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Brad Wenstrup's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 2, Republican
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Brad Wenstrup 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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I firmly believe that all human life is sacred and that life begins at conception." http://wenstrup.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=99485 (wenstrup.house.gov)
  • “Brad is pro-life and believes that life begins at conception.” http://www.usabrad.com/#on-the-issues (www.usabrad.com)
  • Co-sponsored H.R. 816 "Life at Conception Act" http://wenstrup.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=99485 (wenstrup.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by National Right To Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135326/brad-wenstrup/2 (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

  • "We are in the middle of a recession, now is not the time to increase the already heavy tax burden." http://www.cincinnati.com/article/20120227/NEWS0106/301300166/Primer-2nd-Congressional-District-Republican-primary (www.cincinnati.com)
  • "One of my first actions as a new member of Congress was to cosponsor a balanced budget amendment, H.J.Res.1." http://wenstrup.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=99487 (wenstrup.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? 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 Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 “Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "Because of the early and aggressive efforts to highlight the important work being done at Piketon, the House was able to secure full funding levels very early in the appropriations process. The government has an obligation to the region, and I will continue to fight for the people of southern Ohio." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/973675/johnson-wenstrup-support-full-piketon-funding-in-the-house-of-representatives (votesmart.org)
  • "Continuing to borrow and spend at the expense of our children and grandchildren is not only irresponsible – it’s immoral. We need to make spending cuts and reforms now to ensure a stronger, better America for our generations of tomorrow." http://wenstrup.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=99487 (wenstrup.house.gov)
  • “We've presented and passed a responsible budget blueprint for the American people and an indication of our priorities: addressing our staggering national debt, balancing the budget in less than 10 years, and repealing Obamacare in full. Just like every Ohio family must balance their family budgets, so should the federal government.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/968110/house-passes-budget-resolution#.VcDj73UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VaPoUPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I look forward to overhauling our broken tax code—making the system simpler and fairer will reduce rates and spur economic growth." http://wenstrup.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=99488 (wenstrup.house.gov)
  • “In Congress, I will stay true to my conservative principles and fight for lower taxes; an end to unnecessary, job-killing regulations; and a balanced budget." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/688415/portsmouth-daily-times-wenstrup-campaigns-for-ohio-2nd (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally 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.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VaPmTPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VaPm1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • “For the ninth time, the House voted today to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline […] The American people have waited for six years to build the Keystone XL and the president is running out of excuses to veto this project.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/938275/wenstrup-on-passage-of-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone#.VjDqZGwViko (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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I also believe the EPA's unilateral pursuit of regulatory action without congressional oversight, including the unaccountable attempt to regulate carbon, has created tremendous uncertainty for businesses and consumers at a time when we can least afford it.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/855115/issue-position-energy#.VjDsV2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt. 671 “Prohibits Funds from Being Used for Certain Climate Change Reports” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/48233#.VcDmcXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 “A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135326/brad-wenstrup/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "I have serious concerns that new and additional regulations would not only limit the rights of law-abiding Americans, but would also not solve the problem of gun violence in our nation." http://wenstrup.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=99489 (wenstrup.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1098 “Prohibits the District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464#.VcI0zHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I agree with Justice Scalia – 'we should start calling this law SCOTUScare.'" https://twitter.com/RepBradWenstrup (twitter.com)
  • “Brad also strongly supports efforts to repeal Obamacare and halt its expansion of public funding for abortion.” http://www.usabrad.com/#on-the-issues (www.usabrad.com)
  • 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#.VaPp2flViko (votesmart.org)
  • “As a doctor, I can tell you that ObamaCare is bad policy and bad medicine.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/665090/issue-position-health-care/?search=obamacare#.VjDwLWwViko (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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I also believe that marriage is a sacred bond between one man and one woman, and I am committed to defending its sanctity." http://wenstrup.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=99485 (wenstrup.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135326/brad-wenstrup/76 (votesmart.org)
  • “The family bond of a mother and a father is foundational to society and sacred to many. Decisions to distort the tradition and definition of marriage should not be up to activist judges without recourse by the citizens of the nation or the various states.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/794358/decision-weakens-the-voice-of-we-the-people#.VcDnkXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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, 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

  • "In order to ensure that Medicare and Social Security remain viable for both today and tomorrow’s seniors, I believe we need to preserve these programs for those in or near retirement and reform them for younger generations by increasing competition and empowering individuals to have more control over their care." http://wenstrup.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=99486 (wenstrup.house.gov)
  • Rated 7% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135326/brad-wenstrup/53 (votesmart.org)

Key

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

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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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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