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.
Texas Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test
|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.|
|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?|
|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?|
|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|
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