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Allen West's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Allen West refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 issue positions, from the year 2012, 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

  • Allen West. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Allen West voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Allen West voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Allen West in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Allen West in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Weekly Wrap Up 5-9. 9 May 2011. "On Wednesday, 4 May the House approved H.R. 3 by a vote of 251-175, and I voted "YEA." The bill codifies the Hyde Amendment by establishing a government wide permanent prohibition on federal funding for elective abortions and insurance coverage which includes elective abortions. The bill would also prohibit federal subsidies for abortion coverage currently allowed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and would prohibit tax-preferred status for abortion through health savings accounts and itemized deductions." (west.house.gov)
  • Allen West. Congressman Allen West Cosponsors the Life at Conception Act to Overturn Roe v. Wade. 8 July 2012. "The National Pro-Life Alliance announced that Congressman Allen West has cosponsored the Life at Conception Act “ a bill that would legislatively end the nation's policy of unlimited abortion-on-demand." (west.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Allen West. Roll Call “ West: U.S. Must Understand 21st-Century Combat. 2 November 2011. "We must recognize that Afghanistan and Iraq are not distinct wars, but combat theaters of operation. It is up to our elected leaders and our senior military officials to identify and agree on the correct strategic goals and objectives in order to be successful on these battlefields and others. When we have a proper national security strategy, we will have a focused national military strategy, preparing the defense-industrial base to develop the right weapons systems for victory." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Allen West voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Defense PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Defense PAC endorsed Allen West in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Vets for Freedom PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Vets for Freedom PAC endorsed Allen West in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Issue Position: Peace Through Strength. 20 January 2012. "Make no mistake, we are a nation at war against a totalitarian theocratic political ideology that glorifies death rather than celebrates life. To defeat it, we must stay on the offensive. From Afghanistan and Iraq, to the Greater Middle East and South America, radical Islam is on the march." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Miami Herald “ Allen West Makes Waves, Earns Tea-Party Raves. 20 June 2011. "Rep. Allen West doesn't do subtlety. Take the recent suggestion to his congressional colleagues -- Democrats and Republicans -- pressing for a speedy exit of U.S. troops from Afghanistan: "I would take these gentlemen over and let them get shot at a few times and maybe they'd have a different opinion," says West, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who spent 22 years in the service." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Allen West. Issue Position: Defense and National Security. 23 Janaury 2011. "As your Congressman, I will work to reestablish American Exceptionalism by growing and modernizing America's Armed forces to ensure that we are prepared for the strategic challenges ahead. I believe that peace is best kept through a strong national defense." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Reducing Defense Department Printing and Reproduction Budget. 4 April 2011. "I rise to support H.R. 1246. It is a simple, commonsense bill that calls for an overall 10 percent reduction in the printing and reproduction costs of the Department of Defense." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Reuters “ U.S. Needs more, not less, military spending. 31 May 2011. "If we don't have a steady state (of funding), and then a plus or minus, we will lose an opportunity to ensure that we protect America for the future, for our children and our grandchildren. In making the case for ramped-up military spending, West, a retired Army veteran, drew upon several anecdotes from his 22 years of service [...]" (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Statement on the Failure of the Super Committee. 21 November 2011. "He has stood by and done nothing to encourage bipartisanship among this committee. Instead, the President and this Administration would rather sit back and watch automatic cuts kick in that will be devastating to our military- ripping 600 billion dollars from Defense in 10 years. At a time when America's enemies are more emboldened than ever, our military needs to be supported, not shredded." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. West Appointed to National Defense Authorization Act Conference. 7 December 2011. ""It is important the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act include the cuts to wasteful defense spending I proposed," West said. "It is also just as important that the NDAA protect essential Defense programs. I am confident my 22 years in the United States Army will provide insight to the conference." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Allen West voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Allen West voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Defense PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Defense PAC endorsed Allen West in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Congressman West Proposes Wasteful Defense Spending Cuts. 29 March 2011. "As I have stated, all government programs must be thoroughly scrutinized, including the Department of Defense. After serving 22 years in the United States Army, I am aware of areas where saving money is very possible. These cuts are aimed at wasteful Defense Department spending and will not affect the overall mission of our men and women in uniform in protecting our national security." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Fox News "Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace" - Transcript. 29 May 2011. "I got to tell you, you know, here I have been here in Congress for about five months. And I have legislation that passed that will save the American taxpayers $80 million because I found three wasteful Department of Defense programs." (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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Allen West signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 14 August 2012. "I, Allen West, pledge to the taxpayers of the 18th district of the state of Florida and to the American people that I will: 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." (www.atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Allen West. Issue Position: Jobs/Economy. 20 January 2012. "Finally, it is necessary to change the status quo in Washington and stop the floodgates of government spending. In the last two years alone, Democrats have quadrupled the deficit, thanks in large part to the stimulus package that has proven to be a failure." (votesmart.org)
  • One Nation PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. One Nation PAC endorsed Allen West in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Congressman Allen West is Sworn in to the 112th Congress. 5 January 2011. ""South Floridians elected me with expectations that I will come to Washington and fight for what is important to them. My first priorities will be turning around this disastrous economy, limiting government spending, and national security." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. House of Representatives Passes Historic Budget. 15 April 2011. "Today I voted in favor of Paul Ryan's budget proposal because I believe it is a straight forward approach to reigning in our nation's out of control debt and restoring fiscal discipline to our Federal Government," (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Issue Position: Small Business. 20 January 2012. "I support policies that will empower the private sector and limit the size and scope of the federal government. As a proud member of the House Committee on Small Business, I will work to eliminate unnecessary and burdensome regulations, cut taxes, and reduce wasteful spending." (west.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Allen West. Palm Beach Daily News Allen West to Palm Beach Business Group: Commit to a Better Nation. 4 February 2011. "Extending the Bush tax cuts is important to small business owners. One-third of the earnings of corporations and businesses goes to the federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. The Truth About The Debt Ceiling. 29 July 2011. "The President has to realize his policies have failed. They have failed the American people, and it is time to go in a different direction. The solution lies in economic taxation and regulatory policies which incentivize long-term private sector growth. We must restore confidence, provide access to capital which will create economic certainty." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 20 January 2012. "Second, we must understand that the true strength of our economy lies within small businesses, and as elected leaders in Congress, we have an obligation to support small business growth through tax cuts and incentives, and I will fight tirelessly to bring jobs back to South Florida. " (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Congressman West Introduces the Small Business Encouragement Act. 6 May 2011. "HR 1663- The Small Business Encouragement Act- aims at amending the Internal Revenue Code to allow small businesses who hire an unemployed American, a work opportunity tax credit, saving employers up to $12,000 a year per hire in some areas of the country." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. CBS News “ Transcript. 13 June 2011. "Our office came up with HR-16-63. Which is the-- Small Business Encouragement Act. And what it says is in the previous fiscal year, if you're a small business that has revenues of $20 million or less. You have $100 employees or less. We're talking about extending the work-- opportunity tax credit for 2012 and 2013 which says we'll give you $6,000 if you hire a person off the unemployment rolls." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Allen West. Issue Position: Education. 23 January 2012. "It is important to provide our nation's students with an opportunity to receive a quality education. There are few things more valuable to an individual than a good education and few things more valuable to a community than educated residents." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Honoring the Broward County Public School System. 3 June 2011. "I believe the Federal Government must restore local control, empower parents, let teachers teach, and protect taxpayers. These principles should guide our efforts to reform federal education policy and protect the rights and responsibilities of states and local communities when it comes to educating the next generation." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Allen West. Sun Sentinel “ Allen West forges Provocative New Path on Florida Issues. 31 January 2011. "West wants to expand domestic oil supplies while developing solar power and other alternatives. That includes more offshore drilling." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Allen West voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Issue Position: Energy Independence. 23 January 2012. "I strongly support an all-of-the-above energy approach that includes development of natural gas, clean coal, and American produced oil, as well as alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, hydropower, nuclear, geothermal and biomass." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Allen West. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Allen West voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. The Truth About The Debt Ceiling. 29 July 2011. "When you think about how government regulations destroy American jobs, these are the statistics that will make you cry. According to a Louisiana State University professor, the Department of the Interior's de facto moratorium of exploration in the Gulf of Mexico could cost 36,137 jobs. In addition, more than 80,000 jobs could be lost due to the EPA regulations targeting the cement industry; and, finally, EPA greenhouse gas regulations could cost $1.4 million jobs." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Allen West. Issue Position: Judiciary Constitution. 20 January 2012. "I SUPPORT “ The 2nd Amendment as an individual right." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gun Owners of America endorsed Allen West in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Allen West in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Allen West. The Truth About The Debt Ceiling. 29 July 2011. "In January, we began to implement the Pledge to America, which is focused on providing an environment for economic growth and job creation. We voted to repeal the government takeover of health care, roll back costly Obama administration regulations, cut job-destroying spending and change the culture of Washington, D.C., from one which talks about how much more they can spend, to one which now talks about how much we can cut in spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Allen West voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. American Thinker “ A Candid Talk with Allen West. 7 September 2010. "Simpson: Are you on board for repeal? West: Yes. And if we don't have the support necessary to repeal it, then we simply shouldn't fund it. I would support real reform, such as health savings accounts, more competition, and liability reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Directing Committees to Review Regulations from Federal Agencies. 10 February 2011. "As we are seeing unfold throughout our country and also especially my 22nd Congressional District in Florida, this health care bill has been detrimental to the survival and growth of our small businesses. Employers are choosing to drop health care for their employees, which will flood this government-run health care system, eventually leading to a lower quality of health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Issue Position: Health Care. 23 January 2012. "While there are certain parts of President Obama's healthcare law- "Obamacare"- that I support, including the segment on pre-existing conditions, overall I believe that the bill over-reaches the authority of the federal government, and needs to be repealed for a variety of reasons." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Allen West. Sun Sentinel “ Allen West forges Provocative New Path on Florida Issues. 31 January 2011. "West, unlike most South Florida members of both parties, opposes any path to legal status for those who reside here illegally, including those brought as children. "You've got to enforce the law," he said. "Before considering the DREAM Act (to allow children of illegal immigrants to remain) or any of this other pie-in-the-sky stuff, you've got to do those things." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Allen West in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Allen West in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 20 January 2012. "Quite simply, federal laws already on the book aimed at stopping the flow of illegal immigration must be enforced. Furthermore, states must be given the resources necessary to confront the problem, which includes strengthening the Border Patrol." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Allen West in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. All Right Magazine: Weekly Wrap-Up 7-4. 5 July 2011. "He [President Obama] has supported an inept and incompetent Attorney General who has failed to prosecute voter intimidation cases (New Black Panther party), initiated a dangerous gun-smuggling program (Operation Fast and Furious) “ which resulted in deaths to our own law enforcement agents, and refused to uphold a law, DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act)." (www.allrightmagazine.com)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Allen West in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Allen West. Sun Sentinel “ Allen West Defends Remarks on Islam. 2 February 2011. "It is the extremist, radical element that has hijacked Islam that presents a dangerous threat to both our country and our allies throughout the world. This radical jihadist movement has no place in the United States of America or anywhere on earth." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Congressman West Introduces The Global Combat Zone Recognition Act. 9 March 2011. "The complexities of the 21st Century Battlefield require us to reassess and redefine what a combat zone is. Our men and women in uniform today face a non-state, non-uniform belligerent who has no regard for international borders or boundaries, to include our homeland. Our fight against radical Islam is not just against the Taliban in Afghanistan or al Qaida in Iraq, but against a global movement aimed at destroying Western civilization as we know it." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Issue Position: Peace Through Strength. 23 January 2012. "Make no mistake, we are a nation at war against a totalitarian theocratic political ideology that glorifies death rather than celebrates life. To defeat it, we must stay on the offensive. From Afghanistan and Iraq, to the Greater Middle East and South America, radical Islam is on the march." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Roll Call “ West: U.S. Must Understand 21st-Century Combat. 2 November 2011. "On this 21st century battlefield we are not fighting against a single organization, leader or nation. We are fighting against the ideology of Islamic totalitarianism, manifested at a tactical level as terrorism, which knows no country and recognizes no borders. Until we, as a nation, are able to correctly and openly identify our enemy, we will continue to put our men and women on the ground in harm's way without a clear mission for success. Once we have identified the enemy, we must ensure we have clearly identified the specific strategic level objectives to effectively fight." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. Fox News "On The Record with Greta Van Susteren" - Transcript. 6 May 2011. "Well, this is why I have always said the strength of the United States military is our strategic mobility. And we need to move away from the nation building occupation style of warfare and get to a United States military that is quite capable of launching strike operations, very much so, as you saw against Usama bin Laden. But we need to be able to employ our maritime forces over the horizon, airborne forces, air assault forces that can quickly go in and strike, 30 to 45-day-duration type of operations, and get the heck out of the areas of operation. We've got to take the fight to these enemies in their sanctuaries and use all the means that we have available in our strategic arsenal so that we're not tied down to these logistical supply routes that can be choked off." (votesmart.org)
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

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  • Allen West. Issue Position: Social Security. 23 January 2012. "The critical aspect of social security is that we must restore it to the independent trust fund account. Once the politicians moved it to the general operating account they used it for their pork barrel spending spree." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen West. NBC "Meet the Press" - Transcript. 21 November 2010. "We need to look at, you know, how do we, you know, reform -- not reform , but how do we repair Social Security ? How do we get Social Security back into that independent trust fund account? We need to look at how do we set the conditions economically so maybe we have less people that have to be on Social Security." (votesmart.org)

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