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Adrian Smith's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (NE) - District 3


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Issue Positions

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  • "As we face challenges to our convictions about the right to life for all persons, we must continue to speak out for the unborn and defend the conscience rights of Americans." (
  • The pro-life movement has remained steadfast in its efforts to protect the sanctity of life, and as a proud supporter I too remain dedicated to this mission. Throughout my time in Congress, I have continuously championed pro-life legislation to protect the rights of the unborn. I am firm in my commitment to ensuring respect for human life remains a cornerstone of public policy, especially now as the House is preparing to consider appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2022. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "I do not believe raising taxes is a solution to our budget crisis." (
  • "The tax reform bill doubles the standard deduction to allow Americans to keep more of what they earn, provides greater tax relief to families to help with the costs of raising children, and phases out the death tax to protect family farms and businesses. It also lowers our corporate tax rate, which is currently the highest in the industrialized world, to allow U.S. businesses to compete and incentivize them to invest their profits here at home." ) (
  • "Lifting the cap on income which is subject to Social Security taxes could fundamentally change the program, while also presenting its own set of new challenges. The cap, which is currently set at $132,900, is already subject to increase based on annual average wage growth. Removing this cap could create a new tier of Social Security benefits for millionaires and billionaires. Alternatively, decoupling taxes and benefits would weaken the widely held view that all Social Security benefits are earned. A modernized Social Security system would allow seniors to make their own retirement decisions rather than pressure them to conform to a one-size-fits-all program. Workers have paid taxes into Social Security with the expectation their benefits will be there in retirement, and they should be able to choose the method of receiving these benefits which best suits their needs." (
  • "Without reforms, popular programs such as Social Security and Medicare will not only be unsustainable, but will also bankrupt our nation. I support the House Republican budget to responsibly reform these programs for future generations and put our budget on a path to balance within 10 years." (
  • "Police officers and sheriff's deputies put their lives on the line every day in order to protect us. We owe it to them to provide them with the resources necessary to do their jobs safely and securely. I stand with our law enforcement officers and will not turn my back on those who keep us safe." ( (
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • "This budget agreement raises budget caps by $321 billion and suspends the debt ceiling until July 2021. Non-defense spending will increase 4.5 percent from last year. To counter the increase of spending, there are $77 billion in spending offsets. Obviously, these numbers do not add up. Furthermore, this budget does nothing to prevent the need to lift budget caps and raise the debt ceiling again. Without serious reforms, we will continue to find ourselves in this situation. We cannot spend our way out of this problem. The more we spend, the deeper we get ourselves into debt. The debt will have long lasting effects, and the consequences of our fiscal irresponsibility falls on our children and grandchildren. It is our responsibility to stop this trend before it becomes their problem. These stakes are why we must tackle these issues today." (
  • "As the world grows more dangerous, we must provide our military and defense experts the resources they need to ensure America has a strong defense posture at home and abroad. The interests of freedom are being tested, and America must stand firm against those who challenge us and our allies." (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • Last week, for the first time in history, our national debt exceeded $30 trillion. For far too long members of both parties have put off the tough decisions needed to get our country’s fiscal house in order, passing the buck to future generations. Unfortunately, my Democrat colleagues would still rather raise taxes and continue their reckless spending sprees than curb their spending addiction. Raising taxes is not the answer because we do not have a revenue problem in this country – we have a spending problem. (
  • "Since infrastructure needs vary greatly from state to state, it is important we allow states and communities the flexibility to target their specific needs and spend money more efficiently. Rather than allowing communities to stretch transportation dollars farther by streamlining ways to ensure projects protect the environment, the bill instead installs new green standards for many projects. It also expands union requirements, which are particularly problematic for places like rural Nebraska where most of our workforce, including construction, has chosen not to unionize. The bill also includes a misguided provision allowing infrastructure money to be spent on projects like public art installations." (
  • "While infrastructure may not always be at the front of everyone's minds, it is vital to every American, every day. I appreciate President Trump's commitment to revitalizing America's aging infrastructure, and look forward to continuing to work with the Administration to address the specific and unique needs of Nebraska." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "The tax reform bill doubles the standard deduction to allow Americans to keep more of what they earn, provides greater tax relief to families to help with the costs of raising children, and phases out the death tax to protect family farms and businesses. It also lowers our corporate tax rate, which is currently the highest in the industrialized world, to allow U.S. businesses to compete and incentivize them to invest their profits here at home." \ (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (
  • "As the second largest ethanol producer in the nation, Nebraska benefits greatly from ethanol sales. Increasing ethanol production is good for producers, consumers, and retailers." (
  • "I support utilizing all of America's vast energy resources to ensure a diverse, reliable, and affordable power supply. 'Cap and Trade' and other efforts to limit American energy would be economically disastrous, especially for low-income individuals and families who can least afford huge increases in their utility bills." (
  • "This week the House considered two bills: H.R. 1941, which would ban offshore drilling on both coasts of the United States, and H.R. 1146 which would ban energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I have always opposed arbitrarily closing energy development. These bills do not provide an alternative for the loss of revenue, jobs, and energy production. By simply shutting out these sources of energy with no realistic alternative, we would be creating countless new problems with no solution. Handicapping our nation's energy industry only allows other countries to fill the gap we leave behind." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (
  • Rated 4% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • ""Cap and Trade" and other efforts to limit American energy would be economically disastrous, especially for low-income individuals and families who can least afford huge increases in their utility bills." (
  • Our Constitution’s framers affirmed our right to bear arms through the Second Amendment for an important reason; to provide Americans with means of protection and self-defense. This week Democrats brought to the House floor two bills they claim would protect safety by restricting gun ownership. I will always be vigilant in protecting Nebraskans’ Second Amendment rights, and I opposed both bills because they would do far more to harm the rights of law-abiding Americans than to address any real problem. (
  • "Constitutional rights don't stop at state lines, and today's vote shows the House is committed to preserving Second Amendment protections for law-abiding citizens" (
  • "Our laws already require firearms dealers to be licensed and perform background checks, regardless of venue. The Obama administration should focus on enforcing these laws rather than attempting to intimidate Americans through executive action and empowering government bureaucrats to determine who is fit to keep their constitutional rights." (
  • Voted no on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act in 2020 (
  • "After hundreds of thousands of Americans were forced off the plans they liked, only to lose their insurance again due to the collapse of Obamacare's co-ops, these rising costs have cemented the unsustainability of the President's health care law. We must dismantle this failed law and implement true reforms which reduce costs, increase consumer choice, and put patients first." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (
  • Rated 92% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "While I share the concerns of the President and many Nebraskans about the overall spending level in this bill, it enacts many important priorities, including regulatory relief for agriculture, properly funding our military, and beginning work on the border wall." (
  • "President Trump is correct -- the DACA program violated the separation of powers established by our Constitution and should never have been created through executive action. This and many other aspects of our broken immigration system, such as border security, have gone too long without being addressed. Congress and the President must come together to create strong, permanent immigration policies rooted in the rule of law." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (
  • Voted against HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (
  • Signed Letter to President Biden: "For a variety of reasons that include the expiring sunset clauses and a flawed verification agreement, this would be a strategic US foreign policy blunder, exponentially more dangerous than the consequences of the original misguided approach. As is, this deal is not a pathway to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. It is a blueprint for exactly how Iran can secure massive sums of money and obtain a nuclear weapon in short order. Compounding the threat, this approach turns a blind eye to Iran's non-nuclear destabilizing activities throughout the world, such as its support for international terrorism and continued development of its ballistic missile arsenal." (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "I'm very pleased to hear the administration has come to an agreement with Mexico and Canada to update NAFTA with a new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) which builds on its successes. I have long supported a three-country agreement because it is vital to Nebraska's agricultural producers and to our rural economy. I look forward to considering USMCA as Congress studies the details and I commend President Trump's team for their success in reaching this point." ( (
  • "I am hopeful he will affirm the importance of trade to our economy while working to make us stronger negotiators on the world stage." ( (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. ( (
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 illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
X e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
X f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

Slightly Decrease Funding a) Education (Higher)
Maintain Funding Status b) Education (K-12)
Maintain Funding Status c) Environment
Maintain Funding Status d) Health care
Maintain Funding Status e) Law enforcement
Maintain Funding Status f) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Maintain Funding Status g) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decrease b) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Status c) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Status d) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status e) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Status f) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Status g) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decrease h) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decrease i) Property taxes
Maintain Status j) Sales taxes
Maintain Status k) Vehicle taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Undecided m) Should Nebraska expand the sales tax on services?
No n) Should Internet sales be taxed?
o) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

Yes a) Do you support the current two term eight year limit for Nebraska governors?
Undecided b) Do you support the current two term eight year limit for Nebraska state legislators?
No 1) Individual
Yes 2) PAC
Yes 3) Corporate
Undecided 4) Political Parties
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?
No g) Do you support voting on-line?
Yes h) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying, and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yes i) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Nebraska are closed?
No j) Do you support allowing Native American tribes to have casinos on reservations?
No k) Do you support allowing video gaming machines in Nebraska?
No l) Should Nebraska recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yes m) Should Nebraska restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
n) Other or expanded principles

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

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 build and/or manage state prisons.
c) Oppose the use of the death penalty in Nebraska.
X d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
X e) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
X f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
h) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
X i) Support the .08 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
X j) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
k) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
X l) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
m) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
n) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
X o) Require that sex offenders register with local police in every county where they live, work, or go to school.
p) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
c) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
d) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
e) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
f) Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase state funding to expand Head Start programs.
k) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
X m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:

a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
X c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
X d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children of low-income working families.
f) Prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.
g) Other or expanded principles
No a) College and university admissions
No b) Public employment
No c) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

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

X a) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
X b) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Undecided c) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Undecided d) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
e) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
X e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles

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

X a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
X b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
c) Reduce the amount the state pays to pharmacies for filling Medicaid patients' prescriptions.
X d) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
e) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
f) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied by their HMO.
g) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
h) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in Nebraska.
i) Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
j) Other or expanded principles

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

X a) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
b) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
X c) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
X d) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
e) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
X g) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
i) Other or expanded principles
Economic opportunity is vital to government. Without the driving forces of economic development, government has no ability to maintain the "safety net" that is important to citizens in need of government services. I hope to continue my efforts in the area of affordable housing and public safety. Economic development works best at the local level.

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