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Michael Burgess' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 26, Republican
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Michael Burgess 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 100% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that human life is precious, and that government should protect human life, not assist in its destruction. I am a member of the Values Action Team and the Pro-life Caucus, and I will support legislation to protect the rights of unborn children." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/628458/issue-position-family-issues#.VZV8jnUVhHw (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

  • "President Obama's proposed $3.8 trillion budget is the blueprint for an expansion of unchecked government spending, increased taxes, and more added to our country's already unsustainable deficit -- precisely the opposite of what is needed and expected in the President's budget during these tough economic times." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/483356/burgess-statement-on-presidents-budget#.VZV-fHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Michael Burgess, 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VZV9MnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today I voted against the budget because it increases spending and it fails our veterans. Removing the spending caps imposed by sequestration, and further raising the national debt is unacceptable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/843011/burgess-statement-on-budget-vote#.VZV_6nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Out of control governmental spending is an enormous problem in our country and is the primary cause of our growing federal deficit." http://burgessforcongress.org/economy/ (burgessforcongress.org)
  • "President Obama's proposed $3.8 trillion budget is the blueprint for an expansion of unchecked government spending, increased taxes, and more added to our country's already unsustainable deficit – precisely the opposite of what is needed and expected in the President's budget during these tough economic times." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/483356/burgess-statement-on-presidents-budget#.VbfZtHV3k1N (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Michael Burgess, 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VZV9MnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Our current tax system is in desperate need of reform. In every session of Congress in which he has served Congressman Burgess has introduced the Freedom Flat Tax Act, a bill which aims to simplify the American tax code and remove the many distortions and perverse incentives inherent in our byzantine tax code." http://burgessforcongress.org/economy/ (burgessforcongress.org)
  • "President Obama's proposed $3.8 trillion budget is the blueprint for an expansion of unchecked government spending, increased taxes, and more added to our country's already unsustainable deficit – precisely the opposite of what is needed and expected in the President's budget during these tough economic times." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/483356/burgess-statement-on-presidents-budget#.VbfZtHV3k1N (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, members of the Texas congressional delegation, led by Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26), introduced legislation to repeal language in last summer's education funding bill that solely discriminates against the state of Texas, and could prevent the Lone Star State from receiving $830 million in federal education funding." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/587756/texas-delegation-introduces-legislation-to-repeal-doggett-language-that-discriminates-against-texas#.VZWA03UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing you urge you to remove previously House-passed language included in Sen. AMDT. 4575 that solely discriminates against our State. Again, this amendment singles out only the state of Texas. […] According to the Congressional Research Service, the State's share of the $10 billion is estimated to be over $830 million. By adding the additional two-year requirement, the House language only punishes Texas students and teachers." http://burgess.house.gov/uploadedfiles/08-06-10_letter_to_speaker_pelosi_on_ed_funding.pdf (burgess.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 Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbfbwnV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "It is time to act in our nation's best interest and approve the Keystone XL pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761081/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=xl#.VZWBunUVhHw (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

  • "As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I have overseen legislation that provides incentives for the use of domestic fuel sources, such as natural gas, as well as supporting the development of nontraditional renewable energies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369491/issue-position-energy#.VZWB9HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Alternative energy sources will be an important source of power in the future, and Texas’ 26th Congressional District has been a leader in alternative energy – from a company that manufactures solar panels in Keller and another that manufactures wind turbine blades in Gainesville." http://burgess.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=636 (burgess.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe cap and trade will cause more harm to our nation's economy and future than any other proposal in the history of Congress. H.R. 2454 will cause the cost of electricity and transportation fuels to increase as domestic energy companies will have pay the government to regulate carbon emissions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/438147/burgess-votes-against-detrimental-cap-and-trade-proposal/?search=cap#.VbffeXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "States, local agencies, and leading industry stakeholders have expressed concern with the EPA's proposed revisions, which could be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the American people by the agency." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/981135/members-continue-oversight-of-epas-controversial-ozone-rule-and-its-effect-on-jobs-manufacturing#.VZWCX3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/50120/michael-burgess/37#.VZWbEXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Your proposals do not adequately recognize that simply having access to a firearm does not cause murderous intent or criminal nature. Countless more children who are raised in homes with lawful firearms do not commit crimes than those who do." http://burgess.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=317704 (burgess.house.gov)
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. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VY7rIvlVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Burgess believes wholeheartedly that the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the implementation of legislation that will actually reduce healthcare costs, increase patient choice, reform liability laws and ensuring that there are enough doctors to care for our families and neighbors is of utmost importance." http://burgessforcongress.org/health-care/ (burgessforcongress.org)
  • "We know what ideas don't work. Those are the ideas enshrined into law in the Affordable Care Act. Now let's look toward ideas that will work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/952122/providing-for-consideration-of-hr-596-repeal-of-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act#.VZWcrnUVhHw (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 already do a good job allowing new citizens into our country. Perhaps if we focus on securing our borders instead of rewarding or offering amnesty, some of the problems would become more manageable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/788479/amnesty-is-not-the-answer#.VZWdTnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly oppose any proposal to grant amnesty to illegal aliens." http://burgess.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=624 (burgess.house.gov)
  • "As a nation we cannot afford to implement an amnesty program, and as your Congressman, I will not support any legislation that proposes to do so." http://burgessforcongress.org/immigration/ (burgessforcongress.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/50120/michael-burgess/76#.VZWdw3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H. Amdt 1416 "Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/41178#.VZKimHUVhHw (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

  • "Since the classified briefing on Sunday, it has been clear to me that taking military action in Syria would be a mistake. […] Involving our military in this conflict would not be in our national interest, and I will oppose authorizing the President to act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/810784/congressman-burgess-statement-on-syrian-military-intervention#.VbfjQnV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "In our continued War on Terror, we as a nation must continue to provide our Armed Forces with the newest and best equipment to aid in their efforts." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369488/issue-position-defense#.VZWe0nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The role of the CIA has always been to gather intelligence which the DOD and the armed forces may use to carry out military action, but the provision in the Omnibus that gives CIA more authority to carry out drone strikes dangerously blurs the lines of jurisdiction between the two […] That's why it's critically important to pass this bill so that authority to carry out drone strikes is exclusively in the hands of DOD where it belongs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849867/burgess-introduces-legislation-to-limit-cias-authority-to-carry-out-drone-strikes-transfers-authority-to-dod#.VZWfL3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am concerned about the solvency of our Social Security and entitlement programs. Any proposed change must guarantee that current and future retirees receive the benefits to which they are entitled. http://burgess.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=627 (burgess.house.gov)
  • Rated 10% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/interest-group/959/rating/7965 (votesmart.org)
  • "Millions of seniors today rely on Social Security to supplement their retirement income and Medicare to provide them with access to health care. Both programs are critical to millions in our nation and to many in Texas. Because of the vital benefits of these two programs, we must approach any proposed changes to these programs with great care and forethought." http://burgess.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=627 (burgess.house.gov)

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.

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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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