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Thomas Massie's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (KY) - District 4, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 4
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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Campaign for Working Families https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/132068/thomas-massie#.Wo3RxGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/132068/thomas-massie#.Wo3RxGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "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)
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

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/132068/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Wo3aN2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • "I am opposed to bailouts, corporate subsidies, undeclared wars, and so called stimulus spending -- on economic, moral, and constitutional grounds." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1113186/issue-position-jobs-the-economy/?search=tax#.Wo3ZMWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? 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 Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 6% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/132068/thomas-massie#.Wo3hy2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Paul Ryan's proposed House budget would increase government spending at nearly twice the rate of inflation. Our country is deep in debt, and it is irresponsible to increase spending at this rate." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/773293/us-representative-massie-votes-no-on-ryan-budget/?search=government%20spending#.Wo3hAme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by Council for Citizens Against Government Waste https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/132068/thomas-massie#.Wo3hy2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Krugman, like Keynes, believes governments can borrow and spend their way into prosperity. It does not. History is littered with failed countries that followed Keynes's advice. Innovation by private companies and entrepreneurs create well-paying jobs and opportunities for economic prosperity, not politicians and bureaucrats." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1113186/issue-position-jobs-the-economy/?search=tax#.Wo3ZMWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/132068/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Wo3aN2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 88% by National Taxpayers Union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/132068/thomas-massie#.Wo3i0me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by The Club for Growth https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/132068/thomas-massie#.Wo3i0me3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 13% by League of Conservation Voters https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/132068/thomas-massie#.Wo3kfme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no way to meet the level of CO2 emissions that President Obama signed up for in the Paris Climate Accord without drastically raising the price of energy on every consumer in the United States and hurting our economy. Pulling out of this agreement was the smart thing to do and I applaud President Trump on his decision." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1170509/congressman-massies-statement-on-president-trumps-decision-to-pull-out-of-the-paris-climate-accord/?search=climate#.Wo3jvme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "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 Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 21% by Environment America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/132068/thomas-massie/30#.VYRwBXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no way to meet the level of CO2 emissions that President Obama signed up for in the Paris Climate Accord without drastically raising the price of energy on every consumer in the United States and hurting our economy. Pulling out of this agreement was the smart thing to do and I applaud President Trump on his decision." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1170509/congressman-massies-statement-on-president-trumps-decision-to-pull-out-of-the-paris-climate-accord/?search=climate#.Wo3jvme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 806 "Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/23451/60587/132068/ozone-standards-implementation-act-of-2017#.Wo3kxWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a proud gun owner and unflinching defender of others' individual right to keep and bear arms, I take the responsibility to reverse the national trend of eroding Second Amendment rights quite seriously." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/696030/thomas-massie-endorsed-by-major-kentucky-gun-rights-group/?search=wealth#.Wo3YYme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/132068/thomas-massie/37#.VYRwZXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a pledge stating: "I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/738364/obamacare-repeal-pledge/?search=obamacare#.Wo3mO2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/132068/thomas-massie/40#.Wo3pjWe3wfI (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

  • 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)
  • "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)
  • "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)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "None of the funds made available by this act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the States of […] to prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana on non-Federal lands within their respective jurisdictions." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1217725/letter-to-the-hon-paul-ryan-speaker-of-the-house-the-hon-nancy-pelosi-minority-leader-of-the-house-rodney-frelinghuysen-chairman-of-the-committee-on-appropriations-and-nita-lowey-ranking-member-on-the-committee-on-appropriations-push-for-marijuana-fix#.Wo3VBGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? 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 National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] it is disingenuous for the Administration to tell the American public that we are arming Syrian rebels to fight ISIS when the Administration's stated objective is to topple the secular government of Syria, a government which has not committed aggression against the United States." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/931781/us-representative-massie-votes-against-intervention-in-syria/?search=syria#.Wq_nF2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Since our national security interests in Syria are unclear, we risk giving money and military assistance to our enemies […] Additionally, all military action must be authorized by Congress. The American people deserve open debate by their elected officials." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/794211/representative-massie-introduces-bill-to-block-unauthorized-us-military-aid-to-syrian-rebels/?search=syria#.Wq_ngGe3wfI (votesmart.org)

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