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Kerry Bentivolio's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Kerry Bentivolio 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 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

  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/123059/kerry-bentivolio/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "I support the right to life and liberty for that life. Without life, there can be no liberty. I pledged to fight to prevent religious institutions from being forced to provide abortion or abortion coverage as part of a federal mandate. As a member of Congress, I'm honored to support pro-life legislation. I will never vote to allow the federal government to subsidize abortion providers, or for foreign aid that supports abortion in other nations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/901669/issue-position-protecting-life (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1797 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45098 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a common-sense conservative, Kerry Bentivolio is a leader in reducing the tax burden for all. In Michigan, we have seen what happens to an economy when taxes are cut and a state becomes more competitive." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/901638/issue-position-tax-reform (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There is no better example of how big-government liberals want to control what our children learn than Common Core. The ultimate goal of Common Core is to have every school district follow the same national standards. This is a wrong approach. States and local communities better know how to design standards based on their students and parents' needs than Washington bureaucrats. It also places our nation at risk: if Common Core proves to be a failure (as many educational experts expect), we will have an entire generation that received poor schooling." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/901690/issue-position-education (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5682 "To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50584 (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • "America needs an all-of-the-above energy policy. I work tirelessly in Congress for affordable energy by encouraging freedom, choice, and competition. I embrace all forms of energy, but I will not support taxpayer-funded pet projects like the Solyndra subsidy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/901644/issue-position-energy-independence (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.2728 "Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46309 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 86% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/123059/kerry-bentivolio/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "As Congressman, I pledge never to vote to infringe on the 2nd Amendment, and do all possible to restore lost rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/901678/issue-position-right-to-bear-arms (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.45 "Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44099 (votesmart.org)
  • "I wholeheartedly oppose Obamacare, and VOTED to repeal it. The government takeover of nearly one-fifth of our economy has only led to an increase in the cost of both healthcare and health insurance." http://kerrybentivolio.com/health-care/ (kerrybentivolio.com)
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.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "We should offer no amnesty to illegal immigrants, which amounts to condoning illegality. Crucially, no taxpayer-funded programs should be available to non-citizens. It is immoral that American citizens are compelled to subsidize welfare for non-citizens, and it is this incentive most of all that encourages people to come here illegally." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/901674/issue-position-immigration (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/123059/kerry-bentivolio/76 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/123059/kerry-bentivolio/53 (votesmart.org)

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 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.

Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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

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