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Jason Lewis' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MN) - District 2, Republican
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Jason Lewis 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

  • "I am strongly pro-life and believe that citizens should be able to pass state laws of their choice, without federal interference from activist courts. Life begins at conception and I will be an effective voice for life in Congress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1122976/issue-position-protecting-life-and-religious-liberty (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

  • "Indeed, the economic cost of regulatory compliance now totals an astonishing $1.88 trillion, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute. This "hidden tax" on consumers, households and business has reached critical mass and may now be the chief reason the economy is stuck in low gear growing at just 0.5 percent in the first quarter of this year." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1086010/jason-lewis-opinion-editorial-fighting-back-against-obamas-regulatory-regime#.V3VcH3VTQfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "We need a flatter and fairer tax code that not only treats everyone the same, but encourages work, savings, and investment." https://join.jasonlewis2016.com/issues/ (join.jasonlewis2016.com)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Criminal justice reform is also needed and I support bipartisan legislation recently introduced by Reps. James Sensenbrenner and Bobby Scott. The Safe, Accountable, Fair and Effective Justice Act seeks to streamline our federal justice system focusing on high risk offenders and making certain federal overcriminalization (there are now 4,500 federal crimes on the books) doesn’t ensnare entire communities by putting first time nonviolent offenders in jail." https://join.jasonlewis2016.com/issues/ (join.jasonlewis2016.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Stopping trust fund spending on non-road uses such as mass transit trolleys, hiking trails, and urban planning would be a good first start towards solvency." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1085949/issue-position-fixing-transportation#.V3VaXHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We need across the board budget reductions to get our federal finances in order once and for all, because no matter how you finance big government spending–whether taxes, borrowing, or printing money–it all comes out of your pocket." https://join.jasonlewis2016.com/issues (join.jasonlewis2016.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need a flatter and fairer tax code that not only treats everyone the same, but encourages work, savings, and investment." https://join.jasonlewis2016.com/issues/ (join.jasonlewis2016.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It’s a sad commentary that a candidate for federal office would have to interject in what should be a local concern. But three decades and $100 billion (annually) later, the federal Department of Education continues to micromanage our schools." https://join.jasonlewis2016.com/issues/ (join.jasonlewis2016.com)
  • "Let's not put our children on an education assembly line with one-size fits all bureaucratic testing." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1085887/issue-position-educating-our-children#.V3VZ63VTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "TransCanada withdraws Keystone pipeline permit; Xcel Energy raising electric prices 9.8%. Anyone think overregulation doesn't have a cost?" https://twitter.com/Jason2CD/status/661686018504921088 (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: 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, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Moreover, overregulation is hampering business growth and stifling job creation. The Federal Register now has more than 82,000 pages – in fact, there is a new agency regulation coming out every two and half hours." https://join.jasonlewis2016.com/issues (join.jasonlewis2016.com)
  • "The administration's Clean Power Plan is yet another attempt to legislate and impose "cap and trade' legislation that failed to pass Congress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1085976/issue-position-stopping-federal-agency-abuse#.V3VbN3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will always stand up for our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms." https://join.jasonlewis2016.com/issues/ (join.jasonlewis2016.com)
  • Rated 86% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/171558/jason-lewis/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "More gun controls won't stop domestic terror; more immigration controls (inc. 'refugees') and border security will. Time to get serious." https://twitter.com/Jason2CD/status/672449799237591040 (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Providing affordable health care along with true portability will require more than just repealing Obamacare, but reforming the entire system so that markets are allowed to finally work and Minnesotans can buy the kind of plans they want, not the costly kind the government thinks they should have." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1085996/jason-lewis-statement-on-unitedhealth-group-leaving-obamacare#.V3Va6nVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Empowering healthcare consumers should be issue one for any representative. And we do that by undoing the costly ACA ‘essential health benefits,’ allowing individuals to buy policies across state lines, and enacting true portability by changing the tax code." https://join.jasonlewis2016.com/issues/ (join.jasonlewis2016.com)
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

  • "Today's SCOTUS tie vote blocking Obama's exec order on defacto amnesty is yet the latest example of an administration run amok. #MN02 #MNGOP" https://twitter.com/Jason2CD/status/746018534262616064 (twitter.com)
  • "The only way to keep our homeland safe, along with slowing the influx of criminals and drugs, is to enforce the laws on the books and secure the border. Further, the fiscal cost of unlawful immigration is simply unsustainable. The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that when you include public education, health care, corrections, and government benefits, the total comes to $113 billion per year and growing–and most of it borne by the state residents such as those taxpayers right here in the 2nd district." https://join.jasonlewis2016.com/issues/ (join.jasonlewis2016.com)
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

  • "Our principal enemy is ISIS and we will do what it takes to defeat them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1124513/release-lewis-statement-in-fight-against-terror (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

  • "We absolutely must protect Social Security for today's seniors and those nearing retirement, while ensuring the program is solvent for future generations." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1122977/issue-position-protecting-social-security (votesmart.org)

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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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