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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 2016, 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

  • Second quote no relevant: “During my career, I have always defended the lives of unborn children and the sanctity of marriage and I will continue to do so.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671610/issue-position-family-values#.VXipfXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/607624/#.VW-E8XUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Second quote no relevant: “During my career, I have always defended the lives of unborn children and the sanctity of marriage and I will continue to do so.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671610/issue-position-family-values#.VXipfXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/607624/#.VW-E8XUViko (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

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  • Arizona Republic “Raising taxes anywhere in our economy will only push money away to other nations. Additionally, America does not have a tax problem, we have a spending problem.” http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=schweikertd (www.azcentral.com)
  • Arizona Republic “Raising taxes anywhere in our economy will only push money away to other nations. Additionally, America does not have a tax problem, we have a spending problem.” http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=schweikertd (www.azcentral.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • “I believe government’s bad habits can be turned around with intelligent discretionary-spending cuts. The Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Budget Office both have identified billions of dollars of waste that could be eliminated, making programs and services more efficient and delivering tax dollars where they are truly needed.” http://schweikert.house.gov/budget-the-deficit/ (schweikert.house.gov)
  • Arizona Republic “I would balance the budget by tying spending to gross domestic product levels (GDP), and in fact have introduced H.J.Res. 23, a balanced budget amendment to the constitution, to do just that. Traditionally, our government has collected about 18 percent of GDP in taxes; therefore, my balanced budget amendment limits government spending to no more than 18 percent of GDP. Moreover, my balanced budget amendment requires a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate to increase taxes, raise the debt ceiling, or run a deficit in a fiscal year.” http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=schweikertd (www.azcentral.com)
  • “I believe government’s bad habits can be turned around with intelligent discretionary-spending cuts. The Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Budget Office both have identified billions of dollars of waste that could be eliminated, making programs and services more efficient and delivering tax dollars where they are truly needed.” http://schweikert.house.gov/budget-the-deficit/ (schweikert.house.gov)
  • Arizona Republic “I would balance the budget by tying spending to gross domestic product levels (GDP), and in fact have introduced H.J.Res. 23, a balanced budget amendment to the constitution, to do just that. Traditionally, our government has collected about 18 percent of GDP in taxes; therefore, my balanced budget amendment limits government spending to no more than 18 percent of GDP. Moreover, my balanced budget amendment requires a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate to increase taxes, raise the debt ceiling, or run a deficit in a fiscal year.” http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=schweikertd (www.azcentral.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Other than at the IRS, no job is ever created by raising taxes. The current patchwork of temporary policies for individuals, sectors, and areas of business creates uncertainty for Americans and stifles investment by our entrepreneurs and business owners.” http://schweikert.house.gov/tax-reform/ (schweikert.house.gov)
  • Arizona Republic “ I would simplify the tax system. It's too large and too cumbersome for anyone who does not have professional help. A flat tax with a deduction for mortgage interest is appealing because it's simple and easy to understand. Second, I would support reforms that encourage savings and investment. Finally, I think we need to take a hard look at reducing the tax burden on job creators so that America is more competitive with the rest of the world.” http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=schweikertd (www.azcentral.com)
  • “Other than at the IRS, no job is ever created by raising taxes. The current patchwork of temporary policies for individuals, sectors, and areas of business creates uncertainty for Americans and stifles investment by our entrepreneurs and business owners.” http://schweikert.house.gov/tax-reform/ (schweikert.house.gov)
  • Arizona Republic “ I would simplify the tax system. It's too large and too cumbersome for anyone who does not have professional help. A flat tax with a deduction for mortgage interest is appealing because it's simple and easy to understand. Second, I would support reforms that encourage savings and investment. Finally, I think we need to take a hard look at reducing the tax burden on job creators so that America is more competitive with the rest of the world.” http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=schweikertd (www.azcentral.com)
No Inferred 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

  • Arizona Republic “The federal government should have no role in education.” http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=schweikertd (www.azcentral.com)
  • Arizona Republic “The federal government should have no role in education.” http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=schweikertd (www.azcentral.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 “A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXixbXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 “A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXixbXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

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  • “Ultimately, we must find a way to wean our nation off foreign oil. America sends hundreds of billions of dollars out of the country each year to purchase the oil we need to fuel our way of life. We must make sure our money dosen't continue to end up in the hands of regimes that are openly hostile to the United States. In the long run, investing in renewable energy resources such as wind, solar power, hydro-electricity, and geothermal energy production could end our addiction to foreign oil.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671609/issue-position-energy/?search=Renewable%20Energy#.VXBm2nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • “I believe Washington must embrace a sound 'all of the above' energy solution and take this approach to factories, power plants, and businesses across the country. Not only should we optimize the use of our traditional energy reserves, but we also should expand into renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, hydro-electric and geothermal power. All of these are vital to the economic welfare and national security of the United States. However, the government must stop picking winners and loser in the industry. Each of these sources must stand on their own in the marketplace, without governmen-sponsored interference.”http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852591/issue-position-energy-environment/?search=Renewable%20Energy#.VXBmXnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Ultimately, we must find a way to wean our nation off foreign oil. America sends hundreds of billions of dollars out of the country each year to purchase the oil we need to fuel our way of life. We must make sure our money dosen't continue to end up in the hands of regimes that are openly hostile to the United States. In the long run, investing in renewable energy resources such as wind, solar power, hydro-electricity, and geothermal energy production could end our addiction to foreign oil.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671609/issue-position-energy/?search=Renewable%20Energy#.VXBm2nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • “I believe Washington must embrace a sound 'all of the above' energy solution and take this approach to factories, power plants, and businesses across the country. Not only should we optimize the use of our traditional energy reserves, but we also should expand into renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, hydro-electric and geothermal power. All of these are vital to the economic welfare and national security of the United States. However, the government must stop picking winners and loser in the industry. Each of these sources must stand on their own in the marketplace, without governmen-sponsored interference.”http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852591/issue-position-energy-environment/?search=Renewable%20Energy#.VXBmXnUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Our committee work group found that the EPA rushed ahead with its costly power plant CO2 proposal without waiting for the advice of its independent science advisors, based on underlying science that lacked adequate peer review.” http://schweikert.house.gov/energy-environment/ (schweikert.house.gov)
  • Arizona Republic “Would you support a cap-and-trade-style measure to address climate change?” “Absolutely not.” http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=schweikertd (www.azcentral.com)
  • “Our committee work group found that the EPA rushed ahead with its costly power plant CO2 proposal without waiting for the advice of its independent science advisors, based on underlying science that lacked adequate peer review.” http://schweikert.house.gov/energy-environment/ (schweikert.house.gov)
  • Arizona Republic “Would you support a cap-and-trade-style measure to address climate change?” “Absolutely not.” http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=schweikertd (www.azcentral.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106387/david-schweikert/37#.VXBn-nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106387/david-schweikert/37#.VXBn-nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/522184/issue-position-2nd-amendment#.VXizjXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106387/david-schweikert/37#.VXBn-nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/106387/david-schweikert/37#.VXBn-nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/522184/issue-position-2nd-amendment#.VXizjXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Today, the House voted in favor of H.R. 2, a bill that repeals ObamaCare. Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) released the following statement after the vote: 'Today we made good on our promise to the American people. It is clear that House Republicans heard the message of last November loud and clear. The American people do not want a massive government bureaucracy nor its $2.7 trillion price tag.'” http://schweikert.house.gov/press-releases/rep-schweikert-votes-to-repeal-obamacare/ (schweikert.house.gov)
  • Signed a pledge stating “I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738364/obamacare-repeal-pledge#.VXi0bnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Today, the House voted in favor of H.R. 2, a bill that repeals ObamaCare. Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) released the following statement after the vote: 'Today we made good on our promise to the American people. It is clear that House Republicans heard the message of last November loud and clear. The American people do not want a massive government bureaucracy nor its $2.7 trillion price tag.'” http://schweikert.house.gov/press-releases/rep-schweikert-votes-to-repeal-obamacare/ (schweikert.house.gov)
  • Signed a pledge stating “I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/738364/obamacare-repeal-pledge#.VXi0bnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • “As a member of the House of Representatives, I will: Oppose any form of amnesty.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671613/issue-position-immigration#.VXi1O3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Arizona Republic “I do not support rewarding those who chose to break our laws while so many others across the world are trying to immigrate to our country legally.” http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=schweikertd (www.azcentral.com)
  • “As a member of the House of Representatives, I will: Oppose any form of amnesty.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671613/issue-position-immigration#.VXi1O3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Arizona Republic “I do not support rewarding those who chose to break our laws while so many others across the world are trying to immigrate to our country legally.” http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=schweikertd (www.azcentral.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “During my career, I have always defended the lives of unborn children and the sanctity of marriage and I will continue to do so.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671610/issue-position-family-values#.VXipfXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Arizona Republic “I oppose gay marriage and believe the federal government should maintain the Defense of Marriage Act.” http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=schweikertd (www.azcentral.com)
  • “During my career, I have always defended the lives of unborn children and the sanctity of marriage and I will continue to do so.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671610/issue-position-family-values#.VXipfXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Arizona Republic “I oppose gay marriage and believe the federal government should maintain the Defense of Marriage Act.” http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=schweikertd (www.azcentral.com)
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Arizona Republic “I support being honest about entitlement reform. The issue has become way too politicized to do anything significant in Washington. We need to have an honest discussion about entitlements and both the costs and benefits they bring to our country. We are quickly reaching a point where entitlement costs, along with debt service, will consume the entire federal budget.” http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=schweikertd (www.azcentral.com)
  • Arizona Republic “I support being honest about entitlement reform. The issue has become way too politicized to do anything significant in Washington. We need to have an honest discussion about entitlements and both the costs and benefits they bring to our country. We are quickly reaching a point where entitlement costs, along with debt service, will consume the entire federal budget.” http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/2012questionnaires/results.php?id=schweikertd (www.azcentral.com)

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Inferred Answer

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