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Bradley Byrne's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AL) - District 1, Republican
Bradley Byrne 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

  • "Since I first ran for Congress, I have been committed to defending our traditional, conservative Alabama values in Washington. That means protecting families, respecting the sanctity of all life and recognizing the role that religion has played throughout our nation's history." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/family-values (aderholt.house.gov)
  • "Every life is precious and must be protected. I am proudly pro-life and have consistently opposed abortion." https://www.facebook.com/pg/RepByrne/issues/?tab=Abortion (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 4% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1578/rating/9704#.Wcv6jme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Since I first ran for Congress, I have been committed to defending our traditional, conservative Alabama values in Washington. That means protecting families, respecting the sanctity of all life and recognizing the role that religion has played throughout our nation's history." https://aderholt.house.gov/issues/family-values (aderholt.house.gov)
  • "Every life is precious and must be protected. I am proudly pro-life and have consistently opposed abortion." https://www.facebook.com/pg/RepByrne/issues/?tab=Abortion (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 4% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1578/rating/9704#.Wcv6jme3wfI (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

  • Signed a pledge stating: " […] I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/889997/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge/?search=income%20tax#.Ws4ohmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "American families and small businesses are forced to spend precious time complying with frivolous tax policies. I support reforming the tax code to make it simpler and fairer for all Americans." https://byrne.house.gov/issues (byrne.house.gov)
  • "Government regulations and red tape restrict growth and make it harder for our economy to grow. I am committed to getting the government out of the way." https://www.facebook.com/pg/RepByrne/issues/?tab=Economy (www.facebook.com)
  • Signed a pledge stating: " […] I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/889997/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge/?search=income%20tax#.Ws4ohmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "American families and small businesses are forced to spend precious time complying with frivolous tax policies. I support reforming the tax code to make it simpler and fairer for all Americans." https://byrne.house.gov/issues (byrne.house.gov)
  • "Government regulations and red tape restrict growth and make it harder for our economy to grow. I am committed to getting the government out of the way." https://www.facebook.com/pg/RepByrne/issues/?tab=Economy (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There is no greater responsibility of Congress than to provide for the national defense. With our nation's military men and women facing such a wide range of global challenges, it is important we make sure our Armed Forces have the resources to be successful in keeping the American people safe." https://byrne.house.gov/issues (byrne.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4pT2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "There is no greater responsibility of Congress than to provide for the national defense. With our nation's military men and women facing such a wide range of global challenges, it is important we make sure our Armed Forces have the resources to be successful in keeping the American people safe." https://byrne.house.gov/issues (byrne.house.gov)
  • "They both strongly expressed that this is the best deal possible to end the harmful cuts to our military and, on behalf of President Trump, asked for my support. Given my commitment to our national defense, I cast my vote in favor of the bill." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1225556/byrne-votes-to-end-harmful-military-cuts/?search=defense%20spending#.Ws4o52dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4pT2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "They both strongly expressed that this is the best deal possible to end the harmful cuts to our military and, on behalf of President Trump, asked for my support. Given my commitment to our national defense, I cast my vote in favor of the bill." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1225556/byrne-votes-to-end-harmful-military-cuts/?search=defense%20spending#.Ws4o52dyIfI (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

  • Rated 6% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4pT2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 6% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4pT2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must stand up to bloated federal spending and unbalanced budgets. I support a Balanced Budget Amendment to get federal spending under control. " https://byrne.house.gov/issues (byrne.house.gov)
  • "In Washington, my focus is on reducing the regulatory burden, reforming the tax code, and growing opportunity. We need to grow our economy the right way, with less government influence." https://byrne.house.gov/issues (byrne.house.gov)
  • "The neat thing about GOMESA is it ensures appropriate funding for the coastal areas that provide the workforce, assume the environmental risk, build much of the infrastructure, and support the offshore oil and gas industry. It only makes sense that the coastal areas should receive an adequate share of the revenue." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1260941/department-of-the-interior-environment-and-related-agencies-appropriations-act-2019/?search=infrastructure#.W4RaInVTTyE (votesmart.org)
  • "We must stand up to bloated federal spending and unbalanced budgets. I support a Balanced Budget Amendment to get federal spending under control. " https://byrne.house.gov/issues (byrne.house.gov)
  • "We must stand up to bloated federal spending and unbalanced budgets. I support a Balanced Budget Amendment to get federal spending under control. I also have introduced the Sunset Act, which would get rid of unnecessary and wasteful federal agencies and departments. " https://byrne.house.gov/issues/federal-spending (byrne.house.gov)
  • "In Washington, my focus is on reducing the regulatory burden, reforming the tax code, and growing opportunity. We need to grow our economy the right way, with less government influence." https://byrne.house.gov/issues (byrne.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In Washington, my focus is on reducing the regulatory burden, reforming the tax code, and growing opportunity. We need to grow our economy the right way, with less government influence." https://byrne.house.gov/issues (byrne.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/27584/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Ws4pt2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to grow our economy the right way, with less government influence and more individual opportunity. " https://www.facebook.com/pg/RepByrne/issues/?tab=Economy (www.facebook.com)
  • Rated 86% by The Club for Growth https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4p72dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "In Washington, my focus is on reducing the regulatory burden, reforming the tax code, and growing opportunity. We need to grow our economy the right way, with less government influence." https://byrne.house.gov/issues (byrne.house.gov)
  • "We need to grow our economy the right way, with less government influence and more individual opportunity. " https://www.facebook.com/pg/RepByrne/issues/?tab=Economy (www.facebook.com)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/27584/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Ws4pt2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 86% by The Club for Growth https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4p72dyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Last year, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, which rolled back federal involvement in K-12 education. Congressman Byrne, a former member of the Alabama State Board of Education and chancellor of Alabama’s two year college system, supported the legislation because it returned power over education from the federal government back to the state and local level." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/byrne-urges-secretary-of-education-to-follow-the-law (byrne.house.gov)
  • "Education should be handled at the state and local level, by the people who know our students best. I do not support federal education mandates and requirements. " https://www.facebook.com/pg/RepByrne/issues/?tab=Education (www.facebook.com)
  • "Education should be handled at the state and local level, by the people who know our students best. I do not support federal education mandates and requirements. " https://www.facebook.com/pg/RepByrne/issues/?tab=Education (www.facebook.com)
  • "Last year, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, which rolled back federal involvement in K-12 education. Congressman Byrne, a former member of the Alabama State Board of Education and chancellor of Alabama’s two year college system, supported the legislation because it returned power over education from the federal government back to the state and local level." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/byrne-urges-secretary-of-education-to-follow-the-law (byrne.house.gov)
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

  • "We must invest in an 'all-of-the-above energy' energy strategy which helps reduce our dependence on foreign oil." https://byrne.house.gov/issues (byrne.house.gov)
  • "We must invest in an 'all-of-the-above energy' energy strategy which helps reduce our dependence on foreign oil." https://byrne.house.gov/issues (byrne.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Byrne’s amendment would eliminate all funding for the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) program. The program funds research and development of "clean-energy" technologies. Congressman Byrne believes the program to be unnecessary government influence in the free market and a waste of taxpayer dollars." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/byrne-offers-amendment-to-cut-over-1-billion-in-spending (byrne.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4qU2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Byrne’s amendment would eliminate all funding for the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) program. The program funds research and development of "clean-energy" technologies. Congressman Byrne believes the program to be unnecessary government influence in the free market and a waste of taxpayer dollars." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/byrne-offers-amendment-to-cut-over-1-billion-in-spending (byrne.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4qU2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "If there's a problem here that we need to work on - and I think that there is - the problem is that we have too many people in America who have mental health problems, and they're able to get guns without getting the treatment that they should be getting to deal with their mental health problems. Let's deal with the mental health issue." http://www.npr.org/2016/01/05/462059730/obama-announcement-on-gun-control-measures-sparks-republican-outrage (www.npr.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4qU2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "If there's a problem here that we need to work on - and I think that there is - the problem is that we have too many people in America who have mental health problems, and they're able to get guns without getting the treatment that they should be getting to deal with their mental health problems. Let's deal with the mental health issue." http://www.npr.org/2016/01/05/462059730/obama-announcement-on-gun-control-measures-sparks-republican-outrage (www.npr.org)
  • "Instead of pushing for new gun control measures, the President should be working with Congress on realistic solutions that would actually cut down on gun violence, like reforming our mental health system and preventing terrorists from entering our country. […] That’s why I am a proponent of mental health reform and not gun control." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/columns/the-second-amendment-must-be-protected (byrne.house.gov)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4qU2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead of pushing for new gun control measures, the President should be working with Congress on realistic solutions that would actually cut down on gun violence, like reforming our mental health system and preventing terrorists from entering our country. […] That’s why I am a proponent of mental health reform and not gun control." https://byrne.house.gov/media-center/columns/the-second-amendment-must-be-protected (byrne.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It's no secret that the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has made a mess of our nation's health care system." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1153954/first-step-in-repealing-obamacare-underway#.WcUjf2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I remain firmly opposed to Obamacare, and I support replacing the failed law with a patient-centered health care system that isn't run by the federal government." https://byrne.house.gov/issues (byrne.house.gov)
  • "It's no secret that the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has made a mess of our nation's health care system." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1153954/first-step-in-repealing-obamacare-underway#.WcUjf2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Legislation I have introduced […] H.R. 596: to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and for other purposes: This bill would repeal Obamacare in its entirety and move forward with finding alternative solutions to our nation's healthcare system." https://byrne.house.gov/legislation/sponsored-legislation (byrne.house.gov)
  • "I remain firmly opposed to Obamacare, and I support replacing the failed law with a patient-centered health care system that isn't run by the federal government." https://byrne.house.gov/issues (byrne.house.gov)
  • "Legislation I have introduced […] H.R. 596: to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and for other purposes: This bill would repeal Obamacare in its entirety and move forward with finding alternative solutions to our nation's healthcare system." https://byrne.house.gov/legislation/sponsored-legislation (byrne.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Despite the problems in the Senate, I pledge to continue working with President Trump and his administration to ensure funding is provided to build the wall and boost our border security program." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1197003/ending-illegal-immigration-must-be-a-top-priority/?search=border%20wall#.Ws4q6GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4qU2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Despite the problems in the Senate, I pledge to continue working with President Trump and his administration to ensure funding is provided to build the wall and boost our border security program." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1197003/ending-illegal-immigration-must-be-a-top-priority/?search=border%20wall#.Ws4q6GdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "For example, our funding bills crack down on illegal immigration and fully fund President Trump's request for the border wall." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1196994/how-we-fund-the-government/?search=border%20wall#.Ws4rJWdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4qU2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "For example, our funding bills crack down on illegal immigration and fully fund President Trump's request for the border wall." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1196994/how-we-fund-the-government/?search=border%20wall#.Ws4rJWdyIfI (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

  • "I remain firmly opposed to amnesty and would not support any immigration proposal that gives amnesty to those here illegally." https://byrne.house.gov/issues (byrne.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4qU2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not and will not support any plan that grants amnesty to illegal immigrants. Our nation's immigration laws must be fully enforced." https://www.facebook.com/pg/RepByrne/issues/?tab=Immigration (www.facebook.com)
  • "I remain firmly opposed to amnesty and would not support any immigration proposal that gives amnesty to those here illegally." https://byrne.house.gov/issues (byrne.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4qU2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not and will not support any plan that grants amnesty to illegal immigrants. Our nation's immigration laws must be fully enforced." https://www.facebook.com/pg/RepByrne/issues/?tab=Immigration (www.facebook.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4rR2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4rR2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4rR2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/27584/bradley-byrne#.Ws4rR2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • "Given the nuclear and ballistic missile threat posed by North Korea, the bill boosts our nation's missile defense programs." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1183194/rebuilding-reforming-and-repairing-our-military/?search=nuclear#.Ws4r2WdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Given the nuclear and ballistic missile threat posed by North Korea, the bill boosts our nation's missile defense programs." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1183194/rebuilding-reforming-and-repairing-our-military/?search=nuclear#.Ws4r2WdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

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