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Bill Posey's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 8, Republican
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Bill Posey 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, 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

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor for H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood (
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

  • "Rep. Posey has cosponsored and supported a Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment and believes that today’s overspending will be our children and grandchildren’s burden to bear in life." (
  • "Similar to over-regulation, the threat of higher taxes hangs over America's job-creators and entrepreneurs, making it less likely that they will be able or willing to invest in new businesses and innovations that generate new jobs." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? 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’s out of control spending raises the cost of doing business, threatens higher taxes, and undermines our country’s future prosperity." (
  • "Allowing Americans to keep more of the money that they have earned is a much better approach to spurring economic growth and job creation than sending it to Washington in the hopes that some government bureaucracy will find a way to let it trickle down to Main Street." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Rep. Posey voted to lower taxes on small businesses -- including a 20% tax cut for small businesses." (
  • "Similar to over-regulation, the threat of higher taxes hangs over America’s job-creators and entrepreneurs, making it less likely that they will be able or willing to invest in new businesses and innovations that generate new jobs." (
  • Voted in favor H.R.37 "Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act" (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Treasure Coast Newspapers "I favor education decisions being made at the state and local level. I think parents and communities do a better job educating our children than Washington does." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" (
  • "Approval of the Keystone XL pipeline will enable us to import oil from our friendly neighbor to the north, Canada, and it will provide us with a more reliable source of oil […]" (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In the meantime, we can continue to move forward on advancing alternative energy technology like solar power, battery and biofuels that can create a greener energy future down the road. But only with an 'all of the above' energy independence strategy can we reach a place where America produces its own energy for its people at a lower cost to American families." (
  • "We need an all of the above approach to developing our own American energy – oil, gas, nuclear, solar, hydroelectric, wind and biofuels." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Treasure Coast Newspapers "On another note, I do not support and have voted against the Cap and Trade/National Energy Tax." (
  • "Politicians in Washington pushing this plan know full well that "Cap and Trade" is really an elaborate plan to bring more money into the Federal government -- taking hundreds of billions of additional dollars out of the weekly paychecks of millions of families in order to create and fund lavish new unaffordable government programs." (
  • Voted against H.R.2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade")" (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (
  • "Ultimately, what separates criminals from law-abiding citizens is their willingness to break the law -- if not with a gun, then with another form of weapon. Promoting a more positive culture will go a long way to stopping violent crime." (
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a pledge pledging "[…] to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
  • "Mr. Speaker, the President promised Mr. Griffin in my district and millions of other Americans that, if they wanted to, they could keep their own doctor. Unfortunately, he found out already that is not true." (
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

  • "Enforcing Current Laws - The second step in fixing our immigration system is enforcing the laws we already have on the books, we have millions who willfully entered illegally or violated the terms of their visa, and we have millions of immigrants going through the legal channels to become US citizens. Granting blanket amnesty tells the millions of law-abiding immigrants to ignore the law and that is a message we do not want to send." (
  • Treasure Coast Newspapers "I understand that many folks come here to look for work to support their families. But with this open border policy, you also get the felons and violent people who slip in through the large cracks created through lax enforcement. I think citizens are right to demand that the government – at any level – take action to protect them from dangerous criminals. It’s this kind of situation that’s playing out in Arizona ." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • Treasure Coast Newspapers "Respectfully, I believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, and absolutely support parents rights to home school their children." (
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Florida's U.S. senators expressed bipartisan support Tuesday for the U.S. airstrikes on the Islamic State in Syria, while the reaction of Central Florida's U.S. representatives was mixed. […] U.S. Reps. John Mica, R-Winter Park, and Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, also expressed support, while U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, and U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, said they were opposed." (
  • The Hill "Nineteen Republicans broke ranks on Wednesday to support a resolution that would direct the president to remove U.S. troops stationed abroad fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in the absence of a formal congressional authorization of war [...] The GOP lawmakers who voted for the resolution were […] Bill Posey (Fla.)" (
No Inferred 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

  • "The President is essentially saying he could take incoming Social Security payroll taxes and spend them elsewhere. That money belongs to the nation's retired seniors who have spent their entire lives working and paying into the system." (
  • "With regard to Social Security I have voted against making any changes to Social Security. I have also cosponsored and voted for legislation that would guarantee that Social Security checks are never held hostage to budget negotiations." (


Candidate Answer

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Inferred Answer

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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.

Florida State Legislative Election 2002 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.
Slightly Increase Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Statusc) Environment
Maintain Funding Statusd) Health care
Maintain Funding Statuse) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Statusf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Slightly Decrease Fundingg) Welfare
Greatly Increase Fundingh) Other or expanded categories


State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Estate taxes
Maintain Statusf) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusg) Property taxes
Eliminateh) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusi) Vehicle taxes
Maintain Statusj) Other or expanded categories
Nok) Should Internet sales be taxed?
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of two, four-year terms for Florida governors?
Yesb) Do you support the current limit of two, four-year terms for Florida state senators?
Yesc) Do you support the current limit of four, two-year terms for Florida state representatives?
d) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nof) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Nog) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesh) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesi) Should all ballot initiatives include a fiscal impact statement?
Yesj) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in Florida are closed?
Nok) Should Florida recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesl) Should Florida restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
Yesm) Do you support further restrictions on smoking in public places?
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xc) Support the use of the death penalty in Florida.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xh) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xi) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
j) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
k) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
l) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xm) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
c) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
d) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xe) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xf) Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase state funding to reduce class sizes.
k) Increase state funding to make pre-school available to all four-year-old children.
l) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
m) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives and HIV/STD prevention methods.
n) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
o) Support local school district control over school gun policy.
p) Other or expanded principles
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding or relocating businesses.
d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children of low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in Florida's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
a) College and university admissions
b) Public employment
c) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused or abandoned.
Yesc) Do you support the citrus canker eradication policy in Florida?
Yesd) Should the Preservation 2000 fund be used only for its intended purpose?
Yese) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
f) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
c) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
e) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied by their HMO.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in Florida.
h) Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
Xb) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
c) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
e) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
g) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xh) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
i) Other or expanded principles
In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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