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Lloyd Smucker's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 16, Republican
On The Ballot: Won, Republican for U.S. House - District 11
Lloyd Smucker 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

  • "End taxpayer funded abortions as part of Obamacare." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1044207/issue-position-family-values-and-religious-freedom#.V31Mt3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/102454/lloyd-smucker#.VtXUW7IrIfl (votesmart.org)
  • "End taxpayer funded abortions as part of Obamacare." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1044207/issue-position-family-values-and-religious-freedom#.V31Mt3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/102454/lloyd-smucker#.VtXUW7IrIfl (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

  • "I voted against Governor Wolf’s misguided budget, including unprecedented tax hikes. Furthermore, I championed budgets which held Commonwealth spending in-check for an unprecedented four consecutive years, with no tax increases." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/issues/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • "I voted against Governor Wolf’s misguided budget, including unprecedented tax hikes. Furthermore, I championed budgets which held Commonwealth spending in-check for an unprecedented four consecutive years, with no tax increases." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/issues/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • "Rally support for a flatter, fairer tax code which is simple to understand and closes loopholes." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • "Rally support for a flatter, fairer tax code which is simple to understand and closes loopholes." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Increase military spending at a rate necessary to defeat ISIS." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • "Increase military spending at a rate necessary to defeat ISIS." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.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

  • "Support a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1044189/issue-position-government-spending-and-debt#.V31NYHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I voted against Governor Wolf’s misguided budget, including unprecedented tax hikes. Furthermore, I championed budgets which held Commonwealth spending in-check for an unprecedented four consecutive years, with no tax increases." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/issues/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • "Support a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1044189/issue-position-government-spending-and-debt#.V31NYHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I voted against Governor Wolf’s misguided budget, including unprecedented tax hikes. Furthermore, I championed budgets which held Commonwealth spending in-check for an unprecedented four consecutive years, with no tax increases." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/issues/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in Favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/102454/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Wtdlb2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Since enactment of this tax bill, utility companies in more than 40 states have already shared the benefits of the recent federal corporate tax reduction with their customers, several including rate reductions." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1230548/letter-to-the-honorable-rosemary-chiavetta-secretary-of-pennsylvania-public-utility-commission-further-benefits-of-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-for-constituents-pennsylvania-residents/#.WtdlQWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/102454/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Wtdlb2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Since enactment of this tax bill, utility companies in more than 40 states have already shared the benefits of the recent federal corporate tax reduction with their customers, several including rate reductions." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1230548/letter-to-the-honorable-rosemary-chiavetta-secretary-of-pennsylvania-public-utility-commission-further-benefits-of-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-for-constituents-pennsylvania-residents/#.WtdlQWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Allow states and school districts to set high expectations for students without imposing federally mandated standards like Common Core." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • "Allow states and school districts to set high expectations for students without imposing federally mandated standards like Common Core." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Reign in EPA’s attempt to use the Clean Water Act to expand federal control while protecting the environmental quality of navigable waters." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • "Reign in EPA’s attempt to use the Clean Water Act to expand federal control while protecting the environmental quality of navigable waters." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.B.80 "Authorizes Civil Action against Local Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50380#.V31eXHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/102454/lloyd-smucker/37#.VtXVRrIrIfl (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.B.80 "Authorizes Civil Action against Local Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50380#.V31eXHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/102454/lloyd-smucker/37#.VtXVRrIrIfl (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Support legislation to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a system where health insurers must fight for your business, just like any other industry." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • "Support legislation to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a system where health insurers must fight for your business, just like any other industry." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

  • "Make certain that immigration officials have the resources they need to track foreign visitors on expired visas and remove them from the country if the visa is not renewed" http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • "Make certain that immigration officials have the resources they need to track foreign visitors on expired visas and remove them from the country if the visa is not renewed" http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted 0% by the Marijuana Policy Project https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/102454/lloyd-smucker#.Wtdj92dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted 0% by the Marijuana Policy Project https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/102454/lloyd-smucker#.Wtdj92dyIfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "Increase military spending at a rate necessary to defeat ISIS." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • "Increase military spending at a rate necessary to defeat ISIS." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • "Support a declaration of war against ISIS." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • "Support a declaration of war against ISIS." http://www.electsmuckerpa.com/values/ (www.electsmuckerpa.com)

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Inferred Answer

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