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Brett Guthrie's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

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


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  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "We must protect all of the unborn as well as babies who survive abortion attempts. Sadly, Democrats in the Senate don’t agree. I support the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and will do everything I can to get this bill passed in the House." (twitter.com)
  • "ENDORSED by National Right to Life Committee, and is 100% pro-life. VOTED to defund Planned Parenthood." (brettguthrie.com)
  • "Today I was proud to support this lifesaving bill that would that would prevent government-funded abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "reforming our tax code to make it simpler, flatter, and fairer." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Right now, we are looking for ways to reform our entitlement system, which is failing certain beneficiaries who feel stuck in the status quo. An important part of this effort is helping people reenter the workforce." (votesmart.org)
  • "We are here reforming an entitlement program for the first time since the 1990s. It is a very sound, solid way, and a way that preserves and protects the program and prevents the program from imploding on itself within a decade." (votesmart.org)
  • "PROTECTED Medicare and Social Security." (brettguthrie.com)
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "Our top priority must be to keep our country safe and this bill provides for the largest increase in security spending in many years. The bill reverses the harmful effects of sequestration, and with more funding for the military, including the largest pay raise for our troops in six years." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "PROMOTED rural broadband, for greater internet access for Kentucky’s people." (brettguthrie.com)
  • "From the earliest days of our country's history to today's hustle and bustle, everyone benefits from safe and modernized transportation infrastructure. It's our job to make sure that continues," (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "By cutting the corporate tax rate to make the U.S. competitive globally, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has given businesses the opportunity to pass along savings to their customers." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5 - Student Success Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "States and local school districts need flexibility to deliver a quality education to our students. This agreement does just that. It gets the Federal Government out of our classrooms and puts the decision-making back in the hands of our State and local leaders." (votesmart.org)
  • "I was proud to join @POTUS at the @EPA as he revoked harmful Obama-era energy regulations." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We offer our full support of the current process undertaken by the House Committee on Ways and Means that will allow the most anti-competitive and economically harmful tax provisions, specifically the wind energy production tax credit (PTC), to expire." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (votesmart.org)
  • "The Commonwealth has one of the lowest average costs for electricity in the country and we should be doing all we can to protect the consumers who benefit from these rates. That's why I voted in support of Congressman Whitfield's Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042), which dictates that no state can be forced to impose significant costs on its citizens as a result of the Clean Power Plan. H.R. 2042 also requires judicial review of the final rule to conclude before states must comply with the regulation. As we've seen in recent cases, by the time a court rules on new federal agency regulations it may be too late for the regulated industries to reverse course, even if the court ultimately rules in favor of consumers." (votesmart.org)
  • "More importantly, we believe that the authority to limit carbon emissions, even if that were actually a necessity, rests in neither the Constitution nor the Clean Air Act but in a true ree market of individual choices made by the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • "Power plant emissions in this country are lower than they've ever been -- 20 percent lower than they were in the 1970s. Touted as the answer to climate change, these new proposed rules will only reduce overall emissions by less than two percent and have the potential to cripple Kentucky's economy," (votesmart.org)
  • "I look forward to reviewing the President's recommendations; however, I believe that achieving the goal of safety for our children will be best accomplished through focusing on mental health issues as opposed to infringing on the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017. (votesmart.org)
  • "#Obamacare meant chaos for our insurance markets. American Health Care Act will stabilize the market, meaning affordable care." (twitter.com)
  • "STRONGLY SUPPORT President Trump’s plan to crack down on illegal immigration. SUPPORTS THE WALL, and measures to keep Mexican-produced methamphetamines out of Kentucky." (brettguthrie.com)
  • Rated 80% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3219 - Make America Secure Appropriations Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2014, the President exceeded his authority by unilaterally granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. This resolution is an important step to ensure that President Obama's executive actions are stopped." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 80% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We are hopeful your two-track strategy will convince Iran to change course and abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons. None of us desires military conflict, but as you yourself have acknowledged, we must keep all options on the table to prevent this dangerous regime from acquiring nuclear weapons." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Guthrie voted in favor of H.R. 757, the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act, which he previously cosponsored. This bill is designed to hold the North Korean regime accountable and provide the tools needed to stifle their terrorism financing." (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead of demanding strict guidelines to ensure compliance, verification and accountability, the agreement appears to even allow the Iranians to monitor some of their own facilities while blocking access to U.S. and international officials. Sanctions are what brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place, and I am very concerned that lifting them will only strengthen Iran's position in the region without adequate security improvements in exchange. " (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Accordingly, we appreciate your support for farmers and ranchers in the face of Chinese retaliation, and we encourage the Administration to work diligently in its negotiations with China to address China's trade practices in a manner that will avoid retaliation, helping to return our agriculture industry to a state of certainty and back on the road to prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • "BIG news from the White House today: President Trump has officially signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement into law! The #USMCA trade agreement will be great for Kentucky farmers and manufacturers." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We write today to reaffirm the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The effort you have led to modernize the agreement for the 21st century is incredibly important and, in combination with the historic tax cuts that you signed last year, has the potential to unleash the American economy unlike any other time before." (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.
The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
X c) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
X f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
X g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
i) Other
No j) Should Kentucky government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?

Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:

Undecided a) College and university admissions
No b) Public employment
No c) State contracting
d) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

X a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
X b) Support contracting with private sector firms to manage medium security prisons.
X c) End parole for repeat violent felons.
X d) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
X f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
X g) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
h) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
X j) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
X k) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
X l) Lower the limit defining drunk driving to .08 blood alcohol content.
X m) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
X n) Increase pay for police officers.
o) Other
Undecided p) Do you support the Racial Justice Act, which allows accused killers to seek review of whether race played a role in their death penalty prosecution?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.

X a) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
X b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
X c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
X d) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Support collective bargaining for public employees.
f) Implement a deposit on beverage bottles and cans.
g) Increase the weight limit on coal trucks.
h) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

X a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
X b) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
X c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
X d) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
X e) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
X g) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
X h) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
X i) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
X j) Support additional funding for a literacy research center and literacy intervention programs in elementary schools.
k) Other
Yes l) Do you support requiring students to take a statewide exam (CATS) and provide financial rewards or penalties to schools based on the results?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

a) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
X b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
X c) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
X d) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
e) Provide funding for recycling programs in Kentucky.
X f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
X g) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
X h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
i) Block new mining permits for coal companies controlled by other companies that have violated environmental regulations.
j) Support stricter regulations on large scale hog production.
k) Other
Yes l) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
No m) Do you support the Kentucky Forest Conservation Act that requires logger training and the use of certain techniques to reduce erosion?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.c) Do you support current limits on the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

No a) Do you support amending the Kentucky Constitution to limit the number of terms of State Senators and Representatives?
Yes b) Do you support the current law which limits the number of terms the Governor can serve? (2, 4-year terms)
No 1) Individual
No 2) PAC
No 3) Corporate
Yes d) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
No e) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
No f) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yes g) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
Undecided h) Would you support an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution requiring the legislature to meet every year?
i) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
X d) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
e) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
f) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

X a) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
c) Support the Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) that provides access to health care for uninsured children.
d) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
f) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Support state-funded incentives that increase the supply and retention of health professionals in rural areas.
h) Other
i) Do you support the current law that allows insurers to charge more for people with poor health?
j) Do you support the current law that allows insurers not to provide coverage for people with certain conditions such as AIDS, strokes and cancer?
k) Do you support recent changes to the Medicaid program that brought it under a managed care system?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
X b) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
c) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
X d) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
e) Favor banning smoking in public places.
f) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
g) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
h) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
i) Other
No j) Do you believe that the Kentucky government should include sexual orientation in Kentucky's anti-discrimination laws?
No k) Do you believe that the Kentucky government should recognize same-sex marriages?

Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.

Maintain Status a) Agriculture
Slightly Increase b) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increase c) Education (Higher)
Maintain Status d) Environment
Maintain Status e) Health care
Slightly Increase f) Law enforcement
Maintain Status g) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Greatly Decrease h) Welfare
i) Other

Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.

Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decrease b) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Status c) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Status d) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status e) Gas taxes
Greatly Decrease f) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Greatly Decrease g) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decrease h) Property taxes
Slightly Decrease i) Sales taxes
j) Other
Yes k) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yes l) Do you support the proposed constitutional amendment allowing the Kentucky legislature to change or eliminate taxes on personal property?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

X a) Maintain the current time limits on welfare benefits.
X b) Require able-bodied recipients to participate in work activities in order to receive benefits.
c) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
X d) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
f) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
X g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
X h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Other
1. A "K-R" (kindergarten through Retirement) education system that educates our children, prepares our young adults for careers, and provides opportunities for adults to train for better jobs. 2. Reduce taxation, regulation, and litigation so that Kentucky will have a better business climate.

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