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Mike Pompeo's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Secretary of State, Republican

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Mike Pompeo 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.

  • "I am, and always will be, pro-life and will defend life from conception to natural death. " (pompeo.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (votesmart.org)
  • "If the objective is to grow the economy, the last thing you want to do in the worst recession of the last 60 years is raise taxes." (www.youtube.com)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
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  • "Mike Pompeo will fight wasteful pork barrel spending, oppose new government programs that we cannot afford, and fight for the common sense principles of limited government and frugality." (votesmart.org)
  • "They understand, as we do, that prosperity and job growth is not manufactured by government spending or increased government intervention. It is created by hard-working people, small businesses and the time-tested entrepreneurial spirit that fosters success within our nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • "Mike Pompeo is committed to fighting any attempt to raise your taxes. As a successful businessman, Mike understands that the best way to stimulate our economy and provide more jobs is to lower the burden that taxes place on our families and businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • "This goal is best achieved when school decisions are made at the state and local level. Parents and legal guardians must be empowered to have a direct impact on their own children’s education." (pompeo.house.gov)
  • "The Keystone XL Pipeline is a commonsense, pro-growth, job-creating project that should have been approved, without controversy, by the US Government years ago. It is beyond time to put this issue to rest." (pompeo.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (votesmart.org)
  • "Do not pick winners or losers; government must not favor one energy sector over another " (pompeo.house.gov)
  • "I’m pleased that the Court has finally placed limits on the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases. Justice Scalia’s majority opinion recognizes the danger of such an ‘enormous and transformative expansion in EPA’s regulatory authority without clear congressional authorization.’" (pompeo.house.gov)
  • "The White House’s renewed efforts to push costly cap-and-trade restrictions on affordable energy will only hurt American families and their jobs." (pompeo.house.gov)
  • Rated 93% by Gun Owners of America (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the National Rifle Association and former Army officer, I am a strong supporter of the right to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment." (pompeo.house.gov)
  • "I voted for the repeal of Obamacare during my first 30 days in office. I proudly support market-based reforms that allow access to quality, affordable health care." (pompeo.house.gov)
  • "By voting to repeal Obamacare today, and as we replace Obamacare with patient friendly reforms to fix health care in the weeks ahead, I hereby re-affirm my commitment to work to undo the damage caused by an arrogant and unchecked Democrat Majority. Together we will continue to work toward the return of a smaller, smarter and more efficient Government." (votesmart.org)
  • "Lawbreakers should never be rewarded for breaking the law, and I oppose any form of amnesty." (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants." (pompeo.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (votesmart.org)
  • "I am, and always will be, pro-life and will defend life from conception to natural death. I will continue to oppose any taxpayer funding for abortion. I also fully support the traditional institution of marriage." (pompeo.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (votesmart.org)
  • "We are already the target of the most lethal and powerful terrorist group ever to have existed. We must act now to defeat it before it is ready to strike us." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must commit to wipe out this threat to America using hard and soft diplomacy, American airpower, and, yes, even American ground forces in Iraq and Syria. We must strike 'limited' from the American arsenal." (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm not in favor of allowing Social Security to be totally privatized. I'd like to create with relatively low risk some opportunities for senior citizens to get more money back." (votesmart.org)
  • "The report on Social Security indicated that reserves for the program will be exhausted by 2033, 3 years sooner than last estimated." (votesmart.org)

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