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Steven Palazzo's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MS) - District 4, Republican
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Steven Palazzo 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.

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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 2016, 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

  • "The Supreme Court's decision today to strike down the pro-life laws of Texas is extremely troubling." https://www.facebook.com/pages/Steven-Palazzo/350605302834 (www.facebook.com)
  • "I believe that all children have the right to life, beginning at conception." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991192/issue-position-family-values/?search=issue%20position#.V6DIOnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/69521/steven-palazzo/2 (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

  • "As a small business owner who has created jobs, it's clear to me that higher taxes, out of control spending and an outrageous national debt threaten our future." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/885412/issue-position-taxes-and-spending (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "I work hard as your Representative in Congress to ensure that investments in infrastructure for my district and our state are maintained. Transportation assets are important to Mississippians' quality of life, and I want our state to remain competitive in this vital sector." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849795/issue-position-transportation (votesmart.org)
  • "It is time to stop the spending and reduce the dangerous national debt." http://palazzoforcongress.com/issues/entry/taxes-spending (palazzoforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • "As a small business owner who has created jobs, it’s clear to me that higher taxes, out of control spending and an outrageous national debt threaten our future." http://palazzoforcongress.com/issues/entry/taxes-spending (palazzoforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Parents, teachers, and local school boards should lead the efforts to improve the education of our children, not the federal government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1034784/issue-position-education/?search=issue%20position#.V6DIOXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Wednesday, the House passed the Keystone Pipeline bill and sent it to the president for his signature. He has continuously threatened to veto this legislation if it reaches his desk. If the president acts on those threats, then he will have to answer to the American people and explain--why he is against job creation? Or energy independence? Or rewarding hardworking Americans?... It's time he puts his liberal agenda aside and starts listening to the American people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953355/working-towards-a-better-safer-america (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Green energy technologies may have promise in the future, but they are still being developed and remain costly. I do not believe in picking winners and losers in the marketplace by providing millions of taxpayer dollars to unproven industries. Now-bankrupt companies like Solyndra have shown that handing out taxpayer funds for these technologies is both unwise and ultimately, unsuccessful." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991182/issue-position-energy/?search=issue%20position#.V6DIPHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to 'Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units' " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] we need to stop over-regulating our energy producers. Federal agencies run by unelected bureaucrats have placed burdensome regulations on the American energy sector, and they are drafting more by the minute." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991182/issue-position-energy/?search=issue%20position#.V6DIPHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • "I proudly represent the thousand of sportsmen and women by working to strengthen and preserve this wonderful southern heritage and protect the Second Amendment." http://palazzoforcongress.com/issues/entry/mississippi-values (palazzoforcongress.com)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/69521/steven-palazzo/37 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Reduce taxes, penalties, and insurance premiums by repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991195/issue-position-health-care/?search=issue%20position#.V6DIOnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "One of the biggest concerns I hear from my constituents is how terrible Obamacare is for them and their families. That is why I have voted to repeal, replace, delay, defund, and dismantle this law." http://palazzoforcongress.com/issues/entry/obamacare (palazzoforcongress.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, I am working hard to bring positive reform to our border security and immigration systems and develop a responsible immigration policy. Before any other changes are made to our immigration system, we must do everything in our power to strengthen border security. Simply put, border security is national security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991197/issue-position-immigration (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I strongly support the Defense of Marriage Act, which permits states to enact a traditional marriage law in their own state government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991192/issue-position-family-values/?search=issue%20position#.V6DIOnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/69521/steven-palazzo/76 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • WLOX "Palazzo says he expects America to play a more covert role against ISIS and will be assisting the Arab Nations where needed." http://www.wlox.com/story/26524818/palazzo-isis-needs-to-be-crushed (www.wlox.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

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

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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