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Mark Meadows' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 11, Republican
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Mark Meadows 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

  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • "As the father of two children, I wholeheartedly affirm the sanctity of life for every human being. In Congress, I will continue to defend each life as a precious gift from God." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/841604/newsletter-defending-life#.VaVnsXUViko (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

  • Signed a pledge stating to "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge/?search=pledge#.Vi-KPmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "We can promote new job creation by cutting red tape and regulations, lowering all taxes, and demanding a free trade policy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676166/#.VaVpoXUViko (votesmart.org)
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, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I made a promise to Western North Carolinians that I would fight to reduce government spending in Washington, D.C. By voting for today’s continuing resolution I did just that." https://meadows.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/meadows-maintains-promise-of-spending-reductions-with-cr-vote (meadows.house.gov)
  • "In order to put us back on a path to budgetary balance and economic prosperity, we must offer bold solutions that tackle the drivers of the debt, including major reforms to our federal budget, tax code and entitlement systems. I will do everything in my power to rein in wasteful spending, fraud and abuse and push for tough reforms to ensure that we get our government’s fiscal house in order." https://meadows.house.gov/issues/federal-budget (meadows.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Now more than ever, North Carolina families should be allowed to keep more of their money. Our current tax policy is broken and raising taxes only contributes to the problem. While I continue to support legislation to stop tax hikes and close loopholes, large scale reform of our nation's tax code must be our ultimate goal." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849284/issue-position-tax-reform#.VaV0PXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating to "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses [...]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge/?search=pledge#.Vi-KPmwViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Rather than have government bureaucracy interfering in our schools, I believe we need to return the decision-making responsibility to states and local school boards. The teachers and principals tasked with educating our youth are much more qualified to make decisions on issues like curriculum than bureaucrats in Washington." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849272/issue-position-education#.VaV0_XUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Improve education by returning decision-making and funding to the local level. Parents have the right to choose Charter Schools, Private Schools, and Homeschooling." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676175/issue-position-improving-schools-empowering-parents#.VaV1WHUViko (votesmart.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#.VaV2A3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to follow suit and approve the Keystone XL pipeline." https://meadows.house.gov/media-center/enewsletters/marks-weekly-update-79 (meadows.house.gov)
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

  • "We must also immediately open up new domestic drilling and pipeline opportunities, along with exploring way to use renewable energy sources." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676176/issue-position-energy/?search=renewable#.VaV4fXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "A more balanced energy portfolio, which includes both a robust, domestic oil and natural gas supply and numerous forms of renewable energies, is desperately needed to increase our energy independence." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849274/issue-position-energy/?search=renewable#.VaV3IXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Mark Meadows, pledge to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." http://americansforprosperity.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Mark_Meadows.pdf (americansforprosperity.org)
  • "Taxpayers' dollars should not be utilized to broker trade deals that will include job-killing restrictions on carbon and greenhouse gas emissions."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/873611/rep-meadows-no-funding-to-attempt-to-cap-greenhouse-gas-emmisions/?search=emissions#.VaV_dnUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
  • "I am a strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights. Our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms is absolute, and North Carolina's sporting heritage is an important part of our state history. I will oppose liberals' efforts to create a national gun registry and any other anti-gun legislation that erodes our gun rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676178/issue-position-our-2nd-amendment-rights#.VaWAVHUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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#.VaWBe3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe we need to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with real solutions that will actually help lower the cost of healthcare and leave the medical decisions to be made between a patient and their doctor, where it belongs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849280/issue-position-health-care/?search=repeal#.VaWCknUViko (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

  • "We must crack down on illegal immigration and enforce our current immigration laws, but until we enact measures to stop the flow of illegal immigrants across our borders, any reforms addressing the problem of illegals currently residing in the United States are impractical." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849281/issue-position-immigration#.Vi-ZbWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Granting amnesty to those who willfully broke the law makes a mockery of our legal system and encourages even more lawlessness -- potentially more severe crimes than entering the U.S. illegally." http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/11/20/obama-immigration-amnesty-slap-in-face-to-american-voters.html (www.foxnews.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1467/rating/7752 (votesmart.org)
  • "Protecting the institution of marriage is a critically important issue and one I'll defend in Congress. I firmly believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/676174/issue-position-traditional-marriage#.VaWJb3UViko (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

  • "[...] if we are to continue providing these safety-nets for Americans in need we must renegotiate expectations with younger Americans. This could include increasing the retirement age for those just starting their careers, raising or eliminating the cap on payroll taxes for higher wage earners and creating incentives for personal retirement and health care savings." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849282/issue-position-social-security-and-medicare/?search=social%20security#.VaWLq3UViko (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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