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Luke Messer's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IN) - District 6, Republican Majority Policy Committee Chair
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Luke Messer has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project 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 Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

  • "Federal tax policies must encourage, incentivize, and reward risk and achievement—not discourage and penalize them. Lower taxes put more money in consumers’ pockets. That creates demand for goods and services and encourages businesses to create jobs." https://messer.house.gov/issues/tax-reform (messer.house.gov)
  • "Tonight, the President talked about coming together but put forth policies that divide us, like higher taxes, increased spending and more debt."https://messer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-luke-messer-responds-to-state-of-the-union (messer.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "I support tackling our nation’s infrastructure needs in innovative ways. That’s why I joined my colleague Representative John Delaney in introducing the Partnership to Build America Act. This bipartisan legislation would generate millions of jobs and grow our economy by creating a privately-financed mechanism to rebuild our country’s infrastructure at zero cost to the taxpayer." https://messer.house.gov/issues/infrastructure (messer.house.gov)
  • "Tonight, the President talked about coming together but put forth policies that divide us, like higher taxes, increased spending and more debt."https://messer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-luke-messer-responds-to-state-of-the-union (messer.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Republicans know the key to a healthier and more secure economy now and in the future is leaving more money in the hands of hardworking Americans, not transferring it to the hands of Washington bureaucrats. That's why the House passed and I voted for A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America (H. Con. Res. 27). The proposal isn't perfect, but it will certainly make Washington more efficient and accountable while reducing debt and lowering taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961100/a-balanced-budget-for-a-stronger-america/?search=tax#.VXrvG3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Federal tax policies must encourage, incentivize, and reward risk and achievement—not discourage and penalize them. Lower taxes put more money in consumers’ pockets. That creates demand for goods and services and encourages businesses to create jobs." https://messer.house.gov/issues/tax-reform (messer.house.gov)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Student Success Act moves us past No Child Left Behind, improves on this law's important progress, and provides relief from the law's most onerous and harmful mandates. It restores local control of our public schools, empowers teachers, parents, and students, and gets Washington out of the way." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/801760/student-success-act/?search=Common%20Core#.VXrxYXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • " He supports streamlining federal grant dollars to states to minimize bureaucracy and provide local education leaders greater freedom to maximize dollars to the classroom." http://www.lukemesser.com/education/ (www.lukemesser.com)
  • "While the Federal government has a limited role in elementary and secondary education, it should ensure that all children—regardless of their parents’ income or zip code—have the same opportunity to get the best possible education. That’s why I am a strong proponent of school choice. In 2014, I formed the Congressional School Choice Caucus, which is dedicated to expanding educational freedom and promoting policies that increase high-quality education options for all children. I also introduced legislation that allows states to use federal education funding to expand education choices." https://messer.house.gov/issues/education (messer.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is long past the time to begin building the Keystone pipeline. It is vital to our national security that our country becomes energy independent. To do that, we need an all of the above energy policy and the Keystone XL pipeline is important piece of the puzzle." https://messer.house.gov/issues/energy (messer.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXm4M3UViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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 support an 'all of the above' energy strategy for the Unites States. In March, I voted for the House-passed Electricity Security and Affordability Act (H.R. 3826). It’s a smart way to ensure the U.S. keeps a diverse energy portfolio that allows for future affordable energy from coal, natural gas and renewable sources." https://messer.house.gov/media-center/editorials/picking-energy-winners-and-losers (messer.house.gov)
  • "In Congress, Luke will fight for a plan that includes conservation, incentives to increase solar, wind and other clean renewable energy sources, and an increase in America's domestic production of oil by building more refineries and drilling here and now." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/701333/issue-position-energy-independence/?search=renewable%20energy (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "His Administration appears to be making headway on a radical campaign pledge to reduce greenhouses gases—a plan the President himself said would cause electricity rates to 'necessarily skyrocket.'" https://messer.house.gov/issues/energy (messer.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • "On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new environmental regulations that require energy producers to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 30% by 2030. These new rules are bad for the economy, will not make the environment cleaner and ultimately send the country in the wrong direction." https://messer.house.gov/media-center/editorials/picking-energy-winners-and-losers (messer.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/33997/luke-messer/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "As a Nation, we should focus our collective grief and attention on finding actual solutions to prevent such tragedies in the future. But gun bans are not the answer. History shows that gun bans only keep guns away from law-abiding citizens, not criminals. Blaming a gun for violence is like blaming a pen for a misspelled word." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/771526/upholding-our-second-amendment-rights/?search=gun#.VXrysHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
Yes 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.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150 (votesmart.org)
  • "Few laws have expanded government’s role in our everyday lives like the Affordable Care Act. I oppose this law and voted to repeal, delay and defund it entirely." https://messer.house.gov/issues/health-issues (messer.house.gov)
  • "Luke Messer will continue to fight to repeal Obamacare and replace it with commonsense, market-driven policies that give patients control over more of their own healthcare decisions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/913822/issue-position-healthcare/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VYhIVnUVhHw (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

  • "We have a commitment from the Speaker that we will fight executive amnesty when the new Congress convenes. I will work to make sure that commitment is kept." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/947766/congressman-luke-messer-releases-statement-on-government-funding-bill/?search=amnesty#.VXr14nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Throughout this process, I have worked to stop the President’s executive amnesty and ensure we fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With today’s vote, we can continue to do both." https://messer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-messer-continues-to-fight-amnesty-temporarily-fund-dhs (messer.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am disappointed in yesterday's Supreme Court ruling. The people should set marriage policy, not activist judges. The debate over marriage will continue, and it is my hope that states will define marriage as the union between one man and one woman." https://messer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/statement-from-congressman-luke-messer-on-supreme-court-rulings (messer.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220#.VgLq73UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In Congress, Luke will stand on conservative principles and will... support existing federal law that defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman and gives states the right to not recognize same-sex marriages that are legal in other states." http://www.hrc.org/elected-officials/profile/house/707#.VYhKXXUVhHw (www.hrc.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We have to have stability. It is not in America's interest to have instability in that region in the world." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/884863/indiana-congress-responds-to-choas-in-iraq/?search=Iraq (votesmart.org)
  • "Our nation is rightly war weary. However, our shared desire for peace can't blind us to the fact that ISIS is committed to bringing war to America like al Qaeda did in 2001. The decision to unleash America's military might must only be made to ensure the safety and security of our country and its citizens. We seek peace, but we maintain strength so we can always answer the bell in the fight for freedom." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/923315/dont-forget-the-lesson-of-911/?search=Syria (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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

  • Rated 5% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/interest-group/959/rating/7965 (votesmart.org)
  • "In fact, like Congressman Paul Ryan, I believe that reform plans should not affect people currently in Medicare or Social Security -- or even the people 55 to 65 who would join the program within the next 10 years. That said, for those younger than 55, we need reforms like those found in the Ryan budget – potentially extend the retirement age by a few years and reforming the Medicare program to empower and enable individuals to select the health care coverage program that best fit their needs." http://www.wthr.com/story/19112715/decision-2012-questionnaire-luke-messer (www.wthr.com)

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Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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