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Jerry Moran's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (KS) - Jr, Republican
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Jerry Moran has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Kansas Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

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 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. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoIn 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
Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Do 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?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
  • "Part of preparing our children to be successful means providing educators with the resources they need to effectively meet the needs of their students. […] we should allow school districts to determine how to best use federal resources." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/361986/issue-position-education#.VY2q8nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Since parents and teachers know the educational needs of their children and students best, Congress should allow local school districts to determine how to best use federal educational resources." http://www.moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/education (www.moran.senate.gov)
Other or expanded principles

Education decisions should be made on the local level, by those who best understand their implications. A one-size-fits all mandate or solution from the federal government does make sense for Kansas schools.

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
NoDo 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
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
  • "There is no doubt that the federal government has failed when it comes to immigration. America's immigration system is broken and desperately needs to be fixed. But granting amnesty to illegal immigrants is no solution. I strongly oppose this attempt to circumvent Congress and reward those who have entered our country illegally." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/524889/moran-obama-should-not-grant-amnesty-to-illegal-immigrants/?search=amnesty#.VYgjtnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "This week, I voted against using taxpayer dollars to fund implementation of the President's executive amnesty through the Department of Homeland Security spending bill. I strongly support funding the Department of Homeland Security but I do not believe we should use taxpayer dollars to pay for executive amnesty." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953007/kansas-common-sense-presidents-nominee-for-attorney-general/?search=amnesty#.VYgjeHUViko (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations
  • "The countries where ISIS is flourishing are chaotic, unstable and have major political problems. I believe military action can only be effective when accompanied by long-term diplomatic solutions, and the power of American diplomacy should not be underestimated." http://c3.thevoterguide.org/v/wichita16/race-detail.do?id=14964501 (c3.thevoterguide.org)
YesShould 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
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.
a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) 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.
a) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Small business taxes
d) Excise taxes (alcohol)
e) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
f) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
g) Income taxes (low-income families)
h) Income taxes (middle-income families)
i) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Inheritance taxes
k) 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.
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