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Mike Lee's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. Senate (UT)

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Issue Positions

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  • Voted in favor of S 3275 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Each human life, born and unborn, has immeasurable dignity and worth. The lives of both an unborn baby and her mother matter; and healthcare should heal, protect, and preserve both their lives. Our laws and use of taxpayer money should reflect that truth, which is why I have introduced these bills," (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "In 1973 the Supreme Court of the United States decided to take some of these otherwise debatable matters beyond debate, first, by denying the personhood, denying the existence of a human being, but then, on top of that, grafting onto the United States Constitution something that is not there." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Utah families are the big winners tonight thanks to the doubling of the child tax credit to $2,000," Sen. Lee said. "I wish we could have done more for working families by making that credit refundable, but we did lay the groundwork for future pro-family tax reform and I am confident we will get there someday." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""American working families deserve a tax cut and this bill delivers it to them," Sen. Lee said. "According to the left of center Tax Policy Center, this bill will reduce taxes for all income groups in 2018 by an average of $1,600. And according to The Washington Post, a Utah family with two kids making the median $62,000 a year would see a $1,675 tax cut. Delivering more take home pay for these working Utahn families is why I voted for this bill."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by FreedomWorks. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Social Security Disability Insurance provides a financial safety net for disabled workers but requires a five-month waiting period prior to receipt of benefits. Unfortunately, for some Americans who suffer from illnesses that are clearly disabling long-term, have short life expectancies, and have no known cure, five months is simply too long. If passed, my bill could put SSDI benefits into patients' hands sooner, relieving some of the stress associated with end-of-life care." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 13% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) today reintroduced the Poverty Measurement Improvement Act, a bill that would improve the accuracy of poverty measurement in the United States by requiring the Census Bureau to supplement its existing poverty data with additional data from other federal agencies. "To help the vulnerable in our social safety net programs, we must make sure that our limited resources are being used as effectively as possible, and going towards those who are most in need," Sen. Lee said. "This bill will help us ensure that we have the data to do just that."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The Trump administration has taken laudable steps to improve work in SNAP, but Congress should be doing more. That is why I will reintroduce the Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act this Congress, which will make changes to the law to strengthen work and protect the integrity of our safety net. I hope that my colleagues will join me in pursuing the goal of getting more Americans off of the sidelines and back to work." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
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  • Voted against HR 6395 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Federal Government can easily meet its infrastructure obligations and we don't have to spend trillions of dollars to do it. By focusing on what is truly federal, we can cut taxes, pay less, and build more. This bill does just that." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Of new spending amidst growing inflationary pressures and mounting federal debt, Sen. Lee said, "We are already seeing skyrocketing costs for things we need every day. Housing, food, gasoline, and electricity are all becoming more expensive in large part because the federal government keeps spending more money than it has. This inflation is making it harder to make ends meet and provide for our families. This spending risks our children's future, but we are also feeling the costs now." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Some great ideas from @KevinNR on tax reform: Corporate Tax Rate Reduction: Zero Percent Would Be Better Than 15" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by FreedomWorks. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Five times, we crafted major COVID relief bills in a bipartisan process, and passed them with overwhelming bipartisan support. Today, Democrats abandoned that approach and instead passed a partisan grab bag of special interest handouts in the name of fighting a disease. This bloated, wasteful bill was not written for patients or businesses or workers suffering from COVID; it was written for the Democratic Party. It's a shame and a sham." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1319 "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""For far too long, our K-12 funds have gone towards a bureaucratic system that excludes parents and leaves low-income students behind," said Sen. Lee."This bill will ensure that our K-12 funds go directly to families and students, so that they are empowered to choose options that best meet their unique needs."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""Critical race theory undermines our founding principles, institutions, social mobility, and history itself -- and schools should not be forced to teach it," said Sen. Lee. "This bill will ensure that with the receipt of federal funds, states and local educators will not have to." Specifically, the bill would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to clarify that nothing in those Acts require the use, teaching, promotion, or recommendation of any academic discipline, program, or activity that holds anti-American or racist principles." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to Administrator Regan: "In response to this acute financial distress, a bipartisan group of six governors, as well as a number of small refineries, have petitioned the EPA requesting that the Administrator exercise the general waiver authority. The renewable fuels for the 2020 compliance year have already been produced and blended. Thus, a waiver presents no risk of harm to the biofuels industry. This necessary action would provide a degree of relief for these states and avert additional refinery closures and the ensuing economic ripple effects. If relief is not provided in a timely manner, more refineries will be forced to shut down and place thousands of workers on the unemployment rolls just as the economy is beginning to roar back." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to Administrator Regan: "In response to this acute financial distress, a bipartisan group of six governors, as well as a number of small refineries, have petitioned the EPA requesting that the Administrator exercise the general waiver authority. The renewable fuels for the 2020 compliance year have already been produced and blended. Thus, a waiver presents no risk of harm to the biofuels industry. This necessary action would provide a degree of relief for these states and avert additional refinery closures and the ensuing economic ripple effects. If relief is not provided in a timely manner, more refineries will be forced to shut down and place thousands of workers on the unemployment rolls just as the economy is beginning to roar back." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "For example, regulations under the Clean Air Act discourage the practice of letting fires burn, especially in those areas that have air pollution levels that exceed permissible standards." (twitter.com)
  • ""Local governments that want to work with the EPA to lower pollution shouldn't have to wait till pollution is already a problem in their communities before they are credited for reducing emissions," Sen. Lee said. "The Early Action Against Ozone Act would empower local communities to work with the EPA before ozone levels reach unhealthy levels in their communities."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 94% by Independent Petroleum Association of America. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to Director Richardson: "It has come to our attention that the ATF has rejected hundreds of the "Application to Make and Register a Firearm" form, better known as "Form 1." According to the ATF website, the National Firearms Act (NFA) and the Gun Control Act (GCA) do not prohibit the creation of a silencer, or suppressor. Historically, the ATF has required Americans to file a Form 1, pay the $200 fee, and they would be permitted to make the suppressor for their own personal use. These continued assaults of the Second Amendment threaten law-abiding Americans' rights as they try to follow ATF guidance on making these parts. We request that the ATF provide us answers on why they are rejecting legal applications and denying law abiding citizens access to their Second Amendment right. The ATF was not established to interfere with a basic right afforded to every American." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association (NRA) (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""The current, oppressive process required to buy silencers only hurts the eardrums of millions of hunters, sportsmen, and marksmen each year, and serves to provide surreptitious gun control," said Sen. Lee. "The SHUSH Act would eliminate this onerous regulation to make a perfectly legal sport safer for millions of Americans."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "These proposals would snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by shoveling billions of additional dollars in deficit spending into the pockets of insurance companies, which have been losing money on ObamaCare's exchanges because of the law's misguided one-size-fits-all approach. The real solution is obvious: we need to do away with this massive, expensive and unfair government program, instead of throwing money at a handful of corporations to tolerate it. But few have accused Washington of ever recognizing the obvious." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S Amdt 271 "Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017." (votesmart.org)
  • "Honored to join Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Patrice Onwuka to help introduce the CRADLE Act, a plan to offer paid parental leave to America’s working families. Watch our press conference live on my Facebook now!" (twitter.com)
  • Voted against HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 86% by NumbersUSA. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "We already have 650 miles of wall on the southern border. But it is not enough. Pres. Clinton built wall, Pres. Bush built wall, and even Pres. Obama built wall. Walls work." (twitter.com)
  • "We have a crisis on our southern border. Our law enforcement personnel are being overrun. We need more border patrol agents, more emergency medical technicians, more immigration judges, and yes, more wall." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 86% by NumbersUSA. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "DACA was an illegal abuse of executive power, and it's important to reaffirm that the president cannot unilaterally rewrite the law. Today's decision puts the ball in Congress' court to address the problem of the approximately three quarter million DACA participants, who originally came to the country as children. A balance between compassion and deterring future illegal immigration can be found." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Immigration is often a contentious issue, but we should not delay progress in areas where there is bipartisan agreement. There is a clear desire for a more merit-based system to help our citizens and protect legal immigrants from being penalized for their country of birth. Treating people fairly and equally is part of our founding creed and the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act reflects that belief." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S Amdt 1948 "Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act (Toomey Amendment)" (votesmart.org)
  • "The executive branch should not be allowed to dangerously and unconstitutionally circumvent the Senate's treaty ratification process and make substantial shifts in U.S. policy with major adversaries, including in the case of JCPOA or any successor agreement with Iran. Sen. Johnson's bill makes a strong statement that the JCPOA, any successor agreement, or any actions on sanction relief with Iran constitute a treaty and therefore must come to the Senate for ratification, reasserting the Senate's rightful powers." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • ""For far too long, the executive branch has ignored the treaty-ratification process, which rests solely with the Senate," said Senator Lee. "There is no room for ambiguity when it comes to agreements that so substantially shift US policy with major adversaries. Sen. Blackburn's bill makes it clear. Treaties must be ratified in the Senate."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "We are proud to have worked together in a bipartisan way to help end the disastrous, unauthorized U.S. war in Yemen, which has killed tens of thousands of innocent people over the past five years. Last year, for the first time in American history, the House and Senate passed our War Powers Resolution to end that horrific conflict. We are committed to doing everything in our power to work together once again and build bipartisan majorities in order to prevent an unconstitutional war with Iran." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S J Res 7 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress" (votesmart.org)
  • "The decision to launch an airstrike in Syria without authorization from Congress is concerning, but frankly not surprising. In recent history, presidents of both political parties have shown little restraint in using military force despite the Constitution's explicit delegation of the war-making power to Congress." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "We are proud to have worked together in a bipartisan way to help end the disastrous, unauthorized U.S. war in Yemen, which has killed tens of thousands of innocent people over the past five years. Last year, for the first time in American history, the House and Senate passed our War Powers Resolution to end that horrific conflict. We are committed to doing everything in our power to work together once again and build bipartisan majorities in order to prevent an unconstitutional war with Iran." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (votesmart.org)
  • ""The tariffs proposed by the president this week would be a huge job-killing tax hike on American consumers," Sen. Lee said. "While I am sympathetic to the issues facing domestic steel manufacturers, there must be a better way to address the steel industry's concerns, and I hope Congress and the executive branch can identify an alternative solution before these tariffs are finalized next week."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)

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