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Brian Babin's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 36, Republican
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Brian Babin 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

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  • "I am a steadfast defender of the sanctity of life and the unborn." (
  • "I am a steadfast defender of the sanctity of life and the unborn and have been an active fighter for advancing pro-life legislation in the Congress. Earning a 100% rating from the National Right to Life, I am actively engaged in the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus." (
  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This bill takes an important step to protect innocent life. Scientific evidence shows that unborn babies have the capacity to experience pain after 20 weeks. Ending these lives through abortion is both a unconscionable and inhumane." (
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • "I oppose ANY tax increase and will work toward a simplified tax code. Spending must be reduced with real cuts that lead to a balanced budget and end constant debt-ceiling increases." (
  • "I, Brian Babin, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Texas, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • "I believe jobs are created by building a healthy economy based on freedom and opportunity rather than government directives and regulation." (
  • "U.S. Representative Brian Babin (TX-36) today introduced his first bill, the No Taxpayer Bailouts for Unsustainable State and Local Pensions Act (H.R. 1476), which prohibits the U.S. Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve from offering any sort of bailout to a state or local government pension system." (
  • "While I am not surprised, I am nonetheless disappointed that the President's budget calls for record taxes, spending and debt. His budget never balances, includes $2.1 trillion in higher taxes and another $8.5 trillion in debt." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • "Hardworking Texas taxpayers should not be punished for living in a tax-friendly state like Texas […] These two bipartisan bills provide critical tax relief to Texas taxpayers and ensure their hard-earned dollars stay in our communities rather than in Washington's coffers." (
  • "I oppose ANY tax increase and will work toward a simplified tax code. Spending must be reduced with real cuts that lead to a balanced budget and end constant debt-ceiling increases." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

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  • "I trust local school boards, parents and teachers more than bureaucrats in Washington, DC. As we consider education policy in the Congress, I am committed to returning decision-making authority to where it belongs - with parents, teachers, principle and local school boards." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. For far too long, President Obama has impeded construction of the Keystone XL pipeline – costing the American people thousands of good-paying jobs and blocking an affordable source of energy." (
  • Voted in favor of S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" (
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

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  • "In Congress, I am committed to a real, long-term energy strategy that maximizes domestic energy production, eliminates inefficient and ineffective regulations, and reduces our dependence on Middle East oil." (
  • Signed a letter stating "While we support energy efficiency, we are extremely concerned that the nationwide 92% standard proposed in this rule will significantly increase costs to natural gas consumers, force them to switch to less efficient alternatives, and ultimately undermine the efficiency goals that underline the Energy Policy and Conservation Act." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • "The greatest challenge for Americans who work for our nation’s energy producers are the burdensome regulations imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy and other agencies across the Obama Administration." (
  • "The EPA's proposed ozone standards represent one of the most costly regulations in U.S. history – and few areas would be impacted more than the 36th District of Texas, which is home to numerous petrochemical plants and oil refineries." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

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  • Rated 93% by the Gun Owners of America (
  • "I am a rock solid defender of the 2nd Amendment, a 30 year member of the NRA, and was endorsed by the NRA in my 1996 congressional race." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

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  • "We must work repeal Obamacare and replace it with federal tax credits and free market solutions that empower the American people to choose for themselves a health plan that meets their needs and that they can afford." (
  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 596, legislation that I have cosponsored to fully repeal ObamaCare." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
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

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  • "President Obama's decision to grant amnesty through unilateral executive action makes a mockery of our laws and it must be stopped on all levels." (
  • "We must secure the borders and oppose amnesty programs. Immigration reform must be an orderly, controlled policy that benefits U.S. citizens and our country and does not reward illegal entry." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • "The U.S. Supreme Court issued a sweeping ruling that essentially strikes down the marriage laws of all 50 states and requires them to recognize same-sex marriage. This decision over-turns state laws and state constitutional amendments that define marriage as between one man and one woman – including the constitution amendment approved by the voters in Texas." (
  • "Traditional marriage has been under assault as courts and some state legislatures have sought to both redefine marriage as something other than between one man and one woman and to penalize and discriminate against those who have religious and conscience convictions against the redefinition of marriage." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

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  • "ISIS must be defeated at all costs. President Obama must stop viewing this group through a political lens, and start viewing them through the lens of a Commander-in-Chief. Our country's security and interests are directly threatened by ISIS. It's time our President once again take the fight directly to them and prevent another 9/11." (
  • "As a veteran myself and father of a decorated Navy SEAL, I believe our military must be prepared and second to none in a very dangerous world. We must eliminate waste and mismanagement in the military to permit our Armed Forces to defend and protect our national security to the utmost." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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


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Congressional Election 1996 National Political Awareness 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.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate all principles you support concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape or when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xd) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
f) Abortions should always be illegal.
g) Other
Indicate your position concerning affirmative action programs.
a) The federal government should consider preferences to minority-owned businesses in granting government contracts.
b) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
c) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
d) The federal government should provide affirmative actions programs as long as such programs do not include quotas.
Xe) The federal government should not provide any affirmative action programs.
f) Other
YesDo you support amending the US Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only.
Greatly Decreasea) AIDS Programs
Eliminateb) Arts funding
Greatly Decreasec) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decreased) Environmental programs
Greatly Decreasee) Housing projects
Greatly Decreasef) Job training programs
Greatly Increaseg) Law enforcement
Maintain Statush) Medicaid
Slightly Increasei) Medicare
Maintain Statusj) NASA
Slightly Increasek) Student loan programs
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare (AFDC)
m) Other
n) Other
o) Other
2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas?
Yesa) Agriculture
Yesb) Education
Yesc) Farm subsidies
Yesd) Food stamps
Yese) Law enforcement
Yesf) Medicaid
Nog) Medicare
Yesh) School lunches
Yesi) Welfare
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding campaign finance reform.
a) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
b) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns and provide public funding for complying candidates.
c) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
d) Pass legislation that would encourage full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
e) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
f) Other
Indicate which principles you support to address crime.
Xa) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
d) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for adult first-time felons.
Xe) Limit the number of appeals allowed to inmates on death row.
f) Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
g) Expand funding for community policing programs.
h) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
Xi) Prosecute youths accused of murder as adults.
j) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
k) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xl) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
m) Other
Indicate what changes you support (if any) regarding funding for the following categories. Select one number only.
Maintain Status1) CIA appropriations
2) Defense plant conversion
Slightly Increase3) Military hardware
Maintain Status4) Military space shuttle missions
Greatly Increase5) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increase6) Development of new weapons
Greatly Increase7) Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)
Greatly Increase8) Armed Forces personnel training
9) Other
Yes1) Do you support amending the United States Constitution to allow voluntary prayer and/or moment of silence in public schools?
No2) Do you support funding the National Service Program (Ameri-Corps) in which young people receive money from the federal government for college in return for performing community service?
3) Indicate which principles you support concerning education.
a) Maintain the national standards and goals set forth in "Goals 2000".
b) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
Xc) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
d) Implement charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues.
f) Other
Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding America's environment and natural resources.
a) Transfer public lands, such as federal forests and range lands, to the jurisdiction of state and local governments.
Xb) Require the federal government to reimburse citizens when environmental regulations limit use of privately owned lands.
c) Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
Xd) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
Xe) Utilize cost-benefit analysis to determine economic impacts of proposed environmental protection and cleanup legislation.
f) Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
g) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the amounts charged to mining companies using federal lands.
Xh) Encourage development of alternative fuels and electric cars to reduce pollution.
Xi) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
j) Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
k) Require that a percentage of purchases made by federal agencies include recycled components.
Xl) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution.
m) Other
Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.
Federal1) Border security
Federal2) Civil rights enforcement
Local3) Education
Federal4) Environmental cleanup
None5) Job training
Local6) Law enforcement
State7) Low-income housing
State8) Medicaid
Federal9) Medicare
State10) Welfare (AFDC)
11) Other
No1) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Cuba?
No2) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Vietnam?
Yes3) Should the US recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
No4) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty?
Yes5) Should the US continue funding for Radio Marti and TV Marti?
Yes6) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Asia?
No7) Do you support the deployment of US troops to the former Yugoslavia?
8) Indicate your position concerning economic aid to Russia and the former Soviet republics.
a) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be increased to facilitate democracy and market reforms.
Xb) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be continued unless Russia exports nuclear weapons or related technology.
c) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be decreased and/or eliminated.
d) Other
9) Indicate which principles you support regarding US economic aid to foreign countries.
Xa) Foreign aid should only be given when extraordinary circumstances and disaster threaten the lives of civilian populations.
Xb) Foreign aid should be given to countries only when it is in the security interests of the United States.
Xc) Foreign aid should be eliminated from any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Foreign aid should be maintained at current levels.
e) Other
10) Indicate which principles you support regarding the United States - United Nations relationship.
a) The US should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Xb) The US should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital US interests are directly threatened.
c) The US should use military force only when the US border or territories are attacked or American citizens are in danger.
d) The US should pay the money it owes to the United Nations.
e) The US should withdraw from the UN completely.
f) Other
Indicate which principles you support concerning gun issues.
a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms.
Xd) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms.
Xe) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms.
Xf) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered.
g) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding America's health care system.
a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
b) Provide vouchers to the working poor so they can buy into a private health care plan.
c) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
Xd) Support a "managed competition" health care plan to contain costs and improve access that does not include mandated health alliances, government cost control powers, or employer/employee mandates.
Xe) Provide tax incentives for small businesses to help provide health care to their employees.
Xf) Allow middle and low income families to deduct yearly health care costs from their taxable income.
Xg) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xh) Encourage tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support concerning illegal drugs.
Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Xd) Require drug testing for federal employees in sensitive positions (Air Traffic Control, National Park Police, Secret Service, etc.).
Xe) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
f) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
g) Decriminalize the possession and private use of marijuana.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding issues relating to immigration.
Xa) Further limit the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens.
Xd) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States.
e) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
Xf) Restrict the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. AFDC, HUD housing, food stamps, etc.).
Xg) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship.
h) Other
YesShould the President be allowed to veto certain items of legislation while signing spending or tax bills into law?
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. Explain what you will do as a member of Congress to address this concern.

Americans still believe in the priniciples that made our country great: principles like right and wrong, personal responsibility, the strength of the family and faith in our Creator, but those principles are no longer reflected in our federal government. Washington has gotten off track because it has strayed from those values...

Indicate which principles you support regarding the poor and homeless.
a) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
b) Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
c) Increase funding of programs that help alcoholics and drug addicts recover and find steady work.
d) Increase the minimum wage.
e) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
Xf) Provide government jobs for those who wish to work and cannot find a job in the private sector.
Xg) Increase the income tax deduction on individual contributions made to charities that help the poor and homeless.
Xh) Implement enterprise zones in communities with high unemployment.
i) Other
1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only.
Income Taxes
Greatly Decreasea) Retiree income over $40,000
Eliminateb) Family income less than $25,000
Greatly Decreasec) Family income $25-75,000
Greatly Decreased) Family income $75-150,000
Greatly Decreasee) Family income over $150,000
Other Tax Issues
Slightly Increasef) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseg) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseh) Charitable deductions
Slightly Increasei) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Corporate income taxes
Greatly Decreasek) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Decreasel) Estate taxes
Greatly Increasem) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusn) Mortgage deductions
o) Other
Yes2) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Yes3) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a broad-based consumption tax?
Yes1) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?
2) If you support term limits, how many years should each serve?
Senator (years)


Representatives (years)


Indicate which principles you support concerning terrorism.
a) Relax current guidelines that forbid the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from investigating terrorist groups when there is a "reasonable indication" of terrorist activities.
b) Relax wiretapping restrictions to give the FBI broader authority to investigate terrorist suspects.
c) Require that chemical tracing agents be added to commercially-sold products that can be used to produce explosives.
d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals.
Xe) Grant broader authority to the US Immigration and Naturalization Service to deny entrance visas to terrorist suspects.
Xf) Maintain limits on the authority of federal agencies investigating suspected terrorists.
g) Restrict the investigative authority of the FBI and other governmental agencies.
h) Other
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries?
No3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Undecided4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
No5) Do you support lifting the trade embargo imposed against Cuba?
Yes6) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes7) Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?
Indicate which principles you support regarding unemployment.
Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
b) Increase funding for national job-training programs.
c) Increase funding for public works projects such as the repair of roads and bridges.
Xd) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xe) Establish enterprise zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
f) Overhaul the current unemployment system by focusing on training and education in skills needed in certain industries.
g) Eliminate any governmental programs designed to reduce unemployment.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding the US welfare system.
Xa) Strengthen child support collection procedures and increase penalties for parents who do not pay child support.
Xb) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Xc) Require welfare recipients to accept some form of government-sponsored job after two years if unemployed in the private sector.
Xd) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
Xe) Limit the benefits given to single women if they have additional children while receiving welfare benefits.
f) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
g) Provide rent or housing supplement vouchers for low-income families.
h) Make no substantial changes at this time.
i) Increase funding of programs that prevent teen pregnancy and family break-up.
j) Support programs that give incentives for employers to hire and train welfare recipients.
k) Other
1) Explain your two main legislative priorities if elected to Congress.

Putting Families First In Congress, I will propose and support legislation to replace the present welfare system and eliminate tax codes which undermine the moral and economic foundations of our families. To restore America we must restore the stability and worth of the American family Balancing the Federal Budget The entitlement and regulatory bureaucracy has lost all common sense and purpose except to perpetuate itself. I will propose and support legislation to balance the budget by downsizing government, eliminating unnecessary departments and streamlining others.

2) Should your priorities require additional government funding, please explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.
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