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Clay Higgins' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (LA) - District 3, Republican
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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

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  • "I am completely Pro-Life. I lost a daughter many years ago. She was 6 months and 10 days old. I think of her, and her little hand gripping my finger. I cannot imagine the mindset of any person who would support the murder of such an innocent child of God. I suppose that if the mother’s life is TRULY at risk, then that mother would have to choose whether or not she was willing to risk death for the life of her child, and such a choice should be legal and left up to the mother." http://captainhiggins.com/issues/ (captainhiggins.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • "I support a freeze of federal spending at contemporary levels coupled with a 1% decrease in spending across the board for 10 years." http://captainhiggins.com/issues/ (captainhiggins.com)
  • "Since 1850 the amount of sediment in the lower Mississippi River has decreased by more than 70 percent. This is a huge problem. And we need to find a proactive solution to fix it. Seems to me like we could create a sophisticated pipe system that carried river silt and sludge from the northern parts of the river to the Louisiana coast, mimicking the natural replenishing process. In Congress, I will advocate for such a solution." http://captainhiggins.com/issues/ (captainhiggins.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? 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 Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

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  • "Regarding the Federal governments role in education, I would greatly diminish or completely dismantle the U.S. Department of Education. (Also referred to as ED or the Education Department) It’s another segment of the 4th Branch of our federal government that we don’t need. The state of Louisiana has the LADOE. That’s enough. School choice and the education of our children is best decided on a local level by loving parents and dedicated teachers." http://captainhiggins.com/issues/ (captainhiggins.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

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  • 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

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  • "American oil and gas production is the cleanest in the world by far. I would very carefully review and adjust every one of the hundred or so Obama administration mandates and executive orders imposing his radical environmental agenda on our oil and gas industry. Obama’s over-the-top restrictions on methane and carbon dioxide and his onerous limits on operating on federal land have hurt America." http://captainhiggins.com/issues/ (captainhiggins.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The modern hysteria over guns is another example of our weakened society. Guns weren’t really regulated at all prior to the 60s in America. Throughout our history, prior to just 50 years ago, a child could purchase a gun from any seller, if daddy sent him with the money. Gun free zones are always the target of terrorists and criminals. The club in Orlando was a gun free zone. France has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the western world, yet surely you recall the mass shooting terrorist attack that left 130 dead and another 368 injured. Illinois laws almost completely eliminate 2nd amendment rights, yet Chicago suffers one of the highest murder rates in the entire free world…" http://captainhiggins.com/issues/ (captainhiggins.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "2,800 pages of unintelligible psychobabble. It’s the most egregious seizure of power and treasure from the American people in history. It’s the worst idea in an elaborate history of bad ideas. It’s a book of lies, based on lies, sold by liars. Obamacare must be repealed. Period." http://captainhiggins.com/issues/ (captainhiggins.com)
No 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

  • "On the other hand, the aggressive illegals entered our country illegally to begin with. They should be located by all available L.E. assets, identified, arrested, and deported." http://captainhiggins.com/issues/ (captainhiggins.com)
  • "A Passive Illegal immigrant is one who entered the country legally but has overstayed their visa. These immigrants are by and large good folk who are working and contributing to our society. They frequently have fallen prey to the very real logistical nightmare of bureaucratic paperwork and the endless red tape that it takes any of us to accomplish anything at all within the onerous inefficiency by which our Federal government operates. […] These folks can be easily identified by our L.E. Services and they should be officially contacted and given a reasonable window to straighten out their legal status. This is not amnesty, it’s common sense. Give the passive illegals a strict window, maybe 90 days, to get right or get out. But they must pay a fine. There must be a consequence for breaking the law and their path to citizenship shouldn’t easier than the thousands of other new American citizens who followed the process the correct way." http://captainhiggins.com/issues/ (captainhiggins.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I define marriage Biblically, as between one man and one woman. That being said, I do not believe that love can be statutorily defined and I support every Americans right to pursue happiness as they see fit regarding the choice of whom they love." http://captainhiggins.com/issues/ (captainhiggins.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

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  • "ISIS is the manifestation of middle-ages horror at its worst. ISIS must be hunted, identified, and killed. They must be dismantled and trod into the earth. All options must be on the table. In Congress, I will support all measures that destroys ISIS." http://captainhiggins.com/issues/ (captainhiggins.com)
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.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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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