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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 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. 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 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26772/ed-royce#.VbGZ6XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26772/ed-royce#.VbGZ6XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50973 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, the House of Representatives passed, with support from Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. The legislation extends the current payroll tax extension, delays the "Doc Fix," reforms unemployment insurance and provides new incentives for job creation, including taking action on the bipartisan Keystone XL energy project." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/660848/royce-supports-middle-class-tax-relief-and-job-creation-act#.VbGaenUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Ed Royce, 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 rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VbGaPnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This amount of debt is unsustainable and it threatens job creation and economic growth in this country. It's simple; we need to stop spending money we don't have. Unfortunately, the President continues to recycle failed policies – spend more, tax more and borrow more." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/739933/royce-statement-on-national-debt-surpassing-16-trillion#.VbJJ7XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Creating an environment that encourages small businesses to grow and hire is the only path towards reinvigorating our stagnant economy. That's why I joined my colleagues in the House of Representatives in passing a budget that would cut $5.7 trillion in spending, balance the budget in ten years, and provide relief to our nation's small businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/864445/rep-royce-on-president-obamas-proposed-budget#.VbJJi3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, the House of Representatives passed, with support from Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. The legislation extends the current payroll tax extension, delays the "Doc Fix," reforms unemployment insurance and provides new incentives for job creation, including taking action on the bipartisan Keystone XL energy project." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/660848/royce-supports-middle-class-tax-relief-and-job-creation-act#.VbGaenUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Ed Royce, 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 rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VbGaPnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/983482/issue-position-education#.VbJKWXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to make sure our schools are the very best they can be. Today, much of the money we spend on education is wasted on the bureaucracy, instead of being spent in the classroom where teachers and students need it the most. We need to get more of our education dollars into the classroom." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/702460/issue-position-excellence-in-education#.VbJK2nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbJLN3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "With his pen today, President Obama has said 'no' to energy and jobs for American families. The President should have listened to his own State Department, which determined that the pipeline's construction and operation is environmentally safe." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/956999/chairman-royce-statement-on-president-obamas-veto-of-keystone-xl-pipeline-legislation/?search=xl#.VbJLcXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "New, clean technology is doubling car battery capacity every two years for hybrid vehicles. Improvements in vehicular fuel efficiency have also helped, benefiting the environment and lessening our reliance on oil." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629878/issue-position-cap-and-trade#.VbJMyXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Renewable and clean energy sources like nuclear, wind, solar, and lithium-ion car batteries for electric hybrids will provide the base of our energy supply in the future." http://royce.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=4347 (royce.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • "I co-sponsored 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." http://royce.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=4347 (royce.house.gov)
  • "Cap-and-trade has been tried in Europe, and has had no effect whatsoever on CO2 emissions, but it has had a harmful effect on the economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629878/issue-position-cap-and-trade#.VbJMyXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464#.VbJOQXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26772/ed-royce/37#.VbJN2nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provision in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VbJPE3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I urge my colleagues to repeal this health care law so that we can replace it with a plan that is fiscally responsible, that gives Americans the freedom to make health care choices for their family, that contains reforms that actually reduce costs and actually expands coverage." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/724267/repeal-of-obamacare-act#.VbJPTnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "With increasing violence along the US-Mexico border and recent news reports of terrorists taking advantage of our porous border, I know all too well that border security is national security. Now more than ever we must work to secure our borders." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/587726/royce-announces-plan-to-introduce-immigration-reform-legislation#.VbJQUXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "With every amnesty, we have had a problem with massive fraud. About one-fourth of those legalized under the 1986 law received amnesty fraudulently." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/575666/rep-royce-opposes-another-amnesty-attempt#.VbJQgHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1416 "Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/41178#.VbJRjHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26772/ed-royce/76#.VbJREnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Thanks to their gutsy mission, a key ISIS leader who directed the group's financing is out of the game and another terrorist has been captured. U.S. forces must now use the intelligence captured at the terrorist compound in Syria and gathered from Umm Sayyaf to keep hitting this deadly and savage enemy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/976462/royce-statement-on-us-special-operations-mission-inside-syria#.VbJS33UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "It is right to target ISIS from the air, while local Arab and Kurdish forces are trained and armed to battle on the ground, but Syria can't be a sanctuary from U.S. and allied air strikes. Air strikes and local training and equipping are the right tools, as U.S. infantry shouldn't be sent into this fight." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/920390/chairman-royce-statement-on-president-obamas-isis-strategy#.VbJTkXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "If the current Social Security system were maintained as it is, it would not provide future generations with an adequate retirement. At best it would make an already low pension only marginally better. This is why I want to encourage saving and investing for retirement. Now is the time to fix this problem, so younger Americans are able to live more comfortably in their retirement years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/373237/issue-position-seniors-issues#.VbJUunUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 6% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26772/ed-royce/53 (votesmart.org)

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Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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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