Representative Michael T. McCaul's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Michael T. McCaul
Current Office: U.S. House - District 10, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 10
Primary March 4, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Linda; 5 Children: Caroline, Jewell, Lauren, Michael, Avery
Birth Date: 01/14/1962
Birth Place: Dallas, TX
Home City: Austin, TX
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Issue Positions

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Vote Smart's Research

  • 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. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Michael McCaul voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (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. 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael McCaul. McCaul Statement on Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "The generals in charge of this operation recommended to the president that we withdrawal 5,000 troops at the end of this year and then assess the situation based on conditions on the ground. Unfortunately this president rejected the advice of his top military advisors in the field and instead decided to go forward with a political calculation geared toward the next election. This complete withdrawal of our surge forces jeopardizes the substantial progress we have made toward victory and undermines our troops. We do need to diminish our presence in Afghanistan. However, the president's plan sends a message to the terrorists that they will soon be able to reconstitute and more freely plot attacks against the United States. Terrorist groups still have a strong presence in Afghanistan. And as demonstrated before my subcommittee, Pakistan remains a terrorist safe haven. We have to eliminate the terrorists' base of operations where they have the ability to recruit, train and plan their operations in order to prevent attacks on American soil." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the Peace Action 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Michael McCaul voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. McCaul Statement On Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. "I applaud the President for his commitment to increasing troop forces in Afghanistan from where Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda attacked the United States. However, any timeline for withdraw of U.S. and NATO military forces should be based on conditions on the ground and not on the Washington political clock. The Afghan population and tribal leaders must have confidence in the staying power of the United States. Abandoning our commitment only serves to embolden the Taliban and al Qaeda and undermine the overall mission. Tomorrow I look forward to questioning the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs during our Foreign Affairs hearing as to whether they believe the troop levels are sufficient for victory and what impact they believe a timeline for withdraw will have on our goal of achieving security and stability in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. Statement by Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on the Resignation of General Stanley McChrystal. 23 June 2010. "General McChrystal should be commended for his service to our country and for advancing our efforts to eradicate terrorism. While the circumstances of his departure are unfortunate, and the timing critical, we must keep our focus on our mission in Afghanistan to defeat al Qaeda, the Taliban and other extremist terror networks that continue to plot against the United States. General Petraeus led the successful surge in Iraq and he is a wise choice to continue a similar strategy in Afghanistan today." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of Peace Action West 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. Issue Position: Homeland Security. 20 October 2011. "While I believe that we have become a safer nation since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, America and Americans continue to be targets of terrorist groups. Having succeeded in stabilizing Iraq, we must focus our efforts on the Tribal Areas of Pakistan, along the Afghanistan border. This is where al Qaeda and the Taliban have been allowed to reconstitute and continue to plot against the United States. If Osama bin Laden is alive today, this is where he exists. I have spent six years as a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and currently serve as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management. The subcommittee has oversight jurisdiction of all Department of Homeland Security operations. Our first responsibility is to ensure all operations are functioning at a high level to secure the border and prevent terrorist attacks. Scrutinizing every dollar we spend will help to ensure both fiscal and operational effectiveness. I am briefed regularly on threats against our nation and its interests abroad. We must continue our vigilance in securing our borders, our critical infrastructure including our ports, and our financial and energy centers. No matter how great our domestic challenges, I believe we must not divert our attention from our highest priority, which is the security and safety of our citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. Issue Position: War on Terror. 20 October 2011. "September 11 changed our lives forever. That day America woke up to the reality of a new enemy. Today's terrorists have no care for innocent life and have vowed to bring America to its knees. My top priority is to help make sure this nation does not suffer another terrorist attack, and my work and votes reflect that important priority. Our struggle in Iraq and Afghanistan is the great stand in this war on terror. In Iraq, I support implementing the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group and continuing to find the enemy and destroy him. In Afghanistan, we must continue the fight and work with the Afghani Government to finish the job and establish permanent peace. If we fail, the terrorists will succeed in implementing a radical Islamic state to use as a base for future terrorist attacks on the United States." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael McCaul. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. Statement by Congressman McCaul on Proposed Defense Cuts. 5 January 2012. "Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement in response to President Obama's proposed cuts to the Department of Defense: 'The saber rattling by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz demonstrates the need for a military capable of addressing multiple conflicts and disasters around the globe. Unfortunately, this administration wants to further erode our standing in the world by degrading the capabilities of our armed forces. The President's proposed cuts to the U.S. military end strength would end our ability to fight on two fronts and downsize our stealth fighter program, which our enemies fear. This is unacceptable.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul.Statement by Congressman McCaul on Proposed Defense Cuts. 5 January 2012. "America's fiscal crisis is rooted in runaway spending and in programs that can no longer sustain themselves. We all need to tighten our belts, starting with entitlement reform. We also need sensible cost savings in the Department of Defense. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has it right. He said $100 billion could be saved in defense spending by reducing the number of contractors, cutting overhead, consolidating technology and limiting spending in the executive offices of the Pentagon. Cuts beyond that, he said repeatedly, are unwise. 'Downgrading America's role as a military superpower is not the answer.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Michael McCaul voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.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)
  • 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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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. 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael McCaul. Issue Position: Taxes and Economy. 1 January 2012. "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. Issue Position: Taxes & Economy. "The United States is currently experiencing record amounts of economic growth thanks to the Republican agenda of cutting taxes to stimulate the economy. More than 7 million jobs have been added in America and we are enjoying over 47 straight months of positive economic growth as a result of our tax cuts. Today, the Democrats want to take away our tax cuts and thus, take away more of our hard earned money. We must work to keep the tax policies in place that have led to record amounts of economic growth. My votes and work to support lower taxes and economic growth have included: Opposed a $31 billion tax increase on American families and small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. Issue Position: Economy. "I support a budget plan that will move Americans toward prosperity without spending record amounts of taxpayer dollars and without increasing the tax burden on families and businesses. Especially during a recession, our priority should be to help businesses succeed by creating a business-friendly environment with reasonable tax burdens and responsible regulations that won't stifle job creation. Minimizing the tax burden on families will allow them greater flexibility to make ends meet. Lowering the Capital Gains tax will encourage private investment in our financial markets." (votesmart.org)

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  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of Environment America 27 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Michael McCaul voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Michael McCaul voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • Michael McCaul. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (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)

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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael McCaul. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Michael McCaul voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • 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. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Michael McCaul voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (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)

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)
  • 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)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Michael McCaul supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • 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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