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Mia Love's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (UT) - District 4, Republican
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Mia Love 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

  • "[…] I think that we should be protecting life. I am a pro-life person." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/739106/fox-news-fox-news-sunday-with-chris-wallace-transcript#.VkJ5pWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I am grateful for the endorsement of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nation's oldest and largest pro-life organization. My commitment to pro-life policies is unwavering, and I look forward to working with others in Congress to protect the right to life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/929565/blog-endorsement-from-the-national-right-to-life-committee#.VY2HoHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I am proud to say that I am pro-life. My commitment to pro-life policies is unwavering, and I look forward to working with others in Congress to protect the right to life. http://love4utah.com/issues/abortion (love4utah.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/19398/50973/135957/no-taxpayer-funding-for-abortion-and-abortion-insurance-full-disclosure-act-of-2015#.VY2IE3UVhHw (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

  • "The federal tax code is too cumbersome and complex to navigate. Moreover, the federal government needs to reduce its spending rather than take more hard-earned money from American workers. That's why I propose a simpler tax code, lower tax rates, and eliminating tax loopholes that pick winners and losers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889139/issue-position-taxes#.VY2IbHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "These are my proposals to fix the broken tax system: Vote against all net tax increases. Support a simpler tax system that reduces the tax burden for working Americans. […]." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889139/issue-position-taxes#.VY2IbHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Federal Government should follow Utah's example when it comes to implementing smarter policies to reduce crime, such as finding alternatives to incarceration whenever possible. I am pleased to cosponsor the SAFE Justice Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/990884/sensenbrenner-scott-introduce-bipartisan-state-tested-criminal-justice-reform-legislation (votesmart.org)
  • "I am proud to be a co-sponsor of the SAFE Justice Reinvestment Act. Bottom line: This would follow Utah’s lead to find alternatives to putting and keeping non-violent offenders in Federal prisons. This is not just a cost issue. This is a moral issue. I am here to lift people from poverty, reduce costs, promote personal responsibility, and preserve the Constitution." https://www.facebook.com/repmialove/photos/a.337713383082993.1073741827.337652123089119/409704192550578/?type=1&theater (www.facebook.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The federal tax code is too cumbersome and complex to navigate. Moreover, the federal government needs to reduce its spending rather than take more hard-earned money from American workers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889139/issue-position-taxes#.VY2IbHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. Balancing the budget is only part of the solution. We must cut federal spending to begin to restore America's economic strength and citizen liberties." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/677647/issue-position-fiscal-discipline#.VY2Jg3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I favor lowering taxes for the purposes of encouraging greater innovation, business productivity, job creation, and international competitiveness." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889139/issue-position-taxes#.VY2IbHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Higher taxes slow economic growth, discourage personal savings, and make us less competitive in the global market." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889139/issue-position-taxes#.VY2IbHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In recent years the U.S. Department of Education has expanded the federal role in education to unprecedented levels to the detriment of our children and college students. Utah – not the federal government – knows what is best for Utah's student." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889100/issue-position-education#.VY2JunUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "These are my proposals to address the problems surrounding education: Return control of schools to local levels. Support Utah's teachers by opposing one-size-fits-all federal programs that take flexibility away from innovative teachers. […]." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889100/issue-position-education#.VY2JunUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Allow for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a shovel-ready project that will provide America with a secure supply of crude oil from Canada and lead to the creation of thousands of American jobs." http://love4utah.com/issues/energy-independence/ (love4utah.com)
  • Voted in favor of S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299#.VYynQXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Get the federal government out of the so-called 'green energy' business. As the recent Solyndra scandal demonstrates, putting federal bureaucrats in charge of picking alternative energy’s winners and losers is a bad idea." http://love4utah.com/issues/energy-independence/ (love4utah.com)
  • "Explore and develop fossil fuel sources responsibly to provide energy and jobs Utah needs, continue to explore alternative energy sources." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/677659/issue-position-energy#.VY2K1HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • "Loosen federal regulations that place heavy burdens on the exploration, drilling, and transportation of oil and natural gas. We can protect the environment without stifling America’s energy needs." http://love4utah.com/issues/energy-independence/ (love4utah.com)
  • "Oppose all efforts to impose a cap-and-trade system. Cap-and-trade would require centralized planning from the federal government and would drastically increase the cost of household energy bills." http://love4utah.com/issues/energy-independence/ (love4utah.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As your Representative in Congress, you can count on me to vigilantly protect and defend your Second Amendment rights and all of our other rights enshrined in the Constitution. I refuse to compromise away our fundamental rights as citizens." http://love4utah.com/issues/second-amendment (love4utah.com)
  • "Americans have a constitutional, fundamental, and individual right to keep and bear arms. I believe the Second Amendment is essential to the preservation of our American way of life and that it guarantees the protection of all the other freedoms listed in the Bill of Rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889114/issue-position-second-amendment#.VY2L9XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment, I will oppose all efforts to restrict our gun rights. I am a concealed carry permit holder and a proud gun owner." http://love4utah.com/issues/second-amendment (love4utah.com)
  • "As an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment, I will oppose all efforts to restrict our gun rights. I am a concealed carry permit holder and a proud gun owner." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889114/issue-position-second-amendment#.VY2L9XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I reject the downward spiral of mediocrity and government takeover of health care. I refuse to pursue the administration's path of fear, blame, and failure. I oppose this motion to recommit a bad health care law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/952288/repeal-of-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act#.VY2MUnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I commend the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for voting to repeal ObamaCare. Regardless of your party affiliation, President Obama's health care law is bad policy for our country and for our future." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/723716/mia-loves-statement-on-obamacare-repeal-vote/?search=obamacare#.VkJ-wmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VYyqNnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • "Support the SKILLS Act, which will help the American economy by incentivizing highly skilled foreign students who graduate from U.S. colleges with advanced degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to work and remain in America by making it easier for employers to grant them green cards and H-1B visas." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889131/issue-position-immigration-and-border-security#.VY2MyHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Support meaningful immigration reform and rules of naturalization that result in clear, straightforward, fair, and thorough rules that will allow immigrants to participate in the American Dream while protecting the best interests of American citizens." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889131/issue-position-immigration-and-border-security (votesmart.org)
  • "To resolve the illegal immigration problem we must first address border security and the safety of our citizens and others who live here legally. We must also revamp and update broken immigration policies and track who enters and who leaves our borders." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/889131/issue-position-immigration-and-border-security#.VY2MyHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The fight is not over, however, and the battle in support of Utah and American families will continue. I am committed to join with Utah voters to continue the fight." https://www.facebook.com/miablove/posts/557607460947201 (www.facebook.com)
  • KSL "Regarding gay marriage, Matheson and Love both define marriage as between one man and one woman." https://www.ksl.com/?sid=22391863 (www.ksl.com)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Equip our armed forces, and engage only when there is a defined national security objective and with the consent of Congress, not the United Nations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/677662/issue-position-military#.VY2OF3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Iran's record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran. […] Any inspection and verification regime must allow for short notice access to suspect locations, and verifiable constraints on Iran's nuclear program must last for decades." http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/sites/republicans.foreignaffairs.house.gov/files/03.20.15%20-%20Iran%20Letter%20-%20POTUS.pdf (foreignaffairs.house.gov)
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must keep the promises made to our seniors to provide for their retirement while we move aggressively to more solvent alternatives." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/677664/issue-position-social-security/?search=social%20security#.VbFTHXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 10% by the Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135957/mia-love/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 Project 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.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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