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Mark Amodei's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NV) - District 2, Republican

On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (NV) - District 2


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Mark Amodei 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

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  • " However, I oppose abortion, unless it is used in emergencies where the health of the mother is in grave peril or where rape or incest has occurred. The issue of abortion is one upon which thoughtful and reasonable people can and do disagree. While I am personally pro-life, I have always respected those who have come to a different conclusion on this important issue." (votesmart.org)
  • " I believe any policy moving forward should prohibit funding for abortion and abortion coverage under ObamaCare, while protecting conscience rights for health care providers." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 4% by Planned Parenthood. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "He's advocated to take the annual guesswork out of tax cuts and make them permanent, including lower rates on capital gains and dividends." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must enact reforms in order to preserve Social Security for future generations, but I will not support legislation that will change Social Security for those already receiving benefits." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 2% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "We must reform the Medicare program because it is not solvent in its current form and it will reach insolvency by 2024. However, we also must be sure to keep our promises to those current beneficiaries and those nearing eligibility who have planned their health care needs in retirement around it. Further, we cannot support a plan that will hinder economic growth. The solution to our federal deficit is not diverting costs or raising taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • "It is no surprise that in this moment, when it's crucial for Congress to come together to identify bipartisan solutions to address police misconduct and strengthen the accountability and transparency of our law enforcement agencies, that those addicted to partisan politics have rejected attempts to work on legislation that could be signed into law and make a meaningful difference. The Speaker has chosen to move a partisan messaging bill that fails to reflect the viewpoints of all stakeholders, creates the potential for unintended consequences, and will actually undermine the ability of law enforcement agencies to keep the communities they serve safe." (votesmart.org)
  • "Additionally, I believe we should be very cautious about cutting the budget of our Armed Forces. Eliminating waste and fraud should be an ongoing effort, but I am not in favor of reducing America's ability to defend ourselves or our allies." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe transportation infrastructure is one of the most important elements in creating a thriving, job-creating economy." (votesmart.org)
  • "As you know, having good transportation infrastructure is a critical component towards economic growth - especially in a state as economically diverse and expansive like ours. This means that roads, rails, and airports need to be able and ready to alleviate increased congestion to attract additional employers to Nevada. I remain committed to doing whatever is reasonable and prudent to ensure that the transportation funding is sufficient to meet our national needs." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "These improvements will not only put more money back into the pockets of Nevada taxpayers, but they will also simplify the filing process while giving our nation's job creators significant potential for reinvestment and growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm pleased to report the House just passed a third coronavirus response package that’s on its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law. For those who believe there are political ‘winners’ in this relief bill, that thought still mystifies me. Workers are hurting, small businesses are hurting, and hospitals are in desperate need of supplies…so why let perfect be the enemy of good?" (www.facebook.com)
  • "While we can never say mission accomplished, this package will provide urgent and immediate relief to workers on the job, the unemployed, distressed industries, and our healthcare professionals and first responders on the front lines." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5 - Student Success Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "When the ESEA is reauthorized it should include revisions that give our children every opportunity for success by eliminating bureaucratic roadblocks and implementing best practices in education quality and school policy." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe education is a top priority for Nevada and the nation and I do not believe that unelected federal bureaucrats are a better judge of educational practices than our local teachers, school administrators, parents and community leaders." (votesmart.org)
  • "In Nevada, new sources of energy, such as solar and geothermal are showing promise. Geothermal in particular brings jobs and growth to Nevada with 20 plants in operation providing clean, reliable electrical capacity to the grid and significant additional capacity under development." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Ammerican Energy Alliance. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "The federal government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers, especially when it's track record for doing so is abysmal," said Amodei. "You would think that billions of taxpayer dollars lost, expensive energy, and few jobs to show for it would be enough to dissuade them from a solar policy that has been an unmitigated failure." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 14% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not believe it is appropriate for the federal government to advocate one position over another in discussions of climate change. I do think that we should promote unbiased scientific research funded by both the government and the private sector to help answer climate change questions and bring effective solutions to any human causes." (votesmart.org)
  • "My colleagues and I in the House will conduct vigilant oversight on this issue and will continue to defend our Second Amendment rights against unilateral attempts by the President to overturn or undermine them." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "Cosponsored legislation: H.R. 6079, the Repeal of ObamaCare Act, which passed the House." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 33% by American Public Health Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "The Supreme Court has made it clear that the ACA is constitutional and the President will begin to implement policy decision to move this law forward. That is why I will support measures that will limit the impact to reduce the costs assigned to taxpayers and small businesses. I believe any policy moving forward should prohibit funding for abortion and abortion coverage under the ACA, while protecting conscience rights for health care providers. Additionally, Congress must pass legislation that eliminates slush funds for bureaucrats and protects the doctor patient relationship. Finally, Congress must support legislation that eliminates the ACA's excise tax on medical devices. Meanwhile, I continue to look at other co-sponsorship opportunities that would reduce the effects of this destructive law." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama has consistently shown his blatant disregard for the Constitution by continually circumventing Congress in an attempt to force his measures into law. The Constitution explicitly states that Congress -- not the President -- has the right to "make all Laws.' Today's ruling upholds the separation of powers by ruling the President's overreaching action on immigration unlawful." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 75% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "While I would have liked to see a more comprehensive fix for recipients of the DACA program, this is certainly considered an improvement from the limbo they're currently in." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • "Free trade is a Ronald Reagan, bedrock conservative principle, which produces numerous jobs for Nevadans and increases their purchasing power. Unfortunately, it is a testament to the credibility, or the lack thereof, of this Administration and this Congress that something as pro-growth and pro-jobs as free trade, not to mention Constitutional authority and Congressional oversight, are meeting a campaign of skepticism and misinformation. I've said it before and I'll say it again, skepticism of your federal government is both healthy and warranted. I understand it completely. But with all due respect to the pundits and bloggers, your arguments opposing TPA no longer resemble reality." (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.
The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
X b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
X d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
X e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

Slightly Increase Funding a) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increase Funding b) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increase Funding c) Environment
Slightly Increase Funding d) Health care
Slightly Increase Funding e) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase Funding f) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Slightly Increase Funding g) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Status b) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Status c) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status d) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Status e) Estate taxes
Slightly Increase f) Property taxes
Maintain Status g) Sales taxes
Maintain Status h) Vehicle taxes
i) Other or expanded categories
Yes j) Should Internet sales be taxed?
No k) Should Nevada implement a state income tax to help alleviate budget shortfalls?
Yes l) Do you support increasing taxes to fund transportation projects?
m) Do you support increasing the property tax to fund projects that give aid to the homeless?
n) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.d) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

Yes a) Do you support the current limit of two, four-year terms for Nevada governors?
Yes b) Do you support the current limit of three, four-year terms for Nevada state senators?
Yes c) Do you support the current limit of six, two-year terms for Nevada state representatives?
Yes 1) Individual
Yes 2) PAC
Yes 3) Corporate
Yes 4) Political Parties
Yes e) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
No f) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
No g) Do you support voting on-line?
Yes h) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yes i) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in Nevada are closed?
No j) Should Nevada recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yes k) Should Nevada restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
Yes l) Should Nevada allow localities to place stricter regulations on smoking in public places?
m) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
X c) Support the use of the death penalty in Nevada.
X d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
X e) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
X f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Legalize the possession of a limited amount of marijuana.
h) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
i) Lower the .10 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
j) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
k) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
X l) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
X m) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
X n) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
o) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

X a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
c) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
d) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
e) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
f) Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase state funding to expand Head Start programs.
X k) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
X l) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:

X a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
X b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
X c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding or relocating businesses.
X d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
X e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children of low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in Nevada's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) College and university admissions
Yes b) Public employment
Yes c) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

X a) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Support a publicly managed energy utility in Southern Nevada.
c) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused or abandoned.
Yes d) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
No e) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
No f) Do you support the creation of a nuclear waste repository in Yucca Mountain?
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

X a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
X c) Support current limits on damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
X d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
X e) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied by their HMO.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in Nevada.
X h) Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

X a) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
X b) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
X c) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
X d) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
e) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
g) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
i) Other or expanded principles
In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

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