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Richard Hudson, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 8, Republican

On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (NC) - District 8


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Richard Hudson, Jr. 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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  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "As a Pro-Life advocate and father, I applaud President Trump for renewing Ronald Reagan's Mexico City Policy to ensure our hard eared tax dollars aren't used to perform, subsidize or promote abortions abroad." (votesmart.org)
  • "My goals of tax reform are simple: I want to spur higher wages and more job opportunities, I want to lower the tax burden on working families, and I want to bring jobs back to America." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm honored to be recognized for my work to protect Social Security and Medicare and be a voice for North Carolina's seniors in Congress. From saving our vital safety net programs to ending wasteful spending of our tax dollars, I'll continue to fight to restore fiscal responsibility in Washington and keep our promises to today's seniors and future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • "Beginning this year Social Security will pay out more than it collects, slowly consuming the funds that have built up over time from contributions by hardworking Americans. Numerous independent financial and economic analysts agree that Social Security as currently structured is fiscally unsustainable. If we fail to fix entitlement spending today, we will be forced to break our contract in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • "For many Americans who need help staying afloat in times of hardship, any changes to the social safety net can seem daunting, and I share these concerns. As the son of a retired school teacher whose livelihood depends on these programs, I understand the need to keep them intact now and strengthen them for the future. I believe this issue must be given greater attention, and I am dedicated to using my position in Congress to fight for sensible, long-term solutions that strengthen this program for current seniors and also future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
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  • "Our military faces a serious readiness shortfall because of years of Washington's sequester cuts, short-term spending bills, and needless uncertainty. These political games have dire consequences for those who we depend on most--our troops." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Broadband internet has revolutionized how we learn, connect and conduct business. But too many people in rural North Carolina are lacking the internet connectivity they need. This makes it harder for us to get jobs and leaves many without access to services like telemedicine and long distance learning. It is going to take an all-of-the-above approach to solve this problem, and my resolution helps provide an important blueprint to ensure people in rural North Carolina can access broadband." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our nation’s infrastructure projects like I-73 have proven to be critical for economic development and job creation in NC." (twitter.com)
  • "My goals of tax reform are simple: I want to spur higher wages and more job opportunities, I want to lower the tax burden on working families, and I want to bring jobs back to America." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "The #PaycheckProtectionProgram has provided critical support to millions of #SmallBusinesses and helped keep nearly 50 million hardworking Americans on the payroll." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Today's vote to end Common Core is the linchpin in getting Washington's bureaucrats out of our local classrooms and returning control back to teachers, parents and students." (votesmart.org)
  • "For far too long, Washington has dictated what happens in our classrooms through programs like 'Common Core.' Unfortunately, the problems in our education system cannot be fixed with our federal government's one size fits all solution." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5 - Student Success Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "A balanced and responsible approach is the solution. This means developing more of America's own energy resources, including wind, solar, clean coal, biofuels, nuclear energy, as well as oil and natural gas, which will reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil and create thousands of jobs here at home." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (votesmart.org)
  • "Like most North Carolinians, my priorities are jobs, the economy, and making sure we have access to reliable and affordable energy. As made apparent by the president's moratorium on American energy and radical regulations, this administration doesn't share our priorities. Today's robust energy plan will responsibly unlock our resources, prioritize jobs and strengthen energy security by cutting through burdensome red tape and modernizing energy infrastructure." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have long said we need to keep our air clean, but we have to be reasonable and use common sense." (votesmart.org)
  • "Because of the EPA's radical standards, power plants in North Carolina could shut down, manufacturing could stop and jobs could be lost, yet there will be no measurable improvement in air quality. Too many people are out of work" (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I am a responsible, law-abiding gun owner who cherishes our Second Amendment freedom. This right to keep and bear arms is a freedom by which we protect all of our other freedoms as a fundamental first freedom." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "The Senate needs to keep working to keep the promise we made to the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare." (votesmart.org)
  • "I remain committed to repealing Obamacare and protecting North Carolinians from its shortcomings while advancing patient-centered, commonsense reforms that lower health care costs and protect jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "All President Trump is asking for is 10 cents of every dollar they want to give to foreign governments to go to secure our border and build a wall. Is that too much to ask?" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "Any reforms must recognize that we are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants would be an affront to the millions of legal immigrants and to the citizens of our great country." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "This brutal regime was given the space to pursue and develop nuclear capabilities, to continue threatening countries around the world, and to commit terrible human rights atrocities against its own people. I congratulate President Donald Trump for his strong leadership that made this historic summit possible." (votesmart.org)
  • ""Iran's launch of ballistic missiles is a clear provocation of the United States, Israel and our allies -- plain and simple. I applaud President Trump for taking swift, strong action to hold Iran accountable and reassert American leadership." (votesmart.org)
  • "It is my hope that we can reach a new deal that will actually prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capabilities." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "The Iran Nuclear Deal is a sham. Since its inception, it has only served to embolden, arm and enrich Iran -- the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism," (votesmart.org)
  • "I've seen firsthand the impact of bad trade policies in our state -- including closed factories, outsourced jobs and lost opportunity," said Rep. Hudson. "That's why I've continued to fight for fair trade agreements that protect American jobs and products. While it's not perfect, today's bipartisan deal modernizes policies that were written more than a quarter of a century ago and takes steps to level the playing field for American workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (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.
Pro-life Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
No In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
No In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Unknown Position Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
I believe we need true campaign-finance reform that includes more transparency. We should require more frequent online reporting. We should eliminate 527s and force full disclosure so the voters know who is paying for political advertisements.
Yes Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
No Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy?
No Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
No Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Yes Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
Yes Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
No Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
No Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
No Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Yes Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
No Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yes Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Yes Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Yes Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?

SpendingIndicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.TaxesIndicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Decrease a) Agriculture
Greatly Decrease b) Arts
Slightly Decrease c) Defense
Greatly Decrease d) Education
Greatly Decrease e) Environment
Slightly Decrease f) Homeland Security
Greatly Decrease g) International aid
Slightly Decrease h) Medical Research
Slightly Decrease i) Scientific Research
Greatly Decrease j) Space exploration
Eliminate k) United Nations
Greatly Decrease l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Eliminate a) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decrease b) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Status d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Status e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminate i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
f,g,h,j: We need tax reform that broadens and flattens tax rates and eliminates many of the loop holes.
First, we need to get the economy moving by eliminating burdensome regulations, reforming the tax code, establishing an "all of the above" energy policy and replacing ObamaCare with market reforms in health care. Second, we need to dramatically reduce spending, balance the budget and start paying down the national debt. Finally, we need real immigration reform. We need to close the borders first and foremost, end "birth right citizenship," and then we can reform the legal immigration system so we can track immigrants, verify citizenship for employment, and then we can have a worker program that meets our workforce needs.

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