Donald Bacon's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)
Office: U.S. House (NE) - District 2, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (NE) - District 2
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Donald Bacon has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2020 Political Courage Test.
Nebraska Congressional Election 2020 Political Courage Test
|Pro-life||Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?|
|Life begins at conception, and all life is precious. Abortion should only be allowed in those rare cases where it is necessary to save the life of the mother. There is a large consensus in our country and in our district that late term abortions should be banned, and I think this should be a priority because of the support to act now. Further, leaders in the Democrat Party want to use taxpayer funds to pay for abortions and I will strongly oppose this.|
|No||In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?|
|No||Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?|
|No||Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?|
|No||Do you support increasing defense spending?|
|In the three and half years I've been in Congress we've gone a long way to fix our military. We restored 60% of the cuts that were done the previous six years. We are now on a trajectory that will see our military get healthier with each year. For example, when I came in, only half of navy aircraft could fly, now it is at 80%. Therefore, I'm not an advocate for more spending increases other than what is required to keep up with inflation.|
|No||Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?|
|No||Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?|
|I supported the corporate tax reductions we made in 2017 that brought our corporate tax rates to parity with the rest of the world's average. Prior to this, our corporate taxes were about a third higher than rest of the world and this put our businesses at a disadvantage. I think we should hold our corporate tax rates where they are for the time being since they are now competitive. We need to get our fiscal house back in order as our next priority.|
|No||Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?|
|I believe in local control of our schools. I do want to encourage our schools though to increase focus on the trades and technical training because there is a huge demand in the workforce. Further, I want to encourage schools to increase physical education because we are seeing decreasing readiness and health factors in our youth and that has longterm implications for our country.|
|Yes||Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?|
|No||Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?|
|I believe in incentivizing renewable energy and carbon capture through tax credits. I don't support carbon taxes as that raises the cost of gas, utilities and air travel. Carbon taxes hurt the lowest income earners and undermines the quality of life in our country. Our nation as reduced carbon more than the next 12 countries combined over last decade and we've done so through innovation, free market incentives and the use of natural gas.|
|No||Do you generally support gun-control legislation?|
|We must protect our Constitutional Rights, including the Second Amendment. Enforcing the laws already on the books would be a more effective tactic than introducing new laws that only punish law-abiding citizens. We should protect the rights of the 99% who are law abiding citizens, and hold accountable those who break the law.|
|Yes||Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?|
|I voted for the American Health Care Act in 2017, which would have replaced ACA with a better alternative while keeping the best parts of the law intact, such as guaranteed coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. The best path forward now is to fix ACA rather than waste time debating on whether to repeal it and replace it with something better. Regardless of the terminology, we need to lower healthcare costs, increase transparency, and introduce more competition to the market to drive up quality of care. I support Association Pools as a way to increase choice.|
|Yes||Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?|
|Yes||Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?|
|This is my position for those who came here illegally as adults. I would support bipartisan immigration reform that includes increased border security and e-verify in exchange for allowing illegal immigrants who came to U.S. as adults to gain permanent residence. We have had little progress on our border security and immigration reform, and I'm eager to find bipartisan solutions that will help our country move forward.|
|No||Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?|
|Yes||Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?|
|We can reduce our intervention, but we must ensure we do not leave a power vacuum that can be filled by radical groups - this is how ISIS formed. We have reduced our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 10 years. We should keep a minimal presence that prevents ISIS or AQ from gaining control of territory.|
|Yes||Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?|
|I support free trade, but there should be a level playing field. When other countries take advantage of the United States, we should deploy tools to give our manufacturers and businesses an equal footing. The goal is to have free trade.|
|I've kept my promises from my first election: we cut taxes, strengthened national defense, and slashed regulations for our small business and ag communities. This term we've been focused on flood recovery, improving foster care and homeland security, and strengthening worker safety measures. I successfully got the funds to fix Offutt AFB and Camp Ashland, and significantly increased research funding at our NE Universities. Now we're doing all we can to respond to the coronavirus. If elected to another term, I'll be focused on economic recovery, lowering healthcare costs and border/immigration reforms.|
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