Representative David Valadao's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 21, Republican
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David Valadao has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

What is the Political Courage Test?

This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50973 (votesmart.org)
  • Hanford Sentinel "As a father of three, devout Catholic and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I strongly believe in the sanctity of human life […]" http://hanfordsentinel.com/news/local/valadao-takes-stand-on-abortion/article_35651d74-dde9-11e2-9286-001a4bcf887a.html (hanfordsentinel.com)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120200/david-valadao#.Va5_a3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a pledge stating "I, David Valadao, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of California, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal#.VcEDoHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Implementing a fairer tax code with strong incentives to work and invest will broaden our tax base, lower the tax burden for all Americans, and provide increased support for necessary federal programs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767157/issue-position-spending-and-debt#.Va6BMXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "It is time to move beyond recognition of the problem and actually treat opioid addiction as a disease and the national priority it is. We have a higher number of effective treatment interventions available today than ever before, and the trend leading to so many tragic consequences can, and must, be reversed." http://womack.house.gov/uploadedfiles/letter_to_hhs_re_samhsa_9-22-14.pdf (womack.house.gov)

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  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, the United States faces an unprecedented fiscal crisis. The solution to this crisis lies in reining in government spending, not raising taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767160/issue-position-tax-reform#.Va6ABHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "A $15 trillion black hole that increased 42% in the past three years is one reason David Valadao favors cutting government spending and supports a strict two-thirds vote requirement before Congress can hike taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/702017/issue-position-reduce-the-national-debt#.Va6Am3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a pledge stating "I, David Valadao, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of California, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VnM3ZmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • "The average American works the first three hours of their day just to pay their federal, state and local taxes. I believe Americans should be working to provide for themselves and their families, not feed government coffers. I will support policies that rein in out of control government spending, lower taxes, and keep wages in the pockets of hardworking Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767160/issue-position-tax-reform#.Va6ABHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "David Valadao knows the 'one-size-fits-all' approach by Washington, D.C. bureaucrats only interferes with our local schools plus he supports expanding vocational and trade school options for our students." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/702020/issue-position-give-students-more-opportunities#.Va6DfHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As the father of three, one of David's top priorities is ensuring every child has access to a quality, affordable education.He knows the 'one-size-fits-all' approach of Washington bureaucrats only hinders the education of our nation's children. Parents and educators should have the resources and flexibility to provide an education that meet the needs of their community and each individual student." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/881333/issue-position-education#.Va6C-nUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.Va0_uXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The Keystone Pipeline would create over 42,000 jobs nationwide and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil by hundreds of thousands of barrels. This project will also grow our GDP and generate tax revenue throughout the country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958405/valadao-statement-on-house-passage-of-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=xl#.Va6EV3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "In the long term, securing energy independence means expanding American renewable energy sources including: solar, wind, hydro and nuclear power and promoting emerging domestic energy technologies. In addition, we must lower our national demand for energy by supporting innovation to improve our economy's energy efficiency." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767149/issue-position-energy#.Va6FdXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In additional to renewable energy sources, our State has the potential to produce oil and natural gas, solar energy and hydro-power. Developing California's energy resources will create jobs in our communities while lowering our national demand for energy by supporting innovation to improve our economy's energy efficiency." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/881345/issue-position-energy#.Va6E5XUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 585 "Prohibits the Social Cost of Carbon from Being Included in Agency Determinations" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46997 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1040 "Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49367#.VafLa3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Over the last several years, there have been dramatic changes in the energy policy of the United States. And as result, energy prices have significantly increased. Cap-and-trade legislation failed to pass the House in 2009. However, Washington bureaucrats have already implemented several parts of cap-and-trade through erroneous EPA regulations. These regulations put limitations on carbon emissions, diminishing oil and gas production in my district." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/780726/energy-independence/?search=emissions (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464#.Va6IlHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120200/david-valadao/37#.Va6II3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provision in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VafM-XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In California's 21st Congressional District families are struggling under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly referred to as ObamaCare. As the Administration continues to miss important implementation deadlines and waive or delay core provisions, it becomes clear just how unworkable this legislation is for Americans. These reforms have driven up costs for small businesses, the backbone of our economy, who are also left responsible for billions of dollars of fraud. Now the Administration wants to use the honor system to confirm insurance subsidies for individuals which, without proper verification of eligibility, could mean billions of dollars in fraudulent and wasteful payments." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/811931/valadao-votes-to-fight-obamacare-fraud (votesmart.org)
  • "Clearly, ObamaCare has many problems yet to be resolved. Implementation of a one year delay will allow these problems to be identified and corrected or for an alternative solution to be put in place." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/816655/congressman-valadao-votes-on-plan-to-stop-obamacare-and-keep-government-open#.Va6KEHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of A.B.2189 "Authorizes Driver's Licenses for Certain Individuals Ineligible for a Social Security Number" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/41609 (votesmart.org)
  • "David supports a reasonable and responsible pathway to citizenship for those wishing to enter our country and those already here. This will allow many undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows, get involved in their children's education, find employment, and raise their families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/881343/issue-position-immigration#.Va6KfHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Valadao expressed his support for a pathway to citizenship for those currently undocumented in the United States as well as his desire to ensure the issue was addressed this year." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/827728/valadao-discusses-immigration-reform-priorities#.Va6RSXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Hanford Sentinel "The Supreme Court decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will have repercussions throughout our country. The Supreme Court is charged with interpreting the constitutionality of our laws, and I respect their decision." http://hanfordsentinel.com/news/local/court-ushers-in-new-era-for-marriage-equality/article_cd132694-df5f-11e2-b175-0019bb2963f4.html (hanfordsentinel.com)
  • Rated 0% by Equality California http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120200/david-valadao/76#.Va6R0HUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "As we continue to fight terrorism abroad, it is important to strengthen relationships with allies in the region, making this visit even more important." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1080821/rep-valadao-concludes-first-stop-on-middle-east-codel/?search=ISIS (votesmart.org)

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  • "We must keep our commitments to our seniors and ensure a sustainable benefit available for future generations. I oppose any plan that will reduce benefits for current beneficiaries, individuals with disabilities or near retirees. Social security did not break overnight, and consequently will take time to fix." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767153/issue-position-social-security#.Va6VjnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Without improvements, both Social Security and Medicare will be unable to fully meet the promises made to the next generation of retirees and will burden future generations with reduction in services and crushing tax increases." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/881350/issue-position-protecting-our-seniors#.Va6VrXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 20% by the Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120200/david-valadao/53#.VnSLaWwViko (votesmart.org)

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