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Mike Bishop's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MI) - District 8, Republican
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Mike Bishop 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

  • "Mike Bishop has received multiple Right to Life endorsements and has a 100% Pro-life record." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/900577/issue-position-pro-life#.VZ_i9PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/152471/mike-bishop/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "Our hard-earned tax dollars should not be allocated toward funding abortions, and a majority of Americans agree. I'm proud to join my colleagues in supporting the right to life, and will continue to do so in order to defend those who cannot defend themselves." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970896/rep-bishop-votes-to-protect-life#.VaVKN3UVhHw (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

  • "I supported the House budget because it balances over 10 years, without raising taxes, while placing greater emphasis on national security, which is a core function of our government." https://mikebishop.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/bishop-supports-house-gop-s-balanced-budget (mikebishop.house.gov)
  • "Most importantly, I believe lowering tax rates will not only create jobs and strengthen our economy, but also allow taxpayers to keep more of the money they worked so hard to earn. By making the tax code more conducive to families, we can stimulate job growth and get our economy back on the road to recovery." https://mikebishop.house.gov/issues/tax-reform (mikebishop.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I applaud my House Judiciary colleagues for coming together in support of this bipartisan reform to our nation’s federal sentencing guidelines […] This fiscally and socially responsible legislation takes the right steps to provide flexible sentencing for those who deserve it, while still ensuring the safety of our families and local communities remains the number one priority. We can and must do more to address the problems in our criminal justice system today, and the Sentencing Reform Act will be an important part of that process." https://mikebishop.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/bishop-judiciary-colleagues-pass-sentencing-reform-act-committee (mikebishop.house.gov)
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 conservative leader had a record of putting forth more than $1 billion in cuts and fought for lower taxes in Michigan. Mike Bishop received a 100% rating from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/900560/issue-position-record-of-cutting-government-spending-and-lowering-taxes#.VaVLoXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As a freshman member of Congress, it’s startling to hear some of the president’s first items of business this year include raising taxes and increasing spending." https://mikebishop.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-bishop-issues-response-state-union (mikebishop.house.gov)
  • "Transportation funding will be critical in Michigan and all across the Midwest. As the Great Lakes State, we rely on our lakes to move products from Michigan and elsewhere. We must ensure our ports, locks and canals are properly maintained. This means funding for repairs of the Soo Locks and dredging must meet Congressionally-approved levels - so freighters can make the most of their trips transporting goods such as iron-ore, coal and grain. These efforts will yield direct benefits to Michigan's Eighth District as they lead to more manufacturing opportunities and greater access to the markets that sell our products." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991341/issue-position-transportation (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

  • "Most importantly, I believe lowering tax rates will not only create jobs and strengthen our economy, but also allow taxpayers to keep more of the money they worked so hard to earn. By making the tax code more conducive to families, we can stimulate job growth and get our economy back on the road to recovery." https://mikebishop.house.gov/issues/tax-reform (mikebishop.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VZ2kS_lViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[…] we must ensure the federal government cannot force a failed program, like Common Coreonto our states, schools, and students." https://mikebishop.house.gov/issues/education-and-opportunity (mikebishop.house.gov)
  • "While I served in the State Legislature in Lansing, I saw firsthand how much more effective education could be when decisions were made at the state level – not in Washington D.C. Local teachers and parents know how to teach kids better than the U.S. Department of Education ever could." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991321/issue-position-education-and-opportunity#.VaVMO3UVhHw (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#.VZ2lKvlVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "Today's vote reaffirms where Congress stands on the Keystone Pipeline, and the answer is simple: it's time to build." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970900/bishop-supports-keystone-xl-pipeline-its-time-to-build/?search=keystone#.VkuyzWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VZ2mOflViko (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

  • "Keystone XL will go far in growing our American energy supply until other alternative sources such as solar and wind can be further developed and made economically self-sustaining." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991322/issue-position-energy#.VaVNb3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "America has the ability to take control of its energy future, so long as we take the necessary steps to develop more sources of energy in the U.S. and continue developing new renewable and energy-efficient technologies." https://mikebishop.house.gov/issues/energy (mikebishop.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "America also needs a balanced, sensible energy policy that will protect our environment while not compromising our economy." https://mikebishop.house.gov/issues/energy (mikebishop.house.gov)
  • 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 National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/152471/mike-bishop/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama's gun control proposal once again shows his blatant disregard for the Constitution, specifically the Second Amendment and our nation's lawmaking process. While it's clear the president is trying to cover up his failed record with a litany of unconstitutional executive actions before leaving office, this plan would not have prevented the tragic gun violence we've seen in recent years -- and it will not stop dangerous individuals and terrorists who could use illegal tactics to obtain guns in the future. Congress is focused on keeping our families and communities safe, and we will consider all necessary actions to protect every law-abiding citizen's constitutional rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1064336/bishop-comments-on-presidents-unconstitutional-gun-control-measures (votesmart.org)
  • "Supporting our 2nd amendment right to bear arms, Mike Bishop championed right-to-carry legislation, received A/A+ rating from NRA and is personally a gun owner with a CPL." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/900571/issue-position-2nd-amendment#.VZ_lNPlViko (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#.VZ2nG_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to create a system that works for more Americans than the failures we’ve seen from Obamacare. We must put an end to the broken promises and ensure Americans have access to the high-quality, affordable health care they're after." https://mikebishop.house.gov/issues/health-care (mikebishop.house.gov)
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

  • "Mike is opposed to any amnesty and believes that those wishing to enter this nation as citizens must follow our laws." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/900573/#.VZ_loPlViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? 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 National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must recalibrate our strategy to defeat ISIS and bring stability to the region. We can achieve this by better coordinating with our allies by supplying intelligence, materials and training." http://votersguide.michigan.com/race-detail.do?id=14916373 (votersguide.michigan.com)
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

  • Detroit News "Bishop said the Social Security system is broken. Congress needs to come up with a solution and part of that has to be giving the young generation the opportunity to use their own money to invest in their own retirement, he said. 'They will not benefit from the current system so they need to have another option.' " http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/2014/10/01/debate-hones-differences-bid-th-district/16517865 (www.detroitnews.com)
  • "Congress needs to come up with a solution and part of that has to be giving the young generation the opportunity to use their own money to invest in their own retirement […]." http://dccc.org/first-medicare-now-social-security-mike-bishop-embraces-anti-senior-agenda/ (dccc.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.

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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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