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Mike Crapo's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. Senate (ID)

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  • Voted no on HR 3755 - Women's Health Protection Act of 2021 - (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Letter to the Hon. Charles Schumer: "We are united in our resolve to guard against any changes to Federal law that would unsettle nearly half a century of bipartisan consensus against taxpayer funding for abortion on demand, or otherwise threaten the lives of unborn children. Accordingly, we are committed to vote against the advancement of any legislation that would eliminate or weaken the Hyde Amendment or any other current-law pro-life protections, or otherwise undermine existing Federal pro-life policy," (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Life is a precious gift from God, and I am strongly committed to protecting the rights of the unborn. Abortion should be limited to cases of criminal rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in imminent danger. The National Right to Life Committee has given me a 100% rating, and I will continue to consistently support legislation that protects the rights of the unborn. (crapoforsenate.com)
  • Rated 100% in 2021 with the National Right to Life Committee (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The current level of our national debt is both unsustainable and unacceptable which is why I recently co-sponsored several bills that call for balancing the federal budget and controlling spending by moving to a biennial federal budget process. The legislation would mandate that the president submit a balanced budget to Congress; require that two-thirds of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives would be needed to approve certain tax increases and new deficit spending; and stop court rulings that would impose tax increases that would bypass Congress." (crapoforsenate.com)
  • "As the third-ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, I have been a leader in Congress in working to abolish the current federal tax code and replace it with something more simple and fair to working families. I voted for the 2001 tax cuts that reduced all individual income tax rates across the board, reduced all tax rates on investments and phased down the estate tax. I continue to fight for and be a strong proponent of measures to lower the tax burden on all Americans. For those efforts, I have an A rating from the National Taxpayers Union." (crapoforsenate.com)
  • 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. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted yes on HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S 2093 "For the People Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • 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. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Voted yes on S 1605 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 - (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I am committed to reversing the federal deficit and returning our country to its fiscal prosperity. I will continue leading the fight to stop out-of-control government spending while prioritizing the needs of Idahoans and future generations." (crapoforsenate.com)
  • "Our government’s first responsibility – and a fundamental principle outlined in our Constitution – is to provide for the common defense of our nation. Congress must ensure that the United States has the military capabilities necessary to respond to current and possible future threats from actively or potentially hostile sources. To safeguard the security of Idahoans and our nation, I support: Using all available financial tools to disrupt and seize terrorist funding. Engaging in intensive public diplomacy to show the world the true nature of America and the importance of democracy and human rights. Using our intelligence agencies effectively and continuing to improve the quality of our intelligence. Using and developing technology to defend our skies, borders, and citizens. Working with foreign states to combat hotspots of hatred and promote tolerance. Working with our allies whenever possible to meet shared security challenges. Striving to keep confrontations between the terrorists and Americans far from American soil." (crapoforsenate.com)
  • Voted yes on S 1 - Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I am committed to reversing the federal deficit and returning our country to its fiscal prosperity. I will continue leading the fight to stop out-of-control government spending while prioritizing the needs of Idahoans and future generations." (crapoforsenate.com)
  • "Washington spends too much, taxes too much and wastes too much. Our mounting debt is a threat to our nation’s future and must be addressed. I have co-sponsored the Balanced Budget Amendment every year I have been in Congress and have consistently fought to eliminate unnecessary and wasteful government spending. A robust private sector — not more government spending – creates real economic opportunity for the families and small businesses in Idaho and our nation." (crapoforsenate.com)
  • Voted yes on HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • As the third-ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, I have been a leader in Congress in working to abolish the current federal tax code and replace it with something more simple and fair to working families. I voted for the 2001 tax cuts that reduced all individual income tax rates across the board, reduced all tax rates on investments and phased down the estate tax. I continue to fight for and be a strong proponent of measures to lower the tax burden on all Americans. For those efforts, I have an A rating from the National Taxpayers Union. (crapoforsenate.com)
  • The current level of our national debt is both unsustainable and unacceptable which is why I recently co-sponsored several bills that call for balancing the federal budget and controlling spending by moving to a biennial federal budget process. The legislation would mandate that the president submit a balanced budget to Congress; require that two-thirds of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives would be needed to approve certain tax increases and new deficit spending; and stop court rulings that would impose tax increases that would bypass Congress. (crapoforsenate.com)
  • Finally, I support and am fighting for the approval of Keystone Pipeline because it will help North America increase its energy security by reducing reliance on foreign resources from volatile countries and regions around the globe. (crapoforsenate.com)
  • Voted no on S J Res 8 - A joint resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted no on S J Res 8 - A joint resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Finally, I support and am fighting for the approval of Keystone Pipeline because it will help North America increase its energy security by reducing reliance on foreign resources from volatile countries and regions around the globe. (crapoforsenate.com)
  • Rated 94% by Independent Petroleum Association of America. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted yes on S Amdt 4751 - Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act of 2016 - (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • The NRA has given me an A+ rating! I am proud to say I am pro-2nd Amendment. (twitter.com)
  • As a gun owner and lifelong hunter, I am fighting to protect and preserve our constitutional right to bear arms. I do not support gun control; we should not burden law-abiding citizens with additional gun restrictions that will not increase public safety. I am proud of the A+ rating the National Rifle Association has given me for my strong record of defending our Second Amendment rights. The Second Amendment reads: "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." This provision prohibits the federal government from denying citizens this right. I will not support any legislation that hinders the ability of law-abiding citizens to acquire a firearm. I have consistently voted to protect our Constitutional rights and will continue to oppose all efforts to weaken the Second Amendment. (crapoforsenate.com)
  • Voted yes on S Amdt 271 - Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017 - (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • As a two-time cancer survivor, I know that a gov.-run healthcare is NOT the answer. I am fighting to REPEAL and REPLACE Obamacare! (twitter.com)
  • Voted no on S 4653 - A bill to protect the healthcare of hundreds of millions of people of the United States and prevent efforts of the Department of Justice to advocate courts to strike down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted yes on S 2193 - Stop Illegal Reentry Act (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • The Biden Administration is failing to fulfill its obligation to secure our southern border. It must implement sound, sensible immigration policy based on the rule of law! (twitter.com)
  • Voted yes on HR 3401 - Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019- (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted yes on S Amdt 1948 - Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act (Toomey Amendment) - (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted yes on S 2193 - Stop Illegal Reentry Act (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • The Biden Administration is failing to fulfill its obligation to secure our southern border. It must implement sound, sensible immigration policy based on the rule of law! (twitter.com)
  • Voted yes on S Amdt 1948 - Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act (Toomey Amendment) - (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted no on S J Res 68 - A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Our government’s first responsibility – and a fundamental principle outlined in our Constitution – is to provide for the common defense of our nation. Congress must ensure that the United States has the military capabilities necessary to respond to current and possible future threats from actively or potentially hostile sources. To safeguard the security of Idahoans and our nation, I support: Using all available financial tools to disrupt and seize terrorist funding. Engaging in intensive public diplomacy to show the world the true nature of America and the importance of democracy and human rights. Using our intelligence agencies effectively and continuing to improve the quality of our intelligence. Using and developing technology to defend our skies, borders, and citizens. Working with foreign states to combat hotspots of hatred and promote tolerance. Working with our allies whenever possible to meet shared security challenges. Striving to keep confrontations between the terrorists and Americans far from American soil. (crapoforsenate.com)
  • Voted yes on S 1 - Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted yes on S 1 - Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Our government’s first responsibility – and a fundamental principle outlined in our Constitution – is to provide for the common defense of our nation. Congress must ensure that the United States has the military capabilities necessary to respond to current and possible future threats from actively or potentially hostile sources. To safeguard the security of Idahoans and our nation, I support: Using all available financial tools to disrupt and seize terrorist funding. Engaging in intensive public diplomacy to show the world the true nature of America and the importance of democracy and human rights. Using our intelligence agencies effectively and continuing to improve the quality of our intelligence. Using and developing technology to defend our skies, borders, and citizens. Working with foreign states to combat hotspots of hatred and promote tolerance. Working with our allies whenever possible to meet shared security challenges. Striving to keep confrontations between the terrorists and Americans far from American soil. (crapoforsenate.com)
  • Voted no on S J Res 68 - A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress (justfacts.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.
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.
Unknown Position 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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