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Ted Poe's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Ted Poe has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2016.

  • "I am pro life, and I believe the federal government cannot pass laws or enact regulations that compel health care providers to provide abortions and violate their conscience." (
  • "I am pro life, and I believe the federal government cannot pass laws or enact regulations that compel health care providers to provide abortions and violate their conscience." (
  • "Congressman Poe is pro-life. The only exception is to save the life of the mother. Congressman Poe opposes government funding for abortion or abortion clinics and also opposes partial-birth abortions." (
  • "I believe tax reform should include replacing the IRS and the current income tax system with a tax code that is simpler, fairer and easier to understand." (
  • "I support replacing the IRS and the current federal income tax system with a fairer and simpler tax system. The current income tax system costs Americans hundreds of millions of dollars a year just to administer. I support debating the merits of the Fair Tax and Consumption Tax on the House floor and taking serious steps to improve our tax system." (
  • "Tax cuts apply to EVERYONE who pays taxes -- not just the rich. If you pay federal income taxes, then a tax cut affects you. In addition, it helps private industry." (
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  • "Then what's the plan? Stimulus 2.0. Because the first stimulus worked so well? That was a disaster as well. […] Spending is the problem. We don't need more of it." (
  • "The federal government has grown too big thanks to unchecked, excessive spending. I support significant spending cuts while sustaining those services that the federal government is constitutionally authorized to provide." (
  • "We don't have the money. Spending on bailouts and stimulus bills, the taxpayers are out of money. We're broke, and we're borrowing billions of dollars from the Chinese." (
  • "Tax cuts apply to EVERYONE who pays taxes -- not just the rich. If you pay federal income taxes, then a tax cut affects you. In addition, it helps private industry." (
  • "I believe in limited government, less government spending and increased tax cuts." (
  • "Taxing, taxing, taxing is about the only solution that it can come up with. But what it doesn't seem to realize is how it's failed all of us. It's shrinking the economy even more and is shrinking paychecks too." (
  • "Congressman Poe feels the history of Federal involvement in K-12 education is a history of 'unfunded mandates', where Washington imposes requirements on local schools without providing funds to cover the extra costs involved. He opposes legislation that creates costly, unfunded mandates and feels this, along with bureaucratic paperwork, takes instructional time away form educators and students." (
  • "The Keystone will deliver as much oil as we get from Saudi Arabia. The United States should work more with our neighbors – our normal neighbors – Canada and Mexico to develop our national resources and compete with OPEC." (
  • Voted in favor of S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" (
  • "I support an all-of-the above energy policy that includes tapping into all of our domestic natural resources and using feasible alternative energies." (
  • "We're the only Nation in the world that places most of our offshore territory off limits to oil and gas exploration. Meanwhile, the government continues to subsidize failed green energy projects." (
  • "Today, Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation in support of an 'all of the above' energy approach. H.R. 6437, the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act, will modify the federal tax code to make it easier and more attractive for private capital to invest in renewable energy." (
  • "[…] Cap & Trade passed in the House by one vote and is currently stalled in the Senate. If passed, it will cost thousands of jobs, raise taxes and the cost of energy without making any significant or proven improvements to the quality of the environment." (
  • "The bill would prohibit any EPA funds from being used to implement the regulation of greenhouse gases. The White House's new war on energy will only raise the costs for our families, cripple the economy, and put Americans out of work." (
  • "I am proud to have received an "A+" rating from the NRA for my commitment to defending and protecting the rights of law abiding gun owners and sportsmen." (
  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America (
  • "As a member of the NRA and the Texas State Rifle Association, Congressman Poe staunchly supports the 2nd Amendment and is a strong advocate of its protection." (
  • "Today the House voted overwhelmingly to repeal Obamacare. The American people do not want this disastrous healthcare law that was forcefully and unconstitutionally dumped onto them, and the House listened." (
  • "I voted against the Affordable Care Act – "Obamacare" – and have voted repeatedly for its repeal" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care At and Health Care-Relate Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
  • "They're trying to rush it through the system because they want the judge to change his mind and the president wants to illegally, in my opinion, grant his executive order amnesty, which I don't think down the road he's going to be successful in doing." (
  • "I support using the National Guard – boots on the ground – and other means necessary to protect the border, uphold our laws and end the violence on the U.S./Mexico border. I also support sending some of the surplus equipment returning to the U.S. from Iraq and Afghanistan to our southern border" (
  • "Time and time again, the President has bypassed Congress and the Constitution to unilaterally make our laws. In November, he announced his plan to implement an unconstitutional act of executive amnesty. In response, I immediately introduced legislation with Congressman Diane Black (R-TN) to withhold all funds for the implementation of executive amnesty." (
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • "Congressman Poe supports whatever measures are necessary to preserve the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. If a Constitutional amendment is the only way to do this, then he will support a carefully worded amendment for this purpose." (
  • "Congressman Poe serves on the Terrorism Subcommittee of the International Relations Committee and believes the United States should secure its borders and pursue all potential threats. Poe supports making our national defense second to none – both in manpower and intelligence." (
  • " A passionate advocate of taking the fight to the terrorists before they bring terror to the United States." (
  • "As a freedom loving country, that means the United States has a duty to spread democracy around the world and to remain engaged in the war on terrorism." (
  • "Congress must not rob Social Security funds to pay for other programs. In addition to protecting Social Security, younger workers should have the option of building an additional voluntary retirement account. This will not take money away from Social Security." (

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