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Michael Burgess' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office:
  • U.S. House (TX) - District 26, Republican

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Michael Burgess 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 do not support the use of abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 4% by Planned Parenthood. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly support fundamental tax reform and believe we need to overhaul the tax code. Each Congress I introduce the Freedom Flat Tax Act, which would simplify our nation's tax code and encourage people to make financial decisions based on common-sense economics." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will deliver for American families by reducing the rates of the individual tax brackets" (votesmart.org)
  • "I am concerned about the solvency of our Social Security and entitlement programs. Any proposed change must guarantee that current and future retirees receive the benefits to which they are entitled. Strains on the whole Social Security system mean it is "broken" in its current form. Something must be done to account for the burden of retirees on the horizon. Medicare is expected to nearly double its share of the nation's economy by 2030, crowding out other federal spending and economic activity. To deal with this problem, we should first reform Medicare to eliminate the billions in waste, fraud, and abuse. Then, we should work to include new treatments that save money and provide better care and make sure reimbursement rates are fair and accurate, eliminating overpayment but also ensuring payment that accounts for true costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "An optimistic outlook for healthcare would include expanding choices for patients. A one-size-fits-all/Medicare-for-all approach will never provide the desired flexibility Americans look for in their healthcare system." (twitter.com)
  • "We shouldn’t be looking to defund the police. We SHOULD ensure they have the resources to properly train each officer. Police chiefs must be able to fire bad officers & keep them off the force." (twitter.com)
  • "I have supported the men and women in blue who risk their lives every day to protect our communities, but law enforcement officials should be held accountable for their actions. The authorities in Minneapolis have done the right thing by charging the officer responsible. President Trump is correct that there is a distinction between a peaceful protest and violence that causes unrest." (www.facebook.com)
  • "In addressing police reform, we need to be sure that we are putting forward policies that will permanently remove the bad actors from serving on any police force, provide the resources law enforcement needs to be adequately prepared to serve our communities, and attract and retain the highest caliber recruits." (votesmart.org)
  • "Police officers deserve the best resources to protect our communities. Police departments should be able to attract and retain the highest caliber recruits. I stand with America’s law enforcement and oppose efforts to defund and deny necessary resources for these local heroes." (twitter.com)
  • "I will continue to work to ensure that our District receives federal assistance to address our infrastructure needs, such as improving Interstate 35 and State Highway 183, developing intermodal facilities, and expanding DFW Airport and surrounding municipal airports." (votesmart.org)
  • "As our nation’s debt is crippling, a budget of this magnitude is irresponsible. Time to cut wasteful spending." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "I supported a more balanced approach that would have eliminated the 3.1% payroll tax for all American employees and lower the corporate tax bracket from 35% to 25%," (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "The good folks at Peterbilt trucks, located in the 26th District of Texas, received over $170 million in tax benefits in the fourth quarter of 2017, as a direct result of this tax bill. Peterbilt also estimates that its 2018 effective global tax rate will be reduced by up to 8 percent and that the lower corporate tax rate and accelerated depreciation will, indeed, stimulate capital investment." (votesmart.org)
  • "The CARES Act aids the airline industry, small businesses, and non-profits. Student loan repayments are delayed, the tax filing and payment deadline is deferred, and individuals and families will receive direct cash payments. The bill increases unemployment insurance and nutrition program payments while easing requirements. These measures will immediately ease the burden on businesses and Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 - Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "As the federal government continues to be actively involved in our education system, the simple fact is that parents can make better choices about their children's education than the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC." (votesmart.org)
  • "We should leave no stone unturned in our quest for energy independence." (votesmart.org)
  • "Government standards have proven, time and again, to be unworkable. When the market drives the standard, there's no limit to how quickly and aggressive manufacturers will respond when consumers demand more efficient products. I commend the Trump Administration for taking steps to dial back the federal overreach of the last administration." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America. (votesmart.org)
  • "This action is completely unnecessary and will have grave consequences on jobs and manufacturing. Under EPA's own regulations this determination is not required for another year and a half, but with the clock ticking on the administration, the regulatory frenzy is underway. Federal regulations should not stand in the way of the car-buying public having their choice of vehicles at prices they can afford," said Upton, Burgess, and Olson." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by Gun Owners of America. (votesmart.org)
  • ".@POTUS' plan to act unilaterally on gun control, bypassing Congress again is unconstitutional. Read my statement: (1.usa.gov)
  • 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)
  • "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." (burgessforcongress.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Funding the #BorderWall at President @realDonaldTrump's requested level is important. The defense of our nation must be Congress' top priority. Our goal is not to end legal immigration, but rather to provide border security for our citizens. WATCH: (bit.ly)
  • "President Trump has outlined a reasonable approach that, yes, includes sensors; yes, includes increased personnel; yes, includes all- weather roads in areas; and, yes, it does include a barrier. Without that, there cannot be success in securing our southern border, and as a consequence, our citizens cannot be safe and secure in their homes." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Federation for Immigration Reform. (votesmart.org)
  • "We cannot forget that Democrats' empty promises of unconditional amnesty have created the crisis on our southern border by encouraging coyotes to use children as pawns in human trafficking schemes. It's not just wrong, it's inhumane to incentivize this heinous practice." (twitter.com)
  • "By rescinding DACA, President Trump has acknowledged Congress' constitutional authority to consider lasting solutions to secure our borders." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Federation for Immigration Reform. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "This week, the world was an eyewitness to history as @realDonaldTrump met with Kim Jong Un. Moving forward, Kim Jong Un must follow through on his plans to denuclearize North Korea and establish lasting peace between North Korea and the rest of the world." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Once again American Special Operations Forces have succeeded in limiting the spread of terrorism with the death of Baghdadi. Thank you to the members of our military who risked their lives to accomplish this mission." (twitter.com)
  • "Over the past two years, President Trump has taken significant steps to negotiate better trade deals for American workers and industries, including the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am philosophically a supporter of free trade." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 14% by Public Citizen. (votesmart.org)

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