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Jason Smith's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (MO) - District 8


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Issue Positions

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  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (
  • "It was great seeing so many people from Missouri come all the way out to our nation’s Capital to advocate for the right to life. Working together we can change minds and open hearts to choose life." (
  • "I am 100% pro-life and believe whole-heartedly that life begins at conception. The rights of the unborn sadly have been under attack by liberals, but I am committed to fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves. In 2013 and 2015 I co-sponsored the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, both of which passed the House in hopes of protecting the precious gift of life." (
  • "The nation's debt has surpassed a staggering $17 trillion. This deficit is a result of irresponsible spending in Washington and tax increases are not the solution. We need to control our spending and create a budget that reflects our means just as taxpayers do in their own families. I pledge to vote against tax increases and I am proud to have signed the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge. I am dedicated to creating responsible spending an reducing taxpayer burdens." (
  • Rated 90% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "Tax cuts are on the way! #TaxCutsAndJobsAct PASSED" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "My bill, the REMOVE Act, will eliminate unnecessary red tape in Medicare so our seniors can receive better patient-focused care with better results." (
  • "Medicare home health benefits disproportionately hurt women" (
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Our country is facing growing threats around the world, and as these threats increase, so do the needs of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to defend our freedom. As our troops put themselves in harm's way to defend us against threats to American values, it is our job to make sure that they are more prepared than ever." (
  • "Proud to support NDAA today that not only provides critical funding for our national defense, but also provides troops with a pay raise." (
  • Rated 100% by Common Cause. (
  • "We know that weakness is the surest path to conflict, and unmatched power is the surest means of our defense." @realDonaldTrump this is why I have voted multiple times to fully fund our military. Senate needs to do the same. #SOTU" (
  • "This was a big week. The House passed a GOP budget. It would balance in <10 years & cut $5 trillion+ in spending." (
  • "It’s past time for Congress to stop spending money that they simply do not have #DebtCeiling" (
  • "I will vote NO on deal to raise the debt ceiling. Washington has a spending problem that must be addressed. #CutUpTheCreditCard" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "Great news on #ManufacturingDay from @ShopFloorNAM "A combination of lower corporate taxes and slashing of regulations by the Trump administration has manufacturers on pace for their most optimistic year on record"" (
  • Rated 90% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "The Manufacturing Institute found that "complying with federal regulations costs Americans $2.028 trillion in lost economic growth" each year, and the United States has the highest corporate tax rate of any industrialized nation. That's money that could be used to add new jobs, expand plants, and grow small businesses -- it is why I am working in Washington to cut red-tape for businesses and end regulatory overreach." (
  • "The Paycheck Protection Program ensures small businesses can continue paying their employees & cover essential costs during the #coronavirus outbreak. It's great to hear so many small & community banks are stepping up to lead the way in assisting our family & local businesses." (
  • "Under the CARES Act, the Trump Administration has been able to assist over 46,000 small businesses in Missouri to the tune of $7.5 billion. This is critical funding that allows family businesses to stay afloat and take care of their workers during these difficult times." (
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (
  • "I believe in relieving local school systems of federal mandates that burden educators with a one-size-fits-all approach to education." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5 - Student Success Act. (
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • "What #POTUS calls 'dirty energy' is what allows America 2 have competitive advantage over rest of the world. W/o we lose our advantage #SOTU" (
  • "We can create strengthen our economy by pursuing opportunities to harvest our own oil, gas, coal, nuclear, wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal energy." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (
  • "The EPA proposals released today will cripple coal plants and raise energy prices in my district." (
  • "Great chat with interns at @NRECANews today about how EPA regulations are hurting #ruralAmerica." (
  • "President Obama's pursuit of cap-and-trade legislation is out of touch with our energy needs." (
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" (
  • "Today House Democrats passed a gun control bill that infringes on the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. #HR8 will do nothing to stop mass shootings or gun violence but instead targets responsible gun owners. I voted NO" (
  • "I am a proud sponsor of that legislation to protect gun manufacturers and gun owners!" (
  • "Your right to bear arms is as fundamental as every other right protected by the Bill of Rights. If elected, I will work to protect your constitutionally guaranteed right by opposing efforts that restrict ownership, possession, or the carrying of a firearm." (
  • "Today I voted to fully repeal #Obamacare & bring forward true patient-centered #healthcare solutions." (
  • "I won't rest until the catastrophe that is Obamacare is repealed and once again Americans can feel secure that they are receiving the best care anywhere in the world." (
  • "Obamacare has caused health care cost to skyrocket, and punished business. That's not any reform to be proud of. We need ACA repeal #SOTU" (
  • "The House of Representatives' vote to repeal President Obama's healthcare law was the first step to ending unfair penalties on families who are being forced to buy something they don't want. But more work remains to be done. We will continue in our steps to rip the Obamacare law out by the roots while providing real healthcare solutions for families, including bringing back things I am fighting for like true price transparency. I look forward to the U.S. House and Senate coming together to put an Obamacare repeal on President Trump's desk for his signature. I look forward to working with Secretary Tom Price at Health & Human Services to remove thousands of pages of Obamacare regulations driving up healthcare prices for everyone and I look forward to continuing to advance legislation which will provide additional relief from skyrocketing out of pocket healthcare costs for American families." (
  • Voted against HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "The system is too easy for those who want to break our laws and they know they can get away with it. We need the wall and to fix the loopholes that allow people to walk right into our country." (
  • "Drugs and illegal aliens stream into our country when the border is left unsecured. That’s why President Trump has led the fight to build the border wall so we can re-establish control over our sovereign territory." (
  • Rated 85% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "This bill gives President Trump and his White House every penny they requested to shore up more than 70 miles of damaged and open border in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and San Diego, California and expand our border protections. The money will also be used for planning additional border wall construction and reinforcing the walls that are already protecting portions of the United States' border with Mexico" (
  • Rated 85% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "Today's decision is a victory for the American people and the Constitution. In March 2016 I helped file a court brief in support of the state of Texas in their suit against the president's illegal mass amnesty. The president has continually used regulations and executive orders to go around Congress in order to fulfill his own agenda against the will of the American people." (
  • Rated 100% by Common Cause. (
  • "Iran never complied with the disastrous Iran Nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama Administration. President Trump was right to walk away from it and work to protect America, our values, and our allies against the largest state sponsor of terrorism." (
  • "Today, I voted to stop the dangerous #IranDeal the Obama Admin negotiated & to protect the USA from a nuclear Iran." (
  • Rated 100% by Common Cause. (
  • "Underscore Israel's right to self-defense. It is longstanding U.S. policy to support Israel's ability to defend itself by itself and support its qualitative military edge. With the region in flux, it remains critical that we reiterate to both friend and foe in the region that we continue to support Israel's right to defend itself. We must also look for ways to augment our support in the context of the current 10-year Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Israel and to ensure that Israel has access to the resources and materiel it needs to defend itself against the threats it faces on its northern border. The U.S. should continue to oppose international efforts to isolate and weaken Israel." (
  • Rated 0% by Public Citizen. (
  • "Last week in the Oval Office, President Trump took major steps to stop countries from cheating on trade. He signed documents demanding that we fully collect all duties and tariffs imposed on foreign importers that cheat and second, that we conduct the first comprehensive review of all violations of trade rules that harm U.S. manufacturers. Trump's action builds on my legislative work of authoring and passing the ENFORCE Act in 2015 which helps end unfair practices by allowing companies in Missouri to take real and meaningful action when foreign companies violate trade agreements." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (

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