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Billy Long's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MO) - District 7, Republican

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Billy Long 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.

  • "Today is a victory for the pro-life cause and our ongoing battle against abortion. As Americans, it is our duty to provide ample opportunity for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Abortion is an ugly approach to rob the prospect of life from the innocent and block liberty before the chance is even given. I am proud to cast my vote in favor of protecting the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "During the ongoing debate about the budget many have suggested, including the President, that tax increases need to be a part of any eventual solution to our deficit problem. I firmly reject this notion." (billylongforcongress.com)
  • "This bill prevents a significant immediate tax increase on millions of Americans and makes dozens of temporary tax cuts permanent, including the research and development tax credit to incentivize innovation and provisions to provide small business tax relief." (votesmart.org)
  • "Proud to vote for #Defense approps bill to maintain readiness, provide for our troops and keep our force strong." (twitter.com)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "The failed stimulus only stimulated our debt and the unemployment rate." (billylongforcongress.com)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor for H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "Our nation's deficits are not because we are taxed too little, but because Washington spend too much." (billylongforcongress.com)
  • "During the ongoing debate about the budget many have suggested, including the President, that tax increases need to be a part of any eventual solution to our deficit problem. I firmly reject this notion." (billylongforcongress.com)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" (votesmart.org)
  • "I have always believed that local school officials and parents are much better suited to know what is best for their students, not the federal government. Consequently, my top priority for improving education is to remove burdens and let the state and local authorities decide what is best for our children." (long.house.gov)
  • "Washington bureaucrats who have never set foot in Missouri are placing costly and ineffective burdens on our school systems and not solving any of the problems. That is why I support working to ensure student success by restoring local control to educators. The challenges our educators face in Southwest Missouri are different from those faced in Massachusetts or California." (votesmart.org)
  • "The government should not be in the business of choosing winners and losers. When the government tries to interfere in the market place, such as with bailouts, it rewards bad behavior by transferring wealth from those who made smart investments to those who made bad investments." (billylongforcongress.com)
  • "We need an all-of-the-above approach to solve this problem. We haven't built an oil refinery in this country in over 35 years. We need more oil, gas, coal and nuclear energy production combined with more wind, solar, hydropower, and geothermal energies. This will lower prices, create jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and strengthen our national security." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" (votesmart.org)
  • "In Missouri and across America, the EPA's new overbearing standards have hurt coal-fired and natural gas-fired electric generating units, oftentimes issuing new rules just as the most recent edicts had been complied with. From oversight at the state level, to businesses and their employees, these initiatives have vastly changed the landscape of America's vital energy industries in a way that demands us to comprehensively look at the legal and implementation costs of such brazen policies." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" (votesmart.org)
  • "He will vigorously fight any attempts to reinstate the assault weapons ban or any other legislation that would limit the right of law-abiding citizens to own guns." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • "People, not the government, are the source of prosperity in our country and they make the American health care system the envy of the world.  What we need are commonsense solutions that will strengthen our health care system instead of stimulating debt and eliminating patient choice.  A health care system where insurance can be bought across state lines so insurers compete against each other and lowers cost for patients.  A health care system that allows for tort reform so doctors can give patients the best medical care possible without fear of unreasonable retribution.  Instead of ramming through partisan bills, I am working to make health care more affordable for hardworking families without a government takeover." (billylongforcongress.com)
  • "I will continue the fight in Washington to replace the ACA with sound health policy that puts patients first, doesn't threaten businesses, and won't deter Americans from seeking care altogether." (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 Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "I also support vigorous enforcement of our immigration laws by police whenever they encounter an illegal alien, especially if it occurs during the investigation of other criminal conduct." (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (votesmart.org)
  • "We must enforce our laws and encourage people to become Americans the legal way." (long.house.gov)
  • 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.
  • " ISIS has repeatedly shown itself to be a threat to American interests and American allies. We need to take this threat seriously and we need the president to step-up and provide the leadership to defeat this threat." (votesmart.org)
  • " American and coalition military efforts have met the militants on the front lines in cities and towns throughout Iraq and Syria with some success in depressing ISIL's advances […] We must give our military the tools needed to defeat Islamic extremists and not tie the military's hands and limit its options to defeating this threat." (votesmart.org)
  • " The Department of Defense would receive an increase for housing and training troops and ensuring our brave men and women on the frontlines have the equipment they need to succeed. […] and support anti-terror operations such as operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria." (votesmart.org)

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