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Greg Gianforte's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MT) - At-Large, Republican
Greg Gianforte 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

  • Billings Gazette "I am pro-life. We should have a culture that values life from conception to natural death." http://billingsgazette.com/news/quist-gianforte-differ-on-abortion-other-women-s-health-issues/article_ca25889a-676f-5360-813f-cad03a8eb0e9.html (billingsgazette.com)
  • KTVQ "I am pro-life, and I think life is precious, and that it should be protected." http://www.ktvq.com/story/33501881/mt-govs-race-features-big-difference-on-social-issues-but-gianforte-says-not-that-relevant (www.ktvq.com)
  • Billings Gazette "I am pro-life. We should have a culture that values life from conception to natural death." http://billingsgazette.com/news/quist-gianforte-differ-on-abortion-other-women-s-health-issues/article_ca25889a-676f-5360-813f-cad03a8eb0e9.html (billingsgazette.com)
  • KTVQ "I am pro-life, and I think life is precious, and that it should be protected." http://www.ktvq.com/story/33501881/mt-govs-race-features-big-difference-on-social-issues-but-gianforte-says-not-that-relevant (www.ktvq.com)
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

  • KPAX "A lower tax burden, combined with less regulations and less government growth, are positive steps toward unleashing Montana's potential and starting to lift us out of 49th position nationally (in wages)." http://www.kpax.com/story/31756256/gop-gov-candidate-gianforte-rolls-out-tax-cutting-plan (www.kpax.com)
  • KPAX "A lower tax burden, combined with less regulations and less government growth, are positive steps toward unleashing Montana's potential and starting to lift us out of 49th position nationally (in wages)." http://www.kpax.com/story/31756256/gop-gov-candidate-gianforte-rolls-out-tax-cutting-plan (www.kpax.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to strengthen our military and destroy ISIS." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1250464/issue-position-keeping-america-safe#.W23ojmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "The government should serve the people, not the other way around. Greg is focused on removing barriers to job creation in all sectors of our economy- from natural resources all the way to high tech. He will fight every day to streamline government and lower taxes. Greg knows it is NOT the government's money, it is YOUR hard-earned money." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1055125/issue-position-remove-barriers-to-creating-jobs#.WilSYWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The government should serve the people, not the other way around. Greg is focused on removing barriers to job creation in all sectors of our economy- from natural resources all the way to high tech. He will fight every day to streamline government and lower taxes. Greg knows it is NOT the government's money, it is YOUR hard-earned money." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1055125/issue-position-remove-barriers-to-creating-jobs#.WilSYWe3wfI (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

  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/61788#.WilSAGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Greg is focused on removing barriers to job creation in all sectors of our economy- from natural resources all the way to high tech. He will fight every day to streamline government and lower taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1055125/issue-position-remove-barriers-to-creating-jobs#.WPoeI7PSQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/61788#.WilSAGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Greg is focused on removing barriers to job creation in all sectors of our economy- from natural resources all the way to high tech. He will fight every day to streamline government and lower taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1055125/issue-position-remove-barriers-to-creating-jobs#.WPoeI7PSQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am a fan of parental choice in education, but it should be done at the state level," Gianforte said. "Parental choice works in our larger communities. The economics don't support multiple schools in rural Montana." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1159868/billings-gazette-quist-gianforte-tout-educations-importance-but-leave-it-off-the-airwaves#.W23qZGdyIfI (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

  • "Mr. Speaker, the Bureau of Reclamation built the original Gibson Dam on the Sun River between 1926 and 1929. The dam has served to capture spring snowmelt for irrigation and to prevent flooding in the region. This bill would extend the FERC license to build a 15-megawatt turbine at the base of the existing Gibson Dam.The ability to produce clean energy off Gibson Dam will benefit the county and the State by creating a new source of revenue. Furthermore, the construction of the powerhouse will bring jobs to Montana. Finally, the turbine will be built in such a way that helps the environment and enhances fish and wildlife opportunities. By granting an extension of this permit, we are giving a community in Montana a chance to create jobs and a benefit to the environment." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1260011/reinstating-and-extending-deadline-for-construction-of-hydroelectric-project-involving-gibson-dam/?search=clean%20energy#.W23rGWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I applaud President Donald J. Trump's decision to repeal the EPA's job-killing #CleanPowerPlan. This is a good news for Montana energy and Montana jobs." https://www.facebook.com/GregForMontana/posts/1860972797516467 (www.facebook.com)
  • "I applaud President Donald J. Trump's decision to repeal the EPA's job-killing #CleanPowerPlan. This is a good news for Montana energy and Montana jobs." https://www.facebook.com/GregForMontana/posts/1860972797516467 (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 86% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/168594/greg-gianforte#.WMlJNCHsIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will defend the Second Amendment, and our access to public lands." https://twitter.com/GregForMontana/status/867512631732699138 (twitter.com)
  • "No matter what happens in Washington, DC, we're going to need leaders […] who will stand up to federal overreach and be on guard for our 2nd Amendment rights. As your next governor, I'll fight for your 2nd Amendment rights and our Montana way of life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1126441/gun-owners-of-america-throw-weight-behind-gianforte-trio-of-2nd-amendment-groups-now-endorsing-gop-candidate#.WMlOOSHsIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I will defend the Second Amendment, and our access to public lands." https://twitter.com/GregForMontana/status/867512631732699138 (twitter.com)
  • Rated 86% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/168594/greg-gianforte#.WMlJNCHsIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "No matter what happens in Washington, DC, we're going to need leaders […] who will stand up to federal overreach and be on guard for our 2nd Amendment rights. As your next governor, I'll fight for your 2nd Amendment rights and our Montana way of life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1126441/gun-owners-of-america-throw-weight-behind-gianforte-trio-of-2nd-amendment-groups-now-endorsing-gop-candidate#.WMlOOSHsIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I'll work to repeal Obamacare and replace it with real solutions that improve healthcare quality, reduce costs, and increase access for Montanans." https://gregformontana.com/issues/healthcare-that-works-for-montanans/ (gregformontana.com)
  • "I'll work to repeal Obamacare and replace it with real solutions that improve healthcare quality, reduce costs, and increase access for Montanans." https://gregformontana.com/issues/healthcare-that-works-for-montanans/ (gregformontana.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I regret the House did not pass the immigration reforms I voted for that would begin the process of securing the border, building the wall, fixing our broken immigration system, and ending the practice of separating children from their parents," Gianforte said. "I appreciate President Trump's support of the legislation, and will continue working to find a solution that secures the border, reforms the system, and keeps families together." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1262483/gianforte-votes-to-secure-border-fix-broken-immigration-system#.W23oOmdyIfI (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

  • "Tragically, some state and local governments have chosen to ignore existing federal immigration laws. By refusing to enforce existing immigration laws, these sanctuary cities shelter violent, unlawful immigrants and jeopardize public safety. These sanctuary jurisdictions should enforce existing immigration laws and protect their citizens, not criminal elements. These bills will crack down on sanctuary cities, enhance penalties for criminal aliens who reenter the United States, and protect our communities from preventable crimes." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1180875/congressman-gianforte-votes-to-cut-off-taxpayer-funds-to-sanctuary-cities-protect-public-safety#.W23owmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I regret the House did not pass the immigration reforms I voted for that would begin the process of securing the border, building the wall, fixing our broken immigration system, and ending the practice of separating children from their parents," Gianforte said. "I appreciate President Trump's support of the legislation, and will continue working to find a solution that secures the border, reforms the system, and keeps families together." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1262483/gianforte-votes-to-secure-border-fix-broken-immigration-system#.W23oOmdyIfI (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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to strengthen our military and destroy ISIS." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1250464/issue-position-keeping-america-safe#.W23ojmdyIfI (votesmart.org)

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