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Steve Russell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Steve Russell 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

  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106528/steve-russell/2#.V21aZHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will fight abortion with all my being." http://www.steverussellforcongress.com/right-to-life.html (www.steverussellforcongress.com)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106528/steve-russell/2#.V21aZHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will fight abortion with all my being." http://www.steverussellforcongress.com/right-to-life.html (www.steverussellforcongress.com)
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 will not support a tax increase. We need more taxpayers, not more taxes." http://www.steverussellforcongress.com/taxes.html (www.steverussellforcongress.com)
  • "I will fight for solutions that don’t involve tax increases because I believe the ever-climbing national debt is a result of excessive spending, not insufficient taxes. Your money should remain in your hands—where your priorities and values can govern your personal spending" https://russell.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14895 (russell.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353#.V21azHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will not support a tax increase. We need more taxpayers, not more taxes." http://www.steverussellforcongress.com/taxes.html (www.steverussellforcongress.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353#.V21azHUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will fight for solutions that don’t involve tax increases because I believe the ever-climbing national debt is a result of excessive spending, not insufficient taxes. Your money should remain in your hands—where your priorities and values can govern your personal spending" https://russell.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14895 (russell.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Yesterday I discussed increasing the defense budget with Secretary Mattis at an Armed Services Committee hearing." https://twitter.com/RepRussell/status/874712177382498307 (twitter.com)
  • "I support a budget that balances AND provides a strong national defense. We shouldn't have to choose. #BetterBudget" https://twitter.com/RepRussell/status/578937126584258560 (twitter.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

  • "But we cannot neglect the billions in wasteful, inefficient, and just plain unnecessary spending throughout the federal government. Finding and fixing those problems will require dedicated effort from Congress, federal agency officials, and watchdog organizations inside and outside the government." https://russell.house.gov/sites/russell.house.gov/files/wysiwyg_uploaded/Waste%20Watch%20II%20July%207%2C%202014.pdf (russell.house.gov)
  • "But we cannot neglect the billions in wasteful, inefficient, and just plain unnecessary spending throughout the federal government. Finding and fixing those problems will require dedicated effort from Congress, federal agency officials, and watchdog organizations inside and outside the government." https://russell.house.gov/sites/russell.house.gov/files/wysiwyg_uploaded/Waste%20Watch%20II%20July%207%2C%202014.pdf (russell.house.gov)
  • "That being said, I believe our country can still be saved from economic disaster by cutting spending, creating jobs, and removing government barriers to economic growth and prosperity." https://russell.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14894 (russell.house.gov)
  • "That being said, I believe our country can still be saved from economic disaster by cutting spending, creating jobs, and removing government barriers to economic growth and prosperity." https://russell.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14894 (russell.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

  • "I support proposals which broaden the tax base, simplify the tax code, and lower the current marginal rates." https://russell.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14895 (russell.house.gov)
  • "I support proposals which broaden the tax base, simplify the tax code, and lower the current marginal rates." https://russell.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14895 (russell.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of HR 37 "Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50971#.VbJhjXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 37 "Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50971#.VbJhjXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We do not need an unwarranted national one-size fits all solution for our schools. I will fight to repeal Common Core standards, and I will work with families across our state to determine our own education standards." http://www.steverussellforcongress.com/commoncore.html (www.steverussellforcongress.com)
  • "We do not need an unwarranted national one-size fits all solution for our schools. I will fight to repeal Common Core standards, and I will work with families across our state to determine our own education standards." http://www.steverussellforcongress.com/commoncore.html (www.steverussellforcongress.com)
  • "Ultimately, it is the parents – not federal agencies – that know what their children need to learn and develop academically. It is time to replace the current No Child Left Behind Act with legislation that reduces federal involvement, minimizes testing, and consolidates funding." https://russell.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14887 (russell.house.gov)
  • "Ultimately, it is the parents – not federal agencies – that know what their children need to learn and develop academically. It is time to replace the current No Child Left Behind Act with legislation that reduces federal involvement, minimizes testing, and consolidates funding." https://russell.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14887 (russell.house.gov)
No 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

  • EdmondSun "An estimated $7.3 billion in federal tax subsidies will flow to renewable energy efforts this year. Despite all this support, solar, geothermal, hydro, wind and biomass energy combined contribute a piffling 9 percent to American energy production." http://www.edmondsun.com/opinion/eco-warriors-use-unsound-logic/article_01865b59-9bd8-53a2-8752-7bae4003e959.html (www.edmondsun.com)
  • EdmondSun "An estimated $7.3 billion in federal tax subsidies will flow to renewable energy efforts this year. Despite all this support, solar, geothermal, hydro, wind and biomass energy combined contribute a piffling 9 percent to American energy production." http://www.edmondsun.com/opinion/eco-warriors-use-unsound-logic/article_01865b59-9bd8-53a2-8752-7bae4003e959.html (www.edmondsun.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will oppose unnecessary, burdensome regulations that drive up the cost of energy and impede foreign markets." https://russell.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14888 (russell.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res 23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616#.V21dHHUrIfl (votesmart.org)
  • "I will oppose unnecessary, burdensome regulations that drive up the cost of energy and impede foreign markets." https://russell.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14888 (russell.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res 23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616#.V21dHHUrIfl (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will oppose all legislation that unconstitutionally restricts the right to keep and bear arms." https://russell.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14893 (russell.house.gov)
  • "In a move many believe appears to be an effort to restrict the Second Amendment and shooting sports in particular, the BATFE is proposing to ban the sale and manufacture of one of the most commonly sold firearm rounds, the M855 5.56X45mm, which is used in the most popular rifle design in the U.S., the AR-15." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/959651/tulsa-today-rep-russell-demanding-answers-on-ammo#.VakQT6RVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifles Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106528/steve-russell/37#.V21eDXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will oppose all legislation that unconstitutionally restricts the right to keep and bear arms." https://russell.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14893 (russell.house.gov)
  • "In Congress, I will fight to eliminate senseless regulations which only serve to curb our right to bear arms and I will fight to ensure our Federal government never oversteps its constitutional authority on the right of individuals to keep and bear arms." http://www.steverussellforcongress.com/second-amendment.html (www.steverussellforcongress.com)
  • "In a move many believe appears to be an effort to restrict the Second Amendment and shooting sports in particular, the BATFE is proposing to ban the sale and manufacture of one of the most commonly sold firearm rounds, the M855 5.56X45mm, which is used in the most popular rifle design in the U.S., the AR-15." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/959651/tulsa-today-rep-russell-demanding-answers-on-ammo#.VakQT6RVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifles Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106528/steve-russell/37#.V21eDXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "In Congress, I will fight to eliminate senseless regulations which only serve to curb our right to bear arms and I will fight to ensure our Federal government never oversteps its constitutional authority on the right of individuals to keep and bear arms." http://www.steverussellforcongress.com/second-amendment.html (www.steverussellforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Obamacare must be repealed." http://www.steverussellforcongress.com/obamacare.html (www.steverussellforcongress.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150#.V21ennUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that Oklahomans deserve health care solutions that provide better access to care, lower costs, and patient choice. I will continue to work toward a full repeal of this overreaching government mandate." https://russell.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14890 (russell.house.gov)
  • "Obamacare must be repealed." http://www.steverussellforcongress.com/obamacare.html (www.steverussellforcongress.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150#.V21ennUrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that Oklahomans deserve health care solutions that provide better access to care, lower costs, and patient choice. I will continue to work toward a full repeal of this overreaching government mandate." https://russell.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14890 (russell.house.gov)
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

  • "Our current policies are encouraging illegal immigration, specifically on the Southern border. False promises of amnesty and the relaxed enforcement posture of the Administration are incentivizing criminal behavior and placing our national security at risk. Before any meaningful reform can be legislated by Congress and effectively enforced, the Southern border must be secured." https://russell.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14891 (russell.house.gov)
  • "Our current policies are encouraging illegal immigration, specifically on the Southern border. False promises of amnesty and the relaxed enforcement posture of the Administration are incentivizing criminal behavior and placing our national security at risk. Before any meaningful reform can be legislated by Congress and effectively enforced, the Southern border must be secured." https://russell.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14891 (russell.house.gov)
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.
Yes Inferred 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

  • "Further, the U.S. must continue to remain vigilant regarding rising threats, whether they be transnational terrorism or aggression by a large nation. When governments overstep national boundaries, they create precedents for acquiring territory by force and international stability is put at stake. As these nations push the limit through small acquisitions, the U.S. must execute a zero-tolerance policy through economic sanctions and regional military support." https://russell.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=14889 (russell.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We have the ability to rebuild those later, but ISIS would be diminished deeply by their loss. The most humane thing we can do to protect civilians is defeat the barbarians, causing their suffering. That is true humanity. If the United States leads, others will stand shoulder to shoulder. Mr. President, we need you to lead." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991089/isis-crisis#.VakZFaRVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We have the ability to rebuild those later, but ISIS would be diminished deeply by their loss. The most humane thing we can do to protect civilians is defeat the barbarians, causing their suffering. That is true humanity. If the United States leads, others will stand shoulder to shoulder. Mr. President, we need you to lead." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991089/isis-crisis#.VakZFaRVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Only when we have a clear strategy in Iraq should we focus our attention on providing the necessary congressional approval to implement it. In other words, our strategy should dictate the breadth of our war authorization, not the other way around." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/968788/time-isis-defeat-must-be-political#.VakXz6RVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Only when we have a clear strategy in Iraq should we focus our attention on providing the necessary congressional approval to implement it. In other words, our strategy should dictate the breadth of our war authorization, not the other way around." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/968788/time-isis-defeat-must-be-political#.VakXz6RVhHw (votesmart.org)

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