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Todd Akin's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Todd Akin refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, 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

  • Todd W. Akin. Health Care. 16 September 2009. “Now, to me, this is a different question because I have always been pro-life, but to me, it's a different question than the question of abortion. It's a question of the fact that I have constituents who are violently pro-life, violently pro-choice, and they disagree on that point. But the question is are we going to compel all citizens to use their taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. And that's something very upsetting to many people. So the question is does this bill do that.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. The Question of Health Care. 10 March 2010. “The Senate has passed a bill, and they are not going to get 60 votes to do a new bill, so they are trying to push the House into passing exactly what the Senate did. But we have got fine, upstanding pro-lifers like BART STUPAK and a dozen others, and they say if you are going to have a bill that pries tax money out of the hands of people who believe with all their heart, as I do, that it is immoral to kill unborn children, and you are going to take their money and use it to do that, then we can't vote for this bill.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Video: U.S. Rep. Todd Akin says 'Rape Victims Rarely Get Pregnant.' 19 August 2012. Answered: “It seems to me first of all […] if its a legitimate rape the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down. Lets assume that maybe that doesn't work. I think there ought to be a punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist, and not attacking the child” to the question: “What about in the case of rape? Should it be legal or not?” (www.youtube.com)
  • Todd W. Akin. Video: WATCH: Todd Akin Says Abortion Is More 'Un-American' Than Slavery. 22 January 2008. "Abortion is so un-American […] We have one of the most polarizing issues that has confronted our nation since the days of slavery. And yet, just as slavery is fundamentally un-American, so even moreso, anything that violates the most fundamental right -- the right to life -- is contrary to everything that Americans have stood for and fought for […] We believe right to life is a fundamental god-given right […] We have terrorists in our own culture called 'abortionists.'” (www.businessinsider.com)
  • Todd Akin. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Todd Akin voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Todd Akin voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Todd Akin voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Todd Akin voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Todd Akin in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Todd Akin in the 2010 general election. (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 Todd Akin a rating of 13 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Todd Akin voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Todd Akin voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Todd Akin in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Todd Akin voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Health Care Reform. 17 March 2010. “If you are pro-life you think, well, I don't like abortion. Well, if you don't like abortion, how do you like the fact that your taxpayer dollar that you are forced to pay is paying for abortion? That to me is different than just--I mean one thing people talk about is choice. I don't call it choice, I call it killing children. But even if you accept the idea of choice, some people think abortion is okay, some people think it is not. But to take the people who think it is not and force them to pay to do abortions where they think it is killing a child even if other people don't, no wonder people don't like this thing.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. 31 June 2012. “I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of H.R. 3803, which is a morally necessary and common-sense piece of legislation, and I support it fully. Additionally, I firmly believe that our nation must protect human life at all stages, and unborn children are no exception. During my time in Congress, I have stood against abortion and supported numerous pieces of pro-life legislation. I am also a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, and I will continue to fight to protect the lives of the unborn in any way I can.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Todd W. Akin. Hearing Of The House Armed Services Committee - Department Of Defense Budget Request For Fiscal Year 2010. 13 May 2009. “Regarding the wars we're fighting today, it's good to see a renewed focus on the challenge of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The president's new strategy for this region is well considered and supported here in Congress.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Akin Statement on Proposed Afghanistan Draw Down. 5 July 2011. “It is critical that we retain the necessary forces in Afghanistan to ensure the successful completion of our mission. We will review the proposed drawdown in light of the advice of our field commanders.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Congressman Akin to Vote For Enhanced GI Bill and St. Louis made C-17 Aircraft. 19 June 2008. "I am proud to support this clean version of the supplemental funding bill for Iraq and Afghanistan. In particular, the updated and expanded GI Bill benefits contained in the bill will help our troops and their families get a better education. Our men and women in uniform make great sacrifices and providing them with good educational benefits is one way we can show our appreciation. I am also proud to report that this bill includes funding for 15 additional C-17 aircraft, which the Air Force needs, and which will keep the production line in St. Louis active." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Hearing Of The House Armed Services Committee - Fiscal Year 2010 National Defense Authorization Budget Request From The Department Of The Navy. 14 May 2009. “Our sailors have gone ashore in both Iraq and Afghanistan, bringing needed skills to the joint force. And now we're increasing our force in Afghanistan, a long overdue effort.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Op-Ed – Peace Through Weakness is Not Viable. 29 August 2010. “While I have supported some of the administration's policies on Afghanistan, President Obama has made at least two significant strategic errors. First, the ill-advised announcement of a 2011 departure date from Afghanistan has signaled to our allies and, more important, our Afghan partners, that our support for them is contingent upon a time clock. This strategic blunder has effectively empowered our enemies with the weapon of time -- winning is simply a matter of waiting. The eagerness with which the administration has tried to back pedal from the statement indicates that it understands the foolishness of the policy; unfortunately the damage to our success and to our national security is done. Secondly, the president not only limited the number of troops for the surge (compared to what was requested by our generals in the field), but he also delayed his decision to authorize those troops for months after it was originally requested. By strictly limiting the number of troops in Afghanistan, the president has handicapped our ability to succeed on the ground by not providing the necessary force strength to achieve the mission as it was conceived by those responsible for developing and implementing the plan.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Todd Akin voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of Peace Action West 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of the Peace Action 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Todd Akin. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Todd Akin voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Todd Akin voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Todd Akin voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Todd Akin voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Todd Akin voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Todd Akin voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Todd Akin voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Todd Akin voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Obama Budget Reprise is No Improvement. 18 April 2011. “"We could eliminate the entire Department of Defense and we would still be running a deficit, but we would invite unimaginable attacks from our enemies. Major cuts to defense spending are not the way to control explosive, debt-financed growth in entitlements.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Akin Response To Defense Secretary's Statement Regarding Costs And Capabilities Of The U.S. Navy And Marine Corps. 10 May 2010. “I believe Secretary Gates is responding to pressure resulting from the Administration's unwillingness to commit to an appropriate level of national defense spending. Although the Administration is very willing to tremendously expand entitlement programs, its lack of prioritization of national defense spending is in my opinion adding to the Secretary's inclination to entertain the downsizing of our naval capacity." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. 25 May 2011. “Mr. ELLISON. Madam Chair, I rise to offer an amendment that will cut $150 million in unnecessary defense funding. […] Mr. AKIN. The point of the matter is that LHA-7 has to go forward, and we have to make sure that we have the funding. As soon as the negotiations are finished between the Navy and the contractor, then we can move ahead on this project. So the $150 million is important. The exact timing of when it is going to be spent is in question, but the necessity to have the money is not in doubt. That is why we oppose this amendment.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. The Budget. 14 February 2011. “So defense spending is going down; entitlements are going up. And now we get to the point where you could cut defense to zero and still could not compensate with this incredible growth in entitlements.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. What Got Us Into This Economic Mess. 5 May 2010. “You take a look over here at our outlays, what's going on? Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Those are the three big entitlements. They are now bigger than all the rest of the spending. I am on the Armed Services Committee. Guess what I am seeing. We are gutting defense. Why? Because we don't have enough money here and we have too much over here.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Todd Akin voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Todd Akin voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Letter to the Honorable Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense. 30 September 2010. “Recently Secretary Gates announced broad plans to reduce costs in the Department of Defense and re-appropriate those savings throughout the Department. As part of this plan, the Secretary announced three longer term projects and eight initiatives that he plans to begin implementing immediately. These eight initiatives have the ability to affect the Department, its ability to effectively fulfill its mission, and the security of the nation. A decision of this magnitude should not be made without careful reflection, supported by rigorous analysis. We have been told by the Department that the Secretary had several meetings and reviewed these decisions carefully. However, it seems clear that this decision did not carefully consider the national defense implications of such a change, nor is the decision substantiated with any sort of calculation of the direct and indirect costs to our national defense structure. In addition, no information has been provided by the Department to demonstrate any level of analysis, either financial or strategic, to determine what risks are being introduced into our national security strategy and how we are to mitigate these new risks.” (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

  • Todd W. Akin. Akin Alert: Lame Duck Agenda. 13 December 2010. “The top 10% of income earners pay 70% of income taxes, while the bottom 40% of wage earners pay nothing. Many of the top earners in our country are also employers. We simply cannot expect job growth when we tax away the capital business owners need to expand their businesses and hire new employees.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Growing the Economy and Jobs. 15 December 2010. “And this is the top marginal income tax here, going from all the way up at 90 percent, dropping way down. And it's the top marginal rate that is the rate on all of these supposedly rich people who, by the way, the rich people are the ones, a lot of them, own those businesses that create the jobs. So if you tax them into the dirt, what is going to happen to the jobs? You won't have the jobs. You broke the code. If you want jobs, you're going to have to allow people to keep their wealth and invest in business.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Signed Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 112th Congress. I, Todd Akin, pledge to the taxpayers of the second district in the state of Missouri 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.” (www.atr.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. The Budget. 14 February 2011. “Now, somebody could object and say, Wait just a minute Congressman Akin, because couldn't you deal with these entitlements if you just got your taxes up higher? If you could get these taxes here that are running 18 percent, if we could double that, why don't we make it a 40 percent tax rate? Oh, that would take care of this, at least for a while. Let the entitlements grow and tax everybody at 40 percent. The problem is it doesn't work. […] This is an example of the fact that you can actually reduce taxes and grow the revenue of the Federal Government. The reason that works is just what you were talking about. Because you are a businessman, you understand this stuff. And that is, what is happening is when a small businessman can invest in his own business, he creates jobs. With those jobs, people are paying taxes. That means more revenue for the government. So when you get the economy going, we take in much more revenue.” (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Todd Akin voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 89 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Akin Opposes $3.9 Trillion Tax Increase. 17 November 2010. “Instead of raising taxes, Congress should take a hard look at the budget and prioritize spending reductions that will eliminate the deficit and address the national debt. I firmly believe that the practice of sun setting tax breaks is backwards way of doing things in Washington. […] Therefore I will be fighting for the extension of the Bush tax cuts for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Todd W. Akin. Growing the Economy and Jobs. 15 December 2010. “So what we have right now is essentially the Democrats have been running things for a couple of years, and we have got a recession going. And the question is, what are we going to do about the economy and about jobs? There are two solutions to the problem. The ones that the Democrats have proposed over the last couple of years have been a very, very high level of Federal spending, and what they consider to be stimulus, which is more Federal spending, which they think will somehow fix the economy. For a couple of years I have been here on the floor on Wednesday evenings saying, with all due respect, I don't think that solution will work. I am not saying that it won't work just because I think it won't, which I don't, but also because prominent Democrats have also said that it won't work.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. How Government Can Help Small Business. 8 August 2010. “This Friday, the unemployment numbers for July were released. This means another month has passed with Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress doing nothing meaningful to address unemployment. Instead, they keep pushing more taxes, more federal spending and more red tape. If we want to encourage job growth, these are exactly the wrong things to do.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Jobs, the Deficit, and Federal Spending. 10 February 2011. “I think sometimes it is helpful, you hear so much detail that you need to step back at the 30,000-foot view and say what is the big picture of what is going on. So I have here one of those traditional pie-type charts, and it has an overview of the total spending of the Federal Government in the year 2010. So what I want to do is just take a look at that and then talk about what that means relative to the problems we have in overspending in the Federal Government. Also, this connects to unemployment in this sense, that when the Federal Government spends too much money and is too intrusive and takes too much in taxes, all of those things destroy the jobs created by small businesses.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. The Government, the Economy, and Jobs. 14 July 2010. “Of course, another thing that kills jobs is this insufficient liquidity. The businessman can't borrow money because it's all tied up in banks. Of course, we've got that problem going on now, too, and part of the reason is the government is gobbling up so much money with their incredible, incredible level of Federal spending which, once again, we point to this chart. This is what's happened under Obama the first 2 years of his Presidency. It's three times more deficit than Bush, in his worst year, had.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Todd Akin voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Todd Akin voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Todd Akin a rating of 85 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Putting America Back on the Right Track Economically. 8 December 2010. “it's about as reasonable as fixing a bad economy by a Federal Government spending money. It doesn't make any sense in a commonsense way, and it has never worked, never worked historically.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Todd W. Akin. The US Economy. 10 March 2011. “Here's the chart on employment, job creation, before and after tax relief. You see here, these lines, anything going down means we lost jobs, and so you're seeing we're losing a lot of jobs in the front end when we were in the recession. Then as we did some tax cuts in here, it helped a little bit. But still when we do this tax cut, take a look at how things turn around; and this is the average loss of 100,000 jobs per month, this is a gain of 168,000 jobs a month after this tax cut goes into place.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Akin Votes to Prevent Massive Tax Increase on Small Businesses and Families. 13 December 2010. “Congressman Todd Akin (R-Mo.), today voted to extend the Bush tax cuts and avoid a multi-trillion dollar tax increase on all Americans. […] The Democrats have through a series of poor policy decisions created economic conditions that are destructive to small businesses and job creation. These include: excessive taxes, unnecessary red tape, market uncertainty, restricted access to liquidity and massive federal spending. Passage of this bill will not fix the problems but will only create additional uncertainty by postponing important decisions on tax policy. Until we implement policy changes favorable to employers, our economy will continue to struggle and unemployment will remain high." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Akin calls for reducing government obstacles to job creation. 17 September 2010. "Instead, I challenge Speaker Pelosi to allow open debate and a vote on making the current tax cuts permanent. Job creators need to know that they can invest in new employees with confidence and tax increases will only further depress our already sluggish job market." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Growing the Economy and Jobs. 15 December 2010. “So the first thing that is an enemy to job creation is, first of all, excessive taxation. So what we have coming along now, and everybody has known it for years, is these tax cuts are coming along, they are going to expire and it is going to be a massive tax increase. In fact, we have what in a way is a tax increase train wreck. You could think of it as the train is steaming along and everybody knows the bridge is out. The bridge is out on January 1st, 2011, the tax cuts expire, and what happens then, America receives the largest tax increase in the history of the Nation. Now, that is very bad medicine for an already-sick economy. So that is the situation we are facing.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. The Economy, Unemployment, and the Advent of Thanksgiving. 17 November 2010. “Right now we're having trouble with unemployment, but why do we want to put a force on it that's going to make it even worse. If these things did some good when they went into effect, why do we want to let them expire? It's bad enough the way it is. If we extend the tax cuts, it may not fix the 10 percent, but it may not go to 15 percent anyway. So this is what happened when the tax cuts went into effect to job creation, and that's why the economy took off.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. “It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut. Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Todd Akin voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Todd W. Akin. The Economic Situation We Now Face. 31 March 2009. “The government is going to give you an education. How are we so different from the system we just watched fail?” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Free Enterprise and the Invisible Hand. 16 September 2009. “And when the whole thing went down the drain, we said, Everybody knows Communism/Socialism won't work. So what are we proposing now? The government's going to provide food. The government's going to provide housing. The government's going to provide your education. We just decided to nationalize a whole lot more of that. No more private loans. We're going to have the government take care of all that. And now we're talking about the government--not only the insurance and the automotive, but now the government wants to take over one-fifth of the economy in terms of health care. Now, it seems to me we should learn something from history, don't you think, gentleman?” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. A Reduced Role For The Federal Government Is Needed. 3 February 2010. “I want to deconstruct the Education Department and return the rights back to the States so the States can focus on what they need to do, but more importantly that the Federal Government can focus on what it needs to do, trade policy, national security and those types of things.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. The Government, the Economy, and Jobs. 14 July 2010. “But at the Federal level, we have got to basically stop a lot of stuff. The first place I would start with would be just what Ronald Reagan said, shut down that Department of Education. I had a group I was talking to down at a Honda dealership just a couple of days ago and I asked them, How much benefit do you think you've gotten from a whole bunch of Federal bureaucrats that work in the Department of Education? Has it helped your kid any at all? There were these blank looks. No, I don't think it's helped a whole lot.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Todd Akin. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Todd Akin voted Did Not Vote on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. 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)
  • Todd W. Akin. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2011. “Congressman Akin advocates increasing access to all domestic energy resources. […] Allowing safe, responsible and environmentally sound exploration and energy production -- both offshore and on federal lands - would create jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Akin Alert: Spending Failsafe Bill and Domestic Energy Production. 5 July 2011. “On Thursday, the House approved H.R. 1231, legislation which essentially lifts the President's ban on new offshore drilling. This measure will require the Administration to move forward on American energy production in areas estimated to contain the healthiest oil and natural gas resources. It establishes a production goal and is designed to put domestic energy back in the pipeline.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Akin Decries Democrat Energy Proposal. 16 September 2008. “Republicans have proposed a practical, common sense energy development plan that does what the American people want, but Nancy Pelosi won't let us vote on it. Our plan will invest revenues from oil and natural gas in renewable energy research. It will lower the price of gas now, control the cost of home heating fuel, and smooth the transition into a clean energy future. While the Republican energy legislation has been open to public scrutiny for months, the Democrats still won't show us their bill. Yet, based on their talking points, we know it will put a permanent 'off limits' sign over 88% of all offshore exploration locations. The Democrat bill does not allow drilling in ANWR and will do nothing to increase clean, emissions-free nuclear energy nor does it cut the red tape that stops us from building new refineries. Moreover, we know their bill will allow endless frivolous lawsuits to block new oil exploration and drilling." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Todd Akin voted Did Not Vote on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Todd Akin voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Todd W. Akin. Calculating Your Share of “Cap and Trade.” 2 June 2009. “But here you're just talking about the effect of CO2, and I thought this was interesting. This is how much does the human activity affect greenhouse gases? The block in light blue here represents all the greenhouse gases, which comprise only 2 percent of the total atmosphere. So this is all the greenhouse gases. And that yellow block over there on the end is the CO2. And the little tiny red block inside the yellow block is the part that our human activity is creating. And so the question is, in terms of leverage, does this little red dot over here have that much impact on the climate? And this is, I don't think anybody disputes the percentages of these gases and the mixture. So the question then is, is this stuff that we're doing really that important?” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Issue Position: Environment. 1 January 2010. “Ultimately, Congressman Akin is committed to a common-sense approach to global warming concerns through balancing economic and environmental outcomes. For that reason, he will not support policies that needlessly hamstring America's economy with no guarantee of rolling back global warming trends.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Issue Position: Environment. 1 January 2011. “Although there is much more for us to learn, the Congressman believes we can take common-sense steps to reduce CO2 emissions, without harming economic stability. That is why he supports research into carbon neutral technologies. However, even with alternative energy options, it is impossible for the United States to significantly reduce global CO2 emissions without a shared commitment from other developed and developing nations, such as China and India.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. On the Issues: Energy. 11 January 2012. “The regulations imposed on the energy industry has stifled investment and stalled our ability to keep up with the needs of our nation.” (www.akin.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Todd Akin voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Todd Akin voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Todd W. Akin. Akin Applauds Supreme Court Decision Upholding Second Amendment. 26 June 2008. “Today's ruling by the Supreme Court is a major victory for those who believe that the rights outlined by the Constitution are just as right and relevant today as the day that the founding document was penned. Today's decision vindicates the common sense notion that the right to bear arms as afforded in the Constitution is meant for every law abiding, responsible citizen for the purpose of hunting as well as a means of protection of ones home and family." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Independence Day, the 2nd Amendment & More! 6 July 2010. “Here, Americans are increasingly disturbed by the high cost of big government, the weight of the national debt and the chains countless federal regulations place on individual freedoms. Thankfully, the U.S. Supreme Court recently recalled the principles upon which this country was founded - just this past week, it ruled that law-abiding Americans have an individual right to keep and bear firearms under the Second Amendment and that right cannot be unreasonably restricted by state and local governments. I am committed to using the trust you have given me to protect the liberties that have been passed down to us for the next generation of Americans.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Issue Position: Constitutional Liberties. 1 January 2011. “Congressman Akin believes that without the right to bear arms, other inalienable rights are indefensible. He has consistently opposed infringement of citizen's Second Amendment liberties and fought to ensure right to carry reciprocity as well as the freedom to carry on public federal lands.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. On the Issues: Values. 11 January 2012. “During my time in Congress, I have supported a number of measures that seek to protect an individual’s constitutional right to bear arms, and to rein in heavy handed attempts by our government to infringe upon that right.” (www.akin.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. On the Issues: Values. 11 January 2012. “There is no question that the Second Amendment establishes an individual right to keep and bear arms.” (www.akin.org)
  • Todd Akin. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Todd Akin voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Todd Akin voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Todd Akin voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Todd Akin a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Todd Akin in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Todd W. Akin. Akin will Vote to Repeal Obamacare. 26 January 2011. "We will vote on a two page bill to repeal the 2,400 page government health care plan passed in 2010. This measure was fiscally unsound, infringed on the most basic liberties possessed by all Americans and imposed job-killing mandates and regulatory burdens on businesses.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Akin Lauds Committee Passage of Reality-Based Budget. 18 April 2011. "Unlike other spending proposals, our budget does not kick the can further down the road. Instead, we defund Obamacare, and restructure Medicare and Medicaid, while preserving benefits for those in and near retirement." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Federal Court Calls Individual Mandate "Unconstitutional." 13 December 2010. "I am very encouraged by today's ruling. Judge Hudson has found what I and many members of Congress who opposed this legislation have long believed; that the Pelosi, Reid Congress exceeded its constitutional authority by requiring that every individual American purchase health insurance or pay a penalty.” (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Todd Akin 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

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  • Todd Akin. Akin Opposes Amnesty for Illegal Aliens. 15 May 2006. "Illegal immigration is an affront to our nation's laws and must be addressed in a meaningful way," said Akin. "Not enforcing our immigration laws is not only an insult to those who are attempting to become citizens legally, but is also a security risk and exposes citizens to an unfair tax burden by having to provide services to those who are here unlawfully.” “Offering amnesty to illegal aliens decades ago resulted in more not less illegal immigration," said Akin. "I do not intend to vote for any bill that rewards illegal behavior." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. Todd Akin Applauds the Defeat of Liberal Amnesty Senate Bill. 28 June 2007. “Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO), applauds today's defeat of the Senate Amnesty bill. Congressman Akin said, 'Today, the majority of the Senators listened to the will of the American people, who do not want us to provide Amnesty to those who have violated our laws.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Todd Akin in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Todd Akin voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Todd Akin voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Todd Akin in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Todd W. Akin. Akin Amdt Clarifies Military Marriage Solemnization Policy. 12 May 2011. "Under federal law and this amendment, U.S. military bases may not be used to solemnize same-sex unions, nor may military chaplains perform these unions in the course of their official duties." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Akin Issues Statement on Massachusetts Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage. 4 February 2004. “This ruling clears the way for same-sex marriages in Massachusetts that could take place as early as this May. It also underscores the need for a constitutional amendment which will insulate states from the legal ramifications of these types of activist and fundamentally unconstitutional decisions. Unless marriage is defined on a Federal level in a traditional, common sense way that is consistent with our heritage and the views of an overwhelming number of Americans, it will become increasingly difficult to shield state laws from such nonsensical, invasive and troublesome ruling. This decision seeks to usurp the legislative authority of elected representatives. A constitutional amendment is necessary to prevent such judicial activism from undermining the sanctity of marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "The Defense of Marriage Act was passed by a bipartisan vote in Congress and signed into law by President Clinton. […] Unfortunately, this current administration is now directing the Department of Defense to ignore this law and perform gay marriages on military bases. I think this is wrong.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. “Same-sex couples are free to live as they choose. This amendment does not change that. Instead, this amendment simply defines what marriage is, the union of one man and one woman.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Todd Akin voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Todd Akin voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Todd Akin. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Todd Akin voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Todd Akin in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Todd Akin in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Todd Akin in the 2010 general election. (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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  • Todd W. Akin. Op-Ed - Peace Through Weakness is Not Viable. 29 August 2010. “Congress has ignored the voices of American citizens too often this year. We need to recognize the dangerous world we live in and protect the American people by fighting terrorism, supporting our military and defending democracy.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Hearing Of The House Armed Services Committee - Fiscal Year 2010 National Defense Authorization Budget Request From The Department Of The Navy. 14 May 2009. “At the same time, sir, we can be wildly successful in Afghanistan, I think, and not solve this nation's worst problem, which is the al Qaeda, if the forces in Pakistan aren't having parallel or similar success across the border. Now, we're encouraged, of course by recent events happening in the Swat Valley. Nothing like that has extended yet down to Baluchistan, opposite RC South, where we're operating. But it seems to me that the Pakistani government realizes there is a greater threat here and is now taking steps to deal with that.” (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

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  • Todd W. Akin. Crisis Facing America. 2 March 2011. “The entitlement is like a little machine. It's put on a track and off it goes spitting out dollar bills. So anybody who qualifies gets money. These programs--Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid--if you qualify, you just get money […] Well, what's left over to pay for national defense? And what's left over to pay for the rest of the running of the government? […] In other words, what I'm saying is this. If you zero out defense, so there's not a soldier left, not a rifle, not a ship, not a plane left and zero out everything else in the Federal Government, when you zero those out, you now have a balanced budget. Because entitlements and debt service are taking every last penny we get in revenue. That is a serious problem.” (votesmart.org)
  • Todd W. Akin. Entitlements. 28 August 2012. “Last year, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid entitlements alone accounted for 45 percent of all federal spending. In the coming decade, these programs are expected to consume 51 percent of the federal budget. That level of entitlement spending is simply unsustainable. Even as the enormity of the entitlement crisis has become indisputable, many in Washington are eager to establish new entitlements and expand existing ones. The Congressman is committed to fighting the growth of entitlement spending and finding viable private choice alternatives to current entitlements.” (akin.house.gov)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Todd Akin supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 10 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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