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Mac Thornberry's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Mac Thornberry has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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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 2018.

  • "These alternative proposals contain a number of options, including creating lower health care premiums through increased competition and choice; providing access to affordable health care for people with pre-existing conditions; providing greater Medicaid flexibility for states; eliminating waste in the health care system; and banning federal funding for abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood (votesmart.org)
  • "He also supports major tax reform. This Congress he has cosponsored a bill that would give each taxpayer a choice of paying a simple, flat-rate on his or her inco\me or continue paying under the existing system. Mac has also cosponsored the 'Fair Tax,' a national sales tax that would replace the income tax and the payroll tax." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "[...] I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (votesmart.org)
  • "A majority of Republicans, Democrats, and now the President of the United States agree that after six years of neglect, America's military needs a substantial investment to restore its strength and protect the nation." (votesmart.org)
  • "Unfortunately we've cut defense spending...during the last Obama years. So we don't have the best equipment, the best training. We've got to turn that around and this is the best time to do it. […] I think there is a big majority in Republicans, Democrats, House, Senate who agree we've got to rebuild the military. This is the opportunity to do that and I think this is one part of the agenda we can come together on." (votesmart.org)
  • "Mac believes that the federal government should be required to balance its budget, just as millions of American families have to do. He supports a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • "Encourage economic growth and job creation, including: Permanently lowering tax rates Cutting and controlling federal spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "Mac always remembers that every dollar spent by the federal government is first earned by a taxpayer. He also knows that the more money the government confiscates in taxes, the less money there is for the family to spend on its needs. Therefore, Mac is a strong advocate for lower taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "[...] I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (votesmart.org)
  • "The best people to make decisions about our children's education are their parents and local school districts, not bureaucrats in Washington. This bill accomplishes that on many levels." (thornberry.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by the National Education Association (votesmart.org)
  • "We need serious reforms that restrict the federal government from reaching into our lives in a whole host of areas, and education is one of the most important." (thornberry.house.gov)
  • "Thornberry introduced his own bill to increase all-of-the-above domestic energy production. The legislation, H.R. 2081, called the 'No More Excuses Energy Act,' would encourage construction of new refineries; increase onshore and offshore drilling; and invest in nuclear power plants." (votesmart.org)
  • "Instead of creating more regulation and restrictions, we need a commonsense plan to increase production of all kinds of energy here at home. We can drive down energy prices and create more jobs at the same time." (votesmart.org)
  • "Over a year ago I introduced H.R. 3089, The No More Excuses Energy Act of 2007.' The bill would encourage more domestic production of all forms of energy; oil, gas, nuclear, and renewables, such as wind." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America (votesmart.org)
  • "Along with today's action to halt the Administration's current restrictions on energy production, Thornberry has consistently combatted excessive federal regulations on multiple fronts. Most recently, he spoke out against the President's proposed EPA regulations on carbon-dioxide emission, which would increase costs for American businesses and consumers alike." (votesmart.org)
  • "Whether it is Obamacare, the EPA's Farm Dust rule, Dodd-Frank financial regulations, or Endangered Species listings, these rules are driving up costs for consumers and businesses, while also driving down economic growth and our country's competitiveness." (www.macthornberry.com)
  • "We all want clear air and clean water. What the vast majority of Americans do not want, though, is an even more aggressive EPA issuing sweeping regulations that will further drive up costs for businesses and consumers alike." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by The National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • "I have never supported efforts to remove firearms from the hands of law-abiding citizens and believe attempts to do so only aids those who violate our laws and prey on society." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% Gun Owners of America (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Reconciliation Act of 2010" (votesmart.org)
  • "Mac believes Congress should fully repeal and defund Obamacare because it is already driving up premiums, forcing employers to stop offering health care, and causing Americans to lose the care they already have." (votesmart.org)
  • "Whether it is Obamacare, the EPA's Farm Dust rule, Dodd-Frank financial regulations, or Endangered Species listings, these rules are driving up costs for consumers and businesses, while also driving down economic growth and our country's competitiveness." (www.macthornberry.com)
  • "We need more than just fencing. We need a strong, multi-layered approach to prevent illegal entrants from defeating any one part of our security. Due to the diverse terrain across our long borders, every area requires a different mix of assets, from Border Patrol agents and high fencing to aerial surveillance and radar." (thornberry.house.gov)
  • "The safety of our nation is dependent upon us doing a better job of controlling who and what crosses our borders. Unfortunately, the situation at our borders has deteriorated to a dangerous level with much violence." (thornberry.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor H.R. 3219 "Make America Secure Appropriations Act" (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Federation for Immigration Reform (votesmart.org)
  • "He also believes it is wrong to reward those who have violated our laws by coming here illegally by giving them preference over those who have waited patiently and followed our laws to enter legally." (votesmart.org)
  • "This legislation would prevent the President from enforcing his executive amnesty plan by barring any funds from being used to carry out his executive actions or any other related illegal executive action that he might take in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • "The apparent success of the July 4th test is an alarming development as North Korea accelerates its pursuit of being able to hold the United States at risk with nuclear weapons. I have grown increasingly alarmed that North Korea is acting with a greater sense of urgency than we are. For some time, and especially during the last eight years, we have neglected the nation's missile defenses. Now we face a growing threat with significant ground to make up." (votesmart.org)
  • "North Korea's recent missile launches and advancing nuclear weapons programs represent a clear and present threat to our national security. The U.S. deployment of the THAAD missile defense system to the Korean Peninsula is the right immediate step to enhance our regional defenses against North Korea." (votesmart.org)
  • "The reliability, safety, and security of our nuclear weapons has been and will continue to be a cornerstone of our national security for us and our allies. We cannot not afford to cut our nuclear stockpile so low that it causes our allies to call into question our commitment of guaranteeing their safety; nor can we cut it so low that it encourages our adversaries to spend money on nuclear weapons to quickly catch up to our low numbers. I believe it is vitally important that America maintains the security, safety, and effectiveness of our remaining stockpile. That means that the President must budget and Congress must fully fund investments into modernization of our nuclear weapons complex." (thornberry.house.gov)
  • "Our investments in national security must also extend beyond traditional military resources. If we're going to succeed against terrorism or any other security challenges we face, we must have all the instruments of national power and influence working together, not only coordinated, but integrated, so that it is a seamless unit. This includes everything from intelligence gathering, to cyber security, and even foreign policy." (thornberry.house.gov)
  • "We must never forget September 11, 2001. Since then, the U.S. has thwarted a number of additional attacks against our homeland. But we cannot just play defense. We have to be on the offense, too, as we have been in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere. Leading the charge in this War on Terror are America’s special operations forces and intelligence community." (thornberry.house.gov)

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