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Tim Huelskamp's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Tim Huelskamp 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

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  • “One idea I support is the Fair Tax proposal I have cosponsored H.R. 25, which will implement a national sales tax in place of income and other types of taxes. This approach will allow us to eliminate the IRS altogether. Additionally, I do support other proposals that would create a flatter, fairer tax system.” (
  • “I firmly support a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Balancing budgets holds Washington accountable for the decisions they make rather than passing it on to future generations of Americans.” (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • “Government does not and cannot create economic prosperity, but unfortunately it can stand in the way of a strong economy and job growth. A complicated tax code, over-regulation, ObamaCare, and overall fiscal uncertainty hinder the ability of working Americans and all businesses, especially small businesses, to prosper.” (
  • “The fear of higher taxes and more spending makes many wary about investing in growing their businesses. It’s time to pass a budget that creates some certainty – and a budget that addresses the reckless and irresponsible overspending that plagues Washington.” (
  • “One idea I support is the Fair Tax proposal. I have cosponsored H.R. 25, which will implement a national sales tax in place of income and other types of taxes. This approach will allow us to eliminate the IRS altogether. Additionally, I do support other proposals that would create a flatter, fairer tax system.” (
  • “We need a fairer and flatter tax code that encourages job creation, productive investment, wealth creation and provides a level playing field for true competition. The thousands of pages in the tax code should not be used for advancing one business or industry over another.” (
  • “Education should always remain a family, local, and state issue – not one left to Washington bureaucrats and politicians. Whether it is No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, or Common Core, I believe these programs reflect a Washingtonian belief that they know better than the parents, teachers, administration, and school board members in Kansas. Let’s repeal these laws and shift power away from Washington – and return it to where it belongs – back home.” (
  • "Education should remain a local and state issue. Every school district needs flexibility to design its curriculum and instructional methods in a way best suited to its students. […] I will seek ways to shift power away from Washington, and back to those who know better how to educate our children." (
  • “The Keystone XL Pipeline has been stalled by President Obama for over six years, costing Americans jobs and greater energy security.” (
  • Voted in favor of S.1 “A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline” (
  • “Washington should not be restricting the fuel choices of Americans, so I have co-sponsored legislation to end all special interest energy subsidies.” (
  • “I support enhancing our domestic energy production by exploring for and responsibly using our resources in ANWR as well as drilling for oil off America's coasts. I also support coal, natural gas, nuclear, ethanol, wind, biomass, and any other viable methods to increase America's energy supply and decrease our dependence on foreign oil.” (
  • “Be it dust regulation, treating milk spills like oil spills, or greenhouse gas emissions, the White House and its EPA are on the prowl, in search of another way to insert itself in the affairs of America's rural communities and in the way of American prosperity." (
  • “Congressman Huelskamp is a cosponsor of the House-passed HR 2401 -- the Transparency in Regulation Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN Act) -- to delay the implementation of the CSAPR and the maximum achievable control technology (Utility MACT) rules until the full economic impacts of both rules had been assessed.” (
  • "In keeping with our commitment to reducing the overreach of the Environmental Protection Agency, the House passed legislation to curtail the agency's efforts to regulate greenhouse gases. […] The EPA must be stopped from killing jobs, emptying Americans' pocketbooks, and straining our economy." (
  • “The Second Amendment is non-negotiable. The right to bear arms is a right, despite President Obama's disdain for the Second Amendment and the Constitution's limits on his power.” (
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence (
  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 “Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010” (
  • “I support repeal of ObamaCare, because the law is unworkable, unpopular, unaffordable and unfair.” (
  • “ObamaCare must be repealed.” (
  • “This long overdue legislation sends a strong signal to the Obama Administration that we will not reward those who have broken the rules and punish those who follow them. Congress holds the constitutional power of the purse and this legislation is the first step to defunding and rolling back the Administrations’ lawless amnesty action. This is a matter of national security – we must protect our country by enforcing the laws on the books and securing our borders.” (
  • “I will oppose any efforts to grant amnesty to illegals and firmly believe that we need to enforce our existing immigration laws.” (
  • “The terms of this arrangement say that an eligible person cannot have committed a crime. However, entering the country through non-legal means, overstaying a visa, or using fraudulent documents like fake Social Security cards or birth certificates are all crimes. Yet, many people eligible for this amnesty will not have a charge or conviction for any of these crimes." (
  • “I firmly believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman only.” (
  • “This amendment I offer will prohibit the enforcement of the directive of allowing chaplains to perform same-sex marriages on Navy bases regardless of whatever a State's law is on gay marriage.” (
  • “While true security is founded in individual liberty and self-government, I believe that federal, state, and local law enforcement officers and agencies must have access to the tools and resources they need to defend our nation.” (
  • Signed a letter stating “Iran's record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran. […] Any inspection and verification regime must allow for short notice access to suspect locations, and verifiable constraints on Iran's nuclear program must last for decades.” (
  • “The time to strengthen and save Social Security is now. Every year that we wait, the harder it becomes to make the system solvent for our children and grandchildren.” (
  • “While we have an obligation to fulfill the mission of retirement security promised to our current and near retirees, we have an equal obligation to ensure today’s younger workers have certainty while making their retirement plans.” (
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.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legally available when the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
X d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
No g) Should Kansas government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action and civil rights in Kansas.

X a) The Kansas government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public and private sectors.
X b) The Kansas government should provide no affirmative action programs.
No c) Do you believe that the Kansas government should recognize same-sex marriages?
No d) Do you believe that sexual orientation should be added to Kansas' anti-discrimination laws?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding children and family issues in Kansas.

a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
b) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
X c) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
d) Continue state funding of after-school programs for children whose parents work outside the home.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime in Kansas.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
X b) Expand and promote "community policing" programs.
X c) Support "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve their full sentences with no chance of parole.
d) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Require mandatory life sentences for third-time, violent felons.
X h) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
i) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
j) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such as marijuana.
k) Strengthen penalties and sentences associated with drug-related crimes.
X l) Implement chain gangs in which prison inmates work together in chained work groups.
X m) Support laws requiring restitution to crime victims at the personal expense of the criminal.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address juvenile crime in Kansas.

X a) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious, violent crimes as adults.
X b) Provide state funding for military-style "boot-camps" for juvenile first-time felons.
c) Increase state funding for local community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
d) Support state government funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Kansas' economic development.

X a) Increase state funds for improving the state's transportation system, including major roadways, railways and airports.
b) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for expanding, start-up, or relocating businesses.
c) Support a constitutional amendment which would expand legalized gambling in Kansas to allow slot machines at racetracks.
X d) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
X e) Remove state government controls or caps from wages, prices, rents, profits, production and interest rates.
X f) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
g) Increase state funding for programs to re-train unemployed workers.
h) Provide state funding for housing and business development in rural areas.
X i) Extend the moratorium on the unemployment insurance tax paid by Kansas employers beyond 1997.
X j) Support Kansas' "right to work" law that allows employees to work without joining a union or paying union dues.
k) Do you support extending the Kansas workers' compensation law to include agricultural workers?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Kansas' education system.

a) Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public school faculty.
b) Endorse teacher-led voluntary school prayer in public schools.
c) Encourage private or corporate investment in certain public school programs.
d) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious, technical).
e) Support continuation of charter schools where teachers and other professionals receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
f) Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all state public schools.
X g) Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets state health and safety standards.
h) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
i) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Yes j) Do you support continuing to reduce the state property tax rate which is a source of school funding?
Yes k) Should citizens continue to be able to file petitions protesting local option budget funding to schools?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Kansas' environment and natural resources.

a) Enact tougher environmental standards to encourage the sale of cleaner burning fuels throughout Kansas.
b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for polluting industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
X c) Require a cost/benefit analysis be completed on the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
X d) Require the state to reimburse citizens when state-sponsored environmental regulations limit the use of privately owned land.
e) Continue to provide funding for recycling programs in Kansas.
f) Request flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend Kansas' participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Maintain minimum environmental quality as mandated by current federal regulations.
i) Provide state funding for research and development of renewable energy sources.
X j) Place a high priority on farmers' and ranchers' property rights when considering environmental protection legislation.

a) Would you support amending the Kansas Constitution to limit the terms of the following state officials?

Yes 1) State Senators
Yes 2) State Representatives
Yes b) Do you support the current law which limits terms of the Kansas' Governor to two consecutive four-year terms?
Yes c) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
Yes d) Do you support requiring limits on individual contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes e) Do you support requiring limits on PAC contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes f) Do you support requiring limits on corporate contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes g) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yes h) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
No i) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yes j) Do you support instituting a constitutionally mandated cap on the growth rate of state government spending?
Undecided k) Do you support increased state funding for the Kansas Commission on Governmental Standards and Conduct?

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

a) Support expanding the nationwide federal ban on the public sale of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain all state registration procedures and state restrictions on possessing firearms.
d) Ease state procedures and restrictions on the purchase and registration of firearms.
e) Repeal all state bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms.
X f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Kansas' health care system.

a) Expand state funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in the state, including immunizations.
b) Provide tax incentives to assist small businesses in providing health care to their employees.
c) Ensure that Kansas' citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
d) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
X e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
f) Support state-funded incentives that increase the supply and retention of health professionals in rural areas.
g) Request a waiver from the federal government to provide Medicaid services through managed care programs.
h) Provide state assistance to seniors and the disabled to allow them access to home and community-based health care.
X i) Support changes in tax laws that would allow the self-employed to deduct health insurance costs.
No j) Do you believe that terminally ill individuals should have the right to end their lives?

Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of funding for the following categories. Select one option only.

Eliminate a) Abortion
Eliminate b) Affirmative Action
Maintain Status c) Agriculture
Greatly Decrease d) AIDS Programs
Maintain Status e) Education
Maintain Status f) Environment
Maintain Status g) Health Care
Maintain Status h) Law Enforcement
Slightly Decrease i) Welfare

Please indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning Kansas' tax levels. Select one option only.

a) Alcohol Taxes
b) Business Taxes
c) Capital Gains Taxes
d) Income Taxes (incomes less than $75,000)
e) Income Taxes (incomes greater than $75,000)
Greatly Decrease f) Property Taxes
g) Sales Taxes
h) State Fees
i) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Kansas' welfare system.

a) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
b) Allow welfare recipients to work and still receive state-funded health care and child care (if needed) until they become self-sufficient.
X c) Require that able-bodied welfare recipients receive job training, attend school, or work in order to receive welfare benefits.
X d) Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 attend school and live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive welfare benefits.
e) Limit the welfare benefits given to recipients if they have additional children.
f) Provide two-parent families living in poverty the same welfare benefits as one-parent families.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare and advocate privately-funded assistance to people in need.
h) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected to the Kansas State Legislature. If any of your priorities will require additional government funding, explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.

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