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Jaime Herrera Beutler's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WA) - District 3, Republican
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Jaime Herrera Beutler has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • Marie Claire "Though decidedly conservative—she is pro-life and voted to repeal Obamacare—Herrera Beutler says she has little patience for party extremists." http://www.marieclaire.com/culture/news/a14174/congresswoman-jaime-herrerra-beutler/ (www.marieclaire.com)
  • Signed a letter stating "As you know, the House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 1797, with bipartisan support on June 18, 2013. We implore you in the name of humanity to permit our colleagues in the Senate to have the opportunity to vote on this important measure as well." http://black.house.gov/sites/black.house.gov/files/Pain%20Capable%20Letter%20to%20Senator%20Reid-Final.pdf (black.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Columbian "I pledged in the campaign that I won’t raise taxes and I’m going to hold to that." http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/apr/16/herrera-beutler-defends-vote-House-budget/ (www.columbian.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053 (votesmart.org)
  • "The agreement Congress passed was not a long-term solution, and it did not accomplish everything that Southwest Washington deserves. However, the agreement I voted for does protect 99.5% of folks in our region from devastating tax hikes. It also extends tax relief for underwater homeowners and allows residents to deduct their sales tax, and will ensure Medicare patients can keep seeing their doctors. It makes important provisions permanent for Southwest Washington families like the marriage penalty relief and the child deduction tax credit." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/765044/jaime-herrera-beutler-statement-on-the-fiscal-cliff-agreement (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Jaime Beutler, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Washington, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VYH69XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I'm very pleased to have helped cut through the DC partisanship to craft a responsible, bipartisan spending plan that benefits the people of Southwest Washington. Importantly, it keeps our budget headed in the right direction by reducing overall discretionary spending." http://herrerabeutler.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=366931 (herrerabeutler.house.gov)
  • "The Columbia River Gorge is one of the great places in America. Its beauty shouldn't obscure its critical role in the economic vitality of the Pacific Northwest -- a key freight corridor for goods moving by rail, barge, and truck. […] Our bipartisan amendment recognizes that done right, freight projects in National Scenic Areas should be eligible for much needed federal funding." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1027032/us-house-passes-walden-herrera-beutler-blumenauer-proposal-to-help-improve-roads-and-bridges-in-columbia-gorge-national-scenic-area (votesmart.org)
  • "Both parties have made a mess of our budget, and it's up to a new generation of leaders to fix it. I'm ready to put our nation's credit card away and start restoring permanent jobs to our region." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535929/issue-position-jobs-government-spending-the-deficit#.VYH5qnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of 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

  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Jaime Beutler, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Washington, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VYH69XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The first step to moving beyond this destructive pattern is to pass a budget, and so today I supported this budget proposal that maintains cost savings and cuts the federal deficit without new taxes." http://herrerabeutler.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=364360 (herrerabeutler.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Federal policies should reward schools and teachers that apply effective learning techniques, especially in the vitally important fields of math and science. Our global competitiveness and technological advancement depend on it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535935/issue-position-education#.VYG9xnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "My priorities for education: […] Increase local control over our education system. Parents, teachers, and local educators are the best equipped to address the needs of their children and students – not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C." http://herrerabeutler.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=32331 (herrerabeutler.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/51299#.VZ_5HHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Seattle Times "By a vote of 266 – 153, the House on Friday passed a bill (HR 3) to waive environmental laws such as the Endangered Species Act and approve the building of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline between the Canadian border and Steele City, Neb. […] Voting yes: Jaime Herrera Beutler […]." http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/how-your-us-lawmaker-voted-102/ (www.seattletimes.com)
  • "Another bill that passed the House would put an end to bureaucratic and administrative delays for oil pipelines -- such as the widely supported Keystone XL pipeline, natural gas pipelines, and electric transmission lines." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/894118/easing-the-pain-at-the-pump-for-all-americans/?search=Keystone#.VZ_4snUVhHw (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

  • "Our plan should focus on increased production of existing energy sources plus development of alternative energy -- an "all-of-the-above' energy plan that will meet current needs and prepare for the future." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/609159/herrera-beutler-launches-action-team-to-promote-affordable-energy#.VZ_6c3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Our region is home to clean and renewable hydropower, natural gas, and a growing biomass industry. By pursuing these and other forms of energy, we can keep energy costs affordable and ensure out energy supply is stable." http://herrerabeutler.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=32911 (herrerabeutler.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.2681 "Repeals EPA Emissions Regulations for Cement Manufacturers" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/36881 (votesmart.org)
  • "I share a desire for cleaner energy – but not at the cost of more jobs to our communities. Incentives, not punishment, should be the path to more renewable energy. Arbitrary "clean energy" mandates, and backdoor attempts at cap-and-trade taxes on families and businesses are not in the best interest of our recovering economy." http://herrerabeutler.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=32911 (herrerabeutler.house.gov)
  • "Yes, we can innovate and create and reduce, and I support reducing whatever type of emissions we're producing as a Nation. We need to go there, but we need to do it in a commonsense way that doesn't just handicap the economy at a time when we need it to grow." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/642640/epa-regulatory-relief-act-of-2011/ (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.585 "Prohibits the Social Cost of Carbon from Being Included in Agency Determinations" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46997 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Columbian "Herrera Beutler said she leans more toward trying to fix the nation's mental health system rather than placing additional regulations on gun ownership. In many cases, people who kill en masse don't even own the guns they used in the shooting, she said." http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/jan/20/herrera-beutler-no-on-light-rail-gun-bans/ (www.columbian.com)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/101907/jaime-herrera-beutler/37 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
  • "Make no mistake – I have consistently opposed the Affordable Care Act because it harms more people than it helps and it makes promises that the nation cannot afford to keep." http://herrerabeutler.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=355628 (herrerabeutler.house.gov)
  • "This ruling against one of the health care law's central pillars is just one latest reminder of how problem-riddled and unworkable the Affordable Care Act is." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/903027/jaime-herrera-beutler-statement-on-todays-court-ruling-against-the-aca#.VYHHu3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
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

  • "Any real reform will start by stemming the flow of those entering this country illegally. I do not support amnesty for illegal immigrants. We must also make it tougher on those here unlawfully, which is why as a state legislator I have opposed this state's practice of issuing drivers' licenses to illegal residents." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/837933/issue-position-immigration#.VYHIyHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I will do everything in my power to strengthen our existing border control operations in order to get our borders under control. I do not support amnesty for illegal immigrants, and I do not believe we can seriously discuss what to do with the people already here illegally until we've stemmed the flow of people crossing into our country illegally every day." http://herrerabeutler.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=32906 (herrerabeutler.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220 (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

  • "In the current global climate, there are para-state entities and organizations with radical ideologies that rely on terrorism to further their agenda. Whenever these groups pose a threat to America and her citizens, the U.S. must take action to eliminate the threat." http://herrerabeutler.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=31766 (herrerabeutler.house.gov)
  • "I believe we need to continue to hunt down and bring to justice those who would commit acts of terror against Americans. For that reason, I supported a short-term Patriot Act extension earlier this year in order to allow time for a robust debate on this important and controversial bill." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/612033/jaime-herrera-beutler-statement-on-opposing-patriot-act-provision-extension#.VYHLpnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In a post-9/11 era, we know that homeland security can never be taken for granted. Our country remains under continuous threat from radical Islamic terrorism, and complacency is not an option. […] As your member of Congress, I will support a robust U.S. military to defeat terrorism and keep the world safe for liberty." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/535931/issue-position-national-security#.VYHKrnUVhHw (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

  • "Privatizing Social Security is not an option and I do not support it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/837948/issue-position-protecting-social-security#.VaACMXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I have never supported privatizing Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/554394/issue-position-retirement-security#.VYH4YXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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