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Mike Simpson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (ID) - District 2, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 2
Mike Simpson has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2018 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Idaho Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test

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 an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Other or expanded principles

I support reform of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to slow the unsustainable growth of spending in these programs and put them on a sustainable path for the future. If we don't undertake significant reform of these programs, they will continue to drive our national debt up and won't be available for future generations of Americans.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

I don't know the extent to which human activity may or may not impact climate change nor do I know how much human activity could influence efforts to combat climate change. I support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through voluntary, incentive-based and free market actions and oppose punitive measures like the Kyoto Protocol or the past Administration's Cap & Trade proposal.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
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
  • "I believe we need to pass comprehensive immigration reform for both economic and national security reasons. A comprehensive immigration reform package should secure our border and make it much more difficult to enter our country illegally. It should reform and stabilize our legal immigration programs so that farmers, ranchers, the hospitality industry, construction, high-tech, and many other vital sectors of our economy have the workforce they need to grow jobs and create economic opportunity. Finally, it should address the millions of immigrants who are now here illegally in a way that avoids amnesty, but is both compassionate and realistic." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I am deeply concerned over proposals that would grant amnesty to illegal aliens in the United States. Giving amnesty to those who have broken our nation's immigration laws would undermine the policies that were established to regulate our borders and provide an orderly process of evaluating applications for citizenship." http://www.simpsonforcongress.com/issues/immigration/ (www.simpsonforcongress.com)
  • "I believe we need to pass comprehensive immigration reform for both economic and national security reasons. A comprehensive immigration reform package should secure our border and make it much more difficult to enter our country illegally. It should reform and stabilize our legal immigration programs so that farmers, ranchers, the hospitality industry, construction, high-tech, and many other vital sectors of our economy have the workforce they need to grow jobs and create economic opportunity. Finally, it should address the millions of immigrants who are now here illegally in a way that avoids amnesty, but is both compassionate and realistic." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I have continuously opposed proposals that would grant outright amnesty to illegal aliens in the United States. Not only would amnesty undermine our efforts to regulate the borders, but it would send a terrible message to those who have complied with immigration laws and are still awaiting approval. We live in a global community, but that does not mean that we have open borders." http://simpson.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=5021 (simpson.house.gov)
  • "[...] I am deeply concerned over proposals that would grant amnesty to illegal aliens in the United States. Giving amnesty to those who have broken our nation's immigration laws would undermine the policies that were established to regulate our borders and provide an orderly process of evaluating applications for citizenship." http://www.simpsonforcongress.com/issues/immigration/ (www.simpsonforcongress.com)
  • "[...] I have continuously opposed proposals that would grant outright amnesty to illegal aliens in the United States. Not only would amnesty undermine our efforts to regulate the borders, but it would send a terrible message to those who have complied with immigration laws and are still awaiting approval. We live in a global community, but that does not mean that we have open borders." http://simpson.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=5021 (simpson.house.gov)
Other or expanded principles

I believe we need to pass comprehensive immigration reform for both economic and national security reasons. A comprehensive immigration reform package should secure our border and make it much more difficult to enter our country illegally. It should reform and stabilize our legal immigration programs so that farmers, ranchers, and the hospitality industry construction, high-tech, and many other vital sectors of our economy have the workforce they need to grow jobs and create economic opportunity. Finally, it should address the millions of immigrants who are now here illegally in a way that avoids amnesty but is both compassionate and realistic.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/2917/mike-simpson#.Wq_1j2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/2917/mike-simpson#.Wq_1j2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
YesInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations
  • "I support the President's action against the Assad regime. The United States of America took a strong stand tonight against the unfathomable act Bashar al-Assad conducted this week by murdering innocent men, women and children with a chemical attack." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1160300/simpson-releases-statement-on-military-strikes-in-syria/?search=syria#.Wq_2Z2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/2917/mike-simpson#.Wq_1j2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I support the President's action against the Assad regime. The United States of America took a strong stand tonight against the unfathomable act Bashar al-Assad conducted this week by murdering innocent men, women and children with a chemical attack." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1160300/simpson-releases-statement-on-military-strikes-in-syria/?search=syria#.Wq_2Z2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It is critical that we defeat ISIS in Syria and Iraq to ensure their influence does not spread." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1111766/issue-position-national-defense-and-military/?search=syria#.Wq_3SWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/2917/mike-simpson#.Wq_1j2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "It is critical that we defeat ISIS in Syria and Iraq to ensure their influence does not spread." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1111766/issue-position-national-defense-and-military/?search=syria#.Wq_3SWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles

I am undecided on the use of military force against Iran or any other nation seeking a nuclear capability and would need to see greater evidence of a direct threat to our national security posed by a country's nuclear programs before supporting the use of military support.

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 priorities are and will continue to be: 1. Reducing deficit spending. 2. Combating unnecessary and harmful regulations. 3. Continuing to work as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

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