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Pete Olson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 22, Republican

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Pete Olson has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pro-life and pro-traditional marriage." (www.olsonforcongress.com)
  • "I believe that life begins at conception and every life has a soul. Abortion as a means of birth control horrifies every fiber of my being. Our country should work to protect innocent life and I will vote that way in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • "Forcing tax hikes on small businesses and job creators in a weak economy is a recipe for disaster. So is an attempt at a short-term fix designed to aid the President's re-election bid, which is what today's announcement is." (votesmart.org)
  • "I, Pete Olson, 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." (votesmart.org)
  • "And as a Navy veteran, I can assure you that exploiting funding for our troops is both deplorable and demoralizing, and I will continue to oppose such actions. And as a Navy veteran, I can assure you that exploiting funding for our troops is both deplorable and demoralizing, and I will continue to oppose such actions." (votesmart.org)
  • "This bill gives our troops a much deserved pay raise and makes key investments in critical capabilities to support U.S. military readiness, deter aggression, and to respond to growing threats from Iran, North Korea and ISIS." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause (votesmart.org)
  • "Less Regulations – because our businesses cannot be competitive and help our economy grow when they are being held down by mountains of bureaucratic red tape." (www.olsonforcongress.com)
  • "The President's historic 'stimulus' spending spree and his refusal to support meaningful spending reductions are why our nation is falling deeper into a financial crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • "Less Spending because we cannot bankrupt our future generations." (www.olsonforcongress.com)
  • "You can count on me to fight for a smaller government that costs less. I look forward to joining with other Budget Hawks to fight excessive spending, excessive earmarking, and excessive taxation being heaped on families in order to pay for new programs." (votesmart.org)
  • "I, Pete Olson, 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." (votesmart.org)
  • "Forcing tax hikes on small businesses and job creators in a weak economy is a recipe for disaster. So is an attempt at a short-term fix designed to aid the President's re-election bid, which is what today's announcement is." (votesmart.org)
  • "House Republicans put forward a bill that hurts our nation's students. It does so by gutting education funds." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Education Association (votesmart.org)
  • "Members of the Texas Republican Congressional delegation, led by Congressman Michael C. Burgess (R-Lewisville), today introduced legislation to repeal language in last month's education funding bill that discriminates against only the state of Texas, and could prevent Texas from receiving its fair share of the federal education funding." (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." (burgess.house.gov)
  • "Infrastructure is critical for energy production. Whether it's crude oil being piped into our refineries or wind power coming to the center of our cities, it all relies on modern infrastructure." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must also encourage and create incentives right now in order to expand alternative energy sources like nuclear power, wind, solar, geothermal, oil shale, hydrogen fuel cells, and next generation batteries." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "More importantly, we believe that the authority to limit carbon emissions, even if that were actually a necessity, rests in neither the Constitution nor the Clean Air Act but in the true free market of individual choices made by the American people." (jeffduncan.house.gov)
  • "I'm extremely disappointed in the Supreme Court ruling, which upheld the EPA's flawed and unfair Cross State Air Pollution rule. The lower courts appropriately determined this to be a fundamentally broken regulation. I agreed wholeheartedly with the lower court that EPA's rule, by design, forced costly, deeper-than-needed cuts in some states to the benefit of others." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America (votesmart.org)
  • "The right to bear arms is a vital element of our Constitution. As a gun owner and a member of the National Rifle Association, I will always vote to protect our Second Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
  • "As we begin year two of life under Obamacare, I remain convinced that full repeal of this disastrous law is the best solution. This law moves America's health care system in the wrong direction, transferring decisions about your family's health care from you to Washington bureaucrats." (votesmart.org)
  • 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" (votesmart.org)
  • "We […] passed a spending bill that funds President Trump's border wall." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Federation for Immigration Reform (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in strengthening our borders with fences, increased surveillance, increased man power, detention facilities, and an increased commitment to FULLY enforce our laws – no excuses, no delays, and no second chances for those who break our laws. Amnesty is not an option." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today the House took an important step to stop President Obama's dangerous and unlawful executive amnesty," Rep. Olson said. "The US Constitution demands that any changes to immigration or other federal laws must be passed by Congress and enforced by the president." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H Amdt 1086 "Prohibits States from Penalizing a Bank for Providing Fincancial Services to Marijuana Businesses" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H Amdt 748 "Prohibits Federal Agencies from Preventing States from Authorizing the Use of Medical Marijuana" (votesmart.org)
  • "The US and our allies must maintain a strong presence in the region and force China to engage with their North Korean dependents." (votesmart.org)
  • "This bill gives our troops a much deserved pay raise and makes key investments in critical capabilities to support U.S. military readiness, deter aggression, and to respond to growing threats from Iran, North Korea and ISIS." (votesmart.org)
  • "Under the failures in Hillary Clinton’s State Department, tensions with Russia grew to near Cold War levels as they opposed Western efforts to fight ISIS, take down Assad in Syria, and the Administration did nothing as Putin invaded the Ukraine. Fortunately, we have new leadership in the White House that understands how important America’s role in the world must be if we are going to prevent terrorism and hostile regime’s from endangering American lives." (www.olsonforcongress.com)
  • "As a former Navy pilot and action officer to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I know first hand that we still live in a dangerous world where countries and state-sponsored terrorist organizations are focused on destroying America and harming innocent civilians. This is a war we did not ask for, did not provoke, but one we must win." (www.olsonforcongress.com)

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