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Michael Cloud's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office:
  • U.S. House (TX) - District 27, Republican

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Michael Cloud 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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Issue Positions

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  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-Life" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I asked the Chief Medical Director of Missouri’s Planned Parenthood to describe a typical abortion procedure in medical terms @GOPoversight. She refused. Pro-abortion advocates cloak their language in euphemisms like "right to choose" to avoid the tragic reality of abortion." (twitter.com)
  • "Yesterday I voted to make this year's tax cuts permanent for middle class families, workers, and small businesses. This year we've seen more jobs, bigger paychecks, and historic economic growth - let's keep it that way!" (twitter.com)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Tax Limitation Committee. (justfacts.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)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "I’m grateful to live in and represent communities that are working to get this right. Our law enforcement are respected for their service in the face of daily challenges. Protesters are peacefully making their voices heard. There is no doubt we as a nation are still working toward a more perfect union." (www.facebook.com)
  • "Michael Cloud is committed to ensuring that the United States military has the resources necessary to combat terrorism, counter enemy nations, and protect the life and liberty we hold dear." (votesmart.org)
  • "Good to see that my work to deal with our exploding national debt crisis is being paid attention to in Washington. We need to keep educating the grassroots of our party that continuing this trajectory of spending cannot go on. Please RT." (twitter.com)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "The national debt has been spiraling out of control, and it’s Congress’ duty to fix the problem. Responsible spending is the first step. That’s why I cannot in good conscience support busting the budget caps and passing the buck to our kids and grandkids." (twitter.com)
  • "As a small business owner myself, I can tell you that cutting taxes and burdensome federal regulations leads to job creation and economic growth!" (twitter.com)
  • Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "While each of us hold differing opinions about whether the CARES Act was warranted to meet an unprecedented crisis, we are united in the belief that going forward the U.S. simply cannot afford any more deficit spending of this magnitude. Any further emergency relief or stimulus bills, if necessary, should be solely designed to restore and grow the U.S. economy with as little long-term government intervention as possible. Additionally, and at least as importantly, any spending in potential future legislation must be offset as much as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • "The federal government has made a wreck of our health insurance system, and Texans are now experiencing skyrocketing premiums with less coverage. Obamacare must be repealed, and health care must be driven by a market-oriented approach that brings down costs and expands access to quality care. We must also ensure taxpayer dollars are not spent on abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to end the humanitarian and criminal crisis that is driven by cartels. It is time to build the wall. #BuildTheWallNow" (twitter.com)
  • Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? "Yes" (votesmart.org)
  • "SURVEY: Last night, the House (with my support) passed a spending bill that included funding for a border wall. As we wait on the Senate to pass or reject the bill, please share your thoughts with me on the construction of a border wall: (bit.ly)
  • "Dems are putting illegal immigrants over funding our govt, providing healthcare to children and supporting our troops. The Dems will do anything to appease their base, including shutting down our govt. Our Congressional leaders must put Americans first!" (twitter.com)
  • Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "No" (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Signed a letter stating: "USMCA already contains the strongest labor provisions of any trade agreement considered by the U.S. to date, and the Trump Administration has worked diligently and in good faith to address these issues because the President is absolutely focused on ensuring a level playing field for all U.S. workers. Passing USMCA is a chance for the House to chalk up one critically important victory for the American people, and we urge you to seize this opportunity." (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?
Abortion takes a human life. I am against abortion of any kind. Taxpayers certainly should not fund abortion - or any organization that performs abortions. Roe v. Wade was a monstrous decision, one that invented new rights not found in the Constitution while denying personhood to a most vulnerable class of people. Roe v. Wade should be overturned, and in the meantime, Congress should take all steps possible to limit legal abortions. I would support a constitutional amendment making abortion illegal.
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?
The United States has acquired an enormous national debt due to excessive government spending, leading many to label our situation the most predictable national crisis in history. This debt will lead to higher living costs and slower wage growth and reduce our future flexibility in spending decisions. The crisis is avoidable, but it will take leaders with the courage to make hard choices. The first condition necessary for bringing down the debt is economic growth. Taxation slows the economy, so we cannot tax our way out of debt; spending must be reduced.
No Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Past attempts at campaign finance reform have actually worked to protect incumbents, who begin the race with greater name recognition, established connections, and the ability to interact with voters while officially on government business. Contribution/spending limits tend to work against challengers by preventing the amount of spending necessary to build name recognition. Past campaign finance laws have also proven ineffective, simply reorganizing the way money is donated. Disclosure requirements allow voters to make a more informed choice, and reforms might address how disclosure requirements are often circumvented by well-connected or knowledgeable donors.
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?
The United States has acquired an enormous national debt due to excessive government spending, leading many to label our situation the most predictable national crisis in history. This debt will lead to higher living costs and slower wage growth and reduce our future flexibility in spending decisions. The crisis is avoidable, but it will take leaders with the courage to make hard choices. The first condition necessary for bringing down the debt is economic growth. Taxation slows the economy, so we cannot tax our way out of debt; spending must be reduced.
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Education is a decision best made by parents and at the local level.
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?
I will work to reduce federal spending and roll back regulations holding back our economy.
No Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
The right to keep and bear arms is essential to a free society; it allows citizens to defend themselves not only from others but also from tyranny. Americans are safer today from gun crime than at any time since the 1960s. The Supreme Court should recognize the right of citizens to carry arms nationwide. Neither federal nor state/local governments may impose any requirement making the process of acquiring arms burdensome.
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
I would push for laws repealing Obamacare and work to lower the cost of healthcare by bringing back market-based principles and getting the federal government out of health care decisions.
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?
The first step in any immigration policy must be border security and enforcement, and Congress should pursue an all of the above approach. We should build a wall where it makes sense to build a wall. But a wall alone will not secure the border. A solution should include an increased border patrol presence, helicopters, fencing, cameras, sensors, and unmanned aerial vehicles. The U.S. Coast Guard must have adequate funding to prevent illegal immigration over water. Congress should cut federal funds to sanctuary cities that ban law enforcement from enforcing immigration laws.
No Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Legalization of marijuana is a state issue, and I would not vote to dictate drug policy to states at the federal level.
Yes Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
No Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
The United States must maintain peace through strength and have a strong, ready military. The United States must be ready and willing to go to war in defense of our vital national interests. But while we must always be prepared for war, diplomatic resolutions are preferable. In addition to the human and financial toll, war has historically resulted in the expansion of government power. Additionally, we must ensure that our brave service men and women return home to receive the first-class quality healthcare they have earned.
My overarching priority is changing the culture of corruption in Washington. One area where this culture has taken root is federal spending; our government has demonstrated an unwillingness to make hard choices. I will fight to get spending under control so we do not pass on this crushing debt to our children and grandchildren. A second priority would be securing the border and enforcing immigration law. A third priority would be protecting individual liberties, such as the 2nd Amendment and religious liberty, from a federal government that often shows little regard for our God-given rights affirmed in the Constitution.

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