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Lloyd Smucker's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "End taxpayer funded abortions as part of Obamacare." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "Consistent support to preserve and protect Medicare and Social Security. Voted in support of legislation to ban Congress from borrowing taxpayer dollars in the Social Security Trust Fund and using these funds to pay for other federal programs (H.Res. 5)." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "In contrast, H.R. 1384 and related Medicare-for-All proposals give Americans fewer choices, higher costs, and one-size-fits-all mandated, government-run care. That is why we strongly oppose any proposal to establish a single-payer health care systemthat will undermine private coverage and put additional financial burdens on taxpayers, workers, and families." (votesmart.org)
  • "Speaker Pelosi wants to spend your taxpayer dollars on her campaign by dangerously nationalizing elections. Pelosi says H.R. 1 is “For the People” but it’s only for HER people." (twitter.com)
  • "#HR1 dictates "one-size-fits-all" election mandates from Washington, oversteps the boundaries of our Constitution and spends taxpayer dollars on attack ads. This bill isn’t "For the People," it’s "For the Politicians."" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause. (votesmart.org)
  • "Speaker Pelosi wants to spend your taxpayer dollars on her campaign by dangerously nationalizing elections. Pelosi says H.R. 1 is "For the People" but it’s only for HER people." (twitter.com)
  • Voted against Hr 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "#HR1 dictates “one-size-fits-all” election mandates from Washington, oversteps the boundaries of our Constitution and spends taxpayer dollars on attack ads. This bill isn’t “For the People,” it’s “For the Politicians.”" (twitter.com)
  • "I was proud to cosponsor and vote for the JUSTICE Act in the House, led by former law enforcement office Rep. Stauber, which is the companion legislation introduced in the Senate by Sen. Tim Scott. This legislation would advance important reforms including ending the use of chokeholds, increasing the use of body cameras, and ensuring that bad cops who are fired for misconduct from one department cannot find another job as a law enforcement officer in a new city, county or state's law enforcement agency." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • ""There is no higher responsibility for Congress than to provide for the defense of our nation. I am thankful that today the House came together in support of bipartisan legislation that ensures the brave men and women of our armed forces have the resources they need to carry out their mission and keep our nation safe. This legislation will continue to ensure that the strength of our military is unrivaled across the globe," said Smucker. "This legislation provides a 3 percent raise for our service members, takes steps to deter continued aggression from China, and continues funding our national defense at the bipartisan level agreed to last year to fulfill President Trump's request."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I joined a strong bipartisan majority last evening in supporting the 2022 NDAA, which provides a pay increase to our troops and additional investment in ensuring our nation’s military remains unrivaled in strength and capability. We owe our soldiers nothing less." (twitter.com)
  • "Increase military spending at a rate necessary to defeat ISIS." (www.electsmuckerpa.com)
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (votesmart.org)
  • "I joined a strong bipartisan majority last evening in supporting the 2022 NDAA, which provides a pay increase to our troops and additional investment in ensuring our nation’s military remains unrivaled in strength and capability. We owe our soldiers nothing less." (twitter.com)
  • "There is no higher responsibility for Congress than to provide for the defense of our nation. I am thankful that today the House came together in support of bipartisan legislation that ensures the brave men and women of our armed forces have the resources they need to carry out their mission and keep our nation safe. This legislation will continue to ensure that the strength of our military is unrivaled across the globe," said Smucker. "This legislation provides a 3 percent raise for our service members, takes steps to deter continued aggression from China, and continues funding our national defense at the bipartisan level agreed to last year to fulfill President Trump's request." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "We need to fix our aging infrastructure system. We need to address our deficient roads, bridges, ports, railways and airports." (votesmart.org)
  • "As Congress and the administration develop a plan to improve our nation's aging infrastructure, this apprenticeship grant program will help create the pipeline of workers needed to rebuild America's roads, highways, and bridges. I am proud to introduce this bipartisan bill with Reps. Paul Mitchell and Tim Ryan, and I am thankful for their work to help provide family-sustaining jobs and support our growing economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Council for Citizens Against Government Waste. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "#PPP has helped millions of small businesses and employees keep their jobs around our nation. In #PA more than 166,000 loans and close to $21 billion have been administered. We must continue to fight for our small businesses and ensure employees can provide for their families." (twitter.com)
  • "We should be supporting small businesses by allowing them to reopen safely. The governor is doing the opposite, "Wolf's action was an unnecessary and excessive blow to an industry that's already reeling." (twitter.com)
  • "Unfortunately, as I will point out tonight, the spending policies enacted and pushed by the Biden administration and by Democrats in Congress are really responsible for driving inflation and are certainly--even if you don't agree with that--they are certainly saddling future generations with debt. Someone will pay the price for the massive debt we have now, and unfortunately, that will be our kids and grandkids and future generations." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "President Biden has unnecessarily spent trillions of dollars, spiking inflation into a 40-year high of 8.6 percent. As a result of this inflation, American households will pay an additional $7,620 as they buy gas, food, and other things over the next 12 months--$7,620 annually. Since Biden became President, real wages are down 4.2 percent while mortgage rates have doubled, have gone up 2.4 points. Our economy shrank 1.4 percent last quarter, and many economists now agree that these signs point to an imminent recession. The President now points to the Federal Reserve to get him out of the inflation mess that he created. Today, I will point out what that may mean and talk about the challenge that the Fed faces to rein in inflation." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The Biden Administration is building us back bankrupt and rising costs are strangling hard-working families. Democrats’ spending and economic policies have led to rising prices at the pump and grocery stores. We know what works: limited government and lower taxes will ensure that families keep more of their hard-earned paychecks and make decisions that benefit their families." (www.electsmucker.com)
  • Voted against HR 5376 "Inflation Reduction Act of 2022" (votesmart.org)
  • "Biden’s massive student loan giveaway doesn’t make higher education more affordable and costs every taxpayer more than $2,000." (twitter.com)
  • "President Biden's decision does nothing to lower the cost of education. Instead, it will make college degrees more expensive, while simultaneously creating the expectation of the government canceling more student debt in the future. Rather than engage in the hard work of addressing the affordability of education, Biden has kowtowed to the most progressive elements of his party and has created a massive government giveaway. All on the backs of the American taxpayer." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "H.R. 1 infringes on states' rights to set the "times, places and manner" of congressional elections. The legislation legalizes ballot harvesting, overrules state voter identification laws, eliminates requirements for signature verification, expands mail-in voting without security or safeguards, and turns the Federal Elections Commission into a partisan body by reducing equal membership of both parties from six commissioners to five. Read here for more from the Committee on House Administration on the ten most egregious provisions of H.R. 1." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 5746 "Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 89% by American Energy Alliance. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "We have abundant natural resources to make energy more affordable and cleaner for hard-working families. We must also pursue renewable energy sources, but those decisions should be driven by the free market, not government." (www.electsmucker.com)
  • Voted against HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "State energy policies have been implemented to address existing market failures, and states have taken the lead in developing policies that will support safe, reliable, and clean energy resources. We strongly urge you to allow states to continue to pursue these policies and reject proposals that would undermine states' individual abilities to cultivate their own energy goals and programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "American energy is the cleanest and cheapest way to produce oil and gas. We must cut the red tape and increase domestic oil and gas production." (www.electsmucker.com)
  • Voted against HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "I will continue to defend the 2nd Amendment right of my constituents and I’m proud of my Pro-2A voting record. We cannot allow the rights of law-abiding citizens to be taken away. It shall not be abridged." (www.electsmucker.com)
  • Rated 92% by the National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead of creating new laws to undermine our Second Amendment rights, Congress should instead be trying to find ways to prevent the root cause of gun violence," Smucker said. "These bills claim to be a "solution' to gun violence but unfairly penalize law-abiding gun owners and make it more difficult to legally obtain firearms. Democrats' true focus is not on gun safety but on limiting the rights of gun owners. That's clear from their refusal to take the most logical step to combat gun violence: preventing criminals from acquiring firearms in the first place." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, the @WaysMeansCmte is holding a hearing on #Medicare for All. No matter how much testimony Members of Congress hear, there is no ignoring the fact that “Medicare for All” will cost over $30 trillion and add trillions more to the national debt." (twitter.com)
  • "@RepGwenMoore said today the dignity of work is “like hearing nails on a chalkboard.” It’s no wonder @WaysMeansCmte Dems voted down my commonsense amendment to tie paid-leave to employment. This is the latest Democrat attack in their war on work." (twitter.com)
  • "I am thankful that bipartisanship ruled the day in Washington--at least for today. This legislation offers relief to families and small businesses impacted by coronavirus. It builds on President Trump and his Administration's efforts to ensure small businesses continue to operate and retain their employees through flexible emergency and temporary paid leave programs. It achieves President Trump's goal of free testing, expanding upon the private sector's work to ensure everyone who receives a test can do so without concern of cost. The legislation provides assistance for hard-working Americans, who may become ill, quarantined, or caring for others with coronavirus. While there is much work that remains to be done to ensure American's economy continues to thrive and our markets continue to climb, I am thankful my colleagues came together for this important first step," (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 3 "Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 6833 "The Affordable Insulin Now Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "The Biden administration continues to fail the American people by not securing our nation's southern border. The policies of the Biden administration have created the humanitarian and national security crisis we all are witnessing. Their refusal to secure our border is resulting in drug trafficking, particularly fentanyl, and human trafficking which impacts communities like ours across the country. This is the result of weak border policies," (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Introduced legislation to criminalize visa overstays, a major gateway for illegal immigration. Consistent support of border security funding.Cosponsored the Securing America's Future Act (H.R. 4760), which strengthens our southern border security by investing in new technology, improving, modernizing, and expanding our ports of entry, and hiring an additional 5,000 Border Patrol Agents and 5,000 Customs and Border Protection Officers.Voted in support of "Kate's Law' legislation to strengthen enforcement of our immigration laws and stop sanctuary city policies (H.R. 3004).Voted in support of the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) to prevent violent criminal aliens from being released from ICE custody in cities with dangerous sanctuary policies." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Our border needs to be secured. Putting off fully funding our border security will endanger the American people," Smucker said. "I've made it clear Congress needs to support the wall -- and that's why I voted for this package today." The House amendment includes $5.7 billion for border security and $8 billion for disaster recovery efforts. "The American people deserve to feel safe in our country and I'm glad the House agrees," (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "We need a strong leader in the White House to ensure our safety and security domestically and abroad. We need to project strength to avoid conflict. We must get operational control of the southern border and invest in a wall and technology to support our border patrol agents. I’ve seen it firsthand and spoken with border patrol agents about the challenges we face at the southern border. It is the largest entry point for human and drug trafficking, and the ripple effects jeopardize our safety in PA-11." (www.electsmucker.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3004 "Kate's Law." (votesmart.org)
  • "Furthermore, I will sponsor the funding necessary to immediately deport any illegal alien who violates our criminal laws after serving a prison sentence." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 80% NumbersUSA. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3004 "Kate's Law." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6968 "Suspending Energy Imports from Russia Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "Iran is the global leader in state-sponsored terrorism. North Korea continues to develop and test weapons that can reach the United States. Russia claims sovereign nations as its own, conducts cyber-attacks aimed at dismantling democracy, including in the United States, and props up the murderous Assad regime. This package of sanctions renews our commitment to our allies and gives the U.S. the leverage needed to hold these nations accountable for their actions. I am glad House leadership is being responsive to this pressing issue, and I am hopeful President Trump will support this bipartisan effort and sign this bill into law when he receives it." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4695 "Protect Against Conflict by Turkey (PACT) Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "Voted in support of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (H.R. 3364), which increased sanctions on North Korea, Iran, and Russia." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 3522 "Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7691 "Making emergency supplemental appropriations for assistance for the situation in Ukraine for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022, and for other purposes." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "While I remain significantly concerned by the broken process by which Congress approves funding and how much our nation is spending while our national debt has eclipsed $30 trillion, we must stop Putin and support Ukraine, which is why I voted to advance the security provisions of the omnibus package. They make important investments in our military, provide critical military aid to Ukraine, and uphold all pro-life protections. However, I could not support the reckless spending and earmarks included in the domestic provisions of the omnibus, and voted against that package." (smucker.house.gov)
  • "Voted for historic tax cuts, which gave bonuses and pay raises to millions of Americans to put our economy back on track. Continues to support a full repeal of the Death Tax and the Medical Device Tax" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Tax Reform 2.0 delivers these priorities for the American people. Last year's individual tax cuts are made permanent, new universal savings accounts allow families to decide how to save and spend their own money, and entrepreneurs will be able to write-off more start-up costs to make it easier to move from a home office to Main Street. Our economy is humming. Updating our federal tax code has already resulted in lower unemployment rates, rising wages, a decline in poverty, and an increase in federal revenue. But I want as many people as possible to participate in, and benefit from, our recent economic gains. Tax Reform 2.0 builds on our successes, and creates more opportunity for all." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Throughout this past year, I have been hearing from constituents about what tax reform should do for them and their families. They want a simpler, more honest federal tax code that lets them keep more of their paycheck and restores American competitiveness -- and that's what this bill does." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "One thing that I can tell you about the farmers of the 11th District is that they adapt, and they hold on to hope that better times are yet to come. I agree with them: better times are coming for these farmers because the Trump administration has worked to do right by the American farmer in negotiating the USMCA." (votesmart.org)
  • "I also continue to believe that including a sunset provision in NAFTA would create uncertainty for American companies and would hinder their ability to plan for the future. Finally, NAFTA should include robust investor protections like investor-state dispute settlements to ensure American investors in foreign countries are protected from discrimination." (votesmart.org)
  • "I share and support President Trump's goal of strengthening American manufacturing to better compete in the global economy, but this decision is misguided. This tariff jeopardizes billions of dollars in solar industry investments and could cost American jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (votesmart.org)

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