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Donald Young's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AK) - At-Large, Republican
Donald Young 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

  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Life" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Life" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (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

  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a result of the January 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission, corporations, unions, and incorporated special interest groups may participate directly in the election process without contribution limits. Further, persons who pool their funds or contribute to Political Action Committees (PACs) may spend those funds in the 60 day period preceding an election. I am concerned that there are now no limitations on incorporated entities while individuals are still subjected to strict regulations. We must look for ways to address this discrepancy." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As a result of the January 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission, corporations, unions, and incorporated special interest groups may participate directly in the election process without contribution limits. Further, persons who pool their funds or contribute to Political Action Committees (PACs) may spend those funds in the 60 day period preceding an election. I am concerned that there are now no limitations on incorporated entities while individuals are still subjected to strict regulations. We must look for ways to address this discrepancy." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (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

  • Greatly Decrease b) Corporate taxes https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Greatly Decrease b) Corporate taxes https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe the federal government should not hold education funding hostage in order to deny states their right to determine their own education standards." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe the federal government should not hold education funding hostage in order to deny states their right to determine their own education standards." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Yesterday, we passed the Every Student Succeeds Act which will empower states and restore local control in education. It specifically prohibits the federal government from forcing states to adopt Common Core and from interfering with a state's assessment plan. This is the first meaningful education reform since 2002 and a big step in the right direction toward providing students with the best possible classroom experience." https://www.facebook.com/AkforDonYoung/posts/1727496850816952 (www.facebook.com)
  • "Yesterday, we passed the Every Student Succeeds Act which will empower states and restore local control in education. It specifically prohibits the federal government from forcing states to adopt Common Core and from interfering with a state's assessment plan. This is the first meaningful education reform since 2002 and a big step in the right direction toward providing students with the best possible classroom experience." https://www.facebook.com/AkforDonYoung/posts/1727496850816952 (www.facebook.com)
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

  • "Alaskans and Americans deserve an all of the above approach that supports traditional and alternative energy sources, not a systematic veto on specific industries and economic opportunity as we've seen in recent years." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Alaskans and Americans deserve an all of the above approach that supports traditional and alternative energy sources, not a systematic veto on specific industries and economic opportunity as we've seen in recent years." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am a proud supporter of the Second Amendment." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I am a proud supporter of the Second Amendment." https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While the path forward is not quite as clear, I remain strongly committed to passing an immigration bill to secure our borders, allow for construction of President Trump's border wall, crack down on so-called "sanctuary cities," and close loopholes in our current system. Border security is national security, so I am going to keep pushing for the House to pass strong immigration reform." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1276715/whats-next-for-congress/?search=Wall#.W7US8XXyAfI (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

  • "The United States offer many foreign nationals a chance to improve their lives. However, I will continue to only support methods which promote legal acquisition of American jobs and citizenship. […]blanket amnesty for all illegals currently living here is not the answer." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/830048/issue-position-immigration#.VXX1unUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The United States offer many foreign nationals a chance to improve their lives. However, I will continue to only support methods which promote legal acquisition of American jobs and citizenship. […]blanket amnesty for all illegals currently living here is not the answer." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/830048/issue-position-immigration#.VXX1unUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a co-founder of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, one of my top priorities is ensuring marijuana-related businesses have access to the banking system and can operate in accordance with state law," Young said. "This legislation is an important step to ensuring marijuana businesses across the nation -- who continue to operate in a very uncertain and insecure environment without access to banks or financial institutions -- can be treaty fairly and as legitimate contributors to state and local economies. While I do not personally advocate for the use of marijuana, I do support these types of issues as a matter of states' rights and the ability to determine the nature of criminal activity within their own jurisdictions." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1177405/congress-must-act-to-help-reduce-public-safety-threat-in-communities#.WzvWvq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As a co-founder of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, one of my top priorities is ensuring marijuana-related businesses have access to the banking system and can operate in accordance with state law," Young said. "This legislation is an important step to ensuring marijuana businesses across the nation -- who continue to operate in a very uncertain and insecure environment without access to banks or financial institutions -- can be treaty fairly and as legitimate contributors to state and local economies. While I do not personally advocate for the use of marijuana, I do support these types of issues as a matter of states' rights and the ability to determine the nature of criminal activity within their own jurisdictions." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1177405/congress-must-act-to-help-reduce-public-safety-threat-in-communities#.WzvWvq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "As a candidate, you stated: ‘I really believe we should leave [marijuana] up to the states’ and that ‘it’s got to be a state decision.’ We trust that you still hold this belief, and we request that you urge the Attorney General to reinstate the Cole Memorandum. This step would create a pathway to a more comprehensive marijuana policy that respects state interests and prerogatives." https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/01252018%20Letter%20to%20Trump%20on%20Sessions'%20withdrawal%20of%20the%20Cole%20memo.pdf (www.cantwell.senate.gov)
  • "As a candidate, you stated: ‘I really believe we should leave [marijuana] up to the states’ and that ‘it’s got to be a state decision.’ We trust that you still hold this belief, and we request that you urge the Attorney General to reinstate the Cole Memorandum. This step would create a pathway to a more comprehensive marijuana policy that respects state interests and prerogatives." https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/01252018%20Letter%20to%20Trump%20on%20Sessions'%20withdrawal%20of%20the%20Cole%20memo.pdf (www.cantwell.senate.gov)
Yes Inferred 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

  • Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/donald-young/#.WzvPF63SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "With growing global threats and the spread of radical extremism, we must be vigilant in the safety and security of this nation. I’m proud to announce a number of important provisions included in the House passed National Defense Authorization Act – legislation focused on restoring our military’s strength and agility, making investments in our personnel, and ensuring Alaska continues to play a critical role in safeguarding our freedoms." https://www.facebook.com/AkforDonYoung/posts/1795542154012421 (www.facebook.com)
  • "With growing global threats and the spread of radical extremism, we must be vigilant in the safety and security of this nation. I’m proud to announce a number of important provisions included in the House passed National Defense Authorization Act – legislation focused on restoring our military’s strength and agility, making investments in our personnel, and ensuring Alaska continues to play a critical role in safeguarding our freedoms." https://www.facebook.com/AkforDonYoung/posts/1795542154012421 (www.facebook.com)

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Alaska Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage 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.

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

As a result of the January 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission, corporations, unions, and incorporated special interest groups may participate directly in the election process without contribution limits. Further, persons who pool their funds or contribute to Political Action Committees (PACs) may spend those funds in the 60 day period preceding an election. I am concerned that there are now no limitations on incorporated entities while individuals are still subjected to strict regulations. We must look for ways to address this discrepancy.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
  • Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/don-young/#.VWyDEnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "NCLB must be replaced with education policy that leaves more decision making up to individual states, school districts, and parents." http://donyoung.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=4984 (donyoung.house.gov)
Other or expanded principles

I believe the federal government should not hold education funding hostage in order to deny states their right to determine their own education standards.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
NoDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Other or expanded principles

Alaskans and Americans deserve an all of the above approach that supports traditional and alternative energy sources, not a systematic veto on specific industries and economic opportunity as we've seen in recent years.
Hydraulic fracturing is an energy extraction technique that is regulated, safe and proven. A draft report released by the Environmental Protection Agency confirms this. While I fully support renewable and alternative energy projects, many technologies remain unproven and cost prohibitive on a large scale. The cleanest of those bridge or back-up fuel sources is certainly natural gas.

NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I am a proud supporter of the Second Amendment.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • "The United States offer many foreign nationals a chance to improve their lives. However, I will continue to only support methods which promote legal acquisition of American jobs and citizenship. […]blanket amnesty for all illegals currently living here is not the answer." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/830048/issue-position-immigration#.VXX1unUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The United States offer many foreign nationals a chance to improve their lives. However, I will continue to only support methods which promote legal acquisition of American jobs and citizenship. […]blanket amnesty for all illegals currently living here is not the answer." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/830048/issue-position-immigration#.VXX1unUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/don-young/#.VWyDEnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The United States offer many foreign nationals a chance to improve their lives. However, I will continue to only support methods which promote legal acquisition of American jobs and citizenship. […]blanket amnesty for all illegals currently living here is not the answer." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/830048/issue-position-immigration#.VXX1unUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

Throughout my time in Congress, I have always fought to preserve states� rights. Alaskans chose in 1998 to define marriage, and based upon my strong belief in the 10th Amendment I have always defended their decision. My personal view on this matter, guided by my religious beliefs, is that marriage should be defined as a union between one man and one woman. I ultimately believe the courts should have left this decision to the states. Despite my views and those of many Alaskans, the courts have ruled.

YesInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations
  • "Whenever possible, America must use diplomacy to avoid conflicts and to build friendships. When diplomacy fails, however, we must be ready to fight" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/392547/issue-position-military-defense#.VXX2yHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26717/don-young/#.VWyDEnUViko (votesmart.org)
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Greatly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Small business taxes
Slightly Decreased) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasef) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Decreasej) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decreasek) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

My top three legislative priorities are ensuring access to our federal lands and resources, building Alaska's infrastructure, and ensuring a strong national defense and resources to care for our veterans. Today, the biggest fight is the ongoing fight against the Obama Administration's waterfall of regulations pouring out of federal agencies. I will continue to fight in Congress for legislation that promotes a vibrant economy and strong military for all Americans.

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