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Duncan Hunter's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 50, Republican
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Duncan Hunter. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Duncan Hunter voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Duncan Hunter supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (
  • Duncan Hunter. Hunter Introduces Right to Life Act. 3 February 2009. "U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter introduced legislation today recognizing that life begins at conception. The Right to Life Act, which has 43 original cosponsors, specifically acknowledges the personhood of the unborn as supported by the U.S. Constitution. 'Our primary obligation as elected leaders is to protect the fundamental rights and livelihood of the American people, especially those who are incapable of protecting themselves [¦] In the years since abortion was legalized in Roe v. Wade, millions of children have tragically been denied their basic right to life under the Constitution. Our children deserve the opportunity to grow and live in a society that values and respects human life. This legislation ensures that every child has the same chance to experience life and succeed by putting an end to the practice of abortion.' The Right to Life Act makes clear that life begins at conception and, therefore, the unborn are entitled to the same rights and protections afforded to American citizens under the 5th and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution." (
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Duncan Hunter supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (
  • Duncan Hunter. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Duncan Hunter voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Duncan Hunter supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (
  • Duncan Hunter. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Duncan Hunter voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Duncan Hunter in the 2010 general election. (
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Duncan Hunter supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (
  • Duncan Hunter. Issue Position: Pro-Family. 23 January 2012. "I am pro-life and believe life begins at conception. While the Supreme Court has determined that abortion is legal and only a constitutional amendment (which I would support) or new court ruling can change that, we can still work to end the practice and to give mothers faced with unwanted pregnancies choices other than abortion. I would outlaw partial birth abortions and I oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions." (
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Duncan Hunter. Congress Receives FY10 Budget Proposal. 24 February 2009. "In his recent address to Congress and the American people, President Obama focused his attention on the current financial crisis. On one hand, he said that Americans will have to make tough choices and funding for certain domestic priorities will need to be cut. On the other hand, he proposed billions of dollars in new federal spending [¦] Also, the President's defense budget proposal must be closely examined to ensure our national security priorities are adequately funded and we continue preparing for the threats of the future. With American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other security threats on the horizon, it is critical that we provide the necessary level of funding in order to maintain a strong national defense." (
  • Duncan Hunter. Hunter Opposes Afghanistan "Retreat And Abandonment" Resolution. 18 March 2010. "Today, U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, voiced strong opposition to a resolution that would mandate the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year [¦] 'The timing of this resolution could not be worse," said Congressman Hunter. 'In Afghanistan, our military is engaging a dangerous enemy, but continues making significant progress toward achieving victory. The measure considered today, better called the 'Retreat and Abandonment' resolution, sends the absolute wrong message to our military men and women, as well as our Afghan partners. Our time is much better served by focusing on what it will take to win in Afghanistan, the real message our military wants to hear. We won in Iraq, even after some called the war lost and urged premature withdrawal at every turn. We must not let the same distractions interfere with our efforts in Afghanistan.'" (
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Duncan Hunter supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (
  • Duncan Hunter. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Duncan Hunter voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Duncan Hunter supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Duncan Hunter. Hunter Statement on New Defense Strategy. 9 January 2012. "With such major budget cuts in the pipeline, the Department of Defense must make the necessary preparations, adjusting and shifting resources where needed, while managing the strengths of the U.S. military and understanding its limitations [¦] With this change in strategy, there's good reason to be concerned with reductions in end strength for the Marine Corps and the Army, and discarding the capability of the U.S. military to engage an enemy on multiple fronts. These adjustments alone could have serious consequences for U.S. national security and underscore the necessity for Congress and the Administration to proceed with caution [¦] The U.S. still faces the threat of global terrorism. China continues its rapid militarization. The leadership change in North Korea is creating uncertainty. And Iran showed again this week--after the incident with a U.S. aircraft carrier--that it has no plans of changing course. We really need to ask ourselves whether this is the right time for such a significant change in U.S. defense strategy, brought on by such severe and disproportionate budget cuts. For me, the answer is a resounding no." (
  • Duncan Hunter. Op-Ed-Don't Play Politics with Defense Budget. 19 August 2010. "There are only a few expenditures by the federal government that match the importance of investing in a strong national defense. Even in the emerging era of budget discipline, adhering to the principle of fiscal responsibility is possible without impairing security, as long as the objective is to streamline and not arbitrarily cut defense spending [¦] In San Diego alone, defense spending amounts to $26 billion in economic activity and provides 328,080 jobs, underscoring the importance of the military's relationship with the regional economy and workforce. The same benefits are evident in other communities too. There are few better ways to create jobs than to invest in national defense. In today's world, there is no shortage of security challenges. North Korea and Iran are working to develop nuclear weapons. China's military is growing at an alarming rate, giving rise to the importance of maintaining conventional assets and capability. These threats are too serious to ignore but as we fail to properly fund our defense forces, we do exactly that. And in the process, communities like San Diego lose most." (
  • Duncan Hunter. Politico- Defense Cuts Hurt U.S. in Long Run. 18 November 2011. "The defense budget is routinely assailed as a primary source of U.S. debt. But total spending on national security registers at only 3.5 percent of gross domestic product -- the lowest since World War II [¦] Those who think cutting defense will restore U.S. fiscal health are mistaken. Overall, defense spending represents roughly 17 percent, or one-fifth, of the federal budget. In fact, the federal government spends half as much on defense as it does on the three major entitlement programs -- which are the real drivers of the national debt and in desperate need of reform." (
  • Duncan Hunter. Politico- Keep Cutting, But Fund Defense Now. 7 April 2011. "What defense budget reductions mean for national security must always be a point of consideration. Particularly during two wars and a constant threat of global terrorism, the U.S. national security budget must reflect existing priorities and the need for quality investment in future technology. With so much at stake, it's important to get this balance right. [¦] There is a jobs element too. It's estimated that every billion dollars in defense spending supports nearly 8,000 jobs -- underscoring the point that investing in U.S. national security means investing in the U.S. workforce. This must be factored into any decision about whether to exclude national defense from the current budget debate and talk of a government shutdown." (
  • Duncan Hunter. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Duncan Hunter voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (
  • Duncan Hunter. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Duncan Hunter voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (
  • Duncan Hunter. Defense News- Chopping Defense Amid War is a Mistake. 14 June 2010. "Scaling back innovation and production will only weaken American security and erode any technological edge we have retained since the end of the Cold War. Experience tells us exactly what happens when the defense budget is reduced and modernization falls off track. The Bill Clinton administration cut defense funding severely: in the case of the Army, by 40 percent. In the following years, defense spending was increased, but engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan quickly demonstrated the unfortunate impact of the Clinton-era cuts on the readiness of our military and its inventory of resources [¦] Added investment in national defense strengthens security and the economy, providing quality jobs and opportunities for the next generation of scientists and engineers. We can be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars without undermining our long-term defense capability. The debate over federal spending has helped to raise awareness on what government does with taxpayer money. Even then, strengthening national defense must remain among our top funding priorities. New security threats will continually emerge, some far more serious than others, making it even more necessary that we are prepared to confront any situation that arises with a fighting force that is second to none." (
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Duncan Hunter supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 89 percent of the time in 2010." (
  • Duncan Hunter. Stimulus Won't Jumpstart Economy. 20 January 2009. "There is no question that a stimulus package is needed to jumpstart our economy and provide relief to American families. Unfortunately, the proposal that recently advanced through the House of Representatives provides little hope for reviving our economy, creating jobs or restoring confidence in the marketplace [¦] The solution is not to spend more tax dollars. That will not solve our economic problems. Instead, our focus should be directed at providing much needed tax relief to American families and businesses - our real economic growth engines." (
  • Duncan Hunter. Washington Report, September 2010. 1 September 2010. " There are two major hindrances to job creation: excessive government spending and growing uncertainty due to existing and proposed policies, including a looming tax increase on small business. House Republicans are offering another alternative, once again focusing on federal spending and tax relief for small business -- the growth engine of the American economy [¦]Congress must move to enact a two-year freeze on all current tax rates to stop job-killing tax hikes on families and small business. This would help ease the uncertainty employers and entrepreneurs continue facing in today's economy. Soon, an unprecedented $3.8 trillion tax increase will go into effect, impacting every American who pays income taxes." (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Duncan Hunter supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (
  • Duncan Hunter. East County Herald- Jobs and Economy still a Priority. "Anyone who has lost a job or regained their footing after being out of work, or watched a friend, neighbor or family member in a similar situation, grasp the difficulty of finding or keeping a job in today's economy. These are tough times. And even so, millions of people stand ready to rejoin the workforce, consistently elevating the urgency to create quality jobs for them to fill [¦] Federal spending also has something to do with recovery. As we spend less and reduce our national debt, the risk of tax increases to businesses and families decrease along with funding obligations. It's a simple formulation." (
  • Duncan Hunter. Washington Report, September 2010. 1 September 2010. "In households and communities across the country, Americans are talking about the economy and calling for action to restore lost jobs. Job seekers, business owners and working families all agree: there is no bigger challenge facing America today than achieving sustainable economic recovery and promoting job creation [¦] There are two major hindrances to job creation: excessive government spending and growing uncertainty due to existing and proposed policies, including a looming tax increase on small business. House Republicans are offering another alternative, once again focusing on federal spending and tax relief for small business -- the growth engine of the American economy." (
  • Duncan Hunter. Washington Report- August 2010. 1 August 2010. "Whenever I talk to San Diegans, few issues generate the same level of interest and concern as federal spending and the growing influence of government. Today's fiscal situation and projected outlook is attributable to successive Administrations and majorities in Congress, but that's absolutely no reason to continue the status quo. Our efforts must now focus on reducing the national debt, perhaps the biggest challenge we face, and exercising fiscal responsibility at every opportunity." (
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Duncan Hunter a rating of 86 percent." (
  • Duncan Hunter. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Duncan Hunter voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (
  • Duncan Hunter. America need a Balanced Budget Amendment. 18 November 2011. "Congressman Duncan Hunter reiterated strong support for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. The legislation, considered today, received a majority of votes in the House, but failed to collect the 2/3 majority needed to pass. 'A Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution is long overdue [¦] Even though the House continues doing its part to cut the budget where necessary, there must be some safeguard against excessive federal spending and no option is more effective than a Balanced Budget Amendment.'" (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Duncan Hunter. December 2009 Newsletter. 1 December 2009. "The reality is that small business, not government, is the real engine of economic recovery. Whenever I visit business owners in San Diego or talk to hard working employees, regardless of the industry, I am reminded of the strength and ingenuity of our workforce. Most of all, these conversations forcefully illustrate that economic recovery does not begin with more government spending and intervention, but rather by supporting America's small businesses. These are the entities that can create and keep jobs in our communities and therefore should be the focus of any recovery effort moving forward. Still, millions of private sector jobs have been lost over the last year and small businesses continue to be excluded from the national debate on our economic future [¦] In place of these policies, legitimate alternatives have been put forward that would undoubtedly get our economy back on track. These alternatives -- many of which I strongly support -- are centered on tax and regulatory relief for businesses and households. I look forward to continue working with my colleagues to promote sensible job creation and tax relief measures as we get ready to enter the next year." (
  • Duncan Hunter. January 2010 Newsletter- Second Edition. 18 January 2010. "If we truly want to get serious about job creation, then we need to look toward small business, which is the foundation of the American economy. We must also not forget about the manufacturing sector. Many of these businesses are small, independently run operations that, due to onerous regulation and high taxes, are being forced to lay off workers or close their doors altogether [¦] So instead of losing more jobs and putting future generations deeper in debt, we should harness the power of small business and the innovation of a workforce that, over the course of history, has proved to be the most resilient in the world. We rebound every time. We can specifically refocus our efforts by offering incentives that encourage businesses to start hiring again. We can reduce tax rates and regulatory policies to ensure competition -- the basic tenant of the free market. And we have to restore our industrial base by making it more appealing to manufacture and do business here in the United States rather than countries far from America's shores." (
  • Duncan Hunter. San Diego Union Tribune 'Hot Seat'. 10 February 2009. "At a time when job creation must be our focus, the stimulus plan advanced through the House of Representatives last week falls short of providing long-lasting and sustainable employment to American workers [¦] The best way to get our economy back on track is to provide much-needed tax and regulatory relief to businesses and families -- the real economic engines of our economy." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Duncan Hunter. Hunter: Latest Race to the Top Plan Adds to "Boondoggle of Bureaucracy" Facing Schools, Students. 22 May 2012. "House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) issued the following statement on the Department of Education's plan to launch a new version of the stimulus-era Race to the Top program: 'Despite reports that nearly every Race to the Top state is struggling to implement the administration's required reforms, the Department of Education will today announce another iteration of the multi-billion dollar program “ this time geared toward individual school districts. 'The department's proposal represents an unprecedented expansion of federal intrusion into local education decisions, adding to the boondoggle of bureaucracy already challenging teachers, principals, and superintendents. For the sake of students nationwide, I urge the president to stop dedicating more taxpayer dollars to new programs with questionable impact, and instead work with Congress to complete a reauthorization of elementary and secondary education law.'" (
  • Duncan Hunter. House Education Committee Approves Second Education Reform Bill. 23 June 2011. "The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce today approved the second in a series of education reform bills designed to overhaul current elementary and secondary education law. The Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 2218), sponsored by Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), passed by a strong bipartisan vote of 34 to 5 [¦] 'This legislation will open the doors of opportunity for parents and children across the country. By encouraging the development and expansion of more high-quality charter schools, not only will we offer fresh hope to the more than 400,000 students currently on charter school waitlists, we will also take a great step toward building a stronger, more successful education system. I look forward to House passage of H.R. 2218.' H.R. 2218 will modernize and streamline the federal Charter School Program, and provide greater opportunities for states to support the development and expansion of successful charter schools. Additionally, the legislation will enhance how policymakers measure the impact of the Charter School Program, ensuring taxpayer dollars are used effectively." (
  • Duncan Hunter. Hearing of the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education of the House Education and The Workforce Committee - "Education Research: Identifying Effective Programs to Support Students and Teachers." 16 November 2011. "Providing more information about educational quality to families and communities is essential to improving K-12 schools in America. We are here today to discuss the value of education research, explore the appropriate level of federal involvement, and examine ways to improve current law to provide more immediate and relevant data to parents and educators [¦] Education research has also helped us identify programs that are not helping students succeed. Particularly in these times of trillion-dollar deficits and record debt, Congressional leaders must be careful stewards of taxpayer dollars. We can all agree on the need to dedicate federal education funds to the most effective programs; if research and data show a program is not working, we should get rid of it. That's why my colleagues and I introduced legislation to eliminate more than 40 ineffective or duplicative programs as part of our K-12 education reform package." (
  • Duncan Hunter. Committee Approves First Education Reform Bill. 25 May 2011. "The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce today approved the first in a series of education reform bills designed to revamp current Education and Secondary Education law. The Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act (H.R. 1891), sponsored by Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), passed by a vote of 23 to 16 [¦] 'Despite more federal funding for education year after year, students are not reaching their full potential in the classroom. There are far too many unnecessary or redundant programs within the Department of Education to focus on programs that really work. Streamlining the existing patchwork of programs, which this bill accomplishes, will go a long way toward improving the quality of education for every American.' H.R. 1891 would eliminate more than 40 inefficient, duplicative federal education programs, reining in unnecessary bureaucracy, streamlining federal spending, and reducing the government's role in the nation's K-12 classrooms." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Duncan Hunter. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Duncan Hunter voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (
  • Duncan Hunter. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Duncan Hunter voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Duncan Hunter supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (
  • Duncan Hunter. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (
  • Duncan Hunter. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Duncan Hunter voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Duncan Hunter. Op-Ed: Crushing The Status Quo. 31 January 2010. "The top issue for Americans today is the economy. People are rightly worried about the availability of jobs and the projected impact of policies such as a government takeover of health care or cap and trade legislation on long-term recovery and growth. Plenty of ideas have been put forward that depart from the current course of government expansion and intervention, yet these proposals are routinely pushed aside in favor of the status quo." (
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Duncan Hunter supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (
  • Duncan Hunter. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Duncan Hunter voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Duncan Hunter supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (
  • Duncan Hunter. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Duncan Hunter voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (
  • Duncan Hunter. Op-Ed: Keep Your Eyes on California. 30 July 2009. "Also on display are the problems created by over-indulgent tax policies and burdensome environmental regulations. California's manufacturing sector continues to deteriorate against the backdrop of an 11 percent state-wide unemployment rate. While today's economy is partly to blame, California's environmental regulatory framework continues to push businesses and jobs elsewhere, especially in the evaporating manufacturing sector. Still, the Obama Administration and Democratic Congress continue to push 'cap and trade' legislation to create an artificial energy market that regulates carbon emissions." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Duncan Hunter in the 2010 general election. (
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Duncan Hunter a grade of 91." (
  • Duncan Hunter. Hunter Prepares Amendment To Reopen Miramar Gun Range. 16 June 2009. "Congressman Duncan Hunter announced today that he will be offering an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Authorization Act that attempts to restart recreational shooting activities at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar. The gun range at MCAS Miramar, previously operated by the San Diego Shotgun Sports Association, was closed last year when lead shot was discovered beyond range boundaries [¦] 'For more than fifty years, San Diego families have enjoyed recreational shooting and received quality firearm instruction at the Miramar Gun Range [¦] Indefinitely closing the range would deny these families and our Marines one of the few locations available for trap and skeet shooting, as well as recreational marksmanship. I look forward to working with the Marine Corps to ensure the continuation of a shooting range at Miramar that accommodates anyone interested in these activities.'" (
  • Duncan Hunter. Hunter Supports Amicus Brief For Supreme Court Gun Case. 1 March 2010. "Following the Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which invalidated Washington D.C.'s restrictions on handgun possession, it was announced that the Courth would consider a similar case, McDonald v. City of Chicago, this spring [¦] 'The Second Amendment is deeply rooted in our nation's history and tradition. Ensuring it's protected for future generations, whether for purposes of protection or outdoor recreation, is among my top priorities.' The ruling in McDonald will have major implications for the legality of restrictive gun laws in cities and states nationwide. Recognizing these implications, Congressman Hunter was joined by several other Member so Congress in supporting an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief stating support for the Second Amendment and its application to the States. Congressman Hunter is hopeful that the Court will reach the conclusion that the 14th Amendment clearly applies the Second Amendment to the States." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Duncan Hunter. A Tax on Technology in a High-Tech Town. 5 August 2011. "In some way, we have all seen or been touched by the benefits of medical technology. Decades of advancements in life sciences and device manufacturing are helping people live longer, more productive lives and give hope to countless individuals and families [¦] It makes sense to encourage research and development in these areas for reasons related to individual health and economic strength; however, a major threat has emerged that stands to stifle innovation, destroy jobs and threatens the health of millions of Americans. Buried within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the new health care reform law, is a $20 billion tax on innovative medical device companies set to go into effect in 2013. To those who helped push the PPACA through Congress, the tax is viewed as a valuable revenue source to help bridge the extraordinary cost of providing new benefits and services. In reality, it's a direct attack on jobs and innovation." (
  • Duncan Hunter. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Duncan Hunter voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Duncan Hunter supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (
  • Julie Pendray. Ramona Patch: Hunter Says Obamacare"Upheld by Supreme Court"Needs Repeal. 28 June 2012. "'This ruling on the law's constitutional validity doesn't change the fact that it's a bad law. Health care costs are still rising and now, assuming the law is not ultimately repealed by Congress, there will be new taxes and higher costs imposed on families and businesses,' Hunter stated in a news release [¦] 'Whether viewed as a tax or a penalty, the individual mandate is an overreach of government authority and it will continue to underscore one of the many reasons why this law needs to be repealed. This law, with its expansive programs and cost burden, is not the right solution to the country's health care challenges,' Hunter said." (
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Duncan Hunter. Op-Ed: Real Immigration Reform Starts With Border Security And Stronger Enforcement. 29 April 2010. "Now that health care legislation has been finalized, the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders have hinted at the possibility of moving forward with illegal immigration reform sometime this year. The prospect is still uncertain but one thing is clear. Any attempt at reform that does not make enforcement a priority will fall short in addressing the real problems with illegal immigration and should be opposed outright. The more responsible approach is straightforward: secure our nation's borders, starting with the U.S.-Mexico land border, and strengthen the enforcement of existing immigration laws." (
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Duncan Hunter supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Duncan Hunter in the 2010 general election. (
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Duncan Hunter in the 2012 general election. (
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Duncan Hunter supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (
  • Duncan Hunter. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Duncan Hunter voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (
  • Duncan Hunter. Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Introduce Immigration Reform Resolution. 22 January 2010. "A bipartisan group of freshman House lawmakers joined Congressman Duncan Hunter to introduce legislation today that outlines several guiding principles for comprehensive immigration reform. H. Res. 1026, the Bipartisan Reform of Immigration through Defining Good Enforcement ("BRIDGE") Resolution was introduced by Congressmen Hunter, Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Frank Kratovil (D-MD), Glenn Nye (D-VA) and 18 other House members. 'Our national and economic security continues to be threatened by our porous borders and the inconsistent enforcement of existing immigration laws [¦] The immigration reform debate must not be dictated by misguided calls for open borders and amnesty. The American people expect security to be a priority and immigration laws to be thoroughly enforced in our communities and the workplace. This resolution emphasizes these principles as the basis for any immigration reform measure that might move forward.'" (
  • Duncan Hunter. Deportation Reprieves Show Disregard for Law. 23 August 2011. ""Laws are meant to be followed and not ignored for convenience or political advantage," said Congressman Hunter. "If someone is in the U.S. illegally, then that person is subject to deportation under the law, plain and simple. What the Administration is doing is sending a loud message across our borders that we are not serious about enforcing our nation's immigration laws while backdoor channels remain wide open to millions of others." (
  • Duncan Hunter. Hunter Signs Amicus Briefs Supporting Arizona Immigration Law. 20 July 2010. "Congressman Hunter has signed two separate amicus briefs supporting Arizona's immigration law. One brief, written by the Washington Legal Foundation, opposes a lawsuit initiated by the American Civil Liberties Union. The other brief, supported by the House Immigration Reform Caucus, opposes the Obama Administration's lawsuit to block the implementation of the Arizona immigration law. 'Arizona is moving closer to implementing its new immigration law, but trying to stand in its way are the ACLU and the Obama Administration, which assert that states have no legal recourse to protecting citizens from the dangers of illegal immigration [¦] After decades of opportunity, the federal government continues to ignore the reality that border communities face every day, leaving Arizona no other option. It's quite possible that other states may soon follow Arizona's lead.'" (
  • Duncan Hunter. Hunter: No Amnesty. 17 December 2009. "In light of immigration reform legislation introduced today by Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) that provides citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants, Congressman Duncan Hunter reaffirmed his opposition to any comprehensive reform effort that grants amnesty or fails to put border security first. On Wednesday, Congressman Hunter will be joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce the BRIDGE resolution -- a legislative initiative that outlines several guiding principles for comprehensive immigration reform. 'At the same time our Southern land border is overrun with violence and other unlawful activity, there are some Democrats in Congress who want to compound the problems attributable to our porous borders and current immigration policies.'" (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Duncan Hunter. Issue Position: Pro-Family. 24 January 2012. "I believe marriage is a vitally important and sacred institution. I oppose the legalization of same-sex marriages." (
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Duncan Hunter in the 2010 general election. (
  • Duncan Hunter. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Duncan Hunter voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Duncan Hunter supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Duncan Hunter supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (
  • Duncan Hunter. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law [¦] DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Duncan Hunter. Letter to the Honorable John Boehner, Speaker of the House. 13 July 2012. "The New York Times has also reported that President Obama reviews the pictures and biographies of suspected terrorists and personally decides which ones will be targets of drone strikes. Do you believe it is appropriate for the President of the United States to be shuffling terrorist "baseball cards" on a weekly basis and personally deciding who should be killed? Congressional oversight of the administration's handling of the war in Afghanistan, combined with a forward-looking assessment of our overall policy in the region, is of utmost importance." (
  • Duncan Hunter. The Washington Times: The fight against terrorism continues. 2 May 2011. "All Americans can now take satisfaction in what is surely a defining moment. After nearly a decade-long manhunt, Osama bin Laden is dead. It's a proud moment, in fact. Soon after it was reported, the news of bin Laden's death was marked by a chorus of cheers and celebration, reminding us all that the memory of Sept. 11 is as vivid today, almost 10 years later, as it was in the days after the attack [¦] Bin Laden's death is an important benchmark in what will continue to be a dangerous fight against an enemy that is committed to our destruction. Justice has been served, but the overall threat still remains." (
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Duncan Hunter. Issue Position: Social Security. 23 January 2012. "Social Security is a trust between the government and its people. When the government "borrows" Social Security funds for other programs, it is breaking that trust. In order to make sure Social Security is preserved and protected, we need to give younger workers just entering the system more options for investing their own retirement funds, while maintaining current benefits for seniors." (
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Duncan Hunter supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (


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