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Mike Gallagher's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (WI) - District 8, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 8
Mike Gallagher 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.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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.

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

  • "Not only do we need more family-friendly tax rates, but we also need to replace our outdated, broken tax code with on that is more modern and simple." https://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/taxes-regulations/ (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am committed to ending over $900 billion in destructive and arbitrary defense cuts and rebuilding America’s military capabilities." https://gallagher.house.gov/issues/national-defense (gallagher.house.gov)
  • "I will reverse the disastrous Obama-Clinton foreign policy of leading from behind and rebuild our military to ensure we deter our adversaries, destroy radical Islamic terrorism, and stand with our allies, especially Israel. We must demonstrate to the world there is no greater friend, no worse enemy, than the United States of America. " https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1086806/issue-position-national-security/?search=immigration#.Wz6EVa3SQfI (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

  • "To revive out economic strength, I will work tirelessly to cut wasteful spending." https://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/budget-spending/ (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am a firm believer that in order to foster job creation we must get big government out of the way to allow the American entrepreneurial tradition to prosper again." https://gallagher.house.gov/issues/economy (gallagher.house.gov)
  • "I am strongly in favor of a simpler and fairer tax code that provides economic relief to the middle class and incentivizes job growth in Northeast Wisconsin and across the country. " https://gallagher.house.gov/issues/economy (gallagher.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe teachers and parents at the local level are better able to manage a student’s education than bureaucrats in Washington, DC. We must ensure local control and flexibility, so that parents can choose the best education available for their children and no child is forced to remain in a failing school." https://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/education/ (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
No 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

  • "I will use my private sector experience to fight for a common-sense, all of-the-above energy policy that reduces our dependence on foreign energy, creates jobs, strengthens our manufacturing base, while also protecting all of the natural beauty Wisconsin has to offer." https://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/the-environment/ (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to stand firm against excessive regulations that will put Wisconsin out of business, subject our economy to the command and control of the EPA, and do little to actually help the environment." https://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/the-environment/ (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a military veteran, gun owner, and NRA member, I will defend our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. I will always support Wisconsin's hunters, sportsmen, and law-abiding gun owners who just want to protect their own families. This is part of Wisconsin's way of life and fundamental to who we are as a country." https://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/the-second-amendment/ (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will push legislation that will repeal Obamacare, and replace it with a patient-centered, free-market reforms that will actually move our health care system in the right direction." https://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/health-care/ (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: "Before the House departs for the upcoming district work period, we ask House Leadership to bring a bill to the floor that funds enhanced border security measures, including following through on a commitment made by President Trump: the construction of a border wall. We stand ready to roll up our sleeves and work -- through August if need be -- to get this done." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1175595/letter-to-the-hon-paul-ryan-speaker-of-the-house-and-the-hon-kevin-mccarthy-majority-leader-of-the-house-fund-the-border-wall/?search=border%20wall#.Wz6D4a3SQfI (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

  • "We must also secure our borders and fix our broken immigration system to protect our citizens, our economy, and our sovereignty. I will give our law enforcement and military the tools and support they need to keep our country safe." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1086806/issue-position-national-security/?search=immigration#.Wz6EVa3SQfI (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

  • "I will reverse the disastrous Obama-Clinton foreign policy of leading from behind and rebuild our military to ensure we deter our adversaries, destroy radical Islamic terrorism, and stand with our allies, especially Israel." https://news.mikeforwisconsin.com/issues/national-security/ (news.mikeforwisconsin.com)

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 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. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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