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Jeff Landry's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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  • Jeff Landry. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jeff Landry voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (
  • Jeff Landry. No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "Madam Speaker, a large majority of Americans oppose taxpayer subsidies for abortion. Those who oppose this bill, including the President, claim that it denies access to health care for women. My message to them is simple: the majority of women are opposed to having their hard-earned tax dollars spent on abortion. In a recent survey, it was found that 70 percent of women oppose taxpayer funding for abortion. We must permanently end this practice. It is our duty to act and to act now. I urge my colleagues to listen to the majority of Americans who strongly oppose publicly funding abortion services and pass this bill." (
  • Jeff Landry. Issue Position: Promoting Conservative Values and Protecting the Unborn. 25 November 2011. "I am Pro-Life. I believe life is a gift from God. I support efforts to end all federal funding of abortion. We must ensure we permanently ban partial-birth abortion. We should encourage adoption, not abortion. I believe in traditional marriage. I support keeping the definition of marriage as one man and one woman. I believe that the family is and always has been and will continue to be the backbone of American life. As a member of Congress, I would pursue policies that strengthen the family and oppose those that weaken it." (
  • Jeff Landry. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 17 February 2011. "Mr. Chair, I rise today in support of the Pence amendment to prevent funds going to Planned Parenthood. I've heard from many of my colleagues that this amendment defunds many necessary women's health services. Let me be clear we must expand access to care for women in this country; however, abortion is not health care. The Planned Parenthood website states, 'Our primary goal is prevention--reducing the number of unintended pregnancies, especially the alarmingly high number of teenage pregnancies, in the United States.' Abortion is not a method of preventing unintended pregnancies; abortion takes lives that have already began. We must not continue to support institutions that take unnecessary risks with the lives of young women and institutions that have been proven to be irresponsible with taxpayer dollars, have failed to report statutory rape, and have been caught aiding and abetting sex trafficking. The thousands of taxpayers who do not condone the slaughter of innocent lives, many of my constituents on the coast of Louisiana, know that they deserve better than to support corrupt organizations. I urge my colleagues to support this amendment without hesitation." (
  • Jeff Landry. Department of Defense and Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 14 April 2011. "Madam Speaker, I am a Tea Partier. I was supported by the Tea Party. I have a Tea Party poster in my office. My constituents at home gave me a chain saw to use to cut the government spending. I am extremely pro-life. This CR will prohibit the use of Federal funds for abortions in D.C., and if I have to save the unborn one city at a time, I will. This CR will finally allow an up-or-down vote on the defunding of Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare in the Senate. The fact that the last Congress did not pass a budget has left us in a mess, and sometimes we need to wring the mop out a few times to clean up the mess." (
  • Jeff Landry. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jeff Landry voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (
  • Jeff Landry. Congressman Landry Praises Passage of H.R. 3 -- The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "Today, in a bi-partisan manner, the House followed the will of the American people and voted to establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding for abortions. I am proud that, when this bill becomes law, the government will once and for all not be able to use the hard-earned American taxpayers' money to pay for abortion coverage. This legislation passed today will save lives. Studies show that when tax-supported policies do not cover abortions, at least 25% of beneficiaries don't get abortions. I am thrilled we are saving the unborn, fostering policies that protect lives, and preventing any federal dollar from ever paying for an abortion. With polling routinely showing that over 60% of Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortions, it is clear the President and the majority in the last Congress missed an opportunity to do the will of the people. Today, we corrected that and voted to save lives and save the taxpayers' money from being spent in a way that they do not want. I will continue to support legislation that includes life-affirming measures like H.R. 3." (
  • Jeff Landry. Supporting Life-Affirming Health Care, Landry Praises Passage of the Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "I am proud that today the House voted in support of life. In a bi-partisan manner, we respected the will of the American people and voted to prohibit the federal funding of abortions and abortion coverage under Obamacare. The American people do not want their hard-earned tax dollars used to pay for abortions. The Protect Life Act guarantees that no tax subsidies from Obamacare can cover elective abortions and prevents the government from mandating abortion coverage. I thank Congressman Pitts and the other champions for the unborn who joined me in sponsoring this great pro-life bill. I have been and remain committed to doing all I can to save the unborn, foster life-protecting policies, and prevent tax dollars from paying for abortions." (
  • Jeff Landry. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "Madam Speaker, this is not a divisive issue; this is a bipartisan issue. The language in H.R. 358 was in the Stupak-Pitts amendment passed in the Democrat-led House last Congress. If they supported it then, why would they not support it now? Because of Executive order? Absolutely not. ObamaCare created a fund specifically reserved for abortion coverage. So what in the world makes one think this money will not support abortion coverage? We all remember, 'We have to pass this bill before we find out what's in it.' Unfortunately, they passed the bill, and we found no language to ensure taxpayers won't have to pay for something the majority of Americans don't support. Madam Speaker, if my colleagues on the other side of the aisle insisted the health care law prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion, then they should support the bipartisan H.R. 358 to ensure that it is, indeed, the case." (
  • Jeff Landry. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Jeff Landry voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (
  • Jeff Landry. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Jeff Landry voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (
  • Jeff Landry. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Jeff Landry voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (
  • Jeff Landry. Congressman Landry's Statement after Reid Plan Fails in the House. 30 July 2011. "My fellow colleagues in the House and I have passed two plans that would end America's debt limit crisis, cut trillions of Washington's wasteful spending, and preserve promises made to our seniors and military. We have now also overwhelming rejected Senator Reid's plan of budget tricks, accounting gimmicks, and empty promises. The Reid Plan contains $1 trillion in phantom spending cuts, slashes defense spending by $868 billion, and gives the President a blank check signed by the taxpayers." (
  • Vermilion Today: News may get worse for rice farmers if subsidies are cut in two years. 14 October 2011. "Congressman Landry said he is not in favor of the cuts [¦] He said the way to help the farmers is to vote against what the Committee brings to Congress for a vote. But, he said, if you vote against saving farming programs, then the Committee will be looking at cutting money from the defense budget or the medicare program. 'My position is that I am with the rice farmers and I do not want to cut the defense and medicare programs,' Landry said." (
  • Jeff Landry signed Americans for Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Arizona and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (
  • Jeff Landry. Issue Position: Ending the Bailouts & Stimulus Plans. 25 November 2011. "I believe we should adopt the type of reforms President Reagan used to fix a teetering economy in the 1980's. Instead the liberals in Congress passed massively wasteful stimulus plans. Their stimulus plans do little to stimulate the economy; rather it just piles more debt onto the taxpayers. These bailouts and stimulus plans must come to an end. We need to undo the damage done." (
  • Jeff Landry. Congressman Landry's Statement on the President's State of the Union. 25 January 2011. "The President made a great speech, as he always does; but the American people understand the difference between words and actions. We are in desperate need for results. Since the $800 billion taxpayer-funded stimulus program began, we have lost 2.1. million jobs. Our debt is increasing by $54,373 per second. And our average price of gasoline is rising above $3 per gallon. Now is the time for the President to match his rhetoric with action on creating jobs, reducing spending, and shrinking the size of the government." (
  • Jeff Landry. It's Simple: Drilling Equal Jobs. 8 September 2011 "Tonight, we heard yet another speech from the President about what he is going to do to create jobs, but all I heard was the President trying to keep his own job. Bailouts, "stimulus' spending, and debt increases won't create jobs." (
  • Jeff Landry. Jobs: Addition by Subtraction. 16 September 2011. "Since January, my House Republican colleagues and I have worked on a very simple job-creation strategy: addition by subtraction. Under this strategy, we seek to subtract overly burdensome regulations, job-killing taxes, and reckless government spending in order to add good-paying jobs to our economy. I have voted against job-killing labor regulations 14 times, the President's healthcare law 19 times, and onerous environmental regulations 78 times. Unfortunately, aside from repealing the burdensome 1099 small business reporting requirement in the President's healthcare law, every jobs bill passed by the House has been ignored by the Senate and White House." (
  • Jeff Landry. Bipartisan Group of Congressmen, Business Leaders Call For Repeal of The 3% Withholding Tax. 26 May 2011. "I was sent to Washington in November to lower taxes, reduce regulations, and empower small businesses. As a former small business owner, I know we must reduce regulatory burdens like this in order to create jobs and put America back on a path to prosperity. I will continue to work hard to get a full repeal of the unfair, job-destroying 3% tax withholding provision." (
  • Jeff Landry. Hearing of the House Small Business Committee - "Spurring Innovation and Job Creation: The SBIR Program". 16 March 2011. "We MUST find ways to free small businesses to create jobs. The 8.9% of Americans cannot afford to be without a job for much longer. These programs are clearly ways we can help create job opportunities. However, I am convinced there is room for improvement in anything in life, and the SBIR and STTR are no exceptions. We need to continue to closely evaluate the efficiency of these programs and be certain they are allowing individuals, small business owners, develop their ideas and spur economic growth and innovation." (
  • Jeff Landry. Quality Education for All Children. 26 September 2012. "We need to ensure educational decisions are made by parents not bureaucrats. We need to adopt policies that empower parents to make decisions about their own child's education “ including home school, charter schools, church-based schools and other alternatives. This allows parents to determine the best course of action in raising our state and nation's children up to be responsible adults." (
  • Jeff Landry. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Jeff Landry voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (
  • Jeff Landry. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jeff Landry voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (
  • Bruce Alpert. The Times Picayune: GOP pollster: NRA members support laws to keep guns from criminals and other dangerous people. 24 July 2012. "Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, also was uncompromising on his stance against gun control legislation. "I will continue fighting to preserve and protect the Second Amendment rights guaranteed by our Constitution," Landry said." (
  • Jeff Landry. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment Rights and the Louisiana Outdoors. 25 November 2011. "I am a life long hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. It is a way of life for many of us here in South Louisiana. I am a lifetime member of the NRA and Ducks Unlimited. I will fight to preserve and protect the Second Amendment rights guaranteed by our Constitution. I believe in conservation, not big government environmentalism." (
  • Jeff Landry. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jeff Landry voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (
  • Jeff Landry. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Dear Mr President, Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift. Over the last several years, with the support of the American public, Congress has consistently defeated amnesty proposals for illegal aliens. This recent effort appears to be nothing more than an attempt to avoid public review and unilaterally impose amnesty by picking and choosing which laws to enforce; or in this case, not to enforce, thereby enabling illegal aliens to remain in the country. In addition, we are convinced the consequences of implementing this policy, will include, but certainly not be limited to, the loss of public confidence and the encouragement of future illegal immigration [¦] Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades [¦] Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (
  • Jeff Landry. Issue Position: Promoting Conservative Values and Protecting the Unborn. 25 November 2011. "I believe in traditional marriage. I support keeping the definition of marriage as one man and one woman. I believe that the family is and always has been and will continue to be the backbone of American life. As a member of Congress, I would pursue policies that strengthen the family and oppose those that weaken it." (
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  • Jeff Landry. Issue Position: Protecting Social Security and Medicare. 25 November 2011. "Social Security and Medicare is a promise that was made to our seniors who paid into the system for many, many years. Our seniors built the Nation we enjoy today. As your Congressman, I will not allow the current liberal administration to default on its promises to the greatest generation. I believe our nation must keep its promises. I will not ignore threats to the solvency of Social Security or Medicare. I also understand that there is a need for a modernized secured retirement system that gives more freedom to today's workers. A system that workers can use to build secure wealth and prosperity for their retirement and their posterity. As a member of Congress, I will work to ensure that all Americans have an opportunity for a secure retirement. Simply put, I will protect Social Security and Medicare and help ensure we have a strong retirement system in our nation for decades to come." (

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