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Dan Crenshaw's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office:
  • U.S. House (TX) - District 2, Republican

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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 2020.

  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Life" (votesmart.org)
  • "Louisiana’s Governor - a Democrat - is signing this bill because it is a basic human truth that a baby with a heartbeat should be protected under the law." (twitter.com)
  • "And you’re going to tax the hardworking middle class to do it. Stop trying to buy off my generation with impossible promises. And if you do, at least be honest about how to pay for it. The "1%" don’t make enough to pay for your programs. Eventually you have to tax everyone." (twitter.com)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "It's time for tax relief for Texans. As your next Congressman, I will fight to ensure middle class families and small businesses are our top priority! #TaxReform" (twitter.com)
  • "We can't just cut discretionary spending, we have to attack the hard stuff: mandatory spending to include Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid." (votesmart.org)
  • "#millennialretirementplans will be a pipe dream if we don’t stand together as a generation and demand that runaway spending on entitlement programs be addressed. We must say NO to tax increases to fund mismanaged programs. We must refuse to be bought off with false promises." (twitter.com)
  • "We must gradually transition to a mixed pay-as-you-go and investment-based system. Current workers will contribute an additional percentage of their taxable income into a personal retirement account (PRA) invested in a limited number of approved investment funds, which offer higher growth. " (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "Many people say special interests buy elections. Q 1: Have you ever sold your vote to a special interest? Doubt it. Q 2: Do politicians make unrealistic promises using other people’s money? Yes. Maybe it’s the politicians buying votes with false promises. Don't fall for it." (twitter.com)
  • "This is dangerous, counterproductive, and deeply irrational. "Defund the police" is not a call from the fringes of the far left anymore. It has gone from a radical slogan to actual policy in a major American city, within days. We should be focusing on commonsense reforms to address police brutality, not advocating for the dismantling of a force of men and women dedicated to keeping our communities safe." (votesmart.org)
  • "Police brutality is real and we must take steps to root it out of all law enforcement bodies wherever it exists." (votesmart.org)
  • "The same Democrats demanding swift action to address police brutality are the same Democrats now blocking the only real chance we have to address this issue this year. Democrats won’t even allow a DEBATE on Tim Scott’s commonsense bill. They don’t care about finding solutions." (twitter.com)
  • "We need to follow the president's lead in rebuilding the U.S. military. I have seen first-hand the toll that 16 years of warfare has taken on our soldiers, sailors, and airmen. Our ships are barely operational and the ones that are deployed are colliding and running aground." (votesmart.org)
  • "Maybe because my generation realizes Sanders’ policies are a false promise backed by impossible federal spending levels... Can’t buy off young people with "free" everything. We know better." (twitter.com)
  • "We should be updating our infrastructure to prepare for future heavy rains and flooding. We cannot afford another broken reservoir in a future Hurricane Harvey." (votesmart.org)
  • "Democratic leadership is debating which part of their Trump Obsession should take priority: impeachment or investigations. Meanwhile, Americans want solutions to trade, infrastructure, and immigration." (twitter.com)
  • Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "Raising taxes on business may make some of us feel good, but it does nothing to help the poor. A strong free-market economy, more jobs, and better education does." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "For all those bitter about "big business," don’t forget they employ tens of thousands of your fellow Americans. This CEO is still paying every single employee. But no business can do that forever. Government backed loans are needed NOW." (twitter.com)
  • Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "I am proud to be endorsed by the Texas Home School Coalition! I support education freedom and making sure that home school families remain free of undue government interference. #THSC #CrenshawforCongress" (twitter.com)
  • "We should be drilling for even more clean natural gas and allowing exports around the world, so that the everyone can enjoy cleaner and cheaper energy." (votesmart.org)
  • "Must read on realities of a "Green New Deal". There is no future in wind & solar w/o nuclear, natural gas, etc. Contrary to popular belief, Republicans want solutions for a cleaner environment. Better tech, carbon capture, exporting clean natural gas, are REAL green solutions." (twitter.com)
  • "We must invest in new and cleaner technologies that can compete in the marketplace without expensive and distortionary government subsidies. Our country has led the world in reduced CO2 emissions while also growing our economy at three percent. We have been able to do this because the energy sector has revolutionized natural gas exploration, allowing cleaner energy to be used and reducing emissions drastically." (votesmart.org)
  • "America's role in addressing climate change is producing innovative, cheap energy and exporting it throughout the world. Countries are already using our natural gas to decrease their emissions. Let's start quantifying how important America's LNG is to the U.S. and to the globe." (votesmart.org)
  • "I’m all for reducing carbon emissions. My bill - the LEADING Act - promotes carbon capture tech. But claiming that this hurricane is solely because of climate change is very dishonest demagoguing, & claiming that a green new deal will "fix it" is not based in scientific reality." (twitter.com)
  • "The President was right to pull out of the costly and meaningless Paris Climate Agreement. That agreement was merely value signaling, not good policy. We must use our money to develop better infrastructure, not engage in hopeless attacks on our energy industry." (votesmart.org)
  • "Two things can be true at once: 1. The #climatestrike is asking the wrong questions & proposing the wrong solutions. 2. We can and should reduce carbon emissions w/ better tech, creating clean and exportable energy for the world. Carbon capture, nuclear, #alloftheabove." (twitter.com)
  • "Calls for a carbon tax are similarly misguided. Even if we were to implement a carbon tax, such a policy might inadvertently increase emissions as our cleaner, better-regulated American oil-and-gas industry potentially cedes market share to less clean Russian and Saudi producers. At the risk of stating: the obvious, the developing world won't stop demanding energy just because we decide to tax ourselves more. Conservatives can either tackle the issue of carbon emissions sensibly by proposing workable solutions, or run the risk of allowing the Democrats to do it for us -- with policies that would offer marginal environmental benefits at a devastating: cost to the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "Defending the 2nd Amendment and discussing the future of conservatism with the @DailyCaller" (twitter.com)
  • "Situations like this story are why we protect the 2nd Amendment. Side note: With universal background checks, I wouldn’t be able to let my friends borrow my handgun when they travel alone like this. We would make felons out of people just for defending themselves." (twitter.com)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "Oh this is an easy one. Because your plan costs $32 trillion, and bankrupts my generation. It takes away private employer plans from tens of millions of Americans. But at least you recognize that Obamacare has not worked. We need more freedom and choice, not less." (twitter.com)
  • Signed a statement stating: "The spread of COVID-19 represents a serious and unprecedented threat to the health and safety of our communities. As members of the Houston Congressional delegation, we are committed to working together for our region and our country. We will work to acquire the resources, guidance, and support it needs to combat this pandemic. Now is the time for all of us to work together to minimize the spread of coronavirus across our community and our country, protect hard working families that will be hit the most by this disease, and help small businesses stay afloat while we tackle this ongoing threat. We are Houston Strong and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the community ready to make it through this together." (crenshaw.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Dem: walls can’t stop visa overstays! Me: we know that Dem: can’t stop drugs at points of entry either! Me: never said it would Dem: so why build it!? It’s immoral! Me: Because last night in Rio Grande Valley I witnessed nearly 1,000 people cross unimpeded. Just one sector." (twitter.com)
  • Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "Here in Texas, over the last 7 years, we've had almost 200,000 convictions of illegal immigrants and over 50,000 apprehensions in just the last 6 months. These are astounding and still rising numbers. We need to BUILD THE WALL. #CrenshawforCongress @FoxBusiness" (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)
  • "144k apprehensions in May. 32% increase from April. Highest figure in 13 years. We clearly need border security & asylum reform, but instead the House passed a bill that would give amnesty to far more ppl than even Obama’s DACA policy. Enough already. Dems need to work with us." (twitter.com)
  • "Dems want to see our President in prison, yet voted on Tuesday to give amnesty to gang members, drunk drivers, & firearm offenders. The issues prioritized by the House Majority are intentionally divisive, meant only to signal that their new direction is sufficiently extreme." (twitter.com)
  • "North Korea cannot be tolerated as a belligerent rogue regime for much longer. We must stand behind the president as he builds a coalition against North Korea. However, we should be exceptionally wary of pre-emptive action against North Korea." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our leverage will be vastly diminished unless we take strategic steps to contain malign Iranian influence. This means bolder operations in the Arabian Gulf to counter Iranian aggression, maintaining our presence in Iraq and the region, and rebuilding our economic leverage over the Iranians by targeting the IRGC and their ballistic missile program." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our leverage will be vastly diminished unless we take strategic steps to contain malign Iranian influence. This means bolder operations in the Arabian Gulf to counter Iranian aggression, maintaining our presence in Iraq and the region, and rebuilding our economic leverage over the Iranians by targeting the IRGC and their ballistic missile program." (votesmart.org)
  • "My take on the Iran situation: (1/3) Intentional or not, the US is in a stronger position than before, having simultaneously shown a willingness to strike and a willingness to show restraint. All while avoiding an escalation. Not perfectly executed but an acceptable result." (twitter.com)
  • "We must continue to take the fight to ISIS, not only in Syria and Iraq, but also in Afghanistan and Africa." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must embrace free trade, and seek to give our businesses advantages by reducing regulatory burdens and lowering corporate tax rates." (votesmart.org)
  • "Time is running out to improve NAFTA. Call to action: call your Democrat representatives and ask them why they won’t support the USMCA. It is unambiguously GOOD for America, but they don’t want to give Trump a win. Petty politics." (twitter.com)
  • "This is absolutely right. Dems need to stop looking for reasons to oppose the USMCA and take it for what it is: a great deal for America. Period. And the deal is time sensitive because of Canadian elections. Call your Rep’s office. Urge support." (twitter.com)
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 an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Unknown Position In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
I support slowing the growth of DOD spending. The reality is that defense spending is not increasing as a percent of GDP. I will certainly support and push for more accountability in defense spending and eliminating practices that cause waste.
Yes Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yes Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Sometimes, but only in dire situatipns, such as a recession.
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Unknown Position 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?
Limited funding for technology development yes, but I want to reduce generous subsidies currently being given. To an extent yes. But we have overreached and need to have more business-friendly regulation in place.
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 Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
Unknown Position Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
This depends on many factors, but military options would certainly be on the table.
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

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