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Ralph Abraham's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (LA) - District 5, Republican
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Ralph Abraham 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

  • "100% Pro-Life: We must protect the innocent unborn. I believe that a child’s life begins at conception." http://www.ralphabraham.com/issues/ (www.ralphabraham.com)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/155414/ralph-abraham#.V7H1_3VTQfI (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

  • "No new taxes for businesses and individuals." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/916952/issue-position-no-new-taxes/?search=tax#.VYwNz3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "It's fitting the President released his plan on Groundhog Day. Much like the movie where Bill Murray lives the same day over and over, the President is reintroducing another tired talking point: yet another proposal to expand government and raise taxes, both of which will hurt our economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/948056/abraham-opposes-presidents-budget-plan-to-raise-taxes-grow-government/?search=tax#.VYwOsXUViko (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

  • "We just passed a budget on the House side and it adds billions of dollars for transportation and infrastructure that will go to our individual committees and appropriations […] We want it to trickle down to Opelousas, Alexandria and Monroe to do the things that the mayor and I talked about, such as sewage, roads and bridges." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/998749/daily-world-abraham-talks-infrastructure-jobs-with-st-landry-leaders/?search=bridge#.V7H3XXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It's fitting the President released his plan on Groundhog Day. Much like the movie where Bill Murray lives the same day over and over, the President is reintroducing another tired talking point: yet another proposal to expand government and raise taxes, both of which will hurt our economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/948056/abraham-opposes-presidents-budget-plan-to-raise-taxes-grow-government/?search=tax#.VYwOsXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of HR 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015"http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VYwYp3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The 2.3% tax on revenue, rather than income, means that the U.S. device industry is subject to one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. […] As companies look to make cuts to offset the tax, one of the first items to go is research and development. This undermines the future of the industry, and puts the discovery of new breakthrough medical technologies at risk." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962301/letter-to-speaker-john-boehner-house-of-representatives-medical-device-tax-repeal/?search=tax#.VYwQdXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adopt Common Core Standards "Opposes" http://www.ralphabraham.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/image.jpg (www.ralphabraham.com)
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/51299 (votesmart.org)
  • "In just his first month on the job, Dr. Abraham has already: […] Cast votes on key issues such as […] building the Keystone XL pipeline." https://abraham.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/gop-puts-congressman-abraham-spotlight (abraham.house.gov)
No 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

  • Signed a letter stating, "Ensuring that our nation's patchwork tax code undergoes significant reform is a noble goal and, as part of this process, we believe Congress should stop picking winners and losers and finally end the wind PTC." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1063271/letter-to-ryan-and-mccarthy-call-for-permanent-end-to-wind-production-tax-credit (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In fact, nearly every agricultural or waterway organization I meet with all but begs Congress to repeal the WOTUS rule because of the burdensome regulations it imposes on not only water usage, but also land usage." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/998666/column-fighting-the-epa-for-our-farmers/?search=regulation#.V7H5mnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "While we support energy efficiency, we are extremely concerned that the nationwide 92% standard proposed in this rule will significantly increase costs to natural gas consumers, force them to switch to less efficient alternatives, and ultimately undermine the efficiency goals that underlie the Energy Policy and Conservation Act." http://brooks.house.gov/uploads/2015-6-8%20Congressional%20Letter%20to%20Sec.%20Moniz.pdf (brooks.house.gov)
  • "The FFRMS is yet another example of this administration circumventing the public and imposing new, unjustified regulations in the name of combating climate change. This order is bad for Louisiana and all those who wish to build and invest in our state." https://abraham.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/abraham-blocks-obama-floodplain-expansion-order (abraham.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/155414/ralph-abraham#.VYwL7XUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "We must protect our right to bear arms. I'll stand with you to stop our federal government from taking away our freedom and the right to protect ourselves and our families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/916942/issue-position-100-pro-2nd-amendment/?search=bear#.VYwUxXUViko (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#.VYwThnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In just his first month on the job, Dr. Abraham has already: […] Cast votes on key issues such as repealing ObamaCare." https://abraham.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/gop-puts-congressman-abraham-spotlight (abraham.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

  • Signed a letter stating "While we agree with the need to stem the flow of illegal immigration and are supportive of measures like E-Verify, implementing mandatory E-Verify without also enacting strong reforms ensuring our farmers have access to a legal, reliable and stable workforce will cause serious problems for our domestic agricultural industry and our nation's economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971984/letter-to-john-boehner-and-bob-goodlatte-house-of-representatives-agricultural-labor-reforms-to-accompany-e-verify-measures#.VY2aNnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration http://votesmart.org/interest-group/300/rating/8935#.V7H8BXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Not only was the president's executive order unconstitutional, it was also a quick fix to a problem that needs serious attention. […] Executive action that ignores our laws and the legislative body is the wrong way to approach this topic" https://abraham.house.gov/media-center/in-the-news/gop-led-house-votes-block-president-obamas-immigration-orders (abraham.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe in the traditional definition of marriage — one man, one woman — and the Supreme Court should have respected states' rights to define that for themselves" http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/local/louisiana/2015/06/26/lawmakers-bash-court-decision-gay-marriage/29361503/ (www.shreveporttimes.com)
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've got to strike at all Islamic terrorists where they live […] and the administration is not…Our commanders have told the administration what we need to do but are having to fight with their arms tied. I don't know whether it is incompetence on the part of the administration or an unwillingness to address the elephant in the room." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1117756/abraham-us-must-do-more-to-destroy-isis/?search=syria#.V7H_9HVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "ISIS must go. ISIS must be defeated." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1021184/isis-must-go/?search=syria#.V7IAZXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
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

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

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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