Representative Darrell Issa's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 49, Republican
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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. 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. Darrell Issa is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 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)

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  • 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)
  • "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)

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  • "In an effort to battle the nation's growing heroin and opioid epidemic, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) voted this week in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a suite of 18 bills focused on addiction, treatment and prevention. The bills were approved with broad bipartisan support and provide for substance abuse treatment and education while helping bolster law enforcement efforts to help fight back the growing crisis." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1083601/congressman-issa-takes-action-on-opioid-epidemic (votesmart.org)

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  • "In 2008, I voted against the so-called stimulus bill […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826944/issue-position-jobs/?search=stimulus#.Vmm4MGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "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)

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  • "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)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)
  • "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)

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  • "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)
  • "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)
  • 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)

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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 (votesmart.org)
  • 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)

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  • 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)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "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)

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  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220 (votesmart.org)

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  • "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)

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  • Rated 4% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/16553/darrell-issa/53 (votesmart.org)

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