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Adam Kinzinger's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Adam Kinzinger has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2020 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood. (votesmart.org)
  • "All babies, including those who survive abortion, should be treated with the exact same degree of medical attention -- end of story." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act makes permanent critical tax policies will provide significant tax relief not only for hardworking taxpayers, but for businesses and job creators right here in Illinois More permanence in our tax code will ensure the predictability, clarity, and certainty that is necessary for employers to plan ahead, hire new workers, grow their businesses and invest in the communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "I support making the necessary changes to Social Security and Medicare that will maintain their solvency for decades to come. Under the current system, Social Security is projected tol be insolvent by 2034 and all Social Security recipients will face a 23% benefit cut unless Congress acts." (votesmart.org)
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  • "In order to have a credible military option, we must fully fund our armed forces so they have the means, manpower, and technology to protect and defend American lives." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "We have a worn-out military and sadly, we have seen some of those effects in the last few years. The NDAA provides robust funding that addresses our readiness crisis with a balanced approach to allocating resources." (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I am dedicated to working with my colleagues on improving infrastructure across the United States. Our effort must include provisions to enhance access to broadband services, especially in rural areas. Public and private investment in broadband are critical, and the government must not impede these efforts." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Providing broadband to #IL16 & all Americans is a priority & impt to improving #infrastructure" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act makes permanent critical tax policies will provide significant tax relief not only for hardworking taxpayers, but for businesses and job creators right here in Illinois More permanence in our tax code will ensure the predictability, clarity, and certainty that is necessary for employers to plan ahead, hire new workers, grow their businesses and invest in the communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6074 - Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5 - Student Success Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, I voted to support the Every Student Succeeds Act, which would return the responsibility for our public schools to where it belongs -- with the states, local communities, parents and educators. It gives the people of Illinois the opportunity to design systems that work for our state and provides significant new flexibility for our schools and districts to do what is best for their community and their students. " (votesmart.org)
  • "The Sixteenth District is a model of what a true all-of-the-above energy approach looks like, and I pledge to continue working to bring this model to Washington and enact it on a national scale." (votesmart.org)
  • "We are a global leader in energy production, and we should do all we can to keep these well-paying jobs here at home. Throughout my time in Congress and on the Energy & Commerce Committee, I have made it a priority to protect and ensure certainty of domestic energy production, lower Americans’ energy costs, and create more energy jobs here. This includes protecting and supporting base load energy supplied by our nuclear energy fleet. The 16th District is a model of what a true all-of-the-above energy approach looks like, and I pledge to continue working to bring this model to Washington and enact it on a national scale." (www.electadam.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I have worked hard to reverse the 'no new energy' stance of the Obama administration and enact a true all-of-the-above energy policy, as we have here in the Sixteenth District. Our district contains a diverse supply of energy producers, including the most nuclear reactors of any district in the country, coal plants, biodiesel and bioethanol facilities, hydropower, and more." (votesmart.org)
  • "In addition, I have worked with my colleagues on a host of legislation to hold the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accountable for its job-crushing regulations. One such bill, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act, included an amendment I introduced to stop EPA from imposing new regulations that would increase the cost of gas on hardworking Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • "As a gun-owner, I know the issues we face in protecting our Second Amendment rights while also protecting the security and well-being of our communities. But H.R. 8 would do little to curb illegal firearm transactions and it would not have stopped the mass shootings in Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Pulse Nightclub, Las Vegas, and others. This legislation does not tackle the very real institutional failings that have led to these tragedies, and it prevents law-abiding citizens from accessing firearms for self-defense while doing nothing to penalize or deter criminals from engaging in gun violence. The American people deserve better than this, and I'm committed to common-sense measures that improve the safety of law-abiding citizens, fix our systematic flaws, and still protect our constitutional rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I voted to repeal and replace Obamacare, just as the American people asked for on Election Day." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6136 - Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018. (votesmart.org)
  • "Our porous borders pose one of the largest security threats to our nation, as they present those who would do us harm a way into our country. Thus, one of our top priorities must be to secure our borders. We can accomplish this task through a host of actions, including the use of unmanned aerial patrols, the construction of a physical and virtual wall, and an enhanced border patrol presence along the border." (votesmart.org)
  • "We need stronger border security, and we need our leaders to work together on reasonable solutions to get there. This shutdown is stupid, and it’s no way to govern. We can, and must, reach an agreement. " (twitter.com)
  • "Today, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of our Constitution, our system of government, our checks and balances. The President's use of executive action on immigration was deemed unlawful and legally invalid. This is a further reminder of the important decisions our Supreme Court justices are appointed to make on behalf of the American people and in the interest of the country." (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2015, I voted to support DACA because I believe these children, who only know America to be their home, deserve an opportunity to be here legally." (votesmart.org)
  • " have supported President Trump’s efforts to secure our border, legislation to combat dangerous sanctuary cities, and Kate’s Law, which increases criminal penalties for individuals who are removed from our country and unlawfully reenter and commit crimes." (www.electadam.com)
  • "As an Air Force veteran and National Guardsman, I know not only the power of our military, but also how strong it must be to confront terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and emerging threats. I have voted to strengthen our national security by increasing our defense budget to fix the damage caused by sequestration and voted to hold adversaries such as North Korea, Iran, Russia, and other accountable through sanctions." (www.electadam.com)
  • "Over the last year, we have watched the security situation in Iraq devolve, as Iranian proxies and militias work to influence the coalition government in Baghdad. We must ensure that the Iranians are not given a free pass to meddle in the affairs of the Iraqi people," said Rep. Kinzinger (IL-16). "I'm proud to reintroduce this legislation with Rep. Suozzi, and thank our fellow colleagues who cosponsored this bill. We will not tolerate the destabilizing efforts of this maniacal regime, and by reintroducing this bill, we take an important step in pushing back against these bad actors." (kinzinger.house.gov)
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, the President set the tone and made clear that we cannot allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, and we cannot ignore their threats any longer. I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to strengthen U.S. policy towards Iran, and improve our national security." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Opening markets for products grown or made here on American soil helps businesses' bottom lines and leads to new jobs for American workers. I have voted for numerous free-trade deals that eliminate unfair barriers on US exports and allow American products to be sold around the world. In addition, I have been active to ensure our Administration is doing all it can to hold China accountable for its unfair trade policies that hurt American jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • "With #USMCA, we can capitalize on our thriving economy by implementing a stronger, modernized trade agreement w/ our neighbors. It prioritizes innovation in ag & #manufacturing, both critical to #IL16, & will greatly benefit our workers, producers, & economic growth. #USMCAnow" (twitter.com)

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