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Will Hurd's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 23, Republican
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Will Hurd 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, Project 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 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50973#.VY7wBPlVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that every human life is sacred, including both the mother and the child […]" https://hurd.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/hurd-votes-end-taxpayer-funded-abortions (hurd.house.gov)
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 Hurd, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Texas, 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#.VZVdgHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is voting on a bipartisan bill that will completely repeal the Death Tax. I am a proud sponsor of this legislation and I look forward to voting to pass the first law that will permanently repeal the Death Tax. This legislation is another example showing that this Congress is indeed working for the American people and we are accomplishing feats previously thought impossible." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970378/hurd-on-the-hill-protect-family-ranches-farms#.VZVd3HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project 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

  • "Our nation doesn't need more stimulus packages. We don't need more government interference. What we need is for the full force of American small business owners and entrepreneurs to be unleashed. And the best thing that Washington can do to help is remove the obstacles we've created and then let it happen." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970375/hurd-on-the-hill-small-businesses-have-major-impact#.VZVc03UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Unless we get federal spending under control, the coming generation faces a burden too great to bear. It's far past time for Washington to tighten its belt and start living within its means just like the families in my district do." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961435/hurd-votes-to-balance-budget-protect-defense-spending-repeal-obamacare#.VZVfVnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will continue to fight for a simpler, fairer, flatter tax code, as well as for legislation that forces federal agencies to count the cost before issuing new red tape and requires Congress to vote on any expensive new regulations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970375/hurd-on-the-hill-small-businesses-have-major-impact#.VZVc03UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I, Will Hurd, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Texas, 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#.VZVdgHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.Vbe1DHV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "If the President decides to veto this bipartisan legislation, he is standing between Americans and good paying jobs. He is also hampering our movement towards American Energy Security, a key component of American National Security. Six years is long enough – it's time to complete the Keystone XL Pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961379/hurd-tells-president-to-not-hamper-path-to-american-energy-security/?search=xl#.VZVgRHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: 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, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "EPA regulations significantly impact many industries, including agriculture and the energy sector in my district. Increasing public oversight of the regulatory process and enabling local and federal cooperation will help make sure that EPA rules are based on sound science and not political objectives." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961427/hurd-votes-to-rein-in-epa-red-tape#.VZVhBXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "This executive overreach would have led to higher electric bills for households and small businesses across the country," said Hurd. "Families are already struggling to make ends meet and the last thing they need is an EPA mandate that will increase the cost of electricity, groceries and other necessary items." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/989405/hurd-votes-to-protect-energy-consumers-from-executive-overreach#.Vbe2KnV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "This EPA rule was just another example of executive overreach by this administration." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/973414/hurd-acts-to-rein-in-epa-waterways-redtape#.VZVhPnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As an unwavering supporter of the Second Amendment and lifelong member of the NRA, I will continue to fight against any effort to undermine the right to bear arms. Infringing upon the rights of law-abiding gun-owners doesn't make anyone safer." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961532/ksat-atf-to-postpone-ban-on-ar-15-bullets#.VZVh9HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (R-TX) joined his colleagues to pass a budget resolution which fully repeals the Affordable Care Act, restores vital defense spending and balances the federal budget in less than ten years without raising taxes." https://hurd.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/hurd-votes-balance-budget-protect-defense-spending-repeal-obamacare (hurd.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VY7rIvlVhHw (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

  • "Since the President announced his amnesty plan, we have been vigorously fighting against his unconstitutional actions and have been working together to find effective solutions to win this battle." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/952211/congressman-farenthold-speaks-out-against-the-presidents-unconstitutional-executive-amnesty-plan#.VZVkrXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In the opening salvo of a new battle over the southern border, the Republican-led House voted 236-191 Wednesday to fund most of the Department of Homeland Security - minus money for the Obama administration's executive order on immigration." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961486/houston-chronicle-us-house-challenges-obama-on-immigration#.VZVkIXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "ISIS is a product of the conflict in Syria and the only way we are going to solve this threat is through cooperation with local forces on the ground. […] our allies need to know they have our support." https://hurd.house.gov/media-center/editorials/world-has-changed-so-should-our-energy-policy (hurd.house.gov)
  • "But there is more we can do as well. The Obama administration must ramp up human intelligence collection in Syria. During the early days of al-Qaida, a westerner would be killed before he or she got close to the group's core leadership. Now, ISIS is actively recruiting westerners, providing us with opportunities to infiltrate their ranks." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/977360/roll-call-its-time-to-drain-the-swamp-in-syria#.VZVmsHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Combined with U.S. air strikes and our efforts to train and equip our regional partners, we can keep taking the fight to ISIS where they live." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/973426/hurd-on-the-hill-stopping-isis-at-home-abroad#.Vbe7H3V3k1M (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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