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Steve Womack's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AR) - District 3, Republican
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Steve Womack 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

  • "Mayor Womack's roots run deep in Arkansas. In Washington, he will stand for the conservative values we share in Arkansas. He will defend the right to life and traditional marriage, protect our rural heritage and second amendment rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/503211/ (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that life begins at conception. As your congressman, I promise to support policies that protect life and human dignity and oppose any attempts to use taxpayer funds for abortion." http://womack.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=35369 (womack.house.gov)
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

  • "By adding to the deficit, Washington "crowds out" the capital businesses need to create jobs and make purchases. Instead, we need a fairer, simpler tax code that does not punish work and investment with high income and capital gains taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/503212/issue-position-taxes-and-economic-growth#.VXoPKHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • 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://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/Federal%20Pledge%20Signers%20112th%20Congress(2).pdf (s3.amazonaws.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, along with Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) announced today that the Washington/Madison County Adult Drug Treatment Court (WMCADTC) will receive a $325,000 grant for a service enhancement and expansion project. […] I commend the Washington/Madison County Adult Drug Treatment Court for its commitment to addressing the underlying problems that contribute to criminal behavior and for using this funding to expand services for individuals who are least likely to become productive citizens with traditional outpatient and probation services alone." http://womack.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=311279 (womack.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "When I was elected to Congress, I made a commitment to Third District Arkansans to cut spending and to make the necessary reforms to put our nation's finances on a sustainable path; passing a budget resolution is essential to this process." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974708/womack-supports-first-bicameral-balanced-budget-since-2001/?search=%20spending#.VW276nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The 'growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production' President Obama talked about tonight have not happened because of him, but in spite of him and his repeated calls for higher taxes, more spending, and bigger government -- policies that have been squarely rejected by the American people and stand in the way of what hardworking taxpayers need more than anything: jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/955625/womack-responds-to-state-of-the-union-address/?search=%20spending#.VW28k3UViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The 'growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production' President Obama talked about tonight have not happened because of him, but in spite of him and his repeated calls for higher taxes, more spending, and bigger government -- policies that have been squarely rejected by the American people and stand in the way of what hardworking taxpayers need more than anything: jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/955625/womack-responds-to-state-of-the-union-address/?search=%20taxes#.VW2-aHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The Arkansas legislature made cutting taxes a top priority and passed tax cuts of over $120 million this year. There's no question in my mind that when Congress passes MFA, more tax cuts will be first thing on our state's agenda, as well as many others across the country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/799627/womack-responds-to-new-study-on-mfa-economic-impact/?search=cutting%20taxes#.VW29rHUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our federal policies should offer limited standards for schools, not detailed policy directives. Basic education policies are best decided by those in our local communities." http://womack.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=27219 (womack.house.gov)
  • "Allow city and local governments to decide what best works for their communities. If you provide the tools for cities to be able to grow on their own then their revenues will increase and in turn provide opportunities and local investments that provide those services for the citizens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/503226/issue-position-empowering-local-governments#.VXoSg3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXrqa3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, President Obama announced plans to expand his oppressive energy agenda, establishing even more restrictions, pushing new backdoor energy taxes, and delaying solutions -- like the Keystone pipeline -- that will address our rising energy costs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/795338/womack-responds-to-obama-climate-change-action-plan/?search=Keystone%20pipeline#.VXrqvHUVhHw (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

  • "We must take an all-of-the-above approach to our energy policy and allow all American energy sources – oil, gas, coal, nuclear, and renewables – to compete on a level playing field. While I support research and development of new energy technologies, I do not believe the government should be in the business of picking winners and losers." http://womack.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=27020 (womack.house.gov)
  • "People like you and I don't belong to the "Flat Earth Society' as the president accused; we simply live in the real world and recognize the need for and the value of an all-of-the-above energy policy, which I will continue to support." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/795357/fort-smith-time-record-obama-climate-speech-falls-flat-with-arkansas-delegation/?search=renewable%20energy#.VW3BVXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will continue to support policies to remove barriers to domestic energy production and stop harmful regulations from driving up energy costs." http://womack.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=27020 (womack.house.gov)
  • "Cap and Trade - It would kill jobs by driving up energy costs for manufacturers. Cap and Trade leads to driving up prices for middle-class families and small businesses and shipping more American jobs overseas." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/503221/issue-position-energy/?search=cap%20and%20trade#.VXrrt3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mayor Womack's roots run deep in Arkansas. In Washington, he will stand for the conservative values we share in Arkansas. He will defend the right to life and traditional marriage, protect our rural heritage and second amendment rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/503211/ (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71815/steve-womack/37#.VW3CQHUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, I proudly voted in favor of repealing Obamacare outright. Hardworking Americans deserve real health care reforms that lower costs, give access to coverage for everyone, and improve the quality of care -- not this train wreck." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/787486/womack-statement-on-the-repeal-of-obamacare/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VXrsunUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was an unprecedented expansion of government that put tens of millions of Americans at risk of losing their current health insurance coverage and drives up the cost of insurance and care. In June 2012, the Supreme Court upheld PPACA’s constitutionality, and we must accept the reality that it is unfortunately the law of the land. Now, Congress must shift its focus to repealing and amending the most troublesome aspects of the law and pass real reforms – such as tort reforms and health insurance portability – that will bend health care’s exploding cost curve." http://womack.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=27218 (womack.house.gov)
Yes Inferred 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

  • "The root of this crisis is our open border. It has been exacerbated by President Obama’s refusal to enforce America’s immigration laws. Unfortunately, it will only get worse until we address the loopholes that allow these unaccompanied minors to stay here and provide the resources necessary to boost our border’s security and quickly process, adjudicate, and reunite these children with their families – in their home countries where they belong." http://womack.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=390220 (womack.house.gov)
  • "There is no doubt our immigration system is in desperate need of reform, but President Obama’s plan does not make the reforms we need. Instead, Congress must develop a long-term immigration policy that encourages lawful behavior. As we work towards these thoughtful solutions, Obama cannot change the laws himself. That’s ‘not how democracy works.’" http://womack.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398441 (womack.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mayor Womack's roots run deep in Arkansas. In Washington, he will stand for the conservative values we share in Arkansas. He will defend the right to life and traditional marriage, protect our rural heritage and second amendment rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/503211/ (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that marriage is the sanctified union of one man and one woman. The family is the basic core unit of our society." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/503220/issue-position-marriage/?search=marriage#.VXruJ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While President Obama has sat back and tried to wish ISIS away for months, I have voiced my concern about ISIS’s proliferation and the existential threat it presents to America. Unfortunately, it is now painfully clear that this threat is worthy of an immediate and profound response from our nation and our international partners." http://womack.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=393107 (womack.house.gov)
  • "[…] I believe it is imperative for the President to have coalition support, to ensure that our nation’s interests are present and clearly defined, and to make his case before both Congress and the American people." http://womack.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=347517 (womack.house.gov)
  • "I have grave concerns about the President's current plan to train and equip Syrian opposition forces in the fight against ISIL… President Obama has proposed we outsource this problem to other people, and as a military officer, I am concerned that he actually believes this limited use of military power can achieve the ultimate objective of destroying ISIL -- a force that is 30,000 strong and growing by the day… However, we cannot afford to stand idly by for another day, and a step in the right direction is better than no step at all. So I join my colleagues in support of this amendment, but I believe in short order we will be asked to do more." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/921828/icymi-womack-addresses-mckeon-amendment-on-house-floor (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • "Social Security has long been considered a political "don’t." However, I believe it is time for Congress to come to the table and have an adult conversation about reforming Social Security. If we act now, we can save benefits for current recipients and fix it so that it will be around for future generations. " http://womack.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=35376 (womack.house.gov)
  • "As Congress discusses this program's redesign, it will be an enormous challenge to make it equitable for everyone. A solution I support is privatizing Social Security making it an individually controlled voluntary retirement account for those paying into the system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/503225/#.VW3FSnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/71815/steve-womack#.VXrymnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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.

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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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