Representative Steven M. Palazzo's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Steven M. Palazzo
Current Office: U.S. House - District 4, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 4
Primary June 3, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Lisa; 3 Children: Bear, Aubrey, Bennett
Birth Date: 02/21/1970
Birth Place: Gulfport, MS
Religion: Catholic
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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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  • Steven Palazzo. Issue Position: Family Values. 1 January 2011. "I believe that all children have the right to life, beginning at conception. I have been endorsed by the Mississippi Right to Life in each previous office I have held." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Issue Position: Right to Life. 14 October 2011. "Our elected officials must ensure that we preserve and protect the right to life, beginning at conception. I will fight to protect life and our Mississippi values. I have been endorsed by the Mississippi Right to Life in each of my previous elections." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. The Laurel Leader-Call - Speak up. 7 August 2011. "Abortion is wrong. It stops a beating heart and infringes on the right to life. This is a precious right that should be protected and cherished beyond all other rights. The Founding Fathers understood that the right to life was an inalienable right endowed by our Creator, and included this fundamental concept in both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steven Palazzo. Blog: A Quiet Exit. 20 August 2010. "In Afghanistan we are still pitted against a brutal and sophisticated enemy bent on our defeat like was delivered to the Russians. The war rages in Afghanistan and once again General Petraeus is on the ground leading our military men and women. We all look forward to the day when all of our troops return home safely, but that day is not today. Stand fast America, continue to support and adore our troops and their families. Let's not forget why we're in Afghanistan and let's all pray for an expeditious and victorious departure from Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. The Damaging Effects of Defense Cuts. 18 July 2012. "Mr. PALAZZO. Madam Speaker, I come before you today not just as a Congressman from Mississippi's Fourth Congressional District, but also as a Marine veteran of the Persian Gulf War and the only Member of this body that is currently serving as a noncommissioned officer in the National Guard, simply to say that one of the biggest threats to our national security that we face as a nation is the crippling defense cuts that would put our men and women in uniform at physical risk and more than 1 million Americans out of work...It will harm folks like the 857th that I had the privilege to send off this weekend as they are about to deploy to Afghanistan, or the more than 170,000 warfighters from all across the United States who have come through the gates of Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center as part of the global war on terrorism." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 17 March 2011. "This past weekend I had the distinct pleasure and honor of welcoming home the 287th Engineering Company, commonly referred to as Sappers, based in Lucedale, Mississippi. They have the most dangerous mission in Afghanistan. They were the ones that cleared routes so that our men and women in uniform could have safe passage. They're the ones that rooted out the IEDs and the roadside bombs. And I'm happy to say they came back 100 percent, with one wounded warrior, but they did their mission...the soldiers I spoke with were good to go with that mission and what they had accomplished. They fully understand that there are those who want to indiscriminately kill and maim Americans and we would rather take the fight to them overseas and abroad instead of having them come to our backyard, to our schools and our playgrounds." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. A Nation Still Inspired to Serve. 9 September 2011. "Americans have paid a tremendous sacrifice since 9/11. We've given both blood and treasure. Rest assured, ten years later, America is safer. We've liberated two countries from oppression...In Afghanistan, the citizens have freedoms and women are no longer treated as second class citizens...The unprovoked attacks of September 11, 2001, were the catalyst to the War on Terror. While I pray for peace and resolve, as your Representative I have a responsibility to keep America safe and secure. A decade later America is a safer country, but we must remain vigilant. Our continued security will require more service and sacrifice, and above all, heroism, of which America has in plentiful supply." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 6 April 2011. "In Afghanistan, where the U.S. mission is flying under the NATO flag, America's military continues to make significant progress, thanks in large part to the leadership of General David H. Petraeus. The U.S. military is out in front in Afghanistan and will continue leading the way next to a limited NATO force." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steven Palazzo. Path to Prosperity is a Path to Security After Unanimously Rejecting President's Budget, House Approves Republican Plan. 30 March 2012. "The budgets that were presented before Congress, and before the American people, represent a tale of two futures," Palazzo stated. "One keeps us on an out-of-control spending spree and allows sequestration to strip away vital defense spending. The other makes responsible choices that address the drivers of our disastrous debt and deficits and lives up to our greatest obligation under the U.S. Constitution: providing for the Common Defense." [¦] "Our plan is not just a Path to Prosperity, it's the Path to Security," Palazzo continued. "That's why I'm proud to support a plan that both makes responsible cuts to combat our debt and takes the necessary steps to preserve our vital national security interests." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steven Palazzo. Blog: Like His Record, Taylor's Attacks Are Misleading. 21 September 2010. "I have never voted for a tax raise of any kind in the State House, and I promise to continue this trend in Congress. I will never vote for tax raises, but instead support tax cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Steven Palazzo, pledge to the taxpayers of the 4th district of the state of Mississippi 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)
  • Steven Palazzo. Are Democrats Trying to Kill the American Dream? 8 October 2010. "As a CPA and small business owner, I understand that businesses should not be paying higher taxes at times when we need them to be expanding. I not only support keeping the Bush tax cuts in place, but further reducing the toxic burden taxes put on families and small businesses. Gene Taylor supports the $2 trillion dollar tax hikes that will begin January 1, 2011." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Blog: Steven Defends Freedom. 6 October 2010. "But, why does Gene Taylor support Tax hikes? Tax hikes cost us South Mississippi jobs. According to the Heritage Foundation, Mississippi will lose 60,000 jobs when the Bush tax cuts expire. But last week, Democrats in Congress decided to leave Washington without addressing the pending tax hikes. Democrats were eager to leave Washington to return home to campaign for re-election rather than reenacting policy that would save and create jobs [¦] I am proud to have an excellent conservative record. I've never voted for a tax hike of any kind and will continue that trend in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Blog: Taylor Supports Near Two - Trillion Dollar Tax Hike. 24 September 2010. "Once again, Gene Taylor is playing both sides of the fence in an effort to blind his constituents with his pseudo-conservatism. He claims to be fiscally conservative, yet in a recent interview with the Sun Herald, contradicted his own claims. Taylor stated that he opposes extending the Bush-era tax cuts that are set to expire this year [¦] When families and small businesses pay less in taxes, they have more money to save or invest, which will create a surge of new revenues and jobs. Mr. Taylor, if we cut out the unnecessary spending, there won't be any need to raise taxes. This simply will not happen under Nancy Pelosi's leadership." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Obama's Budget Groundhog Day. 14 April 2011. "The sequel plan offered by the White House will tax those who are trying to expand and invest. It will ultimately cripple job growth and recovery in America. Chairman Paul Ryan has presented a plan with a vision for job growth. It supports many of the concepts that as a CPA I have long advocated for, such as simplifying the Tax Code and reducing tax levels for small businesses and families. As a CPA, I know the Ryan plan presents a path to prosperity for America, and I will support it tomorrow." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. WLOX - Palazzo Opens Harrison Co. Campaign Headquarters. 27 September 2010. "If people in Washington were serious about creating jobs, we would make tax cuts permanent, repeal 'Obamacare,' give up on cap and trade, and stop reckless spending. I'll fight House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steven Palazzo. The Mississippi Press - President's Employment Forecast Yet to Come True. 27 June 2011. "One year has passed since the Obama administration's so-called 'recovery summer.' Like his failed trillion-dollar stimulus bill, the recovery summer was filled with empty promises of creating American jobs [¦] For the millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans, the Democrats' policies have failed miserably. Their policies have not created jobs but instead added trillions to our national debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Blog: Legislative Update: Conservative Principles Create Mississippi Jobs. 28 August 2010. "I want to make it clear to you: Piling on taxes, regulation, litigation and more spending is not the solution to job creation. When I'm elected to Congress, I will work to freeze the spending; I will pay down the debt and cut taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Palazzo Statement on the President's Budget Sequel Speech. 13 April 2011. "It's time we drop the campaign style rhetoric with the American people and have a honest conversation about reducing deficit spending, easing the burden of debt and finally creating private sector jobs in America. To reverse the direction of the previous Congress and the White House, we must get spending under control. My colleagues and I have a vision for America to restore jobs and grow the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Are Democrats Trying to Kill the American Dream? 8 October 2010. "What has our current Congressman done to create jobs? He rubber stamped reckless spending and job-killing legislation like the failed-trillion dollar stimulus bill that shipped jobs overseas to China [¦] I understand we must reduce the spending if we are going to create jobs. My opponent has rubberstamped record spending under the Obama and Pelosi regime. I promise, I will never vote for a bailout and I will reduce spending. Families and small businesses can't spend more than they earn and neither should the federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Blog: Taylor Supports Near Two - Trillion Dollar Tax Hike. 24 September 2010. "As a CPA, I know that an entity cannot successfully operate without a balanced budget. My solution for balancing the budget and creating real jobs is simple: cut taxes for working families and small business owners, reduce litigation, freeze the out of control spending and pay down the $14 trillion debt. When families and small businesses pay less in taxes, they have more money to save or invest, which will create a surge of new revenues and jobs. Mr. Taylor, if we cut out the unnecessary spending, there won't be any need to raise taxes. This simply will not happen under Nancy Pelosi's leadership." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. The Darkening Cloud of Debt. 10 March 2011."We are taking steps to cut government spending and remove the barriers to job creation. Conservatives in the House have already passed a spending bill that cuts $100 billion from the President's budget. That is just the beginning. The debt crisis was decades in the making, and we cannot bring it under control overnight. Later this year, we will reach the current $14.3 trillion limit. At that point, we will face a stark choice: either raise the limit or default on America's debts. While I believe that America must pay its bills, we cannot raise the debt limit without first addressing the spending crisis and putting our fiscal house back in order." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steven Palazzo. Obama's Budget Groundhog Day. 14 April 2011. "The sequel plan offered by the White House will tax those who are trying to expand and invest. It will ultimately cripple job growth and recovery in America. Chairman Paul Ryan has presented a plan with a vision for job growth. It supports many of the concepts that as a CPA I have long advocated for, such as simplifying the Tax Code and reducing tax levels for small businesses and families. As a CPA, I know the Ryan plan presents a path to prosperity for America, and I will support it tomorrow." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Are Democrats Trying to Kill the American Dream? 8 October 2010. "But, we can save the American dream and create Mississippi jobs. In 25 days, we have the opportunity to vote for conservatives that promise to craft policies that will build growth-friendly business environments. As a CPA and small business owner, I understand that businesses should not be paying higher taxes at times when we need them to be expanding. I not only support keeping the Bush tax cuts in place, but further reducing the toxic burden taxes put on families and small businesses. Gene Taylor supports the $2 trillion dollar tax hikes that will begin January 1, 2011." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Blog: Legislative Update: Conservative Principles Create Mississippi Jobs. 28 August 2010. "Today in Jackson, through conservative principles, my legislative colleagues and I voted for an incentive package that will bring a $500 million dollar biofuel company to the state that will create 1000 jobs [¦] I want to make it clear to you: Piling on taxes, regulation, litigation and more spending is not the solution to job creation. When I'm elected to Congress, I will work to freeze the spending; I will pay down the debt and cut taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Blog: Taylor Supports Near Two - Trillion Dollar Tax Hike. 24 September 2010. "As a CPA, I know that an entity cannot successfully operate without a balanced budget. My solution for balancing the budget and creating real jobs is simple: cut taxes for working families and small business owners, reduce litigation, freeze the out of control spending and pay down the $14 trillion debt. When families and small businesses pay less in taxes, they have more money to save or invest, which will create a surge of new revenues and jobs. Mr. Taylor, if we cut out the unnecessary spending, there won't be any need to raise taxes. This simply will not happen under Nancy Pelosi's leadership." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 1 January 2011. "It's my view that the federal government should look at ways to strengthen small businesses instead of abusing them with higher taxes and more regulation. With unemployment rates in Mississippi remaining even higher than the national average, it is critical for us to reign in the red-tape factory that is our federal government. Small businesses are a critical part of our economy, both locally and at the national level. Over the past 15 years, they have accounted for nearly 65 percent of all new job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. The Mississippi Press - President's Employment Forecast Yet to Come True. 27 June 2011. "I do, however, feel confident that America can return to economic prosperity, if we foster an environment that encourages the private sector to create jobs [¦] We must rein in excessive regulatory burdens that make it increasingly difficult for businesses to create jobs and expand. When businesses are forced to waste time and money following unnecessary compliance requirements, they cannot invest as much in creating jobs, maximizing profits and providing quality services. Finally, as a CPA, I know we must fundamentally reform our tax code to make businesses more competitive and put more money back in the pockets of families. By reducing and simplifying the corporate tax code, businesses will stop moving to foreign tax havens and instead invest and expand at home." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steven Palazzo. Hattiesburg American - Palazzo Stresses Conservative Principles. 14 October 2010. "I do not think the federal government should be in the business of educating our kids in the state of Mississippi. They can turn that over to the state government [¦] One of my missions in the state Legislature was to get more educational control to the local level. Where local school boards, the parents and the teachers control the education and curriculum in their schools because they know... best what their students need." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Palazzo. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) 8 August 2012. "'Every time we take a federal dollar from the government there are strings attached, and as a citizenry, we lose certain rights' [...] An advocate of state control over education, Palazzo supports the elimination of the Department of Education. He said the move would send federal funds back to states as block grants, which state legislatures allocate." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Steven Palazzo. Education. 14 October 2011. "We must work to ensure that our public education system equips Mississippians with the knowledge to bring better jobs to Mississippi. We cannot allow the federal government to take over our education system. This should be left in the hands of the states. While we must make our education system better, education is best left to the student to learn and parents, teachers and local school boards to facilitate that learning." (palazzoforcongress.com)
  • Steven Palazzo signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ 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)

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  • Steven Palazzo. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. The Mississippi Press - President's Employment Forecast Yet to Come True. 27 June 2011. "I've worked offshore, and I understand the impact energy jobs have on families and the local economy. To create jobs directly in South Mississippi, the president's reckless de facto moratorium on Gulf energy production should immediately be lifted." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. The De Facto Drilling Moratorium is Destroying Our Economy. 17 February 2011. "Egypt's future remains uncertain, and because of the restrictive and arbitrary anti-drilling policies imposed by President Obama, so does the future for thousands of families in south Mississippi. By refusing to issue new drilling permits this administration continues to impose a de facto moratorium on U.S.-based companies, which is having a devastating effect on gulf coast families. Having worked on an offshore platform, I know firsthand the impact those jobs have on a local economy. Without drilling in the gulf, many small businesses will suffer as more jobs are lost and the effect of those lost wages trickle throughout the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Palazzo Statement in Support of House Bills to Expand Offshore Energy Production and Create Jobs. 12 May 2011. "One man has stood in the way of jump starting our economy and saving 12,000 offshore jobs. That man is the President and Americans are frustrated each time they fill their tanks with $4 gasoline. The common sense legislation passed by the House of Representatives will develop more energy from all of our available resources and reduce energy prices [¦] With gas prices hovering near $4 and unemployment at 9 percent, the Obama Administration has a responsibility to lift the de facto ban on offshore drilling, end their reckless energy policies, and put Americans back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "The Gulf of Mexico produces nearly one-third of our domestically produced oil, and offshore natural gas production in the Gulf accounts for 13 percent of total U.S. production. While your Administration's official moratoria on drilling permits were lifted on May 28, 2010 and October 12, 2010 for shallow and deepwater drilling permits respectively, a de facto moratorium ("permitorium") still exists and must be lifted without delay." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Palazzo Committed to Long-Term Recovery. 20 April 2011. "South Mississippians continue to be hurt by the Obama's de facto drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico. While measures to ensure safer drilling must be implemented, we must not continue to sideline a vibrant industry that is critical to our economy. 12,000 jobs and $500 million in salaries are in jeopardy due to the president's unnecessary slow permitting process. To prevent these jobs from permanently being sent to other countries, we need firm timelines for considering permits to provide certainty to investors and employers." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Are Democrats Trying to Kill the American Dream? 8 October 2010. "The job-killing National Energy Tax, the offshore oil drilling moratorium and the government takeover of healthcare have created a toxic environment for job creation. The trickle down effect of these policies will devastate South Mississippi's economy, but our Congressman still does nothing. Rather than addressing the nation's most troubling economic concerns, House Democrats bailed on providing a budget to get the economy back on track and refused to stop looming tax hikes on struggling middle-class and small businesses. They were more focused on jetting home to campaign for re-election rather than solving the problems facing our country." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steven Palazzo. WLOX - Palazzo Opens Harrison Co. Campaign Headquarters. 27 September 2010. "If people in Washington were serious about creating jobs, we would make tax cuts permanent, repeal 'Obamacare,' give up on cap and trade, and stop reckless spending. I'll fight House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Palazzo Questions EPA Administrator, Champions Gulf Coast Seafood. 10 March 2011. "Over the past four years, the EPA's budget has grown by over 37 percent and Americans are becoming increasingly concerned that Washington bureaucrats are usurping the role of Congress by imposing burdensome regulations on businesses. Government Red Tape is adversely affecting job growth in Mississippi and our country. One example of such overreach is the EPA's recent expansion of the interpretation of its authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate CO2 emissions, which threatens to cost our economy $7 trillion by 2029 and hundreds of thousands of jobs... My colleagues and I will continue to do all we can to knock down barriers to job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Are Democrats Trying to Kill the American Dream? 8 October 2010. "The job-killing National Energy Tax, the offshore oil drilling moratorium and the government takeover of healthcare have created a toxic environment for job creation. The trickle down effect of these policies will devastate South Mississippi's economy, but our Congressman still does nothing. Rather than addressing the nation's most troubling economic concerns, House Democrats bailed on providing a budget to get the economy back on track and refused to stop looming tax hikes on struggling middle-class and small businesses. They were more focused on jetting home to campaign for re-election rather than solving the problems facing our country." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steven Palazzo. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 14 October 2011. "The Second Amendment gives the individual the right to keep and bear arms. Mississippians have a right to defend ourselves against criminals and protect to our families and property. I have maintained an A rating and have been endorsed by the National Rifle Association in each of my previous elections." (votesmart.org)
  • Josh Mitchell. Informer Publisher: Congressional candidate speaks to Marion County Republican Women. 24 March 2010. "Palazzo is a staunch supporter of the right to bear arms, adding that he favored reducing the restrictions on carrying concealed weapons." (palazzoforcongress.com)
  • Steven Palazzo. Steven's Statement on the Supreme Court Decision. 28 June 2010. "Steven has made the following statement in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today to block governments ability to infringe on individuals right to own and bear arms: As an NRA Life Member and Co-Chairman of the Mississippi Sportsman's Caucus, I support the US Supreme Court's decision today to protect Americans' right to own firearms. The Constitution was honored by the 5 Justices who voted to block this infringement of our rights. I am a proud Second Amendment support, and I join with all supporters today in praising this historic decision." (palazzoforcongress.com)

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  • Steven Palazzo. National Repeal Obama Care PAC Endorses Steven Palazzo for U.S. Congress. 13 July 2010. "I am proud to receive the endorsement and support of the Repeal Obama Care PAC. I am committed to standing up to Pelosi and Obama's radical liberal agenda, and fighting for conservative Mississippi values in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. WLOX - Palazzo Opens Harrison Co. Campaign Headquarters. 27 September 2010. "If people in Washington were serious about creating jobs, we would make tax cuts permanent, repeal 'Obamacare,' give up on cap and trade, and stop reckless spending. I'll fight House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Issue Position: Health. 1 January 2011. "I've pledged to repeal Obamacare. I've even been endorsed by the Repeal Obamacare PAC. As a Member of Congress I will fight to repeal it, defund it and work to see it overturned in the courts. I will work to enact common sense policy that will not burden future generations with debt or tax small businesses today." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steven Palazzo. Steven responds to Sun Herald Editorial Board. 13 September 2010. "The administration's lawsuit against Arizona has overreached constitutional boundaries. Arizona SB 1070 does not craft new immigration policy; it only provides new tools for the enforcement of existing federal laws. I welcome applying an Arizona-style immigration law to Mississippi." (palazzoforcongress.com)
  • Steven Palazzo. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 14 October 2011. "Illegal immigration costs the state of Mississippi at least $25 million per year. It is an elected official's fiduciary responsibility to protect their constituents. If current laws were enforced illegal immigration would not be a problem in our state. As a state legislator, I have protected Mississippi jobs by co-sponsoring legislation that would curb illegal immigration in our state." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. 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 [¦] 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)

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  • Steven Palazzo. WH Opposes Religious Liberty Amendment for Military Chaplains. 8 August 2012. "Rep. Steve Palazzo (R-MS) offered a second amendment banning gay marriages from military installations. Palazzo said he's trying to reverse current policies that allow private same-sex marriages on bases." (radio.foxnews.com)
  • Steven Palazzo. Issue Position: Family Values. 1 January 2011. "I also believe in the sanctity of marriage. Marriage is between a man and a woman, and the federal government should not be allowed to change the values set by individual states. I strongly support the Defense of Marriage Act, which permits states to enact a traditional marriage law in their own state government." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Issue Position: Sanctity of Marriage. 14 October 2011. "Marriage is between a man and a woman. The federal government should not be allowed to change the values set by individual states." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steven Palazzo. Palazzo Secures $189 Million in National Defense Priorities. 12 May 2011. "Palazzo was also able to secure $10 million in additional funding for Special Operations Forces Land Acquisition. These funds would be used to expand the warfare training missions of Naval Special Warfare. "Our Special Forces community conducts their missions professionally and efficiently. We witnessed their precision last week with the death of Osama bin Laden. They are critical to the "War on Terror' and in future conflicts. This funding will help expand Special Warfare training capabilities such as the Navy Seals and Special Boat 22 based at Stennis Space Center." (votesmart.org)
  • Steven Palazzo. Issue Positions: Veterans. "As a Marine Veteran of the Persian Gulf War and MS National Guardsmen I know firsthand what it means to defend our country against foreign enemies. Militant Islamists cannot peacefully co-exist with the Western world. We cannot continue to allow terrorists who hate our way of life, and who are willing to die while they terrorize our nation. We must protect ourselves and all Americans through all means necessary. The terrorists must be stopped, and not given the same rights that they are intent on destroying. As your Congressman, I will make sure we keep the promises made to our active military and veterans." (votesmart.org)

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  • Steven Palazzo. Palazzo Votes to Cut Spending by $6.2 Trillion. 15 April 2011. "H. Con. Res. 34, or the 'Path to Prosperity,' will protect, preserve, and save Medicare and Social Security for our seniors and retirees and finally put a stop to mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren." Palazzo Votes to Cut Spending by $6.2 Trillion.
  • Steven Palazzo. Steve Palazzo on the deficit, Social Security. 8 August 2012. "In 2017 we're gonna have more going out than going in...we're saddling this debt on future generations...we have to protect our seniors and the promises that were made to them as well as our veterans ...i don't believe in changing the rules in the middle of the game or after the games been played, but there is a priority to protect those who will be most vulnerable but also to make sure that future generations are aware of the changes...so they can make lifestyle changes." (www.firstcoastnews.com)
  • Steven Palazzo. House Republican Budget. 2 April 2012. "Budget proposed by Paul Ryan...The 2012 House Republican budget repeals Obamacare, protects the doctor patient relationship, protects our troops from reckless and dangerous cuts, curbs federal spending by $1.1 trillion relative to last year's Republican proposal, prevents $2 trillion in tax increases proposed by the President, and puts us on a path to balance the budget....This budget will ensure the promises we have made to our seniors our kept. The House Republicans believe, in order to strengthen Social Security and Medicare, power does not need to be in the hands of Washington bureaucrats but in the hands of the patients and retirees." (palazzoforcongress.com)

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