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Bennie Thompson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MS) - District 2, Democratic
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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

  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26929/bennie-thompson/2 (votesmart.org)
  • Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? "Pro-life" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26929/bennie-thompson/ (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26929/bennie-thompson/2 (votesmart.org)
  • Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? "Pro-life" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26929/bennie-thompson/ (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26929/bennie-thompson/2 (votesmart.org)
  • Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? "Pro-life" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26929/bennie-thompson/ (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • "Main take away from #AYearOfTrump? The only major bill passed by the GOP is a #GOPTaxScam that raises taxes on the middle class in order to hand massive tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest 1%." https://twitter.com/BennieGThompson/status/958402658565545985 (twitter.com)
  • "Main take away from #AYearOfTrump? The only major bill passed by the GOP is a #GOPTaxScam that raises taxes on the middle class in order to hand massive tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest 1%." https://twitter.com/BennieGThompson/status/958402658565545985 (twitter.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Vertical Integration for Missile Defense Surveillance Data. Jackson State University 1400 Lynch Street Jackson, Mississippi Sub-Committee Priority #1 Research, Development, Test And Evaluation, Army (RDTE,A) 53 (0603305A) Army Missile Defense Systems Integration (Non Space) $4,500,000 Jackson State University (JSU) with program oversight by the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command's (SMDC) Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) office continues to transition technological advances in Vertical Integration of Surveillance Data for space and missile defense needs. The JSU Team is developing, validating and adapting information-based, time sensitive, decision-support products that provide synergy among multiple defense-oriented data sources. The Vertical Integration (VI) program integrates, correlates, tests and fuses a variety of data sets that are located on different and, at most times, uncoordinated data acquisition systems. Synthesized and correlated information is produced from sensors (automated and manual), human collection, and archived files establishing a dynamic architecture of threat related information for war-fighters at all levels of command." https://benniethompson.house.gov/issues/appropriations/defense (benniethompson.house.gov)
  • "Projectile Penetration Research. US Army Corps, Engineer Research & Development Center (ERDC) 3903 Halls Ferry Road Vicksburg, MS 39180 Sub-Committee Priority #2 Research, Development, Test And Evaluation, Army (RDTE,A) 50 (0603734A) Military Engineering Advanced Technology The PPRF is used extensively to develop new hardened structural design criteria to help protect US assets as well as attack and defeat enemy assets. Experimental results also drive the enhancement of the US's capability to perform High Performance Computer Modeling of a wide range of targets or scenarios effecting survivability, structural enhancements; weapon design and provides direct input to multiple DoD and federal agency programs." https://benniethompson.house.gov/issues/appropriations/defense (benniethompson.house.gov)
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.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26929/bennie-thompson/ (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Thompson believes that Congress’ number one priority should be creating jobs for the American people." http://benniethompson.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=93:jobs-and-the-economy&catid=49&Itemid=145 (benniethompson.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26929/bennie-thompson/ (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Thompson believes that Congress’ number one priority should be creating jobs for the American people." http://benniethompson.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=93:jobs-and-the-economy&catid=49&Itemid=145 (benniethompson.house.gov)
  • Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26929/bennie-thompson/ (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Thompson believes that Congress’ number one priority should be creating jobs for the American people." http://benniethompson.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=93:jobs-and-the-economy&catid=49&Itemid=145 (benniethompson.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3630 "Extends Payroll Tax Cut" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38274 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3630 "Extends Payroll Tax Cut" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38274 (votesmart.org)
  • "Main take away from #AYearOfTrump? The only major bill passed by the GOP is a #GOPTaxScam that raises taxes on the middle class in order to hand massive tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest 1%." https://twitter.com/BennieGThompson/status/958402658565545985 (twitter.com)
  • "The GOP spent all their time, energy & votes on tax breaks for corporations & the wealthiest. Now, they are too weak to pass children’s health, protect DREAMers, or pass a budget." https://twitter.com/BennieGThompson/status/955456147598860288 (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3630 "Extends Payroll Tax Cut" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/38274 (votesmart.org)
  • "Main take away from #AYearOfTrump? The only major bill passed by the GOP is a #GOPTaxScam that raises taxes on the middle class in order to hand massive tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest 1%." https://twitter.com/BennieGThompson/status/958402658565545985 (twitter.com)
  • "The GOP spent all their time, energy & votes on tax breaks for corporations & the wealthiest. Now, they are too weak to pass children’s health, protect DREAMers, or pass a budget." https://twitter.com/BennieGThompson/status/955456147598860288 (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26929/bennie-thompson/27#.WiGE3Ge3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26929/bennie-thompson/27#.WiGE3Ge3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "The NCLB initiated a major expansion of federal influence upon several aspects of public K-12 education, primarily with the aim of increasing the accountability of public school systems and individual public schools for improving achievement outcomes of all students, especially the disadvantaged. States must implement in all public schools and school districts a variety of standards-based assessments in reading, math and science; make complex annual adequate yearly progress (AYP) determinations for each public school and district; and require virtually all public school teachers and aides to meet a variety of qualification requirements. State AYP policies must incorporate an ultimate goal of all public school students reaching a proficient or higher level of achievement by the end of the 2013-14 school year. Further, participating states must enforce a series of increasingly substantial consequences for most of their schools and almost all school districts that fail to meet the AYP standards for two consecutive years or more. All of these requirements are associated with state participation in the ESEA Title I-A program." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/701502/issue-position-education#.W2C_CmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26929/bennie-thompson/27#.WiGE3Ge3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "The NCLB initiated a major expansion of federal influence upon several aspects of public K-12 education, primarily with the aim of increasing the accountability of public school systems and individual public schools for improving achievement outcomes of all students, especially the disadvantaged. States must implement in all public schools and school districts a variety of standards-based assessments in reading, math and science; make complex annual adequate yearly progress (AYP) determinations for each public school and district; and require virtually all public school teachers and aides to meet a variety of qualification requirements. State AYP policies must incorporate an ultimate goal of all public school students reaching a proficient or higher level of achievement by the end of the 2013-14 school year. Further, participating states must enforce a series of increasingly substantial consequences for most of their schools and almost all school districts that fail to meet the AYP standards for two consecutive years or more. All of these requirements are associated with state participation in the ESEA Title I-A program." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/701502/issue-position-education#.W2C_CmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "By investing in renewable sources of energy and funding research on the next clean technology breakthroughs, Democrats are fighting to not only increase our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil, but create jobs right here in America." http://benniethompson.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=91:energy-and-environment&catid=49&Itemid=14 (benniethompson.house.gov)
  • Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26929/bennie-thompson/ (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26929/bennie-thompson/ (votesmart.org)
  • "By investing in renewable sources of energy and funding research on the next clean technology breakthroughs, Democrats are fighting to not only increase our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil, but create jobs right here in America." http://benniethompson.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=91:energy-and-environment&catid=49&Itemid=14 (benniethompson.house.gov)
  • Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26929/bennie-thompson/ (votesmart.org)
  • "By investing in renewable sources of energy and funding research on the next clean technology breakthroughs, Democrats are fighting to not only increase our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil, but create jobs right here in America." http://benniethompson.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=91:energy-and-environment&catid=49&Itemid=14 (benniethompson.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26929/bennie-thompson/ (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Thompson are fighting for cleaner air, cleaner water, and preservation of our natural resources, understanding that what we do today has an impact on future generations of Americans. We stand up for fair policies that protect America's environment while allowing for economic opportunity priorities that can work together." http://benniethompson.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=91:energy-and-environment&catid=49&Itemid=143 (benniethompson.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26929/bennie-thompson/ (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Thompson are fighting for cleaner air, cleaner water, and preservation of our natural resources, understanding that what we do today has an impact on future generations of Americans. We stand up for fair policies that protect America's environment while allowing for economic opportunity priorities that can work together." http://benniethompson.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=91:energy-and-environment&catid=49&Itemid=143 (benniethompson.house.gov)
  • Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26929/bennie-thompson/ (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Thompson are fighting for cleaner air, cleaner water, and preservation of our natural resources, understanding that what we do today has an impact on future generations of Americans. We stand up for fair policies that protect America's environment while allowing for economic opportunity priorities that can work together." http://benniethompson.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=91:energy-and-environment&catid=49&Itemid=143 (benniethompson.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26929/bennie-thompson/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "I have joined my Democratic colleagues in a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives. We must occupy the floor until there is action on gun violence. Shame on the Republicans for their inaction and refusal to protect American lives." https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanBennieGThompson/ (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26929/bennie-thompson/37#.WiGE62e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26929/bennie-thompson/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "I have joined my Democratic colleagues in a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives. We must occupy the floor until there is action on gun violence. Shame on the Republicans for their inaction and refusal to protect American lives." https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanBennieGThompson/ (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26929/bennie-thompson/37#.WiGE62e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26929/bennie-thompson/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "I have joined my Democratic colleagues in a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives. We must occupy the floor until there is action on gun violence. Shame on the Republicans for their inaction and refusal to protect American lives." https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanBennieGThompson/ (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26929/bennie-thompson/37#.WiGE62e3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (votesmart.org)
  • "With the people of the Second District in mind, Congressman Thompson cast a vote against a repeal of the Affordable Care Act." http://benniethompson.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=92:healthcare&catid=49&Itemid=144 (benniethompson.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (votesmart.org)
  • "With the people of the Second District in mind, Congressman Thompson cast a vote against a repeal of the Affordable Care Act." http://benniethompson.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=92:healthcare&catid=49&Itemid=144 (benniethompson.house.gov)
  • "With the people of the Second District in mind, Congressman Thompson cast a vote against a repeal of the Affordable Care Act." http://benniethompson.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=92:healthcare&catid=49&Itemid=144 (benniethompson.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today's reports from DHS show that with border apprehensions continuing to decline to a 45-year low, there is absolutely no need to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on an unnecessary border wall. The Administration can try to twist these numbers into whatever they please, but the fact remains that after unprecedented investments in border security over the last decade, the border has become harder to cross and fewer people are trying. Focusing massive, new government resources on a campaign promise would be a foolish and irresponsible exercise." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1211084/thompson-dhs-border-numbers-show-no-need-for-wall#.W2DCDGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It was always a campaign fantasy that Mexico would pay for a wall along our nation's southwest border. Before even taking the oath of office, President-elect Trump is already signaling he will break a major campaign promise if he forces American taxpayers to pay for his wall. Unfortunately the Republican Majority is eager to help him and seems willing to ram funding for the Trump wall in must-pass government funding legislation, effectively holding the government hostage while surely adding billions to the deficit." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1154671/thompson-taxpayers-will-pay-for-border-wall-broken-campaign-promise/?search=border%20wall#.W2C882dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Today's reports from DHS show that with border apprehensions continuing to decline to a 45-year low, there is absolutely no need to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on an unnecessary border wall. The Administration can try to twist these numbers into whatever they please, but the fact remains that after unprecedented investments in border security over the last decade, the border has become harder to cross and fewer people are trying. Focusing massive, new government resources on a campaign promise would be a foolish and irresponsible exercise." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1211084/thompson-dhs-border-numbers-show-no-need-for-wall#.W2DCDGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 4760, a bill that doubles down on the President's cruel zero-tolerance policy. This harsh anti-immigrant, anti-American bill is the realization of the President's cruel immigration and border security rhetoric and policies. […] If enacted, H.R. 4760, would require billions of taxpayers' dollars to be wasted on the President's border walls, which I seem to recall hearing that it will be paid for by the Mexican Government. Now they want the taxpayers of America to pay for it." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1253720/securing-americas-future-act-of-2018/?search=border%20wall#.W2C7o2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It was always a campaign fantasy that Mexico would pay for a wall along our nation's southwest border. Before even taking the oath of office, President-elect Trump is already signaling he will break a major campaign promise if he forces American taxpayers to pay for his wall. Unfortunately the Republican Majority is eager to help him and seems willing to ram funding for the Trump wall in must-pass government funding legislation, effectively holding the government hostage while surely adding billions to the deficit." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1154671/thompson-taxpayers-will-pay-for-border-wall-broken-campaign-promise/?search=border%20wall#.W2C882dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 4760, a bill that doubles down on the President's cruel zero-tolerance policy. This harsh anti-immigrant, anti-American bill is the realization of the President's cruel immigration and border security rhetoric and policies. […] If enacted, H.R. 4760, would require billions of taxpayers' dollars to be wasted on the President's border walls, which I seem to recall hearing that it will be paid for by the Mexican Government. Now they want the taxpayers of America to pay for it." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1253720/securing-americas-future-act-of-2018/?search=border%20wall#.W2C7o2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 4760, a bill that doubles down on the President's cruel zero-tolerance policy. This harsh anti-immigrant, anti-American bill is the realization of the President's cruel immigration and border security rhetoric and policies." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1253720/securing-americas-future-act-of-2018/?search=border%20wall#.W2C7o2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I commend the President for taking this bold step to begin to bring change to our broken immigration system. This action, similar to those taken by previous presidents, is simply the right thing to do in the wake of inaction by Congress. It will help bring millions out of the shadows so they can more fully contribute to our Nation and our economy while allowing officials to focus limited resources on the small handful of individuals who pose a public safety or security threat." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939075/thompson-statement-on-immigration-action (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Federation for Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26929/bennie-thompson/40#.WiGFAme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955 (votesmart.org)
  • "I commend the President for taking this bold step to begin to bring change to our broken immigration system. This action, similar to those taken by previous presidents, is simply the right thing to do in the wake of inaction by Congress. It will help bring millions out of the shadows so they can more fully contribute to our Nation and our economy while allowing officials to focus limited resources on the small handful of individuals who pose a public safety or security threat." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939075/thompson-statement-on-immigration-action (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Federation for Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26929/bennie-thompson/40#.WiGFAme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955 (votesmart.org)
  • "I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 4760, a bill that doubles down on the President's cruel zero-tolerance policy. This harsh anti-immigrant, anti-American bill is the realization of the President's cruel immigration and border security rhetoric and policies." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1253720/securing-americas-future-act-of-2018/?search=border%20wall#.W2C7o2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I commend the President for taking this bold step to begin to bring change to our broken immigration system. This action, similar to those taken by previous presidents, is simply the right thing to do in the wake of inaction by Congress. It will help bring millions out of the shadows so they can more fully contribute to our Nation and our economy while allowing officials to focus limited resources on the small handful of individuals who pose a public safety or security threat." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939075/thompson-statement-on-immigration-action (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Federation for Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26929/bennie-thompson/40#.WiGFAme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

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  • 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

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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Mississippi Congressional Election 2010 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 Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Yesb) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles
1) Spending
Indicate what federal funding 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
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increase1) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status2) Military hardware
Maintain Status3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Greatly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
2) 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.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Nob) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Noe) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Nof) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Yese) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesb) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Noe) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Noc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Nod) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Yesb) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yesb) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Noi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
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.

Priorities for emphasis in my next term relate to economic development. I plan to concentrate on measures designed to strengthen the economy, provide economic incentives to stimulate growth in employment opportunities and to propose legislation designed to provide safety nets for employers, as well as employees.

I envision accomplishing these priorities without the need for additional funds. Reevaluating current methodology and refocusing monies already budgeted for economic development should suffice.

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