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Donald Bacon's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

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  • "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." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 80% by FreedomWorks. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will give the typical family of four earning the median income of $73,000 a tax cut of $2,059," said Rep. Bacon. "Families also will benefit from the expanded Child Tax Credit for those making under $400,000."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S 610 "Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. Bacon today introduced H.R. 6203, the Emergency Snap Staffing Flexibility Act of 2021 to allow contractors to determine the eligibility of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients: "States need more flexibility in the process for determining eligibility for SNAP programs, which provide food to those who are in need. There is an extended backlog in the review of SNAP applications and this legislation will allow States to work with contractors to process the applications in a quicker and more efficient manner."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "We need to STRENGTHEN Social Security. But if we do nothing, automatic 25% cuts are coming. We absolutely must protect Social Security, period." (twitter.com)
  • ""Since 1788, the United States has been conducting free and fair elections, and I made an oath to uphold the Constitution, which includes protecting the rights and voices of all Americans, no matter the party. H.R. 1 is an attempt by Speaker Pelosi and the Far Left to federalize our election system in defiance of the Constitution; reverse the longstanding history of state-controlled elections; force American taxpayers to fund campaigns of political candidates they do not support; and mandate ballot harvesting which is now illegal in Nebraska. Nebraska does elections right and does not want to be runover by the Federal government. "Therefore, I voted against this extremely partisan and unconstitutional bill. Protecting state rights is a priority of mine, and this legislation is the "Californication" of our election laws. We do not need more unnecessary, expensive, and federal mandates that endanger the integrity of our elections."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% Common Cause. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "I support our law enforcement community and recognize their dedication and sacrifice. Reforms are needed, and I have enjoyed working together with law enforcement on those reforms. Ending "qualified immunity" would basically defund the police, as it opens officers up to countless frivolous lawsuits. I support body cameras for officers, ending chokeholds unless the officer's life is in danger, and other reforms. Ultimately, our local law enforcement uses a community policing concept that could be a model for our entire country, and I am proud to stand with our men and women in blue." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I am humbled to receive the Omaha Police Officers Association endorsement for the third cycle in a row! Unlike my opponents, I will never waver on qualified immunity. Thank you, @opoapresident!" (twitter.com)
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6395 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • ""For sixty consecutive years, Congress has passed the NDAA on a bipartisan basis for one simple reason: that politics must never stand between the American people and the security of the United States," said Rep. Bacon. "This record of bipartisan unity is unrivaled in our history and a testament to what we can do when we come together to ensure that the needs of the nation are met. As a conferee, I can proudly say this conference report wisely balances the differences between each chamber to produce a bill that truly puts America's security first."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""Political gridlock should never stand between the American people and the security of the United States," said Bacon. "For the 61st consecutive year, Congress has prioritized our national security interests by modernizing our conventional and nuclear deterrence capabilities, supporting Gold Star families, and bolstering our national strategy to combat any aggression or threats from foreign adversaries. I applaud my colleagues in the House and Senate for their bipartisanship commitment to get this bill across the finish line."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "For months, I have expressed my support for the hard infrastructure bill that is supported by 70 percent of our district. Senators Fischer and Grassley also voted for this bipartisan bill which will fix our highways, seaports, and locks, and will provide more access to rural broadband. Further, most of the hard infrastructure bill is paid for by unspent COVID money that was already appropriated by Congress. This bill makes our nation stronger and more competitive for years to come." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 83% by Council For Citizens Against Government Waste. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 80% by FreedomWorks. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "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. We worked hard to pass the CARES Act, which helped those struggling during the pandemic and saved over 51 million jobs. This situation calls for drastic measures and our businesses were facing a disaster. Helping our economy rebound is my top priority next term." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "I sponsored the Healthcare Workforce Protection Act of 2019 to allow for the safe, mass production of masks (H.R.4982), supported the CARES Act of 2020, saving thousands of jobs and small businesses in Nebraska (H.R. 748) and sponsored the Flexibility for Localities and Eligibility Expansion Act to give local governments flexibility in the allocation of federal COVID-relief funding (H.R. 6652)." (donjbacon.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 133 "Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • ""With 26 million people unemployed, this package provides the much-needed relief for our Nebraska families and businesses as we work together to fight the virus and sustain our economy that was rapidly growing prior to this pandemic," said Rep. Bacon. "For nearly two weeks, many small businesses have been waiting for the PPP to be funded after it was frozen."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "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." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (votesmart.org)
  • ""As we look at common sense ideas to address climate change, we need to look at our building industry and the standards they use for meeting lower energy use," said Rep. Bacon, the lead Republican co-sponsor of the Built to Last Act. "This legislation will assist standards-developing organizations such as the International Code Council find and incorporate into their standards relevant information about climate change."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Congress should work to balance smart environmental policy with energy independence. The solution to American energy independence requires a combination of wind, solar and nuclear energy as well as fossil fuels. During my time in Congress, I co-sponsored the Biodiesel Tax Extension Act of 2019 (H.R. 2089) and the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019 (H.R. 3006). I also supported the reauthorization of ARPA-E to encourage research in cutting-edge renewable energy sources." (donjbacon.com)
  • "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." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 2467 "PFAS Action Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "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." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I support policies such as carbon capture and grid-scale energy storage but I do not support a carbon tax. In 2018 and 2020, I was honored to receive the American Wind Energy Association’s U.S. Wind Champion Award and served on the Climate Solutions Caucus in the 116th Congress." (donjbacon.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 "SENSE Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (NRA). (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "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." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I voted for the American Health Care Act in 2017, which would have replaced ACA with a better alternative that kept the best parts intact, such as guaranteed coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. We need to make healthcare better by lowering costs, increasing transparency, and introducing more competition. I also agree that businesses should offer paid medical leave to those who may have contracted the virus, and the CARES Act provided funding to offset those costs. During this pandemic, keeping folks healthy is a top priority. This situation has proven that when a community comes together,great things are possible." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (votesmart.org)
  • "I voted for the American Health Care Act in 2017, which would have replaced ACA with a better alternative that kept the best parts intact, such as guaranteed coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. We need to make healthcare better by lowering costs, increasing transparency, and introducing more competition. I also agree that businesses should offer paid medical leave to those who may have contracted the virus, and the CARES Act provided funding to offset those costs. During this pandemic, keeping folks healthy is a top priority. This situation has proven that when a community comes together,great things are possible." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "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." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Debate tweet: I voted twice for comprehensive immigration reform that includes legal status for DACA and the border wall requested by our Border Patrol. In response, my opponent says we can't pay for a wall (but can afford $32 TRILLION for socialized healthcare). #NE02" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6136 "Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress needs to work on a balanced and compassionate approach that ensures law-abiding DACA recipients are able to stay in the country they call home, but also addresses employer compliance with immigration laws, secures our border, and improves our visa program. I am eager to work on a solution as soon as possible and I urge my colleagues in the House to make this a priority as well. We must fix our immigration system and provide the resources to secure our nation. As part of my balanced approach, I chose to co-sponsor the BRIDGE Act, which extends protections for DACA recipients while Congress works towards an updated immigration policy. I will work to ensure that legislation is passed." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "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." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3004 "Kate's Law" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "It is critical that the President establish a clear strategy and end-goal with regards to Syria and consult with Congress before taking further military action, as is required under the constitution. This strategy should address the need to partner with our allies and provide for the safety, shelter, and resources for refugees in safe havens close to their home country to facilitate their safe return once peace has won. Congress must evaluate the proposed strategy and vote on an authorization for the use of military forces." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1698 "Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "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." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "It is critical that the President establish a clear strategy and end-goal with regards to Syria and consult with Congress before taking further military action, as is required under the constitution. This strategy should address the need to partner with our allies and provide for the safety, shelter, and resources for refugees in safe havens close to their home country to facilitate their safe return once peace has won. Congress must evaluate the proposed strategy and vote on an authorization for the use of military forces." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 256 "To Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002" (votesmart.org)
  • 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" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "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." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""With nearly 35,000 jobs in Nebraska's Second Congressional District supported by trade with Canada and Mexico, and our country's economy being the best it has been in 50 years, this modernized trade deal is a no-brainer and will ensure our nation is able to compete for years to come," said Rep. Bacon." (justfacts.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?
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?
Yes Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
I support our law enforcement community and recognize their dedication and sacrifice. Reforms are needed, and I have enjoyed working together with law enforcement on those reforms. Ending "qualified immunity" would basically defund the police, as it opens officers up to countless frivolous lawsuits. I support body cameras for officers, ending chokeholds unless the officer's life is in danger, and other reforms. Ultimately, our local law enforcement uses a community policing concept that could be a model for our entire country, and I am proud to stand with our men and women in blue.
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?
Yes Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
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. We worked hard to pass the CARES Act, which helped those struggling during the pandemic and saved over 51 million jobs. This situation calls for drastic measures and our businesses were facing a disaster. Helping our economy rebound is my top priority next term.
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")?
Yes Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
I voted for the American Health Care Act in 2017, which would have replaced ACA with a better alternative that kept the best parts intact, such as guaranteed coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. We need to make healthcare better by lowering costs, increasing transparency, and introducing more competition. I also agree that businesses should offer paid medical leave to those who may have contracted the virus, and the CARES Act provided funding to offset those costs. During this pandemic, keeping folks healthy is a top priority. This situation has proven that when a community comes together,great things are possible.
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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