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Tom MacArthur's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NJ) - District 3, Republican
On The Ballot: Too Close To Call, Republican for U.S. House - District 3
Tom MacArthur has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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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

  • "Tom supports parental notification for minors and a ban on late-term abortions, and he opposes using taxpayer dollars to fund abortion." http://www.tmac4congress.com/issues/ (www.tmac4congress.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015" https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/7 (www.congress.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/152113/tom-macarthur/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "Tom supports parental notification for minors and a ban on late-term abortions, and he opposes using taxpayer dollars to fund abortion." http://www.tmac4congress.com/issues/ (www.tmac4congress.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015" https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/7 (www.congress.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/152113/tom-macarthur/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

  • Signed the ATR pledge stating to "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses." https://www.atr.org/nj-03-steve-lonegan-and-tom-macarthur-make-written-commitment-oppose-higher-taxes (www.atr.org)
  • Signed the ATR pledge stating to "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses." https://www.atr.org/nj-03-steve-lonegan-and-tom-macarthur-make-written-commitment-oppose-higher-taxes (www.atr.org)
  • "Congressman MacArthur has advocated for policies that lower taxes, reduce regulation, and put Americans back to work." http://www.tmac4congress.com/issues/ (www.tmac4congress.com)
  • "Congressman MacArthur has advocated for policies that lower taxes, reduce regulation, and put Americans back to work." http://www.tmac4congress.com/issues/ (www.tmac4congress.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our nation’s defense bill will provide our troops with the tools and resources they need to defend our country both at home and abroad […] After years of cuts, the NDAA will rebuild our military, increase missile defense funding to protect our homeland, and honor our troops by giving them a much needed pay raise. I’m particularly grateful that the NDAA prohibits a BRAC, which would devastate local economies and compromise our national security. This legislation will keep our nation safe and ensure our military is prepared to defend itself from today’s evolving threats." https://macarthur.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/macarthur-applauds-passage-nation-s-defense-bill-0 (macarthur.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "MacArthur, the former mayor of Randolph, Morris County, who now lives in Toms River, Ocean County, said that he, too, believed large donations could have a "corrupting influence" but that there must be a balance for donors to exercise free speech." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/926159/philadelphia-inquirer-in-first-debate-macarthur-and-belgard-clash-over-donations#.W5v0eXX5gfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a Mayor and Councilman, Tom reduced the size of government and balanced budgets every year […] In Congress, Tom will fight for a balanced budget and make government live within its means." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/887710/issue-position-federal-spending-and-debt#.W5v1NXX5gfI (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

  • "Congressman MacArthur has advocated for policies that lower taxes, reduce regulation, and put Americans back to work." http://www.tmac4congress.com/issues/ (www.tmac4congress.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman MacArthur has advocated for policies that lower taxes, reduce regulation, and put Americans back to work." http://www.tmac4congress.com/issues/ (www.tmac4congress.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman MacArthur supported a tax reform bill that is increasing take home pay for middle-class New Jerseyans and has led to a simpler, fairer tax code, as opposed to one where the wealthy were able to pay experts to find loopholes." http://www.tmac4congress.com/issues/ (www.tmac4congress.com)
  • "Congressman MacArthur supported a tax reform bill that is increasing take home pay for middle-class New Jerseyans and has led to a simpler, fairer tax code, as opposed to one where the wealthy were able to pay experts to find loopholes." http://www.tmac4congress.com/issues/ (www.tmac4congress.com)
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.
Unknown Position Unknown 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

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "MacArthur will oppose an Obama-style cap and trade plan that amounts to a nationalenergy tax on middle-class home and business owners, and instead pursue an 'all of the above' approach." http://www.tmac4congress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/20140919FINALJOBSPLAN.pdf (www.tmac4congress.com)
  • 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)
  • Rated 10% by Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/152113/tom-macarthur/30#.WjKP_We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "MacArthur will oppose an Obama-style cap and trade plan that amounts to a nationalenergy tax on middle-class home and business owners, and instead pursue an 'all of the above' approach." http://www.tmac4congress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/20140919FINALJOBSPLAN.pdf (www.tmac4congress.com)
  • 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)
  • Rated 10% by Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/152113/tom-macarthur/30#.WjKP_We3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Tom believes in the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families, to hunt, to collect, and to shoot competitively or recreationally. To many people in Burlington and Ocean Counties, that right is sacrosanct and should be respected. Tom has also fought for new laws that stiffen penalties for those who commit violent crimes with guns, and recently broke with the NRA to call for universal criminal and mental health background checks for all gun purchases." http://www.tmac4congress.com/issues/ (www.tmac4congress.com)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/152113/tom-macarthur#.VYrk9XUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Tom believes in the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families, to hunt, to collect, and to shoot competitively or recreationally. To many people in Burlington and Ocean Counties, that right is sacrosanct and should be respected. Tom has also fought for new laws that stiffen penalties for those who commit violent crimes with guns, and recently broke with the NRA to call for universal criminal and mental health background checks for all gun purchases." http://www.tmac4congress.com/issues/ (www.tmac4congress.com)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/152113/tom-macarthur#.VYrk9XUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) helped millions of people, it hurt many millions more by making healthcare unaffordable – many right here in Burlington and Ocean Counties. Healthcare choices dwindled, premiums skyrocketed, patients were separated from their doctors, and deductibles increased astronomically. Tom opposed his own party’s efforts at a speedy Obamacare repeal, but when that failed he rolled up his sleeves and worked to improve access to care for millions of Americans without quality care. Tom also pushed to eliminate Obamacare tax increases and expand access to care for working-class seniors, as well as calling for increased funding for new mothers, mental health care, and substance abuse care." http://www.tmac4congress.com/issues/ (www.tmac4congress.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
  • "While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) helped millions of people, it hurt many millions more by making healthcare unaffordable – many right here in Burlington and Ocean Counties. Healthcare choices dwindled, premiums skyrocketed, patients were separated from their doctors, and deductibles increased astronomically. Tom opposed his own party’s efforts at a speedy Obamacare repeal, but when that failed he rolled up his sleeves and worked to improve access to care for millions of Americans without quality care. Tom also pushed to eliminate Obamacare tax increases and expand access to care for working-class seniors, as well as calling for increased funding for new mothers, mental health care, and substance abuse care." http://www.tmac4congress.com/issues/ (www.tmac4congress.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (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

  • "Tom believes we need comprehensive federal immigration reform that begins with strong and secure borders […]" http://www.tmac4congress.com/issues/ (www.tmac4congress.com)
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

  • "Tom believes we need comprehensive federal immigration reform that begins with strong and secure borders – and that any illegal immigrant who has committed a crime must be immediately returned to their country of origin. Tom supports a compassionate legislative fix that for young children who were brought here by their parents through no fault of their own, and have known no other home than America." http://www.tmac4congress.com/issues/ (www.tmac4congress.com)
  • "Tom believes we need comprehensive federal immigration reform that begins with strong and secure borders – and that any illegal immigrant who has committed a crime must be immediately returned to their country of origin. Tom supports a compassionate legislative fix that for young children who were brought here by their parents through no fault of their own, and have known no other home than America." http://www.tmac4congress.com/issues/ (www.tmac4congress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred 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

  • "Congressman Tom MacArthur today urged President Barack Obama to immediately restore all relevant sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program. MacArthur was joined by 14 House colleagues in this request." https://macarthur.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/macarthur-leads-letter-president-iran-s-nuclear-program (macarthur.house.gov)
  • "'President Obama is ignoring another Iranian provocation and further endangering the US and our allies,' said Congressman Tom MacArthur. 'We can never underestimate the resolve of a state sponsor of terror. The ink is barely dry on the agreement and Iran is already seeking to rearm. We must put an end to this before any harm comes to the United States, Israel and our allies in the Middle East.'" https://macarthur.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/macarthur-leads-letter-president-iran-s-nuclear-program (macarthur.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I urge the President and Members of Congress in both parties to join together in implementing a forceful strategy of increased airstrikes [...] to take the fight to these terrorists and destroy them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/917013/macarthur-statement-on-the-murder-of-james-foley/?search=isis#.VYsDxHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I urge the President and Members of Congress in both parties to join together in implementing a forceful strategy of increased airstrikes [...] to take the fight to these terrorists and destroy them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/917013/macarthur-statement-on-the-murder-of-james-foley/?search=isis#.VYsDxHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I fully support this decisive action against the Assad regime and salute our service members for carrying out this mission. Earlier this week, Assad launched a barbaric chemical weapons attack against the Syrian people—killing innocent people, including many children. These strikes send an important message that America will not stay silent and allow this type of evil to exist in the world." https://macarthur.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-tom-macarthur-s-statement-syria (macarthur.house.gov)

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