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

Office: U.S. House (WA) - District 3, Republican
On The Ballot: Won, Republican for U.S. House - District 3
Jaime Herrera Beutler has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "After 20 weeks, a baby can feel pain, open his or her eyes, and move. My colleagues in the Washington delegation and I took a stand for innocent life and supported the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Now we wait for the Senate to stand with us." https://www.facebook.com/VoteJaime/posts/10155006438473947 (www.facebook.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • "After 20 weeks, a baby can feel pain, open his or her eyes, and move. My colleagues in the Washington delegation and I took a stand for innocent life and supported the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Now we wait for the Senate to stand with us." https://www.facebook.com/VoteJaime/posts/10155006438473947 (www.facebook.com)
  • 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)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (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

  • "My pledge to you: I'll fight for the residents of SW WA. We all benefit from lower taxes, limited government, and expanded opportunity." https://twitter.com/JaimeForUSRep/status/795060724703707136 (twitter.com)
  • 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 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)
  • "My pledge to you: I'll fight for the residents of SW WA. We all benefit from lower taxes, limited government, and expanded opportunity." https://twitter.com/JaimeForUSRep/status/795060724703707136 (twitter.com)
  • 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 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)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The safety of Americans must remain a top priority. It’s crucial that our military and armed forces have adequate resources, equipment, and training to protect us from terrorism and any bad actors who wish to do American citizens harm." https://www.votejaime.com/issue/national-security/#more-3684 (www.votejaime.com)
  • "The safety of Americans must remain a top priority. It’s crucial that our military and armed forces have adequate resources, equipment, and training to protect us from terrorism and any bad actors who wish to do American citizens harm." https://www.votejaime.com/issue/national-security/#more-3684 (www.votejaime.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, 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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "The first step Congress can take to empower job creators is stop government’s disastrous habit of overspending." https://herrerabeutler.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=32174 (herrerabeutler.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "The first step Congress can take to empower job creators is stop government’s disastrous habit of overspending." https://herrerabeutler.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=32174 (herrerabeutler.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a result of lowering the corporate tax rate, companies like Boeing, Starbucks, FedEx and WalMart who employ thousands in Southwest Washington have joined nearly 300 other U.S. companies in increasing pay, giving employee bonuses, boosting benefits and hiring more workers. For all those who are looking for work or better-paying jobs, Washington's nonpartisan chief economist is predicting our state will see 20,000 new jobs as a result of the tax cuts." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1232470/jaime-herrera-beutler-how-im-working-to-cut-taxes-for-lewis-county/?search=corporate#.W4mg1XWPAfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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. " https://herrerabeutler.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=32331 (herrerabeutler.house.gov)
  • "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. " https://herrerabeutler.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=32331 (herrerabeutler.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We are well-situated in Southwest Washington to take full advantage of an "all of the above" approach to energy. 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 costs affordable and ensure our energy supply is stable. Reasonable energy prices will also help us both maintain the businesses we have and attract new businesses – and jobs – to Southwest Washington." https://herrerabeutler.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=32911 (herrerabeutler.house.gov)
  • "We are well-situated in Southwest Washington to take full advantage of an "all of the above" approach to energy. 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 costs affordable and ensure our energy supply is stable. Reasonable energy prices will also help us both maintain the businesses we have and attract new businesses – and jobs – to Southwest Washington." https://herrerabeutler.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=32911 (herrerabeutler.house.gov)
  • "Incentives, not punishment, should be the path to more renewable energy." https://herrerabeutler.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=32911 (herrerabeutler.house.gov)
  • "Incentives, not punishment, should be the path to more renewable energy." https://herrerabeutler.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=32911 (herrerabeutler.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I’m working to roll back burdensome regulations that hinder small-business growth and job opportunities for Washingtonians." https://www.votejaime.com/issue/economy-jobs/#more-3677 (www.votejaime.com)
  • "Incentives, not punishment, should be the path to more renewable energy." https://herrerabeutler.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=32911 (herrerabeutler.house.gov)
  • "I’m working to roll back burdensome regulations that hinder small-business growth and job opportunities for Washingtonians." https://www.votejaime.com/issue/economy-jobs/#more-3677 (www.votejaime.com)
  • "Incentives, not punishment, should be the path to more renewable energy." https://herrerabeutler.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=32911 (herrerabeutler.house.gov)
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)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/101907/jaime-herrera-beutler/37 (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/101907/jaime-herrera-beutler/37 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
  • "Under the Affordable Care Act, rural residents have been treated like second-class citizens when it comes to health care access. Our country’s rate of maternal mortality lags behind the rest of the industrialized world. I think we deserve better, and that every individual should be able to get affordable, quality health care no matter who they are or where they live." https://www.votejaime.com/issue/healthcare-mental-health-resources-and-maternity-care/#more-3680 (www.votejaime.com)
  • "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)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
  • "Under the Affordable Care Act, rural residents have been treated like second-class citizens when it comes to health care access. Our country’s rate of maternal mortality lags behind the rest of the industrialized world. I think we deserve better, and that every individual should be able to get affordable, quality health care no matter who they are or where they live." https://www.votejaime.com/issue/healthcare-mental-health-resources-and-maternity-care/#more-3680 (www.votejaime.com)
  • "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)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Enhancing border security measures, whether it's a wall, a fence, or new technologies." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1082667/issue-position-immigration/?search=Wall#.W4mfVHWPAfI (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

  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "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)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts 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)
  • "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)

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