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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
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Candidate Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1578/rating/9704#.Wfo_w2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Life" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I oppose abortion as a means of birth control, with exceptions in instances of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is in danger. […] As such, I have supported efforts to curb the practice of abortion while serving in the House of Representatives." http://simpson.house.gov/issuestatements/abortion.htm (simpson.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1797 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/16979/45098/2917/pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act#.Wq_w8We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I oppose abortion as a means of birth control, with exceptions in instances of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is in danger. I have consistently voted to cut off federal funding for any organization that offers or encourages abortions. Furthermore, I believe adoption is a viable alternative to abortion." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1111742/issue-position-family-and-social-issues#.Wq_wiWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-life" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.WfpCFme3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate 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? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.WpcJEme3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Candidate 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/2917/mike-simpson/#.WfpCFme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I have cosponsored legislation to suspend the federal income tax on unemployment compensation and reduce taxes on severance benefits that individuals receive when they lose their jobs through no fault of their own." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/567326/issue-position-economy/?search=income%20tax#.Wq_xyGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/2917/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.Wq_xG2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Candidate Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.WpcJEme3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Candidate Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored H.R.3382 "Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013" https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3382/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Smarter+Sentencing+Act%22%5D%7D (www.congress.gov)
No Candidate 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" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Beyond my strong opposition to a government-run health care system, you may be interested to know: I voted against the Democrats' $4 TRILLION budget plan for 2010. I voted against the Democrats' $787 BILLION stimulus program. I voted against the Democrats' $500 BILLION omnibus funding bill. I voted against the release of $350 BILLION in bailout funds. I am a cosponsor of the Balanced Budget Amendment and legislation to sunset all federal programs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/558666/issue-position-spending#.VYLq53UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "During the 110th and 111th Congresses, the Democrat-controlled Congress and the Administration, on the other hand, responded by trying to spend their way out of the recession and greatly expanding the reach of government into the lives of ordinary Americans through sweeping and unpopular reforms to our financial regulatory structure, energy policy, and healthcare system. The American people have made it clear that growing government and saddling our children and grandchildren with debt are unacceptable." https://simpson.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=8302 (simpson.house.gov)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.WfpCFme3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? YesDo you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy? Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? Other or expanded principles "I am working to bring meaningful tax relief to the citizens of Idaho. I support President Bush's tax relief package that puts money back in the hands of taxpayers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/389817/issue-position-taxes#.VYLr_3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "My goal for education is to secure as much flexibility as possible for states and local schools in developing education policies based on the needs and priorities of their communities. We must reverse the trend of giving decision-making power to the federal government in exchange for the roughly seven percent of public education funding coming from Washington, D.C." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/389799/issue-position-education#.VYLtMHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe the federal government needs to shift more decision-making authority to the states and local school districts." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • 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/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Moving forward with the permitting of the Keystone XL pipeline will create jobs and reduce our dependence on unstable foreign sources of oil." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/937367/simpson-supports-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VYLt_3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944 (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have supported legislation to take a number of steps to increase energy efficiency in the United States and encourage the development of renewable energy sources. Solar, biomass, geothermal, hydro and wind power are attractive energy sources for the future, and I believe that we should continue to expand the research, perfect the technology and promote their use." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/567334/issue-position-energy#.VYLxiHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.WfpCFme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • " I strongly support a responsible, revitalized domestic nuclear energy program, and I am proud of the work done in Idaho to expanding the use of nuclear power to meet our nation’s growing energy needs. I also believe we must increase energy efficiency in the United States and encourage the development of renewable energy sources, while continuing to find domestic sources of traditional forms of energy, like oil and natural gas." https://simpson.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=5258 (simpson.house.gov)
  • "I also believe we must increase energy efficiency in the United States and encourage the development of renewable energy sources, while continuing to find domestic sources of traditional forms of energy, like oil and natural gas." http://simpson.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=5258 (simpson.house.gov)
No Candidate Answer 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? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.WfpCFme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "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 President's Cap and Trade proposal." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "One economic analysis of the cap-and-trade bill estimated 2 million jobs will be lost each year through 2030. Hardest hit sectors of the economy include construction, manufacturing, transportation equipment and wood products." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/558660/issue-position-cap-and-trade/?search=cap%20and%20trade#.VYLv4HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees funding for the EPA, I am working to bring some common sense to our nation’s environmental policies. I intend to do oversight that shines some light on how the EPA has been spending the dramatic increases in funding that it has received in recent years and look at whether the regulations and actions coming out of the agencies are appropriate, given the regulatory authority provided by Congress. I strongly believe that government should be responsive to the people, not force on them policies that they don’t support." https://simpson.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=35993 (simpson.house.gov)
No Candidate Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by the National Rifle association https://votesmart.org/interest-group/1034/rating/10178#.WfpAA2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1034/rating/6568 (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I will not support any legislation that requires a waiting period for the purchase of a firearm, bans the ownership of firearms, or promotes or requires the rationing or taxation of firearms or ammunition." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/567340/issue-position-guns#.VYLyyXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.WfpCFme3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 85% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/2917/mike-simpson/40#.WpcKS2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • " I have supported repeated efforts to repeal the law, and will continue working with my colleagues to repeal it and replace it with real market based reforms that will improve care and bring down cost." http://simpson.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=5209 (simpson.house.gov)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.VYLppHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today praised the passage of H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018. The Make America Secure Appropriations Act includes four individual appropriations bills - Defense, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs, as well as fully funding the President's request for the border wall -- for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1187196/simpson-secures-idaho-wins-in-security-package/?search=border%20wall#.WpcKAWe3wfI (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 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)
No Candidate Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support same-sex marriage? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in the preservation of marriage and support the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)." http://simpson.house.gov/issuestatements/marriage.htm (simpson.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Language was included in H.Con.Res. 68, the Fiscal Year 2000 Budget Resolution, to protect the Social Security surplus. I supported the measure and its commitment to saving Social Security. To help insure the future of Social Security, the budget resolution will set aside all the Social Security taxes paid by working Americans in a 'Safe Deposit Box,' which can only be used for Social Security benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/389813/issue-position-social-security#.VYL43HUVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)

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Idaho 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
YesCandidate 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

I support reform of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to slow the unsustainable growth of spending in the programs and put them on a sustainable path for the future. If we don't undertake significant reform of these programs, they'll 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
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?
Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

You have to address tax incentives through comprehensive reform of the tax code. I have been working over the last several years to advocate for a solution that "goes big" and finds at lest $4-6 trillion in deficit reduction over ten years through a combination of spending cuts, tax reform, and reform to entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. If our nation continues on the unsustainable path we're on now, it will be impossible to maintain our standard of living, create economic opportunity across America, and develop good paying jobs for families.

NoInferred Answer Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
  • "My goal for education is to secure as much flexibility as possible for states and local schools in developing education policies based on the needs and priorities of their communities. We must reverse the trend of giving decision-making power to the federal government in exchange for the roughly seven percent of public education funding coming from Washington, D.C." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/389799/issue-position-education#.VYLtMHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe the federal government needs to shift more decision-making authority to the states and local school districts." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • 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/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles
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
Do 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

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 President'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
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, 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 same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations
  • Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/2917/mike-simpson/#.VXhmK3UViko (votesmart.org)
Should 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

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.

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.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) 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
Slightly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Small business taxes
Slightly Decreased) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statusf) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Decreasej) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusk) 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.

1. Deficit Reduction, including Entitlement reform
2. Combating unnecessary regulations
3. My work as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development

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