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David Schweikert's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AZ) - District 6, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 6
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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

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Schweikert. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. David Schweikert voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. A Message from David. May 6, 2011. "There are other positive signs coming out of the House of Representatives this week. On Wednesday, my Republican colleagues and I approved H.R. 3, a bill that prohibits the use of taxpayer money for the funding of abortions. In a still struggling economy, when our top priority should be creating jobs and paying down our debt, taxpayers need not be asked to open their checkbooks for such a controversial cause. Especially if that cause is taking the life of an innocent unborn child." (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. Issue Position: Family Values. June 29, 2011. 'During my career, I have always defended the lives of unborn children and the sanctity of marriage and I will continue to do so. Our community in Arizona is composed of many wonderful families who are working hard to raise the next generation and ensure they pass along a free and prosperous nation. I will honor their commitment by always voting to protect the lives of the innocent unborn and preserve marriage between a man and a woman. As part of my dedication to end all practice of abortion, I am a co-sponsor of H.R. 217, the Title X Abortion Provider Act, which would deny any and all federal funding to Planned Parenthood. I am also a co-sponsor of H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would explicitly prohibit any taxpayer funding for abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. David Schweikert voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Schweikert. Issue Position: National Security. 1 January 2012. "As we continue to combat terrorist organizations in Afghanistan and Iraq, we must make certain that our troops abroad are equipped with the tools that enable them to do their jobs, win the War on Terror, and safely return home to their families [¦] In Congress, I will push to ensure that the United States military and intelligence agencies have every available resource to combat domestic and international dangers and protect the freedoms and ideals that our country stands for." (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. David Schweikert voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. REP. SCHWEIKERT STATEMENT ON OBAMA'S AFGHANISTAN SPEECH. June 22, 2011. "I am an unabashed supporter of our troops and our military leaders who fight for freedom every day. I support our military leaders and generals on the ground and defer to their expertise regarding our troop levels. While the time to withdrawal our troops might be fast approaching, it is not wise for us to hand our enemy our battle plans years in advance. Our gains in Afghanistan have not come without a price. While we remember our troops in harm's way tonight, I remain adamant that whatever strategy is implemented for stabilization and withdrawal, it must not put any of our men and women in uniform even further at risk." (schweikert.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Schweikert. Rep. Schweikert Votes to Fund Troops, Keep Government Open. 7 April 2011. "Today I voted to take our troops out of the front lines of Washington's political battles, cut more spending, and keep the government open. Senate Democrats have yet to support this or any budget resolution and our Commander in Chief has already said he will veto it without explanation. However, I will never compromise or stand down when it comes to supporting the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect us. In addition to funding the troops through the end of FY2011, this stopgap measure will cut $12 billion more in Washington spending. At a time when our deficit is in the trillions and our government is on a verge of a shutdown, it is incomprehensible that Senate Democrats will not accept a modest cut that equals just two percent of this year's budget." (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. David Schweikert voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. Issue Position: National Security. June 29, 2011. "Additionally, we must implement a better strategy in tackling the bloated Department of Defense procurement process by encouraging fiscal restraint when it comes to programs that are no longer meeting departmental needs. By shrinking archaic programs and eradicating obsolete technology, we can provide our troops with the best equipment to achieve their missions successfully and allow the DOD to explore new technologies that will strengthen our military." (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. David Schweikert voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • FreedomWorks. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. FreedomWorks endorsed David Schweikert in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert signed Americans for Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Arizona and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (s3.amazonaws.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Schweikert. Politico - Families Earn Less, Why Not Congress. April 15, 2011. "As members of Congress, we have the unique opportunity to lead with principled measures to protect taxpayers, create jobs and demonstrate we are taking our trust from the American people seriously. Cutting our own salaries is only a drop in the bucket. But it is a good first step to addressing our overall fiscal crisis and it sends an important message to American families. The American people are looking for bold action to reduce spending. They want to see members of both parties commit to spending cuts in every corner of the government -- including our own." (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. Rep. Schweikert Votes to Fund Troops, Keep Government Open. April 7, 2011. "The House has passed two bills that would keep the government running through the end of this fiscal year and cut $61 billion in job destroying spending. (H.R. 1, passed February 19th and H.R. 1255, passed April 1st). H.R. 1363 is the third bill out of the House to fund the Department of Defense through the end of the fiscal year." (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. Financial Services Republicans Unveil Fannie and Freddie Reform Plan. March 29, 2011. "This legislation cuts to the heart of the reckless bailout culture Washington has developed during past decades. This bill will put restrictions on where GSEs can invest their money and thus protect American taxpayers from future failed bailouts, unsuccessful government programs, and wasteful spending. It is of utmost importance that we make these fundamental changes to get our fiscal house in order. We have no choice." (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. Rep. Schweikert Introduces Balances Budget Amendment. February 8, 2011. "The amendment includes three pillars: (1) requiring a balanced budget for each fiscal year, (2) limiting federal spending to no more than 18 percent of GDP, and (3) requiring a two-thirds vote in both Houses of Congress in order to increase taxes, raise the debt ceiling, or run a specific deficit in a particular year." (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. Issue Position: Budget. June 29, 2011. "Tie spending to specific metrics: recently we have seen an unprecedented growth in government spending and hiring in spite of a slowing economy. I believe we must tie federal spending to GDP growth in order to ensure that government spending does not outpace growth in our economy. Hold the line on spending: since the economic crisis of 2008 we have seen unprecedented growth in government intervention into the private sector. Policies like TARP, the Recovery Act, and Cash for Clunkers have resulted in massive new obligations with no benefit to taxpayers. We can save $100 billion right now by reducing spending to pre-bailout, pre-stimulus levels." (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. Dispelling the Political Folklore. May 10, 2011. "What you have to do is you have to grow that line, which is the size of the economy. You must grow this economy. Because as you start to look through these numbers, you come to the realization, yeah, we have a huge spending problem. But we can never cut enough. We have to grow, because it's two sides of this pendulum, and both of them have to be in motion. We have to grow, we have to cut the spending, and we have to deal with the reality that the mandatory spending, the entitlements, are eating us alive." (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. Letter to The Honorable John Boehner Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives and The Honorable Eric Cantor Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives. June 6, 2011. "To ensure that spending cuts continue, we need statutory, enforceable total-spending caps to reduce federal spending to 18% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with automatic spending reductions if the caps are breached--an approach taken in a bill by Rep. Mack and in another bill by Reps. Kingston, Flake, and Graves." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Schweikert. Rep. Schweikert's Statement on President Obama's Budget. February 14, 2011. "President Obama's budget contains over $330 billion in tax increases. The President should realize that raising taxes on American families and small businesses will not create jobs. Nor will it make America more competitive." (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. Rep. Schweikert Statement on National Small Business Week. May 20, 2011. "With over 27 million small businesses in America, it should be no surprise that these employers represent 99.7 percent of all businesses and have created 64 percent of all new jobs over the past 15 years. "It is imperative that we continue to unwind the bureaucratic red tape imposed by ObamaCare on small business and lower the tax burden on these job creators. I applaud the small businesses in Arizona's 5th district for their hard work and recognize the special impact made by outstanding entrepreneurs and those who drive innovation, create jobs, and increase U.S. competitiveness." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Schweikert. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. David Schweikert voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Schweikert. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. David Schweikert voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Schweikert. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. June 29, 2011. "I have been and will always be a strong defender for the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms. As a state legislator, I was a prime sponsor of the Concealed Carry Law in Arizona. In Congress, I will in no way support or vote for a bill that attempts to restrict America's first freedom. As a gun owner and collector, I understand the importance and value in preserving our rights." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed David Schweikert in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 1 January 2012. "David Schweikert is a life member of the NRA who sponsored Arizona's first law allowing law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed weapon. In Congress, David is a consistent and unwavering supporter of the 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Schweikert. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. David Schweikert voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Schweikert. Issue Position: Immigration. June 29, 2011. "Arizona, perhaps more so than any other state, has borne the burden of illegal immigration. It needs to stop. The problem of illegal immigration is damaging our state and costing us billions of dollars. It's time for the politicians in Washington to stop playing politics and do something about it. Amnesty is not an option and the toleration of 'sanctuary cities' must end." (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. Rep. Schweikert Introduces Bill to Stop President from Enforcing an Executive Order as Immigration Law. 18 June 2012. "Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) introduced a bill Monday that prevents the president from dictating any immigration law or "granting" amnesty. Specifically, it prevents the Department of Homeland Security from enforcing a presidential executive order as immigration law [¦] 'Last week, the president decided to grant amnesty and hand out work permits to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, while over 23 million Americans remain unemployed and the civilian participation rate is at a 30-year low. This amounts to an abdication of duty to the American people who are struggling in this economy. Instead of working with Congress to secure our border and reform our immigration policy, President Obama sought to circumvent Congress once again. This thinly veiled political ploy is detrimental to Americans and while President Obama asks the Department of Homeland Security to "look the other way' on immigration policy, I ask him to respect the rule of law' said Rep. David Schweikert [¦] BACKGROUND: Under President Obama's executive order, effective immediately, he can begin halting pending deportation proceedings and grant work permits to illegal immigrants, who are currently ineligible. However, this bill stops this executive order immediately upon passage and strips the president and the Department of Homeland Security of any ability to grant amnesty or limit the enforcement of our laws, as the president might wish." (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweitkert. Rep. Schweikert Decries Obama's Election Years 'Backdoor Amnesty' Plan. 15 June 2012. "Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) made the following statement Friday after learning of the White House's decision to no longer deport illegal immigrants, but instead hand out immunity in the form of rubber-stamped work permits: 'Once again, the Campaigner-in-Chief has bypassed Congress, this time to move an election year backdoor amnesty plan. This thinly veiled political ploy is detrimental to Arizonans who are already struggling to find jobs and will now have to compete with illegal immigrants. While President Obama asks the Department of Homeland Security to 'look the other way,' I ask him to respect the rule of law, and get back to focusing on putting 23 million unemployed Americans back to work [¦] This thinly veiled political ploy is detrimental to Arizonans who are already struggling to find jobs and will now have to compete with illegal immigrants.'" (votesmart.org)
  • David Schweikert. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades. This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • David Schweikert. Issue Position: Family Values. June 29, 2011. 'During my career, I have always defended the lives of unborn children and the sanctity of marriage and I will continue to do so. Our community in Arizona is composed of many wonderful families who are working hard to raise the next generation and ensure they pass along a free and prosperous nation. I will honor their commitment by always voting to protect the lives of the innocent unborn and preserve marriage between a man and a woman." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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