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Vicky Hartzler's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MO) - District 4, Republican
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Vicky Hartzler 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. Vicky Hartzler 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 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

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)
  • "All life is sacred, and we must protect it. Congress cannot stand by as babies who are capable of feeling excruciating pain are forced to suffer." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/975055/hartzler-votes-to-protect-unborn-lives#.ViEv-WwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/8783/vicky-hartzler/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

  • "New taxes need to be stopped in their tracks. I have a record of proven resolve on low taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/527823/issue-position-taxes#.VZ6qpHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "More taxes are not what our country needs. The federal government's debt did not come about because taxes are too low, but because spending is too high." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1057452/issue-position-tax-reform (votesmart.org)
  • "I have co-sponsored two Balanced Budget Amendments." http://hartzler.house.gov/issue/budget-and-economy (hartzler.house.gov)
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.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This bill strengthens and reforms our transportation program while returning more transportation decisions back to state and local governments, providing them long-term certainty they require to complete betterment and repair projects." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1051757/hartzler-on-passage-of-long-term-highways-bill (votesmart.org)
  • "If we want to avoid heaping mountains of debt on our children and grandchildren, we have to take a stand now to stop the runaway spending." http://hartzler.house.gov/issue/budget-and-economy (hartzler.house.gov)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor for H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) today voted for the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act to make permanent or extend a number of tax cuts that allow Americans to keep more of their own money and grow the economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1051770/hartzler-votes-to-make-tax-cuts-permanent/ (votesmart.org)
  • "We must also pursue legislation that empowers small businesses to create jobs by simplifying the tax code and reducing regulatory burdens." http://hartzler.house.gov/issue/budget-and-economy (hartzler.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VZxA7vlViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe the best education occurs locally through the commitment of parents, local schools, teachers, and the community. Washington does not know what is best for our children. Parents and teachers know best. This premise should be the focus of any bill." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/527829/issue-position-education-reform#.VZ6r_XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Education is best left to local schools and parents rather than the federal government. Parents know what learning experience is best for their children. While federal education initiatives often sound good, the numerous parents, school administrators, and teachers I know overwhelmingly confirm that federally directed initiatives often make it more difficult to teach." http://hartzler.house.gov/issue/education (hartzler.house.gov)
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#.VZw4lPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VZw68flViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The American people have shown overwhelming support for the Keystone XL pipeline. With his veto, President Obama has chosen to ignore their wishes, putting environmental special interests ahead of American jobs and greater energy security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953035/hartzler-responds-to-presidents-keystone-xl-veto/ (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • "Instead of capping our energy resources and limiting energy production here at home, let's aggressively pursue all energy alternatives, including building more nuclear power plants, drilling for oil and gas in coastal waters and ANWR, developing biofuels, using the abundance of clean coal with which we are blessed, and expanding hydro, wind, and solar-powered alternatives." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/527826/issue-position-energy-independence#.VZ6suXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "[…] I believe we must embrace an 'all-of-the-above' energy policy that includes tried and true sources of energy such as coal, hydro, and nuclear along with alternative energy sources that include wind and solar power." https://hartzler.house.gov/newsletters/view-capitol-congresswoman-vicky-hartzlers-newsletter-week-june-2-6-2014 (hartzler.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "When Skelton gave our vote to Pelosi for cap and trade, people across the district couldn't believe it. Ike Skelton's vote for cap-and-trade – or cap and tax – is one of the reasons the Missouri Farm Bureau, the state's largest farm group, repudiated Skelton as bad for Missouri agriculture and endorsed Vicky Hartzler for Congress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/557946/#.VZ1cF_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • "The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to advance burdensome regulations that threatens our energy independence, stifles our recovering economy, and forces employers to expend resources on unnecessary regulations." http://hartzler.house.gov/issue/energy (hartzler.house.gov)
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)
  • "Since I was elected to Congress, I have made it a top priority to protect, preserve and defend the ideals held within the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. Our founding fathers understood that the right to protects one's self and family is vital to the success of our nation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/733880/hartzler-receives-nra-endorsement#.VZ6uQ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/8783/vicky-hartzler/37 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Obamacare is hurting Americans. It is causing families to lose coverage they want and forcing them to buy coverage they don't want and can't afford. It has increased the costs of healthcare and caused people to lose jobs or have their hours cut." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1051803/hartzler-on-veto-override-vote/ (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VZw_g_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Since the day I was sworn in office, I have been working with my colleagues to repeal the job-destroying, tax-hiking portions of this bill." http://hartzler.house.gov/issue/health (hartzler.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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "Granting amnesty to those who cross our borders and enter our nation illegally is not the answer to solving the problem of illegal immigration, especially when there are so many people around the globe who wait their turn to apply for visas and pursue legal paths to immigrate to the United States." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849353/issue-position-immigration/?search=amnesty#.VZ1dU_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "A compassionate solution for the illegal immigrant population living and working in the United States can be accomplished without resorting to amnesty. I cannot support a policy which rewards the criminal behavior of violating America’s immigration laws." http://hartzler.house.gov/issue/immigration (hartzler.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have serious concerns about the Administration arbitrarily overreaching and unilaterally determining the constitutionality of legislation, a move that should be left for the courts to decide. The Defense of Marriage Act was passed by Congress in 1996 with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. It has been official law for 14 years. That's why I signed onto a resolution this week to reverse the Administration's unruly decision not to defend DOMA." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/594578/#.VZ1eLPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The activist ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act ignored the votes of a bipartisan majority of Congress. This alarming precedent disempowers Congress from making national policy with respect to marriage. We must work to defend the rights of Americans to make marriage policy." http://hartzler.house.gov/press-release/hartzler-statement-supreme-court-decision-defense-marriage-act-and-proposition-8 (hartzler.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/8783/vicky-hartzler/76 (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

  • "Well, we need to be diplomatic, to firsthand, like I said, reaching out to those countries like Turkey and others and encouraging them to put the boots on the ground. And we need to commit the resources that are needed to get this done. And we may need to have more American troop there in advise-and-assist role, to target or provide some close air support." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/937899/cnn-newsroom-transcript-islamic-state-strategy/ (votesmart.org)
  • "Tragic events keep reminding us that we are in a war against terrorism. We do not want to be in this conflict. We did not start it, but we must finish it. Our safety and future depend on defeating the extremists who hate everything that has made our nation the greatest in history." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/527831/issue-position-national-defense#.VZ6v_HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Seniors' Tax Simplification Act removes Social Security out of gross income so seniors do not have to pay taxes on the income they receive from Social Security. They paid taxes on their income when it was paid into Social Security; they should not have to pay again when they receive the benefits back." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849361/issue-position-seniors#.VZ6xRXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Since taking office, I have worked hard to preserve Medicare, rein in taxation for seniors, advocate for important research, and protect Social Security." https://hartzler.house.gov/resources/senior-citizens (hartzler.house.gov)
  • Rated 6% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/8783/vicky-hartzler/53 (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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