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Doc Hastings' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Washington Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Pro-life Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yes Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
No Do you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
I believe military commanders should determine when to withdraw troops and end operations.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.In order to balance the budget,

No do you support reducing defense spending?
No do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Yes do you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Yes do you support reducing Medicare spending?
Yes Is balancing the budget a legislative priority?
I oppose all of the bailouts and stimulus spending bills.
No Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yes Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
No Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Do you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
Yes Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
I did not support stimulus spending on infrastructure projects, but did support reauthorization of the transportation bill, which creates jobs. I have also supported extensions of unemployment benefits when those extensions did not further contribute to our historic debt.
No Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Yes Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
No Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
There are many opinions on the causes of global warming, but the focus should be acheiving a cheaper, cleaner, more diverse American made energy system that includes an all of the above approach - hydropower, nuclear, wind, solar as well as more domestic oil and gas.
No Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
No Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
Yes Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Unknown Position Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
I support a complete solution that ends illegal immigration, strengthens control over our borders, and establishes a functional and enforceable guestworker program. Continuing to ignore the illegal immigrants currently here puts our national security at risk. I oppose blanket amnesty. Any solution must recognize that we are a nation of laws by dealing with the reality of undocumented workers, while insisting laws be obeyed. Ensuring that we remain a nation of laws, while fairly dealing with those brought here at a young age through no fault of their own is a serious challenge. I have long pressed for a full...
No Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yes Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
I support military force in Iran only when all diplomatic efforts have failed.
Yes Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?

SpendingIndicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.TaxesIndicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Maintain Status a) Agriculture
Greatly Decrease b) Arts
Maintain Status c) Defense
Slightly Decrease d) Education
Greatly Decrease e) Environment
Maintain Status f) Homeland Security
Greatly Decrease g) International aid
Slightly Decrease h) Medical Research
Slightly Decrease i) Scientific Research
Slightly Decrease j) Space exploration
Eliminate k) United Nations
Greatly Decrease l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Eliminate a) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Status b) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Status d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Status e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Status f) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Status g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Status h) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminate i) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Status j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Creating jobs and growing our economy, which includes lowering the tax burden on individuals, families, and job-creating businesses. Opening new agricultural markets for Central Washington farmers. Prioritizing and controlling wasteful Washington, DC spending in order to lower our debt. Protecting America from foreign enemies by providing funding for troops, enhancing intelligence, strengthening our borders and improving our homeland security. Reducing our dependence on foreign oil and producing more American made energy. Ensuring local input in how are natural resources are managed, meeting our water needs and finding ways to save salmon without tearing down dams.

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