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Joni Ernst's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (IA) - Jr, Republican Majority Conference Vice Chair

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Joni Ernst has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests.

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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 2014.

  • "Joni believes life begins at conception, that all innocent life is precious, and that we must cherish and protect the unborn. Joni opposes any taxpayer funding of abortion and has a record as a strong, proven defender of innocent life during her tenure in the state legislature." (votesmart.org)
  • "The IRS is a disaster. The greatest nation on earth should not have one of the most predatory, bureaucratic, out of control tax agencies on the planet. Our system is backwards. Joni believes real, fundamental tax reform will require more than tweaks to the tax code. It's time to scrap it and start over, to make our tax system fairer, flatter, simpler and more certain." (votesmart.org)
  • "Washington has a spending addiction and Joni is committed to breaking it. It's simple: Government must stop spending more money than it takes in. That's why Joni supports a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution to force Washington to stop the reckless spending and live within its means." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "As someone who grew up working the land, Joni knows a whole lot more about the importance of protecting the environment than a bunch of liberal activists in Washington. That's why she supports strong state-based environmental protections to protect our land, water and all of Iowa's natural resources." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Joni is a staunch defender of the Second Amendment and has a proven record of opposing efforts by the government to infringe upon this fundamental right." (votesmart.org)
  • "Joni is staunchly opposed to the Obamacare law. Joni supports immediate action to defund Obamacare, repeal it, and replace it with free-market alternatives that put patients first, and healthcare decisions back in the hands of doctors rather than bureaucrats."  (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly urge the President not to sidestep Congress by granting executive amnesty. By acting alone, he will only be encouraging more illegal immigration, and worsening the existing crisis on our border." (votesmart.org)
  • "As a Christian, Joni strongly believes marriage is a religious institution, defined as a union between one man and one woman. She has already shown herself to be a defender of traditional marriage on the floor of the Iowa Senate." (votesmart.org)
  • "Joni believes in a strong national defense because she knows the world is a safer place when America is the strongest nation on the planet. She believes that military readiness cannot be allowed to fall victim to Washington politics or bureaucratic maneuvering. Joni also believes that American foreign policy must be consistent and strong -- never giving our enemies hesitation as to America's resolve to defend herself and her interests across the globe, whether by diplomatic means or use of force." (votesmart.org)
  • "Joni believes strongly that Social Security and Medicare must be preserved and protected for our seniors of today and tomorrow. She opposes any efforts to change the promised benefits for today's seniors. At the same time she supports reforms that will strengthen both Social Security and Medicare to ensure the long-term health of both programs for her daughters and grandchildren and their generations." (votesmart.org)

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