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Harry Teague's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Harry Teague refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 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, 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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Harry Teague supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 50 percent in 2009. (
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Harry Teague supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 25 percent in 2009. (
  • Harry Teague. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Harry Teague voted YES on 7 November 2009. (
  • Coleman, Michael. 2009. ABQNews: New Mexico's House Members Explain Votes on Abortion Amendment. 'Finally, Rep. Harry Teague provided this statement to the Journal explaining his vote in support of the Stupak amendment. "The Stupak amendment applies existing law, which bars federal funding for abortion, to the health care reform bill," Teague said. "I am committed to upholding a woman's right to choose, but I also believe that we should continue to uphold the law that for 33 years has barred federal funding of abortions."' (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Harry Teague supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 25 percent in 2009. (
  • Harry Teague. HR 4154. 111th Congress. Estate Tax Law Amendments and Reinstatement of PAYGO. Project Vote Smart summary: "Vote to pass a bill that permanently sets the estate tax exclusion amount (the amount of an estate that is exempt from the estate tax) at the 2009 level of $3.5 million, permanently sets the maximum estate and gift tax rates at the 2009 level of 45 percent, and reinstates the statutory Pay-As-You-Go budget rule." Harry Teague voted "Yes" on December 3, 2009. (
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

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  • Harry Teague. Support the Stimulus Package. 27 January 2009. "We must act now to help those families. I know that we won't all agree with every little part of the economic recovery bill that we are considering. I have some concerns myself, but I intend to support the package, not because it's perfect, but because it will create jobs and get our economy going. After all, that's what the people sent us here to do. If this bill passes, 684,000 New Mexicans will get a tax break and over $400 million will go into infrastructure and investments to create jobs and support economic development. I am also pleased that the bill includes language from two bills that I introduced as a stimulus package for southern New Mexico to create green jobs and give families with kids a tax break. I urge my colleagues to pass this stimulus legislation so we can put America back on track and back to work." (
  • Harry Teague. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Harry Teague voted YES on 13 February 2009. (
  • Harry Teague. Heath Haussamen on New Mexico Politics - Federal Candidates Share Views On Economy, Bailout. 24 September 2008. "Democrat Harry Teague's communications director, Alex Cole, said the real question 'is how we got to this point. This administration let Wall Street run wild. With better oversight and enforcement from the beginning, we could have avoided this mess' 'Unfortunately, the government does need to infuse some money into some of these investment institutions to prevent a total meltdown of the financial markets and our economy,' Cole said. 'The details of the bill before Congress are still being worked out, so we don't have a comment on the legislation. But Congress must not write Wall Street a blank check. The private investors and corporate CEOs who made bad investment decisions should pay the price, not taxpayers.'" (
  • Harry Teague. Issue Position: Economy. "As someone who has been working to create jobs and establish prosperity in New Mexico for over 40 years, Harry Teague understands southern New Mexico's economic challenges and opportunities. New Mexico's success is based on our underlying commitment to hard work, our ingenuity, and our community values. For too long, Washington has worked for the wealthy and well connected. Harry is fighting to put Washington to work for New Mexico working families. Whether you head to work in a shirt and tie or a hard hat and safety boots, Harry is going to wake up early, roll up his sleeves, and do what he thinks is right to help you. [...]" (
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Harry Teague. Press Releases. 5 August 2010. "Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Harry Teague stood up for seniors across the country in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives. Amid partisan proposals to privatize Social Security, Teague emphasized the risks of subjecting workers' retirement security to volatile markets and of jeopardizing the social safety net that over 50 million Americans depend on. 'Americans who rely on Social Security to see them through their retirement aren't interested in privatizing the program and putting the financial security of their family and millions of Americans at risk,' said Harry Teague. 'I am committed to protecting Social Security from those who would rather dismantle it and threaten the benefits and wellbeing of our seniors. I made a promise to the people of southern New Mexico to preserve Social Security and I will continue to work to maintain that pledge.' " (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

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  • Harry Teague. Deming Headlight - Teague Says Renewable Fuels Will Create Jobs. 23 October 2008. "I think everybody wants to know about No Child Left Behind. My solution is real simple, we either fix it and fund it, or we forget about it and go to something else," he said. "It has not been funded, and it needs fixing because it is not working. I talk to teachers, I talk to students, I talk to parents and it's not working for any of them." (
  • Harry Teague. Issue Position: Education. "My priorities for public education include:1. Make Changes to the No Child Left Behind Act. It is imperative that Congress ensures that states receive appropriate funding and are no longer forced to accept one-size-fits-all programs. I will support the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, but eliminate the punitive aspects of No Child Left Behind and replace it with a fairer, more comprehensive, and more supportive system of measuring progress. 2. Oppose Private School Tuition Vouchers. I oppose public tax dollars going to private schools, but will support increasing public school choice with charter, magnet, and other public school options, as well as more flexible course options. 3. More Quality Teachers. To attract and retain the best and brightest teachers, we must raise teacher's salaries to a national average starting salary of $40,000, improve and expand teacher training, and hire additional teachers especially in math and science.4. Reducing Class Size. Improving our education system will require an investment in additional teachers and new facilities so that, among other benefits, children can learn in smaller classes. Numerous studies and my children's experience in public schools have convinced me this must be a priority." (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

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  • Harry Teague: I'm Not Running to do Favors for Big Oil. 18 February 2008. "I am as angry as anyone about the high cost of gas and am often frustrated by the behavior of big oil companies. I do not believe the oil and gas industry should receive special treatment. I do believe our tax policies encourage innovation and job creation, not stifle them. That's why I favor tax and other incentives to encourage investment in new forms of energy. In 2007, Congress took a major step forward toward energy independence and reducing harmful carbon emissions, but was eventually stopped from accomplishing two critical pieces - investing in alterative energy and requiring utilities to produce renewable energy. Both of these pieces will create new jobs in New Mexico and help New Mexico become a net exporter of clean electricity generated from solar, wind and biomass." (
  • Harry Teague. Issue Position: Energy. "Harry Teague went to work in the oil field for $1.50 an hour when he was 17. From there he built an energy company that went on to employ more than 250 people in Southeast New Mexico. Harry has worked in the energy sector his whole life and believes that, when it comes to energy, we should Do it all and Do it in New Mexico so that New Mexico can be the energy capital of America. Since being elected, Harry has become a go-to-guy in Congress on how to do it all on energy. He has fought to bring new jobs in the advanced biofuels industry to New Mexico and stood up for the small refineries and oil and gas producers of southern New Mexico to ensure they would not be impacted by unnecessary taxes and regulation. He is a founding member of the Natural Gas Caucus and is working to create new markets for New Mexico natural gas by promoting the conversion of heavy duty trucks like 18-wheelers from imported diesel to American natural gas power. Additionally, Harry's legislation to extend the renewable production tax credit was signed into law last year. Harry knows that when we Do it all and Do it in New Mexico, our state wins twice. We create thousands of new energy jobs right here in New Mexico, and we make our country more secure by investing our money in America rather than sending it to our enemies overseas." (
  • Harry Teague. T. Boone Pickens Joins Teague In Support Of Natural Gas Bill, Applauds Work To End America's Dependence On Foreign Oil . 13 July 2009. "Natural gas is a clean, efficient, American source of power that will help us end our dangerous dependence on foreign oil and New Mexico has plenty of it. I'm proud to work with fellow oil man and leader in renewable energies, T. Boone Pickens and my Republican colleagues on this legislation that would help boost energy production in New Mexico." (
  • Harry Teague. Issue Position: Energy and the Environment. "Fight to make New Mexico the alternative energy capital of the United States. From the forests of Grant County to the fields of Lea County, Southern New Mexico's diverse geography provides for a vast array of ingenuity and economic development. In an America with increased dependence on foreign oil, Southern New Mexico has been, and can continue to be the leader in alternative energy. I want to continue the progress made by New Mexicans in this important area of national and economic security. Renewable sources of energy can help make the U.S. independent of foreign oil, cut global warming pollution, and create new industries and hundreds of jobs in rural New Mexico. As Congressman, I'll continue to lead, while working alongside our Democratic leaders in bringing about these necessary changes.Tax credits and incentives: In Carlsbad, scientific research is underway that will allow for the growth of algae that can be turned into bio-fuel. These efforts, which are both cheaper and more efficient than their counterpart of corn, should be fully developed with the force of the Federal Government. Tax credits should also be made available to help establish wind farms and solar mirrors in Southern New Mexico. We have the resources and ideal environment to make outstanding progress. Harry will fight to make it happen." (
  • Harry Teague. Energy. 5 August 2010. "What Harry wants to do is double up on energy jobs - add wind, solar and biofuel jobs to what we have now - by replacing the oil and gas we import from places like the Middle East and Venezuela with clean, renewable, American power. New Mexico can take advantage of our abundant resources - not only oil and gas, but the sun, the wind, and New Mexico's wide open spaces. By investing in renewable energy, the United States and New Mexico do three important things: 1) Create jobs and make sure that America continues to be the center of the global energy economy, 2) Crack down on global warming and protect the the environment that our children and their children will inherit, and 3) Make American safe. A nation that doesn't depend too much on others is a strong country. And that's what America needs to be." (
  • Harry Teague. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Harry Teague voted YES on 26 June 2009. (
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Harry Teague supported the interests of Environment America 83 percent in 2009. (
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Harry Teague. NMSU Round Up - Gun Owners for Harry Meet in Cruces. 2 October 2008. "Let me assure you that as a proud gun owner myself and as your next congressman, I will stand strong for the Second Amendment and I will go to congress to fight for the values of Southern New Mexico." (
  • Harry Teague. Deming Headlight - Teague Says Renewable Fuels Will Create Jobs. 23 October 2008. "On what guns Americans should be allowed or not allowed to purchase, he said, "I don't know, the Second Amendment doesn't say, it says we have the right to bear arms. I think that's right."" (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Harry Teague. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Harry Teague voted NO on 7 November 2009. (
  • Reichbach, Matthew. 2009. The New Mexico Independent: Teague undecided on public option, despite DFA claims. October 27, 2010. '"Teague is not opposed to a health reform package that brings competition in to the system by providing a public option if it brings down costs, allows people to keep their doctors if they are happy with them, and if it brings better healthcare to more people. But, he has real concerns with the current bill," Teague Communications Director Sara Schreiber said Monday in an e-mail to the Independent.' (
  • Harry Teague. New Mexico Business Weekly - Harry Teague. 27 October 2008. "Providing health care for employees and the rising cost of energy are two of the major challenges facing small business throughout New Mexico. When I am in Congress, I will fight to lower the cost of health care by allowing Medicare to negotiate with drug makers to reduce drug costs and allowing small businesses to pool together to purchase health care." (
  • Harry Teague. Teague Statement On Health Care Bill. 21 March 2010. "Living without health insurance coverage is something that I have experienced in my own life. Like so many New Mexico families, both my parents worked to make ends meet, but they still could not afford health insurance for our family. When I was 17 years old, tragedy struck our home when both my parents got sick at the same time. I had no choice but to drop out of school and go to work to help support our family. I had hoped to have a chance to vote on a bill that provided affordable health care options to all American families, but after reviewing the final health care reform proposal, I do not believe that the bill does enough to contain costs and it definitely does not do enough to rein in the out of control insurance companies that are driving up healthcare costs in this country. In fact, I believe we are doing more for the insurance companies than we are for the people who need this coverage, and that is why, despite the positive steps it takes, I must vote against this bill." (
  • Harry Teague. Issue Position: Health Care. "Cover Every American. I understand that healthcare is not a privilege, but a right. Yet even today, an estimated 47 million Americans live without healthcare and since 2001, premiums for family health coverage have increased 78%. That's why I'll work to make sure every American takes responsibility for their health by choosing an option that is affordable and works for them. I believe that all Americans deserve a plan that works. That's why I'll work for a program that allows American's to buy coverage through the same plan that members of Congress enjoy. If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for us. I will also fight to expand Medicaid and SCHIP for lower income families, while increasing the age of family coverage for young adults to 25.Prevention. I understand that in order to decrease the cost and use of health insurance, we must have a society that encourages and supports a healthy lifestyle. That means we must have a focus on our school's health standards while increasing physical education. We must also require that health plans cover a standard set of preventive services. Many states have enacted effective policies that have drastically improved living and health conditions in their communities. Congress must support these local, state, and regional efforts. Finally, I know that many employers have a vested interest in their employees' health and well being. That's why we should reward these businesses while urging others to invest in their employees' health by providing tax incentives. Affordable Prescription Drugs. Americans are tired of big pharmaceutical companies that rake in profits while they struggle to pay for basic, lifesaving medicines. I will support a repeal of the law that prevents Medicare from negotiating drug costs with drug makers and empower states to use Medicaid's leverage to purchase drugs at lower prices. I will also support the safe importation of prescription drugs from Canada and Mexico." (
  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Harry Teague supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 56 percent in 2009. (
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

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  • Harry Teague. New Mexico Business Weekly - Harry Teague. 27 October 2008. "Our country's immigration system has failed us and needs a systematic overhaul. We need to make it easier to get into our country legally and harder to get in illegally. First, we must secure the border with more border agents and technology. Any undocumented immigrants who have committed a crime should be sent back immediately. But we also need an earned path to citizenship for those who play by the rules, pay back taxes and learn English." (
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Harry Teague supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 0 percent in 2007-2010. (
  • Russell Berman. 2010. The Hill: Immigration Push May Help Dems in the West. 26 April 2010. "In New Mexico, freshman Rep. Harry Teague (D) is running in a district carried by Sen. John McCain in 2008 where more than one-third of registered voters are Hispanic. He has voiced support for a comprehensive immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants." (
  • Harry Teague. Deming Headlight - Teague Says Renewable Fuels Will Create Jobs. 23 October 2008. "On immigration, he believes efforts should be made to make it harder to get into the country illegally, and easier to get into the country legally. "We have people on the border that know how to do that," he said on increasing border security. "We need to make the beaurocrats in Washington let them do it. I think once we allow people on the border to do what they want to, that problem is going to go away. "Teague also supports compensation for border residents who encounter damage to their property as a result of illegal crossings." (
  • Harry Teague. Issue Position: Immigration. "Provide a Path to Citizenship. The nation's economy is dependent on undocumented immigrants. Most are good people who work hard in order to provide for their families. While they broke the law by coming across our border, we must find a way to include these individuals in our community so that they may come out of the shadows and have a real opportunity to join our society. Our government must provide a comprehensive pathway to citizenship that would allow for these individuals to learn English, pay back taxes, pass background checks, and pay a fine." (
  • Harry Teague. Issue Position: Border Security. "Harry Teague believes that we must secure our nation's borders. For too long politicians in Washington have put more effort into politicizing this issue than they have put into fixing the problem. When it comes to our nation's security, the time for partisan politics is over. As southern New Mexico's representative in Congress and as Vice Chair of the Border Caucus, Harry Teague has advocated for a robust and comprehensive strategy to secure our border and protect our citizens. Working with border area residents, ranchers, and law enforcement agencies, Harry has focused on getting much needed resources to the border. He called on the President to send the National Guard to the border to help address the growing national security threat there, and he successfully led an effort to secure Congressional and White House approval for a border security funding surge. The funding surge will boost border security efforts along the US-Mexico border by providing additional support to current border patrol activities, including additional Border Patrol agents and other border enforcement officials, new forward operating bases for the Border Patrol, and more law enforcement resources to fight drug smuggling, and the spillover of drug violence into the U.S. -- without adding to the deficit. As the drug war related violence in Mexico has threatened to spill over into the U.S., Harry has stated that there is no easy solution to the violence that has left thousands dead, but he believes that we need an organized, concerted, and comprehensive effort that addresses every threat posed to the American people. That's why Teague has called for a White House Summit to develop a long-term plan to address the border violence crisis, ensure that the violence does not spill over into the United States, and help America get back to work building our border economies." (
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Harry Teague supported the interests of Peace Action West 23 percent in 2009. (
  • Harry Teague. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Harry Teague voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (
  • Harry Teague. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Harry Teague voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

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


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