Representative Mario Diaz-Balart's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Mario Diaz-Balart
Current Office: U.S. House - District 25, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 25
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Tia; 1 Child: Cristian
Birth Date: 09/25/1961
Birth Place: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Home City: Miami, FL
Religion: Catholic
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Mario Diaz-Balart refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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.

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Mario Diaz-Balart a rating of 50 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Fox News Network: The Big Story with John Gibson. 13 July 2004. "That's a very diverse community, but I think there are a few things that unite the Latino community in the United States: they're very pro-family, very pro-life. They support that parents should have the right to determine whether the minor child should have major surgical procedure, such as an abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the Family Research Council 81 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Diaz-Balart Questions McChrystal's Reasoning Behind Criticism of Obama. 23 June 2010. "I have great respect for General Petraeus and trust that under his leadership we will prevail in Afghanistan. Congress and America must support General Petraeus and our troops in Afghanistan in their fight for freedom." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Message From the Senate. 15 June 2006. "This is an enemy that declared war on the United States decades ago, Mr. Speaker, and refuses to stop until liberty has been snuffed out. But the United States cannot and will not allow that to happen. Hard work remains in Afghanistan and Iraq. The stakes are high. The Afghani people understand that. The Iraqi people understand this as well. So do the terrorists who murder on a daily basis." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mario Diaz-Balart. House Finally Passes Funding for Troops. 24 May 2007. "I am pleased that the House finally agreed to remove the terms of surrender from this bill. It is obvious and unfortunate that supporting our troops has not been a priority for this Democratic leadership. The delay in getting these funds to our troops in harm's way is shameful." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Diaz-Balart Secures $1 Million for FGCU in Defense Spending Bill. 20 December 2005. "Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) today announced that he secured $1 million for Florida Gulf Coast University in the Department of Defense spending package." (votesmart.org)
  • Erik Wasson. The Hill: New Appropriations Republicans vow to slash spending quickly. 12 December 2010. "Diaz-Balart said preserving necessary defense spending in a time of war is important." (thehill.com)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2006. 17 March 2005. "Again, these tax increases are above and beyond, on top of enormous spending increases. But that is not the only problem that we have with this budget alternative. It also decreases defense spending. Again, while the Nation is at war, this alternative budget cuts defense spending by $10.7 billion in budget authority and $7 billion in outlays just in fiscal year 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2007. 17 May 2006. "And the worst part, though, is not only does it increase taxes to an incredible degree, it also then cuts expenditures. For example, there is no provision for supplemental funding for the combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq or even for natural disasters; so it increases dramatically taxes, but does not fund our war effort. At the same time, it cuts defense spending by $6.6 billion in budget authority and another $4.6 billion in outlays. Again, it asks to do that at a time when our men and women in uniform are in harm's way." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Diaz-Balart Secures 5.35 Million in Defense Spending Bill. 20 December 2005. "As our men and women of our military continue to win the War on Terror, we need to ensure that they are able to defeat the threats of today and defend against the threats of tomorrow. These projects provide the resources needed to fight terrorism, improve readiness and modernize our military infrastructure." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. House Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget. 17 March 2005. "This budget closely follows President Bush's fiscal leadership. He provided us a fiscally responsible blueprint of our nation's needs - especially regarding the areas of defense and homeland security. I will continue to work with President Bush to make sure our nation's priorities are properly funded while remaining committed to halving the deficit in five years." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 79 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 14 August 2012. "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." (www.atr.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 85 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Mario Diaz-Balart a rating of 74 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 28 January 2009. "Mr. Chairman, we clearly need to pass a stimulus package, a plan that will help our economy. Unfortunately, this plan spends lots of money but very little to incentivize the economy. It does very little to incentivize small businesses, small businesses which are the job creators in our country. Frankly, less than 10 percent of the money in this spending bill goes to infrastructure projects." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Congress Passes Another Spending Bill: Fails to Prioritize Job Creation, Infrastructure Investment. 29 January 2009. "Congress was recently embarrassed by the TARP bailout bill. This spending bill is just more of the same. It fails to prioritize job creation and provides little, if any accountability and oversight." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Diaz-Balart: Budget Proposal Not Mindful Of Economic Crisis, Hard-Working American Families. 26 February 2009. "The budget does nothing more than increase the national debt, bring back to life the death tax, and raise taxes particularly on small businesses, which are the real job creators. It is in no way mindful of the current economic crisis or the financial hardships that American families are facing. This reckless budget revives the era of big and bloated government and encourages a spending spree. It is clear that we are back in a Jimmy Carter tax and spend era and should not be surprised when the results are similar, if not worse." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Diaz-Balart: Job Summit Suggestion No. 1- Stop Raising Taxes And Wasting Taxpayer Money. 4 December 2009. "This Administration and Congress have misused billions of taxpayer dollars in a so-called stimulus that has proved to be a dismal failure and a colossal waste of taxpayer money. Rather than creating jobs and lowering unemployment as promised, the stimulus has instead taken our country further into debt. "Instead of pushing for job-killing policies that impose massive tax hikes, burdensome regulation and increased borrowing and deficit spending, President Obama and Speaker Pelosi should resort to common sense practices like investing in transportation infrastructure, incentivizing small businesses and moving forward on domestic energy production, all things that would create American jobs. "It is shameful that President Obama and Speaker Pelosi continue to pursue an irresponsible course of raising taxes, increasing spending, and taking the country further into debt," said Diaz-Balart." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Diaz-Balart: Reckless Spending Spree is Over. 19 February 2011. "The time has finally come to restrain runaway spending. These reductions are essential in order to revive our economy and create jobs for the American people. The Obama administration's out-of-control spending has not led us into prosperity; on the contrary, it has led us down the path of bankruptcy." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. 21 July 2009. "Mr. Speaker, it's time to give relief to the job creators like the small businesses; and very respectfully I say, Mr. President, it's time to stop talking. Stop wasting taxpayers' money. Stop irresponsibly borrowing. Stop raising taxes. It's time to focus, focus on creating jobs. That would be a welcome change." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Issue Position: Improving Education. 20 January 2012. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Diaz-Balart Praises Department of Education's Selection of Florida as Pilot Program Participant. 2 July 2008. "It is critical that we focus on improving our schools and ensuring that every student in our state receives a quality education and achieves academic success. By participating in this program Florida schools struggling to meet standards will benefit from comprehensive reforms and specialized assistance." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of Environment America 47 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of Environment America 47 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Mario Diaz-Balart voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 40 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Mario Diaz-Balart a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 67 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Did Not Vote on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 23 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the American Family Association 82 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Mario Diaz-Balart voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the Family Research Council 71 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 28 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Mario Diaz-Balart voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Diaz-Balart statement for the Congressional Record regarding the Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "Congress must be diligent in its efforts not to overstep and impede on more than two centuries of a successful Republic without absolute necessity. 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." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

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Vote Smart's Research

  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Social Security Trustees Report Released. 24 March 2005. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Mario Diaz-Balart supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 67 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Diaz-Balart Praises Bush for Discussing Need to Strengthen Social Security with Hispanic Leaders. 4 May 2005. "Younger workers should have the opportunity to build a nest egg by voluntarily putting a portion of their payroll taxes into a personal retirement account." (votesmart.org)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart. Diaz-Balart: Democrats Playing Dangerous Game with Americans' Future Retirement. 12 May 2005. "President Bush has already provided some remedies for Social Security's long-term funding ills. [¦] I applaud the President for presenting workable concrete ideas and will continue to work with the President to include personal retirement accounts in Social Security." (votesmart.org)

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