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Todd Young's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (IN) - Sr, Republican Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman
Todd Young has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 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 2016.

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

Vote Smart's Research

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

  • Signed pledge stating "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." (
  • "Expanding the tax base through reform, not rate increases, is the best way to increase revenue and spur the economy: More taxation, regulation, and litigation will not create more jobs." (
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must treat these individuals suffering from drug addiction, and I mean truly treat them, as patients, who need time and our support to get better. That's what this amendment does, and because of its passage today, thousands of children who would otherwise see their parent destined for a prison cell, will instead see the parent they love and depend on get the treatment they need." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • " 'River Ridge remains one of the greatest economic development opportunities in the entire state, and I remain committed to seeing that opportunity develop,' said Young. 'Indiana has broken ground on the East End bridge, and plans are in the works to connect River Ridge to that new interstate connection. This site is poised for a huge boom in new job opportunities for Hoosiers. I'm proud to fight for legislation that gives that prospect every chance of success.' " (
  • "After Hoosiers sent Todd to Washington, the national debate changed. Arguments in the halls of Congress now focus on how much to responsibly cut, not how much to spend. Thanks to the efforts of Todd and other Republicans, discretionary spending has been lower for the past two consecutive years--for the first time ever. Todd is in Congress to make sure that spending is even lower next year, and the year after. The future of this nation -- of our children -- is too important to let government spending continue to rage out of control." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" (
  • "Under current law, when legislation is introduced, our Budget Office is prevented from taking into account how individual Americans will actually respond to that legislative proposal; so our Budget Office has to produce this artificial sort of analysis, failing to accurately estimate the true costs or benefits of a given proposal. This obscures, for policymakers, for members of the media, and for many rank-and-file Americans, the true negative impact that tax hikes can have on our Nation's economy, on the private sector, and so forth; and it fails to recognize how tax cuts can actually stimulate the very work, savings, and investment that lead to jobs, higher wages, and a secure retirement." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "An unelected bureaucrat in Washington is in no way more prepared to make education decisions than local and state governments. A one-size fit all approach does not set up our children for success." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "It is time to act in our nation's best interest and approve the Keystone XL pipeline." (
  • "In other areas, such as the debate over the new Keystone pipeline, the executive branch has simply blocked action that would result in more jobs and lower energy prices for Americans." (
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In the 112th Congress, we have voted dozens of time to limit moratoriums on safe and environmentally responsible energy exploration in the U.S.; to speed up the permitting process that allows us to explore for new energy sources; to open up unused federal lands for energy exploration and production; and to increase domestic production." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A cap-and-trade energy scheme would be bad for our economy: Whether through legislative action or bureacratic fiat, I oppose the implementation of a cap-and-trade energy scheme. Under such a plan, companies could buy and sell credits on a national exchange, in an attempt to regulate emissions. Not only does it add unnecessary costs to businesses, it would also cause energy rates to skyrocket--particularly in places like Indiana, where we rely heavily on our own coal-generated electric power." (
  • "Mandates in Obama's Clean Power Plan regulation are among the most egregious of his tenure and Hoosiers will see a detrimental impact to grid reliability and higher consumer costs as a result. Unfortunately, the way it is now, when unelected bureaucrats overstep their legal authority to issue regulations which result in lower wages, lost jobs, and higher utility bills, we're forced to seek remedy in the courts." (
  • 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" " (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" (
  • Rated 100% by National Rifle Association (
  • "Regardless of where one falls on the issue, we must recognize the president's means to achieving his politicized gun control agenda is eroding the rule of law, along with the checks and balances that restrain government power in America. I support law-abiding American citizens who choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights and oppose any extralegal, executive actions that restrict Americans' right to bear arms." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "If we're serious about addressing rising health care costs and putting Americans back to work, we should repeal this law, and repeal it now, and replace it with sustainable, bipartisan health care solutions." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 " (
  • "The 2010 law most Americans know as Obamacare remains unpopular with a large majority of Hoosiers who demand the law be repealed or improved. While it's true that rapidly rising health care costs should be dealt with, Obamacare fails to control them and interferes with the doctor-patient relationship. During this Congress, I have already cast 30 votes to repeal, replace or defund all or parts of the law." (
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

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5272 "To Prohibit Certain Actions with Respect to Deferred Action for Aliens Not Lawfully Present in the United States, and for Other Purposes" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "To keep Americans safe, President Obama must use this critical juncture wisely, convene with our NATO allies, and invoke Article 5 as a face-saving means of finessing his transition from a failed strategy to a winning one." (
  • "ISIS has co-opted and inspired mass casualty attacks against the United States and our allies, and rabidly seeks to incite more bloodshed. Were it your son in Orlando, your spouse in San Bernardino, or your family member murdered at the airports in Brussels or Istanbul, you too would demand more from your government. The time has come to strategically deploy all instruments of national power to protect our citizens from human suffering and depravity. We must coordinate a coalition-based offensive, and bring to bear all of NATO's military, diplomatic, and economic power to destroy ISIS." (
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

  • Rated 6% by Alliance for Retired Americans (
  • "I will protect Social Security and Medicare for those in the programs or about to enter them. And I will preserve them for future generations." (


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