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Tim Walberg's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MI) - District 7, Republican
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Tim Walberg has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Tim Walberg 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 issue positions, from the year 2014, 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

  • Tim Walberg. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Tim Walberg voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Tim Walberg a rating of 19 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Tim Walberg voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Walberg Praises Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Partial Birth Abortion Ban. 18 April 2007. "I am pleased with the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the ban on partial-birth abortions," Walberg said. "This decision shows the highest court in our country recognizes the authority of the American people to act through their representatives to ban this hideous procedure." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. The Jackson City Patriot - Abortion At Heart Of Republican Race. 30 July 2006. "The only exception I would give in very, very rare cases -- underline 'rare' -- is for the life of the mother," Walberg said. "Not the health of the mother. The health of the mother is fraught with too many vagaries and potential abuses." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Issue Position: Life. 25 January 2012. "This year is the thirty-fifth anniversary of a tragic Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. Though we mourn for lives that could have been, today we see significant progress in the fight to defend human life. A bi-partisan majority in the Michigan Senate recently voted to ban partial-birth abortion. Abortions have declined by nearly 20 percent in the past 15 years and every year Americans are becoming increasingly pro-life. I, along with millions of Americans, remain committed to saving the unborn and upholding the right to life our nation was founded upon." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Roe V. Wade. 22 January 2008. "Today marks the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Since that time, nearly 50 million abortions have been performed. That is a staggering number which intensifies when we recognize each abortion consists of one innocent life snuffed out and at least one other life that is wounded." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Tim Walberg voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Tim Walberg a rating of 19 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Tim Walberg voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Walberg Praises Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Partial Birth Abortion Ban. 18 April 2007. "I am pleased with the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the ban on partial-birth abortions," Walberg said. "This decision shows the highest court in our country recognizes the authority of the American people to act through their representatives to ban this hideous procedure." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. The Jackson City Patriot - Abortion At Heart Of Republican Race. 30 July 2006. "The only exception I would give in very, very rare cases -- underline 'rare' -- is for the life of the mother," Walberg said. "Not the health of the mother. The health of the mother is fraught with too many vagaries and potential abuses." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Issue Position: Life. 25 January 2012. "This year is the thirty-fifth anniversary of a tragic Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. Though we mourn for lives that could have been, today we see significant progress in the fight to defend human life. A bi-partisan majority in the Michigan Senate recently voted to ban partial-birth abortion. Abortions have declined by nearly 20 percent in the past 15 years and every year Americans are becoming increasingly pro-life. I, along with millions of Americans, remain committed to saving the unborn and upholding the right to life our nation was founded upon." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Roe V. Wade. 22 January 2008. "Today marks the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Since that time, nearly 50 million abortions have been performed. That is a staggering number which intensifies when we recognize each abortion consists of one innocent life snuffed out and at least one other life that is wounded." (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

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tim Walberg supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I, Tim Walberg, pledge to the taxpayers of the 7th district of the state of Michigan and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal tax rate for individuals and businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing taxes." (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tim Walberg supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I, Tim Walberg, pledge to the taxpayers of the 7th district of the state of Michigan and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal tax rate for individuals and businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing taxes." (s3.amazonaws.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Walberg. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Tim Walberg voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Cut Federal Spending. 8 April 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I have listened to a textbook case, I believe, of self-induced amnesia this morning from my liberal colleagues. But the American people spoke in November, and I heard the mandate: Cut Federal spending so that more resources can be left in the hands of American families and small businesses so that they can save and invest in order to grow jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. President's Jobs Speech. 9 September 2011. "Even though the President's trillion dollar stimulus and government takeover of health care failed to create jobs, I am willing to listen. Unfortunately, during most of the President's speech, all I heard was more of the same old song and dance: more spending, more regulation, more government centered stimulus and more of the same failed policies. House Republicans have passed several significant proposals to encourage job creation like repealing the health care law and removing regulatory barriers to domestic energy production. Yet those efforts have been blocked by the President and the Democratically-controlled Senate. I hope the President is finally serious about working together to encourage job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Walberg Comments on One Year Anniversary of Failed "Recovery Summer'. 17 June 2011. "Where are the jobs, Mr. President? For 28 consecutive months, you have presided over an economy that has hovered at or above 8% unemployment, which you said would never be reached if the trillion dollar "stimulus' was passed. Unfortunately, you have been terribly wrong. This is not simply a "bump in the road'. While summertime is sometimes filled with rest, relaxation, and recreation in many parts of scenic Michigan, this summer will be filled with uncertainty and pain for many of my constituents who can't find work because your big-spending policies have failed," stated Congressman Walberg." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Walberg Votes for Cut, Cap, and Balance Budget Proposal. 20 July 2011. "This historic vote moves the ball closer to the people's goal and my goal of cutting out-of-control spending and putting the government back on sound financial footing. That means Congress must pass this plan, put DC on a diet, cut spending and get government out of the way of private-sector job creation," stated Congressman Walberg." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Tim Walberg voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Cut Federal Spending. 8 April 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I have listened to a textbook case, I believe, of self-induced amnesia this morning from my liberal colleagues. But the American people spoke in November, and I heard the mandate: Cut Federal spending so that more resources can be left in the hands of American families and small businesses so that they can save and invest in order to grow jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. President's Jobs Speech. 9 September 2011. "Even though the President's trillion dollar stimulus and government takeover of health care failed to create jobs, I am willing to listen. Unfortunately, during most of the President's speech, all I heard was more of the same old song and dance: more spending, more regulation, more government centered stimulus and more of the same failed policies. House Republicans have passed several significant proposals to encourage job creation like repealing the health care law and removing regulatory barriers to domestic energy production. Yet those efforts have been blocked by the President and the Democratically-controlled Senate. I hope the President is finally serious about working together to encourage job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Walberg Comments on One Year Anniversary of Failed "Recovery Summer'. 17 June 2011. "Where are the jobs, Mr. President? For 28 consecutive months, you have presided over an economy that has hovered at or above 8% unemployment, which you said would never be reached if the trillion dollar "stimulus' was passed. Unfortunately, you have been terribly wrong. This is not simply a "bump in the road'. While summertime is sometimes filled with rest, relaxation, and recreation in many parts of scenic Michigan, this summer will be filled with uncertainty and pain for many of my constituents who can't find work because your big-spending policies have failed," stated Congressman Walberg." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Walberg Votes for Cut, Cap, and Balance Budget Proposal. 20 July 2011. "This historic vote moves the ball closer to the people's goal and my goal of cutting out-of-control spending and putting the government back on sound financial footing. That means Congress must pass this plan, put DC on a diet, cut spending and get government out of the way of private-sector job creation," stated Congressman Walberg." (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

  • Tim Walberg. Education Policy. 6 September 2007. "As Congress considers the future of education policy in America, we must find a way to give our schools, communities and parents greater flexibility, reduce the bureaucracy in education and ensure the best educational opportunities are being given to our children." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "I have supported legislation in the past that would give the states, parents and teachers the ability to determine the educational needs of our children. I will continue to support legislative efforts to allow each state to spend federal education dollars how they see fit, rather than how Washington decrees." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Walberg: Schools Need Flexibility to Excel. 23 January 2008. "A-PLUS would give states, teachers and parents the freedom and authority to determine what educational path a student should take. With A-PLUS, states can bypass onerous federal mandates, and state leaders can decide how to use federal education funds to improve student achievement." [¦] "We all are seeking the best possible educational opportunities for our children, and the way to achieve this is to let those closest to students to make the important decisions about their education, not a bureaucrat working for the Department of Education." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Education Policy. 6 September 2007. "As Congress considers the future of education policy in America, we must find a way to give our schools, communities and parents greater flexibility, reduce the bureaucracy in education and ensure the best educational opportunities are being given to our children." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "I have supported legislation in the past that would give the states, parents and teachers the ability to determine the educational needs of our children. I will continue to support legislative efforts to allow each state to spend federal education dollars how they see fit, rather than how Washington decrees." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Walberg: Schools Need Flexibility to Excel. 23 January 2008. "A-PLUS would give states, teachers and parents the freedom and authority to determine what educational path a student should take. With A-PLUS, states can bypass onerous federal mandates, and state leaders can decide how to use federal education funds to improve student achievement." [¦] "We all are seeking the best possible educational opportunities for our children, and the way to achieve this is to let those closest to students to make the important decisions about their education, not a bureaucrat working for the Department of Education." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Walberg. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Tim Walberg voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Tim Walberg voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Walberg. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Tim Walberg voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gun Owners of America endorsed Tim Walberg in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Tim Walberg in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Issue Position: Traditional Values. 25 January 2012. "Tim Walberg will defend America's traditional values that serve as the backbone of our country. As a father and grandfather, Tim will continue working to preserve one man, one woman marriage and the sanctity of life. He believes English should be our official language and government must be colorblind. Tim will also protect our Second Amendment rights, and work to preserve and restore our Great Lakes." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Walberg Weekly Wrap-Up. 27 June 2008. "Thursday morning the Supreme Court weighed in with a landmark decision affirming the Second Amendment's right to bear arms. The framers of our Constitution purposely created the Second Amendment to ensure that Americans retain a measure of freedom to protect and defend themselves. This decision affirms the Constitutional rights provided under the Second Amendment, and is a victory for the millions of Americans who responsibly enjoy the use of firearms for recreation, collection and protection." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 25 January 2012. "The Constitution clearly states Americans have the fundamental right to keep and bear arms. The framers of our Constitution purposely created the Second Amendment to ensure that Americans retain some measure of freedom to protect and defend themselves. Millions of Americans responsibly enjoy the use of firearms for recreation, collection and protection. As a sportsman, hunter and member of the NRA, I will continue to support the rights provided under the Second Amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Walberg Votes to Uphold Second Amendment Rights. 17 September 2008. "I believe the city should immediately restore Second Amendment rights to the law-abiding residents of our nation's capital, which is why today I voted for the National Capital Security and Safety Act, H.R. 6842. This bill will ensure that appropriate gun rights are granted to D.C. citizens by allowing them to purchase a pistol or revolver from a gun dealer in Maryland or Virginia. The bill would also allow gun owners to own guns without registering them with the city government. Additionally, gun owners could have guns in their homes and stored in a way suitable to quickly defend their property and families." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Tim Walberg voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gun Owners of America endorsed Tim Walberg in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Tim Walberg in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Issue Position: Traditional Values. 25 January 2012. "Tim Walberg will defend America's traditional values that serve as the backbone of our country. As a father and grandfather, Tim will continue working to preserve one man, one woman marriage and the sanctity of life. He believes English should be our official language and government must be colorblind. Tim will also protect our Second Amendment rights, and work to preserve and restore our Great Lakes." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Walberg Weekly Wrap-Up. 27 June 2008. "Thursday morning the Supreme Court weighed in with a landmark decision affirming the Second Amendment's right to bear arms. The framers of our Constitution purposely created the Second Amendment to ensure that Americans retain a measure of freedom to protect and defend themselves. This decision affirms the Constitutional rights provided under the Second Amendment, and is a victory for the millions of Americans who responsibly enjoy the use of firearms for recreation, collection and protection." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 25 January 2012. "The Constitution clearly states Americans have the fundamental right to keep and bear arms. The framers of our Constitution purposely created the Second Amendment to ensure that Americans retain some measure of freedom to protect and defend themselves. Millions of Americans responsibly enjoy the use of firearms for recreation, collection and protection. As a sportsman, hunter and member of the NRA, I will continue to support the rights provided under the Second Amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Walberg Votes to Uphold Second Amendment Rights. 17 September 2008. "I believe the city should immediately restore Second Amendment rights to the law-abiding residents of our nation's capital, which is why today I voted for the National Capital Security and Safety Act, H.R. 6842. This bill will ensure that appropriate gun rights are granted to D.C. citizens by allowing them to purchase a pistol or revolver from a gun dealer in Maryland or Virginia. The bill would also allow gun owners to own guns without registering them with the city government. Additionally, gun owners could have guns in their homes and stored in a way suitable to quickly defend their property and families." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Walberg. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Tim Walberg voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Tim Walberg voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Walberg. Walberg: Schwarz Wrong On Amnesty For Millions Of Illegal Aliens. 31 May 2006. "America welcomes people from around the world to legally come here to work, speak English, realize their dreams, and become American. We must demand people sign the guest book and legally enter the American dream," (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Immigration Reform Must Not Include Amnesty for Lawbreakers. 27 June 2007. "Mr. Speaker, like the majority of my constituents, I believe that any and all attempts to enact immigration reform must not include amnesty for lawbreakers." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Walberg Weekly Wrap-Up. 16 November 2011. "A driver's license allows access to all kinds of legal documents and activities in our country and granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants rewards those who have broken our laws. I have consistently stated that any and all attempts to enact immigration reform must not include amnesty for illegal immigrants, and this amounts to backdoor amnesty." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2011. "With over 11 million illegal aliens currently living in the United States, it is apparent that we need to do more to uphold our laws. I support a secure and accurate employee verification system, and I believe we must empower state and local law enforcement and equip Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to enforce federal immigration law. Sanctuary cities should be discouraged, the fraudulent use of identification documents by illegal aliens must be curtailed, and blanket amnesty must be taken off the table." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Walberg: Schwarz Wrong On Amnesty For Millions Of Illegal Aliens. 31 May 2006. "America welcomes people from around the world to legally come here to work, speak English, realize their dreams, and become American. We must demand people sign the guest book and legally enter the American dream," (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Immigration Reform Must Not Include Amnesty for Lawbreakers. 27 June 2007. "Mr. Speaker, like the majority of my constituents, I believe that any and all attempts to enact immigration reform must not include amnesty for lawbreakers." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2011. "With over 11 million illegal aliens currently living in the United States, it is apparent that we need to do more to uphold our laws. I support a secure and accurate employee verification system, and I believe we must empower state and local law enforcement and equip Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to enforce federal immigration law. Sanctuary cities should be discouraged, the fraudulent use of identification documents by illegal aliens must be curtailed, and blanket amnesty must be taken off the table." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Walberg Weekly Wrap-Up. 16 November 2011. "A driver's license allows access to all kinds of legal documents and activities in our country and granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants rewards those who have broken our laws. I have consistently stated that any and all attempts to enact immigration reform must not include amnesty for illegal immigrants, and this amounts to backdoor amnesty." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Walberg. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Tim Walberg voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Congressman Schwarz Votes Against Protecting Marriage. 19 July 2006. "The people of Michigan and the 7th District spoke loud and clear when they voted to ban gay marriage here in Michigan in 2004. Congressman Schwarz thumbed his nose at the voters and blatantly turned his back on traditional marriage," (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Issue Position: Traditional Values. 25 January 2012. "Tim Walberg will defend America's traditional values that serve as the backbone of our country. As a father and grandfather, Tim will continue working to preserve one man, one woman marriage and the sanctity of life. He believes English should be our official language and government must be colorblind. Tim will also protect our Second Amendment rights, and work to preserve and restore our Great Lakes." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Tim Walberg voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Congressman Schwarz Votes Against Protecting Marriage. 19 July 2006. "The people of Michigan and the 7th District spoke loud and clear when they voted to ban gay marriage here in Michigan in 2004. Congressman Schwarz thumbed his nose at the voters and blatantly turned his back on traditional marriage," (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Issue Position: Traditional Values. 25 January 2012. "Tim Walberg will defend America's traditional values that serve as the backbone of our country. As a father and grandfather, Tim will continue working to preserve one man, one woman marriage and the sanctity of life. He believes English should be our official language and government must be colorblind. Tim will also protect our Second Amendment rights, and work to preserve and restore our Great Lakes." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Tim Walberg supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Social Security. 25 January 2012. "If the financial troubles of the past few years have taught us anything, it should be that we must be responsible for our own retirement planning.  I believe that we need to reform Social Security so that, while it meets current financial obligations, it allows young workers the freedom to form their own individual savings accounts that they are able to control." (walberg.house.gov)
  • Tim Walberg. Where Michigan Congressional Hopefuls stand on 4 issues. 18 October 2012. Responded "I believe we need (to) secure the contract and keep the promises made by Social Security and also allow younger workers the option to save a portion of their own money in their own name in their own account. Americans should be given the opportunity to save, invest and have ownership in their personal Social Security retirement account." to the question: "SHOULD WORKERS BE ALLOWED TO INVEST A PORTION OF THEIR PAYROLL TAX IN PRIVATE ACCOUNTS MANAGED BY PRIVATE FIRMS CONTRACTED BY THE GOVERNMENT, OR SHOULD SOCIAL SECURITY BE LEFT THE WAY IT IS? WHY OR WHY NOT?" (www.mlive.com)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Tim Walberg supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Walberg. Social Security. 25 January 2012. "If the financial troubles of the past few years have taught us anything, it should be that we must be responsible for our own retirement planning.  I believe that we need to reform Social Security so that, while it meets current financial obligations, it allows young workers the freedom to form their own individual savings accounts that they are able to control." (walberg.house.gov)
  • Tim Walberg. Where Michigan Congressional Hopefuls stand on 4 issues. 18 October 2012. Responded "I believe we need (to) secure the contract and keep the promises made by Social Security and also allow younger workers the option to save a portion of their own money in their own name in their own account. Americans should be given the opportunity to save, invest and have ownership in their personal Social Security retirement account." to the question: "SHOULD WORKERS BE ALLOWED TO INVEST A PORTION OF THEIR PAYROLL TAX IN PRIVATE ACCOUNTS MANAGED BY PRIVATE FIRMS CONTRACTED BY THE GOVERNMENT, OR SHOULD SOCIAL SECURITY BE LEFT THE WAY IT IS? WHY OR WHY NOT?" (www.mlive.com)

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