (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

  • Mick Mulvaney. Issue Position: Cut Taxes. 5 October 2011. "People ask me all the time: how can we lure more businesses and create jobs? The answer: put businesses in a position to make money and grow. Incentives are an important part of the marketplace today, but the bigger picture should include an end to corporate and partnership taxation. That's why I introduced a bill last year to do exactly that. I will do the same in the Senate." (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

  • Mick Mulvaney, Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "I do not support closing the Department of Education, however. I believe that agency can truly help by instituting national standards for history, math, and science education. I also support national teacher certification so that we don't lose teachers who move to a new state. Spending on education represents more than half of our state budget. It represents a very small portion of the federal budget. Therefore, since states are forced to put education at the top of their priority list. The federal government should give them much, much more control." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mick Mulvaney. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 18 February 2011. "In light of this week's announcement that Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) has completed the initial well containment system, we again request an end to the de facto moratorium and a return to the timely and responsible issuance of offshore drilling permits." (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Issue Position: Cap and Trade. 2 November 2010. "I believe that making it easier to drill for and use domestic resources, build nuclear power plants, and develop new technologies is the best formula for ending the current energy regime, which essentially has us empowering governments and groups that are markedly anti-American." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Mulvaney. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Michael Mulvaney voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Letter Concerning "Operation Turnaround". 4 October 2011. "In order to turn our economy around, we need the Senate to join us in our efforts to get America back on the right track. That's why today we are launching "Operation Turnaround," which is a call to action, appealing to our colleagues in the Senate to pass a budget and bring the following House-passed, pro-growth bills to a vote: [¦] H.R. 1230, Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act [¦] H.R. 1231, Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Mulvaney. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Michael Mulvaney voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Caught Up In Red Tape: The Impact of Federal Regulations on Small Businesses and Contractors. 14 June 2012. "The EPA is another federal agency that has consistently drawn the ire of the small business community. The proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gasses, the proposed Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology rule, and the potential regulation of coal ash all have the capacity to increase costs disproportionally on small businesses. Each of these rules, on their own and in combination, could directly and indirectly lead to substantially higher energy costs and reductions in employment." (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Issue Position: Cap and Trade. 2 November 2010. "Energy independence, green technology, and innovation is something we should pursue as a nation. However, we shouldn't seek to accomplish that by taxing people based on questionable science. Neither should we ignore domestic energy resources -- coal, natural gas, oil -- because of baseless claims regarding global warming." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mick Mulvaney. Issue Position: The Second Amendment. 1 January 2011. "I am a firm advocate for the individual right to keep and bear arms. Our founding fathers affirmed this right through the Second Amendment and the Supreme Court has upheld that protection. We must prevent the government from encroaching on these rights. Please know that I will continue to stand and protect our right to bear arms." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Michael Mulvaney in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mick Mulvaney. Repeal of Obamacare Act. 10 July 2012. "What a great opportunity we have--all of us, both sides of the aisle. We have the opportunity to keep a politician to his promise, and we can do exactly that by passing this bill and repealing this law." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Mulvaney. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Michael Mulvaney voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Is John Spratt Looking at the Same Economy? 3 September 2010. "As more hardworking Americans lose their jobs, and families are realizing that Obamacare actually increased health care costs, my opponent is running around congratulating himself on a job well done. The truth of the matter is the borrow-to-spend and regulate-to-stimulate policies championed by Mr. Spratt are the exact wrong direction for this country to be taking. Yet our Congressman keeps following Speaker Pelosi and President Obama down that path -- dragging us along with him. In South Carolina, small businesses drive economic growth, not the government, but Obamacare and a slew of upcoming tax hikes are going to make it harder for our district's small businesses to stay afloat." (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Issue Position: Health Care. 5 October 2011. "Does health care need reform? Absolutely. Is more government control the answer? Absolutely not. The solutions can be found -- as they are in so many other parts of our economy -- in more personal control and free market competition, less government intervention, and some common-sense reforms. This means private purchase and ownership of policies (and the portability that goes with it), interstate competition, an end to the anti-trust exemption for insurance companies, and a crackdown on frivolous malpractice lawsuits." (votesmart.org)
  • Mick Mulvaney. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. "It is hard to know where to begin when you are talking about how bad the current health care legislation is for small businesses [¦] In fact, it is almost as if the folks who wrote this piece of legislation last year either have no idea how small business works or they don't care how small business works. Either way, the current health care legislation is a complete disaster for small business, and the number one priority for small business this year should be repealing of the existing health care and passing of H.R. 2." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Mick Mulvaney. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 1 January 2012. "Few people remember, but Ronald Reagan was the last President to sign an amnesty bill. He did it as a part of a deal to secure the borders. We are still waiting for the second half of that deal. Therefore, the solution to our illegal immigration problem must begin with securing our borders (not with a deal)." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Mick Mulvaney signed Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law [¦] This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law [...] we respectfully request that an amendment similar to that passed by the House be included to ensure that this administration follow the law as written and comply with DOMA." (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

  • Mick Mulvaney. National Defense. "The primary function of the federal government is to provide for national defense. Congress must ensure that our armed forces have the proper training, equipment and funding to protect us from enemies both at home and abroad. It is a sad reality that in the post-9/11 world, terrorism is a very real threat. To combat this, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to providing the best security possible for U.S. citizens. As a member of the Budget Committee, I am fully committed to ensuring the armed forces have the resources necessary to protect our country, while eliminating waste and fraudulent spending." (mulvaney.house.gov)
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

  • Mick Mulvaney. Issue Position: Social Security. 5 October 2011. "Some politicians, like Mr. Spratt, have favored privatizing social security. I disagree with that approach as a cure-all. Instead, I look forward to working to find a comprehensive solution that keeps social security both solvent and sustainable." (votesmart.org)

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