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Gus Bilirakis' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office:
  • U.S. House (FL) - District 12, Republican

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Issue Positions

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  • "Today, I stood with a bipartisan group of my colleagues and voted for life. I am also pleased to stand with a majority of Americans who believe that federal funds should not be used for elective abortion." (bilirakis.house.gov)
  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-life." (votesmart.org)
  • "I always support pro-life measures." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 83% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "Our nation is threatened by a debt crisis that has been caused by unrestrained federal deficits that if unchecked, will threaten economic prosperity and job growth. If we do not take action now, then we risk becoming the first generation to leave our country worse off for our children and grandchildren. Congressman Bilirakis believes that we must implement serious spending reforms to restore the fiscal credibility of the United States at home and in the global market." (bilirakis.house.gov)
  • "Social Security and Medicare must remain fiscally solvent to ensure retirement security for current seniors, our children and grandchildren. However, Social Security has been operating at a deficit since 2010. Unless Social Security is modernized and strengthened, these deficits may cause the annual cost-of-living adjustments to shrink or disappear entirely in the future. Representative Bilirakis strongly believes that Congress must make serious fiscal reforms to ensure our financial stability while still ensuring that we uphold the commitments we have made to our seniors. He is absolutely opposed to legislation that will cut Social Security for seniors in order to pay for overseas operations, health care for others or any other program. Any cuts to Social Security will be especially difficult for those seniors on fixed incomes." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 22% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We look forward to continuing to work with you to further strengthen the Medicare Advantage program and ensure millions of seniors have access to comprehensive, affordable health coverage choices." (votesmart.org)
  • "Whether they know it or not, each year hundreds of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries and companies across the country are hampered by outdated federal policies. The inability to obtain basic information about MSP liabilities hinders participants' ability to retain access to proper care and quickly resolve medical liability settlements," said Congressman Bilirakis. "This legislation will ensure that beneficiaries, Medicare, and Medicaid have a clear and quick way to identify whether or not a participant has an MSP obligation, and provide information about how that obligation can be resolved. The PAID Act represents a "win-win-win' for beneficiaries, plans, and the federal taxpayer," (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "No." (votesmart.org)
  • "Some of the most successful law enforcement outcomes have occurred as a result of effective community policing strategies through which law enforcement officers are embedded in the communities they serve, building relationships and trust between the police and the community. I want to ensure we are strengthening support of our law enforcement community by expanding opportunities for these best practices which is why I am happy to join as an original co-sponsor of this important legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • "The NDAA we passed today is about strengthening our military to keep Americans safe & giving our troops a much-deserved pay raise." (twitter.com)
  • "I'm proud to see the NDAA signed into law today. This important legislation will help strengthen our national defense. Additionally, the package contains funding to ensure our nation’s heroes will receive a well-deserved 2.4% pay increase next year." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by the Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Proposals have been made which would reduce our military force structure to pre-World War II levels. Despite the budgetary and fiscal climate, it is imperative the security and long-term success of the country is not sacrificed through arbitrary cuts to the military’s budget." (bilirakis.house.gov)
  • Rated 85% by Council for Citizens Against Government Waste. (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "No." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our country faces an unsustainable national debt, and I believe the bill does not do enough to rein in spending or limit the size of government. I will continue to fight for common sense reforms in the best interest of the people of Florida’s 12th District." (bilirakis.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 83% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "The federal tax code has grown far too complicated for individuals and small businesses. It now contains approximately 4 million words; almost triple the number from just ten years ago. He supports tax reform that makes the tax code simpler and fairer for everyone, which will free capital, increase investment, and lead to more jobs for Americans." (bilirakis.house.gov)
  • "This bill funds programs for small businesses, including independent contractors and nonprofits. It provides up to $1,200 for taxpayers who earn $75,000 or less, as well as $500 per child. Additionally, seniors and disabled veterans are also eligible for checks. These payments will not be considered taxable income for 2020, Mr. Speaker. Most importantly, critical funding to provide personal equipment and test kits for healthcare professionals is on the way. For sure, this is a spending bill. I am not happy with everything, but I will vote ``yes'' to save the lives and livelihood of my constituents." (votesmart.org)
  • "Headed to DC this morning to vote in favor of the 3rd stimulus package. It is vital that we get Americans and small businesses immediate relief!" (twitter.com)
  • Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? "No." (votesmart.org)
  • "He also voted in favor of legislation that would return the control of the public school system to localities, by empowering teachers, families, and local school boards." (bilirakis.house.gov)
  • Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? "No." (votesmart.org)
  • "While I don't think the government should pick winners and losers when it comes to funding renewable energy options, I do support government grant awards to help innovators create advanced technology for low carbon imprint renewable energy like nuclear energy, for instance." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Bilirakis firmly supports an "all of the above" energy strategy that includes increasing domestic production, providing incentives for the development of renewable resources, and promoting conservation. New and emerging technologies will allow the United States to better harness the existing swath of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources that are available. The federal government has the responsibility to not pick winners and losers among the various energy sources." (bilirakis.house.gov)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "No." (votesmart.org)
  • "Bilirakis is a staunch opponent of Obamacare. He opposed the legislation when it passed in 2009, and has worked to repeal and replace the law. Bilirakis supports the infusion of free market principles and cost transparency into the health care system, which he believes is the best way to lower costs and increase access to affordable care. He opposed a government takeover of health care, and has long been an advocate for Health Savings Accounts, access to catastrophic care, and high risk pools to ensure coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions." (bilirakis.house.gov)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 87% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6136 - Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018. (votesmart.org)
  • "National security is too important to be used as a political football. Border security is essential to national security and we need to fund the Department of Homeland Security at a level necessary to protect all Americans." (twitter.com)
  • Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "Yes." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Bilirakis strongly opposes illegal immigration but, as a grandchild of Greek immigrants, he recognizes the cultural, intellectual, and economic benefit of legal, law-abiding immigrants. He does not believe we should provide amnesty or reward those who have broken our nation’s immigration laws." (bilirakis.house.gov)
  • "At first glance, the so called Iran Nuclear deal is not an acceptable deal for America and our allies. As I suspected, this agreement will threaten our national security interests at home and abroad. It is now up to Congress to examine the specifics of the deal and ensure the most dangerous regime in the Middle East halts its nuclear armament progress in order to prevent further regional conflict and an international arms race." (bilirakis.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by the Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, we passed this very important bill to the national security of the United States and our allies in the Middle East," said Bilirakis. "We need to continue--and we will under this bill--to impose sanctions against Iran. These sanctions work, and they're the best tool to fight the Iranian regime. I'm very pleased to support this bipartisan bill for our national security." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Working with our allies and partners, we urge you to maintain and increase pressure on Iran and Russia to constrain their destabilizing activities. America must continue economic and diplomatic efforts to counter Iran's support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups as well as Russia's support for the brutal Assad regime. We encourage full implementation of sanctions authorized in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a broadly supported bipartisan bill that you signed into law. Clear and sustained American action and close coordination with our allies and partners can send an important message of resolve to malign actors in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "While I am certainly concerned with escalating violence in the Middle East, I believe we must use whatever force is necessary to protect American lives." (twitter.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "American auto workers, parts suppliers and retailers, dealers, vehicle service providers, and millions of consumers depend on a healthy and competitive U.S. auto industry. As you know, this vital sector employs nearly four percent of our total private sector workforce and is a key engine that powers our economy. However, if tariffs were to be implemented, new vehicle prices will likely increase, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We strongly insist that the Administration address this issue in a way that gives confidence to all seasonal growers that the federal government can and will act to counter legitimate injury from unfair imports from Mexico or any other country. This could be accomplished by enacting the Defending Domestic Produce Production Act (S. 16 / H.R. 101), or through appropriate administrative action to establish equally effective, enforceable, and durable remedies through existing trade authorities. Those remedies must able to provide relief, as necessary and applicable, across a highly diverse suite of American seasonal producers." (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?
I always support pro-life measures.
No In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
No In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
No Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
No Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
No Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
No Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
While I don't think the government should pick winners and losers when it comes to funding renewable energy options, I do support government grant awards to help innovators create advanced technology for low carbon imprint renewable energy like nuclear energy, for instance.
No Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
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?
No Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Yes Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Yes Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
So long as it is recommended by the military experts in our Armed Services
Next Congress I will work to pass my Veterans� Burn Pit Exposure Act which will grant veterans harmed by inhalation of burn pit toxins presumptive status in order to qualify for benefits. Next, I will continue work to reduce the cost of prescription drugs by furthering my legisaltion that became law last year which streamlines the FDA approval process, allowing generics to compete in the market which helps lower costs. School safety is also a priority. I want to see passage of my legislation that will require large school districts to have at last one school resource officer per school.

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