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Michael Burgess' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (TX) - District 26


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Issue Positions

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  • Voted in favor of HR 36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act." (
  • Rated 100% by Campaign for Working Families. (
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committe. (
  • "Today I urged the House to consider the #BornAlive Abortion Survivors Protection Act – the 43rd time that #prolife Members of Congress have asked @SpeakerPelosi to bring this lifesaving legislation to the House Floor. How many times will it take to protect children born alive?" (
  • Rated 98% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "I strongly support fundamental tax reform and believe we need to overhaul the tax code," Burgess said. "Each Congress, I introduce the Flat Tax Act, which would simplify our nation's tax code and encourage people to make financial decisions based on common-sense economics. Right now, Americans across the country are sitting at their dining room tables filling out paperwork to ensure they file their taxes by April 15, 2021. It is a dreaded but necessary task. We all know the difficulty of collecting the various pieces of paper after a year's worth of living to assess your taxes accurately and correctly. That is one of the things that has always bothered me. Americans deserve a simplified tax code." (
  • Rated 93% by FreedomWorks. (
  • "Without a strong Congressional commitment to reining in government spending, future generations will be the ones who get the bill. Congressman Burgess will continue to fight for fiscal restraint and a balanced budget that still addresses the needs of our communities." (
  • Voted against HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (
  • Rated 0% by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (
  • ". @RepBobbyRush and I put forward H.R. 5612 to address the looming Medicare cuts our health care providers will face at the end of the year. Our bipartisan legislation would waive budget neutrality adjustments under the physician fee schedule for one year." (
  • Voted against S 610 "Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act." (
  • "There are problems within our election system that need to be reformed. Many of those issues must be handled on the state level. When it comes to making reforms, the Federal Government should be working to protect American voters and free speech. Instead, this legislation removes states' authority to oversee their elections and places it in the hands of Washington, creates a speech czar, and allows for taxpayer dollars to fund campaigns." (
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause. (
  • Rated 0% by End Citizens United. (
  • Voted against HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (
  • ".@GOPLeader is right. We need to invest in these departments to ensure that there is accountability and transparency." (
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • "Tonight, America witnessed Congress work according to the needs of the American people," said Burgess. "The conference report continues the historic example of bipartisanship to authorize defense programs and funding in the NDAA. In the Constitution, Congress is given the power of the purse and the responsibility to provide for the common defense. I am pleased that this report removed several measures I opposed in the original House version of this legislation." (
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • Rated 94% by Council for Citizens Against Government Waste. (
  • "Congress has a responsibility to help fix the cause of our current economic situation and hold those accountable for their actions. We cannot do that when we continue to reward failure. We have a duty to protect American taxpayers from more debt, higher taxes, and untold financial risk and we cannot fulfill that duty when we are irresponsible stewards of federal funds. You can rest assured that I will continue to oppose big spending bills which provide wasteful spending." (
  • "President Biden's Infrastructure Plan seeks improvements that seem essential; however, this plan includes over the top, unnecessary spending on a wish list of partisan priorities. The tax hikes to pay for this wish list will stifle our economy." (
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • "The Democrats' corporate tax hike will hinder economic development and burden American families. Congress needs to put the American people first instead of pushing a progressive, partisan wish list. @WaysandMeansGOP" (
  • ".@POTUS corporate tax hike leaves the working class vulnerable to wage cuts and job losses." (
  • Rated 98% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • "The Importance of the Paycheck Protect Program: The money is necessary. I was one of those that had my doubts when Secretary Mnuchin talked about it originally. I wondered if the Small Business Administration would ever be up to the task. Fortunately, in partnerships with small community banks and small lenders the SBA was able to stand up and get a significant amount of money in the hands of people who needed it. Nearly 1 million loans were made in the period of the first week. Many of those loans can be forgiven. The bulk of that money goes to protect workers, it goes to pay for paychecks. It is an enormously popular program … It's unbelievable that it could be stopped for purely political reasons, but that's what seems to have happened." (
  • "Instead of delaying, #LetsWork to provide American families with common sense COVID-19 relief – starting with freeing up funds for #SmallBiz through the Paycheck Protection Program. @HouseGOP is ready." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act." (
  • "There is little to be gained by promoting a philosophy that dictates - you hate yourself, your hate your neighbor, you hate your country. I'm fighting with @jdanbishop to ensure no federal funds are used to promote or advance #CriticalRaceTheory in our military." (
  • "The decision for schools to offer in-person learning shouldn’t be a political question. Our children deserve the best chance to get an education, and families deserve the right to choose what is best for their child." (
  • "School shutdowns have led to mass recognition of how important, advantageous and necessary education is to our future generation of leaders. Families need more school choice, not less." (
  • "The construction of new energy infrastructure is not only vital to improving our air quality but also important to the American economy." (
  • "Instead of picking winners and losers, the federal government should promote an all-of-the-above energy strategy. Clean energy is not just wind and solar, its natural gas, nuclear, and hydro. We need more of all energy solutions to address this crisis." (
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • "Texans can and will work quickly to improve energy reliability within our state, yet it's also a national issue. Congress must come together to modernize our energy infrastructure." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 "SENSE Act." (
  • "Halting American energy production just allows China, Russia, and India to increase dirty energy production. America produces cleaner energy that can LOWER global emissions. Biden should urge American producers to do more, not less. #CoP26" (
  • "To ensure our nation can build effective energy infrastructure, I introduced the Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act. This bill cuts red tape, increases transparency, and promotes American energy independence and security." (
  • "When I say it is going to be a cold winter, I am not trying to predict the weather, but offer a warning. It is time to end the war on Natural Gas b/c it is pushing up energy costs across the board - even just to heat your home." (
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association (NRA). (
  • "Enforcing our existing law serves as a better remedy to ongoing gun violence than infringing on our constitutional rights and creating frivolous actions lacking the ability to address the problem at hand" (
  • "I do not know a single Member of Congress who does not want to prevent senseless gun violence," said Burgess. "There is a consensus in Congress to address what reforms are truly needed; however, adding more regulation without having proper oversight will only keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding Americans." (
  • Voted against HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • "Congressman Burgess believes wholeheartedly that the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the implementation of legislation that will actually reduce healthcare costs, increase patient choice, reform liability laws and ensuring that there are enough doctors to care for our families and neighbors is of utmost importance." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (
  • "TX received over $10m in CARES Act funding to help states handle flu season – this is vital as we also prepare for potential 2nd wave of COVID-19. Preparedness is key." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 4760 "Securing America's Future Act of 2018." (
  • "Closing the gaps between existing sections of the border wall will deter migrants from taking the dangerous journey to our southern border and provide significant relief for our frontline border officials. Border security is national security." (
  • "The Biden Admin has halted border wall construction despite Congressional authorization and appropriation of funding. "The President cannot substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law."" (
  • Rated 94% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "Congress must take a common sense approach when creating policy that aims at reducing illegal immigration, and we must be willing to place tighter controls on legal immigration. As a nation we cannot afford to implement an amnesty program, and as your Congressman, I will not support any legislation that proposes to do so." (
  • "I believe that we must begin to address our immigration problem by gaining control of our borders. A couple of years ago, the House of Representative passed a responsible bill, which will increase the number of border patrol agents along the southern border, as well as enhancing both the physical and virtual walls that are already in place. It is imperative that we as a nation be able to regulate who is coming into our nation and for what purpose. The current border situation is a threat to our nation’s security, and I am committed to addressing this problem." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "About 1 year after the Iran Nuclear Agreement was signed, I reflect on the failed enforcement of this reckless deal." (
  • "New threats call for new policies in defense of our nation, among which are reform of our intelligence agencies and armed services. Since being elected to the House of Representatives, Congressman Burgess has been fighting to maintain the U.S. armed forces as the strongest and most capable military in the world." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1698 "Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforement Act." (
  • Voted against S J Res 68 "A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress" (
  • "Congress needs to uphold its constitutional responsibility by returning to Washington and passing a defense appropriations bill and authorize the use of military force in the country of Syria." (
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted against H J Res 37 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (
  • "It’s important that policy focuses on American workers as we work to get our economy back to full capacity. Trade deals like #USMCA have already begun bringing jobs back to the US. I hope Congress can soon agree on a bill to protect small businesses & other valuable American jobs" (
  • "After years of asking for a rewrite of NAFTA, the House of Representatives has finally delivered a vote of approval for a new trade agreement," Burgess said. "Thank you to President Trump for delivering on the promise to provide a better deal for farmers, manufacturers, and all Americans." (

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