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Paul Cook's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 8, Republican
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Paul Cook has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/58121/paul-cook#.VagmmHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I have always been pro-life, and I always will be. I am against abortion." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880491/issue-position-life#.VagmXHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted for H.R.7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46477 (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

  • "Government doesn't create jobs, the private sector does. Too often, government gets in the way of job creation. We can get this economy moving again by simplifying the tax code; lowering taxes; encouraging investment; getting wasteful spending under control; developing energy resources in America; and reducing government red tape and bureaucracy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/701467/issue-position-jobs-and-economic-prosperity#.VagpIHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I will oppose any increases in taxes, and I will oppose any new tax. As a local lawmaker, I have earned a 100% anti-tax rating six years in a row, and that proven record will not change in Congress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849524/issue-position-tax-reform#.VagnYXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Government doesn't create jobs, the private sector does. Too often, government gets in the way of job creation. We can get this economy moving again by simplifying the tax code; lowering taxes; encouraging investment; getting wasteful spending under control; developing energy resources in America; and reducing government red tape and bureaucracy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/701467/issue-position-jobs-and-economic-prosperity#.VagpIHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The federal budget should be like a family's budget. You shouldn't spend more than you take in. I support making significant cuts in spending that will reduce the budget deficit and enforce spending caps that will put spending on a path to balanced budget." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/701471/issue-position-the-budget-and-debt#.VagquXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will oppose any increases in taxes, and I will oppose any new tax. As a local lawmaker, I have earned a 100% anti-tax rating six years in a row, and that proven record will not change in Congress." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849524/issue-position-tax-reform#.VagnYXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I have a record, and I will stick by it in Congress. I'm working to create jobs and fix our economy, and the clearest path to a recovery is through lower taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/747410/california-taxpayers-association-awards-paul-cook-sixth-straight-100-anti-tax-rating#.VagoaHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a former educator, I support parental involvement and local control in education. That's why I'm opposed to Common Core. Parents and the local schools that serve our communities should design curriculum, not bureaucrats in Washington." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1111345/issue-position-education (votesmart.org)
  • ROTW News "Providing a high caliber education to our nation’s children can’t be done with a one-size-fits-all approach like the Common Core State Standards. The Obama Administration is using education grants and waivers to strong-arm school districts in our communities into adopting Common Core." http://rotwnews.com/2015/03/23/opinion-congressman-paul-cook-opposes-common-core-standards/ (rotwnews.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "For the first time in six years, legislation approving the Keystone Pipeline will be sent to the President for his approval. He has the choice to build the Keystone XL Pipeline and support good environmental, fiscal, and national security policy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953537/rep-paul-cook-urges-president-to-sign-legislation-to-build-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=xl#.VagsrnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VabVDnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The purpose of the DRECP is to formulate appropriate development of renewable energy projects in the California desert. Nearly 22.5 million acres of federal, state, and private lands are within the plan's footprint, and over half of that acreage is located in San Bernardino County. Under the provisions of the plan, areas designated as Development Focus Areas would be recommended as suitable locations for renewable energy projects." http://rotwnews.com/2015/03/23/opinion-congressman-paul-cook-opposes-common-core-standards/ (rotwnews.com)
  • "Government doesn't create jobs, the private sector does. Too often, government gets in the way of job creation. We can get this economy moving again by simplifying the tax code; lowering taxes; encouraging investment; getting wasteful spending under control; developing energy resources in America; and reducing government red tape and bureaucracy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/701467/issue-position-jobs-and-economic-prosperity#.VagpIHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "These regulations are another example of this lawless administration side-stepping Congress and over-regulating the American economy. It's important that we protect our environment, but it's vital that this be done in a way that doesn't cost more jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/873760/rep-paul-cook-denounces-presidents-job-killing-regulations/?search=emissions#.VnA58GwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1040 "Prohibits Implementation of Certain Climate Assessments" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49367#.VafLa3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 585 "Prohibits the Social Cost of Carbon from Being Included in Agency Determinations" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46997 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/58121/paul-cook/37#.VagyaHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The Constitution is clear: 'The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.' I will fight against any attempts to curtail this right." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/701479/issue-position-the-2nd-amendment#.VagxSXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/19507/51284/58121/repeal-of-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-and-health-care-related-provisions-in-the-health-care-and-education-reconciliation-act-of-2010#.VagzcHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to repeal Obamacare and start with a fresh approach to solving our healthcare crisis." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/718873/paul-cook-releases-statement-on-supreme-court-obamacare-decision#.Vagz_HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "Ours is a nation of laws. I am opposed to illegal immigration. The federal government has failed in its duty to secure our borders. I'll do what's necessary to make our borders secure." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/701478/issue-position-immigration#.Vag0g3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Rather than ignoring Congress and the wishes of the American people, the President should work with Congress to secure our borders and find real lawful solutions to the challenges facing America. Real reform must strengthen our border security, reward only those who played by the rules and came here legally, and punish those who break America's laws." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953503/rep-paul-cook-votes-to-defund-the-presidents-executive-action-on-immigration#.Vag0rXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/58121/paul-cook/76#.Vag1-HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H.R. 5 "Statement of Opposition to Proposition 8" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/24062#.VnBDH2wViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] I'm disappointed we delayed launching a heavy air campaign against ISIS, which has given them time to hide their troops and leaders."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922114/the-san-bernardino-sun-us-must-attack-isis-in-iraq-and-syria/?search=islamic%20state#.Vb-QK3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As a retired combat Marine, I know the decision to authorize our troops to go into combat is the most serious decision that Congress can face. As a member of the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees, I'll be evaluating this request in the coming weeks. ISIS is a threat to the Middle East, a threat to our allies, and a threat to the American people. Any authorization must come with a strategy for victory." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953525/rep-paul-cook-on-presidents-request-for-the-authorization-for-use-of-military-force-against-isis#.VahKznUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 13% by the Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/58121/paul-cook/53 (votesmart.org)
  • "We must keep the promises made to seniors. Therefore, we need to make sure these systems are sustainable in the long term." http://www.joinpaulcook.com/issues.asp (www.joinpaulcook.com)

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Candidate Answer

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

Inferred Answer

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

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

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