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Jeff Denham's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 10, Republican
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Jeff Denham 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.

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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

  • 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)
  • "The candidates were also split regarding abortion. Hernandez couched it in terms of treating women equally, while Denham said he believes in the sanctity of life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/701556/the-modesto-bee-stanislaus-county-candidates-spar-in-latino-roundtable#.Vahc-nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/28769/jeff-denham#.Vahc1nUVhHw (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

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 9 "Income Tax Deduction for Small Businesses" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/39635#.VakRu3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating to "[...] oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business [...]" http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/120111-federalpledgesigners.pdf (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • "I remain fully committed to finding solutions to lessen that burden and help establish a fairer, simpler, and flatter tax code. This starts with repealing unnecessary taxes that impede our job creators' abilities to hire more workers and penalize small businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/980029/denham-advocates-for-fairer-flatter-tax-code#.VakPQ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.B. 1137 "Sentences for Non-Violent Drug Offenders" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/5118#.VakTeHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Without additional resources, the continued erosion of our infrastructure will soon cripple economic activity in the region and restrict the availability of goods to the Central Valley." https://denham.house.gov/issue/transportation (denham.house.gov)
  • "Future generations should not be forced to pay for today's careless spending habits. We should look for more common-sense, bipartisan solutions to cut spending and save billions in taxpayer dollars, such as selling unneeded or wasteful federal properties." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/777389/denham-statement-on-presidents-2014-budget#.VahdoXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Continued spending of federal dollars on high-speed rail when the California High-Speed Rail Authority has no viable method of generating state funds puts all federal money for the state of California in jeopardy." https://denham.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/denham-introduce-bill-suspend-federal-spending-california-s-high-speed (denham.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • "I remain fully committed to finding solutions to lessen that burden and help establish a fairer, simpler, and flatter tax code. This starts with repealing unnecessary taxes that impede our job creators' abilities to hire more workers and penalize small businesses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/980029/denham-advocates-for-fairer-flatter-tax-code#.VahdVHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I disagree strongly with any action that raises taxes on working Americans. In this time of great economic uncertainty and peril, we must keep taxes low so that hard working Americans can put their dollars to work." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629548/issue-position-tax-reform#.VahdzXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of SBx5 1 "Education Law Amendments" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/28374#.VakWjHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Ultimately, I believe that State governments have the primary responsibility for educating the future generations of America. The federal government, through misguided regulatory power grabs, a takeover of the student loan industry, and the forced subsidization of local schools, has succeeded only in driving the performance of our public school system in to the ground." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629539/issue-position-education#.VakVYXUVhHw (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#.VakmTnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Madam Speaker, I rise in support of S. 1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act, which passed bipartisan not only in the House with 266 votes, but also bipartisan in the Senate with 62 votes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/958918/keystone-xl-pipeline-approval-act/?search=xl#.VaklqnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "It's time to stop the delays of the Keystone XL pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/782475/keystone-xl-pipieline/?search=keystone#.VnBdWWwViko (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

  • "Fossil fuels will continue to serve the majority of America's energy needs for the foreseeable future and to limit the available sources of energy is reckless and irresponsible. We must seek innovative solutions to our energy needs which includes investments in to renewable sources as wind, solar, biomass, and ethanol." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/629542/issue-position-energy#.VakpWHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Expand opportunities for renewable energy production; and with new technology, allow the construction of clean coal, nuclear and biofuel plants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/753700/turlock-journal-lowering-gas-prices-and-putting-our-nation-on-a-path-to-energy-independence#.Vako23UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1040 "Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49367#.Vakq5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We therefore urge the EPA to consider a fair and meaningful nationwide adjustment to the ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard. Prompt action by the EPA can help to ease short supply concerns, prevent engine damage, save jobs across many U.S. industries, and keep families fed." https://goodlatte.house.gov/system/uploads/293/original/RFS_Letter_to_EPA_Admin_McCarthy.pdf (goodlatte.house.gov)
  • "Some of my fellow farmers and ranchers are also aware that EPA also wanted to expand its regulation of manure as a threat of greenhouse gas. I mean, some of these things are so ludicrous that they just cost us millions of jobs, and the threat alone causes farmers to say, Do we really want to be in this business?" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/655855/freshmen-hour-the-importance-of-small-business-of-america/?search=greenhouse#.VnBeo2wViko (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 (votesmart.org)
  • "Last week I joined colleagues in sending a letter to the director of the ATF protesting the Administration's proposed 'Framework' banning M885 sporting ammunition, typically used in hunting rifles. I'm pleased to report that the ATF has withdrawn their proposal and I will continue to stand for your Second Amendment rights." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/960467/newletter-gross-mismanagement#.VaktBHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/28769/jeff-denham/37#.VaktSXUVhHw (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#.Vakx5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The health care law forced through Congress by the Democrats and the President one year ago has completely failed to live up to the promises it made to the American people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/597752/representative-jeff-denham-statement-on-one-year-anniversary-of-obamacare#.VakyfnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • "Under H.R. 15, current undocumented immigrants would become eligible to follow a three-step process to earned citizenship. This is the kind of path that I can support." https://denham.house.gov/issue/immigration (denham.house.gov)
  • "Our broken immigration system desperately needs to be permanently and statutorily fixed. I have long and actively supported an immigration solution that will secure our border, strengthen our economy, reduce our debt, create safer communities and end the de facto amnesty we have today." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940217/denham-statement-on-the-presidents-executive-action#.VakzRXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I support providing an earned path to citizenship for those who want it. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has said that immigration reform could reduce deficits by $175 billion over the first 10 years and by at least $700 billion in the second decade. It also notes that a legal work force will produce greater tax revenue through new income and payroll taxes. Reform will ensure that all undocumented immigrants are added to the tax rolls, ensuring that everyone pays their fair share." http://denham.house.gov/issue/immigration (denham.house.gov)
  • "Denham argued that border security should be top priority in effort to prevent human trafficking, drug smuggling and terrorism; he proposed that there is more that can be done in terms of supplying border patrol agents with the necessary resources to secure the border." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953746/the-turlock-city-news-denham-continues-advocacy-for-immigration-reform#.Vaky43UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/599511/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-concern-over-decision-to-not-enforce-the-defense-of-marriage-act#.Vak0HXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 30% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/28769/jeff-denham/76#.Vak0d3UVhHw (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

  • "We cannot stand idly by and watch as the Iraqi people endure labeling, targeting and ethnic cleansing based on religion. The risks of inaction and the likelihood of genocide are too great." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/911388/denham-statement-on-situation-in-iraq#.Vak1QXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The world cannot tolerate the creation of a terrorist state in the heart of the Middle East. Nor can we watch as some of the world's most ancient religious communities are persecuted or destroyed." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/911707/newsletter-on-iraq/?search=syria#.VnBmlGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I firmly believe that the military men and women on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan and across the globe, have the most useful knowledge and understanding of the nature of our enemy and the means necessary to achieve victory. Anything short of providing all the tools needed for victory is unacceptable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/584298/issue-position-defense-and-national-security#.Vak1rnUVhHw (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

  • Rated 6% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/28769/jeff-denham/53 (votesmart.org)

Key

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

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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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.

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