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Michael McCaul's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 10, Republican
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Michael McCaul has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Michael McCaul is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael McCaul. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Michael McCaul a rating of 25 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. 28 April 2005. "Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of H.R 748, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. I would like to thank Congresswoman ROS-LEHTINEN for her leadership on this crucial issue. I am an original co-sponsor of this legislation and applaud the effort of those who brought this measure to the floor. Today we have an opportunity to protect families, protect children, and protect the unborn. Let us make sure parents are given a chance to help their daughters during their most vulnerable times [¦] With passage of this legislation, Congress has an opportunity to stand with families during a difficult time. We also have a chance to protect the least among us, the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Michael McCaul voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (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

  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Michael McCaul, pledge to the taxpayers of the 10th district of the state of Texas and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 85 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael McCaul. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Michael McCaul voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Michael McCaul voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Michael McCaul a rating of 95 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. Issue Position: Taxes and Economy. 20 October 2011. "The economy continues to be our nation's primary challenge. I stood up against using your money to bail out Wall Street banks and against a Stimulas package that was heavy on pork and short on job creation. More that a year after both have passed, we continue to lose jobs. Conservative principles will bring about real economic recovery and return America to a path of prosperity. I will continue to vote for legislation that decreases taxes on business, income and capital gains. This will result in small businesses creating more jobs thereby stimulating the economy. It will give taxpayers greater control of their earnings and give them greater incentive to invest in our markets." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. McCaul Opposes Democrat Tax and Spend Budget. 13 March 2008. "I cannot support a budget that forces Texas taxpayers to send more of their money to Washington. If American families are forced to live within their means then the federal government should have to do the same. It's time for us to reign in spending on wasteful programs and stop overtaxing the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. Congressman McCaul Votes to Protect Taxpayers from Largest Bailout in U.S. History. 29 September 2008. "I believe there is a way to rescue our economy without placing the bulk of the burden on home owners and businesses who struggle to meet their own bottom line. Instead, we have rushed into a rescue plan that taxpayers may very well need to be rescued from. If this Congress doesn't get this right this could result in the largest sub-prime loan ever issued. If we don't make the necessary reforms to fix the fundamental problems with our economy we are throwing good money after bad. It will be on the backs of the taxpayers and the debt will be passed down to our children. That's the result we want to avoid." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • vote: http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44082#.VAtRoaCW1Kg (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of Environment America 27 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Michael McCaul voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Michael McCaul a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Michael McCaul in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. Congressman McCaul Applauds 2nd Amendment Gun Rights Victory. 26 June 2008. "Today the court affirmed what the Second Amendment clearly states, that the 'right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed'. This is a victory for freedom across America." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. NICS Improvement Amendments Act Of 2007. 13 June 2007. "It has been illegal for various individuals to purchase firearms for many years, illegal aliens, mentally defective individuals, those using illegal drugs, and people convicted of crimes of domestic violence. But for too long, in my experience and many of my colleagues whom I worked with in the Justice Department, the system, the background check system was not accurate. The information was not fully put into the system. In my view, if we are going to have a background check system, we ought to do it right. So let's get the system right. I think that is what this bill does. It gets the system right. It provides the Federal funding necessary to get the system right. And at the same time, it protects law-abiding citizens, those who are law abiding who want to purchase firearms. It protects their second amendment rights, and it keeps guns out of the hands of the bad guys." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael McCaul. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael McCaul. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Michael McCaul voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. McCaul Says NO to Amnesty. 21 May 2007. "As the Fort Dix terror plot demonstrated last week, illegal immigration is clearly a homeland security issue. Granting amnesty rewards lawbreakers and legalizes millions of criminals and terror suspects who are currently in the U.S. illegally, making it that much easier for them to operate within our society undetected. The Senate's amnesty proposal will only serve to weaken the security of our homeland. Amnesty should not be a consideration for illegal immigrants in anyway. But, for the Senate to put it before border security shows a lack of priorities. I strongly and simply oppose the measure in its current form." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Michael McCaul in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. Issue Position: Border Security. 20 October 2011. "America's borders are our nation's last line of defense in the War on Terror and they must be secured [¦] America has a right and, more importantly, a responsibility to determine who enters our nation and for what reasons. We must secure our borders and I will continue fighting to do so. My votes and work to secure the border have included: [¦] Opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. Border Security. 3 August 2012. "We must also work to better enforce our current immigration laws. We must expedite the deportation of illegal immigrants who commit other crimes in our communities. I continue to work to improve the relationship between Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local law enforcement across our district. Greater resources are needed to provide voluntary training to police and sheriff's departments so that they can detain illegal immigrants and start the deportation process." (mccaul.house.gov)
  • Michael McCaul. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift. [¦] Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades. This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Michael McCaul in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 10 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Michael McCaul voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Michael McCaul voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the American Family Association 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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