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Ed Royce's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 39, Republican
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Ed Royce has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Ed Royce is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 2014, 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

  • Ed Royce. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Ed Royce voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Ed Royce voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Ed Royce voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Ed Royce voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Ed Royce voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Ed Royce voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ed Royce voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Ed Royce voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Ed Royce voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Ed Royce voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ed Royce voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Ed Royce voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ed Royce voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • 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 Ed Royce a rating of 7 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Ed Royce voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Ed Royce voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Ed Royce voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Ed Royce voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ed Royce voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "Women should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "Federally funded abortions should be permitted."
  • Ed Royce. My Conservative Record. 16 August 2012. "National Right to Life: Current Rating for 112th Congress is 100%. Life Priority Network: Royce Rating: 100" (www.edroyce.com)
  • Ed Royce. ˜True Blue' Awards Given to the 110th Congress. 29 February 2008. "According to FRC, those earning the True Blue award have 'voted consistently for pro-family issues and have stood courageously in Congress in defense of life, family, faith and freedom.' Ed Royce, a Republican whose horseshoe-shaped 40th district incorporates Orange, Fullerton, Placentia, Buena Park and Cypress, earned the award by tallying a 100 percent voting record that matched positions of the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family Action." (royce.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% in 2013 by NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Rated 100% in 2014 by National Right to Life Committee
  • Ed Royce. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Ed Royce voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Ed Royce voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Ed Royce voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Ed Royce voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Ed Royce voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Ed Royce voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ed Royce voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Ed Royce voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Ed Royce voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Ed Royce voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ed Royce voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Ed Royce voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ed Royce voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • 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 Ed Royce a rating of 7 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Ed Royce voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Ed Royce voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Ed Royce voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Ed Royce voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ed Royce voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "Women should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "Federally funded abortions should be permitted."
  • Ed Royce. My Conservative Record. 16 August 2012. "National Right to Life: Current Rating for 112th Congress is 100%. Life Priority Network: Royce Rating: 100" (www.edroyce.com)
  • Rated 0% in 2013 by NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Rated 100% in 2014 by National Right to Life Committee
  • Ed Royce. ˜True Blue' Awards Given to the 110th Congress. 29 February 2008. "According to FRC, those earning the True Blue award have 'voted consistently for pro-family issues and have stood courageously in Congress in defense of life, family, faith and freedom.' Ed Royce, a Republican whose horseshoe-shaped 40th district incorporates Orange, Fullerton, Placentia, Buena Park and Cypress, earned the award by tallying a 100 percent voting record that matched positions of the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family Action." (royce.house.gov)
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

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 90 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 17 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Ed Royce voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise corporate taxes."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for all citizens."
  • Edward Royce. Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 1 January 2012. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of California 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Issue Position: Tax Relief. 27 February 2012. "I am a strong advocate for the taxpayer and have continuously worked to lower taxes for families and small businesses. I believe that people - not bureaucrats in Washington - should be able to keep more of their hard earned money. [¦] I supported the AMT patch because the congressional leadership dropped the tax increases in the bill that would've hurt our economy. However, a better option is a permanent fix, since patching just sets up the need for another fix for Tax Year 2008. I have introduced my own bill, the AMT Rate Reduction Act. This bill provides much needed relief to the increasing number of middle class taxpayers who are impacted by the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). This proposal offers a common sense, straight forward approach to removing the burden of this tax which today is clearly missing its mark." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Orange County Register - Tax Deal a Win, Not a Compromise. 21 December 2010. "What was in this bill that is driving the hard left over the edge? It prevented one of the largest tax increases in U.S. history from going into effect Jan. 1. The top income tax rate would have jumped from 35 percent to 39.6 percent; the lowest rate would have gone from 10 percent to 15 percent and all rates in between would have jumped. Taxes on capital gains were set to rise from 15 percent to 20 percent and dividend taxes from 15 percent to 39.6 percent. For those small-business owners and family farms, the estate tax was going to rise from zero this year to 55 percent rate on estates over $1 million. Had this GOP victory fallen apart, millions of small businesses would have seen higher taxes along with the hundreds of new mandates and regulations called for under Obamacare. Given the sorry state of our economy, that was not a risk we could take." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 90 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 17 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Ed Royce voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise corporate taxes."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for all citizens."
  • Edward Royce. Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 1 January 2012. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of California 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Issue Position: Tax Relief. 27 February 2012. "I am a strong advocate for the taxpayer and have continuously worked to lower taxes for families and small businesses. I believe that people - not bureaucrats in Washington - should be able to keep more of their hard earned money. [¦] I supported the AMT patch because the congressional leadership dropped the tax increases in the bill that would've hurt our economy. However, a better option is a permanent fix, since patching just sets up the need for another fix for Tax Year 2008. I have introduced my own bill, the AMT Rate Reduction Act. This bill provides much needed relief to the increasing number of middle class taxpayers who are impacted by the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). This proposal offers a common sense, straight forward approach to removing the burden of this tax which today is clearly missing its mark." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Orange County Register - Tax Deal a Win, Not a Compromise. 21 December 2010. "What was in this bill that is driving the hard left over the edge? It prevented one of the largest tax increases in U.S. history from going into effect Jan. 1. The top income tax rate would have jumped from 35 percent to 39.6 percent; the lowest rate would have gone from 10 percent to 15 percent and all rates in between would have jumped. Taxes on capital gains were set to rise from 15 percent to 20 percent and dividend taxes from 15 percent to 39.6 percent. For those small-business owners and family farms, the estate tax was going to rise from zero this year to 55 percent rate on estates over $1 million. Had this GOP victory fallen apart, millions of small businesses would have seen higher taxes along with the hundreds of new mandates and regulations called for under Obamacare. Given the sorry state of our economy, that was not a risk we could take." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Edward Royce. Royce Slams President's Budget. 13 February 2011. "For the fourth straight year this nation will have a $1 trillion-plus deficit. The President's response? Spend more, tax more and borrow more. In fact, under this budget request the President will add nearly $6 trillion to our nation's bloated debt (more than any other president). The President's budget does nothing to address our nation's most pressing issue -- our massive deficits. Instead of putting forth a serious budget, one that offers solutions for long-term economic growth, the President continues to recycle failed policies. I will continue to fight to cut spending. It's critical for job creation and economic revitalization." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Royce Votes to Cut, Cap and Balance Spending. 19 July 2011. "The Cut, Cap and Balance Act requires the federal government to spend within its means -- cutting and capping spending and requiring Congress to balance its budget. Last week President Obama said, 'We don't need a constitutional amendment to do our jobs.' Apparently, he does. Under this Administration the debt has increased by $3.7 trillion. By the end of this year our national debt will outgrow our entire economy. This kind of spending and borrowing is irresponsible. More importantly, it is unsustainable." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Ed Royce voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Ed Royce voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (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 Ed Royce a rating of 86 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental domestic spending."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Support" for: "Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose? Federal investment in America's infrastructure."
  • Edward Royce. "Government Must Be Cut Back." 9 March 2011. "The new House GOP, however, refuses to kick the can down the road. Our funding bill passed last month delivers on our campaign commitment to cut $100 billion in discretionary spending over the ensuing 12 months, two-thirds of which is in this fiscal year. Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats refuse to bring this bill up for a vote. While a two-week spending bill -- which expires March 18 -- cuts $4 billion (in line with the $100 billion figure over 12 months) simply sets the stage for the bigger spending debate. We will continue pushing significant spending cuts because that is the only responsible way to end the era of big government. Certainly this will not be easy. Every government program, no matter the size, has a champion in Congress and an interest group lobbying on its behalf. But if we are serious about addressing this looming budgetary crisis and getting our economy on solid footing, now is the time to make the hard choices. The actions taken so far by my GOP colleagues in the House prove that some are ready. This, however, is only a first step and it must be followed by many more, including entitlement reform. Now it is up to the Senate and the president to get on board and recognize that real job creation and economic growth has, and always will, come from entrepreneurship and free enterprise, not government." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. "Wrong Stimulus: More Debt and Higher Inflation." 5 February 2008. "With economic data pouring in, all indicators seem to be signaling an economic slowdown. Stemming from a troubled mortgage industry, the sluggish economy has become the most important issue to many in California. To address the growing concern, the Bush Administration and congressional leaders are touting their version of an economic "stimulus package" which would do more harm than good. The proposal I opposed in the House of Representative last week entails a spending increase of $150 billion. The Senate proposal is even more expensive, increasing several government programs. [¦] The economic stimulus package put forward fails to address the underlying problems in the economy, nearly doubles the federal deficit, and it may have a lasting negative impact on the value of our dollar. By reducing the purchasing power of the dollar, this proposal threatens seniors' ability to live on a fixed income and hands future generations the tax bill through deficit spending. Given the current status of our entitlement programs, we need to rethink how we spend taxpayers' money. It is imperative that we balance our budget and get back to sound fiscal policy which promotes long-term economic growth. Unfortunately, Washington's quick fix voted on last week did neither of these." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Issue Position: Economy. 24 February 2012. "Enacting policies that help to create new jobs and grow our economy is a priority for Rep. Royce. Among the best ways to do this is to cut taxes so that Americans have more of their own money to spend and invest, to reduce burdensome regulations on small businesses so they are able to expand and hire more workers, and to limit wasteful government spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Letter to President Barack Obama. 10 August 2011. "Following the passage of the Budget Control Act, media reports noted that your Administration 'pivoted' to focus on additional spending measures to spur job creation. Instead of taking this opportunity to advocate for more stimulus spending, which will fail again as it has in the past, now is the time to finish the task at hand. By redoubling our efforts and truly solving this debt crisis, we can provide the certainty necessary to spur economic growth. As recent economic studies have shown, at its current level our national debt reduces economic growth by 1-2 percentage points every year, which translates into one million fewer jobs annually. Mr. President, real economic growth will not occur until we address our out of control deficits. The House has and will continue to push for such spending cuts that appease the rating agencies and restore the U.S.'s pristine credit rating, but leadership on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue is needed if we are going to solve this crisis. Again, we urge you to immediately put forward your plan for at least an additional $2 trillion in specific spending cuts that will lead to the restoration of our 'AAA' credit rating." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Royce Opposes Democrats $825 Billion "Stimulus." 28 January 2009. "Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) opposed the Democrat Leadership's proposal, an $825 billion 'stimulus' package loaded with wasteful spending. Royce voted against the bill because it failed to deliver much needed economic stimulation or job creation. 'Americans around our nation are suffering. They deserve legislation that spurs investment and creates jobs back home. Instead I have to tell my constituents that the Democrat Leadership decided the solution to this crisis included giving billions to ACORN, a special interest group that has been accused of voter fraud and is reportedly under federal investigation [¦] What started out as an economic stimulus bill turned into an omnibus spending spree. Rather than helping our economy, the bill funds at least 150 different federal agencies, and provides taxpayer money for new government buildings, Americorps, Smithsonian upgrades, Amtrak, Department of Agriculture expansion, and the National Endowment for the Arts." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Royce Slams President's Budget. 13 February 2011. "For the fourth straight year this nation will have a $1 trillion-plus deficit. The President's response? Spend more, tax more and borrow more. In fact, under this budget request the President will add nearly $6 trillion to our nation's bloated debt (more than any other president). The President's budget does nothing to address our nation's most pressing issue -- our massive deficits. Instead of putting forth a serious budget, one that offers solutions for long-term economic growth, the President continues to recycle failed policies. I will continue to fight to cut spending. It's critical for job creation and economic revitalization." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Royce Votes to Cut, Cap and Balance Spending. 19 July 2011. "The Cut, Cap and Balance Act requires the federal government to spend within its means -- cutting and capping spending and requiring Congress to balance its budget. Last week President Obama said, 'We don't need a constitutional amendment to do our jobs.' Apparently, he does. Under this Administration the debt has increased by $3.7 trillion. By the end of this year our national debt will outgrow our entire economy. This kind of spending and borrowing is irresponsible. More importantly, it is unsustainable." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Ed Royce voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Ed Royce voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (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 Ed Royce a rating of 86 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental domestic spending."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Support" for: "Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose? Federal investment in America's infrastructure."
  • Edward Royce. "Government Must Be Cut Back." 9 March 2011. "The new House GOP, however, refuses to kick the can down the road. Our funding bill passed last month delivers on our campaign commitment to cut $100 billion in discretionary spending over the ensuing 12 months, two-thirds of which is in this fiscal year. Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats refuse to bring this bill up for a vote. While a two-week spending bill -- which expires March 18 -- cuts $4 billion (in line with the $100 billion figure over 12 months) simply sets the stage for the bigger spending debate. We will continue pushing significant spending cuts because that is the only responsible way to end the era of big government. Certainly this will not be easy. Every government program, no matter the size, has a champion in Congress and an interest group lobbying on its behalf. But if we are serious about addressing this looming budgetary crisis and getting our economy on solid footing, now is the time to make the hard choices. The actions taken so far by my GOP colleagues in the House prove that some are ready. This, however, is only a first step and it must be followed by many more, including entitlement reform. Now it is up to the Senate and the president to get on board and recognize that real job creation and economic growth has, and always will, come from entrepreneurship and free enterprise, not government." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. "Wrong Stimulus: More Debt and Higher Inflation." 5 February 2008. "With economic data pouring in, all indicators seem to be signaling an economic slowdown. Stemming from a troubled mortgage industry, the sluggish economy has become the most important issue to many in California. To address the growing concern, the Bush Administration and congressional leaders are touting their version of an economic "stimulus package" which would do more harm than good. The proposal I opposed in the House of Representative last week entails a spending increase of $150 billion. The Senate proposal is even more expensive, increasing several government programs. [¦] The economic stimulus package put forward fails to address the underlying problems in the economy, nearly doubles the federal deficit, and it may have a lasting negative impact on the value of our dollar. By reducing the purchasing power of the dollar, this proposal threatens seniors' ability to live on a fixed income and hands future generations the tax bill through deficit spending. Given the current status of our entitlement programs, we need to rethink how we spend taxpayers' money. It is imperative that we balance our budget and get back to sound fiscal policy which promotes long-term economic growth. Unfortunately, Washington's quick fix voted on last week did neither of these." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Issue Position: Economy. 24 February 2012. "Enacting policies that help to create new jobs and grow our economy is a priority for Rep. Royce. Among the best ways to do this is to cut taxes so that Americans have more of their own money to spend and invest, to reduce burdensome regulations on small businesses so they are able to expand and hire more workers, and to limit wasteful government spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Letter to President Barack Obama. 10 August 2011. "Following the passage of the Budget Control Act, media reports noted that your Administration 'pivoted' to focus on additional spending measures to spur job creation. Instead of taking this opportunity to advocate for more stimulus spending, which will fail again as it has in the past, now is the time to finish the task at hand. By redoubling our efforts and truly solving this debt crisis, we can provide the certainty necessary to spur economic growth. As recent economic studies have shown, at its current level our national debt reduces economic growth by 1-2 percentage points every year, which translates into one million fewer jobs annually. Mr. President, real economic growth will not occur until we address our out of control deficits. The House has and will continue to push for such spending cuts that appease the rating agencies and restore the U.S.'s pristine credit rating, but leadership on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue is needed if we are going to solve this crisis. Again, we urge you to immediately put forward your plan for at least an additional $2 trillion in specific spending cuts that will lead to the restoration of our 'AAA' credit rating." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Royce Opposes Democrats $825 Billion "Stimulus." 28 January 2009. "Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) opposed the Democrat Leadership's proposal, an $825 billion 'stimulus' package loaded with wasteful spending. Royce voted against the bill because it failed to deliver much needed economic stimulation or job creation. 'Americans around our nation are suffering. They deserve legislation that spurs investment and creates jobs back home. Instead I have to tell my constituents that the Democrat Leadership decided the solution to this crisis included giving billions to ACORN, a special interest group that has been accused of voter fraud and is reportedly under federal investigation [¦] What started out as an economic stimulus bill turned into an omnibus spending spree. Rather than helping our economy, the bill funds at least 150 different federal agencies, and provides taxpayer money for new government buildings, Americorps, Smithsonian upgrades, Amtrak, Department of Agriculture expansion, and the National Endowment for the Arts." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Ed Royce. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Ed Royce voted Nay on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Ed Royce voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? National curricula and standards."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? Increased national testing."
  • Edward Royce. Issue Position: Education. 27 February 2012. "The future of our country - the doctors, the pilots, and the teachers - lies in our children. We must make certain that every child is in a good school and is learning the basics. The best way to do this is to transfer the focus out of Washington and put it back where it belongs - in the states and communities who know the needs of our children the best. It is proven that schools function better and children learn more when big government bureaucracies are not mandating one-sized-fits-all approaches. The 111th Congress is expected to consider whether to change and extend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It is the primary source of federal aid for K-12 education. The ESEA was first enacted in 1965, and was most recently reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. The NCLB expanded federal influence into public education, with the goal of increasing accountability and improving achievement outcomes." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Ed Royce voted Nay on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Ed Royce voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? National curricula and standards."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? Increased national testing."
  • Edward Royce. Issue Position: Education. 27 February 2012. "The future of our country - the doctors, the pilots, and the teachers - lies in our children. We must make certain that every child is in a good school and is learning the basics. The best way to do this is to transfer the focus out of Washington and put it back where it belongs - in the states and communities who know the needs of our children the best. It is proven that schools function better and children learn more when big government bureaucracies are not mandating one-sized-fits-all approaches. The 111th Congress is expected to consider whether to change and extend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It is the primary source of federal aid for K-12 education. The ESEA was first enacted in 1965, and was most recently reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. The NCLB expanded federal influence into public education, with the goal of increasing accountability and improving achievement outcomes." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted Yea - HR 3301 - North American Energy Infrastructure Act - Vote to pass a bill that requires the Secretary of Commerce to approve any pipeline application pending approval unless such approval would not be in United States national security interests.
  • Voted Yea - HR 3 - Northern Route Approval Act - Vote to pass a bill that exempts the Keystone XL pipeline from the requirement of a presidential permit, establishes a deadline for filing claims, and requires the pipeline owners and operators to develop an oil spill response plan.
  • "A pending energy project of paramount importance is the far-too-long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, which would create an estimated 200,000 American jobs if ever approved by the Obama Administration. The President and Secretary Kerry have no credible reason to wait any longer to approve Keystone." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Edward Royce. Issue Position: Cap and Trade. 27 February 2012. "We need meaningful solutions, which is why I am a co-sponsor of the 'Defending America's Affordable Energy and Jobs Act' which prevents Washington bureaucrats from implementing the federal Cap and Trade plan. This bill removes dozens of current EPA regulations which unnecessarily drive up energy costs and inhibit job creation. This bill also prevents state legislatures from taxing greenhouse gas emissions. Removing these regulatory burdens is necessary to allow businesses to flourish and develop alternative means of energy production." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Ed Royce voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Ed Royce voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Issue Position: Cap and Trade. 27 February 2012. "We need meaningful solutions, which is why I am a co-sponsor of the 'Defending America's Affordable Energy and Jobs Act' which prevents Washington bureaucrats from implementing the federal Cap and Trade plan. This bill removes dozens of current EPA regulations which unnecessarily drive up energy costs and inhibit job creation. This bill also prevents state legislatures from taxing greenhouse gas emissions. Removing these regulatory burdens is necessary to allow businesses to flourish and develop alternative means of energy production." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Ed Royce voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Ed Royce voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Royce. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Ed Royce voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Ed Royce a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Ed Royce voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Ed Royce voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Ed Royce voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Ed Royce in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Ed Royce voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 6 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Ed Royce voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Ed Royce voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Ed Royce voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "A ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "A mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun."
  • Endorsed by National Rifle Association in 2014
  • Rated 90% in 2013 by Gun Owners of America
  • Rated 93% in 2014 by National Rifle Association
  • Voted Yea - H Amdt 1098 - Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws - Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 5016 that prohibits the government of the District of Columbia from using funds appropriated by this bill to enforce certain firearms statutes.
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Ed Royce a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Ed Royce voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Ed Royce voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Ed Royce voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Ed Royce in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Ed Royce voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Ed Royce voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 6 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Ed Royce voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Ed Royce voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Ed Royce voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "A ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "A mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun."
  • Endorsed by National Rifle Association in 2014
  • Rated 90% in 2013 by Gun Owners of America
  • Rated 93% in 2014 by National Rifle Association
  • Voted Yea - H Amdt 1098 - Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws - Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 5016 that prohibits the government of the District of Columbia from using funds appropriated by this bill to enforce certain firearms statutes.
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Ed Royce voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor? No reform necessary at this time."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Elimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada."
  • Edward Royce. Royce Reacts to President Obama's State of the Union Address. 26 January 2011. "The president's health plan is now law, yet costs are still going up and people are losing the coverage they were told they could keep. The law's taxes, penalties, mandates and fees will hamper job creation in this tough economy. We need a fiscally responsible plan with patient-centered reforms that actually reduce costs and expand coverage. Rather than a huge health care bill that we can't afford, it is time to give individuals and states much greater freedom and encouragement to put into place innovative approaches that will work best for them. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Royce Opposes Government Healthcare Takeover. 21 March 2010. "The House passed H.R. 3590, the health care bill by a vote of 219-212, and H.R. 4872, the House reconciliation bill, which makes changes to the underlying legislation by a vote of 220-211. Royce voted against both bills. The legislation now goes back to the Senate. [¦] Congress should have focused on alternatives that actually lower costs and avoid putting our country on a path toward bankruptcy. Royce supports three simple, low cost solutions to reform our health care system. Any reform effort must include tort reform to rein in junk lawsuits that make the cost of healthcare skyrocket. Royce wants to allow small business and individuals to purchase health care across state lines and access one broad national market. Small businesses should be allowed to band together to purchase health care for their employees at a more affordable price, just as large corporations and unions do." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. "Job Creation Must Occur Despite President Obama." 9 September 2011. "He says he wants to take on entitlement reform. Okay, well he really said he wanted to trim Medicare and Medicaid around the edges. Yet he brought us the newest entitlement program called Obamacare. Not only did this create an unfunded liability for generations to come, it pulled $500 billion from the same Medicare program he now apparently wants to fix. You don't 'fix' entitlements by creating new ones and you don't rein in the deficits by calling for more spending. The damage caused by this Administration's first two and a half years has been profound and it has further imperiled our economy. Not that we need any, but the latest evidence came this week when the World Economic Forum dropped the U.S. on the list of most competitive economies to 5th place; we were 1st when the president came into office. Until the president realizes that real economic growth will not occur until this bloated government is scaled back, the unsustainable deficits are reined in and his job-killing agenda is repealed, our economy will continue to sputter." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Health Care Reform. 16 March 2010. "Madam Speaker, when we picked up the headlines of The Washington Post today, it says, 'Pelosi may try to pass health bill without vote.' And through nothing more than budgetary gimmicks, like counting half a trillion dollars reserved for Medicare twice, the Speaker claims it's going to pencil out [¦] Instead of addressing the actual drivers of rising health care costs, like escalating legal liability cost, and structural flaws in the way insurance is regulated, this bill compounds the problem and shifts the cost curve up, not down [¦] The American people know that when so-called health care reform includes tax hikes, less freedom and more government control, it's a government takeover of health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Rep. Royce Votes to Repeal the Government Takeover of Healthcare. 19 January 2011. "Last year, despite our objections, despite the warnings from economists and actuaries regarding the sustainability of this program, and despite the overwhelming opposition from the American people -- the Democratic Congress passed one of the most intrusive bills this nation has ever seen. Obamacare is a 2 trillion dollar entitlement program that is "paid for" by higher taxes and budgetary gimmicks. This government takeover of healthcare is an example of the reckless spending and burdensome regulations coming from Washington. [¦] That is why we are taking this important step and repealing this 2 trillion dollar fiscal train wreck. Now we can begin work on market based solutions that will actually lower healthcare costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted Yea - HR 45 - Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 - Vote to pass a bill that repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Ed Royce voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor? No reform necessary at this time."
  • Ed Royce. Project Vote Smart: 1992 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Elimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada."
  • Edward Royce. "Job Creation Must Occur Despite President Obama." 9 September 2011. "He says he wants to take on entitlement reform. Okay, well he really said he wanted to trim Medicare and Medicaid around the edges. Yet he brought us the newest entitlement program called Obamacare. Not only did this create an unfunded liability for generations to come, it pulled $500 billion from the same Medicare program he now apparently wants to fix. You don't 'fix' entitlements by creating new ones and you don't rein in the deficits by calling for more spending. The damage caused by this Administration's first two and a half years has been profound and it has further imperiled our economy. Not that we need any, but the latest evidence came this week when the World Economic Forum dropped the U.S. on the list of most competitive economies to 5th place; we were 1st when the president came into office. Until the president realizes that real economic growth will not occur until this bloated government is scaled back, the unsustainable deficits are reined in and his job-killing agenda is repealed, our economy will continue to sputter." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Health Care Reform. 16 March 2010. "Madam Speaker, when we picked up the headlines of The Washington Post today, it says, 'Pelosi may try to pass health bill without vote.' And through nothing more than budgetary gimmicks, like counting half a trillion dollars reserved for Medicare twice, the Speaker claims it's going to pencil out [¦] Instead of addressing the actual drivers of rising health care costs, like escalating legal liability cost, and structural flaws in the way insurance is regulated, this bill compounds the problem and shifts the cost curve up, not down [¦] The American people know that when so-called health care reform includes tax hikes, less freedom and more government control, it's a government takeover of health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Rep. Royce Votes to Repeal the Government Takeover of Healthcare. 19 January 2011. "Last year, despite our objections, despite the warnings from economists and actuaries regarding the sustainability of this program, and despite the overwhelming opposition from the American people -- the Democratic Congress passed one of the most intrusive bills this nation has ever seen. Obamacare is a 2 trillion dollar entitlement program that is "paid for" by higher taxes and budgetary gimmicks. This government takeover of healthcare is an example of the reckless spending and burdensome regulations coming from Washington. [¦] That is why we are taking this important step and repealing this 2 trillion dollar fiscal train wreck. Now we can begin work on market based solutions that will actually lower healthcare costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Royce Opposes Government Healthcare Takeover. 21 March 2010. "The House passed H.R. 3590, the health care bill by a vote of 219-212, and H.R. 4872, the House reconciliation bill, which makes changes to the underlying legislation by a vote of 220-211. Royce voted against both bills. The legislation now goes back to the Senate. [¦] Congress should have focused on alternatives that actually lower costs and avoid putting our country on a path toward bankruptcy. Royce supports three simple, low cost solutions to reform our health care system. Any reform effort must include tort reform to rein in junk lawsuits that make the cost of healthcare skyrocket. Royce wants to allow small business and individuals to purchase health care across state lines and access one broad national market. Small businesses should be allowed to band together to purchase health care for their employees at a more affordable price, just as large corporations and unions do." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Royce Reacts to President Obama's State of the Union Address. 26 January 2011. "The president's health plan is now law, yet costs are still going up and people are losing the coverage they were told they could keep. The law's taxes, penalties, mandates and fees will hamper job creation in this tough economy. We need a fiscally responsible plan with patient-centered reforms that actually reduce costs and expand coverage. Rather than a huge health care bill that we can't afford, it is time to give individuals and states much greater freedom and encouragement to put into place innovative approaches that will work best for them. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Voted Yea - HR 45 - Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 - Vote to pass a bill that repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Edward Royce. Video: CNN: Dem critical of Obama immigration plan. 10 May 2011. "Spitzer: The DREAM Act: A lot of people say it is basic decency, fairness. Kids were brought in at the tender age of 6 months or a year. They did nothing wrong. Could you agree that they “ if they are in college, in the military “ they should be given a path to citizenship? Is that a point of common purpose here? Royce: Well, certainly in the military, and frankly, I think there is an area to come into an agreement here." [2:55] (www.youtube.com)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Ed Royce in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Ed Royce voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Ed Royce in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Ed Royce voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Representative Royce Reacts to Reid's Amnesty Plan. 15 September 2011. "Today, Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) reacted to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's plan to include amnesty legislation, known as the DREAM Act, in the Defense Department authorization bill: 'Under this legislation, illegal immigrants will be granted amnesty by meeting minimal criteria. For every illegal immigrant admitted to a university, an American student or legal resident would be turned away at a time when every state university is raising tuition, and many are curtailing enrollment [¦] Simply put, this isn't fair. Amnesty legislation, like the DREAM Act, will only compound the problem, draw more illegal immigrants to this country, and encourage those breaking our laws to continue to disrespect them. We need to focus on enforcing our current immigration laws.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. 72 Members Tell Senate: Enforcement First, No Amnesty. 16 March 2006. "As you know, the House of Representatives passed an immigration reform bill in December. The bill takes several steps to restore order to our anarchical borders and to reform our dysfunctional immigration system. Among other provisions, the bill calls for the construction of a security fence along our southern border, streamlines federal and local law enforcement cooperation on immigration matters, and helps protect American workers by mandating an instant check system for businesses to verify the legal status of their employees. We worked diligently to make sure that our vision for reform passed the House, and we were pleased that it garnered broad bipartisan support. [¦] We believe that both houses of Congress have a shared responsibility to solve this problem. Unfortunately, we have grave concerns about several of the proposals which have been presented to your committee. We are concerned that some of these proposals are fundamentally incompatible with the desire of the American public for real immigration reform - and their clear opposition to reform proposals that amount to little more than thinly disguised attempts to provide amnesty. If the Senate were to pass such a proposal, we believe it would doom any chance of a real reform bill reaching the President's desk this year." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Orange County Register : "Obama Presses for Immigration Overhaul." 26 June 2009. "President Barack Obama on Thursday jump-started the immigration debate by meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers who are key to any bill's passage and telling them he wants something done late this year or early in 2010. [¦] Rep. Ed Royce,R-Fullerton, said he was disappointed not to be at the meeting and that Democrats heavily outnumbered Republicans. 'It signals a desire on the part of the administration to work with their allies to try to enact an amnesty bill and to do it principally working with those who are already in agreement in term of offering that amnesty,' said Royce,who this week voted against a homeland security appropriations bill because he thought its border security measures were too weak." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Royce Announces Introduction of Bipartisan Immigration Enforcement Bill. 6 November 2007. "Washington, Nov 6 - Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) joined a bipartisan delegation of Members of Congress to announce the introduction of the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act. 'This bill does what the American people want us to do - to enforce our immigration laws,' said Royce, a coauthor of the SAVE Act, at the press conference. [¦] 'Current immigration policies are obviously a failure. It is past time we strengthen operational control of our borders and it is good to see a bipartisan solution that moves us in the right direction,' said Royce." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Royce Reacts to President Obama's State of the Union Address. 26 January 2011. "Over the last few years Obama has pressed for amnesty. That has not materialized. What the American people want is border enforcement first. We must restore the integrity of our nation's borders and reestablish respect for our immigration laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades. This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Video: CNN: Dem critical of Obama immigration plan. 10 May 2011. "Spitzer: The DREAM Act: A lot of people say it is basic decency, fairness. Kids were brought in at the tender age of 6 months or a year. They did nothing wrong. Could you agree that they “ if they are in college, in the military “ they should be given a path to citizenship? Is that a point of common purpose here? Royce: Well, certainly in the military, and frankly, I think there is an area to come into an agreement here." [2:55] (www.youtube.com)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Ed Royce in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Ed Royce voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Ed Royce in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Ed Royce voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. 72 Members Tell Senate: Enforcement First, No Amnesty. 16 March 2006. "As you know, the House of Representatives passed an immigration reform bill in December. The bill takes several steps to restore order to our anarchical borders and to reform our dysfunctional immigration system. Among other provisions, the bill calls for the construction of a security fence along our southern border, streamlines federal and local law enforcement cooperation on immigration matters, and helps protect American workers by mandating an instant check system for businesses to verify the legal status of their employees. We worked diligently to make sure that our vision for reform passed the House, and we were pleased that it garnered broad bipartisan support. [¦] We believe that both houses of Congress have a shared responsibility to solve this problem. Unfortunately, we have grave concerns about several of the proposals which have been presented to your committee. We are concerned that some of these proposals are fundamentally incompatible with the desire of the American public for real immigration reform - and their clear opposition to reform proposals that amount to little more than thinly disguised attempts to provide amnesty. If the Senate were to pass such a proposal, we believe it would doom any chance of a real reform bill reaching the President's desk this year." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Orange County Register : "Obama Presses for Immigration Overhaul." 26 June 2009. "President Barack Obama on Thursday jump-started the immigration debate by meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers who are key to any bill's passage and telling them he wants something done late this year or early in 2010. [¦] Rep. Ed Royce,R-Fullerton, said he was disappointed not to be at the meeting and that Democrats heavily outnumbered Republicans. 'It signals a desire on the part of the administration to work with their allies to try to enact an amnesty bill and to do it principally working with those who are already in agreement in term of offering that amnesty,' said Royce,who this week voted against a homeland security appropriations bill because he thought its border security measures were too weak." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Representative Royce Reacts to Reid's Amnesty Plan. 15 September 2011. "Today, Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) reacted to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's plan to include amnesty legislation, known as the DREAM Act, in the Defense Department authorization bill: 'Under this legislation, illegal immigrants will be granted amnesty by meeting minimal criteria. For every illegal immigrant admitted to a university, an American student or legal resident would be turned away at a time when every state university is raising tuition, and many are curtailing enrollment [¦] Simply put, this isn't fair. Amnesty legislation, like the DREAM Act, will only compound the problem, draw more illegal immigrants to this country, and encourage those breaking our laws to continue to disrespect them. We need to focus on enforcing our current immigration laws.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Royce Announces Introduction of Bipartisan Immigration Enforcement Bill. 6 November 2007. "Washington, Nov 6 - Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) joined a bipartisan delegation of Members of Congress to announce the introduction of the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act. 'This bill does what the American people want us to do - to enforce our immigration laws,' said Royce, a coauthor of the SAVE Act, at the press conference. [¦] 'Current immigration policies are obviously a failure. It is past time we strengthen operational control of our borders and it is good to see a bipartisan solution that moves us in the right direction,' said Royce." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Royce Reacts to President Obama's State of the Union Address. 26 January 2011. "Over the last few years Obama has pressed for amnesty. That has not materialized. What the American people want is border enforcement first. We must restore the integrity of our nation's borders and reestablish respect for our immigration laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades. This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Ed Royce. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Ed Royce voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Family Research Council 85 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Ed Royce voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Ed Royce voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% in 2014 by Human Rights Campaign - Positions on Marriage
  • Ed Royce. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Ed Royce voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Family Research Council 85 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Ed Royce voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Royce. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Ed Royce voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% in 2014 by Human Rights Campaign - Positions on Marriage
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Edward Royce. It's Global Jihad, Stupid. 11 May 2010. "Six years ago, the bi-partisan 9/11 Commission found, 'The catastrophic threat at this moment in history is...the threat posed by Islamist terrorism - especially the al Qaeda network, its affiliates, and its ideology.' This threat has only grown since, but these words are barely spoken. Islamist terrorism is the not so hidden hand behind terrorist plots worldwide -- we can either confront it, or ignore it at our peril." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Blog: Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Gavel. 21 December 2010. "Terrorism and proliferation should be linked. The threat of a terrorist using WMD is deadly serious. While today's terrorist attacks are mainly suicide bombings, terrorist groups are looking to get WMD. We desperately need new strategies to combat this spreading technology. I'm gravely worried about the security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. Then there are the terrorist states of Iran and North Korea. Look for the Committee to turn-up the pressure on these two rogues." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Orange County Register - Osama's Views Live on in Pakistan. 5 May 2011. "The greatest attack against America, on Sept. 11, 2001, ushered in a decade of troubles. Two wars abroad, costly and inconvenient new security measures at home, fiscal woes. Killing the man most responsible for 9/11 -- Osama bin Laden -- won't solve these problems. [¦] Kudos to our forces who delivered justice to Osama bin Laden. Ten years is too long, but this is a big win nonetheless, especially as many had given up hope. All eyes are on Pakistan now. Much is unknown, but there is no getting around that the world's greatest terrorist was living comfortably in the midst of a nuclear-armed military establishment that has shown indifference to the proliferation of its most deadly weapons and the spread of terrorist ideology. Who knows, maybe we acted in the nick of time." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Royce Statement "9/11: Five Years Later - Gauging Islamist Terrorism." 7 September 2006. "Just as the terrorists have evolved, we as a government and society must evolve too. Judge Richard Posner wrote last month, 'to the extent that our laws do handicap us in fighting terrorists, it is one more sign that we do not take the threat of terrorism seriously enough to be willing to reexamine a commitment to a rather extravagant conception of civil liberties that was formed in a different and safer era.' The overreaction to the Administration's 'terrorist surveillance program,' which aims to intercept al-Qaeda communications, tells me that Judge Posner is on the mark. The desperate need today is to find out who the terrorists are, and we shouldn't shy away from aggressively doing so." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Spare the Victory Dance. 18 November 2011. "The difficulties of Iraq and Afghanistan underscore the need for extreme prudence in foreign commitments. Nation building is unaffordable and beyond the tolerance of the American people today. The once in vogue notion that every potential terrorist sanctuary must be made governable and secure has proven very problematic. The world is too big, with too many intractable conflicts. Covert and other small-footprint efforts will have to continue to improve. The U.S. also needs to prioritize. The greatest threat is that terrorists acquire weapons of mass destruction. Common sense says priority should be given to Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism with a vibrant nuclear program. The security of Pakistan's nuclear program likewise is a grave concern. Parts of al-Qaeda have been hammered. Well done. But that is just part of a larger struggle, which demands sustained and intense effort. That is the world we have lived in since 9/11. Unfortunately, it will last for some time. It is not time for victory." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Twitter: @RepEdRoyce. 18 August 2011. "On predator drone strikes SecDef says we're defending our country...they're terrorists. Bravo." (twitter.com)
  • Edward Royce. Foreign Intrigue Blog: Support from Above. 17 August 2011. "A year ago, I gave then-CIA Director Leon Panetta praise for fending off the ACLU's criticism of the effort to target Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born terrorist operating out of Yemen. The now Defense Secretary is back again, injected some words of common sense into the debate over Predator drone strikes [¦] According to the Journal, the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan is pushing for more 'judicious' use of the drone attacks. That's counter to the advice my subcommittee heard during a hearing on 'The Future of Al-Qaeda,' where terrorism experts cited the drones as key. According to one unnamed U.S. official, 'the phrase "more judicious" is really code for ˜let's appease Pakistani sensitivities."' Luckily, the SecDef isn't having any of it." (royce.house.gov)
  • Edward Royce. Twitter: @RepEdRoyce. 18 August 2011. "On predator drone strikes SecDef says we're defending our country...they're terrorists. Bravo." (twitter.com)
  • Edward Royce. Blog: Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Gavel. 21 December 2010. "Terrorism and proliferation should be linked. The threat of a terrorist using WMD is deadly serious. While today's terrorist attacks are mainly suicide bombings, terrorist groups are looking to get WMD. We desperately need new strategies to combat this spreading technology. I'm gravely worried about the security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. Then there are the terrorist states of Iran and North Korea. Look for the Committee to turn-up the pressure on these two rogues." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. It's Global Jihad, Stupid. 11 May 2010. "Six years ago, the bi-partisan 9/11 Commission found, 'The catastrophic threat at this moment in history is...the threat posed by Islamist terrorism - especially the al Qaeda network, its affiliates, and its ideology.' This threat has only grown since, but these words are barely spoken. Islamist terrorism is the not so hidden hand behind terrorist plots worldwide -- we can either confront it, or ignore it at our peril." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Orange County Register - Osama's Views Live on in Pakistan. 5 May 2011. "The greatest attack against America, on Sept. 11, 2001, ushered in a decade of troubles. Two wars abroad, costly and inconvenient new security measures at home, fiscal woes. Killing the man most responsible for 9/11 -- Osama bin Laden -- won't solve these problems. [¦] Kudos to our forces who delivered justice to Osama bin Laden. Ten years is too long, but this is a big win nonetheless, especially as many had given up hope. All eyes are on Pakistan now. Much is unknown, but there is no getting around that the world's greatest terrorist was living comfortably in the midst of a nuclear-armed military establishment that has shown indifference to the proliferation of its most deadly weapons and the spread of terrorist ideology. Who knows, maybe we acted in the nick of time." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Royce Statement "9/11: Five Years Later - Gauging Islamist Terrorism." 7 September 2006. "Just as the terrorists have evolved, we as a government and society must evolve too. Judge Richard Posner wrote last month, 'to the extent that our laws do handicap us in fighting terrorists, it is one more sign that we do not take the threat of terrorism seriously enough to be willing to reexamine a commitment to a rather extravagant conception of civil liberties that was formed in a different and safer era.' The overreaction to the Administration's 'terrorist surveillance program,' which aims to intercept al-Qaeda communications, tells me that Judge Posner is on the mark. The desperate need today is to find out who the terrorists are, and we shouldn't shy away from aggressively doing so." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Spare the Victory Dance. 18 November 2011. "The difficulties of Iraq and Afghanistan underscore the need for extreme prudence in foreign commitments. Nation building is unaffordable and beyond the tolerance of the American people today. The once in vogue notion that every potential terrorist sanctuary must be made governable and secure has proven very problematic. The world is too big, with too many intractable conflicts. Covert and other small-footprint efforts will have to continue to improve. The U.S. also needs to prioritize. The greatest threat is that terrorists acquire weapons of mass destruction. Common sense says priority should be given to Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism with a vibrant nuclear program. The security of Pakistan's nuclear program likewise is a grave concern. Parts of al-Qaeda have been hammered. Well done. But that is just part of a larger struggle, which demands sustained and intense effort. That is the world we have lived in since 9/11. Unfortunately, it will last for some time. It is not time for victory." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Foreign Intrigue Blog: Support from Above. 17 August 2011. "A year ago, I gave then-CIA Director Leon Panetta praise for fending off the ACLU's criticism of the effort to target Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born terrorist operating out of Yemen. The now Defense Secretary is back again, injected some words of common sense into the debate over Predator drone strikes [¦] According to the Journal, the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan is pushing for more 'judicious' use of the drone attacks. That's counter to the advice my subcommittee heard during a hearing on 'The Future of Al-Qaeda,' where terrorism experts cited the drones as key. According to one unnamed U.S. official, 'the phrase "more judicious" is really code for ˜let's appease Pakistani sensitivities."' Luckily, the SecDef isn't having any of it." (royce.house.gov)
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

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 22 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Video: Royce Talks Jobs and the Economy on ABC. 14 June 2011. "There are ways certainly to make sure that Social Security is, you know, is viable long range. I think we know how to come to the table on Social Security, that's been done before." (youtu.be)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Ed Royce supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 22 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Royce. Video: Royce Talks Jobs and the Economy on ABC. 14 June 2011. "There are ways certainly to make sure that Social Security is, you know, is viable long range. I think we know how to come to the table on Social Security, that's been done before." (youtu.be)

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Congressional Election 1992 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
1. Which of the following tax measures, if any, will you support if elected to the Congress in 1992?
XReducing the capital gains tax rate on profits from the sale of stocks, bonds and real estate.
XPermitting tax-free withdrawals from IRAs in limited circumstances.
XProviding some kind of middle-class tax break.
Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000.
XProviding a tax credit for first-time home buyers.
XRepealing luxury taxes on limited items.
XProviding a temporary investment tax credit.
Other
Please evaluate the following general program areas and indicate the level of federal funding that you will support if you are elected to Congress.
Keep Spending The SameHealth Care
Keep Spending The SameUnemployment
Decrease SpendingAIDS Research
Decrease SpendingEnvironment
Decrease SpendingDefense
Decrease SpendingEducation
Increase SpendingNational Debt Payments
Keep Spending The SameDrugs
If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt?
XReduce governmental defense spending.
XReduce governmental domestic spending.
Raise personal income taxes for all citizens.
Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000.
Raise corporate taxes.
Do nothing at the present time.
Other
Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose?
SupportExtending unemployment compensation further.
OpposeFederal support of job retraining programs.
OpposeFederal grants to states for creating jobs in inner cities.
Strongly SupportMandating workfare for welfare recipients.
Strongly SupportMinimizing governmental intervention and letting the market take a more natural course.
SupportFederal investment in America's infrastructure.
Other
Which of the following policies, if any, should be pursued by the federal government in the area of the United States/Japenese trade?
Restricting the overall volume of goods entering the United States from Japan.
Imposing tariffs on goods entering the United States from Japan.
Requiring Japan to eliminate its trade surplus with the United States over a period of five years.
Requiring reciprocal trade agreements between the United States and Japan based on equal dollar values.
XImposing no restrictions on trade between the United States and Japan.
Other
Which of the following defense proposals do you support or oppose?
SupportReduction of the number of American military troops.
Strongly SupportContinued funding of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).
Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor?
Elimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada.
XOffering tax incentives to all small employers in return for guaranteed health insurance coverage of all employees and their families.
Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage.
Creation of a fund designed to provide health insurance to the unemployed and supported by additional tax levies on large employers.
XA system of tax credits and vouchers to provide health insurance for the working poor and people of moderate income.
No reform necessary at this time.
Other
If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support?
Increased federal funding.
Increased state and local funding.
XImproved teacher recruitment and training.
National curricula and standards.
XSmaller classes.
Increased national testing.
XA "choice" or "vouchers" program.
No major changes are necessary at this time.
Other
If elected to Congress, how will you confront the War on Drugs?"
Provide federal funds to educate people about the dangers of drugs.
Provide federal funds to help drug addicts overcome their addictions.
XWork with foreign governments to stop the export of drugs to this country.
XImpose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug dealers.
Impose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug users.
Legalize the possession and use of drugs.
Other
What is your opinion on the following environmental proposals?
Strongly SupportOpening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.
Strongly SupportAmending the Clean Water Act's section on wetlands to provide landowners with greater rights.
Strongly OpposeReauthorization of The Endangered Species Act in its current form.
Please indicate which of the following positions you support or oppose.
Strongly SupportParental or spousal notification prior to permitting an abortion.
OpposeAbortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
OpposeFederally funded abortions should be permitted.
Strongly OpposeWomen should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason.
Strongly SupportAbortion should be legal only in limited circumstances, for example, when the life of the mother is endangered or in the case of rape or incest.
Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose?
Strongly SupportExpansion of the number of federal crimes punishable by death.
Strongly OpposeA mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun.
SupportIncreased federal spending for state and local police programs.
OpposeA ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons.
Strongly SupportA limitation on habeas corpus appeals for death row inmates.
Other
Whare are your two top priorities if elected to the Congress?
a. What will you do about each priority?

1. Revitalize the economy and create jobs thru a reduction in taxes, including the capital gains tax and a reduction in governmental regulations on business.

b. How will you finance (when necessary) each priority?

2. Increase public safety and enhance the rights of crime victims.

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