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Chuck Fleischmann's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TN) - District 3, Republican
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Chuck Fleischmann 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

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  • "All life is precious and the unborn are no exception. I wholeheartedly believe life begins at conception, and it is a gift that we must vigorously protect.” http://fleischmann.house.gov/issue/right-to-life (fleischmann.house.gov)
  • "Children are a blessing and as a society, we must support and cherish these innocent lives. I am proud to protect the right to life and defend those who cannot speak for themselves." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974771/fleischmann-votes-to-protect-unborn-children#.VYrdjXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • "One of my quotes for the campaign is 'taxation – the ultimate form of invasion of privacy.' We must combat unfair taxes at all levels.” http://www.chuckforcongress.com/index.cfm?p=Taxes (www.chuckforcongress.com)
  • "We voted today to protect seniors by preserving Medicare, to increase job growth by simplifying the tax code, and to rein in Washington by limiting federal regulations. Without raising taxes, this budget also balances and will help save our children from crushing debt.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974769/balanced-budget-puts-america-back-on-fiscally-responsible-track#.VYrjKnUViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, 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

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  • “Excessive spending and burdensome regulations have been the way of Washington for far too long. These flawed policies are responsible for the slowest economic recovery our nation has ever experienced.”http://fleischmann.house.gov/press-release/it%E2%80%99s-time-we-balance-our-budget-and-get-america-back-work (fleischmann.house.gov)
  • “Since I entered Congress, I have fought to cut spending, lower taxes, and reduce our national debt, and today we moved one step closer to creating a stronger America.” http://fleischmann.house.gov/press-release/rep-fleischmann-votes-fiscally-responsible-budget (fleischmann.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • "I believe that broadening the tax base and lowering individual rates will spur economic growth.” http://fleischmann.house.gov/issue/taxes (fleischmann.house.gov)
  • "Since I entered Congress, I have fought to cut spending, lower taxes, and reduce our national debt, and today we moved one step closer to creating a stronger America.” http://fleischmann.house.gov/press-release/rep-fleischmann-votes-fiscally-responsible-budget (fleischmann.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

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  • “We write in strong support of the request for a waiver of provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that the State of Tennessee submitted for your approval this week, consistent with the requirements of Section 9401 of the ESEA authorizing States to seek waivers of the law or regulations.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/628049/letter-to-secretary-duncan#.VYrhQHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The emphasis of our education system must be placed on the child, not on federal educational mandates from Washington. I support reforms in our education system that will shift decision making away from Washington bureaucrats and to those who know children best – local leaders and parents.” http://www.chuckforcongress.com/index.cfm?p=Education (www.chuckforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Keystone XL Pipeline is critical for our nation and its economy. Not only will the pipeline create over 42,000 jobs for the American people, but additionally, it is expected to bring in a total of $2 billion in earnings.” http://fleischmann.house.gov/press-release/fleischmann-votes-build-keystone-pipeline (fleischmann.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S 1 “A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299#.VZ1-znUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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

  • "Finally, where cost effective,renewable energy such as solar and wind power can be a key part of our energy portfolio.” http://www.scribd.com/doc/157519872/A-Jobs-Recovery-Congressman-Chuck-Fleischmann-s-Jobs-Plan-For-America#scribd (www.scribd.com)
  • "Other important components include environmental improvements for oil and gas production, the development of clean coal power and the expansion of renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar power. Together, these alternative energy sources have the potential to reduce our nation’s dependence on other countries for energy.” http://www.chuckforcongress.com/index.cfm?p=Energy (www.chuckforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Co-Sponsored H. Con. Res. 24 “Expressing the Sense of Congress that a Carbon Tax Would Be Detrimental to the United States Economy” https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-concurrent-resolution/24/cosponsors (www.congress.gov)
  • "Unfortunately, the Obama Administration seems determined to do everything possible to stifle our incredible energy resources by preventing exploration, delaying permit applications in endless red tape, and proposing to regulate emissions.” http://www.scribd.com/doc/157519872/A-Jobs-Recovery-Congressman-Chuck-Fleischmann-s-Jobs-Plan-For-America#scribd (www.scribd.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

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  • "I promise to continue to be a strong and proud supporter of the Second Amendment, and I will fight every effort to infringe upon these rights.”http://fleischmann.house.gov/issue/second-amendment (fleischmann.house.gov)
  • "When President Obama decided to ban the reimportation of antique firearms, Rep. Fleischmann led a bipartisan letter to the President and put an amendment into an appropriations bill defunding this action.” http://fleischmann.house.gov/Accomplishments (fleischmann.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

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  • "We must not only repeal Obamacare, but also replace it with free market solutions that empower our citizens.” http://fleischmann.house.gov/issue/health (fleischmann.house.gov)
  • "The last thing the American people need is an additional financial burden thrust on them by the Federal Government. ObamaCare needs to go.”http://votesmart.org/public-statement/830611/obamacare#.VYrgcnUViko (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

  • "We owe it to the American people to secure our borders, and those waiting to legally enter the country, to enforce the current immigration laws before we make any radical changes.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/957666/east-tennessee-representatives-respond-to-president-obamas-remarks-on-immigration#.VYrg9nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "By getting more border patrol boots on the ground, utilizing advanced technology, and enhancing and expanding traditional security measures, we can strengthen border security and reduce the number of illegal immigrants entering our country. Additionally, we must enforce and prioritize the laws we already have in place.” http://fleischmann.house.gov/issue/immmigration (fleischmann.house.gov)
  • “When I entered Congress, I made an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, and therefore, it is my duty to stop the President's unlawful actions. This legislation further prioritizes our national security by strengthening border security, increasing government transparency, and enhancing immigration enforcement. We must protect our nation and end this executive overreach.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974729/fleischmann-votes-to-completely-defund-presidents-executive-amnesty-and-secure-our-nations-borders#.VZ2ArnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • “I am a strong supporter of families and the traditional view of marriage. I believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.” http://fleischmann.house.gov/issue/family-values (fleischmann.house.gov)
  • "I could not disagree more with the President's support for gay marriage. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman, period.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/695011/chuck-fleischmann-comments-on-president-obamas-support-for-gay-marriage#.VYrfFnUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

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  • “The attack on our Embassy in Libya is an attack on our nation, and on our values of free expression. Every day, champions of liberty find themselves under siege by those who resort to violence to enforce their values upon us. We must remain vigilant and confident as a society in defense of our values.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/743354/chuck-fleischmann-statement-on-the-libyan-embassy-attack#.VZ2BXHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “We cannot allow Afghanistan to return to a breeding ground for terrorism. We must continue to take the fight to the terrorists. Our brave men and women in uniform have made great sacrifices to ensure progress towards this goal and keeping our homeland safe.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/619614/chuck-fleischmann-comments-on-president-obamas-plan-for-afghanistan#.VZ2BzXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The President took the proper step in requesting an AUMF from Congress to take any substantial action against ISIS but he must outline and justify the force he plans to use.” http://fleischmann.house.gov/press-release/fleischmann-responds-president%E2%80%99s-aumf (fleischmann.house.gov)
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, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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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

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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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