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John Carter's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 31, Republican

On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (TX) - District 31

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John Carter has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2020 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 2020.

  • "I'm proud to stand for life/ensure no tax $ used to fund abortion & supported #hr7 making #HydeAmendment permanent" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm proud to be endorsed by National Right to Life, the nation's largest pro-life organization." (www.johncarterforcongress.com)
  • "I believe that the first step in stimulating our economy is to implement legislation to provide tax relief for small businesses and middle-class families." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have consistently voted in favor of letting you keep more of your hard earned money and, likewise, voted against tax increases that will only serve to inhibit the further growth of our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "That is why I support issues such as the Social Security Preservation Act, which would ensure that the annual surplus of the Social Security Trust Fund be invested in marketable interest-bearing obligations of the United States or certificates of deposit in insured depository institutions. I support the intentions of this bill and will work with my colleagues to ensure that additional social security funds are being used in a beneficial way for Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "Support H.Con.Res.96, cuts nearly $1 trillion in entitlement programs like food stamps - get this bill out of Senate!" (twitter.com)
  • "The past Administration launched an all-out assault on our military, leaving us with depleted troop strength and out of date resources and equipment. While this funding package won't relieve all the damage from the last eight years, I expect to continue increasing our support for defense resources and programs to alleviate the disastrous effects sequestration has had on our warriors." (votesmart.org)
  • "My NDAA amendment to give a 4% pay raise to our troops was blocked by the Democrats. Congress has a duty to provide the resources they need to do their job, & a proper wage so they can take care of their families. Today, House Democrats failed to do both." (twitter.com)
  • "The #NDAA puts more $$ in pockets of military & their families! I'm proud of this legislation that does just that!" (twitter.com)
  • "While I don't expect we can recover in one spending bill, I do expect to continue along this trend to increase our defense spending, that will provide for the men and women of our military and their families, and deliver the tools they need to be successful in their mission." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "The individual is the solution to our economic recovery, not another government program and/or giveaway." (www.johncarterforcongress.com)
  • "Transportation and infrastructure in our local community are crucial to quality of life. They help the local economy to create jobs, grow small businesses and provide Central Texans with a strong quality of life," said Congressman Carter, former member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation. "While there is still more to do to correct Obama Administration energy policies that have created shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund, which supports many critical transportation projects, this bill is a good step in the right direction." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must cut wasteful federal spending, fully fund national initiatives like a strong defense and homeland security, and lower burdensome taxes to spur growth and decrease the deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "We should lower our corporate tax rate, which is one of the highest in the world." (votesmart.org)
  • "Happy #schoolchoiceweek let's give parents, teachers, communities more local control! #TX31" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by the National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pleased that the House and Senate have voted to free our states, students, and teachers of the federal government's burdensome educational requirements. The previous system of the federal government coercing states into adopting Common Core standards will no longer be tolerated and the one-size-fits-all approach will be replaced with the ability for states to create their own standards and flexibility to use funding as they see fit. This reform has been long overdue and is necessary to keep Washington out of Texas schools" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "It is only through turning our free-market energies loose by breaking the shackles placed on them by Washington that we can reach the goal of U.S. energy independence within a decade that is the wish of all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly support this legislation that will halt job-crushing bureaucratic red tape and rein in over regulation at federal agencies, specifically the EPA," said Rep. Carter. "Texas is fortunate to have a strong economy, but in order to keep our economy growing, and increase job creation, we must put a stop to unreasonable regulations that stymie growth, hurt businesses and damage our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Reconciliation Act of 2010" (votesmart.org)
  • "I will not apologize for continually voting to delay, defund, and dismantle Obamacare." (www.johncarterforcongress.com)
  • Rated 100% by the Federation for Immigration Reform. (votesmart.org)
  • "Border security is imperative to enhancing the security of Central Texans and all Americans. This funding bill provides the resources to begin implementing smart, specific border security infrastructure needs along critical areas along our southern border." (votesmart.org)
  • "Thank you @SpeakerRyan Proud my border wall funding was approved! #TX31" (twitter.com)
  • "President Obama's executive amnesty action exceeds his constitutional authority and disrupts the delicate balance of powers. The amicus brief is in support of the injunction challenging the constitutionality of President Obama's unilateral executive amnesty order." (votesmart.org)
  • "I voted to NOT fund Obama's illegal #amnesty ! #appropriations" (washingtonpost.com)
  • Rated 100% by the Federation for Immigration Reform. (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, I voted to reject the President's insane deal with Iran. For the security of our nation and that of our allies, Iran must not be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon. Sadly, the President's agreement moves in the opposite direction, giving Iran more power to isolate itself from international inspectors and bankrolling the regime's efforts to produce a nuclear weapon." (votesmart.org)
  • "For far too long, Iran has illegally tested ballistic missiles with absolutely no consequences from the Obama administration. It is long past due that the Iranian regime face consequences for these illegal activities and I applaud the Trump administration for swiftly taking action. While ISIS continues to gather headlines, Iran remains the most destabilizing force in the Middle East. For the continued safety of our allies in the region like Israel, this activity must stop and I look forward to working with President Trump to counter Iranian aggression." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Dems have forced our nation into partisan political theatre & critical issues have taken a backseat. We should be focusing on the #USMCA which will benefit Texas’ ranchers & cattlemen, securing their market access to Canada & Mexico to support exports." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (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.
The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

X a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
X f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
X g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
h) Other or expanded principles

Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.Budget Priorities

Maintain Status a) Agriculture
Greatly Decrease b) Arts
Greatly Increase c) Defense
Slightly Increase d) Education
Maintain Status e) Environment
Greatly Increase f) Homeland security
Slightly Decrease g) International aid
Slightly Increase h) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase i) Medical research
Slightly Increase j) National parks
Slightly Increase k) Public health services
Maintain Status l) Scientific research
Slightly Increase m) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increase n) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decrease o) Welfare
Eliminate p) Other or expanded categories

Defense Spending

Greatly Increase a) Armed Forces personnel training
Greatly Increase b) Intelligence operations
Greatly Increase c) Military hardware
Greatly Increase d) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Increase e) National missile defense
Slightly Increase f) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase g) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increase h) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increase i) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.TaxesIncome Taxes:Family IncomeRetiree IncomeOther Taxes:Deductions/Credits:

Slightly Decrease a) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decrease b) $25,000-$75,000
Slightly Decrease c) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Decrease d) Over $150,000
Slightly Decrease e) Other or expanded categories
Slightly Decrease f) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Eliminate b) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Status c) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decrease d) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status e) Gasoline taxes
Eliminate f) Inheritance taxes
Eliminate g) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Charitable contributions
Maintain Status b) Child tax credit
Maintain Status c) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increase d) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Status e) Mortgage deduction
Maintain Status f) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes 4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes 5) Do you support eliminating taxes on dividends paid to individual investors?
Yes 6) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
7) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

a) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
X b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
X d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
X e) Allow ads paid for by soft money that support or attack a candidate for federal office.
X f) Allow issue advocacy commercials by corporations, labor unions, and non-profit groups which appear within 60 days of a general election and within 30 days of a primary election.
X g) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Undecided h) Do you support instant run-off voting (IRV)?
Yes i) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Undecided j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yes k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

X a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
X c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
X d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
X e) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
f) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
X g) Support additional criminal penalties if a fetus is killed in the commission of a federal crime against a pregnant woman.
h) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
X i) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
X j) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.
k) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
X l) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
(l) should be under certain circumstances and with statutory age settings

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.

X a) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
X b) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
d) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
X e) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
X f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

X a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
X b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
X c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
X d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
e) Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers.
X f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
X g) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
X h) Support granting states limited control over Head Start programs.
X i) Support changing the mission of Head Start to emphasize improving the math and reading skills of disadvantaged children.
j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government.
k) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
l) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
X m) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
n) Other or expanded principles

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.

X a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
X b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
X c) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
X d) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
g) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
X h) Allow workers to sell company stock and to diversify their company retirement funds into other investment options.
i) Other or expanded principles
a) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
X b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
X c) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
X d) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
X e) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
X f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
X h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
X i) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
X j) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
X k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
X c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
X d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
X e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities.
X j) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
X c) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
X e) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
X f) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
h) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under private managed care plans.
X i) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
j) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
k) Allow 55-65 year-olds to buy into Medicare.
X l) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
m) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
n) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
X b) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Increase the number of visas issued for agricultural workers.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States.
f) Support the detention of asylum seekers from countries known to sponsor terrorism.
g) Other or expanded principles

International AidIndicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.

X a) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
X b) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

International Policy1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.

Yes a) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yes b) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
No c) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
e) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Undecided b) Should the United States use military force to destroy the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
c) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yes d) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Yes e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
No a) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Yes b) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
No c) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
No 4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
Yes 5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs"?
No 6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes 7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles
I completely support President Bush's plans and goals in Iraq. I will continue to fund all of our troop needs so they remain the best fighting force in the world and the safest.

International TradeIndicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

Yes 1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes 2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes 3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Undecided 4) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
Yes 5) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Undecided 6) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
7) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

Yes a) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Yes b) Should the United States adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
Yes c) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yes d) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yes e) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yes f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

X a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
X b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
X c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for when individuals are eligible to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.

a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
X b) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
X c) Implement regulation of Internet content.
X d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
X e) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
X f) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
X h) Impose regulations on "spam" emails.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.

X a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
b) Increase funding for child care programs.
X c) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
X d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
X f) Support housing assistance for low-income families.
all above would have conditions
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

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