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Tom Emmer's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MN) - District 6, Republican
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Tom Emmer 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

  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/38894/tom-emmer/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "This year on the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I join many Americans in mourning the death of the more than 56 million babies who have been lost. The bill passed by Congress is proof the American public is determined now more than ever to maintain the standard and principle that every life is precious and must be protected." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1074326/every-life-is-precious (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (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

  • "For America to remain an economic superpower, it is critical that we slash back the regulations, reduce spending, return to sound monetary policy, and lessen the tax burden facing families." https://emmer.house.gov/issues/jobs-and-economic-growth (emmer.house.gov)
  • "The answer to deficits is not more taxes, but less. Lower taxes will make Minnesota more appealing to those looking to start small businesses, as most of them file as individuals, especially while they are growing." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/38894/tom-emmer/#.VZrEivlViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "One thing practicing law has taught me is that locking them up and throwing away the key is not the best solution […] Our nation’s heroes and those suffering from addiction benefit most when prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers, and the community come together to chart a path towards restoring them to a place where they can once again contribute to our society. Those who have sacrificed so much must know that the communities they return to also support them and this grant will provide critical funding to do just that." https://emmer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/klobuchar-franken-emmer-announce-nearly-650000-drug-court-and-veterans (emmer.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "For America to remain an economic superpower, it is critical that we slash back the regulations, reduce spending, return to sound monetary policy, and lessen the tax burden facing families." https://emmer.house.gov/issues/jobs-and-economic-growth (emmer.house.gov)
  • "Congress must provide certainty to states by providing long-term federal transportation funding for needed infrastructure repairs and improvements. Continuing the capacity expansion of Interstate 94 W Corridor; rail-grade separation and safety improvements along US-10; and supporting transportation initiatives in the district will be my top priorities during the 114th Congress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1090599/issue-position-transportation (votesmart.org)
  • "The state has a major budget deficit and the need for a long-term solution can be found in one place: spending. We must reduce the size of our bloated government. This will naturally reduce government spending." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/536392/issue-position-government-spending#.VZ1OMnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The answer to deficits is not more taxes, but less. Lower taxes will make Minnesota more appealing to those looking to start small businesses, as most of them file as individuals, especially while they are growing." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/38894/tom-emmer/#.VZrEivlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VZV_GvlViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Well-intentioned policies such as No Child Left Behind often leave our teachers and administrators overburdened with paperwork, little to no additional funding, and less time to teach our children; there must be a better way." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/536390/#.VZrG7PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As a father of seven, I understand that America’s education system should be as diverse and individual-oriented as the people it serves. I support localizing control of education, and have long been a supporter of a school choice system that would allow parents to send their children to the public, private, or religious schools of their choice." https://emmer.house.gov/issues/education-and-opportunity (emmer.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VZV9i_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I support the Keystone XL Pipeline because I support economic and energy independence for Minnesota and our country." https://emmer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/emmer-votes-pass-keystone-xl-pipeline (emmer.house.gov)
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

  • "When it comes to energy production, we need to have an approach that responsibly takes advantage of every possible resource available while also reducing our dependency on volatile foreign nations." https://emmer.house.gov/issues/energy (emmer.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There is a marketplace, always, to move toward less carbon-intensive fuels, but I don't think government needs to mandate those sorts of things." http://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/30/candidates-for-governor-environmental-issues (www.mprnews.org)
  • "The Clean Power Plan mandates that Minnesota reduce carbon emissions for power plants by 41 percent by the year 2030, while requiring lower reductions in other States. The EPA has failed to recognize and credit Minnesota for already decreasing its emissions by 13 percent between 2005 and 2011. Not only is this plan patently unfair to Minnesotans, but it will hurt consumers across our Nation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/972415/clean-power-plan-in-minnesota#.VZ1QGXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
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/38894/tom-emmer/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "Last session, I introduced the Firearms Freedom Act, which exempts the state from any federal rules or regulations regarding firearms, ammunition, or firearms accessories that are manufactured and retained in Minnesota. I strongly opposed efforts to repeal our concealed carry law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/536397/issue-position-second-amendment#.VZrJFPlViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Government-centered health care models like Obamacare are fundamentally unworkable and unfair, and fail to respect the dignity of human life. Congress needs to focus its energy on practical health care solutions that lower cost and increase personal choice." https://emmer.house.gov/issues/health-care (emmer.house.gov)
  • 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 Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VZV-X_lViko (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

  • "Let's not obscure the fact that when people refer to 'undocumented workers' they are using a euphemism for illegal immigrants. Tolerance of illegal immigration is tolerance of breaking legitimate, constitutional federal laws. Illegal immigrants are certainly aware of those laws and the fact that they are breaking them, and law enforcement officials, employers, and bureaucrats in 'sanctuary cities' are just as aware." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/536399/issue-position-immigration#.VZ1UdXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Illegal immigration is, in fact, illegal.That is why I support Arizona in its efforts to reign in the unchecked flow of illegal immigrants, and that is why I support the implementation of measures to ensure that immigration to Minnesota is both legal and orderly." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/536399/issue-position-immigration#.VZrebPlViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe marriage is the union between one man and one woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/536395/issue-position-protecting-life-and-marriage#.VZreo_lViko (votesmart.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

  • "There has been an ever growing list of attacks against the United States and our allies, and they must not go unanswered. I am committed now and always to push for stronger action against the ultimate sources of this terror. I will continue my push for the declaration of war against ISIS to be brought to the House Floor so that we can fully rid the world of this evil." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1134556/emmer-statement-following-st-cloud-mall-attack (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

  • St. Cloud Times "Do you support privatizing Social Security or Medicare for future beneficiaries? 'Yes.' " http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2014/10/25/denney-emmer-perske-vie-fill-bachmanns-shoes/17942619/ (www.sctimes.com)

Key

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.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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.

Minnesota State Legislative Election 2008 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.

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 which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
Xa) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Abortions should be subject to a mandatory waiting period.
g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Education (Higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Emergency preparedness
Maintain Statusd) Environment
Slightly Increasee) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Decreaseh) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreased) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statuse) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Greatly Decreaseg) Property taxes
Maintain Statush) Sales taxes
Slightly Increasei) Vehicle taxes
j) Other or expanded categories
No1) Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
No2) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
Undecided3) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
4) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Noa) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Minnesota governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Minnesota state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
No1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?
Yesf) Should Minnesota participate in the federal REAL ID program?
Nog) Should Minnesota allow homeowners whose mortgage is in foreclosure a one-year deferment on their primary residence?
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Establish the death penalty in Minnesota.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
d) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
e) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xf) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xg) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.
Xh) Support hate crime legislation.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support state funding of universal pre-K programs.
b) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
Xc) Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students.
Xd) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
e) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
Xf) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
g) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xh) Support using a merit pay system for teachers.
Xi) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
j) Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of Minnesota to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Increase the state minimum wage.
g) Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.
Xh) Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
Xi) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
j) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).
c) Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.
d) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
e) Support funding for improvements to Minnesota's power generating and transmission facilities.
f) Support funding for open space preservation.
g) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
h) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Yesa) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesb) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Yesc) Should a license be required for gun possession?
Yesd) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yese) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
f) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
Xb) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xc) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Minnesota.
g) Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Noa) Should Minnesota recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Noc) Should Minnesota provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?
Yesd) Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
Yese) Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?
Undecidedf) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Yesg) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
Noh) Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?
Yesi) Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?
Yesj) Should Minnesota continue affirmative action programs?
Yesk) Do you support state funding of stem cell research?
Yesl) Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?
Yesm) Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?
n) Other or expanded principles
Legislative Priorities
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.
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