He's about as moderate as a Tasmanian Devil:
When a mob of President Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday, they forced an emergency recess in the Congressional proceedings to officially certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. When the Senate reconvened at 8 p.m., and the House of Representatives an hour later, the proceedings — including the objection debates — continued, although some lawmakers who had previously planned to vote with the objectors stood down following the occupation of the Capitol. Plans to challenge a number of states after Arizona were scrapped, as well — but one other objection, to Pennsylvania’s results, also advanced to a vote.
How about those "states' rights," y'all? No? Of course not, if they happen to conflict with what Donald Trump wants. Budd may have been groomed and propelled into office by Club For Growth, but he's been a Trump lapdog since he oozed into DC. The above proves that he doesn't care about voters or preserving democracy, but how does he feel about other things? Like hungry babies?:
In the midst of a full-blown crisis for parents who need formula to feed their children, more than 90% of House Republicans decided on Wednesday that the shortage that has led to panic and despair is not actually that big a deal, with 192 (out of 208) GOP lawmakers voting against an emergency spending bill meant to address the terrifying situation. Sorry, babies! Them’s the breaks.
The legislation—which was voted on the same day the White House said that Joe Biden had invoked the Defense Production Act to expedite the production and delivery of formula—provides $28 million in funding to the Food and Drug Administration for inspections of formula manufactured at foreign plants and to prevent shortages stemming from supply chain disruptions.
Speaking of children, how does Budd feel about protecting them from gun violence?:
In March 2021, Budd voted against the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, a bill that would ensure that all purchasers pass a background check before buying a gun. In a floor speech, he warned that it might stop people from loaning out their firearms and undermine "the rights of law-abiding gun owners."
"We simply cannot sacrifice our rights by passing laws that will make our families less safe and laws that criminals will simply ignore. We must always protect and preserve our God-given Second Amendment rights," he argued.
Last month, he voted against numerous proposals aimed at addressing gun violence.
On June 8, he opposed the Protecting Our Kids Act and cast separate votes against its individual provisions to raise the age to purchase a semi-automatic weapon to 21; require firearms to be traceable; mandate that guns be safely stored away from kids; and restrict high-capacity magazines. A day later, he voted against a federal extreme risk protection order law that would allow federal judges to temporarily disarm individuals adjudicated to be an imminent danger to themselves or others.
Bolding mine, because WTAF. "I see you're upset about something. You want to borrow my gun for a few days?" Needless to say, Budd will not support any restrictions on firearms, regardless of how appropriate or necessary they are.
So Budd doesn't care for voters, babies, children. What about women? Nope, he voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, at about the same time he was deciding to run for the U.S. Senate, and no doubt was pondering his chances for a Trump endorsement. This is part of what he voted against:
Reauthorizing all current VAWA grant programs until 2027 and, in many cases, increasing authorization levels.
Expanding special criminal jurisdiction of Tribal courts to cover non-Native perpetrators of sexual assault, child abuse, stalking, sex trafficking, and assaults on tribal law enforcement officers on tribal lands; and supporting the development of a pilot project to enhance access to safety for survivors in Alaska Native villages.
Increasing services and support for survivors from underserved and marginalized communities—including for LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking; funding survivor-centered, community-based restorative practice services; and increasing support for culturally specific services and services in rural communities.
Establishing a federal civil cause of action for individuals whose intimate visual images are disclosed without their consent, allowing a victim to recover damages and legal fees; creating a new National Resource Center on Cybercrimes Against Individuals; and supporting State, Tribal, and local government efforts to prevent and prosecute cybercrimes, including cyberstalking and the nonconsensual distribution of intimate images.
Improving prevention and response to sexual violence, including through increased support for the Rape Prevention and Education Program and Sexual Assault Services Program; expansion of prevention education for students in institutions of higher education; and enactment of the Fairness for Rape Kit Backlog Survivors Act, which requires state victim compensation programs to allow sexual assault survivors to file for compensation without being unfairly penalized due to rape kit backlogs.
Strengthening the application of evidence-based practices by law enforcement in responding to gender-based violence, including by promoting the use of trauma-informed, victim-centered training and improving homicide reduction initiatives.
Improving the healthcare system’s response to domestic violence and sexual assault, including through enhanced training for sexual assault forensic examiners.
Updating the SMART Prevention Program and the CHOOSE Youth Program to reduce dating violence, help children who have been exposed to domestic violence, and engage men in preventing violence.
Enacting the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Denial Notification Act to help state law enforcement investigate and prosecute cases against individuals legally prohibited from purchasing firearms who try to do so.
Elections matter, folks. Having Budd in the U.S. House was bad enough, but putting him in the U.S. Senate would be catastrophic.