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Justin Amash's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Justin Amash 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.

  • "The right to life is sacred and undeniable. It is the proper role of government to protect life" (
  • "I will continue to fight to protect the unborn," said Amash. "Our country was founded on the ideal of individual liberty, and preserving that liberty must include preserving the right to be born." (
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (
  • Rated 9% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • "Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) received the "Taxpayers' Friend Award" for his votes to cut federal spending, taxes, debt, and regulation." (
  • "Another #NDAA that violates our rights & spends too much. "@thehill: House panel passes $638 billion defense bill " (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "If federal spending is not reduced, we risk a major decline in our economy that will harm all Americans, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. As a Representative, I will work to place the federal government back on a sustainable fiscal path, and I will support spending only for purposes authorized in the Constitution." (
  • "As a Representative, I support reforms that lower personal and corporate tax rates, simplify the system, and broaden the tax base. I also am open to proposals that tax spending instead of income as a substitute to our current system." (
  • "Supporting education does not mean supporting federal control of education. Costly federal education programs historically have failed to achieve their goals. I support returning control of schools to the local level. Parents and local communities should develop curriculum and testing standards for their students, not the federal government. The right of homeschooling must be protected." (
  • "The right of parents to educate their children as they see fit, including the right of homeschooling, should not be infringed. Government-mandated curriculums and teaching methods do not properly account for different learning styles, leaving many children confused and falling short of their potential. To encourage innovation and competition, the federal government should--and constitutionally must--leave the matter of education to the states, where it will be better managed and funded. Critical decisions should be made locally, letting parents, teachers, and community leaders determine the most efficient use of resources." (
  • "Whether it is off-shore drilling developing new wind and solar technology using natural gas ethanol bio-massor safe nuclear alternatives consumers can support a balance of energy production that will increase America's energy independence and boost our economy." (
  • 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." (
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" (
  • "A fresh round of old proposals for gun-control laws won’t work and will be followed by the renewed frustration of different factions going to their respective corners to fight instead of seeking real solutions." (
  • 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" (
  • "The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) gave Amash its 'Guardian of Small Business' award for his support of tax relief and domestic energy production and combatting Obamacare." (
  • "As a Member of Congress, I have voted to repeal the President's plan to force families and individuals to purchase government-approved health insurance." (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "The United States has always welcomed individuals who legally seek to enter our country to work or become citizens but Congress and the President must make every effort to secure our borders. We need to reform our immigration system to implement a proper guest worker program that benefits our communities and reduces the incentive for immigrants to come here illegally." (
  • Signed letter stating "The issue at is whether the federal government’s marijuana policy violates the principles of federalism and the Tenth Amendment. Consistent with those principles, we believe that states ought to retain jurisdiction over most criminal justice matters within their borders. This is how the Founders intended our system to function." (
  • Signed letter stating "[...] We are concerned with several attempts to apply federal law upon commerce related to cannabis that is conducted entirely within the boundaries of states that have legalized such commerce. [...] While our proposed funding language does nothing to diminish the authority of the federal government to interdict or forbid the interstate transport of marijuana, it respects the constitutional authority for states to regulate commerce within their own borders." (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Based on the information I have right now from the administration, I would not support an authorization for use of force, but if the President could make the case that ISIS is a true threat to the United States, a true threat to Americans at home, then I would be supportive, but he hasn't made that case yet." (

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