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Renee Ellmers' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Renee Ellmers has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 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 2016.

  • "As a mother, a wife, and a devout Catholic, protecting life is a mission that is very near and dear to my heart. Having served as a nurse for over 21 years, I have witnessed firsthand how fragile and delicate our lives are, and as a mother, I know how special and wonderful a new little life is. It is my ultimate hope that we strengthen the pro-life community and that we do so through the embodiment of compassion-- we need to personify compassion and use it to empower women who find themselves in the midst of a heart-wrenching crisis." (ellmers.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee (votesmart.org)
  • "I am for lower tax rates across the board and am in favor of bold, comprehensive tax reform. We must cut taxes and cut spending NOW." (www.reneeforcongress.com)
  • Signed a pledge stating to "[…] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses [...]" (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Cut taxes. Cut government spending. Get government out of the way and let the free enterprise system work." (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] we need to shrink the size of the federal government by eliminating and curtailing programs that can be more appropriately handled by the private sector so that government can concentrate on areas where federal action is appropriate, like national defense and home land security." (ellmers.house.gov)
  • "Rather than spending like there's no end in sight and piling trillions onto the national debt, we need to cut spending and cut taxes to create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • "Should we continue to increase the burdens facing employers through Washington-knows-best regulations, or should we do the right thing, cut spending, lower taxes and unleash the power of our innovators and job creators?" (ellmers.house.gov)
  • "As a mother and an involved parent, she knows that our schools work best with local control and parental involvement while holding teachers accountable." (ellmers.house.gov)
  • "I think education is a big issue in Lee County, and I feel like state and local governments should have more say in education with less say at the federal level." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.1. "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (www.congress.gov)
  • "For six years, members of both parties have worked together to pass the Keystone Pipeline in an effort to create thousands of new jobs and build momentum towards energy security." (ellmers.house.gov)
  • "Congresswoman Ellmers feels that our nation needs to continue to invest in renewable resources to make them more competitive, available, and affordable." (ellmers.house.gov)
  • "I support an all-of-the-above energy approach, which includes development of alternative energy sources such as nuclear, wind, solar, and biomass, along with drilling for oil and natural gas." (ellmers.house.gov)
  • "I oppose President Obama’s ‘Cap and Trade’ bill which raises taxes on energy, then uses the tax money to send $300 billion in foreign aid to Third World nations so they can build so-called ‘Green Industries.’" (www.nationalreview.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "[...] 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." (jeffduncan.house.gov)
  • "We need to have a serious discussion on how we can prevent troubled individuals from carrying out their insane intentions. But attacking our legal rights and liberties through abusive executive orders destroys the very principles that have protected our citizens from oppressive government power for over 236 years." (ellmers.house.gov)
  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America (votesmart.org)
  • "Obamacare has been nothing but a costly disaster to constituents in the Second District of North Carolina and across our country. This law was sold under the guise that it would improve our access to quality healthcare, but the reality couldn't be further from the truth." (ellmers.house.gov)
  • "We've got to deal with Obamacare, we've got to repeal that." (www.foxnews.com)
  • "Immigration laws should be enforced. And I oppose Amnesty for illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • "I remain convinced that our first priority is to enforce the law and protect our borders so that we know who is entering our country. At the same time, we need to address the millions of people who are already in this country and formulate a process for them to earn legal work status." (ellmers.house.gov)
  • "I am a supporter of marriage between one man and one woman. I have co-sponsored at the federal level the Defense of Marriage Act. It’s what our country was founded on, the judeo-Christian belief." (www.newsobserver.com)
  • "I am pro-family. I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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