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Will Hurd's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 23, Republican
On The Ballot: Too Close To Call, Republican for U.S. House - District 23
Will Hurd 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

  • 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)
  • 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

  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "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)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Continuing to hollow out our military is simply not an option.With global threats increasing daily, now is simply not the time to limit our ability to take the fight to the enemy and win." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/961435/hurd-votes-to-balance-budget-protect-defense-spending-repeal-obamacare/?search=defense%20spending#.WimpRGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Continuing to hollow out our military is simply not an option.With global threats increasing daily, now is simply not the time to limit our ability to take the fight to the enemy and win." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/961435/hurd-votes-to-balance-budget-protect-defense-spending-repeal-obamacare/?search=defense%20spending#.WimpRGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "With security threats increasing overseas, it is not only irresponsible, but just plain shameful for President Obama to abandon our military in an effort to increase domestic spending levels […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1064175/hurd-blasts-president-for-ndaa-veto/?search=spending#.Wimpxme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "With security threats increasing overseas, it is not only irresponsible, but just plain shameful for President Obama to abandon our military in an effort to increase domestic spending levels […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1064175/hurd-blasts-president-for-ndaa-veto/?search=spending#.Wimpxme3wfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • Rated 6% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116911/will-hurd#.Wimow2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 6% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116911/will-hurd#.Wimow2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "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 corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "On Tax Day, Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced the Cut Taxes for the Middle Class Act (H.R. 4469) to restore tax fairness for America’s middle class families." http://castro.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/on-tax-day-rep-castro-calls-on-congress-to-restore-tax-fairness-for (castro.house.gov)
  • "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)
  • "On Tax Day, Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced the Cut Taxes for the Middle Class Act (H.R. 4469) to restore tax fairness for America’s middle class families." http://castro.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/on-tax-day-rep-castro-calls-on-congress-to-restore-tax-fairness-for (castro.house.gov)
  • "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)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...]Will is already working with local schools, colleges, businesses and his colleagues in order to help students graduate either skills-ready to enter the workforce or to continue their education without accruing student debt that takes a lifetime to pay off. One of Will’s signature achievements was to implement a program that trained middle school math teachers to introduce computer science into their curriculum, giving their students a jump start on this increasingly important skill set." https://www.hurdforcongress.com/issues (www.hurdforcongress.com)
  • Rated 0% by the National Education Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116911/will-hurd#.WiA5fme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Education Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116911/will-hurd#.WiA5fme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Hurd heads back to Washington this week to vote on several education bills, including the STEM Education Act that will now designate Computer Science as an important part of STEM education. They will also vote to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, an education reform bill which will return more control back to the school districts and parents. 'Education opportunity is a national security issue. My time behind enemy lines while serving in the CIA taught me that our enemies would love nothing more than for the U.S. to lose our cutting edge in innovation. Making sure every child has the opportunity for a quality education will help us ensure America stays on top,' Hurd concluded." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/961383/hurd-visits-students-at-reagan-and-lee-high-schools#.W7ZTZ3XyAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "This week in Congress, we're voting on a bill that will move us in the right direction on education. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) will streamline testing assessments for students, while giving more power to the states and local school districts to make decisions that make the most sense for their children." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/961469/hurd-on-the-hill-education-a-national-priority#.W7ZTwHXyAfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "'[...]The government needs to stop limiting our energy capabilities and start maximizing our energy potential,' said Rep. Hurd. 'America's economic development and security are dependent on the production of domestic energy resources. […]'" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1064202/congress-disapproves-of-presidents-anti-energy-agenda#.W7ZWDXXyAfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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 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)
  • "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 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)
  • "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)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
  • "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)
  • "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)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • 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)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] to me the alternative is a smart wall, building a ball from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least-effective way to do border security. It's 2017. We should have secured our border by now." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1209146/pbs-newshour-transcript-rep-hurd-shutting-the-government-down-for-a-concrete-border-wall-doesnt-make-sense/?search=border%20wall#.WimnkWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] to me the alternative is a smart wall, building a ball from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least-effective way to do border security. It's 2017. We should have secured our border by now." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1209146/pbs-newshour-transcript-rep-hurd-shutting-the-government-down-for-a-concrete-border-wall-doesnt-make-sense/?search=border%20wall#.WimnkWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "True border security demands a flexible, defense-in-depth strategy that includes a mix of personnel, technology and changing tactics, all of which come at a lower price tag than a border wall." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1179270/washington-post-a-wall-is-the-least-effective-way-to-secure-the-border/?search=border%20wall#.Wimn3We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "True border security demands a flexible, defense-in-depth strategy that includes a mix of personnel, technology and changing tactics, all of which come at a lower price tag than a border wall." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1179270/washington-post-a-wall-is-the-least-effective-way-to-secure-the-border/?search=border%20wall#.Wimn3We3wfI (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)
  • "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 Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 17% by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/116911/will-hurd#.WimoLWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "If the North Koreans test anything, I think we destroy it before it goes down. I think we have got to show them that we have the resolve and that we have the capability to do this." https://hurd.house.gov/media-center/in-the-news/rep-will-hurd-china-could-do-more-against-north-korea (hurd.house.gov)
  • "Curbing North Korea's nuclear weapons program will require dedicated U.S. leadership, not passivity. […] Every day North Korea gets closer to obtaining a fully functional nuclear-equipped ICBM. The U.S. cannot delay in rolling out a comprehensive plan to address the developing North Korea threat." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1132763/the-hill-rep-will-hurd-four-questions-that-must-be-answered-to-fix-the-north-korea-mess/?search=nuclear%20weapons#.Wimq5me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "If the North Koreans test anything, I think we destroy it before it goes down. I think we have got to show them that we have the resolve and that we have the capability to do this." https://hurd.house.gov/media-center/in-the-news/rep-will-hurd-china-could-do-more-against-north-korea (hurd.house.gov)
  • "Kim Jung Un has observed that when world leaders have given up their nuclear weapons, it has led to regime change. Since his No. 1 goal is to stay in power, he believes that creating a functioning nuclear weapons arsenal is the best way to do so." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1196719/the-dallas-morning-news-texas-congressman-calls-on-trump-to-arm-ukraine-against-russia/?search=nuclear%20weapons#.WimqcWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Curbing North Korea's nuclear weapons program will require dedicated U.S. leadership, not passivity. […] Every day North Korea gets closer to obtaining a fully functional nuclear-equipped ICBM. The U.S. cannot delay in rolling out a comprehensive plan to address the developing North Korea threat." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1132763/the-hill-rep-will-hurd-four-questions-that-must-be-answered-to-fix-the-north-korea-mess/?search=nuclear%20weapons#.Wimq5me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Kim Jung Un has observed that when world leaders have given up their nuclear weapons, it has led to regime change. Since his No. 1 goal is to stay in power, he believes that creating a functioning nuclear weapons arsenal is the best way to do so." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1196719/the-dallas-morning-news-texas-congressman-calls-on-trump-to-arm-ukraine-against-russia/?search=nuclear%20weapons#.WimqcWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In an increasingly dangerous world, it’s vital that the people creating national security policy in Congress have the real-world experience to make decisions that will keep our nation safe. Will spent almost a decade as an undercover officer in the CIA, working in the back alleys of dangerous cities to gather intelligence vital to our national security. Will has spent most of his adult life chasing terrorists, including overseeing all CIA operations in Afghanistan before leaving the Agency." https://www.hurdforcongress.com/issues (www.hurdforcongress.com)
  • "During a time of increasing threats it is of critical importance we back up our allies in the Middle East. We must strengthen our relationship with Israel, not jeopardize it." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1179381/hurd-stands-with-israel/?search=middle%20east#.Wimtz2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "During a time of increasing threats it is of critical importance we back up our allies in the Middle East. We must strengthen our relationship with Israel, not jeopardize it." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1179381/hurd-stands-with-israel/?search=middle%20east#.Wimtz2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Our own government needs to step up its use of the intelligence gathered in order to find and destroy ISIS. Last week's U.S. Special Forces attack that led to the death of ISIS commander Abu Sayyaf is exactly what we need more of. My hope is that the success of this operation will lead to similar raids that allow us to gain valuable intelligence in order to dismantle their network. 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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/973426/hurd-on-the-hill-stopping-isis-at-home-abroad/?search=middle%20east#.W7ZWnHXyAfI (votesmart.org)

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