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Mike Crapo's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

  • U.S. Senate (ID) - Sr, Republican


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Mike Crapo has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

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Idaho Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

Pro-life Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
No In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
It is time to stop borrowing money from future generations, as these actions do not lead to long-term growth and economic stabilization. The solution to our problems will require dramatic action and shared sacrifice. The sheer scope of our fiscal situation means every part of our government ledger sheet must be scrutinized.
Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
I support full and immediate disclosure of campaign contributions and spending. We need campaign finance reform that will end special treatment and apply the same rules equally to all individuals, corporations and others.
Yes Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yes Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
No Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Yes/no format doesn't present a true picture of positions, as the answer often depends on details of the particular proposal.
No Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
I support redesigning the tax code with an emphasis on broadening the base, reducing complexity, lowering rates, eliminating anti-competitive provisions, and unleashing economic growth. Our tax code is far too long, complex and anti-competitive to serve as the long-term foundation for the economic growth our country needs. Some federal spending, such as infrastructure investments, provide economic growth and are appropriate federal expenditures.
No Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Education should be governed at the state and local levels.
Yes Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
No Do you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
A comprehensive national energy policy must contain an all-of-the-above approach and embrace technological solutions to enhance security and lower costs, including hydropower and nuclear. A robust policy should have cost-effective renewable options, not government-chosen solutions. The appropriate level of regulation on hydraulic fracturing should be determined at the state and local level.
Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
No Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
We should be making clean energy less expensive, not making traditional energy more expensive. We need more innovation and less regulation. Clean energy is about more than just wind and solar. Our country should pursue its own clean energy agenda that embraces technological solutions to enhance security and lower costs, including hydropower and nuclear. A robust policy should have cost-effective renewable options, not government-mandated solutions.
No Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Yes Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
A rational immigration policy must be built on several important principles. The United States must commit the resources necessary to have the strongest border enforcement realistically possible. Our immigration system must not grant amnesty to those who enter our country illegally. Guest worker programs must assure that American citizens have the first right to access available jobs. And, an efficient and workable guest worker program must be developed that will provide employers with a reliable, verifiable and legal system to identify guest workers who are legally in the country.
No Do you support same-sex marriage?
Notwithstanding the Supreme Court ruling, I have consistently maintained that the states should have jurisdiction to decide this issue.
Yes Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Yes Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
Peaceful resolution of conflicts is always preferable. All options must remain on the table to safeguard our national security interests and protect U.S. citizens and our allies.
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.

Slightly Decrease a) Agriculture
Slightly Decrease b) Arts
Slightly Decrease c) Defense
Slightly Decrease d) Education
Slightly Decrease e) Environment
Slightly Decrease f) Homeland Security
Slightly Decrease g) International aid
Slightly Decrease h) Medical Research
Slightly Decrease i) Scientific Research
Slightly Decrease j) Space exploration
Greatly Decrease k) United Nations
Slightly Decrease l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Eliminate a) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decrease b) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decrease c) Small business taxes
Maintain Status d) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Status e) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Status f) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decrease g) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decrease h) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decrease i) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminate j) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Status k) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
(1) Address the ever-increasing debt and deficit, stop government's out-of-control growth and intrusion into our lives so that government adheres to the constitution and promotes individual liberty and responsibility. (2) Get people back to work by decreasing taxes, federal spending and regulations that burden our economy. (3) Work for commonsense solutions to protect and properly manage our natural resource heritage.

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