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Bill Flores' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 17, Republican

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Bill Flores 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

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  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (votesmart.org)
  • "The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will give a voice to the vulnerable, who cannot speak for themselves. I commend my Republican Study Committee colleagues for leading the way on this worthy and moral cause, and I thank them for their unflagging commitment to protecting each and every life." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am proud to stand and defend the lives of the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • "With today's passage of H.R. 8, the House is providing some certainty in our struggling economy by ensuring no families or small businesses are hit with a job destroying tax increase." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "[...] 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)
  • "Defense spending should be determined first and foremost by our security needs, capabilities, and the threats facing our Nation." (votesmart.org)
  • "This bill reinforces our commitment to rebuilding our military and to combating terrorism. It also provides our military men and women with a well-deserved pay raise - the largest increase in six years." (votesmart.org)
  • "The National Defense Authorization Act is essential to providing our military with the critical resources and authority they need to keep America safe. This bipartisan bill strengthens our national defense by responsibly increasing the funding of our military to combat the new and emerging threats we face in the 21st century." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5912 "Prohibits Public Funding for Political Party Conventions" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause (votesmart.org)
  • "The fact is Americans are making less and paying more as a result of President Obama's failed policies. Now, he is proposing more big government programs, another huge job-killing tax hike and $2.4 trillion in new spending, including what is essentially a retread of his unsuccessful 2009 stimulus." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am sickened by the endless string of bailouts, massive 'stimulus' spending on pork barrel projects, and the trillions of dollars piled onto our national debt in this year alone." (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2009, President Obama said that you do not raise taxes in the middle of a recession. In June of this year, former President Clinton said that he was in favor of preventing tax increases for all tax payers. I agree with both of these statements." (votesmart.org)
  • "The fact is Americans are making less and paying more as a result of President Obama's failed policies. Now, he is proposing more big government programs, another huge job-killing tax hike and $2.4 trillion in new spending, including what is essentially a retread of his unsuccessful 2009 stimulus." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Education Association (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that education is best handled at the local level, which is most accountable and closest to the people." (votesmart.org)
  • "States should have the freedom to opt out of federal education programs and should be allowed to consolidate federal funding to direct resources to any lawful education purpose they see fit. Bottom-up education reform will only really occur when local governments are free from federal paperwork and do not have to beg federal bureaucrats for education dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must expand access to oil and gas exploration in the U.S. rather than trying to force non-economic sources of energy and technologies into the marketplace. A market-based energy policy that opens supply and prudently balances economics and environmental benefits will lower prices, create jobs and reduce the need for Middle Eastern oil. […] I strongly support House GOP American Energy Plan that includes development of natural gas, clean coal, and American oil, as well as alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, hydropower, nuclear, geothermal and biomass." (votesmart.org)
  • "The president's green energy plan has turned out to be nothing more than an effort to help out his political allies at the expense of hard-working American taxpayers and increased energy costs." (votesmart.org)
  • "This proposed regulatory overreach by the EPA was based upon faulty science and radical environmental ideology. For too long the EPA has abused its powers and has become a regulatory body that keeps moving the goal posts for the American economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America (votesmart.org)
  • "On Friday, the House passed a package of energy bills entitled the Stop the War on Coal Act. This energy package would prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from issuing new rules or regulations that will adversely impact mining jobs and our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1181 "Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "As a proud gun owner, a Concealed Handgun License holder and a Life Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), I firmly support the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% by the Gun Owners of America (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by The National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • "ObamaCare is a mess of penalties, fines, and confusing subsidies, and the IRS is ill-equipped to fully deal with it. Yet when confronted with the law's shortcomings and serious 'glitches,' this Administration has simply cherry-picked parts of the law to enforce while unilaterally delaying enforcement of other parts of Obamacare." (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)
  • "It is crucial that we work to keep Americans safe and curb illegal immigration. This can be done with an integrated system of border security, which consists of increased border security personnel; a physical wall where feasible; and a virtual wall including sensors, airborne resources, surveillance assets and related logistics." (votesmart.org)
  • Waco Tribune-Herald "I’m not in favor of the wall, I’m in favor of an integrated system […] I believe we need an integrated system of border security, which consists of increased border security personnel; a physical wall where feasible; and a virtual wall including sensors, airborne resources, surveillance assets and related logistic (www.wacotrib.com)
  • "Doing what we can to create physical and virtual barriers to entry is a critical infrastructure need. Making sure our border agents, customs officials, and local law enforcement have the resources they need is vital as well." (www.billflores.com)
  • Rated 100% by the Federation for Immigration Reform (votesmart.org)
  • "On the issue of illegal immigration, I will never support any program which grants unilateral amnesty to those who have broken our laws. Solving our illegal immigration issue and the billions of dollars of costs associated with it starts by fully enforcing our laws." (votesmart.org)
  • "Since the President announced his amnesty plan, we have been vigorously fighting against his unconstitutional actions and have been working together to find effective solutions to win this battle." (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)
  • "Iran is not a nation we can trust. This bill will prevent more funds from going to the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism. The American people would be better served if President Obama would also take a stand against Iran's unacceptable behavior, instead of making excuses for it." (votesmart.org)
  • "A long series of failed negotiations have proven that North Korea never intended to be an honest party. Now is the time for a strong American response to deter a nuclear-armed North Korea. Providing for America's national security is the most important job Congress has and must remain our top priority in an increasingly volatile landscape." (votesmart.org)
  • "Russia, Iran and North Korea all pose a threat to America's national security and global interests. […] We must reiterate to these nations, and those that support them, that their aggressive behaviors to undermine global stability will not be tolerated." (votesmart.org)
  • "I firmly believe that the government of Iran cannot be trusted and that the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism must be held accountable for its unacceptable behavior." (votesmart.org)
  • "It seems every month, events occur which remind us we face a dedicated, murderous swarm of fanatics whose goal is to kill civilians, harm our economy, and destroy America. We cannot ever relent in our efforts to kill or capture these terrorists. Just as we saw in Iraq, we need to support our Generals in their plans to target and eliminate insurgent operations in Afghanistan." (www.billflores.com)
  • "The crisis of individuals fleeing persecution and destruction, however, is a symptom of the root problem we face: ISIS's reign of terror in Syria and Iraq. The task is clear: we must join our allies around the world to not merely degrade or contain ISIS, but to eradicate it completely." (votesmart.org)

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