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Bruce Westerman
(Republican House Member, district 4)
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Bruce Westerman on Abortion
Click here for 7 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • No abortion after 12 weeks when fetus is "pain-capable". (Feb 2015)
  • Pro-life; no exceptions for incest or rape. (Nov 2008)
  • Stem cell research ok, but not embryonic stem cell research. (Nov 2008)
  • No taxpayer funding of abortions via ObamaCare. (Jan 2015)
  • Ban abortion after 20 weeks, except for maternal life. (May 2015)
  • Include pre-born human beings in 14th Amendment protection. (Feb 2015)
  • Sponsored bill to protect infant survivors of abortion. (Feb 2019)
Bruce Westerman on Budget & Economy
Click here for 3 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Favors economic growth and cuts as opposed to raising taxes. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on $900 billion COVID relief package. (Dec 2020)
  • Opposed $1.9 trillion ARPA bill for COVID relief. (Mar 2021)
Bruce Westerman on Civil Rights
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  • Opposes affirmative action. (Nov 2011)
  • No civil unions; no same-sex marriage. (Nov 2008)
  • Religious objections to GLBT services same as 1960s racism. (May 2016)
  • Respect faith-based opposition to same-sex marriage. (Jul 2015)
  • Keep deadline for ratifying Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2021)
Bruce Westerman on Corporations
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  • Regulatory relief for smaller banks stimulates growth. (Mar 2018)
  • Reduce corporate tax rates from 35% to 21% to create jobs. (Nov 2017)
  • Voted NO on corporate transparency. (Oct 2019)
Bruce Westerman on Crime
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  • Supports capital punishment; opposes building more prisons. (Nov 2008)
  • First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration. (Dec 2018)
  • Keep existing rules for police accountability. (Mar 2021)
Bruce Westerman on Drugs
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  • No medical marijuana; no decriminalization. (Nov 2008)
  • Rated D by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Nov 2016)
  • Voted YES on combatting epidemic of synthetic drugs. (Jun 2018)
Bruce Westerman on Education
Click here for 4 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Supports charter schools; opposes Common Core. (Nov 2008)
  • A-PLUS lets states escape No Child Left Behind. (Jul 2015)
  • Vouchers break link of low-income and low-quality schools. (Oct 2015)
  • Voted NO on private lawsuits for school race discrimination. (Sep 2020)
Bruce Westerman on Energy & Oil
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  • Expansion of energy sources should be market driven. (Nov 2008)
  • Drill for oil & gas in offshore OCS & Eastern Gulf of Mexico. (Jul 2016)
  • Federal collaboration for advanced nuclear technologies. (Nov 2015)
  • Voted NO on assisting rural electric renewable energy. (Sep 2020)
Bruce Westerman on Environment
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  • Fight EPA expansion of protected waters. (Oct 2014)
  • Voted YES to require GMO labeling. (Jun 2016)
  • Loosen restrictions on predator control in Alaska. (Feb 2017)
Bruce Westerman on Families & Children
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Bruce Westerman on Foreign Policy
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  • Negotiate Israel-Palestine deal directly, not through UN. (Oct 2014)
  • Move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; recognize as cap. (Feb 2015)
  • Cut World Bank funding to enforce against terrorism. (Jan 2018)
  • Voted YES to monitor forced Uyghur labor in Xinjiang. (Sep 2020)
Bruce Westerman on Free Trade
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  • Expand foreign markets for farm exports. (Oct 2014)
  • Implement USMCA for improved North American trade. (Dec 2019)
Bruce Westerman on Government Reform
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  • Co-sponsored bill to require photo ID for voting. (Mar 2013)
  • Require proof of identity when voting. (Mar 2011)
  • Limit campaign contributions but not campaign spending. (Nov 2008)
  • No holiday on election day; no same-day registration. (Mar 2019)
  • Oppose expanding voter registration and voter access. (Mar 2021)
  • Don't impeach President Trump for events of Jan. 6. (Jan 2021)
  • No statehood for Washington D.C. (Apr 2021)
  • Don't restrict presidential power; don't help whistleblowers. (Dec 2021)
Bruce Westerman on Gun Control
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  • No background checks, no licensing, for concealed carry. (Nov 2008)
  • National cross-state standard for concealed carry. (Jan 2017)
  • Voted NO on background check for every firearm sale. (Jan 2019)
  • Voted NO on background checks for private transfers. (Mar 2021)
Bruce Westerman on Health Care
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  • No public option; no individual mandates. (Nov 2008)
  • Fully repealing ObamaCare is important, but not sufficient. (Feb 2015)
Bruce Westerman on Homeland Security
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  • $515B for military plus $89B off sequester for wars. (Apr 2015)
  • Voted against combating Islamophobia. (Dec 2021)
Bruce Westerman on Immigration
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  • Control the borders, then implement guest worker program. (Oct 2014)
  • Voted YES to ban DREAMer immigrants from military service. (Jun 2016)
  • Increase both high-skill and family-based visa caps. (Sep 2019)
  • Allow immigration bans from non-cooperating countries. (Apr 2021)
Bruce Westerman on Jobs
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  • Keep Right-to-Work laws. (Mar 2021)
Bruce Westerman on Principles & Values
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  • Endorsed Young Gun candidate in national Republican "Drive to 245". (Oct 2014)
  • Member of the Republican Study Committee. (Jan 2016)
  • Overturn presidential election due to pandemic voting rules. (Dec 2020)
  • Certify 2020 Presidential election as fully & fairly counted. (Jan 2021)
  • Opposed creating Commission to investigate Jan. 6 events. (Jun 2021)
Bruce Westerman on Social Security
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  • Supports personal retirement accounts, rated by Faith2Action. (Jul 2014)
  • Supports personal retirement accounts, according to PVS rating. (Sep 2014)
Bruce Westerman on Tax Reform
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  • Opposes tax increases, according to Faith2Action. (Jul 2014)
  • Opposes tax increases, according to PVS rating. (Sep 2014)
  • Death Tax is a pernicious double tax. (Apr 2015)
Bruce Westerman on Technology
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  • Sponsored bill to base research grants on national interest. (Feb 2016)
  • Voted NO on net neutrality: don't regulate the internet. (Apr 2019)
Bruce Westerman on War & Peace
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  • No way we can accept a nuclear Iran. (Oct 2014)
  • Voted NO on removing US forces from Yemen. (Feb 2019)
  • President ok to use military force against Iran. (Feb 2020)
  • 2002 AUMF against Iraq should apply to ISIS. (Jun 2021)
Bruce Westerman on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES for housing vouchers for recovering drug addicts. (Jun 2018)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
No abortion after 12 weeks when fetus is "pain-capable": Strongly Opposes topic 1
Pro-life; no exceptions for incest or rape: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Stem cell research ok, but not embryonic stem cell research: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No taxpayer funding of abortions via ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Ban abortion after 20 weeks, except for maternal life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Include pre-born human beings in 14th Amendment protection: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Sponsored bill to protect infant survivors of abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes affirmative action: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Rated Voted NO on private lawsuits for school race discrimination: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Rated Keep deadline for ratifying Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Rated Voted against combating Islamophobia: Opposes topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
No civil unions; no same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Rated Religious objections to GLBT services same as 1960s racism: Strongly Favors topic 3
Respect faith-based opposition to same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
No public option; no individual mandates: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Fully repealing ObamaCare is important, but not sufficient: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports personal retirement accounts, rated by Faith2Action: Strongly Favors topic 6
Supports personal retirement accounts, according to PVS rating: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports charter schools; opposes Common Core: Favors topic 7
A-PLUS lets states escape No Child Left Behind: Favors topic 7
Vouchers break link of low-income and low-quality schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(-3 points on Social scale)
Fight EPA expansion of protected waters: Strongly Favors topic 8
Voted YES to require GMO labeling: Opposes topic 8
Regulatory relief for smaller banks stimulates growth: Favors topic 8
Loosen restrictions on predator control in Alaska: Strongly Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports capital punishment; opposes building more prisons: Favors topic 9
First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration: Opposes topic 9
Rated Keep existing rules for police accountability: Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
No background checks, no licensing, for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated Voted NO on background check for every firearm sale: Favors topic 10
Rated Voted NO on background checks for private transfers: Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Opposes tax increases, according to Faith2Action: Opposes topic 11
Opposes tax increases, according to PVS rating: Opposes topic 11
Death Tax is a pernicious double tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Reduce corporate tax rates from 35% to 21% to create jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Control the borders, then implement guest worker program: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Voted YES to ban DREAMer immigrants from military service: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Increase both high-skill and family-based visa caps: Favors topic 12
Rated Allow immigration bans from non-cooperating countries: Opposes topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Expand foreign markets for farm exports: Favors topic 13
Implement USMCA for improved North American trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Negotiate Israel-Palestine deal directly, not through UN: Favors topic 14
Move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; recognize as cap: Favors topic 14
Cut World Bank funding to enforce against terrorism: Favors topic 14
Voted YES to monitor forced Uyghur labor in Xinjiang: Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
$515B for military plus $89B off sequester for wars: Favors topic 15
Sponsored bill to base research grants on national interest: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-5 points on Social scale)
Co-sponsored bill to require photo ID for voting: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Require proof of identity when voting: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Limit campaign contributions but not campaign spending: Favors topic 16
Rated No holiday on election day; no same-day registration: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Overturn presidential election due to pandemic voting rules: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Rated Oppose expanding voter registration and voter access: Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-5 points on Social scale)
No way we can accept a nuclear Iran: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Rated Voted NO on removing US forces from Yemen: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Rated President ok to use military force against Iran: Opposes topic 17
Rated 2002 AUMF against Iraq should apply to ISIS: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Expansion of energy sources should be market driven: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Rated Drill for oil & gas in offshore OCS & Eastern Gulf of Mexico: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Federal collaboration for advanced nuclear technologies: Opposes topic 18
Rated Voted NO on assisting rural electric renewable energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
No medical marijuana; no decriminalization: Strongly Favors topic 19
Rated D by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
Voted YES on combatting epidemic of synthetic drugs: Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Favors economic growth and cuts as opposed to raising taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Voted YES on $900 billion COVID relief package: Favors topic 20
Rated Opposed $1.9 trillion ARPA bill for COVID relief: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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