Representative Adam Kinzinger's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 16, Republican
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Adam Kinzinger 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, Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • "The use of our tax dollars to subsidize abortions and abortion providers is simply unacceptable. Additionally, the Protect Life Act also prohibits the federal government from requiring private insurance companies to cover abortion and protects health care providers from discrimination for refusal to participate in abortions. This legislation makes certain that taxpayers will not foot the bill for abortions or abortion coverage under the President's health care law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/646964/kinzinger-applauds-passage-of-the-protect-life-act/ (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed pledge stating "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Illinois and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/120111-federalpledgesigners.pdf (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • "On March 21, 2013, the House passed a budget introduced by Chairman of the Budget Committee Paul Ryan that reforms our tax code, spurs economic growth, and balances our budget in 10 years. The Path to Prosperity, H.Con.Res.25, brings our country's finances into balance gradually by restricting annual spending growth to 3.5%, down from 5%. In addition, this budget will lower our debt-to-GDP ratio by 21%, saving $700 billion in interest payments over that time." http://kinzinger.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=126778 (kinzinger.house.gov)

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

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  • "Federal spending continues to grow by the trillions despite a debt burden that has reached levels previously thought impossible, undermining the dollar and our place in the global market. The result is more economic uncertainty that the nation cannot afford." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/498486/kinzinger-to-incumbent-what-about-jobs#.VlSOMmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "On March 21, 2013, the House passed a budget introduced by Chairman of the Budget Committee Paul Ryan that reforms our tax code, spurs economic growth, and balances our budget in 10 years. The Path to Prosperity, H.Con.Res.25, brings our country's finances into balance gradually by restricting annual spending growth to 3.5%, down from 5%. In addition, this budget will lower our debt-to-GDP ratio by 21%, saving $700 billion in interest payments over that time." http://kinzinger.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=126778 (kinzinger.house.gov)

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  • "The last thing we should do in a bad economy is raise taxes. Businesses and manufacturers need certainty in order to place more orders, create more goods, and hire more people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/733645/house-votes-to-extend-all-tax-rates-for-one-year#.VZLX1nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "You let them keep more of the money they earn so they can go out and they can invest in new products so they can hire people. I'd love to get people back to work. I'd love to empower small business. That's why we want to let them keep more of what they earn." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/687026/small-business-tax-cut-act#.VZLXwXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "I am supportive of bringing more accountability to education dollars spent but we need to ensure that parents do not lose any say in the education of their child. President Obama's Race to the Top Program requires states to lift the number of charter school restrictions and link teacher's pay to student achievement in order to qualify for the $4.35 billion grant money. I support tying federal money to innovations and achievement however, I do have some concerns that the program looks at education reform as a sprint, not a marathon meaning states are rushing to put a short-term plan together in order to compete for the grant money without thoroughly looking toward a long-term approach in improving performance." http://general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com/editorial/adam-kinzinger/ (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • "Today, I voted to support the Every Student Succeeds Act, which would return the responsibility for our public schools to where it belongs -- with the states, local communities, parents and educators. It gives the people of Illinois the opportunity to design systems that work for our state and provides significant new flexibility for our schools and districts to do what is best for their community and their students. " http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1056655/kinzinger-votes-to-put-children-first#.V3LzLHVTQfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I’m committed to seeing the Keystone Pipeline built here in the United States." http://kinzinger.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398855 (kinzinger.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXtfrHUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Americans continue to demand Congress take a comprehensive energy approach that creates jobs in the United States, increases energy security through environmentally sound domestic energy production, and develops a long-term ‘all of the above’ plan that includes clean alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, hydropower and nuclear power. As a member of the Committee on Energy & Commerce, I will work to expand access to affordable energy through streamlining government regulations in order to foster an atmosphere for job creation and strengthen our economy." http://kinzinger.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=126779 (kinzinger.house.gov)
  • "Finally, the 11th District is also one of the nation's leaders in the production of renewable energy -- a rapidly emerging industry that I favor supporting with financial and research incentives. The district is home to the commercial production of renewable energy through wind power, hydropower and bio-diesel." http://general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com/editorial/adam-kinzinger/ (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)

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  • "I would have opposed the Cap and Trade legislation. I support taking measured, sensible steps to ensure that our environment is protected but not at the cost of our economic prosperity and especially not during uncertain economic times like we are experiencing now. The United States has some of the strictest emission policies in the world but when you start penalizing companies with job-killing regulations like Cap and Trade does, we will only force industries to leave the U.S. to a country with far lesser or no environmental standards, which will ultimately be far worse for the environment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/498492/issue-position-cap-trade#.VYMuaXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 910 "Energy Tax Prevention Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/34389#.VZLc8XUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116559/adam-kinzinger#.VYMk5nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the National Rifle Association and the Illinois State Rifle Association, I will be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/498495/issue-position-second-amendment#.VYMvNHUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Our country does have a health care crisis of affordability and accessibility. I opposed the bill signed by President Obama as I found it did not address the issue of cost nor address the crisis in a fiscally responsible manner. We should take steps to increase the number of people with health insurance but the answer is not expanding the role of the federal government, cutting Medicare or raising taxes on Americans and businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/498493/issue-position-health-care#.VYMviHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/33026#.VYA7J3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/637826/#.VYMwX3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "It is vital we update our antiquated immigration system to better suit the needs of a 21st century economy, but we must not reward those who have come here illegally." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/832996/issue-position-national-defense-homeland-security-and-immigration#.VZLzeXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116559/adam-kinzinger#.VYMk5nUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "While the death of Osama bin Laden is great news, it represents one victory in our continuing fight against terror. This fight is not over and we must maintain aggressive efforts to defend our nation against any potential terrorist enemies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/606277/#.VYMx2HUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "We must continue to provide leadership in an ever-volatile world by showing our allies and enemies alike that America stands by its values. This means ensuring our troops are equipped with the best technologies available while maintaining a mobile, reactive fighting force capable of responding to threats at a moment's notice." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/832996/issue-position-national-defense-homeland-security-and-immigration#.VZL3XXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "I look at the issue of Social Security with several basic principles: opposing an increase on the payroll tax on employers and employees, as it will hurt small business owners and low-income families, opposing any change to the benefit formula and opposing any efforts to privatize." http://general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com/editorial/adam-kinzinger/ (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • "I do not support privatizing Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/545523/issue-position-social-security#.VZL45HUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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