Representative Kevin McCarthy's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 23, Republican Majority Leader
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 23
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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Kevin McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Kevin McCarthy. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Kevin McCarthy voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • 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 Kevin McCarthy a rating of 19 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Kevin McCarthy voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Kevin McCarthy voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Kevin McCarthy voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Memorial Day Reflection. 31 May 2010. "The basis of our nation's independence was founded in the ideals of freedom and liberty. When freedom and liberty were under siege, from the early battles of the Revolutionary War to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our servicemen and women courageously heeded the call to defend our values and freedoms by liberating the oppressed, encouraging the peace, and unselfishly promoting the courage and convictions that have made our republic the shining beacon of democracy across the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Issue Position: Iraq/Afghanistan. 9 April 2012. "At this pivotal moment in our history, we demand accountability through oversight, but when our troops are in the heat of battle, we must support their efforts and not tie their hands by micromanaging their mission. Our troops continue to perform brilliantly. We should all pray for the safety of our brave men and women in uniform that have answered their country's call to duty." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Issue Position: Security. 13 April 2012. "We must always remember that our freedoms are not free and there are men and women serving in harms way to protect those freedoms. I saw that first hand as I took the first opportunity I could to visit Iraq and Afghanistan over Easter break. I not only commend the sacrifice of our men and women who serve overseas, but we should not forget the families that they have left at home as well." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy Statement Supporting President's Veto Of Security Supplemental That Micromanages Our Troops. 3 Mary 2007. "Twelve weeks ago, the President requested a security supplemental spending bill that would provide our brave men and women in uniform with the resources they need. Instead, the Congressional Democrat leadership sent the President a bill that places too high an emphasis on political objectives by allowing Washington politicians to micromanage our military commanders on the ground. Additionally, the bill irresponsibly telegraphs our strategy to the enemy by mandating a deadline for withdrawal and contains billions of dollars in extraneous spending that has nothing to do with supporting our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Extraneous spending, even if necessary, should be debated and passed on its own merit. I strongly opposed this approach by voting to sustain the President's veto. Time is running short and Congress needs to do what is right by passing a clean bill that provides our generals and soldiers the resources they need to succeed. We need to put politics aside and give our troops the equipment, the training and protection they need to prevail. Our troops and their families deserve better and I will continue to urge Congress to act and pass a clean security supplemental funding bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kevin McCarthy. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Kevin McCarthy voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy Response to Defense Secretary Panetta's Budget Outline. 26 January 2012. "Our reserve forces have gone above and beyond the call of duty over the past decade in fighting the Global War on Terror, and deserve to be recognized as the Pentagon prioritizes its budget. After September 11th, Camp Roberts and Camp San Luis Obispo have played an integral role in the mobilization of our reserve forces through their facilities, ranges and training areas. I will fight to ensure that these two installations can continue the good work of readying our citizen-soldiers so that they are prepared to defend our country today and in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy: President's Veto Threat is Shameful. 7 April 2011. "Our nation owes its liberty to the men and women in our Armed Forces who risk their lives every day to protect our freedom. The bill before us today funds our troops through the end of the fiscal year, and ensures the federal government stays open, continuing the work of the people. Senator Reid's refusal to consider the bill in the Senate and President Obama's veto threat are shameful. Their choice to put politics before our soldiers and their families astounds me, especially as the President has engaged our troops in a third combat theatre. It's my hope that the President and the Senate Majority Leader will end their political games and work with us to ensure that we provide for our country's military families." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kevin McCarthy voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Kevin McCarthy voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Kevin McCarthy voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Kevin McCarthy voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Issue Position: National Security. 9 April 2012. "The primary role of Government is to defend our freedoms from those that wish us harm. September 11th demonstrated that we can no longer stand idle while a sophisticated group of terrorist enemies attempt to attack our friends and families. In this uncertain time where our nation remains on a war footing and is threatened by new hostile enemies, we must be prepared to protect our freedom. First and foremost, we must provide our brave men and women in uniform with the resources they need." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy Statement Supporting President's Veto Of Security Supplemental That Micromanages Our Troops. 3 Mary 2007. "Twelve weeks ago, the President requested a security supplemental spending bill that would provide our brave men and women in uniform with the resources they need. Instead, the Congressional Democrat leadership sent the President a bill that places too high an emphasis on political objectives by allowing Washington politicians to micromanage our military commanders on the ground. Additionally, the bill irresponsibly telegraphs our strategy to the enemy by mandating a deadline for withdrawal and contains billions of dollars in extraneous spending that has nothing to do with supporting our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Extraneous spending, even if necessary, should be debated and passed on its own merit. I strongly opposed this approach by voting to sustain the President's veto. Time is running short and Congress needs to do what is right by passing a clean bill that provides our generals and soldiers the resources they need to succeed. We need to put politics aside and give our troops the equipment, the training and protection they need to prevail. Our troops and their families deserve better and I will continue to urge Congress to act and pass a clean security supplemental funding bill." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 86 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Issue Position: Enhancing Competitiveness and Promoting Prosperity. 9 April 2012. "To produce a business-friendly environment to create jobs and allow American businesses to compete in a global marketplace, we must keep burdensome taxes low and reduce unnecessary and duplicative regulatory red tape. China and India are the fastest growing economies in the world today, and our nation must implement policies that will allow our entrepreneurs to succeed, our prosperity to grow, and our economy to continue to lead the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Issue Position: Taxes. 9 April 2012. "There are some in Congress that wish to increase taxes on American families and businesses, so that more money can be spent on Washington programs. We must fight against irresponsible indulgence; taking more from taxpayers does not create jobs or grow prosperity. We need to keep taxes low so our small businesses can invest and create new jobs and so American taxpayers can keep more of their hard-earned money. But more importantly, we need to reform our tax system so that it is more fair and simple to understand. It says something about our priorities when we continue to add on to a complicated tax code that contains over 1.6 million words, nearly 380 times more than the number of words in the Constitution!" (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Issue Position: Taxes. 9 April 2012. "Washington needs fiscal accountability to rein in out-of-control spending, not tax increases for you and your family. The average American works hard each day to earn a living, spending the first three hours in a day working to pay their Federal, State, and Local taxes. Our government should find ways to be more efficient and allow the people to keep more of their own money through continued tax relief." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Prevent Higher Taxes and Build a Stronger Economy. 15 April 2008. "Taxpayers deserve better. That is why I have cosponsored the Tax Increase Prevention Act, which would prevent those taxes from increasing and stop the largest tax increase in American history. Further, I support legislation that would simplify our tax system by repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and allowing Americans the choice to calculate their taxes based on only two simple tax rates, beefed up by a large standard deduction and personal exemptions. For the majority of Californians, this tax relief and tax simplification would be welcomed and embraced. But there is a minority that believes that more taxes need to be paid to fund more government programs. And to help those, I recently added my name as a supporter for a third bill, the 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Act of 2008,' which would change tax law and allow taxpayers to pay more taxes if they voluntary wish to do so." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Ridgecrest Daily Independent: McCarthy - We Must Come Together As One To Solve Economic Crisis. 14 June 2011. "Also needed, McCarthy said, is a change in the tax system. He said the top 1 percent of earners pay 38 percent of the taxes. And when you extend that out to the top 10 percent of wage earners, they pay 70 percent of all the taxes. McCarthy added that 47 percent of Americans don't pay income tax. 'We're looking for someone else to do the hard work,' McCarthy said. As a result, McCarthy said, there needs to be a broadening of the tax base, while lifting some of the burden off of the highest tax payers." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Tax Day Message from Congressman Kevin McCarthy. 18 April 2011. "The higher the taxes, the less you have to pay your employees and the less you have to invest in new businesses. You know today you pay more than 28 percent in state and federal income tax. That means the average American will work 102 days just to pay their taxes before they can take anything home. That is holding the economy back. [¦] We have to start realizing that the more you raise taxes the more it hurts job growth. We need more entrepreneurship, that is why the Republicans have a new path, The Path to Prosperity. One that would lower the tax burden so we can have entrepreneurship, so we can create new jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Working for a Budget to Stimulate Long-Term Economic Growth. 4 February 2008. "An economy where our workers, families, and businesses succeed is an economy where we prosper. We can continue to create jobs by making small business tax incentives permanent. We can continue to give our families relief in the face of rising gas, health insurance, and grocery bills by extending the child and marriage penalty tax relief. We can continue to give workers an incentive to work hard through the reward of keeping more of their paychecks by keeping income taxes low. The President's budget is by no means a perfect blueprint. But making tax relief permanent is a long-term solution to power America's economic engine." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kevin McCarthy. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Kevin McCarthy voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Kevin McCarthy voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Kevin McCarthy a rating of 96 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Fox News "America's Newsroom" “ Transcript. 13 September 2011. "[The stimulus] Is a Keynesian view that failed. It cost us more than a trillion dollars. Small business is what creates jobs. If you measure from the end of the last recession, beginning of this recession, 2001-2007, it's the companies with 500 employees or fewer that added 7 million jobs. Companies with 500 employees or more outsourced a million jobs. We need to focus on entrepreneurship, empower entrepreneurs, not more government." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy Statement on 2nd Anniversary of Failed Stimulus. 17 February 2011. "As we debate a Continuing Resolution that cuts $100 billion in federal spending and work to draft a responsible budget this spring, the failure of the stimulus is not lost on us. The spending binge of the last congress is over. In the weeks and months ahead this new majority will work industriously to restore confidence to our small business owners and entrepreneurs and provide them with the tools to begin to grow and hire again. This begins by meaningfully addressing our deficits and debt that threaten our economic recovery, and getting people back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy Statement on Latest Jobs Report. 2 September 2011. "The President announced this week that he will come to Congress to offer his latest plan for our economy. We look forward to working with the President to get Americans back to work as quickly as possible. But we must focus on serious, detailed policy initiatives that will foster long-term economic growth -- not just short-term stimulus gimmicks." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy Statement on President Obama's Submission of Jobs Bill To Congress. 12 September 2011. "We must carefully deliberate any new legislation to ensure we know all of the effects implementing a bill will have on our nation in the long-term so we don't repeat the mistakes of the President's first stimulus bills that did not produce jobs. House Republicans have been at work on our jobs agenda for months, and we encourage the President and his Administration to work with us to implement effective policy to address sustained high unemployment and stagnant private sector growth currently stifling our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Politico - McCarthy looks to 'Moneyball'. 16 October 2011. "In the debate over jobs, McCarthy backs an approach that minimizes costs for the government, one that draws on outside sources of funding. [¦] Congress should leverage the holdings of private companies to produce more jobs, the congressman said. McCarthy noted that U.S. corporations have more than $2 trillion of cash sitting on the sidelines, money that could be put on the field to help a stalled economy suffering 9.1 percent unemployment. 'What I would do is find out what unshackles them,' he said, 'and use that as a stimulus.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Weekly Republican Address: Rep. Kevin McCarthy on Areas of Common Ground for Job Creation. 14 October 2011. "Our country continues to face serious challenges. And while Republicans are working every day to turn our country around, get people working, and restore the American dream, some in Washington continue to cling to the same government 'stimulus' strategy that's led to more debt and fewer jobs. But the American people realize that Washington is not the solution -- Washington is the problem. [¦] 'Let me be clear: we are on the side of the American people. We join with millions of Americans to say no to new taxes, new regulations, more Washington spending and taxes. It hasn't worked in the past, and it won't now.'" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kevin McCarthy. Congressman McCarthy Unveils WIND Energy Act. 27 March 2009. "It is time for Congress to take decisive action and create a stable wind energy development climate. That is why I introduced the WIND Energy Act, which would help increase investment in clean renewable wind energy and other renewable energy to ensure that Americans have reliable and affordable electricity for the future. This decade-long extension of the production tax credit would also invest in new local jobs and energy to power our future." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy Statement on Passage of Three Percent Withholding Repeal and Job Creation Act. 17 November 2011. "Congressman Kevin McCarthy today issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 674, the Three Percent Withholding Repeal and Job Creation Act: [¦] 'By repealing the burdensome 3 percent withholding tax, businesses like Bakersfield's DC Inspections will have more cash-on-hand and fewer unnecessary hurdles to clear so they can focus on investing in products, employees and ideas. In addition, we'll be improving education and training programs for our veterans and providing tax incentives to employers who hire veterans. This legislation takes an important step toward ensuring the brave men and women who answer the call to serve our country come home to gainful employment." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Bakersfield Observed - "McCarthy: Forget The "Billion Dollar Boondoggle" Called High-Speed Rail And Focus On Jobs, Small Businesses. 13 January 2012. "Over the long term, we need to make serious reforms in our tax code in order to give American businesses a level playing field that promotes the competition and innovation we need to grow our economy and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy Statement on Passage of Three Percent Withholding Repeal and Job Creation Act. 17 November 2011. "By repealing the burdensome 3 percent withholding tax, businesses like Bakersfield's DC Inspections will have more cash-on-hand and fewer unnecessary hurdles to clear so they can focus on investing in products, employees and ideas. In addition, we'll be improving education and training programs for our veterans and providing tax incentives to employers who hire veterans. [¦] These are exactly the type of actions that will encourage small businesses to create jobs and get Americans working again." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Working for a Budget to Stimulate Long-Term Economic Growth. 4 February 2008. "An economy where our workers, families, and businesses succeed is an economy where we prosper. We can continue to create jobs by making small business tax incentives permanent. We can continue to give our families relief in the face of rising gas, health insurance, and grocery bills by extending the child and marriage penalty tax relief. We can continue to give workers an incentive to work hard through the reward of keeping more of their paychecks by keeping income taxes low. The President's budget is by no means a perfect blueprint. But making tax relief permanent is a long-term solution to power America's economic engine." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kevin McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Kevin McCarthy. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "Our prosperity is a result of the accomplishments of our innovators and entrepreneurs. We must give our children the opportunities to obtain their dreams and realize their full potential, as well as help ensure they have the education to compete in the future with China, India, and the European Union. America has rightly demonstrated a strong commitment of investing in our children. For instance, California dedicates half of its budget to education. But we should not leave education solely in the hands of politicians. No Child Left Behind should be improved so that we realistically assess the progress of our children and continue to push for advancement. Parents should have the right to make sure their children go to the best schools, and the government can help, in certain instances, that pursuit with more opportunities for high school, middle school, and elementary school children. Additionally, as someone that paid his way through college, I believe that American children who work hard and get results should receive the assistance they need to reach their goal of going to college. No Child Left Behind Last year, I met with numerous parents, teachers, and superintendents in Kern and San Luis Obispo County rgarding the No Child Left Behind Act. These discussions provided many insights and recommendations on how to improve the existing law. Recently, I sent letters to the Secretary of Education and the the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Education and Labor Committee that outlined the top five recommendations that received broad support in our community. Click here to view the letter to the Secretary of Education and the Education and Labor Committee." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kevin McCarthy. Taking Action To Lower Gas Prices And Achieve Energy Independence. 25 July 2008. "As we pay almost five dollars a gallon for gas, now is the time to reject the status quo, and tackle our serious energy challenges. That is why my colleagues and I are fighting for Congress to vote on the 'All of the Above' comprehensive energy plan to strengthen America. Not only are we calling for an expansion of our American oil production, but we are also promoting the use of clean, renewable energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal, and nuclear power. We must put windmills where the wind blows, solar panels where the sun shines, and oil production where the oil is. [¦] It's time for Congress to put aside the partisan bickering and vote on the 'All of the Above' solutions-oriented energy bill to lower gas prices and achieve energy independence." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Issue Position: Energy. 9 April 2012. "In Congress, I continue to fight for common sense solutions to meet our future energy needs. A balanced approach that expands energy exploration can help fuel our economic engine, and opportunities to utilize alternative and renewable energy sources reflect the reality that we need to continue American prosperity with cutting edge technology and environmental advances." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Domestic Energy Development and Production Must Be Increased. 10 March 2011. "We have an abundant supply of natural resources in our country that we must utilize to meet our energy needs. We need policies that allow us to take advantage of these resources and our innovative culture to develop new sources of energy and create jobs here at home. Yet, President Obama has pursued anti-energy policies that are job destroying in two significant ways. First, they are significant contributors to the alarming and continuing rise in gas prices which stifles economic growth and raises prices Americans pay for all kinds of products. Second, his visceral opposition to domestic energy exploration and production is causing America to miss out on the many great new jobs that the domestic energy industry could create and sustain." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Declare Independence from Foreign Oil. 1 July 2008. "We can help secure America by increasing production of American energy by lifting the ban on energy exploration, and taking action to drill now, all in an environmentally respectful manner. We can also help secure America by aggressively supporting the development and production of more renewable and clean energy, so that we have more sources of American-made energy that can fuel our economy for generations to come. Together we can build upon our foundation of freedom and self-reliance, strengthen our country, and declare independence from foreign oil. " (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Congressman McCarthy Issues Statement On National Council For A New America. 30 April 2009. "American families and businesses cannot afford an energy policy where we are held hostage by foreign oil cartels and dictators. As a nation, we can no longer send billions of dollars overseas each year, often to countries that help fund our enemies. We must implement a comprehensive energy policy that includes traditional fuels, alternative energy, and conservation resulting in affordable, reliable domestic energy. Such a policy will stabilize costs for families and businesses while at the same time creating much-needed jobs here at home." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Politico - McCarthy looks to 'Moneyball'. 16 October 2011. "At the core of the GOP proposal is a plan to repeal 10 'job-destroying' regulations, in addition to proposals sitting in the Senate that would enable offshore drilling and stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Kevin McCarthy voted Did Not Vote on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Kevin McCarthy voted Did Not Vote on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Kevin McCarthy voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Kevin McCarthy voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Kevin McCarthy voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Politico - McCarthy looks to 'Moneyball'. 16 October 2011. "At the core of the GOP proposal is a plan to repeal 10 'job-destroying' regulations, in addition to proposals sitting in the Senate that would enable offshore drilling and stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. A United Effort to Make Our Air Cleaner for Us and Our Kids. 20 March 2008. "I believe in the power of new clean energy ideas, and I imagine a country that does not work individually and fractured, but collectively and cooperatively to find clean air solutions. While I may disagree with some who believe the path to getting there is through a myriad of different state regulations for Americans and our businesses to wade through, I believe that by having this debate, we elevate the issue to a point where even a broken Washington can work harder to address cleaning our air." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Bakersfield Observed - "McCarthy: A Year After The Obama 'Recovery Summer' Are Things Really Any Better?". 17 June 2011. "We should be encouraging companies to invest in the U.S., not punishing them. That's exactly what my colleagues and I are fighting for. We're working for tax reform, less regulation and less red tape. We've voted to do away with the EPA's greenhouse gas rules and the FCC's net neutrality proposal that would have hurt small businesses, and are currently working on legislation in the House to incentivize U.S. multinational corporations to bring money back from overseas to reinvest in American jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Bakersfield Observed - Time to Ease Regulations on Small Businesses so They Can Expand and Grow. 23 September 2011. "HR 2940 is just one of the many bills my colleagues and I are working on to ease the regulatory environment that is stalling hiring and contributing to our stagnant economy. On Friday, we passed the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act, which would require an analysis of specific EPA rules to determine their impact on the economy , as well as delay other costly rules that could increase electricity prices up to 24 percent annually. Now is not the time to increase costs on families and businesses, and I will continue to fight to ensure the government does not saddle you with unnecessary costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy Statement on Passage of the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011. 31 March 2011. "Congressman Kevin McCarthy issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011: 'This bipartisan legislation is an example of Congress working to prevent duplicative and burdensome EPA regulations from being implemented and potentially harming our local economy. Had these EPA regulations gone into effect, farmers, ranchers, and other responsible pesticide users in San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties would have been saddled with costly new and duplicative permitting requirements; resulting in the loss of jobs in our community. I will continue to fight for common sense policies that cut unnecessary red tape and eliminate excessive regulations that stand in the way of job creation and economic growth.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy: We Must Not Impose New Costs on Job Creators. 7 April 2011. "Today, the House of Representatives took another strong step forward to save and create jobs in America. In a bipartisan vote, the House passed H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. This bill prohibits the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. To be clear, my Republican colleagues and I want clean air, but there are myriad regulations on the books that have, and continue to, improve air quality in California. However, the Obama Administration's zeal to regulate greenhouse gases is an unnecessary overreach, with little or no consideration of the economic consequences. Now is not the time to impose significant new costs on American businesses struggling to create new jobs." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Kevin McCarthy a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Paige Cunningham. Rampage unlikely to prompt Hill action on gun-control laws. 23 July 2012. "When asked whether GOP leaders would allow any gun-control legislation to the floor, House Whip Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, said it's too soon after the tragedy and warned against shooting for a 'political answer.'" (www.washingtontimes.com)
  • Kevin McCarthy. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Kevin McCarthy voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Kevin McCarthy in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Kevin McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Kevin McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Kevin McCarthy. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy Receives ‘Outstanding Legislator' Award From Rifle And Pistol Association. 17 February 2006. "I am honored to receive this award from a group with a long and proud history of protecting the rights of Californians. My son and I recently went hunting together, enjoying an activity that is truly part of our national heritage, and I will continue working to preserve the Second Amendment rights of all conscientious gun owners and sellers. Laws are not supposed to be for legal experts only - firearms owners, licensed dealers and law enforcement officers need to be able to interpret these provisions in order to comply with the law." (votesmart.org)

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  • Kevin McCarthy. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Let's repeal this health care bill, start to replace it with an open and an honest debate, where the American people are involved, patients are involved, doctors are involved, and the American public can have a health care bill that lowers the cost without destroying jobs and a health care system that keeps the innovation we know so well." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy: Republicans Will Continue to Fight Obamacare. 23 March 2011. "Republicans stand with the American people in their concern that Obamacare represents a massive new burden they can't afford for a health system they don't want. House Republicans have already successfully passed a full repeal of Obamacare, a repeal of the job-destroying 1099 reporting requirements, as well as funding restrictions to severely limit the President's ability to implement Obamacare in any form. I will not stop fighting until this government takeover of health care is fully repealed and defunded. In the coming months, Republicans will continue to fight for families across the country by dismantling Obamacare through votes and hearings in the House to bring to light the job-killing burdens and budget-busting truths about the law. We will demand the Democratic-controlled Senate and the President finally listen to the American people and we will keep fighting to stop the implementation of this law. Obamacare must be repealed and we are committed to putting in place common-sense reforms that lower health care costs without raising taxes or increasing our debt. I will continue working to put in place policies to ensure America remains a place where you and your children can prosper." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Kevin McCarthy voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "Californians, and all Americans, need Washington to pass strong common-sense health care solutions. But we need solutions that strike a balance in reducing health care costs, strengthening health care access, and allowing health innovators, like our biotech industry, to continue to research and improve therapies for patients. That is why I support the Republican health care alternative--it addresses the needs of patients and ensures that we keep good-paying jobs in America." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Congressman McCarthy Issues Statement On National Council For A New America. 30 April 2009. "No one doubts that our nation's health care system is in need of reform, but we must strike the right balance that builds on what works and fixes what is broken. All Americans deserve access to high-quality, affordable care. But such coverage cannot come at the expense of their ability to choose their own doctor and have access to the right care, at the right time, in the right setting without waiting in line while sick. In addition, we must continue to focus on the innovation and science that have resulted in thousands of treatments and cures for life-threatening or debilitating diseases while allowing America to remain the leader in research and development worldwide." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Issue Position: Health Care. 9 April 2012. "We must ensure that the quality of American health care received by our patients remains the best in the world. Doctors, not Washington bureaucrats, should make decisions about your health. Market-based solutions serve our families' freedom to choose their best health care option at an affordable price. Common-sense tax relief and lawsuit abuse reform can help work towards the goal that all Americans should be able to afford their own health care plan that meets their own unique needs." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Issue Position: Modernizing Our Health Care System. 9 April 2012. "As health care costs rise, we need to continue to look for creative ideas that would rely on the marketplace to improve the quality of health care and empower individuals in their health care decisions. We are seeing a number of trends in the health care sector: rising health care costs, increasing numbers of aging baby boomers, and new medical breakthroughs. Many will advocate policies that call for greater government intervention, which is the wrong approach. We need policies that provide the individual patient with more knowledge and more choices in health care decisions. Choices and competition will improve the quality of health care and lower costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Statement By Congressman McCarthy Regarding House Passage Of The Health Care Bill. 21 March 2010. "Congressman McCarthy issued the following statement on the House passage of the health care bill: 'This bill is fiscally irresponsible, and raises questions on the constitutionality of several provisions in the bill. Where do we go from here? The fight to improve health care must not end with this government takeover of health care bill, which is fiscally irresponsible and raises constitutional questions that will likely head to the courts. We could have done better and actually worked to reduce health care costs, address preexisting conditions, and make common-sense insurance reforms that the American people want, instead of passing this Government-knows-best bill.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Kevin McCarthy in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Kevin McCarthy in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Kevin McCarthy voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Assembly Democrats Put Driver's Licenses For Illegal Aliens In Fast Lane. 7 September 2005. "Generations of immigrants from around the world have fled tyranny and oppression in their homelands for the right to be free in our country. [¦] Giving lawbreakers who have entered California illegally the privilege of driving on our roadways disrespects the many sacrifices made by our nation's legal immigrants, and sends the wrong message that it is OK to break the law in our state." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Issue Position: Immigration. 26 May 2006. "We must secure our borders by strengthening border enforcement. This means ensuring that we fund adequate resources on the border, and deploy advanced technologies to effectively patrol and secure our borders. We can utilize technology, like high-tech communication systems, infrared cameras, unmanned aerial vehicles, fences, and barriers, to provide continuous surveillance of our borders, and allow border patrol agents to further concentrate their activities to enforcing our laws and apprehending those that are unlawfully in our country. [¦] Each person caught illegally entering our country needs to be booked, fingerprinted and promptly returned home. If they have a previous record or are repeat offenders, they should be jailed. I agree with President Bush that we need to expand the number of beds in our detention facilities and to expedite the legal process to reduce the average deportation process." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Issue Position: Immigration. 9 April 2012. "As a nation founded by immigrants, we should continue to embrace the individuals who wait in line and come to the United States legally to work hard and contribute to our society. However, we should not provide any amnesty that would benefit those who defy our laws and enter the United States illegally. In order to reduce the number of illegal immigrants in our country, we must enforce the laws that already exist. In order to do this, we must secure our border by using both physical as well as electronic barriers. We should also ensure that illegal immigrants are not receiving any of the benefits that are reserved for American Citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Issue Position: Securing Our Borders and Upholding the Rule of Law. 9 April 2012. "We are a society based on the rule of law. While we are a nation of immigrants, we cannot allow control of our borders to break down. Our security requires that we know who is in our country, and why they are here. We must secure our borders by strengthening border enforcement. This means ensuring that we strengthen our borders by deploying advanced technologies to more effectively patrol and secure our borders. We can utilize cutting-edge technology, like high-tech communication systems, infrared cameras, unmanned aerial vehicles, fences, and barriers, to provide continuous surveillance of our borders and allow border patrol agents to enforce our laws and apprehend those that are unlawfully in our country." (votesmart.org)

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  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Kevin McCarthy voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Kevin McCarthy voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy Statement on the Defense of Marriage Act. 4 March 2011. "Today, Speaker Boehner announced the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group will take steps to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). 'As a member of this 5-person group, I support the Speaker's action in light of President Obama's decision to shirk his constitutional responsibility to defend this law that has been on the books for 14 years.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy Discusses the Death of Osama Bin Laden on KERO. 2 May 2011. "'Congressman, what does Bin Laden's death mean for this fight on terror?' [¦] We need to continue to be strong because you will find throughout the world his is not the end and that there are many others that will come and try to come and change our way of life [¦] It's gonna be heightened alert for our troops overseas [¦] to make sure they have everything they need and the intelligence that they need gathering throughout the world to make sure if anybody else is trying anything [¦] We have to pay attention. We have to understand that the world is a dangerous place and that freedom is not free but, from the same respect, that Americans will keep their resolve and will find justice. Even if it took us a decade to do it, we will track them down." (youtu.be)
  • Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy: We Have the Resolve to Overcome Our Challenges. No Date. "Congressman Kevin McCarthy gave the following remarks commending the work of our armed forces and intelligence community in bringing terrorist Osama Bin Laden to justice: [¦] September 11th reminded every American that freedom is not free. Last night marked not only to our country, but told the entire world that America has the resolve. It may take us a decade, but we will continue to follow through. It is the same resolve that we have with any challenge that this country faces. I congratulate all those who were involved. It wasn't something that happened over night. Those works to find the courier, those individuals that did the work before in the intelligence community, for what President Bush did, and for the work that President Obama did [¦] This says of the strength of the country “ We'll continue to have that resolve as we fight terrorism anywhere else in the world.'" (kevinmccarthy.house.gov)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Kevin McCarthy supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. CNN "State Of The Union with Candy Crowley" “ Transcript. 15 August 2010. "Social Security isn't a fundamental problem. We should be able to sit down with both parties and start talking to make sure we secure it. Republicans want to secure it and actually make it there for the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Congressman McCarthy Joins Colleagues To Strengthen Americans' Personal Savings And Retirement. 22 April 2009. "Middle class American families are struggling to plan for their future and their children's future during these challenging economic times. Our children's education savings and our retirement accounts have taken major hits. Now is the time to create the environment necessary to allow people to act wisely and responsibly plan for their future. The personal savings rate is the highest it has been in 10 years, and we can continue to encourage savings by passing the Savings Recovery Act. Making the Savings Recovery Act law would raise the contribution and catch-up limits on retirement accounts and allow Americans to build up college and retirement savings at a quicker rate than current law allows." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Issue Position: Social Security. 9 April 2012. "Congress can make needed reforms to Social Security to give our children and grandchildren a brighter retirement future. Under current law, our children will pay Social Security, but when they retire, the Social Security Trustees estimate that our children will not receive their fair share. Leadership is needed now to reform this unsustainable system in order to prevent dramatic tax increases or benefit cuts in the future. We can do better and should explore solutions that offer expanded opportunity, greater growth potential, and ownership." (votesmart.org)
  • Kevin McCarthy. Ridgecrest Daily Independent: McCarthy - We Must Come Together As One To Solve Economic Crisis. 14 June 2011. "McCarthy laid out a serious and harsh warning that the country is headed for economic failure unless something is done. He said the national debt is spiraling out of control and merely raising the debt ceiling isn't going to solve matters. The nation's debt has already soared passed $14 trillion and is only going up. McCarthy blamed the rising cost of entitlements, including Social Security and Medicare, as primary reasons for the nation's problems." (votesmart.org)

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California State Legislative Election 2002 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.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xg) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as partial birth abortion.
h) Support amending the California Civil Code to state that human life begins at conception.
i) Other or expanded principles

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.

Slightly Increase Fundinga) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decrease Fundingc) Environment
Maintain Funding Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Law enforcement
Greatly Increase Fundingf) Transportation and Highway infrastructure
Slightly Decrease Fundingg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Greatly DecreaseF) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Eliminateh) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decreasei) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreasek) Vehicle taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Nom) Should Internet sales be taxed?
Yesn) Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
Noo) Should California legalize gambling in specific cities in order to generate tax revenue?
p) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and governmental reform.

Yesa) Do you support the current two term, eight year limit for California governors?
Yesb) Do you support the current two term, eight year limit for California state senators?
Yesc) Do you support the current three term, six year limit for California assembly members?
Nod) Do you support amending the term limit law to allow voters to place a current legislator on the ballot who would otherwise be ineligible to run for re-election?

e) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?

Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesf) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nog) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noh) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Undecidedi) Do you support voting on-line?
Yesj) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesk) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in California are closed?
Nol) Do you support allowing voter registration on Election day?
Nom) Should California recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Yesn) Should California restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?
o) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Increase state funds for the construction, renovation, and expansion of local jails and juvenile detention centers.
c) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
Xd) Support the use of the death penalty in California.
e) Support placing a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in California.
Xf) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xg) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
h) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xi) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xj) Support .08 blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
Xk) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
Xl) Support funding for alternative sentencing programs for juvenile offenders.
m) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
Xn) Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
Xo) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xp) Increase state funding for additional security of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks.
q) Amend the "three-strikes" law so that it is applied only when the third offense is a serious or violent felony.
r) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
c) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xd) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xe) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xf) Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
g) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Support public schools administering high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xj) Increase state funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Support age-appropriate sexual education programs that teach about abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
Xm) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
Xn) Increase the length of the public school year to provide additional hours of classroom instruction.
o) Other or expanded principles

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.

Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Include sexual orientation in California's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Create a state "living wage" standard.
h) Other or expanded principles

Affirmative Action: Should the following state agencies take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?

Noa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
c) Support a bond for clean air, parks, and water conservation programs.
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Noe) Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
Nof) Should California purchase the utility lines of power companies?
Nog) Should California sell state bonds to create an emergency fund for the purchase of energy?
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xc) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xf) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
g) Legalize physician-assisted suicide in California.
Xh) Increase state funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
i) Require labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered products.
Xj) Eliminate the requirement that health care facilities must provide non-emergency medical assistance to illegal immigrants.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

Xa) Support current time limits on welfare benefits.
b) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
e) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
f) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
Xg) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
h) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
Xi) Support tax credits to developers for the construction of low income housing.
j) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, in a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.