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Lamar Smith's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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

What is the Political Courage Test?

Texas Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

Pro-life Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
No 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?
Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
I support the disclosure of sources of indirect expenditures.
Yes Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Yes Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
It depends on the circumstance and nature of the crime.
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?
No Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
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?
Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
No Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
The impact of emissions is complex and often inconclusive. We must not burden the American people with costly regulations that will kill jobs until we have all of the facts.
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?
No Do you support same-sex marriage?
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?
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
Maintain Status b) Arts
Maintain Status c) Defense
Slightly Decrease d) Education
Slightly Decrease e) Environment
Maintain Status f) Homeland Security
Slightly Decrease g) International aid
Maintain Status h) Medical Research
Maintain Status i) Scientific Research
Maintain Status j) Space exploration
Slightly Decrease k) United Nations
Slightly Decrease l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Slightly Decrease a) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decrease b) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decrease c) Small business taxes
Slightly Decrease d) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Decrease e) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Decrease f) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decrease g) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decrease h) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decrease i) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminate j) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decrease k) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
My top priority will be to continue to rein in bloated and federal agencies. Costly and burdensome regulations from the Federal Government are costing jobs and decreasing economic activity.

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