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Bruce Westerman's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AR) - District 4, Republican

On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (AR) - District 4

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Bruce Westerman 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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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 2020.

  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Life" (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "Those, combined, are greater than the one single largest expenditure, which is Social Security, which we obviously need to reform, not to punish people but to make it sustainable, to make it last for those who really need the program, and to make it last for all Americans who have invested in that program. The same thing for Medicare." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "The world is a dangerous place and threats abound," Westerman said. "That is why our nation needs a strong military prepared to defend the United States against all enemies. For this reason, I voted for the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act. It funds our national defense at higher levels in order for the military to adapt to 21st Century warfare." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "No matter how compassionate its intent, President Obama's creation of DACA was a clear violation of our separation of powers,' Westerman said." (votesmart.org)
  • "RELEASE: Westerman Votes for Sanctions Against Russia, Iran, and North Korea " (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "The Obama Administration's Iran Deal is a bad deal for the American people, putting our safety and security at risk. It is also a bad deal for our allies," (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "It's an Islamic caliphate, which means it is borderless […] We need our military and armed forces to fight for human rights and freedoms for people to be able to live and have a say." (votesmart.org)
  • "ISIS has conducted a second despicable and disgusting act against an American citizen. These acts point to the urgent need for the U.S. to develop an aggressive strategy and plan to confront ISIS and protect American citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • "Mexico is an important market for Arkansas poultry exports. I am thrilled to see our neighbors and trading partners once again open to one of the Fourth District's major economic drivers." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We write today to urge you to insist on the inclusion of agricultural products in upcoming trade negotiations with the European Union (EU). As you know, agriculture is the source of a great number of trade barriers and irritants in the U.S.-EU trading relationship. Thus, an agreement with the EU that does not address trade in agriculture would be, in our eyes, unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.
Pro-life Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
No In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
No In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Our service men and women have taken an oath to defend our country. It is our duty to make sure they are funded properly as they carry out their duty. We also must maintain our standing as the most advanced and capable military in the world. With that said, there are reports of waste and abuse within the Defense Department and I support a full audit of the DOD to make sure that taxpayer money is reaching its intended use and purpose.
No Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
No Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
No Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
The Department of Energy has some of the most advanced research labs in the world in the National Research Labs. These labs are funded through tax dollars and provide research in all areas of energy including renewable energy as well as fossil fuel energy, and nuclear energy. I support federal research in all areas of energy development. I do not support government subsidies for renewable energy projects that otherwise have no economic justification.
No Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Yes Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
Yes Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
I am a co-sponsor and support the Securing America's Future Act, HR4760
No Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Yes Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Yes Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
As issues arise that affect our safety or national security, they each have a unique set of circumstances that cannot be addressed in simple broad questions as posed here. As a member of Congress, I accept with great seriousness my responsibility to examine all the data including classified data and make decisions as needed.
My top priorities include lowering government spending to eliminate the deficit and reduce the debt. One way to do this is to reduce the baseline budgeting year over year spending increases that are currently at 6 to 7% per year for the 10-year budget horizon. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) considers any funding levels below these baseline increases as cuts. We could reduce future deficits and the debt by trillions of dollars by simply growing spending at lower rates such as the yearly percent increase in GDP or personal income.

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