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Steve Austria on Abortion
Click here for 5 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Defend the unborn. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans. (Jul 2010)
  • Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
  • Prohibiting forced abortions by UN Population Fund. (May 2011)
Steve Austria on Budget & Economy
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  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Member of House Committee on Appropriations. (Mar 2011)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Reclaim all bonuses paid to AIG executives & employees. (Mar 2009)
Steve Austria on Civil Rights
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Steve Austria on Corporations
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  • Voted NO on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on more funding for nanotechnology R&D and commercialization. (Jul 2009)
  • Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business. (Jan 2011)
Steve Austria on Crime
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  • Voted NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Facilitate recovering crime victim restitution fees. (Apr 2011)
  • Harsher sentencing for "pill mill" operators. (Mar 2011)
Steve Austria on Drugs
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Steve Austria on Education
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  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
Steve Austria on Energy & Oil
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  • Drill for oil & natural gas; develop nuclear. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
  • Bar greenhouse gases from Clean Air Act rules. (Jan 2009)
  • Drill the Outer Continental Shelf; & license new nuke plants. (Mar 2011)
Steve Austria on Environment
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  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Rated 0% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
Steve Austria on Families & Children
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  • Voted NO on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
Steve Austria on Foreign Policy
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  • Voted NO on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Withhold UN funding until voluntary and program-specific. (Aug 2011)
  • Rated -3 by AAI, indicating a anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond. (Mar 2010)
Steve Austria on Free Trade
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  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
Steve Austria on Government Reform
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  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Sunset Act: review every federal agency every 12 years. (Jan 2009)
  • No recess appointments without Congressional approval. (Jan 2012)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Steve Austria on Gun Control
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  • Fight for our Second Amendment rights. (Nov 2008)
  • National cross-state standard for concealed carry. (Jan 2009)
  • Teach kids Eddie Eagle GunSafe's lifesaving message. (May 2010)
  • Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases. (Oct 2011)
  • Recognize heritage of hunting & shooting on federal lands. (Sep 2011)
Steve Austria on Health Care
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  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
Steve Austria on Homeland Security
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  • Ensure Armed Forces have necessary tools to complete mission. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
Steve Austria on Immigration
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  • Oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants. (Nov 2008)
Steve Austria on Jobs
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  • Rated 100% by CEI, indicating a pro-workplace choice voting record. (May 2012)
Steve Austria on Principles & Values
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  • Member of the House Republican Young Guns. (Sep 2010)
Steve Austria on Social Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Steve Austria on Tax Reform
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  • Repeal the Death Tax. (Jan 2009)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Steve Austria on Technology
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  • Voted YES on terminating funding for National Public Radio. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
  • Prohibit the return of the Fairness Doctrine. (Jan 2009)
  • No performance royalties for radio music. (Mar 2009)
Steve Austria on War & Peace
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  • Voted YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
  • No contact & enforce sanctions on Iran until threat is gone. (May 2011)
  • Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes. (May 2011)
  • Counter Iran's growing presence in Latin America. (Jan 2012)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Steve Austria on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
(Click on question for explanation and background)
Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Defend the unborn: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibiting forced abortions by UN Population Fund: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy: Favors topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-3 points on Social scale)
NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Opposes topic 3
Neutral on topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Neutral on topic 8:
Death Penalty
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-5 points on Social scale)
Facilitate recovering crime victim restitution fees: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Fight for our Second Amendment rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Teach kids Eddie Eagle GunSafe's lifesaving message: Favors topic 10
Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases: Strongly Favors topic 10
Recognize heritage of hunting & shooting on federal lands: Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Repeal any federal health care takeover: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business: Opposes topic 5
YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Opposes topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Neutral on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+5 points on Economic scale)
YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Favors topic 7
NO on $40B for green public schools: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Drill for oil & natural gas; develop nuclear: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Bar greenhouse gases from Clean Air Act rules: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Drill the Outer Continental Shelf; & license new nuke plants: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Opposes topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-5 points on Social scale)
Harsher sentencing for "pill mill" operators: Strongly Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention: Favors topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Repeal the Death Tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-5 points on Social scale)
Oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-3 points on Social scale)
Ensure Armed Forces have necessary tools to complete mission: Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises: Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(-5 points on Social scale)
YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(-5 points on Social scale)
No contact & enforce sanctions on Iran until threat is gone: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes: Opposes topic 17
Counter Iran's growing presence in Latin America: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Favors topic 17

Steve Austria is a Populist-Leaning Conservative.
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