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Trent Kelly's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MS) - District 1, Republican
Trent Kelly 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

  • "This week, I voted in support of two pro-life bills: H.R. 3134: Defund Planned Parenthood Act H.R. 3504: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1017354/defending-life/?search=abortion#.VrN4qrIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in the sanctity of life and traditional family values." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962036/issue-position-family-values-protecting-life/?search=issue%20position#.VrN22rIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/156389/trent-kelly/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "This week, I voted in support of two pro-life bills: H.R. 3134: Defund Planned Parenthood Act H.R. 3504: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1017354/defending-life/?search=abortion#.VrN4qrIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in the sanctity of life and traditional family values." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962036/issue-position-family-values-protecting-life/?search=issue%20position#.VrN22rIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/156389/trent-kelly/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "This week, I voted in support of two pro-life bills: H.R. 3134: Defund Planned Parenthood Act H.R. 3504: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1017354/defending-life/?search=abortion#.VrN4qrIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in the sanctity of life and traditional family values." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962036/issue-position-family-values-protecting-life/?search=issue%20position#.VrN22rIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/156389/trent-kelly/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

  • "I will fight to stop the tax and spend policies of the last eight years and work to encourage economic growth and prosperity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962016/issue-position-economic-prosperity/?search=issue%20position#.VrN03bIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will fight to stop the tax and spend policies of the last eight years and work to encourage economic growth and prosperity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962016/issue-position-economic-prosperity/?search=issue%20position#.VrN03bIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue-raising problem. We must simplify our tax code so that individuals, families and businesses can keep more of their hard-earned money." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962052/issue-position-tax/?search=issue%20position#.VrN3-LIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will fight to stop the tax and spend policies of the last eight years and work to encourage economic growth and prosperity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962016/issue-position-economic-prosperity/?search=issue%20position#.VrN03bIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue-raising problem. We must simplify our tax code so that individuals, families and businesses can keep more of their hard-earned money." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962052/issue-position-tax/?search=issue%20position#.VrN3-LIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue-raising problem. We must simplify our tax code so that individuals, families and businesses can keep more of their hard-earned money." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962052/issue-position-tax/?search=issue%20position#.VrN3-LIrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We cannot get the budget of this nation back on track by only cutting from our defense budget.  I believe in a strong military.  As a Colonel in the Mississippi National Guard who has done two tours in Iraq, I will always support a strong national defense.  I will fight to make sure that our men and women in uniform are equipped to deal with current threats. I also believe that a strong defense starts with taking care of those men and women who have and are currently defending our country as a member of the armed forces." http://www.kellyformississippi.com/issues (www.kellyformississippi.com)
  • "We cannot get the budget of this nation back on track by only cutting from our defense budget.  I believe in a strong military.  As a Colonel in the Mississippi National Guard who has done two tours in Iraq, I will always support a strong national defense.  I will fight to make sure that our men and women in uniform are equipped to deal with current threats. I also believe that a strong defense starts with taking care of those men and women who have and are currently defending our country as a member of the armed forces." http://www.kellyformississippi.com/issues (www.kellyformississippi.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, 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

  • "Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue-raising problem. We must simplify our tax code so that individuals, families and businesses can keep more of their hard-earned money." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962052/issue-position-tax/?search=issue%20position#.VrN3-LIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Individuals, families and small businesses in Mississippi understand the importance of setting a budget and living within their means. Congress has the power of the purse and just like individuals, families and small businesses Congress must always be vigilant of wasteful spending and cut wherever possible." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962019/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility/?search=issue%20position#.VrN1qbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue-raising problem. We must simplify our tax code so that individuals, families and businesses can keep more of their hard-earned money." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962052/issue-position-tax/?search=issue%20position#.VrN3-LIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "While the federal government plays a role in our transportation systems, I believe the states know how best to spend transportation dollars." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962059/issue-position-transportation/?search=issue%20position#.VrN3-7IrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Individuals, families and small businesses in Mississippi understand the importance of setting a budget and living within their means. Congress has the power of the purse and just like individuals, families and small businesses Congress must always be vigilant of wasteful spending and cut wherever possible." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962019/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility/?search=issue%20position#.VrN1qbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue-raising problem. We must simplify our tax code so that individuals, families and businesses can keep more of their hard-earned money." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962052/issue-position-tax/?search=issue%20position#.VrN3-LIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "While the federal government plays a role in our transportation systems, I believe the states know how best to spend transportation dollars." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962059/issue-position-transportation/?search=issue%20position#.VrN3-7IrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Individuals, families and small businesses in Mississippi understand the importance of setting a budget and living within their means. Congress has the power of the purse and just like individuals, families and small businesses Congress must always be vigilant of wasteful spending and cut wherever possible." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962019/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility/?search=issue%20position#.VrN1qbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "While the federal government plays a role in our transportation systems, I believe the states know how best to spend transportation dollars." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962059/issue-position-transportation/?search=issue%20position#.VrN3-7IrIfI (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

  • "Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue-raising problem. We must simplify our tax code so that individuals, families and businesses can keep more of their hard-earned money." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962052/issue-position-tax/?search=issue%20position#.VrN3-LIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will fight to stop the tax and spend policies of the last eight years and work to encourage economic growth and prosperity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962016/issue-position-economic-prosperity/?search=issue%20position#.VrN03bIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue-raising problem. We must simplify our tax code so that individuals, families and businesses can keep more of their hard-earned money." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962052/issue-position-tax/?search=issue%20position#.VrN3-LIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/61788#.WiF-vGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will fight to stop the tax and spend policies of the last eight years and work to encourage economic growth and prosperity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962016/issue-position-economic-prosperity/?search=issue%20position#.VrN03bIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue-raising problem. We must simplify our tax code so that individuals, families and businesses can keep more of their hard-earned money." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962052/issue-position-tax/?search=issue%20position#.VrN3-LIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/61788#.WiF-vGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will fight to stop the tax and spend policies of the last eight years and work to encourage economic growth and prosperity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962016/issue-position-economic-prosperity/?search=issue%20position#.VrN03bIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/61788#.WiF-vGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe that parents, teachers and the local community should make education decisions, not the federal government." http://www.kellyformississippi.com/issues (www.kellyformississippi.com)
  • "The government can emphasize the importance of education, but educational decisions should be left to parents, teachers and local officials, not the federal government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962045/issue-position-education/?search=issue%20position#.VrN23bIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Education Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/156389/trent-kelly/27#.WiF-Vme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that parents, teachers and the local community should make education decisions, not the federal government." http://www.kellyformississippi.com/issues (www.kellyformississippi.com)
  • "The government can emphasize the importance of education, but educational decisions should be left to parents, teachers and local officials, not the federal government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962045/issue-position-education/?search=issue%20position#.VrN23bIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Education Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/156389/trent-kelly/27#.WiF-Vme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The government can emphasize the importance of education, but educational decisions should be left to parents, teachers and local officials, not the federal government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962045/issue-position-education/?search=issue%20position#.VrN23bIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Education Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/156389/trent-kelly/27#.WiF-Vme3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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

  • Signed a letter stating "We write to support biomass as a sustainable, responsible, renewable, and economically significant energy source." http://ribble.house.gov/sites/ribble.house.gov/files/House%20Letter%20on%20Carbon%20Neutrality%20of%20Forest%20Biomass.pdf (ribble.house.gov)
  • "We must reduce our dependence on foreign oil by safely utilizing our resources here at home. The United States is abundant in natural resources -- clean coal, natural gas, nuclear, and oil. A comprehensive all-of-the-above approach can secure America's energy future, and I will be supportive of policies that help to achieve this goal." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962034/issue-position-energy-independence/?search=issue%20position#.VrN2fbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We write to support biomass as a sustainable, responsible, renewable, and economically significant energy source." http://ribble.house.gov/sites/ribble.house.gov/files/House%20Letter%20on%20Carbon%20Neutrality%20of%20Forest%20Biomass.pdf (ribble.house.gov)
  • "We must reduce our dependence on foreign oil by safely utilizing our resources here at home. The United States is abundant in natural resources -- clean coal, natural gas, nuclear, and oil. A comprehensive all-of-the-above approach can secure America's energy future, and I will be supportive of policies that help to achieve this goal." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962034/issue-position-energy-independence/?search=issue%20position#.VrN2fbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We write to support biomass as a sustainable, responsible, renewable, and economically significant energy source." http://ribble.house.gov/sites/ribble.house.gov/files/House%20Letter%20on%20Carbon%20Neutrality%20of%20Forest%20Biomass.pdf (ribble.house.gov)
  • "We must reduce our dependence on foreign oil by safely utilizing our resources here at home. The United States is abundant in natural resources -- clean coal, natural gas, nuclear, and oil. A comprehensive all-of-the-above approach can secure America's energy future, and I will be supportive of policies that help to achieve this goal." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962034/issue-position-energy-independence/?search=issue%20position#.VrN2fbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We cannot simply cut spending, we must also change the way we operate government. We have got to reduce the federal government and the amount of regulations and meddling in state business." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962019/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility/?search=issue%20position#.VrN1qbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/156389/trent-kelly/30#.WiF-ame3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We cannot simply cut spending, we must also change the way we operate government. We have got to reduce the federal government and the amount of regulations and meddling in state business." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962019/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility/?search=issue%20position#.VrN1qbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "That is why I will fight to stop the out of control federal regulations that are being placed on our small businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962016/issue-position-economic-prosperity/?search=issue%20position#.VrN03bIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/156389/trent-kelly/30#.WiF-ame3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "That is why I will fight to stop the out of control federal regulations that are being placed on our small businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962016/issue-position-economic-prosperity/?search=issue%20position#.VrN03bIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We cannot simply cut spending, we must also change the way we operate government. We have got to reduce the federal government and the amount of regulations and meddling in state business." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962019/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility/?search=issue%20position#.VrN1qbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/156389/trent-kelly/30#.WiF-ame3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "That is why I will fight to stop the out of control federal regulations that are being placed on our small businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962016/issue-position-economic-prosperity/?search=issue%20position#.VrN03bIrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The right to bear arms is an individual right guaranteed by our Constitution. I will always defend this right." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962046/issue-position-second-amendment/?search=second%20amendment#.VrN0irIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/156389/trent-kelly/37 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of HR 1181 "Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/58745#.WiF-8We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/156389/trent-kelly/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "The right to bear arms is an individual right guaranteed by our Constitution. I will always defend this right." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962046/issue-position-second-amendment/?search=second%20amendment#.VrN0irIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of HR 1181 "Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/58745#.WiF-8We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/156389/trent-kelly/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "The right to bear arms is an individual right guaranteed by our Constitution. I will always defend this right." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962046/issue-position-second-amendment/?search=second%20amendment#.VrN0irIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in Favor of HR 1181 "Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/58745#.WiF-8We3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The health care law is confusing and costly to patients and businesses. Patients and doctors should be the ones making health care decisions, not government bureaucrats and insurance company accountants. I will work to repeal, defund and dismantle the health care law and work to restore the doctor-patient relationship within the health care system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962030/issue-position-health-care/?search=issue%20position#.VrN2LbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The health care law is confusing and costly to patients and businesses. Patients and doctors should be the ones making health care decisions, not government bureaucrats and insurance company accountants. I will work to repeal, defund and dismantle the health care law and work to restore the doctor-patient relationship within the health care system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962030/issue-position-health-care/?search=issue%20position#.VrN2LbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150#.VrN6pLIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150#.VrN6pLIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150#.VrN6pLIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The health care law is confusing and costly to patients and businesses. Patients and doctors should be the ones making health care decisions, not government bureaucrats and insurance company accountants. I will work to repeal, defund and dismantle the health care law and work to restore the doctor-patient relationship within the health care system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962030/issue-position-health-care/?search=issue%20position#.VrN2LbIrIfI (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

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

  • Rated 100% by the Federation for Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/156389/trent-kelly/40#.WiF-gWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Federation for Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/156389/trent-kelly/40#.WiF-gWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3009 "Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53368 (votesmart.org)
  • "We must stop the flow of illegal immigrants across the southern border and enforce existing laws." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962024/issue-position-immigration/?search=issue%20position#.VrN2LbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Federation for Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/156389/trent-kelly/40#.WiF-gWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3009 "Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53368 (votesmart.org)
  • "We must stop the flow of illegal immigrants across the southern border and enforce existing laws." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962024/issue-position-immigration/?search=issue%20position#.VrN2LbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3009 "Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53368 (votesmart.org)
  • "We must stop the flow of illegal immigrants across the southern border and enforce existing laws." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/962024/issue-position-immigration/?search=issue%20position#.VrN2LbIrIfI (votesmart.org)
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.
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Signed a letter stating: "In light of Iran's activity, we the undersigned urge you to delay further implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) until the United Nations investigates Iran's two recent ballistic missile tests. Iran's behavior is not only in direct contravention of two United Nations' resolutions, but also Measure #28 of the JCPOA which clearly states that Iran and the E3/EU+3 will commit to implemetning the JCPOA in "Good faith and in a constructive atmosphere, based on mutual respect, and to refarin from any action incosistent with the letter, spirit and intent of this JCPOA that would undermine its sucessful implementation." Iran's missile launches on October 10th and November 21st are clear indication that they have no intention to abide by the JCPOA. At the very least, further sanctions relief should be postponed until the U.N. undertakes a rigorous investigation of the launches and takes appropriate actions. Iran must be held accountable for their behavior and they must not be rewarded." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1040575/letter-to-the-hon-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-hold-iran-accountable/?search=Iran#.W9NwoXXyCCg (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "ISIS is a real threat that is not going away.  We must destroy ISIS, and we need to rely on the recommendations from our military leaders to achieve that mission." http://www.kellyformississippi.com/issues (www.kellyformississippi.com)
  • "ISIS is a real threat that is not going away.  We must destroy ISIS, and we need to rely on the recommendations from our military leaders to achieve that mission." http://www.kellyformississippi.com/issues (www.kellyformississippi.com)

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