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Michael Cloud's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (TX) - District 27

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  • Voted against HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "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." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Campaign for Working Families. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 8% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S 610 "Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "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." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 6395 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "A primary responsibility of our federal government is to protect American citizens. To do that, we fund the best-equipped defense force in the world. Our FY22 NDAA has many flaws, but most notably, it provides ZERO accountability for the debacle of the Afghanistan withdrawal." (twitter.com)
  • "This year's NDAA had key provisions that I could not support. To begin with, it would hinder the president's ability to withdraw troops from the Middle East. President Trump has made bringing our troops home a priority, and I stand with him in that." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (votesmart.org)
  • "With the federal government nearly $27 trillion in debt with no plan on the horizon to ever pay it back, I introduced the Federal Sunset Commission Act. This legislation would reign in some of Washington's uncontrolled spending. (1/4)" (twitter.com)
  • "A low regulatory environment fosters an economy of innovation and growth that leads to opportunity and prosperity for American families." (www.cloudforcongress.com)
  • Rated 100% by Council for Citizens Against Government Waste. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The federal government should not be picking winners and losers in our economy and subsidizing people to not work. Washington could learn a lot from Texas which is why Congressman Cloud fulfilled long-time campaign promises by introducing two bills that would start the process of getting our fiscal house in order: "The Cost Estimates Improvement Act" and the "Federal Agency Sunset Commission Act"." (www.cloudforcongress.com)
  • "Our country is facing an unprecedented epidemic that threatens our public health and our economic security. While I have reservations about some of the provisions in the CARES Act and the enormous cost, I was on the House floor and answered yes to the voice vote. (1/2)" (twitter.com)
  • "1/ After months of delay, COVID relief has finally passed. I've supported additional funding for the PPP, as well as utilizing $500 million in funds set aside in the CARES Act that has so far not been used. ​I would have supported this bill had it been presented on its own." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Liberal policies often attempt to dismantle our oil & gas markets, which in turn results in soaring electricity prices & financial harm. I'll continue to promote fair policies in Congress while encouraging private sector innovation & cutting burdensome federal regulations. (3/3)" (twitter.com)
  • "Congressman Cloud has prioritized expanding our energy exports capability. He was appointed to the U.S.- Mexico Interparliamentary Group to defend Texas interests in trade, energy, and border negotiations. By and large, American producers lead the world in best practices and the world is made a better place when global markets choose and have access to U.S. exports." (www.cloudforcongress.com)
  • "I firmly believe the United States must maintain energy independence and dominance. Rather than turning to our adversaries, our allies can now rely on us for energy, further strengthening our position as a leader on the global stage. (2/3)" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Removing the crude oil export ban opened the gates for investment around Texas ports. Reimposing this ban would reverse this economic growth—killing jobs and disincentivizing investment. Proud to join @RepPfluger and @RepRWilliams to oppose this continued war on U.S. energy." (twitter.com)
  • "I will work to reduce federal spending and roll back regulations holding back our economy." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Signed on to a letter to President Biden to withdraw new EPA Methan Regulation: "Throughout the past year, your Administration, through Executive Orders and new regulations, has actively discouraged American energy production. On your first day in office, you revoked the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and imposed a moratorium on fossil energy development on Federal lands and waters. These actions, combined with EPA’s proposal, increase regulatory uncertainty, and discourage investments in American energy infrastructure and supplies." (crenshaw.house.gov)
  • "The ATF collected 54.7 million gun records in 2021 alone, giving many gun owners cause for concern. Today I led 51 Republicans in opposition to a proposed rule which would lead to the collection of MORE gun records and could enable the creation of a national gun registry." (twitter.com)
  • "Knowing this, I introduced legislation in Congress to push back on Biden’s executive attempts to use executive action to infringe on our important Second Amendment rights. To be clear, the Second Amendment is not about hunting – it is about protecting ourselves from a tyranny." (www.cloudforcongress.com)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "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." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The differing smuggling techniques come as Democratic President Joe Biden's administration has sought to reverse restrictive immigration polices set up by his predecessor, former President Donald Trump. But a recent jump in border crossings has Republicans warning the easing of hardline policies will lead to an immigration crisis." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Open borders consistently result in increased cartel activity, human & sex trafficking, fentanyl addiction, and crime spikes in American communities. These are the victims of the Biden Administrations' immigration policies. We can't let this continue." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 98% by NumbersUSA. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The Biden Administration has dramatically curtailed removals from the interior of the country through executive action. A report from the Center for Immigration Studies says a 90% reduction in removals has happened since 2019 when removals were historically steady." (twitter.com)
  • "Today, the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement goes into force! Throughout my time in Congress, one of the topics that we have often discussed back home in Texas is trade.This new trade agreement is a win for our state and the American people! " (twitter.com)
  • "President @realDonaldTrump and I are working together for the good of Corpus Christi and our district. Proud to see our district working to reduce our trade deficit and help our nation become the world leader in energy exports! #TX27" (twitter.com)
  • 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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