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Thomas Massie's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (KY) - District 4, Republican
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Thomas Massie 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, 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 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

  • "We must respect the Constitution. It protects our natural God-given rights to liberties that our founders and our military have fought for and preserved. And by the way, those rights extend to the unborn." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keWP1Znz9CE (www.youtube.com)
  • "I believe that life begins at conception. I will vote against government funding of abortion services and will vote to defund Planned Parenthood." http://massie.house.gov/issue/right-life (massie.house.gov)
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

  • "The most viable alternative is Senator Rand Paul's budget plan which reduces most non-military, discretionary spending to 2008 levels, eliminates the Department of Energy and the Department of Education, and institutes a 17% flat tax rate." http://c3.thevoterguide.org/v/louisville12/race-detail.do?id=10518032&party=Rep (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • "Well, I think we've got a problem when 50% of the nation is paying taxes. There may be a case where our tax policy is bad and is causing that upper 1%, if you will, to go overseas. But what you need to realize is that 1% is also largely the job creators in this country, and I don't think you should punish success. I'm not a big fan of progressive taxes." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feYFmHFPRhY&feature=player_embedded (www.youtube.com)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Thomas Massie, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Kentucky, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VYwdMXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The one-size-fits-all approach of federally mandated minimums does not give judges the latitude they need to ensure that punishments fit the crimes. As a result, nonviolent offenders are sometimes given excessive sentences." http://www.thomasmassie.com/2015/02/04/paul-leahy-massie-scott-lead-bipartisan-bicameral-introduction-justice-safety-valve-act/#.VYwdvnUVhHw (www.thomasmassie.com)
  • "Furthermore, public safety can be compromised because violent offenders are released from our nation’s overcrowded prisons to make room for nonviolent offenders." http://www.thomasmassie.com/2015/02/04/paul-leahy-massie-scott-lead-bipartisan-bicameral-introduction-justice-safety-valve-act/#.VYwdvnUVhHw (www.thomasmassie.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I'm a fan of the penny plan. Basically what it does it cut real spending by 1% over the next 6 years until we get to a balanced budget." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feYFmHFPRhY&feature=player_embedded (www.youtube.com)
  • "We need someone who is committed to lowering taxes, cutting government waste, and ending runaway spending. I have done that in Lewis County and I will do that in Washington D.C. as your representative." http://www.maysville-online.com/news/massie-announces-candidacy-for-congress/article_d0626125-7871-541a-9d17-424d3a3b0cdd.html (www.maysville-online.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our tax system needs to promote economic growth, not punish it. I will support legislation to achieve a simpler, flatter, fairer tax code that is helpful, not harmful, to domestic job creation and economic recovery." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/700802/issue-position-tax-reform#.VYweeXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We need someone who is committed to lowering taxes, cutting government waste, and ending runaway spending. I have done that in Lewis County and I will do that in Washington D.C. as your representative." http://www.maysville-online.com/news/massie-announces-candidacy-for-congress/article_d0626125-7871-541a-9d17-424d3a3b0cdd.html (www.maysville-online.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support eliminating the federal Department of Education and returning K-12 funding and curricula to the states. Schools should be locally managed and accountable. Parents have the right to chose among all educational opportunities for their children, including home schooling, public schools, and private schools." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/700783/#.VYRcw3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The most viable alternative is Senator Rand Paul's budget plan which reduces most non-military, discretionary spending to 2008 levels, eliminates the Department of Energy and the Department of Education, and institutes a 17% flat tax rate." http://c3.thevoterguide.org/v/louisville12/race-detail.do?id=10518032&party=Rep (c3.thevoterguide.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VYQxV3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "House voted to approve the #KeystoneXL Pipeline to create new jobs & make us more energy indpndt. It's #TimeToBuild." https://twitter.com/repthomasmassie/status/553616501203554305 (twitter.com)
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, and Kentucky in particular, has abundant natural recourses including coal, oil, natural gas, shale, nuclear, solar, wind, and geothermal. I will support all domestic sources of energy as long as they can compete in the free market without subsidies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/766838/issue-position-energy (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Regulations and mandates that stifle energy production are dragging down our economy, especially in Kentucky. Thomas supports the REINs act that Geoff Davis championed because it limits the power of unelected bureaucrats to impose economically crippling regulations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/663419/#.VYRwRnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/132068/thomas-massie/30#.VYRwBXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/132068/thomas-massie/37#.VYRwZXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I will work vigorously to defend the rights of gun owners. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is not principally about hunting or recreation. In fact, the Second Amendment to our Constitution is our Founding Fathers’ restatement of our natural God given right to defend life, liberty, and property." http://massie.house.gov/issue/second-amendment (massie.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There exists no constitutional authority for the federal government to impose a mandatory health care plan. I will therefore fight to repeal Obamacare." http://massie.house.gov/issue/health (massie.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of 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/51284#.VYwQM3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Thomas is opposed to ObamaCare, the Patriot Act, any new firearms restrictions, the intrusive actions of the Transportation Security Administration, indefinite detention of American citizens without trial, internet censorship, and all other infringements on our liberties by the federal government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/663421/#.VYRxS3UViko (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

  • "The President's refusal to enforce the law has led Central American parents to believe that their children will be rewarded for breaking the law. Until the source of the crisis is addressed, no amount of money will solve the problem." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/909189/press-release-us-house-of-representatives-votes-to-stop-expansion-of-presidents-deferred-action#.VYwgk3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama’s 2012 DACA program led directly to the current surge of illegal immigration into the United States by encouraging immigrants to put themselves in harm’s way and break the law. Passage of this bill will cost the taxpayer nothing, yet it will send a clear message to Central American parents that amnesty will not be provided to new arrivals." http://massie.house.gov/press-release/press-release-us-house-representatives-votes-stop-expansion-president%E2%80%99s-deferred (massie.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating "While we recognize that many details and specific proposals will need to be worked out, we want you to know that we support what we see as the three-legged stool of systemic immigration reform: […] Finding a way to reasonably address the reportedly 11 million people who came here knowingly and illegally – in a way that is best for all Americans. This means protecting the rights of those who are seeking and continue to seek to come here legally. But it also may mean providing a legal status, upon certain conditions and that may not include full rights of citizenship, to people who are currently here." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/774228/letter-to-senator-rand-paul-immigration/?search=Immigration#.VYRzj3UViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I firmly believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. A marriage between a man and a woman serves as the best environment for raising children." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/700785/issue-position-faith-and-family (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/132068/thomas-massie/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, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred 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

  • "The purpose of Social Security is to provide people with financial support during retirement, not to be another source of tax revenue for the Federal Government. Under this legislation, Social Security benefits would neither be taxable nor reportable on individual tax returns, thus restoring the integrity of the program." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/838990/representative-massie-introduces-bill-to-eliminate-tax-on-social-security-benefits#.VYwil3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Well, I have seen very few examples where government does anything better than private industry. And there are opportunities to invest in, you know, retirement vehicles in the private market, either through 401ks or the like. And I think more young people, even the folks that are using their bodies recognize that, that they'll get more return from investing in the private market, through private investment vehicles, than they will through any other government investment." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feYFmHFPRhY&feature=player_embedded (www.youtube.com)

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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 Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

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