Representative Chuck Fleischmann's Political Positions

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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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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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)

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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)

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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  • "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)

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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)

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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)

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

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