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Bill Posey's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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  • Cosponsored and voted in favor for H.R.36 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Thank you for your strong pro-life commitment and robust pro-life policies advanced by your Administration over the past two years. We share your belief that every human life is precious, sacred, and deserving of protection." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Allowing Americans to keep more of the money that they have earned, is a much better approach to spurring economic growth and job creation than sending it to Washington in the hopes that some government bureaucracy will find a way to let it trickle down to Main Street. Rep. Posey has cosponsored legislation that reforms the tax code and lowers taxes on individuals, families and American businesses. " (posey.house.gov)
  • "Growing our economy will translate into more opportunities for every American to succeed," said Congressman Bill Posey. "An important component to that effort is reforming and simplifying our nation's tax code, which has become extremely complex, full of loopholes for special interests and very time consuming for individuals to navigate. This legislation will help Florida families, employees and senior citizens keep more of their hard earned money while also helping to grow and protect their life savings. Reforming our tax code will also help us create jobs, stay at the forefront of innovation and remain competitive throughout the world." (votesmart.org)
  • "With regard to Social Security I have voted against making any changes to Social Security. I have also cosponsored and voted for legislation that would guarantee that Social Security checks are never held hostage to budget negotiations. This legislation guarantees that Social Security checks are paid. Social Security is a contract between seniors who paid into the program and the federal government, and these obligations must be met. As for Medicare, I am a strong supporter of Medicare and voted against President Obama's health care law, which cut over a half a trillion dollars from the Medicare budget. I also voted against legislation that would have made other changes for those who are nearing retirement. For those under age 55 who want to choose a different plan, I believe that we should allow them choices when they reach 65, but also ensure that they have access to traditional Medicare, with no changes, if they so desire. The Medicare Advantage plan that more than one in four seniors in my Congressional District have chosen is the sort of choice options that have proven very successful and should be expanded." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 8% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "Medicare for All" proposals – embraced by all 2020 Democrat presidential candidates and the New Green Deal – is Obamacare on steroids. Medicare for All puts Washington politicians and government bureaucrats in charge of health care decisions because it completely bans private health insurance. That flies in the face of American Constitutional principles of freedom." (billposey.com)
  • "H.R. 7120 could have big consequences for public safety. Provisions included in the bill are designed to strip law enforcement officers of the same basic protections that most other government employees enjoy – qualified immunity. Qualified immunity protects government employees from personal liability lawsuits when they make reasonable mistakes on the job. However, qualified immunity does not provide immunity or protection from state or federal criminal charges being filed for an illegal act." (posey.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by the Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Like all areas of the budget, our national defense budget needs to become leaner and we can do this without cutting vital national security needs and essential training, vital facilities and operations like those at Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Naval Ordnance Training Unit." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5515 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "Rep. Posey has cosponsored and supported a Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment and believes that today's overspending will be our children and grandchildren's burden to bear in life. Rep. Posey also voted against sequestration, which takes a meat-axe approach to making budget cuts rather than eliminating duplicative programs, wasteful spending and fraud." (posey.house.gov)
  • Rated 95% by Council for Citizens Against Government Waste. (votesmart.org)
  • "With tens of billions of your tax dollars being wasted in Washington, we don't need any more large government spending programs to "stimulate" the economy. We need to put an end to the cycle of cronyism that funnels billions into the pockets and special projects of the politically connected." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Now is the worst time to raise taxes on American businesses. We need to encourage businesses to grow and expand here in America by lowering taxes and creating a more competitive environment. That's why I supported reducing taxes on small businesses and opposed efforts by the Administration to further increase the tax burden on America's job creators. It's wrong to force millions of small businesses to pay higher tax rates than large corporations, which puts small businesses at a competitive disadvantage.The corporate tax rate in the United States is still the highest in the world. There is bipartisan agreement that we need to lower these rates and eliminate special tax loopholes so that large companies will have an incentive to create jobs right here in America." (votesmart.org)
  • "Similar to over-regulation, the threat of higher taxes hangs over America's job-creators and entrepreneurs, making it less likely that they will be able or willing to invest in new businesses and innovations that generate new jobs. Let's not forget that it's small businesses, not government, that serves as the engine that drives America's economy, creating up to 70% of new jobs. " (posey.house.gov)
  • "With the support of Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge), Congress approved additional financial relief for American small businesses and their employees. Representatives returned to Washington, DC this week to consider the economic relief package which supplies more funding for small business loans, hospitals and for coronavirus testing." (posey.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating: "The decision about what students should be taught and when it should be taught has enormous consequences for our children. Therefore, parents ought to have a straight line of accountability to those who are making such decisions. Those decisions should be made at the state or local level, free from any pressure from the U.S. Department of Education." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5 - Student Success Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Renewable energy is an important part of the energy independence agenda. While we should strive to meet a larger portion of our energy needs with renewable resources, we must recognize that scaling up such projects is expensive and takes many years. It is an important priority that we should advance. I am a supporter of cost-effective solar, wind, biofuels, tidal and advanced battery technologies. Energy efficiency and conservation are an important part of our energy independence equation." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 76% by American Energy Alliance. (votesmart.org)
  • "I support an all of the above approach to developing our own American energy -- oil, gas, nuclear, solar, hydroelectric, wind and biofuels. And, energy conservation needs to be a part of our energy strategy as well." (votesmart.org)
  • "The 1400-page Waxman-Markey "Cap and Trade" National Energy Tax legislation would have imposed a massive energy tax on nearly every kilowatt of energy produced in America and these taxes would have been passed on to every consumer of electricity. It did so through taxing carbon emissions (85% of American energy production is carbon based). These taxes would have been imposed through a carbon emission cap placed on factories and energy producing companies; and it would have required that these businesses buy carbon emission permits if they wanted to exceed the emissions caps. It was estimated that it would have increased living costs for the average American family by between $1500 and $3500 a year. Every time you turned on a light switch, filled up your gas tank, turned on your television or even bought a loaf of bread, you would have paid a hidden "Cap and Trade" National Energy Tax. The extra costs of meeting the government's mandates would simply be passed on to consumers, i.e. every American." (posey.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of HR 806 - Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017. (votesmart.org)
  • "While we were able to keep this bill from getting to President Obama's desk, there are still many in the Congress who wants to enact a carbon emissions scheme. While we have been able to block their direct tax plan, the Administration is seeking to advance these initiatives through expensive regulatory schemes. Rep. Posey has voted to stop those plans and continues to work with like-minded colleagues in the Congress to stop the Administration's costly regulations." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 - Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by the National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We write you today about multiple news reports that the White House is considering bypassing Congress to implement gun control policies that would unfairly target millions of law abiding Americans without making any meaningful impact on safety." (votesmart.org)
  • "Obamacare was the wrong prescription for our health care problems and I believe it should be repealed and replaced with a plan based on individual liberty and personal freedom. The Obamacare law has: undermined individual liberty and choice, added tens of billions of dollars to the national debt, driven the cost of medical insurance out of reach for millions of Americans, cut Medicare by hundreds of billions of dollars, and imposed costly mandates on America’s job creators." (billposey.com)
  • "At the outset of the health care reform discussion in 2009, Rep. Posey met with HHS Secretary Sebelius and suggested that there was broad agreement on addressing pre-existing conditions and making sure that health insurers could not drop someone who gets sick. He proposed working together on those key issues. The response was, no, the President wants to do one comprehensive health care restructuring bill. Unfortunately, that was the path that was taken and it has led to a massive disruption of health insurance and significant increases in health care premiums for millions of Americans. Millions of Americans have lost the health care plans that they had and wanted to keep. Each day Rep. Posey receives letters from constituents who have lost their coverage, cannot afford their new insurance or are losing access to their health care providers. He supports repeal of the law, and replacing it with a plan that restores individual freedom and choice and addresses the issues he outlined to the Secretary in 2009. " (posey.house.gov)
  • "The American Health Care Act will mean that people will no longer be forced to purchase insurance, but they will have greater, more affordable choices. The bill repeals most of Obamacare's tax increases, creates a new refundable tax credit for health insurance purchases, and allows states to offer more health insurance choices. It also applies to Members of Congress and Congressional staff -- there will be no exemptions for Congress. While it's not perfect, the American Health Care Act reverses the downward spiral of Obamacare." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Our immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed. The first step in fixing our immigration system is to secure our borders and that must be Washington’s priority. Securing our borders, and having operational control over them, is critical to our national security, preventing crime and for public safety." (posey.house.gov)
  • Rated 99% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4760 - Securing America's Future Act of 2018. (votesmart.org)
  • "It is the responsibility of the federal government to protect our nation and that means securing our borders and maintaining operation control over them, including funding border fencing/wall or whatever barrier is needed to stop human traffickers, drug dealers, violent criminals, terrorists and other illegal crossings into to the United States. The President is correct to take this issue seriously and within his authority to declare an emergency and act to protect our nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We write to ask for action against President Obama's recent unlawful executive amnesty order." (votesmart.org)
  • "Granting blanket amnesty tells the millions of law-abiding immigrants to ignore the law and that is a message we do not want to send. " (posey.house.gov)
  • Rated 99% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "The second step in fixing our immigration system is enforcing the laws we already have on the books. On average the United States welcomes over 1 million lawful permanent residents a year, 26,000 asylum seekers, 120,000 refugees, and about 700,000 people are naturalized as citizens. We must encourage people to follow existing law and use immigration system to come here legally." (posey.house.gov)
  • "The agreement with Iran poses a threat to our national security, further destabilizes the region and endangers our allies like Israel. Iran is a known sponsor of terrorism and removal of sanctions empowers Iran with hundreds of billions dollars to maintain their terror activities and continue to undermine U.S. interests abroad. Furthermore, sidestepping Congress by going to the United Nations for the first vote on the agreement is deeply troubling as both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have long agreed on the threat that Iran poses and have in the past voted for sanctions in near unison. For these reasons I oppose the agreement with Iran and have cosponsored a resolution of disapproval in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1698 - Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S J Res 7 - A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Working with our allies and partners, we urge you to maintain and increase pressure on Iran and Russia to constrain their destabilizing activities. America must continue economic and diplomatic efforts to counter Iran's support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups as well as Russia's support for the brutal Assad regime. We encourage full implementation of sanctions authorized in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a broadly supported bipartisan bill that you signed into law. Clear and sustained American action and close coordination with our allies and partners can send an important message of resolve to malign actors in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • "At a time of grave insecurity in the Middle East, we are deeply concerned about the role that terrorist and extremist groups and U.S. adversaries continue to play, particularly in Syria. As some of our closest allies in the region are being threatened, American leadership and support are as crucial as ever. To this end, we recommend several specific steps to advance our regional security priorities, including assisting our ally, Israel, in defending itself in the face of growing threats, including on its northern border." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 8 - North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of HR 702 - To Adapt to Changing Crude Oil Market Conditions. (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 illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
X 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.
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 Increase Funding a) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increase Funding 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
Slightly Decrease Funding g) Welfare
Greatly Increase Funding h) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Status b) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Status c) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Status d) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status e) Estate taxes
Maintain Status f) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Status g) Property taxes
Eliminate h) Sales taxes
Maintain Status i) Vehicle taxes
Maintain Status j) Other or expanded categories
No k) Should Internet sales be taxed?
l) Other or expanded principles
CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE

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

Yes a) Do you support the current limit of two, four-year terms for Florida governors?
Yes b) Do you support the current limit of two, four-year terms for Florida state senators?
Yes c) Do you support the current limit of four, two-year terms for Florida state representatives?
Yes 1) Individual
Yes 2) PAC
Yes 3) Corporate
Yes 4) Political Parties
Yes e) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
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) Should all ballot initiatives include a fiscal impact statement?
Yes j) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in Florida are closed?
No k) Should Florida recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yes l) Should Florida restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
Yes m) Do you support further restrictions on smoking in public places?
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.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
X c) Support the use of the death penalty in Florida.
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.
f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
X h) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
X i) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
j) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
k) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
l) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
X m) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
n) Other or expanded principles

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

X 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.
X e) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
X 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.
X i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase state funding to reduce class sizes.
k) Increase state funding to make pre-school available to all four-year-old children.
l) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
m) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives and HIV/STD prevention methods.
n) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
o) Support local school district control over school gun policy.
p) 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:

X a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
X b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding or relocating businesses.
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) Include sexual orientation in Florida's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other or expanded principles
a) College and university admissions
b) Public employment
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.
b) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused or abandoned.
Yes c) Do you support the citrus canker eradication policy in Florida?
Yes d) Should the Preservation 2000 fund be used only for its intended purpose?
Yes e) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
f) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
g) 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.
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.

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

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

X a) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
X b) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
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.
g) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
X h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
i) Other or expanded principles
In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

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