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Mark Amodei's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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


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Issue Positions

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  • Voted in favor of HR 36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act." (
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (
  • "I am unable to support the so-called "Women's Health Protection Act." This bill completely disregards the 10th Amendment of the Constitution and would allow the federal government to overrule state laws on abortions. This bill allows for abortions at any stage until birth, for any reason. Abortion is a complex issue, and one in which thoughtful and reasonable people often disagree. In the State of Nevada, voters directly decided through a referendum in 1990 that a woman should be allowed to have an abortion performed by a physician within the first 24 weeks of pregnancy, and a physician may perform an abortion after 24 weeks only to preserve the life or health of the mother. Because this was voted on directly by the people of Nevada, it can only be repealed through a referendum. However, under the Women's Health Protection Act, if the U.S. Attorney General were to determine even Nevada's present law as too restrictive, this bill would give the federal government the authority to overturn what the majority of Nevadans have voted for and approved. Therefore, I cannot support this blatant federal overreach and disregard of Nevada voters." (
  • "With respect to the effect on businesses, Main Street job creators will see their tax rates reduced through the lowering of the maximum tax rate on business income to no more than 25%. Additionally, federal tax rates on corporate taxable income will see a decrease from the highest rate of 35% to a flat corporate tax rate of 20%. Each of these changes will help businesses and corporations expand, hire new employees, increase wages, and also give them the resources they need to stay competitive in the global marketplace." (
  • "Mark has worked to protect 99 percent of Americans from a tax increase on a permanent basis. He's advocated to take the annual guesswork out of tax cuts and make them permanent, including lower rates on capital gains and dividends." (
  • Rated 80% by National Taxpayers Union. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • Rated 11% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "I met with the Nevada Orthopaedic Society to discuss a number of important issues, including safeguarding healthcare providers from impending Medicare payment cuts and removing obstacles to care for Nevadans on Medicare Advantage plans." (
  • Voted against S 610 "Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • "I was proud to support the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022. Every year, Congress must pass the annual defense authorization, and I was glad to see that the bipartisan tradition of ensuring our military is adequately funded and supported was upheld. Included in this year's NDAA is a 2.7% pay increase for our servicemembers, authorization for the procurement of over $1.3 billion in new aircraft, equipment, and weapons, an authorization of over $6.2 billion for the Pacific Deterrence Initiative to counter Chinese aggression, and full funding for the European Deterrence Initiative to counter Russia. Furthermore, the FY22 NDAA authorizes $250 million to conduct counter terrorism operations in Afghanistan and requires the Department of Defense to immediately submit a plan to Congress on how it will support the evacuation of American citizens still in Afghanistan." (
  • "Just voted in support of the #NDAA for FY20, a critical defense package that strengthens our national security, supports our brave men and women in uniform, veterans, and their families." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • Rated 80% by National Taxpayers Union. (
  • "With respect to the effect on businesses, Main Street job creators will see their tax rates reduced through the lowering of the maximum tax rate on business income to no more than 25%. Additionally, federal tax rates on corporate taxable income will see a decrease from the highest rate of 35% to a flat corporate tax rate of 20%. Each of these changes will help businesses and corporations expand, hire new employees, increase wages, and also give them the resources they need to stay competitive in the global marketplace." (
  • The Nevada Independent: "I'm not going to say, ‘Gee, I wish we hadn't done that COVID stuff.’ It was phenomenally important to provide those payroll protection loans that kept people working and businesses open while everything was shut down," Amodei said. "And so, yeah, I think that was the right thing to do." (
  • "Successfully influencing the Small Business Administration to repeal its prohibition on small gaming businesses to have access to the Paycheck Protection Program at the height of COVID-19 shutdowns, saving thousands of Nevada jobs in a time of unprecedented economic uncertainty." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (
  • Rated 84% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • Voted against HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • "The energy sector is crucial to our economic growth and high energy costs have a major impact on job creation. We have an abundant supply of natural resources in Nevada and across the country that we must use to meet our nation's energy requirements. We need policies that allow us to harness our own resources, develop new sources of energy, and create jobs here at home. [...] 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." (
  • Rated 97% by Independent Petroleum Association of America. (
  • Signed Letter to Chair Neumayr "We write in support of the Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) efforts to modernize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This rulemaking represents the first comprehensive overhaul since the NEPA regulations were originally promulgated more than 40 years ago. These critical reforms will bring needed clarity to our nation's environmental laws, preserve the competitive edge that powers our economy, and foster continued stewardship of our environment and natural resources. Congress wrote NEPA with the straightforward, significant goal of establishing a review framework "under which man and nature can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans." However, over the years, through misguided regulation, and presidential directive, the NEPA process has strayed from these objectives. Now, unending litigation and mountains of paperwork define a permitting process that stretches along an indefinite timeline." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 "SENSE Act." (
  • Voted against HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • "One thing is clear: we must take responsible steps to keep firearms out of the hands of mentally disturbed individuals and criminals attempting to circumvent the federal background check process. When taking action to keep Americans safe, however, we must also ensure that we are not creating unintended consequences for the law-abiding citizens who responsibly exercise their right to bear arms. Millions of law-abiding, gun-owning American citizens go to sleep each night without harming others, their families, or themselves." (
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (NRA) (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (
  • "The ACA fails to accomplish real reform and instead harms health care, job creation and the federal deficit at a time when our country can ill-afford such government inflicted damage. The ACA will cause premiums to skyrocket, forcing millions of Americans off of their current coverage and putting unelected Washington bureaucrats between patients and their doctors. With respect to the uninsured, ObamaCare drives up the cost of health care and takes us further away from real solutions to improve health care access." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act." (
  • ""The status quo with respect to border security and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is unacceptable," said Congressman Amodei. "I supported this bill because I refused to let perfect be the enemy of good. After 31 years of congressional inaction on immigration reform, and after seeing how hard certain Members have worked to bring this issue to the Floor, I refused to go on the record with a vote against today's bill. When it comes to immigration, I will always choose policy reforms that will improve border security, reprioritize the allocation of immigrant visas, and prevent future illegal immigration over continued inaction."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6136 "Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (
  • "Mark understands that immigration issues have many facets and does not let any one perspective outweigh the others. He believes that we must consider a new solution for immigration laws in the United States and fix our broken system. While our nation has the right and laws to control our borders, Mark considers the many factors in changing the system, including the current undocumented population, impact on federal budgets and impact on employers and families. He supports a path to citizenship for those brought here illegally through no fault of their own." (
  • ""Since I've been here, I've called on congressional leadership to act on immigration reform. I would always rather be criticized for attempting to move this issue toward a solution, than criticized for repeated inaction. Now, Congress has six months to do the job it's supposed to do according to the Constitution. If we're unable to do that job, then 800,000 immigrants will be affected. That number includes individuals currently serving in our Military, working professionals, students, and other contributing members of our society. The last time Congress passed any sort of substantial immigration reform was during the Reagan Administration. As far as I'm concerned, if we're unable to kick it into high gear and follow through on this issue after 31 years -- the blame is rightfully Congress's."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3004 "Kate's Law." (
  • Signed Letter to Secretary Pompeo: "We write to urge increased diplomatic action by the United States to renew the expiring United Nations arms embargo against Iran and United Nations travel restrictions on those Iranian individuals involved with dangerous proliferation activities. U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 bans arms transfers to and from Iran, yet Iran routinely violates this resolution with impunity, particularly in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. Iran's illicit transfers of weapons directly contribute to some of the most destabilizing threats to the United States and our partners in the Middle East such as Israel and the Gulf States. Even so, the resolution serves as an important means to restrain the sale of weapons to Iran and makes a clear continued international resolve to stop Iran's illicit weapons transfers." (
  • Signed Letter to President Biden: "The Iranian regime brutally represses, persecutes, tortures, and murders its own people. It wastes the Iranian people’s resources on terrorism, foreign aggression, missiles and nuclear weapons capabilities. We hope to see the day where all U.S. sanctions on Iran can be lifted, when the U.S. and Iran can enjoy normalized relations, and when the people of Iran have a government that respects human dignity. But that day will not come if you provide sanctions relief that will fuel the regime’s corruption and incompetence at the expense of the Iranian people." (
  • Voted against HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (
  • Voted against HR 256 "To Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002" (
  • "As our strongest ally in the Middle East, America must uphold its commitment to Israel during these challenging times by supporting its right to defend itself against terrorism. I pledge to stand with Israel & hope that peace can be restored as soon as possible." (
  • Voted against H J Res 37 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress" (
  • "The #USMCA takes effect today. This is great news for Nevada’s workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses, as this historic agreement will lead to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in America." (
  • Signed Letter to Ambassador Lighthizer: "As members of the Congressional Wine Caucus, we write to express our strong concern about U.S. retaliatory tariffs on European wine. These retaliatory tariffs cause economic harm to the thousands of U.S. wineries, exporters, importers, retailers, and restaurants who depend on a vibrant, healthy wine market for their livelihood. Any expansion of these tariffs would further exacerbate the harm already caused. As you know, our local wine communities are a driving force in the national economy with a total economic impact of $220 billion annually. The European Union (EU) and the U.S. are the largest wine producing regions in the world and they serve as each other's largest export markets. In fact, the combined wine trade between the U.S. and EU totaled $4.7 billion in 2018." (
  • ""The USMCA secures strong protections and enforcement for all aspects of the agreement, and for the first time in any trade deal, it takes into consideration the countless technological advances that have impacted the way we do business in today's modern economy. By dedicating an entire chapter to digital trade, this legislation will significantly maximize our potential to trade and invest in the digital age. Without a doubt, the USMCA will lead to freer markets, fairer trade, and increased export opportunities for America's farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers. I'm pleased to finally see the USMCA pass the House, and I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to act swiftly on this legislation when we return from the holidays in January."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (
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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