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David Joyce's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 14, Republican
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David Joyce 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.

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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

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 36 “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364#.VcJByXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/143052/david-joyce/2 (votesmart.org)
  • “Dave Joyce is pro-life, is endorsed by the Ohio Right to Life, National Right to Life, co-sponsored and voted for the Defund Planned Parenthood of 2105.” http://joyceforcongress.com/ (joyceforcongress.com)
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

  • "For too long, regulations and taxes coming out of Washington have discouraged job growth." http://joyce.house.gov/economy-and-jobs/ (joyce.house.gov)
  • "At a time in which American families and small businesses are struggling, the last thing they need is to be burdened with higher taxes." http://joyce.house.gov/tax-reform/ (joyce.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Reform Act will fund our roads, bridges, and infrastructure projects for years to come. As I've said before, there's no such thing as a Republican road or a Democrat bridge, that's why it's so important that both sides of the aisle come together to do what is right for our country. A crumbling bridge is dangerous to everybody.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1026283/newsletter-daves-weekly-wrap (votesmart.org)
  • "It is well overdue that Washington get out of the way and allow Ohio businesses to do what they do best: create jobs." http://joyce.house.gov/economy-and-jobs/ (joyce.house.gov)
  • “Importantly, this budget also balances within ten years, provides for a strong national defense, and cuts $5.5 trillion in spending without raising any taxes. That's an accomplishment I am proud of.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958722/a-balanced-budget-for-a-stronger-america#.VcJFonUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 “Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VaPoUPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "For too long, regulations and taxes coming out of Washington have discouraged job growth." http://joyce.house.gov/economy-and-jobs/ (joyce.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? 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 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#.VaPmTPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VaPm1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Building the Keystone XL pipeline means 20,000 new American jobs, cheaper energy prices for Ohio families, and safer energy practices for our environment.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/785446/the-news-herald-joyce-votes-for-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=xl#.VcJHRnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 “A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1040 “Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49367#.VcJI0nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I oppose any energy policy that will burden small businesses with new energy taxes." https://joyce.house.gov/energy/ (joyce.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1098 “Prohibits the District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464#.VcJJ5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/143052/david-joyce/37 (votesmart.org)
  • “Dave Joyce is a proud, lifetime member of the NRA. He holds an A Rating from the organization and has his concealed carry permit.” http://joyceforcongress.com/ (joyceforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VaPp2flViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Dave Joyce has fought to repeal and defund “Obamacare” every chance he’s had. Dave Joyce has voted to defund, repeal or delay Obamacare every chance he’s had, 30+ times.”http://joyceforcongress.com/ (joyceforcongress.com)
  • "Although I was not in office when the Affordable Care Act passed, I have serious concerns about the law causing people to lose their insurance and driving up health-related costs. I support common sense measures to reduce health-related costs for individuals and small businesses, such as tort reform and allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines. I also believe Americans deserve a patient-centered health care system in which patients and doctors make decisions without the interference of government." https://joyce.house.gov/health-care/ (joyce.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/143052/david-joyce/76#.VcJLvXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “I feel that the concept of marriage is between a man and a woman. I understand and appreciate that two people want to do that. The true belief for me as a Catholic is between a man and a woman.” http://joyce.house.gov/common/popup/popup.cfm?action=item.print&itemID=368 (joyce.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 20% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/143052/david-joyce/53#.VcJOu3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Joyce suggested that part of achieving long-term solvency for Social Security likely will mean raising the age of eligibility for future recipients. The program must be maintained so that younger people contributing to the program now will be able to benefit from it in the future.” http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2014/10/david_joyce_challengers_hash_o.html (www.cleveland.com)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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