Representative Mario Diaz-Balart's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 25, Republican
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Mario Diaz-Balart 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. Mario Diaz-Balart 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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  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/24312/mario-diaz-balart/2 (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Mario Diaz-Balart, pledge to the taxpayers of the 25th district of the state of Florida and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."http://www.atr.org/atr-releases-list-federal-pledge-signers-a7140 (www.atr.org)
  • "The 2001 and 2003 tax cuts need to be made permanent because allowing them to expire would be a massive tax increase on all American families, including an average of $3,040 per Florida family. With families already suffering from high gas prices, we can't afford it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/378560/accomplishments-making-your-taxes-lower#.VbkUOnUVhHw (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." http://womack.house.gov/uploadedfiles/letter_to_hhs_re_samhsa_9-22-14.pdf (womack.house.gov)

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  • "Today, I voted for the FY16 House Republican budget. This budget helps to reign in Washington's out of control spending, while prioritizing funds to necessary programs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960068/house-republicans-budget-is-the-real-solution-for-the-american-people#.VbkVnHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pleased to support legislation that will fund the government for the remainder of the 2014 fiscal year. It's no secret that Washington has a problem with out of control spending, but this bill is a sign of the continued commitment to changing the culture of spending in our nation's capitol." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/836846/fy14-appropriations-bill-continues-commitment-to-changing-washingtons-culture-of-spending#.VbkWSHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Chairman, we clearly need to pass a stimulus package, a plan that will help our economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/404979/ (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor H.R.37 "Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50971#.Vabiy_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly believe that tax relief is an important step in securing a healthy economy and stimulating job growth. Tax relief helps honest, hard-working people save more of their earnings while stimulating the country's economy." http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/issues/tax-relief (mariodiazbalart.house.gov)

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  • "Study after study has demonstrated that increased parental involvement in a child's education is the key to improving student performance. For these reasons, I support empowering parents with the ability to choose a school that best meets the needs of their child. Forcing children to attend failing schools robs them of their chance to succeed." http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/issues/improving-education (mariodiazbalart.house.gov)
  • "We cannot continue to forsake our children and our future by allowing a poor education system to continue getting worse. I believe we must commit ourselves to an education system that empowers parents, teachers and local administrators. Our education system succeeds when the education dollars and decisions are made close to home." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369886/issue-position-improving-education#.VbkXYHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "The House has once again acted on a bipartisan basis to pass legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will create thousands of jobs, move the United States closer to energy independence and strengthen our national security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/945227/diaz-balart-votes-to-approve-keystone-pipeline/?search=keystone%20xl#.VliVeGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.Vabg1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797 (votesmart.org)

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  • "While renewable energy sources are not yet able to offset conventional sources of energy, I strongly believe that we must continue to appropriately invest in these alternative energy sources." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/369887/issue-position-promoting-energy-independence#.VbkYTHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I support legislation that reduces emissions and that would invest in renewable energy to help lessen our dangerous dependence on foreign sources of energy." http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/diaz-balart-cap-and-trade-is-all-pain-with-little-gain (mariodiazbalart.house.gov)

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  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1040 "Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49367#.VbkZUXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I support legislation that reduces emissions and that would invest in renewable energy to help lessen our dangerous dependence on foreign sources of energy. Unfortunately, the cap and trade bill before Congress amounts to all pain, imposing a national energy tax on all Americans, with little, if any, gain for the environment or our country." http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/diaz-balart-cap-and-trade-is-all-pain-with-little-gain (mariodiazbalart.house.gov)

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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 0% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/24312/mario-diaz-balart/37 (votesmart.org)

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  • "ObamaCare will increase spending and taxes, and raise the cost of health care, while reducing the quality of care our citizens will receive." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/762037/diaz-balart-florida-taxpayers-cannot-afford-obamacare#.VbkbJXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • 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#.Vabj2PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.45 "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/44099#.Vbka6XUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955 (votesmart.org)
  • "We need comprehensive immigration reform. We need to strengthen our border security, and we need to address the immigration issues inside our borders. One without the other will resolve nothing." http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/issues/immigration (mariodiazbalart.house.gov)
  • "We continue to believe that we must find a bipartisan, legislative solution to strengthen our borders, offer a permanent and humane solution to those living in the shadows, adhere to the rule of law, modernize our antiquated visa system, and bolster the economy. None of this is accomplished by the President's executive order." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/938438/diaz-balart-and-ros-lehtinen-statement-on-the-presidents-executive-order#.Vbk3bnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Mr. Speaker, as a proud husband and father, I value family above all else and strongly support the traditional family: the union of a man and a woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/192855/marriage-protection-amendment/?search=marriage#.VbEs33UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly believe that marriage should only be the union between one man and one woman, but I do not believe that the threshold for constitutional change has been reached."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/192871/#.VbEsTXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/24312/mario-diaz-balart/76 (votesmart.org)

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

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  • "In the past, we temporarily addressed problems by tinkering with Social Security through higher taxes and benefit cuts. But these measures were only band-aid solutions. We need to have a permanent fix, and personal retirement accounts are a key part of that solution." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/86171/#.VbErzXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 13% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/24312/mario-diaz-balart/53 (votesmart.org)

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