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Darrell Issa's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 49, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 49
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Darrell Issa has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Darrell Issa is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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 HR 3504 - “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53878 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/16553/darrell-issa (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

  • “The reality is there couldn't be a worse time for the American people to have to absorb another tax increase, so I voted in favor of the only proposal put forward by the Congressional Majority for consideration and sided with the best interests of the American people to protect them from a devastating tax hike.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/574510/issa-statement-on-tonights-tax-cut-vote/?search=income%20tax#.VmmzdWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating “[…] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses […]” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge/?search=income%20tax#.VmmzDGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “In the 110th Congress, I became a cosponsor of H.R. 25, the Fair Tax Act. The Fair Tax Act would repeal the income tax, employment tax, and estate and gift tax, abolish the Internal Revenue Service, and enact a national sales tax.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/571403/issue-position-taxes/?search=income%20tax#.Vmm0RWwViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? 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 Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The $825 billion economic stimulus package proposed by President Barack Obama, House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid is unlikely to be a catalyst for economic growth. Rather, it is an unhealthy expansion of the federal government.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/571381/issue-position-economy/?search=stimulus#.Vmm5sWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “In 2008, I voted against the so-called stimulus bill […]” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826944/issue-position-jobs/?search=stimulus#.Vmm4MGwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The reality is there couldn't be a worse time for the American people to have to absorb another tax increase, so I voted in favor of the only proposal put forward by the Congressional Majority for consideration and sided with the best interests of the American people to protect them from a devastating tax hike.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/574510/issa-statement-on-tonights-tax-cut-vote/?search=tax%20cut#.Vmm7wGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “An effective stimulus can be accomplished through tax cuts and targeted spending, without making individuals and businesses more reliant on the government or saddling our children with trillions of dollars of additional debt.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/571381/issue-position-economy/?search=tax%20cut#.Vmm6cWwViko (votesmart.org)
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

  • “A-Plus will give states the freedom to adopt best practices for their students by returning flexibility and control to the educators and parents who are the real experts on education. […] H.R. 1539 reinstates educator and parental control, while retaining the benefits of federal support and guidance.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/346626/issue-position-improving-no-child-left-behind/?search=no%20child#.Vmn5HmwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Today, the House of Representatives listened to the American people, made the economy a priority, and created thousands of new jobs by passing legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/937885/issa-applauds-passage-of-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=keystone#.Vmm9Z2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • “[…]after years of delay, the Obama Administration denied a permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would have increased domestic energy supply, decreased our reliance on unstable foreign governments, and created thousands of American jobs.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826947/issue-position-energy-and-environment/?search=keystone#.Vmm9vWwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “San Diego County has become a center for solar power; one of my key issues is doing something about climate change, and this will create jobs with a strong focus on renewable energy. So the nice thing about doing something about climate change, it helps in two ways: We avoid the worst consequences of climate change, and it also brings jobs to our district.”http://votesmart.org/public-statement/935066/encinitas-advocate-newcomer-peiser-takes-on-issa-in-49th-congressional-district-race/?search=renewable#.VmnAL2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Now is the time to encourage the development of zero-emission clean energy generation, such as nuclear, hydro-electricity, wind, solar, all of which can meet our energy needs now and replace older and dirtier fossil fuel generation.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/346608/issue-position-global-climate-change/?search=greenhouse#.Vmn0hGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “An effective energy strategy will involve increasing our domestic supply of energy and private investment and research into new types of cleaner and more efficient fuels which will lower costs for Americans and protect our environment.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826947/issue-position-energy-and-environment/?search=keystone#.Vmm9vWwViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The California fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas regulations are not efficient, and they impose unnecessary and costly burdens on automobile manufacturers and dealers as well as consumers in California states.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/441332/deny-emissions-waivers/?search=greenhouse#.Vmnz-2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • “By establishing a tax on the use of energy, this bill will send American jobs to China and raise the price of gasoline and electricity for American families […] President Obama has explained correctly that cap-and-trade will cause electricity rates to ‘skyrocket’ and that increased costs to businesses will be passed on to consumers.” https://oversight.house.gov/release/rep-issa-opposes-cap-and-trade-energy-tax/ (oversight.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1034/rating/7165 (votesmart.org)
  • “[…] D.C. residents will finally be able to defend themselves against armed criminals. The District's anti-gun law created a bastion for crime. Our action here today puts D.C. residents first and criminals second.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/379934/issa-votes-to-protect-rights-of-gun-owners#.VmnIS2wVikp (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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/?search=obamacare#.VmnO22wViko (votesmart.org)
  • “ObamaCare strips the American people of decision-making authority that should be exclusively theirs and puts it in the hands of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats. […] I voted against the bill and remain committed to seeing its repeal and eventual replacement […]” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826946/issue-position-health-care/?search=obamacare#.VmnOEGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “ObamaCare must be repealed so that American families, individuals and businesses have the freedom to choose quality, affordable healthcare that meets their individual needs.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/809220/blog-congress-must-repeal-obamacare/?search=obamacare#.VmnM0GwViko (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

  • “The illegal aliens in the "blue card" system are illegal upon entry and have the opportunity to remain permanently in the United States. This is exactly what amnesty means to me, and for this reason the "blue card" system is unacceptable.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/630037/issue-position-blue-card-system#.VmnrCWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Reform should not be about accommodating 11 million people who are living in our country illegally, but about enacting policies that serve the best interests of our nation and our people.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/935066/encinitas-advocate-newcomer-peiser-takes-on-issa-in-49th-congressional-district-race#.VmnoUmwVikp (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “The defeat of ISIL must be a top priority -- this resolution authorizes the use of force for a definite period and requires President Obama to develop and share his strategy with Congress and the American people.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922429/new-resolution-demands-president-propose-a-plan-to-combat-isil/?search=isis#.Vmnu0GwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “If President Obama is finally ready to drop the wobbly rhetoric and lead a coalition, I am prepared to offer him the support he needs to put down the extremists who threaten us and have committed horrendous crimes against humanity.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922231/voices-lawmakers-supportive-but-cautious-oc-register/?search=isis#.VmntnGwViko (votesmart.org)
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

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

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.

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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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