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Mike Simpson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (ID) - District 2


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Idaho Congressional Election 2020 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 an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
No Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
No Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Unknown Position Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
Yes Do you support increasing defense spending?
No Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
These are truly unprecedented times, and that calls for extraordinary measures for our country to rise to the occasion. Legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Trump is a necessary step towards stabilizing our economy, providing resources for health providers on the front lines, and furthers access to patients who have been stricken by the virus. Since many businesses and individuals have been economically harmed through no fault of their own, we must respond to ensure we have a strong economy when this storm passes.
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
No Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
As a life-long Idahoan, I am deeply concerned about protecting our environment to ensure we continue to have clean air to breathe and water to drink. This Congress, I was concerned and alarmed about the overreaching Green New Deal. For example, the lead sponsor of the legislation said the plan would transition off nuclear and all fossil fuels as soon as possible. I've said for years I don't believe you can seriously talk about addressing climate change without talking about nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is 100% carbon free and currently supplies more than half of our nation's carbon free energy.
No Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Yes Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
I agree with President Trump that we must provide leave to workers during these unprecedented times and I also support the President administering the Paycheck Protection Program which has helped provide financial assistance to businesses so they retain employees but also stay viable for when the economy returns to normal.
Yes Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
Yes Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
I believe we need to pass comprehensive immigration reform for both economic and national security reasons. A comprehensive immigration reform package should secure our border and make it much more difficult to enter our country illegally. It should reform and stabilize our legal immigration programs so that farmers, ranchers, the hospitality industry, construction, high-tech, and many other vital sectors of our economy have the workforce they need to grow jobs and create economic opportunity. Finally, it should address the millions of immigrants who are now here illegally in a way that avoids amnesty, but is both compassionate and realistic.
Unknown Position Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
Unknown Position Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
Due to the complex nature of national security, I will consider the question of the use of military force against any nation seeking weapons of mass destruction on a case by case basis. While we must guard against becoming the world's police force, we must also take seriously all credible threats to our national security. Any decision made regarding the use of military force, whether increasing or decreasing, should be made in consultation with military and national security leaders and should protect American lives at home and abroad, while also maintaining judicious stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
Yes Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
In Idaho this especially important as our farmers and ranchers make up 20 percent of the economy. On a fair and level playing field they could expand their markets because they are the most efficient and resourceful farmers in the world. Idaho already feeds the world but if you were to eliminate tariffs, they could greatly improve their access to foreign markets and create jobs here at home.
1-Deficit reduction, including entitlement reform in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis. To address this issue, I have long cosponsored the balanced budget amendment. I was a member of the Go Big Coalition, a bipartisan group of lawmakers that advocated for the Simpson-Bowles framework - a balanced approach to addressing the debt and deficit through reforms to mandatory spending and the tax code. 2 -Support President Trump's elimination of burdensome regulations. 3-My work on the House Appropriations Committee which supports important Idaho priorities like Idaho National Lab and rural counties that are impacted by large amounts of federal land.

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