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U.S. House 2

1. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
French Hill (Republican)
Oppose
I strongly believe in traditional marriage between a man and a woman and agree with the majority of Arkansans that we must uphold the definition of traditional marriage. I recognize this as a personal issue to individuals on both sides.
2. Immigration: Building a wall or other barrier along the entire border with Mexico.
French Hill (Republican)
Support
I am committed to securing our borders, enforcing our immigration laws already on the books, and supporting legal immigration. I have traveled to four of the most diverse points along our southwest border to talk to community leaders, local sheriffs, and border patrol agents and to assess the gaps in our border security. Since coming to Congress, I have stood with the many central Arkansans who also believe that our immigration system is broken and in urgent need of repair. I support strengthening our border, including reinforcing the physical and technological infrastructure along our border – including the hiring of more customs and border patrol agents. I also support keeping families together while their immigration status is determined, and I’m working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to provide a permanent, legislative, and compassionate solution to immigration issues.
3. Religious Liberty: Allowing churches to endorse candidates by abolishing the Johnson Amendment.
French Hill (Republican)
Undecided
Congress currently has under consideration legislation that would repeal the Johnson Amendment, and I welcome robust debate on the topic.

From my preliminary study of this issue, I do have concerns with repealing the Johnson Amendment primarily because of the effect it could have on the non-profit sector – namely that it could cause organizations to move away from their primary activity of philanthropy and charity to fundraising for a political purpose; and, that it could lead to a decline in charitable contributions should individuals disagree with the charity’s political mission.
4. Electoral College: Electing the President of the United States by a nationwide popular vote rather than by the Electoral College method that is currently in use.
French Hill (Republican)
Oppose
Some have expressed concerns with the Electoral College system in light of recent elections and the potential for a candidate to win the popular vote but lose the Electoral College. I believe that voting is an integral part of our Nation’s democratic process and an important tool for Americans to ensure that their voices are heard by their government. I also believe that individual states are the foundation of our nation and there is merit in their expressing their preferences as a collective. Therefore, I would not support eliminating the Electoral College system.
5. Balanced Budget: Requiring a balanced federal budget every year.
French Hill (Republican)
Support
I strongly support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, because Washington must get its excessive spending under control in order to secure her future. In March 2018, I personally secured a commitment from the Leadership of the House of Representatives to vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment bill. The House voted for this measure in April 2018. Without balancing our budget, we’re burdening future generations. Our federal spending is out of control. Our federal government is too large, and it tries to do too much. Arkansans are fed up with the government spending more than it takes in. In 1995, when our national debt was $4.9 trillion, the Senate failed, by a single vote, to pass a balanced budget amendment. Now look where we are today. With our nation’s debt reaching $21.3 trillion, we have reduced our fiscal capacity to meet future economic or security threats. In the past two Congresses, I co-sponsored Balanced Budget Amendment bills, which was one of my first actions as Congressman.
6. Abortion: Prohibiting abortions except in cases when the mother’s life is at risk.
French Hill (Republican)
Support
As a Catholic and pro-life Member of Congress, I believe we need to value life and demonstrate that we value life. Since coming to Congress, I have worked with my colleagues to support pro-life policies in the House of Representatives, including the Hyde Amendment and the Mexico City Policy, as well as supporting – among others – H.R. 4712, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would criminalize failure to provide medical care to children born alive during an abortion. As pro-life Arkansans continue to support pro-life policies in Congress, I will continue to fight for this cause along their sides.
7. Guns: Reinstating the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban.
French Hill (Republican)
Oppose
I support our Constitution and the Second Amendment, and I always will fight to see it preserved. I do not believe that banning a specific weapon will lead to a corresponding end in gun violence, and I believe that, however simple, it is not the correct course of action to make our children, families, and public spaces safer.
8. Civil Liberties: Amending the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
French Hill (Republican)
Oppose
I advocate for tolerance and the removal of prejudices from society, and I believe in the rights of individuals to express their feelings without living in fear of violence and persecution. I do not believe that sexual orientation should be added to the list of protected classes because it is not an immutable characteristic like the other characteristics contained in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, namely race, religion, national origin, and sex.
9. Marijuana: Enforcing federal anti-marijuana laws in states like Arkansas that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana.
French Hill (Republican)
Support
Although this is largely a state issue, I oppose the legalization of marijuana because, in my view, expanding its legal distribution will expand the negative impacts on society associated with its use. Though I am opposed to legalizing marijuana, I understand the need to address the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws and inconsistencies in enforcement. I support U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ January 2018 rescission of Obama-era guidance directing federal prosecutors not to interfere with state activities regulating marijuana; however, I would note that this enforcement is not one of the Department of Justice’s priorities, namely: rolling back federal overreach; protecting families from violent crimes; consumer protection; and, reducing opioid addiction.
10. Sanctuary Cities: Ending sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants.
French Hill (Republican)
Support
I believe that towns that harbor illegal immigrants through favorable social policies and a prohibition on law enforcement officials taking specific actions in contravention to federal law should not enjoy federal funding.
11. What should be done about the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants who are in the U.S.?
French Hill (Republican)
I support the “four pillars” of immigration reform outlined earlier this year by the president. One pillar is providing an equitable solution for DACA Children and others who are in this country illegally. The additional pillars include: funding border security, manpower and enhancement, ending the diversity lottery system and better focusing family-based family immigration, and moving to a more merit-based immigration system. During my four visits to our southwest border over the last three years, I learned that these are the minimal components needed to improve our immigration system and that much more needs to be done.
12. How can the U.S. prevent mass shootings?
French Hill (Republican)
Recent mass shootings present complicated issues including gun usage, mental illness, family breakdown, law enforcement breakdown, ideological fanaticism, depraved behavior on the Internet, and others. As nation, within our communities and at all levels of government, we are having a serious and honest discussion about these complicated issues. My constituents want safer communities and public spaces. Through my Community Empowerment Initiative and with the Victory over Violence movement, I am showing young people that crime is not an economic solution. Likewise, through the 21st Century Cures Act, the House significantly increased funding for mental health treatment. Additionally, we are working to break down barriers so that health care providers are able to communicate swiftly potential threats to law enforcement officials. I support efforts to help fund school safety measures and an accurate, up-to-date federal background check system.
13. What type of health care reform do you support?
French Hill (Republican)
I support reforms which are patient-centered that lower premiums and deductibles, cover pre-existing conditions, and give choice. Medical decisions should be made between doctor and patient. The House kept our promises to improve health care for Arkansans by expanding access to consumer-directed health plans with tax-favored health accounts, like Health Savings Accounts, to help families save to pay for medical expenses. The House repealed the 2.3% Obama medical device tax, which now will no longer be passed on to small businesses and individuals. The House eliminated the individual mandate, which forced individuals to purchase health care or pay a steep penalty.
We still need other changes and enhanced mental health access. The 21st Century Cures Act provided reform to our mental health policy. Also, addressing the opioid crisis, the 2018 appropriations bill included $4 billion for health care and law enforcement. Pending are over 50 bills addressing our opioid crisis.